A breathtaking June wedding at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, RI where East Coast Soul's Daptone ensemble found it nearly impossible to say goodbye to this particular group of guests!
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 groundwork for the wedding day began many weeks prior, with Michaela & Kyle expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the wedding day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Michaela & Kyle were happy to be a key part of this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.
Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Warwick, RI and moved swiftly through our standard load-in, set up, and sound check process for Aldrich Mansion weddings. We get a lot of questions about the logistics of loading in to any given venue. 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.
Part of our groundwork involves outlining exactly what portions of the wedding day 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 found their seats, the ceremony took place.
As is often the case, East Coast Soul was asked to provide cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a wonderful chance for the bride and groom to relax after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We contribute by performing a variety of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, We provided a Guitar/Sax Duo and and featured music by artists such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.
In a bulk of wedding celebrations, the band is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the wedding celebrations. This Aldrich Mansion Wedding was no different. However, there were actually no formal intros for this wedding.
The bride and groom’s First Dance
With no introductions to take care of, we changed gears to into the bride and groom’s first dance.
The couple's first dance is consistently one of the most emotional parts of the wedding day. It's an opportunity for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. For this specific wedding, we were requested to perform the first dance number live, as opposed to playing it from a recording. With this portion of the wedding finished, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a super brief break, East Coast Soul's Daptone ensemble circled back to the stage.
In many weddings, East Coast Soul is often requested to perform the couple's parent dances. The parents dances were an opportunity for the to join Michaela & Kyle to spend a couple minutes on the dance floor with their parents. For this specific wedding, the bride and her father danced together. Kyle and his mother danced together as well. Parent dances are a great way to kick off the dance party portion of the evening. 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.
our performances commonly kick off with vintage material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get everyone relaxed and dancing with songs they know and love. Artists like Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then transitioned 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!