A beautiful June wedding at the Thompson Island in Boston, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble left absolutely everything out on the dance floor!
East Coast Soul was grateful to be invited 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 preparations for the wedding began well ahead, with Amanda & Sean offering a myriad of musical and logistical options with us for the wedding (we always leave an excess of time for preparation). Amanda & Sean were heavily involved in this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.
Once the wedding arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Boston, MA and began our standard load-in and sound check for Thompson Island weddings. 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. 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 preparations involves outlining exactly what portions of the wedding East Coast Soul will be involved with. For this wedding in particular, Amanda & Sean were also looking for 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 performing approximately 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 great opportunity 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 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 Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.
In a majority of weddings, the band is asked to take care of 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 groom and bride’s First Dance
With no introductions to take care of, we changed gears to into the groom and bride’s first dance.
The groom and bride's first dance is invariably one of the most meaningful parts of the wedding. It's a chance for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. For this particular wedding, we were requested to play the first dance song from a recording, as opposed to performing it live. Amanda & Sean danced to Chris Stapleton - Millionaire, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. With this part of the evening complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a quick break, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble returned 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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