A lovely October wedding at the Toad Hill Farm in Franconia, NH where East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble absolutely brought the house down!
East Coast Soul was grateful to be asked to join Valerie & Austin for their stunning Toad Hill Farm Wedding in Franconia, NH.
Introductions and Preprations for Valerie & Austin's Big Day
Valerie & Austin first reached out to us in June of 2019. Valerie had mentioned seeing the Soulsville ensemble at a friend's wedding the weekend prior to reaching out to us -- always one of the best ways for people to get introduced to the band! Our preparations for the wedding day began months in advance, with Valerie & Austin sharing their music and logistical preferences and vision with us for the wedding day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Valerie & Austin were happy to be a key part of this advanced planning and a huge asset throughout.
Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Franconia, NH and moved swiftly through our standard load-in, set up, and sound check process for Toad Hill Farm 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.
One aspect of our preparations involves outlining exactly what portions of the wedding day East Coast Soul will be involved with. For this wedding in particular, Valerie & Austin were also interested in East Coast Soul to help out for their ceremony. Valerie & Austin 's ceremony started at 4:00 pm on and . East Coast Soul prepared a a Solo Guitar performance and One Wireless Mic and One Lavalier Mic for speeches. Following East Coast Soul providing approximately 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests arrived, the ceremony took place. Valerie & Austin provided a beautiful collection of songs for us to perform for the ceremony:
Processional (including Bride): Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Recessional: Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams
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 relax after the intense emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by performing a variety of relaxed music for guests to listend to. In this case, We provided a Piano/Sax Duo and and featured music by artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.
In a bulk of wedding celebrations, East Coast Soul is asked to take care of MC services for the formal portions of the weddings. This Toad Hill Farm Wedding was no different. However, there were actually no formal intros for this wedding. The guests of honor set the tone by dancing in to The Temptations - Get Ready with everyone cheering them on.
The groom and bride’s First Dance
With no introductions to take care of, we headed into into the groom and bride’s first dance.
The groom and bride's first dance is traditionally one of the most emotional parts of the wedding day. It's a chance for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. For this specific wedding, we were requested to play the first dance number live, as opposed to playing it from a recording. Valerie & Austin danced to Shining Star by Earth Wind & Fire, 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 Soulsville ensemble circled back to the stage.
In a majority of weddings, East Coast Soul is often requested to perform the couple's parent dances. The parents dances were an opportunity for the to join Valerie & Austin to spend a couple minutes on the dance floor with their father and mother. For this specific wedding, Valerie and her father danced to My Little Girl by Tim McGraw. Austin and his mother shared a dance to My Wish by Rascal Flatts. Parent dances are an amazing way to start the dance party portion of the evening. We often ask guests to join the couple and their parents on the dance floor, and then move directly in to the rest of the performance.
As part of our preparation process, we like to get a sense of what the bride and groom are excited to hear. Valerie & Austin Were a huge help here, giving us a ton of great input. Proud Mary September Lady Gaga - Bad Romance The O’Jay’s - Love Train
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 Valerie & Austin for having us at their beautiful October wedding at Toad Hill Farm! And thank you to Jessie Casey for sharing these beautiful photos with us!
More New Hampshire Weddings
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An unbelievable September wedding at the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield, NH where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had an amazing time!
August 1st, 2015
A breathtaking August wedding at the The White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway, NH where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had the guests screaming for an encore!