A heartwarming wedding at the Ochre Court in Newport, RI where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had an amazing time!
East Coast Soul was grateful to be invited to join this beautiful couple for their stunning Ochre Court Wedding in Newport, RI.
Preprations for the couple's Big Day
Our groundwork for the wedding began many weeks prior, with the bride and groom expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the wedding (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). The bride and groom were happy to be a key part of this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.
Once the wedding arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Newport, RI and began our standard load-in and sound check for Ochre Court 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 relax after the intense emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by providing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy listening to. In this case, and featured music by artists such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.
In a lion's share of celebrations, East Coast Soul is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Ochre Court Wedding was no different.
The bride and groom’s First Dance
The groom and bride's first dance is traditionally one of the most meaningful parts of the wedding. 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.
East Coast Soul shows commonly kick off with vintage material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get everyone up on the dance floor with songs they know and love. Artists like Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the outset of our performance. We then transitioned into playing tunes 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 this beautiful couple for having us at their beautiful October wedding at Ochre Court!