An unreal wedding at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port, MA where East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble absolutely brought the house down!
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 preparations for the wedding day began months in advance, with Marissa & Rick offering a myriad of musical and logistical options with us for the wedding day (preparation is a key part of our process). Marissa & Rick were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.
Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Harwich Port, MA and moved swiftly through our standard load-in, set up, and sound check process for Wychmere Beach 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 relax after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We contribute by performing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, We provided a Playback and and featured music by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.
In a majority of celebrations, East Coast Soul is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the wedding 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 headed into into the groom and bride’s first dance.
The couple's first dance is invariably 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 wedding in particular, we were requested to play the first dance number live, instead of performing it from a recording. 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 Soulsville ensemble returned to the stage.
In many weddings, East Coast Soul is often requested to play the couple's parent dances. The parents dances were an opportunity for the to join Marissa & Rick to share a brief moment on the dance floor with their parents. For this wedding in particular, the bride and her father danced together. Rick and his mother danced together as well. Parent dances are an amazing way to start the main dance performance. 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 dance performances often start with older material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get folks up on the dance floor with songs they know and love. Artists like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then transitioned 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 Marissa & Rick for having us at their beautiful August wedding at Wychmere Beach Club!