As a bride living in the U.S. and planning a destination wedding in Montreal, I relied very heavily on social media when scouting my vendors. When I first saw a video of Soul Station Orchestra posted on Instagram, I was instantly drawn to the group’s aesthetic, but I was cautious – could I really count on performance and professionalism based solely on a 30 second clip? However, after meeting with Daniel (the group’s manager) during a trip to Montreal in November, I was immediately assured that he would do what it took to make sure we had the caliber of reception I’d always envisioned. We went through all our timing, entrances, special requests, “absolute-do-not-play” songs, and other details. Daniel was attentive and quick to respond to my many emails in the days leading up to the wedding.
And – as for the actual event – they blew it out of the water. We had the string trio play on the rooftop bar during our cocktail hour (under a rainbow, as luck would have it!), followed by the full band and DJ at the reception. They handled all the introductions/announcements gracefully, and really helped to ensure that everything went smoothly for the toasts and speeches. Daniel even went so far as to ensure that the band learned our first dance – Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”- because it was so important to me that it be played live. Additionally, because we had quite a diverse group of guests (all ages, nationalities, ethnicities, etc.) we didn’t want the music to focus too heavily on any one era/genre. They nailed it with their compilations, transitioning from one song to another while keeping the momentum and energy going.
In that magical moment of the first “open” dance song, I looked around the dance floor and felt my heart leap: almost every. single. guest. was rushing to the center of the room, spilling over the dance floor to boogie the night away. Two months later, I am still getting comments from my guests about how great (and versatile!) our band was! If you are looking for high-quality musicians to make your special day unforgettable, look no further than Soul Station.
K & PJune 2019