A lovely May wedding at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had a night to remember!
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be invited to join Maura & Brian for their stunning Willowbend Country Club Wedding in Mashpee, MA.
Preprations for Maura & Brian's Big Day
Our planning for the wedding began months in advance, with Maura & Brian expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the wedding (preparation is a key part of our process). Maura & Brian were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and incredibly helpful throughout.
Once the wedding arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Mashpee, MA and moved swiftly through our standard load-in, set up, and sound check process for Willowbend Country Club 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 requested to perform cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a great opportunity for the bride and groom to unwind after the intense 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 Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.
In a bulk of receptions, the band is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Willowbend Country Club Wedding was no different.
The groom and bride’s First Dance
The bride and groom's first dance is traditionally one of the most emotional parts of the wedding. It's a chance for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. With this portion of the evening finished, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a quick break, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble returned to the stage.
East Coast Soul performances commonly kick off with vintage material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get everyone relaxed and dancing with songs they know and love. Artists like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then moved into performing music 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 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!