A charming wedding at the Ocean Gateway in Portland, ME where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble blew the roof off the place!
East Coast Soul was blessed to be brought to join Anne & Derek for their stunning Ocean Gateway Wedding in Portland, ME.
Preprations for Anne & Derek's Big Day
Our preparations for the big day began many weeks prior, with Anne & Derek offering a myriad of musical and logistical options with us for the big day (we always leave an excess of time for preparation). 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 began our standard load-in and sound check for Ocean Gateway 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.
In this case, East Coast Soul was not involved with couple's ceremony, with those arrangements having already been taken care of.
As is often the case, East Coast Soul was requested to perform cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a great opportunity 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 John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.
In a bulk of weddings, East Coast Soul is asked to take care of MC services for the formal portions of the weddings. This Ocean Gateway Wedding was no different.
The couple’s First Dance
The couple's first dance is consistently one of the most meaningful parts of the big day. It's a chance for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. With this part 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.
East Coast Soul shows commonly kick off with vintage material. We've found this is a great way to get guests relaxed and dancing with songs they know and love. Artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, 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!