A heartwarming August wedding at the Private Residence in Mattapoisett, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble left absolutely everything out on the dance floor!
East Coast Soul was blessed to be asked to join Abby & Josh for their stunning Private Residence Wedding in Mattapoisett, MA.
Preprations for Abby & Josh's Big Day
Our groundwork for the wedding began many weeks prior, with Abby & Josh sharing their music and logistical preferences and vision with us for the wedding (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Abby & Josh were heavily involved in this advanced planning and a huge asset throughout.
Once the wedding arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Mattapoisett, MA and moved swiftly through our standard load-in, set up, and sound check process for Private Residence 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.
In this case, East Coast Soul was not involved with couple's ceremony, with those arrangements having already been taken care of.
As is common, 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 performing a variety of relaxed music for guests to enjoy listening to. In this case, and featured music by artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.
In a majority of wedding celebrations, we is asked to take care of MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Private Residence Wedding was no different.
The couple’s First Dance
The couple's first dance is invariably one of the most emotional parts of the wedding. It's an opportunity for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. With this part of the evening 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.
East Coast Soul dance 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 know and love. Artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and more dominated the outset of our performance. We then transitioned into playing tunes by artists like Whitney Houston, Prince, Michael Jackson and more. 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 Abby & Josh for having us at their beautiful August wedding at Private Residence! And thank you to Elizabeth LaDuca for sharing these beautiful photos with us!