An inspiring September wedding at the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield, NH where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble blew the roof off the place!
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be asked to join Hilary & Chris for their stunning Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa Wedding in Whitefield, NH.
Introductions and Preprations for Hilary & Chris's Big Day
Hilary & Chris first reached out to East Coast Soul in July of 2018. Our preparations for the big day began well ahead, with Hilary & Chris expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the big day (preparation is a key part of our process). Hilary & Chris were heavily involved in this advanced planning and a huge asset throughout.
Once the big day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Whitefield, NH and took care of the normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa weddings. We get a lot of questions about the logistics of loading in to any given venue. 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.
One aspect of our preparations involves outlining exactly what portions of the big day East Coast Soul will be involved with. For this wedding in particular, Hilary & Chris were also interested in East Coast Soul to help out for their ceremony. Hilary & Chris 's ceremony started at 3:30 pm on and was held just out the back doors of the ballroom at Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa. 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 found their seats, the ceremony took place. Hilary & Chris provided a beautiful collection of songs for us to perform for the ceremony:
- Prelude Suggestions: Paul Simon – Graceland and similar
- Processional: Dirty Projectors – Two Doves
- “Bride’s Entrance”: John Prine & Bonnie Raitt – Angel From Montgomery
- Special Song: Simple Gifts
- Recessional: Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place [Recording]
As is common, East Coast Soul was asked to provide cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a wonderful chance for the bride and groom to unwind after the intense emotions of the ceremony. We contribute by performing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy listening to. In this case, cocktail hour took place garden/outdoor patio next to ceremony site. We provided a Guitar/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 Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa Wedding was no different. However, there were actually no formal intros for this wedding.
The groom and bride’s First Dance
With no introductions to take care of, we moved into into the groom and bride’s first dance.
The couple's first dance is consistently 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. For this particular wedding, we were requested to perform the first dance number live, as opposed to playing it from a recording. Hilary & Chris danced to Time After Time by Chet Baker, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. With this part of the wedding complete, 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, East Coast Soul is often requested to play the couple's parent dances. The parents dances were an opportunity for the to join Hilary & Chris to share a brief moment in the center of the floor with their parents. For this particular wedding, the bride and her father shared a dance. Chris and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are a great way to start 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.
As part of our preparation process, we like to get a sense of what the bride and groom are excited to hear. Hilary & Chris Were a huge help here, giving us a ton of great input. The bride and groom shared some amazing requests such as: his Must Be The Place by the Talking Heads, Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones, I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston. They also pointed to Kiss by Prince, Brown Eyed Girl and Into The Mystic by Van Morrison, Feel Like Makin’ Love by D'Angelo as additional tunes they'd love to hear.
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 Hilary & Chris for having us at their beautiful September wedding at Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa! And thank you to Billie Weiss for sharing these beautiful photos with us!
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