East Coast Soul Wedding Performance

Aldrich Mansion Wedding in Warwick, RI

June 18, 2022

Michaela & Kyle

Ensemble: Daptone | Seven Piece
Photographer: Yaritz Colon |

A charming June wedding at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, RI where East Coast Soul's Daptone ensemble had an amazing time!

East Coast Soul was blessed to be brought to join Michaela & Kyle for their stunning Aldrich Mansion Wedding in Warwick, RI.

Preprations for Michaela & Kyle's Big Day

Our preparations for the wedding began well ahead, with Michaela & Kyle offering a myriad of musical and logistical options with us for the wedding (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Michaela & Kyle were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.

Once the wedding arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Warwick, RI and took care of the normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Aldrich Mansion weddings. Our process for loading in and setting up at any given venue is a big part of our preparation process. This is a part of the day that we take seriously, spending extra time to avoid rushing, and ensuring our gear is properly tuned for the room.

Ceremony

Part of our preparations involves outlining exactly what portions of the wedding East Coast Soul will be involved with. For this wedding in particular, Michaela & Kyle were also looking for East Coast Soul to help out for their ceremony. Michaela & Kyle 's ceremony started at 4:00 pm on and . East Coast Soul prepared a a Solo Piano performance and Single Mic for speeches. Following East Coast Soul performing approximately 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests arrived, the ceremony took place.

Cocktail Hour

As is common, East Coast Soul was asked to provide cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a great opportunity for the bride and groom to unwind after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by performing a blend of relaxed music for guests to listend to. In this case, We provided a Guitar/Sax Duo and and featured music by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.

Reception

In a lion's share of weddings, East Coast Soul is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the receptions. This Aldrich Mansion Wedding was no different. However, there were in fact no formal intros for this wedding.

The couple’s First Dance

With no introductions to take care of, we transitioned into the couple’s first dance.

The newly married couple's first dance is almost always one of the most unforgettable parts of the wedding. It's a chance for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. For this particular performance, we were asked to perform the first dance number live, instead of playing it from a recording. With this portion of the evening complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a super brief break, East Coast Soul's Daptone ensemble returned to the stage.

Parent Dances

In many weddings, East Coast Soul is often requested to play the couple's parent dances. The parents dances were an opportunity for the to join Michaela & Kyle to spend a couple minutes in the center of the floor with their parents. For this particular performance, the bride and her father shared a dance. Kyle and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are a great way to start the main dance performance. We often ask guests to join the couple and their parents on the dance floor, and then move directly in to the rest of the performance.

Dance Party

East Coast Soul dance performances commonly kick off with vintage material. We've found this is a great way to get everyone up on the dance floor with songs they're familiar with. Artists like Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the outset of our performance. We then moved into performing music by artists like Whitney Houston, Prince, Michael Jackson and more. Finally, we ended the night performing contemporary material that everyone could sing along with.

Guests danced non-stop from beginning to end, and we limited our breaks to ensure people had as much time to dance as possible.

Thanks so much to Michaela & Kyle for having us at their beautiful June wedding at Aldrich Mansion! And thank you to Yaritz Colon for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

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Planning a Wedding? Maybe at Aldrich Mansion, perhaps in Warwick, RI? Either way, feel free to learn more, and let's connect!

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