East Coast Soul Wedding Performance

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm Wedding in Newbury, MA

October 22, 2017

Haley & Patrick

Ensemble: Stax | Eight Piece
Photographer: Emily Delamater |

An inspiring October wedding at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble brought the house down!

East Coast Soul was fortunate to be asked to join Haley & Patrick for their stunning Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm Wedding in Newbury, MA.

Preprations

Our preparations for the wedding began months in advance, with Haley & Patrick sharing their music and logistical preferences and vision with us for the wedding (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Haley & Patrick were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and a huge asset throughout.

Once the wedding arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Newbury, MA and began our standard load in and sound check process for Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. We're often asked about our process for loading in and sound checking at various venues. 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.

Ceremony

Part of our preparations involves outlining exactly what portions of the wedding East Coast Soul will be involved with.

For this wedding in particular, we learned that Haley & Patrick were also interested in East Coast Soul to provide ceremony music. In this case, Haley & Patrick 's ceremony took place at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. After East Coast Soul provided roughly 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests found their seats, the ceremony commenced. Specially, we provided a Soloist performance for the processional, bride’s entrance, recessional.

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Cocktail Hour

As is often the case, 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 heightened emotions of the ceremony. We contribute by providing a variety of relaxed music for guests to listend to. In this case, we provided a and featured music by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.

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Reception

In a lion's share of weddings, we is asked to take care of MC services for the formal portions of the wedding celebrations. This Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm Wedding was no different. With introductions taken care of, we changed gears to into the groom and bride’s first dance. The first dance is invariably one of the most meaningful parts of the wedding. It's a chance for the couple to take a moment for themselves. With this portion of the evening complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After resting briefly, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble returned.

In many weddings, we are also asked to perform the couple's parent dances. This is a chance for the bride and groom to spend a couple minutes on the dance floor with their father and mother. In this case, the bride and her father danced together. The groom and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are a great way to start the performance portion of the evening. We generally ask for the attention of the guests to start. We then often ask them to join the couple and their parents on the dance floor, and then move directly in to the rest of the performance.

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 Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then moved into performing music by artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. 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 Haley & Patrick for having us at their beautiful October wedding at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm! And thank you to Emily Delamater for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

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