A charming wedding at the Gedney Farm in New Marlborough, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble blew the roof off the place!
"I can't say enough about how incredible East Coast Soul was at our wedding. From the first conversation with Sean, I knew they would be awesome. Sean, Arthur and the whole band could not have been more flexible, amenable and just awesome to deal with from day one. And the music!! They were awesome! So much energy! Such an incredible set list! The dance floor was PACKED the entire night. Five stars is not enough for East Coast Soul. We really can't recommend them highly enough."
New Marlborough, MA
November 5, 2016
East Coast Soul was grateful to be brought to join Yael & Richard for their stunning Gedney Farm Wedding in New Marlborough, MA.
Introductions and Preprations for Yael & Richard's Big Day
Yael & Richard initially got in touch with East Coast Soul in February of 2016. Our groundwork for the wedding day began well ahead, with Yael & Richard sharing their music and logistical preferences and vision with us for the wedding day (preparation is a key part of our process). Yael & Richard 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 New Marlborough, MA and carried out our normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Gedney Farm weddings. 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. Gendey Farm's performance space is a beautiful, spacious old barn that provides a wonderful two story venue for any wedding. Decorated with simple white lights, it truly is a sight to behold.
One aspect of our groundwork involves outlining exactly what portions of the wedding day East Coast Soul will be involved with. For this wedding in particular, Yael & Richard were also looking for East Coast Soul to help out for their ceremony. Yael & Richard 's ceremony started at 6:30 pm on and took place in the tent at the rear of the venue at Gedney Farm. East Coast Soul prepared a a Solo Guitar performance and Single Mic for speeches. Following East Coast Soul providing approximately 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests arrived, the ceremony took place. Yael & Richard provided a beautiful collection of songs for us to perform for the ceremony:
- Processional: Somewhere Over The Rainbow
- “Bride’s Entrance”: Theme From The Princess Bride
- Recessional: Signed Sealed Delivered
As is often the case, East Coast Soul was requested to perform cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a great opportunity 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 listening to. In this case, cocktail hour took place bottom floor of barn/outdoor patio. We provided a Piano/Sax Duo and and featured music by artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.
In a bulk of weddings, East Coast Soul is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Gedney Farm Wedding was no different. The bridal party crushed it by dancing in to Celebrate by Kool & The Gang with the wedding guests cheering them in.
The bride and groom’s First Dance
The newly married couple's first dance is almost always one of the most meaningful parts of the wedding day. It's a chance for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. For this particular wedding, we were asked to perform the first dance song live, instead of playing it from a recording. Yael & Richard danced to Hakuna Matata from the Lion King, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. With this part of the wedding finished, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a super brief break, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble circled back to the stage.
In a majority of wedding performances, we are also asked to play the couple's parent dances. This was a chance for the to join Yael & Richard to spend a couple minutes on the dance floor with their mother and father. For this particular wedding, Yael and her father danced to I Feel A Change Comin’ On by Bob Dylan. Richard and his mother shared a dance to You'll Be In My Heart by Phil Collins. Parent dances are a fantastic way to start 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 shows commonly kick off with vintage material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get guests up on the dance floor with songs they're familiar with. Artists like Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then transitioned into performing music by artists like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince 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 Yael & Richard for having us at their beautiful November wedding at Gedney Farm!
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