A stunning May wedding at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble blew the roof off the place!
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be brought 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 offering a myriad of musical and logistical options 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 began our standard load-in and sound check for Willowbend Country Club weddings. We get a lot of questions about the logistics of loading in to any given venue. 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 heightened emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by performing a blend of relaxed music for guests to listend to. In this case, and featured music by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.
In a lion's share of celebrations, 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 invariably one of the most meaningful 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.
East Coast Soul dance performances often start with older material. We've found this is a great way to get guests relaxed and dancing with songs they know and love. Artists like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, and more dominated the outset of our performance. We then transitioned into performing music 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!