An unbelievable July wedding at the Mad River Barn in Waitsfield, VT where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had an amazing time!
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be asked to join Ally & Ellis for their stunning Mad River Barn Wedding in Waitsfield, VT.
Preprations for Ally & Ellis's Big Day
Our groundwork for the wedding day began many weeks prior, with Ally & Ellis offering a myriad of musical and logistical options with us for the wedding day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Ally & Ellis 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 Waitsfield, VT and carried out our normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Mad River Barn weddings. Our process for loading in and setting up at any given venue is a big part of our preparation process. 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.
In this case, East Coast Soul was not involved with couple's ceremony, with those arrangements having already been taken care of.
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 intense emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by performing a variety of relaxed music for guests to enjoy listening to. In this case, cocktail hour took place Outdoor patio adjacent to main pavilion. We provided a Playback and and featured music by artists such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.
In a bulk of weddings, the band is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the weddings. This Mad River Barn Wedding was no different.
The bride and groom’s First Dance
The newly married couple's first dance is consistently one of the most unforgettable parts of the wedding day. It's a chance for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. Ally & Ellis danced to Real Love Baby by Father John Misty, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. With this portion of the evening finished, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a super brief break, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble returned to the stage.
As part of our preparation process, we like to get a sense of what the bride and groom are excited to hear. Ally & Ellis Were a huge help here, giving us a ton of great input. Soul/Funk Ariana Grande Lizzo - Juice Proud Mary Prince Earth Wind & Fire Queen Michael Jackson Whitney Houston
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 Ally & Ellis for having us at their beautiful July wedding at Mad River Barn! And thank you to Leslie Swan for sharing these beautiful photos with us!
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