A beautiful August wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had an amazing time!
East Coast Soul was fortunate to be asked to join Megan & Tyler for their stunning Willowdale Estate Wedding in Topsfield, MA.
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 happy to be a key part of this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.
Once the wedding arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Topsfield, MA and began our standard load in and sound check process for Willowdale Estate. 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.
Part of our planning involves outlining exactly what portions of the wedding East Coast Soul will be involved with.
For this wedding in particular, we learned that Megan & Tyler were also looking for East Coast Soul to provide ceremony music. In this case, Megan & Tyler 's ceremony took place at Willowdale Estate. After East Coast Soul provided roughly 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests found their seats, the ceremony began. Specially, we provided a Soloist performance for the processional, bride’s entrance, recessional.
As is often the case, 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 do our part by providing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, we provided a and featured music by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.
In a majority of celebrations, East Coast Soul is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the wedding celebrations. This Willowdale Estate Wedding was no different. With introductions wrapped up, we transitioned into the groom and bride’s first dance. The first dance is almost always one of the most unforgettable parts of the wedding. It's a chance for the couple to take a moment for themselves. With this portion of the evening complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After resting briefly, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble returned.
In many weddings, we are also asked to perform the couple's parent dances. This is a chance for the bride and groom to spend a couple minutes on the dance floor with their father and mother. In this case, the bride and her father danced together. The groom and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are a great way to start the performance portion of the evening. We generally ask for the attention of the guests to start. We then often ask them to join the couple and their parents on the dance floor, and then move directly in to the rest of the performance.
Our performances often start with older material. We've found this is a great way to get folks up on the dance floor with songs they're familiar with. Artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then moved into performing music by artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. 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!