A beautiful wedding at the Ocean Gateway in Portland, ME where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had a night to remember!
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be asked to join Anne & Derek for their stunning Ocean Gateway Wedding in Portland, ME.
Preprations for Anne & Derek's Big Day
Our planning for the big day began well ahead, with Anne & Derek offering a myriad of musical and logistical options with us for the big day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Anne & Derek 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 Portland, ME and carried out our normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Ocean Gateway 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 wonderful chance for the bride and groom to unwind after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by performing a variety of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, and featured music by artists such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.
In a majority of receptions, East Coast Soul is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Ocean Gateway Wedding was no different.
The groom and bride’s First Dance
The groom and bride's first dance is consistently one of the most unforgettable parts of the big day. It's an opportunity for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. 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 returned to the stage.
our performances often start with older material. We've found this is a great way to get folks up on the dance floor 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 moved into performing music 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 Anne & Derek for having us at their beautiful April wedding at Ocean Gateway!