An unreal wedding at the Chequessett Yacht & Country Club in Wellfleet, MA where East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble had a kickass night of music!
"Everything about this band is top-notch. From our initial interactions with Sean who walked us through a rundown of ECS' vibe and approach and answered all our questions, to the handoff to Art, who was present, prompt, and enthusiastic through all the details, to the actual day-of execution with Torrence, Traci, and the entire Soulsville ensemble...it was ALL flawless and magical. All of our guests RAVED (and the raving has continued!) with a special shoutout to Torrence. The energy was so high that the floor was literally shaking. We've never experienced a hora so lively (and so long!), and the surprise Don't Stop Believing (everyone thought we planned that) was the perfect way to end this magical night. Our videographer told my husband that he's going to be hard-pressed to find a background song to capture all the energy...and that was just after hour 1 of dancing."
October 7, 2018
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be invited to join Dana & Tucker for their stunning Chequessett Yacht & Country Club Wedding in Wellfleet, MA.
Our planning for the big day began months in advance, with Dana & Tucker expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the big day (we always leave an excess of time for preparation). Dana & Tucker were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and incredibly helpful throughout.
Once the big day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Wellfleet, MA and began our standard load in and sound check process for Chequessett Yacht & Country Club. We're often asked about our process for loading in and sound checking at various venues. 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.
One aspect of our planning involves outlining exactly what portions of the big day East Coast Soul will be involved with.
For this wedding in particular, we learned that Dana & Tucker were also interested in East Coast Soul to provide ceremony music. In this case, Dana & Tucker 's ceremony took place at Chequessett Yacht & Country Club. After East Coast Soul provided approximately 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests arrived, the ceremony commenced. Specially, we provided a Soloist performance for the processional, bride’s entrance, recessional.
As is common, 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 providing a variety of relaxed music for guests to enjoy listening to. In this case, we provided a and featured music by artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.
In a lion's share of celebrations, East Coast Soul is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Chequessett Yacht & Country Club Wedding was no different. With introductions complete, we headed into into the groom and bride’s first dance. The first dance is almost always one of the most unforgettable parts of the big day. It's a chance for the couple to take a moment for themselves. With this portion of the evening complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After resting briefly, East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble returned.
In many weddings, we are also asked to perform the couple's parent dances. This is a chance for the bride and groom to spend a couple minutes on the dance floor with their father and mother. In this case, the bride and her father danced together. The groom and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are a great way to start the performance portion of the evening. We generally ask for the attention of the guests to start. We then often ask them to join the couple and their parents on the dance floor, and then move directly in to the rest of the performance.
Our performances often start with older material. We've found this is a great way to get folks up on the dance floor with songs they're familiar with. Artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then moved into performing music by artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. 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 Dana & Tucker for having us at their beautiful October wedding at Chequessett Yacht & Country Club!
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