Originally scheduled for January, COVID forced a reschedule for this event! Fortunately, I was available for their new date in April, and was able to play for their corporate celebration then.
I set up in the International Lobby of the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids. The event was taking place in the ballroom, and I was in the lobby for the breaks between sessions and speakers. The hotel also had snacks and meals for the attendees.
They especially enjoyed hearing songs they recognized – and might not expect to hear on the harp! I played everything from Ed Sheeran to Metallica (by special request!) and Beyonce to Elvis.
Harp music is a special and unexpected touch, with a huge visual “wow” factor, loved by guests of all ages. Contact me to discuss having a harpist at your next event! I play for weddings, corporate functions, private parties, and more in Grand Rapids and throughout Central and West Michigan. Visit my website ~ Grand Rapids Harp Music ~ to get in touch!
Megan and Cory chose to have a Renaissance-themed wedding, and invited their guests (and their harpist!) to dress to the era. I’m always happy to wear attire that matches your colors, level of formality, and theme!
Those sleeves look amazing when I playing the harp! As guests arrived at the Firestone Baars Chapel in Columbia, Missouri, they were greeted with classical, Renaissance, and New Age music. For the seating of the family, they chose “Only Time” by Enya.
The wedding party came down the aisle to the main theme from Final Fantasy VII, and Megan’s bridal processional was “A Time for Us” from Romeo and Juliet. The bride’s brother did a reading, under which I lightly played the Irish folk song “Fanaid Grove.”
During the handfasting ceremony, the background music was another Final Fantasy VII selection, “Aerith’s Theme.” To conclude the ceremony, the recessional was “Caribbean Blue,” also by Enya. I continued with upbeat music as guests exited the sanctuary and were off to the reception.
I love playing for weddings, of any size, theme, or style! The music for your wedding creates the ambiance from the first moments your guests arrive at your ceremony. Get in touch via my website ~ Missouri Wedding Harpist ~ to start planning the soundtrack for your day!
My career as a harpist has taken me all over the world, this time to Phnom Penh, Cambodia! My Lyon & Healy Silhouette electric harp made the trip with me, playing for a wedding reception at the OCIC Wedding Hall.
This beautiful silver harp can plug into my own or any sound system in place at your venue, and is extremely portable. For this wedding, I moved the harp around the room between sets. Connected to a wireless transmitter, the harp and I can go anywhere!
The wedding reception was held on an April evening, and the room was filled to the ceiling with flowers. The lights bathed the room (and the harp) in different colors, and the silver of the harp reflected them beautifully! All of the changes made the room feel like a different space each time.
Guests entered the hall via a hall lined with flowers. Inside, the room was decorated to represent a Grecian garden, with tulips, hydrangeas, roses, and greenery creating two backdrops on each side of the space, winding down the center of each long table and up columns to the ceiling. It was a visual spectacle!
The music added to the luxurious ambiance. My harp was the only harp in the entire country of Cambodia! I love introducing people around the world to this instrument. I played as guests entered the hall, serenading them with a variety of contemporary love songs.
I alternated with a traditional Khmer orchestra, consisting of strings, winds, piano, and percussion. They had vocalists for most of their selections, singing in both English and Khmer. We played back and forth as guests were served dinner.
The entrance of the bride was accompanied by harp music. She requested “Conversations in the Dark,” the 2020 release by John Legend, as she walked across the hall to her groom. I played until they were ready to cut the massive cake – it needed a sword!
My harp and I travel frequently all over the world, playing for weddings and events. I am available anywhere in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, or anywhere else! Harp music is the perfect way to add elegance and sophistication to your wedding, wherever you are celebrating. Visit my website ~ International Wedding Harpist ~ to contact me and make plans to wow your guests with your wedding music!
Erin and Ryan had a beautiful Sunday evening wedding at the Omni William Penn. From the 17th floor of the hotel, their ceremony in the Urban Room overlooked downtown Pittsburgh. The high-ceilinged space was filled with harp music, and my harp fit in perfectly with the Art Deco stylings!
As guests were seated, I played a variety of classical music and contemporary love songs. The wedding party processional was Elton John’s “Your Song.” Erin and her parents came down the aisle to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.
During the Jewish ceremony, they used a kiddush cup that was originally from the groom’s father’s Bar Mitzvah. The rabbi read the ketubah to the guests, and the brothers of the bride and groom recited the seven blessings.
The ceremony concluded with the breaking of the glass, and I played “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles as the recessional. Guests exited to the cocktail hour, and I continued with upbeat popular music as they went through the receiving line.
I play for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other events in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. Please get in touch to discuss the music for your event! You’ll find more pictures, song lists, and audio/video samples at my website: Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist.
Harp music is an excellent choice for any gathering, creating a peaceful atmosphere. For this memorial service, guests entered the Heritage Golf Club in Hilliard as harp melodies filled the room. The music included classical and sacred favorites, such as “Meditation” from Thais, “Arioso” and “Prelude in C” by J.S. Bach, and concluding with Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”
During the service, I played the hymn “Amazing Grace” before the homily and light background music during the petitions. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz concluded the service, with everyone exiting to the lobby for the luncheon.
I play for funerals and memorial services, as well as other events, in Columbus and throughout central Ohio. Please get in touch at ~ Columbus Harpist ~ to start planning the music.
Colleen and Colin’s original wedding date was right as everything in Chicago was closing down in March of 2020. They had a very small wedding with just immediate families that year, then celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary with a full ceremony and reception at Morton Arboretum in Lisle!
The ceremony was held in the Founder’s Room, the former library of the mansion. It was a rainy day, but the snowdrops were blooming and giving us a little taste of spring! I played harp prelude music as guests arrived for the morning ceremony and took their seats.
For the seating of family members and the processional of the wedding party, I played “Ave Maria” by Schubert. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran was the bridal processional, and the ceremony concluded with “Trumpet Voluntary” as the recessional.
Harp postlude music continued until the guests had exited and were off to the cocktail hour in the lobby. The reception followed in the Arbor Room, also in the Thornhill Education Center. Morton Arboretum has many beautiful indoor and outdoor venues for your wedding!
If you are planning a wedding in Chicago or any of the suburbs and would like harp music, please get in touch! Visit my website ~ Chicago Wedding Harpist ~ to contact me for a quote.
When you are celebrating the life of a loved one, the music can really bring back memories and set the tone for the service. For this family, they chose music from a variety of genres that was meaningful to them.
As the family entered the sanctuary at the beginning of the service, I played “Stairway to Heaven.” The music during the service itself was provided by family members, and then I played the main theme of “Game of Thrones” as they recessed. I continued with other music selections as everyone exited to drive to the graveside service.
For funerals and other events throughout Central Iowa, I specialize in collaborating with my clients to ensure the music is exactly what they want it to be! Get in touch at ~ Des Moines Harpist ~ to discuss hearing your favorite selections on the harp.
Harp music has the perfect reflective and ethereal sound to accompany a funeral Mass. For this service, I was joined by one of the vocalists from the Cathedral, Angela Rocchio. I played prelude music as people entered the sanctuary, ending with “All I Ask of You” by Gregory Norbet, and then she sang the entrance hymn, “Turn to Me” by John Foley with harp accompaniment.
The harp provided all of the liturgical music for the Mass, and Angela served as the cantor. For the Responsorial Psalm, we used the Brian Michael Page setting of Psalm 23, followed by the “Celtic Alleluia.”
“Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)” was sung by the assembly, and the music during the Eucharist was “I Am the Bread of Life” and Schubert’s “Ave Maria.” The service concluded with the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”
I continued with solo harp selections as people exited the sanctuary. For religious or secular memorial services, the music of the harp can be a comfort to grieving families. The music you choose can celebrate your loved one’s life and memory, and is a beautiful reminder of special moments. You can contact me at any time via my website ~ St. Louis Funeral Music ~ to pre-plan or make arrangements on short notice.
This year was certainly better for weddings than 2020! I’m so happy for the couples who were finally able to celebrate with family and friends this year. If you are making plans for your ceremony music, this list is a great place to start! You’ll find many traditional favorites, as well as some pieces you might not have considered.
Instead of creating just a “Top 10” list, the listing below includes ALL of the music chosen by my couples in 2021. 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.
This was the first year, in over 18 years of playing for weddings, that not a single couple chose the traditional “Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)” for the bridal processional! “Canon in D” is still a popular choice, used by my couples for the family seating, wedding party processional, and bride’s entrance.
But popular music is becoming even more requested! It’s a natural choice for the recessional at the end of the ceremony to send your guests off to the party (the Beatles topped this section), but other pop songs are making appearances for other moments of the ceremony. Your wedding music is about YOU – so it should be whatever songs speak to you!
If you are looking for a musician for your wedding, contact me to discuss the music for your ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner!
Bridal Processionals (entrance music for the bride):
It was a cold winter day, but the fireplace made the room at Mariah’s Steakhouse cozy for this intimate wedding reception!
Originally scheduled for the fall, the couple moved their wedding to January. They gathered with their families for dinner, with a soundtrack of harp music. They chose “Canon in D” and “River Flows in You” for the time as guests were arriving, then “Marry You” by Bruno Mars for when they made their entrance.
During dinner, I played a variety of contemporary love songs, including “All of Me,” “Love Me Like You Do,” “I’ll Be,” and “Stay with Me.”
For wedding ceremonies and receptions (yes, even your first dance!), the harp can provide a classic and elegant atmosphere, all with covers of classical and modern music that you choose. Visit my website ~ Springfield Wedding Music ~ to check my availability and receive a quote!