An incredible June wedding at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble absolutely brought the house down!
East Coast Soul was grateful to be asked to join Emily & Dan for their stunning Granite Links Golf Club Wedding in Quincy, MA.
Introductions and Preprations for Emily & Dan's Big Day
Emily & Dan first reached out to us in January of 2018. East Coast Soul actually performed at the groom's brothers wedding several months prior. The bride emailed with "I can honestly say anytime someone brings up that wedding people start raving about you." Of course, we're thrilled to join for another family event! Our groundwork for the big day began months in advance, with Emily & Dan sharing their music and logistical preferences and vision with us for the big day (preparation is a key part of our process). Emily & Dan were happy to be a key part of this advanced planning and a huge asset throughout.
Once the big day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Quincy, MA and took care of the normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Granite Links Golf Club weddings. Being prepared for load-in and set-up at any given venue is a critical part of our workflow. 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 big day East Coast Soul will be involved with. For this wedding in particular, Emily & Dan were also interested in East Coast Soul to help out for their ceremony. Emily & Dan 's ceremony started at 5:30 pm on and took place The Lawn at Granite Links Golf Club. East Coast Soul prepared a a Solo Guitar performance and One Wireless Mic and One Lavalier Mic for speeches. Following East Coast Soul providing approximately 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests found their seats, the ceremony took place. Emily & Dan provided a beautiful collection of songs for us to perform for the ceremony:
- Prelude: James Taylor
- Processional: James Taylor – Carolina on My Mind
- “Bride’s Entrance”: Zac Brown Band – Free (performed by the Best Man)
- Recessional: The Band – Atlantic City
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 relax after the intense emotions of the ceremony. We contribute by performing a blend of relaxed music for guests to listend to. In this case, We provided a Piano/Sax Duo and and featured music by artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.
In a majority of receptions, the band is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Granite Links Golf Club Wedding was no different. The bridal party set the tone by dancing in to Teenage Dream by Katy Perry with everyone cheering them on.
The couple’s First Dance
The groom and bride's first dance is traditionally one of the most emotional parts of the big day. It's an opportunity for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. Emily & Dan danced to I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Mark Jones, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. With this portion of the wedding finished, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After as short a break as possible, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble circled back to the stage.
our shows commonly kick off with vintage material. We've found this is a great way to get everyone relaxed and dancing 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 playing tunes 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 Emily & Dan for having us at their beautiful June wedding at Granite Links Golf Club! And thank you to Somerby Jones for sharing these beautiful photos with us!