A breathtaking wedding at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port, MA where East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble left absolutely everything out on the dance floor!
East Coast Soul was blessed to be invited to join Marissa & Rick for their stunning Wychmere Beach Club Wedding in Harwich Port, MA.
Preprations for Marissa & Rick's Big Day
Our groundwork for the wedding day began well ahead, with Marissa & Rick expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the wedding day (we always leave an excess of time for preparation). Marissa & Rick were heavily involved in this advanced planning and incredibly helpful throughout.
Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Harwich Port, MA and took care of the normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Wychmere Beach Club 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 requested to perform cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a wonderful chance for the bride and groom to relax after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We contribute by providing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, We provided a Playback and and featured music by artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.
In a majority of celebrations, the band is asked to take care of MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Wychmere Beach Club Wedding was no different. However, there were in fact no formal intros for this wedding.
The groom and bride’s First Dance
With no introductions to take care of, we transitioned into the groom and bride’s first dance.
The couple's first dance is consistently one of the most unforgettable parts of the wedding day. It's an opportunity for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. For this specific wedding, we were asked to play the first dance song live, instead of playing it from a recording. With this part of the evening finished, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a quick break, East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble returned to the stage.
In a majority of weddings, we are also asked to perform the couple's parent dances. The parents dances were an opportunity for the to join Marissa & Rick to spend a couple minutes in the center of the floor with their father and mother. For this specific wedding, the bride and her father shared a dance. Rick and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are a great way to start the performance portion of the evening. We often ask guests to join the couple and their parents on the dance floor, and then move directly in to the rest of the performance.
East Coast Soul performances commonly kick off with vintage material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get everyone up on the dance floor with songs they know and love. Artists like Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. 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 Marissa & Rick for having us at their beautiful August wedding at Wychmere Beach Club!