A stunning August wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had the guests screaming for an encore!
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be invited to join Megan & Tyler for their stunning Willowdale Estate Wedding in Topsfield, MA.
Preprations for Megan & Tyler's Big Day
Our planning for the wedding day began well ahead, with Megan & Tyler sharing their music and logistical preferences and vision with us for the wedding day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Megan & Tyler were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and a huge asset throughout.
Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Topsfield, MA and moved swiftly through our standard load-in, set up, and sound check process for Willowdale Estate weddings. Our process for loading in and setting up at any given venue is a big part of our preparation process. 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 great opportunity for the bride and groom to unwind after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by performing a variety 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 majority of receptions, East Coast Soul is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the weddings. This Willowdale Estate Wedding was no different.
The bride and groom’s First Dance
The newly married couple's first dance is invariably one of the most meaningful parts of the wedding day. 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 found this is a great way to get guests up on the dance floor with songs they're familiar with. Artists like Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then moved 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 Megan & Tyler for having us at their beautiful August wedding at Willowdale Estate! And thank you to Brit Perkins Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us!