An inspiring August wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble definitely made some new best friends!
East Coast Soul was blessed to be asked 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 began well ahead, with Megan & Tyler sharing their music and logistical preferences and vision with us for the wedding (we always leave an excess of time for preparation). Megan & Tyler were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and a huge asset throughout.
Once the wedding 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. 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 great opportunity for the bride and groom to unwind after the intense 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 Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.
In a bulk of celebrations, we is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Willowdale Estate Wedding was no different.
The bride and groom’s First Dance
The groom and bride's first dance is consistently 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 complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After as short a break as possible, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble returned to the stage.
our dance performances commonly kick off with vintage material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get guests up on the dance floor with songs they're familiar with. Artists like Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, and more dominated the outset of our performance. 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 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!