An incredible May wedding at the Migis Lodge in South Casco, ME where East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble blew the roof off the place!
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be brought to join Avery & Jack for their stunning Migis Lodge Wedding in South Casco, ME.
Preprations for Avery & Jack's Big Day
Our preparations for the wedding day began well ahead, with Avery & Jack offering a myriad of musical and logistical options with us for the wedding day (preparation is a key part of our process). Avery & Jack were happy to be a key part of this advanced planning and a huge asset throughout.
Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to South Casco, ME and took care of the normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Migis Lodge 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.
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, Avery & Jack were also interested in East Coast Soul to help out for their ceremony. Avery & Jack 's ceremony . East Coast Soul prepared a a Solo Piano performance and Single Mic for speeches. Following East Coast Soul performing approximately 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests arrived, the ceremony took place.
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 relax after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by performing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, We provided a Playback and and featured music by artists such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.
In a lion's share of weddings, we is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the weddings. This Migis Lodge Wedding was no different. However, there were actually no formal intros for this wedding.
The bride and groom’s First Dance
With no introductions to take care of, we headed into into the bride and groom’s first dance.
The bride and groom's first dance is traditionally 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. For this particular performance, we were asked to perform the first dance tune live, instead of playing it from a recording. 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 Soulsville ensemble circled back to the stage.
In a majority of wedding performances, we are also asked to perform the couple's parent dances. This was a chance for the to join Avery & Jack to spend a couple minutes in the middle of the dancefloor with their parents. For this particular performance, the bride and her father danced together. Jack and his mother danced together as well. Parent dances are an amazing way to start the main dance performance. 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 dance performances commonly kick off with vintage material. We've found this is a great way to get folks relaxed and dancing with songs they're familiar with. 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 Avery & Jack for having us at their beautiful May wedding at Migis Lodge! And thank you to Natalya Desena for sharing these beautiful photos with us!