Springfield Wedding Harpist – Lincoln Park Bridge

Some of my couples book me two years in advance.  However, I’m always happy to work with last-minute requests, too!  Facing an uncertain health diagnosis, the bride and groom moved their wedding plans up, and put together their celebration in just a few days.  The bride called and booked 24 hours before the ceremony.  I am so glad I was available and able to add the beauty of harp music to their ceremony!

Springfield Harpist for Weddings

It was held at sunset at the Lincoln Park Bridge in Springfield, with the reception up the hill at the Nelson Center.  Their only request was that I play Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which was the music as the bride walked down the aisle with the couple’s 1-year-old daughter as her escort.

Lincoln Park Bridge Wedding

Guests filled the bridge for the service, then parted to allow the newlyweds to exit on a golf cart!  I played until the last guest had walked over to the reception, keeping the music upbeat and happy for the send-off.

Sunset Wedding Ceremony Music

No matter when your wedding is taking place – 24 months or 24 hours from now – get in touch!  Saturday and holiday dates do tend to book up early, but even if you are planning on a shorter timeline, contact me at http://www.TheClassicHarpist.com to check availability.

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Harpist in Madison, WI ~ Wedding Ceremony & Reception Music

Downtown Madison was the setting for this wedding.  The ceremony took place at the historic Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, with the reception a couple of blocks away at the Madison Concourse Hotel.  The state capitol was just around the corner, and the vibrant downtown area is a fabulous place for photos!

Wedding Music Madison WI

Along with the harp, the ceremony included a string quartet (2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello).  We alternated pieces for the prelude as guests arrived in the church.  The families and wedding party came down the aisle to “Air on G” by Bach, played by the string quartet.

Catholic Wedding Music Madison

When it was time for the bride’s entrance, we played a mashup of “Canon in D” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” as the full quintet.  Having multiple musicians allows for a variety of sounds and textures, and bringing all the musicians together for the bride’s entrance makes a big impact!

Harp and String Quartet Wisconsin

During the service, we accompanied the singing of the Psalm, Alleluia, and Nuptial Blessing.  The recessional was “Hornpipe” from Handel’s Water Music.  We again alternated harp and string quartet selections for the postlude.

Madison WI Wedding Music

The bride and groom chose to also feature harp music during their cocktail hour.  I moved the harp over to the hotel, and played popular music as guests awaited dinner.  Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and the 1960’s hit “Happy Together” always seem to inspire an impromptu sing-along!

Cocktail Hour Music Madison WI

From classical to contemporary music, the harp (either alone or in an ensemble) adds beauty and elegance to a wedding in any setting.  Get in touch at ~ Madison Wedding Harpist ~ to discuss the details of your big day!

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Four Seasons St. Louis Wedding ~ Harp Music

DJ and Stacey had a beautiful and luxurious wedding at the Four Seasons in St. Louis.  The ceremony was held in the banquet hall, and the prelude music they chose (“What a Wonderful World,” “A Whole New World”) called to their newly-shared last name, World.

Wedding at The Four Seasons St. Louis

The grandparents, godparents, and parents of the bride and groom came down the aisle to “Overjoyed,” sung by a vocalist.  I played “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” for the wedding party entrance, then “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera for the bridal processional.

Wedding Harpist St. Louis

Another vocalist sang “To God be the Glory” to piano accompaniment during the service, and I played a harp solo version of “How Great Thou Art” during the sand ceremony.

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

DJ and Stacey jumped the broom, then exited to “You’re All I Need to Get By.”  It was a quick turn-around for the room, as they had to get everything re-set for dinner while guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the terrace.  By the time I was finished with postlude music, they already had chairs stacked and the lifts moving through!

St. Louis Four Seasons Wedding

I play for weddings throughout the St. Louis metro area, and would love to discuss your ceremony plans!  Contact me via my website – St. Louis Wedding Harpist – to check availability and receive a quote.

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Grand Rapids Wedding Music {The Cheney Place}

I love it when couples think outside of the box for their wedding music!  Dan and Rebekah did just that, featuring music during their ceremony that was meaningful to them.  It was difficult, however, for them to narrow down their list – I have a huge repertoire!  Their wedding was held at The Cheney Place in Grand Rapids.

Harp Player Grand Rapids

Prelude music began with selections from Lord of The Rings, The Little Mermaid, and Forrest Gump.  As family members were seated, I played “100 Years” by Five for Fighting.  The wedding party processional was “From This Moment On” by country singer Shania Twain, with Rebekah following to “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid.

Grand Rapids Harpist

During the unity sand ceremony, I played “You and Me” by Lifehouse.  The funnel they used to pour the sand was sheet music of the bride’s processional song!  The recessional was their special request – “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie.

Disney Wedding Music

I continued playing upbeat music, such as “Marry You” by Bruno Mars and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Spamalot as guests went upstairs for the social hour.  If you are interested in unique and non-traditional music for your wedding, please visit my website {Grand Rapids Wedding Music} to start making plans!

Grand Rapids Wedding Music

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Wedding Harpist ~ Jefferson City, MO

Located midway between Jefferson City and St. Louis, and in the heart of Missouri’s wine trail, Cedar Creek Event Center is a beautiful wedding venue!  This ceremony was held inside their barn, with guests entering through rustic wooden doors.

Wedding Harpist Missouri

The bride’s mother hired me for her daughter’s wedding.  During the months leading up to the wedding, I worked with the bride – also named Devon! – to plan her wedding music.  The prelude included “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Only Time” by Enya, and “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.

Jefferson City Harpist

Family members came down the aisle to the “Feather Theme” from Forrest Gump, and the processional for the wedding party was Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  Devon’s entrance music was “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

When the bride and groom were introduced to their guests, I played “Lucky” by Jason Mraz for their exit.  The postlude continued with “Better Days” by the Goo Goo Dolls and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Disney’s The Lion King.

The music for your wedding can be classical and traditional, or you can choose something more unexpected.  Or a little of both, like Devon and Tyson did!  Whenever I play music that isn’t the wedding standards, guests always compliment the selections.

Missouri Harpist for Weddings

For weddings in St. Louis, Jefferson City, or anywhere in Central Missouri, I would love to add the elegance of harp music to your ceremony.  Visit my website – Jefferson City Harpist – to contact me for a quote and availability!

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Dubuque Wedding Harpist

What a stunning church!  The wedding guests were not only awed by the space, but heard it filled with harp music as they entered for Christina & Dan’s wedding ceremony at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church.

Dubuque Harp Player

The prelude included various classical pieces, such as “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.  The family entered to “Fields of Gold,” and the wedding party processional was “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach.  Christina chose the traditional “Bridal Chorus” for her entrance.

Wedding Harpist Dubuque IA

The ceremony was only the wedding service, not the full Mass.  We did include the sung “Celtic Alleluia” before the Gospel reading.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, “Rainbow Connection” was the recessional, and the postlude featured Irish folk songs and more classical harp pieces.

Catholic Wedding Music

I play for weddings in Dubuque and throughout Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.  Please contact me at {Dubuque Wedding Harpist} to check availability for your date!

Dubuque Iowa Harpist

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Petoskey Harpist – Wedding in Harbor Springs

I love working for musical families!  The mother of the groom booked me for her son’s ceremony at the park in Harbor Point.  An enclave just steps away from downtown Harbor Springs, it is a charming, secluded, and peaceful location for a wedding.

Charlevoix MI Harpist

Guests were brought to the wedding via horse-drawn trolleys, as no cars are allowed.  Many arrived extra early to accommodate this, so I began prelude as soon as guests started to gather in the park.  The pre-service music included “Clair de Lune” by Debussy and Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” sung by the groom’s brother to harp accompaniment.

Petoskey Michigan Harpist

The wedding party came down the aisle to the 2nd movement “Romance” from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart.  The bridal processional was Handel’s “Air” from Water Music.  During the service, I again accompanied the brother of the groom, this time as he sang “The Call” by Vaughan Williams.

Wedding Harpist Charlevoix MI

The recessional was “Hornpipe,” also from Handel’s Water Music, and the postlude included “Finale” from his Music for the Royal Fireworks and other uptempo classical harp pieces.  I continued playing until the guests had walked down to the family cottage for the reception.

Northern Michigan Wedding Music

I play for weddings throughout Northern Michigan, on Mackinac Island, and across the Upper Peninsula.  Contact me to check availability and receive a quote:  Northern Michigan Harpist for Weddings.

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12 Corners Vineyard ~ Southwest Michigan Harpist

We had perfect weather for this Friday wedding!  It was held at 12 Corners Vineyard in Benton Harbor, Michigan, with the ceremony in the apple orchard and the reception in the nearby tent.

Southwest Michigan HarpistAs guests arrived, they listened to prelude music that featured Beatles hits and Irish traditional songs.  The wedding party came down the aisle to Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” and the bride followed to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

During the unity ceremony, I played “All My Loving” by the Beatles.  For the recessional, they kept it upbeat and contemporary with Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.”  I returned to Irish and Beatles music for the postlude as the guests headed off to the cocktail hour.

Wedding Music in Southwest Michigan

I play for weddings throughout Southwest Michigan, from vineyards and wineries to the beaches of Lake Michigan.  Harp music is always an excellent choice for an elegant wedding!  Visit my website {Southwest Michigan Wedding Music} to learn more.

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Harpist in Springfield, Ohio – Retirement Party Music

Harp music is not just for weddings!  Any event can be made more elegant and sophisticated with a harpist.  This intimate celebration was for a long-time employee’s retirement.  Alongside her day job, she is also a violinist!

Springfield Ohio Harpist

They managed to surprise the guest of honor with the dinner at the Springfield Polo Club, and requested classical and sacred music.  She knew almost everything I played, and I even included some of her favorite pieces – unbeknownst to me!  She tried to get some of the other guests to play “name that tune” with her, but they knew better than to try to best a musician at that game!

Harpist Springfield OH

If you are planning a corporate or private party, get in touch!  A harp adds so much to any gathering, and I would love to discuss your plans.  Visit my website – Springfield Harpist – to contact me!

 

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Kalamazoo Harpist – Ceremony at Sherman Lakes YMCA

The last time I played for a wedding at Sherman Lakes was eleven years ago!  I was glad to be back, playing for this lovely outdoor wedding ceremony.  The bride’s mother managed to keep the fact that there would be a harpist for the wedding a secret from everyone except the bride and groom!

Kalamazoo Harpist

The guests could hear the music as they walked up the path to the waterside outdoor chapel.  Prelude music included “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, “Memory” from Cats – a favorite of the bride’s maternal grandmother, and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.

Wedding Music Battle Creek

The wedding party was one attendant on each side, plus the bride’s dog as ring bearer.  It’s the first time I’ve seen a dog make the walk down the aisle without someone having to lead it!  They all entered to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” The bride’s processional was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Wedding Music Kalamazoo

As the couple lit the unity candle and presented roses to their mothers, I played “From This Moment” by Shania Twain lightly in the background.  Their recessional was the popular Ed Sheeran song “Perfect.”

Battle Creek Harpist

Postlude music played as guests exited and headed off to the reception at the hall, and included “You Raise Me Up” and “Tammy” – a favorite of the bride’s paternal grandmother!  Selecting music that is special to important people in your family is an excellent way to honor them and include them in your ceremony.

West Michigan Harpist

I play in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas (and throughout Michigan) for weddings and other events.  Contact me for availability and a quote by visiting my website:  West Michigan Harpist.

 

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