West Lafayette Wedding Music ~ Ross Camp Ceremony & Reception

I often have couples that opt to have a harpist for their weddings because a friend or family member did so, and they loved the sound and visual ambiance it created. In this case, it was the groom’s parents who had a harpist at their wedding, and they wanted to celebrate that memory!

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Brandon and Aalyiah were married in the A-frame building at Ross Camp in rural West Lafayette, Indiana. I’ve played for weddings both outdoors and in the chapel at that venue, but this was my first time inside that building! The ceremony took place upstairs with the dinner following below.

West Lafayette Harpist

I played as guests arrived and took their seats, and then transitioned to “Prelude in C” for family seating. The groom and his mother had their own processional music – “Across the Stars” from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

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The rest of the wedding party entered to the “Bridal March from Skjevik,” followed by the bride to “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn. During the handfasting ritual, I played the Irish folk song “Down by the Salley Gardens” lightly in the background.

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At the conclusion of the ceremony, “On Top of the World” was the recessional. I continued to play until the guests had made their way to the hall downstairs for dinner, and then took the harp down to continue the music for the cocktail hour and meal service.

Cocktail Hour Harpist

Harp music is elegant background music that still allows for people to converse. It’s an excellent way to continue the romantic feel of the ceremony into the reception, and allows for you to hear more of your favorite songs! I play for weddings in the Lafayette area and throughout Central Indiana. Visit my website ~ Lafayette Harpist ~ to inquire for rates and availability!

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Harpist in Branson ~ Venue at Shadow Rock Wedding

It has been a rainy start to the outdoor wedding season this year! Last weekend we had thunderstorms and had to have the wedding under the venue’s portico covering the driveway. We fared a little better this weekend, with the ceremony being able to go ahead outdoors – I just had to make a quick move with the harp to the porch when it started to rain during the prelude!

Branson Harpist for Weddings

I always have a back-up plan in place for any outdoor ceremony. If there isn’t overhead cover nearby, I have my all-weather carbon fiber harp close and ready to go. That way, if I need to cover the wood harp to protect it from the elements, I can get the music going again right away! Outdoor weddings aren’t predictable, so I want to remove that worry from my couples. No matter the weather, your music is a go!

Branson Wedding Music

Laura and Alex held their wedding at The Venue at Shadow Rock in Forsyth, close to Branson, Missouri. It has all the natural beauty of the Ozarks, without the crowds of the nearby city. The bride’s brother officiated the ceremony.

Wedding Harpist in Branson

I played as guests were seated, and then transitioned to “Eyes on Me” from Final Fantasy VIII for the seating of family members. The wedding party processional (which included the couple’s corgi, Winston!) was to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, and the bride followed to “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Wedding Music in Branson

During the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, I played “Fields of Gold” by Sting. The wedding concluded with the recessional to “All My Loving” by The Beatles. I continued to play upbeat pop songs as guests made their way to the cocktail hour inside the venue and on the patio.

Ozarks Wedding Harpist

I play for weddings in Branson and throughout southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas, Southeast Kansas, and Northeast Oklahoma. Having a harp adds an elegant and romantic touch to your wedding, and live music is the perfect way to create a unique soundtrack for your ceremony. Visit my website ~ Branson Wedding Music ~ to inquire for availability and a quote!

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Mississippi Wedding Harpist ~ Ceremony at Old Waverly Golf Club

The spring weather just wouldn’t cooperate for Shelby and Bradley. Nevertheless, they had a beautiful wedding at the Old Waverly Golf Club outside of West Point, Mississippi! The ceremony was planned for the garden, but with rain pouring down they relocated to the front of the club underneath the portico. They were still outdoors, but everyone (and the harp!) stayed dry.

Mississippi Wedding Harpist

The florists were amazing with the change of plans. They worked tirelessly to re-set the ceremony decor and flowers so the couple could still have the lovely surroundings they planned. As guests gathered, I played their prelude song requests of “My Own True Love” from Gone with the Wind, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You.” Just for fun, I included “Rainbow Connection,” too!

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The groom, officiant, and family were seated to “Prelude in C” by J.S. Bach. There was no wedding party, so the bride followed immediately to the traditional processional, Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus.”

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While the couple lit a memory candle to honor the groom’s mother, I played one verse of “I Love How You Love Me.” Then when the ceremony concluded, Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” to send the couple back up the aisle and inside to their reception. As guests followed, I continued with other upbeat classical selections, including “Trumpet Voluntary” and “Trumpet Tune.”

Harpist in Columbus Mississippi

An outdoor wedding doesn’t always go exactly as planned, but when you have a team of professional wedding vendors supporting you, we can help you adapt quickly and make adjustments so your wedding can go ahead as close to your original vision as possible. I’d love to be a part of your wedding team! If you are looking for a harpist for your wedding, visit my website ~ Mississippi Wedding Harpist ~ to request a quote!

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Memphis Wedding Reception Music

Harp music makes an excellent wedding gift! For this wedding, the grandmother of the bride booked me to provide the music for her granddaughter’s reception. It took place in the church hall immediately following the ceremony at Calvary Baptist Church in Memphis.

Memphis Wedding Music

The music they requested included love songs from several decades and Disney movies, as well as some pieces you may not expect to hear on the harp – like music from video games!

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Their custom playlist included “Fields of Gold” by Sting, “So This is Love” from Cinderella, the jazz standard “La Vie en Rose,” “Married Life” from Up, “Far Horizon” from Skyrim, and “Love Story” by Taylor Swift.

Memphis Wedding Harpist

I played as guests enjoyed dinner, a cupcake bar, and catching up with friends and relatives. Harp music is lovely as a backdrop, when you don’t want the music to overwhelm conversation!

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If you are planning a wedding in Memphis (or anywhere in West Tennessee, Northeast Arkansas, or Northern Mississippi), you can find out more about including harp music in your plans by visiting my website: Memphis Wedding Harpist. Inquire for availability and a quote!

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Lexington Kentucky Harpist

With any event, harp music adds a serene and beautiful touch. I was hired to provide Celtic harp music for a memorial service and sculpture dedication in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Lexington Harpist

It was a beautiful early spring day, with just enough wind for Mother Nature to play the harp strings a bit herself! Guests gathered around the memorial pavilion to the special request songs of “Loch Lomond,” “The Parting Glass,” and “The Water is Wide.” There was a bit of a delay, but I played continuously with more Irish and other Celtic songs until everyone arrived and was ready to begin!

Celtic Harp Music Lexington KY

During the service, I accompanied a singer who performed a lovely rendition of the Irish folk song “O Danny Boy.” Following the service, everyone enjoyed drinks on the lawn.

Lexington Kentucky Harp Player

You can enhance any event with live harp music! Whether a memorial, party, or wedding, having a harpist is a way to incorporate your favorite songs in a distinctive way. Visit my website ~ Lexington & Nicholasville Harpist ~ to inquire about availability for your event.

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Pennsylvania Harpist ~ Erie’s Black Wall Street Gala

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Harp music sets an elegant atmosphere for any event, so the organizers of the awards gala for Erie’s Black Wall Street hired me to play in the lobby as guests arrived. The celebration was held at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront, and the attendees and honorees enjoyed an evening of music, food, and socializing.

Erie PA Harpist

The lobby was decorated with a winter wonderland theme, and they chose some RnB, reggae, and pop songs from my repertoire as their playlist.

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Some of the pieces selected included:

  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  • Un-Break My Heart
  • Starships
  • If I Ain’t Got You
  • Rise Up
  • No Woman No Cry
  • Hero
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Harp Music Erie PA

People often think of the harp as a classic instrument, but I’m not limited to playing only classical music! My repertoire includes everything from rock ballads to Bollywood musicals, Bach preludes to Beyoncé hits.

Pennsylvania Harpist

If you are interested in adding a distinctive musical touch to any event, please contact me! I play the harp for weddings, corporate events, private parties, and more in Erie and throughout Western Pennsylvania, Cleveland, and Northeast Ohio. To find out more, contact me via my website: Pennsylvania Harpist.

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Top Wedding Music of 2023

I had such a wonderful time working with my couples who got married in 2023! Each ceremony was unique and had music personalized to be meaningful to them. They chose music that was sometimes traditional, sometimes surprising, and always beautiful on the harp!

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Each year, I go back over the wedding ceremonies I played for, and put together a list of all of the pieces my couples chose for different highlighted moments during the service. It’s not just a “Top 10” style list, but you get the deep cuts, too! While the classic wedding songs are always popular (they’re classics for a reason!), many of my brides and grooms went with something that you might not immediately think of as “wedding music” – but anything can be!

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Each list has the most popular pieces at the top, and the numbers in parentheses tell you how many times I have played that song for that particular moment of a ceremony.  Click on the songs highlighted in blue to hear a sample of me playing those pieces on the harp.  You’ll also see pictures of a few of the venues where I played for weddings this year.

For the recessional, the traditional Mendelssohn “Wedding March” was again my most requested piece. Other couples use this as the transitional music from the more solemn ceremony to the more festive reception, so choose a more pop-style piece that reflects that vibe.

Omaha Wedding Harpist

For the featured processional music (as the bride or groom walks down the aisle), “Canon in D” was the most popular request. It was also a favorite for the wedding party entrance music. Sometimes, couples with fewer attendants choose to have one piece for the entire processional. In this case, “Canon” makes a wonderful choice because I can play the more stately parts for the wedding party, then the more majestic variations for the bride!

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What really matters is that the songs you choose have meaning to you. After your wedding, every time you hear your processional music, it will take you back to that moment of walking down the aisle. Make it a soundtrack that you will love forever!

If you are looking for a musician for your wedding, contact me to discuss the harp music for your ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner!

Bride’s/Groom’s Processionals (entrance music for the bride/groom):

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Family seating:

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Wedding party processional:

Dubuque Wedding Music

Mid-ceremony interludes (for the unity candle/sand, etc.):

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Recessional:

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If you are planning your wedding, please visit my website:  The Classic Harpist.  I work with couples worldwide to plan their wedding music.  With the harp, that can be anything you want it to be!  I play all of the classical wedding favorites, as well as non-traditional options: jazz, pop, rock, Broadway, Bollywood, Arabic, Celtic, Renaissance, and more! Contact me today to start planning your perfect wedding soundtrack.

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Harp & String Quartet for New Year’s Eve Wedding

A wedding on New Year’s Eve calls for doing things big! Mikaela and Caleb brought together their friends and family for an epic celebration at Hamilton’s 110 Northeast in Jacksonville. Their ceremony took place in the Fireside Room, with the reception following in the South Ballroom.

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For the ceremony music, they opted to have a large ensemble – a quintet with harp, two violins, viola, and a cello. I have played for many weddings with harp and violin duets or harp, violin, and cello trios, but harp plus a full string quartet really makes an impact, both acoustically and visually!

New Year's Eve Wedding Music

There aren’t very many published arrangements for this ensemble, so some were newly created just for this wedding, or adapted from piano quintet versions. The prelude music included “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, “Carol of the Bells,” “Carrickfergus,” and “You are the Reason” by Calum Scott. We included songs that ranged from classical to contemporary, all put together to feature this unique ensemble.

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They chose “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen for the seating of parents, followed by “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach for the wedding party processional. The bride’s entrance music was Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”

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The ceremony concluded, the newly-married couple exited to the traditional Mendelssohn “Wedding March.” We followed this with “Trumpet Voluntary,” a song the bride’s parents had played at their wedding.

Harp for NYE Wedding

For the cocktail hour, harp solo music entertained the crowd. I played popular love songs, light classics, and jazz standards. Some of the selections included “You are So Beautiful,” “As Time Goes By,” “You Raise Me Up,” and “Say You Won’t Let Go.”

Jacksonville Harpist for Weddings

I offer harp solo performances, as well as any ensemble you may choose for your wedding! Some options are harp/flute duets, two-harp duets, harp & steel pan duets, harp/violin/cello trios, harp & brass quintet, and more!

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If you have a theme or type of music you would like featured at your wedding, I can help you put together the perfect ensemble. Visit my website ~ Wedding Music Ensembles ~ to contact me and start planning!

Harpist for Weddings in Central Illinois

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Harpist in Green Bay – Holiday Party Musician

I love it when clients have me back for their holiday celebrations each year! Last Christmas, they hosted their appreciation event at Hotel Northland in downtown Green Bay. This year, they chose the Oneida Golf and Country Club as the venue.

Green Bay Harpist

Harp music is an excellent way to celebrate the season through music. I include traditional Christmas carols, contemporary pop songs, and holiday favorites from around the world in my performances. There is something everyone would recognize!

Wisconsin Harpist

For this event, I played background music as the attendees socialized over drinks and appetizers. The room was beautifully decorated with lights, Christmas trees, and poinsettias, with the harp as a focal point.

Harp Player in Green Bay

I play for corporate events throughout the year and give holiday performances in churches, concert halls, and at banquets. If you are looking for a harpist in Green Bay (or anywhere in Eastern Wisconsin), visit my website ~ Green Bay Harp Player ~ to inquire!

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Tennessee Harpist | Memphis Wedding Musician

Allie and Shannon chose a non-traditional venue for their December wedding ceremony ~ the chapel at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis! With windows all around, it felt as if we were outdoors, minus the chilly temperatures. I love venues that really bring the beauty of nature indoors, so weather isn’t an issue for my couples.

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With only a handful of their closest family and friends as guests, they were married on a Thursday afternoon. Small guest lists really make weddings so much easier to plan! You are also able to take advantage of off-peak timing and ensure better vendor availability.

Memphis Wedding Music

As everyone gathered, I played jazz standards and pop songs, including “What a Wonderful World,” “Unforgettable,” and “Love Story.”

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There was no wedding party, but each bride chose her own processional piece. Shannon entered first to “All of Me” by John Legend, followed by Allie to “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” The ceremony concluded with the traditional Mendelssohn “Wedding March.”

Memphis Wedding Harpist

I continued to play other familiar love songs as the couple and their guests enjoyed wedding cake in the chapel. Some of the song selections were “At Last,” “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, and “Here Comes the Sun.”

Harpist in Memphis TN

As a Memphis wedding harpist, I play for ceremonies, receptions, and other wedding festivities throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky. If you are looking for a harpist for your event, please visit my website {Memphis Tennessee Harpist} for more details and to get in touch to check availability for your date!

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