An unreal August wedding at the Stratton Mountain Resort in Stratton, VT where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble definitely made some new best friends!
"I literally cannot stop talking about how amazing this band was at our wedding. I have never danced so much at a wedding and I've never seen so many people both on the dance floor and moving tables to dance on the grass around it! I truly am not just saying that because it was my own wedding - this band was the talk of the entire next morning's brunch. We had the Stax ensemble with Dan and Astha singing and they are some of the most engaging performers I've ever seen. The whole band is so immensely talented and they did an excellent job with learning our first dance song, playing really appropriate (but good!) dinner music, and then turning it UP for the dance party. They also were so awesomely accommodating about traveling and making sure all details were accounted for. Thank you ECS!!!"
August 3, 2019
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be asked to join Cicely & Robert for their stunning Stratton Mountain Resort Wedding in Stratton, VT.
Our planning for the big day began well ahead, with Cicely & Robert sharing their music and logistical preferences and vision with us for the big day (we always leave an excess of time for preparation). Cicely & Robert were happy to be a key part of this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.
Once the big day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Stratton, VT and began our standard load in and sound check process for Stratton Mountain Resort. 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.
Part of our planning involves outlining exactly what portions of the big day East Coast Soul will be involved with.
For this wedding in particular, we learned that Cicely & Robert were also looking for East Coast Soul to provide ceremony music. In this case, Cicely & Robert 's ceremony was held at Stratton Mountain Resort. After East Coast Soul provided approximately 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests arrived, the ceremony began. Specially, we provided a Soloist performance for the processional, bride’s entrance, recessional.
As is common, East Coast Soul was requested to perform cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a wonderful chance for the bride and groom to unwind after the intense emotions of the ceremony. We contribute by performing a variety of relaxed music for guests to enjoy listening to. In this case, we provided a and featured music by artists such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.
In a bulk of weddings, the band is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the weddings. This Stratton Mountain Resort Wedding was no different. With introductions wrapped up, we moved into into the bride and groom’s first dance. The first dance is consistently one of the most meaningful parts of the big day. 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 Cicely & Robert for having us at their beautiful August wedding at Stratton Mountain Resort! And thank you to LightRing Productions for sharing these beautiful photos with us!
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June 1st, 2019
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