An inspiring wedding at the Ochre Court in Newport, RI where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had an incredibly time that will *not* soon be forgotten!
East Coast Soul was blessed to be brought 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 big day began well ahead, with the bride and groom expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the big day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). The bride and groom were heavily involved in this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.
Once the big day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Newport, RI and took care of the normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Ochre Court 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.
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 performing 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 receptions, the band is asked to take care of MC services for the formal portions of the weddings. This Ochre Court Wedding was no different.
The groom and bride’s First Dance
The couple's first dance is traditionally one of the most unforgettable parts of the big day. It's a chance for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. With this portion of the evening complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a quick break, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble circled back to the stage.
East Coast Soul dance performances commonly kick off with vintage material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get everyone relaxed and dancing with songs they know and love. Artists like Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, 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 this beautiful couple for having us at their beautiful October wedding at Ochre Court!