Nashville Wedding Harpist ~ Ceremony at Noelle

Lori and Darren were married in downtown Nashville at the Noelle, an Art Deco boutique hotel just off Printer’s Alley. The ceremony and reception were both held in the same space, with the cocktail hour in the hotel’s lobby while the room was re-set for dinner.

Nashville Wedding Music

The lovely arched windows filled the ceremony with natural light. Their colors of black and red stood out beautifully in the blank-canvas space! Guests enjoyed harp prelude music as they found their seats for the service.

Harp Musician Nashville

They chose J.S. Bach’s “Arioso” for the seating of family members, followed by the popular song “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the wedding party processional. Lori came down the aisle to the traditional “Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner.

Nashville Wedding Harpist

During the ceremony, the bride and groom performed a unity sand ceremony to “The Lord’s Prayer” by Malotte. They also went traditional with their recessional, opting for Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”

Wedding Music Nashville

They customized their ceremony music to include traditional wedding pieces, sacred music, less-familiar classical pieces, and popular love songs. As your harpist, I can play something from all of the genres you love the most! Every couple I work with chooses their own playlist, to be sure the music is meaningful to them.

Harpist in Nashville

I play for weddings and events in Nashville and throughout middle Tennessee. Get in touch by visiting my website ~ Nashville Wedding Harpist ~ where you can also request a quote, listen to more audio clips, and see videos. I’d love to help you plan your perfect wedding music!

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East Tennessee Harpist | Johnson City Wedding

Katie and David were married at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, Tennessee. The wedding featured an Art Deco-inspired styling, with black, gold, silver, and white colors in the luxurious venue. I provided harp music for the ballroom ceremony as well as the cocktail hour in the hotel’s lobby.

East TN Wedding Harpist

Guests were definitely “wowed” by the set-up and hearing harp music as they entered. You know you’ve made the right choice for wedding music when even your bridesmaids are impressed! Prelude music for guest arrival included both popular love songs and familiar classical pieces.

East Tennessee Harpist

The families of the bride and groom were seated to “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris. The groom and the couple’s daughter, along with the wedding party, came down the aisle to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” Katie’s own processional music was the Elvis hit “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

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When the ceremony concluded with the couple’s presentation, the DJ played their recessional. After a couple of pieces for the postlude, I relocated the harp to the lobby to play for the cocktail hour.

Tennessee Wedding Harpist

As the party started, the bride and groom requested that I play popular songs from the 2000s through the present day. Some of these included:

  • All is Said and Done by Beyonce
  • Shallow by Lady Gaga
  • Chandelier by Sia
  • Havana by Camila Cabello
  • Better Together by Jack Johnson
  • Stay with Me by Sam Smith

Johnson City Harpist

Guests love hearing songs they recognize on the harp! A particularly special moment was when the flower girl (the couple’s daughter) caught sight of the harp, and had to come over and see it up close. A quick impromptu lesson, and she plucked a few strings herself!

Harp Music Asheville

I play for weddings and other events in the Tri-Cities and throughout Eastern Tennessee, Western Virginia, Western North Carolina, and the Asheville area. Harp music is an elegant addition to any event! Visit my website ~ Tri-Cities Wedding Harpist ~ to check availability and receive a quote.

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Wedding Harpist Toronto | Old Mill Ceremony

Trista and Dan held their intimate wedding ceremony and reception at the Old Mill Toronto Hotel. This beautiful historic venue features English Tudor architecture and stunning grounds for magnificent indoor and outdoor photography options.

Toronto Harpist for Weddings

With family around the globe, they also live-streamed the morning ceremony to those who couldn’t attend in person. They were married in the candlelit chapel, with harp prelude music including Irish folk songs, “City of Stars” from La La Land, “River Flows in You” by Yiruma, and “Starships” by Nicki Minaj.

Toronto Wedding Harpist

The parents of the bride and groom entered the sanctuary to Enya’s “Only Time.” There was no wedding party, but the groom got his own processional – “Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms”!

Toronto Wedding Music Harp

The bride came down the aisle to “All of Me” by John Legend. Although the rest of the music was contemporary or a nod to Ireland, they went traditional on the recessional, and chose Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.” As your harpist, I can play all of the wedding classics, plus songs you may not expect to hear on the harp!

Harp in Toronto

Postlude music accompanied the guests as they left the chapel and were off to the reception. I play for weddings and other events in Toronto and the GTA. Visit my website {Toronto Wedding Harpist} to learn more and check my availability!

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Omaha Harpist – Wedding at Lucile’s Old Market

Omaha Harpist

Emma and Brandon chose the historic area of Omaha’s Old Market for their wedding. At Lucile’s, they had the option of a beautiful courtyard for an outdoor ceremony, with the reception following indoors. It was a little garden oasis in the middle of the city (and on College World Series weekend)!

Omaha Nebraska Harpist

Harp music filled the space as guests found their seats. For the family processional, they chose to have me play the jazz standard “What a Wonderful World.” The wedding party, including the bride’s three nieces as adorable flower girls, came down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, followed by the bride to Adele’s “Remedy.”

Nebraska Wedding Harpist

The ceremony concluded with “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey. Harp music can be classical – but it certainly doesn’t have to be! With the versatility to play contemporary pop favorites alongside traditional wedding classics, you can have a completely customized wedding music experience.

Wedding Music Omaha

I am available in Omaha and Council Bluffs, as well as throughout eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. I’d love to add harp music to your wedding plans! Visit my website ~ Omaha Wedding Harpist ~ to check availability and receive a quote.

Omaha Wedding Harpist

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Catholic Wedding Music | La Crosse WI Harpist

When planning your wedding music, you need to take into account the venue where your ceremony will be held. Many houses of worship have guidelines you will need to follow, so it’s best to know what those are before making your song choices! With experience playing for weddings of most faiths, I can guide you in that respect and help you come up with music that you love that fits the requirements of your church.

Harp Music for a Catholic Wedding

For Catholic weddings, most parishes require the music to be classical or sacred. Elizabeth and Elijah were married at the Roncalli Newman Catholic Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and had a friend serve as cantor for their Nuptial Mass. Yes, I can accompany the singer of your choice for your wedding!

Harpist in La Crosse WI

As guests were seated in the sanctuary, I played a variety of classical music, including Bach’s “Arioso” and “Prelude in C,” Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” and Handel’s “Air” from Water Music. The processional for the wedding party and bride was “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

Wisconsin Wedding Harpist

They chose the “Mass of Creation” setting, and “Spirit Wind” was the responsorial psalm. For the preparation of gifts and the Eucharist, the cantor sang “The Servant Song” and “Pange Lingua” with harp accompaniment. After communion, I played the Twila Paris song “How Beautiful” as a harp solo.

The recessional to conclude the ceremony was “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach, followed by other uptempo classical music such as “Trumpet Tune” and “Trumpet Voluntary.”

Catholic Wedding Music

As a harpist, I play for weddings in La Crosse and throughout western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. If you are interested in having harp music for your ceremony, reception, or other event, please contact me via my website: La Crosse Wisconsin Harpist.

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Toronto Bollywood Harpist ~ Reception at Chandni Victoria

Anurag and Manreet celebrated their wedding in style at Chandni Victoria in Mississauga! For their reception, they had me set up in the lobby of the hall to provide harp music as guests arrived.

Having spent a couple of years living in and performing all around India, I have a good repertoire of classic and contemporary Bollywood hits in my repertoire. The couple wanted me to play primarily those songs, but also some Canadian and American Top 40.

Toronto Bollywood Harpist

Some of the pieces I played included “Suraj Hua” from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum, “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, “Pehla Nasha” from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, and “Chandelier” by Sia.

Wedding Harpist Toronto

I specialize in playing music you might not expect to hear on the harp, including classical Indian and Bollywood songs! Incorporating music from your heritage is a wonderful way to honor family ancestry and traditions. I’m always ready to learn new music that is meaningful to you!

Harpist in Toronto

It’s always a delight to share my love of this music in the Toronto area and around the world. If you’re looking for a Bollywood harpist to play for your wedding or event, please get in touch! You can find more information and contact me via my website ~ Toronto Wedding Harpist.

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Harpist in Northwest Indiana – Michigan City Wedding Musician

NWI Wedding Harpist

Kory and Michael had a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony at the historic Barrelhouse at Zorn in Michigan City. It’s so convenient to have ceremony and reception at the same venue, and the whole complex gave them many options for outdoor photos as well!

Michigan City Harpist

As guests arrived and found their seats, the harp prelude music filled the room with classical and jazz pieces. Since they had a small wedding party, they opted to have the same piece, “Canon in D” by Pachelbel, for the flower girl, ring bearer, and grooms. When couples go this route, I reserve the faster, more majestic variation for their entrance. There’s a reason it’s such a popular piece for weddings!

Northwest Indiana Harpist

For the unity ceremony, the grooms combined beach glass they had collected in Florida and sealed an anniversary box containing wine and love letters to each other. While this was going on, I played “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. The recessional was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Musician for LGBTQ+ Weddings

Yes, I fully support LGBTQ+ couples and love playing for their weddings! Whether your musical tastes lean towards classical or contemporary, we can work together to create the perfect playlist for your ceremony that incorporates your favorite pieces and those that are meaningful to you. For more information or to request a quote, visit my website: Northwest Indiana Wedding Musician.

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British Virgin Islands Harpist ~ Caribbean Beach Wedding Music

Harpist in the Virgin Islands

There’s nothing quite so romantic and elegant as harp music for a wedding on the beach! Kelly and Hunter gathered friends and family from near and far to celebrate with them in the British Virgin Islands. Their destination wedding weekend took place at the Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda.

Beach Wedding Harpist BVI

The tropical paradise was a luxurious escape and beautiful backdrop for their ceremony and reception. Many guests stayed at the resort or other local accommodations, after taking the ferry over from Tortola, BVI or St. Thomas, USVI. It’s one of those places that the journey is just as delightful as the destination!

Wedding Music Virgin Islands

Guests arrived at the beachside ceremony, overlooking Little Dix Bay, with harp music setting the scene. For the prelude and guest arrival, I played a variety of classical pieces and popular love songs. The wedding party came down the aisle to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, followed by the bride to the traditional “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

British Virgin Islands Harpist

It was a highly personal ceremony, as it was officiated by the brother of the bride and photographed by the sister of the groom. For the unity ceremony, they chose to have “Reverie” by the harpist and composer Grandjany played lightly in the background. The recessional was “Prelude in C” by J.S. Bach. I continued postlude music as guests took photos and walked across the beach to the reception.

Destination Wedding Music Harp

After the ceremony, the celebration continued at The Sugar Mill Restaurant at the resort. I oftentimes have guests speak to me after a wedding ceremony, wishing they could have heard even more harp music. They’re always delighted when, as at this wedding, I tell them that there will be more for the cocktail hour!

Harp Wedding Music Virgin Islands

While guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres, I played contemporary popular and musical theatre songs the couple requested, including:

  • Everything (Michael Buble)
  • You Matter to Me from Waitress
  • Love Story (Taylor Swift)
  • Seasons of Love from Rent
  • The Way You Look Tonight from Swing Time
  • This Will Be An Everlasting Love (Natalie Cole)
  • Your Song (Elton John)
  • You’re Still the One (Shania Twain)
  • Marry You (Bruno Mars)

Adding the LED lights on the harp changes the vibe from classic to party time! I can even match them to your wedding colors. After the bride and groom arrived at the reception, they shared their first dance and then sat down to dinner. A DJ continued the music for the remainder of the evening.

Wedding Harpist BVI

I play for weddings in the British Virgin Islands (including Tortola & Virgin Gorda), US Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. Thomas, & St. John), and throughout the Caribbean. If you are looking for a harpist to add a touch of elegance to your wedding, please get in touch! You can view more photos, listen to sound clips, and request a quote at my website: Caribbean Wedding Harpist.

Harpist in the British Virgin Islands

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Wedding Music St. Louis ~ Harp, Violin, & Cello Trio

For this wedding, I was brought in by the violinist and cellist, with whom I had previously played for multiple ceremonies in the St. Louis area. It’s wonderful to collaborate, and perform music that works especially well with other string instruments! The ceremony took place at the DoubleTree Hotel in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Harp, Violin, Cello Trio in St. Louis

For the prelude, we included a couple of classical harp solos (“Clair de Lune” and “First Arabesque” by Debussy), alongside other classical pieces (“Air” from Water Music, “La Rejouissance” from Music for Royal Fireworks, and “Romanza” from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik). We also included several popular selections (“A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, “All of Me,” “Somos Novios,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love“).

St. Louis Harpist

The processionals were classical and traditional: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the family seating, “Canon in D” for the wedding party processional, and “Bridal Chorus” for the bride’s entrance. The ceremony concluded with “Rather Be” by the electronic music group Clean Bandit.

More popular music followed for the postlude as guests made their way to the reception, including “All You Need is Love” and “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.

Wedding Trio St. Louis Harpist

Whether as a solo harpist or in a chamber ensemble, I love playing for weddings! If you have a particular instrumentation in mind, I can put together the perfect musicians for your event. I can also make suggestions for what would sound best for the type of music you prefer or the venue where your wedding will be. Get in touch via my website ~ St. Louis Wedding Musicians ~ to discuss the details!

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Chicago Harp & Violin Duet – Wedding Music at Morton Arboretum

What a beautiful day Abigail and Jame had for their garden wedding at Morton Arboretum! They held their ceremony at the Grand Garden, with cocktail hour immediately following in the Ginko Room. For both, they requested a harp and violin duet. It’s one of my favorite ensembles, and I love working with my colleagues to create beautiful wedding music!

Chicago Wedding Harp Music

We played duet arrangements of classical pieces such as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” the theme from “Jupiter,” and “Largo” from Handel’s Xerxes for the prelude. The families of the couple came down the aisle to the jazz standard “At Last,” followed by the wedding party to “Prelude in C” by J.S. Bach.

Chicago Harp and Violin Wedding Music

Abigail’s own processional music was “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. During the ceremony, we played the Rascal Flatts song “Bless the Broken Road” for the unity sand pouring. After the newly-married couple was introduced, the traditional Mendelssohn “Wedding March” was their recessional.

Chicago Wedding Music Harp

Following the recessional, the violinist made her way to the cocktail hour, so the music could start there while I was continuing postlude music at the ceremony site. That’s one of the big pluses for hiring a duet or larger ensemble! We can cover music for both ceremony and reception without a break in between.

Harpist in Chicago

For the cocktail hour, the bride and groom wanted popular songs, mostly from the 1980s and 1990s. Their specific requests included:

  • Piano Man (Billy Joel)
  • Uptown Girl (Billy Joel)
  • Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
  • All You Need is Love (The Beatles)
  • Happy Together (Alan Gordon)
  • We’ve Only July Begun (The Carpenters)
  • Main Theme from Game of Thrones

They requested the Game of Thrones theme to be the last piece we played, prior to their introduction to the ballroom and dinner service.

Chicago Cocktail Hour Music

Either as a solo harpist or in a duet, trio, quartet, or larger ensemble, I love working with couples to create their perfect wedding music experience. The music you choose can be classical, contemporary, or a mix of everything that is meaningful to you! To start planning with me, contact me via my website: Chicago Wedding Harpist.

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