An unreal June wedding at the Thompson Island in Boston, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had an amazing time!
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be asked to join Amanda & Sean for their stunning Thompson Island Wedding in Boston, MA.
Introductions and Preprations for Amanda & Sean's Big Day
Amanda & Sean initially got in touch with East Coast Soul in July of 2017. The groom had actually seen us at a number of his friend's weddings, and was excited to reach out once he finally got engaged Our planning for the big day began months in advance, with Amanda & Sean sharing their music and logistical preferences and vision with us for the big day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Amanda & Sean 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 Boston, MA and carried out our normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Thompson Island 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. Thompson Island in particular presents some unique challenges for wedding performances, due to the fact that it is, of course, an island! Fortunately, we have experience with island weddings of all types, and the Thompson Island staff is incredibly helpful during the process.
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, Amanda & Sean were also interested in East Coast Soul to help out for their ceremony. Amanda & Sean 's ceremony started at 4:00 pm on and took place lawn in front of the dock at Thompson Island. East Coast Soul prepared a a Solo Guitar performance and Single Mic for speeches. Following East Coast Soul providing roughly 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests found their seats, the ceremony took place. Amanda & Sean provided a beautiful collection of songs for us to perform for the ceremony:
- Processional (including Bride’s Entrance): Eric Church – Love Your Love The Most
- Recessional: Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered
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 do our part by performing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, cocktail hour took place at a covered gazebo-like structure adjacent to the ceremony location. We provided a Piano/Sax Duo and and featured music by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.
In a bulk of weddings, we is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the weddings. This Thompson Island Wedding was no different. However, there were in fact no formal intros for this wedding.
The bride and groom’s First Dance
With no introductions to take care of, we changed gears to into the bride and groom’s first dance.
The couple's first dance is consistently one of the most emotional parts of the big day. It's an opportunity for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. For this specific wedding, we were requested to play the first dance song from a recording, as opposed to playing it live. Amanda & Sean danced to Chris Stapleton - Millionaire, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. With this portion of the wedding complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a super brief break, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble circled back to the stage.
As part of our preparation process, we like to get a sense of what the bride and groom are excited to hear. Amanda & Sean Were a huge help here, giving us a ton of great input. The bride and groom requested tunes like Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton, and a bunch of Michael Jackson material such as Billie Jean, PYT, The Way You Make Me Feel, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’. We also hit on I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston, You Make My Dreams by Hall and Oats, and nailed special requests for My Girl, Into The Mystic. We were also asked to cap off the night with some Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake.
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 Amanda & Sean for having us at their beautiful June wedding at Thompson Island! And thank you to Emily Delamater for sharing these beautiful photos with us!
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