An amazing wedding at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School in Duxbury, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had an amazing time!
East Coast Soul was grateful to be asked to join Emily & Kevin for their stunning Duxbury Bay Maritime School Wedding in Duxbury, MA.
Our preparations for the wedding day began well ahead, with Emily & Kevin expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the wedding day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Emily & Kevin were happy to be a key part of this advanced planning and incredibly helpful throughout.
Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Duxbury, MA and began our standard load in and sound check process for Duxbury Bay Maritime School. 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.
Part of our preparations involves outlining exactly what portions of the wedding day East Coast Soul will be involved with.
For this wedding in particular, we learned that Emily & Kevin were also interested in East Coast Soul to provide ceremony music. In this case, Emily & Kevin 's ceremony took place at Duxbury Bay Maritime School. Once East Coast Soul provided roughly 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests found their seats, the ceremony began. Specially, we provided a Soloist performance for the processional, bride’s entrance, recessional.
As is common, East Coast Soul was requested to perform cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a great opportunity for the bride and groom to unwind after the intense emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by providing a variety of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, we provided a and featured music by artists such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.
In a majority of receptions, East Coast Soul is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Duxbury Bay Maritime School Wedding was no different. With introductions wrapped up, we headed into into the bride and groom’s first dance. The first dance is almost always one of the most unforgettable parts of the wedding 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 Stax 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 Emily & Kevin for having us at their beautiful September wedding at Duxbury Bay Maritime School!