A charming December wedding at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor in Boston, MA where East Coast Soul's ensemble had an incredibly time that will *not* soon be forgotten!
"We hired ECS after seeing them at my cousin's wedding in 2015, so we knew they were great. East Coast Soul was absolutely unbelievable at our wedding. Their energy is AWESOME and their dance moves make the performance. The entire night our dance floor was packed thanks to them! Our wedding coordinator said he's never seen that many people on the dance floor for that long! My husband (who has a good voice) sang Shout with the band and it was so nice that they made it happen. My mom requested a special song at the ceremony and the band learned all of the words and sang it beautiful. We had one singer and a pianist at the ceremony. "
December 30, 2017
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be brought to join Kelsie & Andrew for their stunning Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Wedding in Boston, MA.
Preprations for Kelsie & Andrew's Big Day
Our groundwork for the wedding day began many weeks prior, with Kelsie & Andrew expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the wedding day (preparation is a key part of our process). Kelsie & Andrew were heavily involved in this advanced planning and incredibly helpful throughout.
Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Boston, MA and moved swiftly through our standard load-in, set up, and sound check process for Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor 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 wedding day East Coast Soul will be involved with. For this wedding in particular, Kelsie & Andrew were also interested in East Coast Soul to help out for their ceremony. Kelsie & Andrew 's ceremony . East Coast Soul prepared a a Solo Piano performance and Single Mic for speeches. Following East Coast Soul providing approximately 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests arrived, the ceremony took place.
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 unwind after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We contribute by providing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy listening to. In this case, We provided a Playback and and featured music by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.
In a bulk of wedding celebrations, East Coast Soul is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the wedding celebrations. This Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Wedding was no different. However, there were in fact no formal intros for this wedding.
The bride and groom’s First Dance
With no introductions to take care of, we transitioned into the bride and groom’s first dance.
The bride and groom's first dance is almost always one of the most unforgettable 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 play the first dance song live, as opposed to playing it from a recording. With this part of the evening finished, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a quick break, East Coast Soul's ensemble circled back to the stage.
In a majority of weddings, we are also asked to perform the couple's parent dances. The parents dances were an opportunity for the to join Kelsie & Andrew to share a brief moment in the middle of the dancefloor with their parents. For this specific wedding, the bride and her father shared a dance. Andrew and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are an amazing way to kick off the performance 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.
East Coast Soul dance performances commonly kick off with vintage material. We've found this is a great way to get folks up on the dance floor with songs they know and love. Artists like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, 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 Kelsie & Andrew for having us at their beautiful December wedding at Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor! And thank you to Kendall Pavan Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us!
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