An exquisite May wedding at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble found it nearly impossible to say goodbye to this particular group of guests!
East Coast Soul was grateful to be asked to join Maura & Brian for their stunning Willowbend Country Club Wedding in Mashpee, MA.
Preprations for Maura & Brian's Big Day
Our preparations for the wedding began many weeks prior, with Maura & Brian expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the wedding (we always leave an excess of time for preparation). Maura & Brian were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.
Once the wedding arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Mashpee, MA and began our standard load-in and sound check for Willowbend Country Club weddings. Being prepared for load-in and set-up at any given venue is a critical part of our workflow. 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 providing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, and featured music by artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.
In a bulk of wedding celebrations, the band is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the wedding celebrations. This Willowbend Country Club Wedding was no different.
The groom and bride’s First Dance
The newly married couple's first dance is traditionally 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 portion of the wedding finished, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After as short a break as possible, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble circled back to the stage.
our dance performances often start with older material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get everyone relaxed and dancing with songs they're familiar with. Artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then moved into playing tunes by artists like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince 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 Maura & Brian for having us at their beautiful May wedding at Willowbend Country Club! And thank you to Heather Chick Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us!