Arabic Harpist ~ Wedding Reception at County Line Orchard

Feras and Tanja celebrated their wedding reception at County Line Orchard in Hobart.  It was an exciting evening full of music and dancing!

Harp Music Arabic Wedding

The cocktail hour was in the adjacent room, and guests were treated to popular music on the cello.  Once the grand hall was opened, guests filed in to find their seats with the DJ providing background music.

Arabic Music Harpist

Families of the bride and groom, including the bride’s grandparents who flew in from Macedonia, entered to great fanfare!  The wedding party followed, making their entrance from the barn’s loft down the stairs to the main floor.  With the arrival of the bride and groom, guests joined them for circle dances before being seated for dinner.

Northwest Indiana Harpist for Weddings

Harp music brought the volume level down to a level more conducive to conversation, and dinner was served.  The songs included the couple’s special requests of “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “Love Story” by Taylor Swift, and “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic.

Arabic Wedding Band with Harp

I also included a few Arabic songs by Fairuz and other contemporary popular songs.  I always love the reactions of guests when they hear music from their culture that they don’t expect to hear on the harp!  I have a wide repertoire of folk and popular songs from around the world, including music from the Middle East, India (Bollywood music is amazing on the harp!), and China.

Muslim Wedding Music Harp

For weddings throughout the world, harp music is the perfect touch!  With a “home base” in both the US and UAE, I regularly travel for performances at events all around the globe.  I would love to work with you to bring the magic of harp music to your celebration!  Contact me via my website ~ Arabic Harp Music ~ to discuss details.

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Church Music Harpist ~ Manchester UMC

The music of the harp is a wonderful complement to any worship service.  From classical music to traditional or contemporary hymns, a harpist can play for all aspects of the service.

Church Harp Music

For this service at Manchester United Methodist Church, I played for the prelude, passing of the peace, offertory, and postlude.  I also played along with the church pianist for a couple of the hymns, adding a bit of harp “flair” to them!

Methodist Church Harp Player

Contact me about playing for a service at your house of worship.  I have experience playing for Catholic Masses and most Protestant denominations, as well as Jewish, Baha’i, and Hindu services and rituals.  Visit my website ~ Central Illinois Harpist ~ for more details!

Church Harp Player Illinois

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St. Louis Harpist {Lemp Grand Hall Wedding}

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

I loved working with Cece and Alex on their wedding music!  Both bride and groom were involved in the planning from the start.  They had a lovely, heartfelt ceremony at the Lemp Loft in St. Louis, conducted by the groom’s uncle.  The bride’s great-aunt, who had just celebrated her 99th birthday, was even in attendance!

Harp Player St. Louis

They knew the traditional wedding music was not their style.  Instead, they chose music that they like, even if it isn’t necessarily considered wedding-y!  Their families were seated to “Come Sail Away” by Styx.

St. Louis Harp Player

For the wedding party processional and her own entrance, Cece chose two pieces by the folk harpist Joanna Newsom – “Bridges and Balloons” and “Sadie.”

St. Louis Wedding Musician

At the end of the ceremony, the newly-married couple walked back down the aisle to “Somebody to Love” by Queen.  Not traditional, not what you’d expect to hear on the harp, but so, so fun!  The reception followed upstairs in the Lemp Grand Hall.

St. Louis Harpist

I play for weddings in the St. Louis area and throughout Missouri and Illinois.  Whether you prefer the wedding classics or want something completely different – or even a mix of both! – a versatile harpist can cover all of your wedding music needs.  You can find song lists, more audio samples, pictures, and reviews on my website:  St. Louis Wedding Harpist.

Lemp Grand Hall Wedding Ceremony Harp

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Springfield Wedding Music | Ceremony at Southwind Park

Springfield Illinois Harpist

Ellen and Jordan were married in the treehouse at Southwind Park in Springfield.  Just a short walk (or trolley ride) from Erin’s Pavilion, it’s a convenient and sheltered option for couples hosting their receptions there.  The shade on a hot August day was appreciated by their guests and harpist alike!

Central Illinois Harpist

As their families were seated, I played the Frankie Valli song “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You.”  The wedding party came down the aisle to the traditional “Canon in D,” and Ellen chose Beyonce’s “Halo” for her processional.

Wedding Harp Player Springfield IL

The recessional was “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn to fit in with their “Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme, then transitioning to “All My Loving” by The Beatles and “Everything” by Michael Buble – their wedding song – as guests went through the receiving line.

Central IL Wedding Music

I play for weddings all over Central Illinois – and beyond!  Contact me about having a harpist provide the music for your wedding ceremony, reception, or rehearsal dinner by visiting my website:  Central Illinois Wedding Music.

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Harp & Violin in Iowa City {Rapid Creek Cidery Wedding}

Eastern Iowa Harp Music

Many of my weddings are for solo harp, but this ceremony added a violin to create my favorite duet!  The harp and violin are the perfect complement to one another, with the violin playing soaring melodies and the harp providing an elegant accompaniment.  It is an excellent choice for classical or Celtic music, but we can also play popular songs!

Barn Wedding Iowa Musician

Ali had originally booked just the harp, but decided a couple of weeks ago to add a violinist.  With my large network of other professional musicians with whom I work, I had no trouble getting one of my colleagues lined up, even on short notice!

Harp and Violin Iowa City

The ceremony was at the Rapid Creek Cidery outside of Iowa City.  The ceremony site is well shaded, which was appreciated on a hot August Saturday!  Everyone gathered up the hill close to the barn where the reception would take place, then ventured down the hill for the ceremony.  The guests were greeted with harp and violin duets, with music ranging from Schubert to Elvis.

Iowa City Harpist for Weddings

The mother of the groom is a huge Beatles fan, so the family seating was to “All My Loving.”  The wedding party entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and the bridal processional was Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional was “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  We continued with duets for the postlude as guests returned to the barn for the reception.

Iowa City Wedding Harpist

As a harp soloist, or in an ensemble of any size with other musicians, I love working with couples to create just the right music for their weddings!  Options include adding a violin, flute, cello, guitar, piano, steel drums, trumpet, marimba, vocalists, and multiple harps.  Whatever your preferred style of music, I can provide the perfect musicians to complete the sound!  Visit my website ~ Iowa City Wedding Music ~ and contact me with your date to check my availability.

Iowa City Harpist

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Appleton Harpist ~ Wedding at Kimberly Point Lighthouse

I have played for weddings every day of the week.  This one was on a Tuesday afternoon!  When you are selecting your wedding date, you are not limited to Saturdays – or even a weekend day.  Choose a day that has special significance to you and your future spouse.  In this case, Mike and Lorraine got married on the anniversary of their 10th date, and in the same location!

Harpist in Appleton WI

The ceremony was by the lighthouse at Kimberly Point Park in Neenah, Wisconsin.  They had a lovely day for the outdoor ceremony, so even though it got off to a late start, at least it was comfortable outside!

Oshkosh Wedding Harpist

The prelude included music from Final Fantasy, and the bridal party entered to “Drops of Jupiter.”  Lorraine wanted to be sure I played her processional piece, “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine, in its entirety, so she waited until a specific moment in the song to begin her walk down the aisle.  It worked out perfectly and the piece finished just as she arrived at the front.

Neenah Wedding Harpist

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the couple walked back down the aisle to “In My Life” by The Beatles.  I continued to play upbeat postlude music as guests exited and headed to the reception in Appleton.

Appleton Wisconsin Wedding Harpist

I play for weddings of all sizes and styles, any day of the year, anywhere around the world!  Visit my website {Appleton Wedding Harpist} for details and to contact me to check availability.

Appleton WI Harp Player

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Macon Missouri Harpist – Wedding at Emerson Fields

Macon Missouri Harpist

It is always exciting to play for a wedding at a new venue!  Emerson Fields, located just south of Macon in Excello, Missouri, combines the best of a rustic barn feeling with modern conveniences.  They have done an excellent job creating a beautiful, country space for couples to come from all over Missouri!

Wedding Harpist MO

Bailey and Grant were married in late July, and with the rain that came and went all day, were blessed with a lovely indoor space for their ceremony.  The grandparents and parents of the couple were seated to “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.

Northern Missouri Wedding Harpist

Bailey chose “Canon in D” for both the wedding party processional and her big entrance.  I saved the more majestic section for her walk down the aisle, preceded by a big harp glissando to announce her arrival!

Macon Missouri Wedding Harpist

The recessional was “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.  The guests were dismissed to the cocktail hour on the patio, and the room was re-set for dinner service.

Wedding Harpist Moberly MO

If you are looking for a harpist anywhere in Missouri, please contact me!  On my website – Macon Missouri Harpist – you will find my calendar, song lists, and more pictures.  Contact me with the specifics of your event for a quote!

Central Missouri Harpist for Weddings

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Waterloo Harpist ~ Wedding at the Cedar Falls Woman’s Club

Pearl and Seigen celebrated their wedding in Iowa before returning home as a married couple to Tokyo, Japan!  They were married before a small group of family and friends at the Cedar Falls Woman’s Club.

Cedar Falls Iowa Harpist

Originally, they booked me to provide music for the ceremony only.  After visiting the venue in person, they realized they couldn’t waste the beautiful acoustics of the reception space, and added background harp music for dinner, too!

Waterloo IA Wedding Harpist

The maid of honor’s and the bride’s processional were both J.S. Bach pieces – “Sheep May Safely Graze” and “Prelude in C,” respectively.  The song for the unity wine ceremony was “Arioso,” also by Bach.  Clearly, they love Baroque music!  The recessional was the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.

Waterloo Iowa Harpist

During the reception, I played a variety of jazz standards, pop pieces, and classical music, including “Great Day,” “Winter” from The Four Seasons, and “Hymne” by Vangelis.

I play the harp for weddings in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and throughout Iowa.  Contact me about having a harpist for your wedding ceremony, reception, or both!  Visit my website – Waterloo Iowa Harpist – for details.

Wedding Music Iowa Harpist

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Indianapolis Harpist – Reception at the JW Marriott

On a Friday evening in July, I provided music for the MENSA Foundation’s reception.  The event was held at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Harpist

The music they selected included a broad range of classical, Broadway, and popular pieces, including:

The harp is perfect for any gathering – not just weddings!  I can provide background music for corporate and other social events, and tailor the music I play to suit your guest list and their tastes.  More information on my website:  Indianapolis Harpist.

Indy Harpist

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Harpist in Stevens Point ~ Wedding Music Wisconsin

Karen and Doug had an intimate wedding for 25 guests at the Silver Coach Restaurant in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  No matter what the size of your guest list, a harpist is the perfect touch for any wedding!

Stevens Point Wedding Harpist

Their ceremony took place in the back room of the restaurant, itself a converted railroad car.  As the bridesmaid and bride came down the aisle, I played “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You.”  When you have a small wedding party, it doesn’t take very long for them to get town the aisle!  Having one piece for the entire processional makes the music sound less choppy and provides musical continuity at the beginning of the service.

Stevens Point Wedding Musician

The recessional was the groom’s special request – “Stairway to Heaven.”  He was a bit distracted at the end of the ceremony, and didn’t really hear it – so he requested a repeat during the reception!

Harp Player Stevens Point

As guests arrived and as dinner was served, I played a variety of popular songs, including “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “Come Sail Away” by Styx, and “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.

Central Wisconsin Harpist

For weddings large and small, I enjoy working with couples to create a memorable and meaningful playlist for their ceremonies.  Contact me via my website ~ Stevens Point Wedding Harpist ~ to start planning your wedding music!  I play for weddings throughout Wisconsin and around the world.

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