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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Youngstown Harpist {Maronite Wedding Music}

I have been lucky this July – with all of the extremely high temperatures, I’ve been playing for indoor events most of the month!  This beautiful wedding ceremony was held at St. Maron Church in Youngstown, Ohio.

This was the first Maronite Crowning Ceremony I had played for in about a decade, and was glad to have the guidance of the church’s music director.  It’s also good that I’m an excellent sight reader!  We played harp and piano duets for the sung parts of the service, accompanying the church’s cantor.

Harpist in Youngstown

As the families were seated, I played “How Beautiful,” followed by “Canon in D” for the wedding party processional.  Allison came down the aisle to “Grow Old Along with Me.”  Although she preferred more contemporary music, we have to abide by church guidelines and select music that is appropriate for a religious service.  You can always save the popular songs for the reception!

Maronite Wedding Music

During the service, I played Schubert’s “Ave Maria” as they went to the Blessed Mother, and then Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the recessional.

Pennsylvania Wedding Harpist

I play for weddings in Youngstown and throughout Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.  Contact me with the details of your event by visiting my website:  Youngstown Wedding Harpist!

Youngstown Wedding Harpist

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South Asian Harp Music ~ International Dinner in Des Moines

This summer, the Disciples of Christ Church held their General Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa.  As part of their International Dinner, they launched a new South Asia initiative.  What could be more perfect for dinner entertainment than music of the region played on the harp!

Indian Harp Music

Along with the Bollywood hits that I learned while living in India, I played folk songs from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines.  I love playing unique music from all corners of the globe!

South Asian Harpist

No matter what type of music you would like to hear, I can play it on the harp!  Along with a wide range of Bollywood and other Indian music, I am constantly adding to my repertoire, and welcome your special requests.

Bollywood Harpist

Contact me to check availability and receive a quote:  South Asia Harpist.  I am available worldwide to play for events of all types – have harp, will travel!

Southeast Asian Music

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Springfield Wedding Music {Washington Park Gazebo}

I love weekday weddings!  They are casual, less rushed, and more intimate.  Perfect for the couple who doesn’t want all the “fuss” of a big wedding!  This couple was married on a Thursday afternoon at the Washington Park Gazebo in Springfield.  They even were blessed with comfortable temperatures and good weather – and it was the second outing for my Venus Encore harp!

Springfield Wedding Harpist

As guests arrived at the gazebo, I played “You Raise Me Up,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “I’m Yours” – all special requests of the bride and groom.  As Ashley came down the sidewalk toward the gazebo, I played “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera.  The bride’s sister was their officiant, and she created a personal and meaningful ceremony.

Springfield Harpist

Their recessional was the hymn “Amazing Grace.”  I continued with postlude music as family pictures began, and the background music included “Come Sail Away,” “Bless the Broken Road,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Washington Park Gazebo Wedding

The harp is the perfect addition to any ceremony!  I have played for weddings ranging from 3 to 3000 guests, on every day of the week, and ranging in dress code from beachwear to white tie.  Contact me with the details of your wedding day to start planning – Springfield Wedding Music.

Central Illinois Wedding Music

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Wedding Reception in Decatur | Central IL Harpist

July started with a wedding reception (cocktails and dinner) at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel.  Kathleen and Kyle were married in the afternoon at the Catholic church, with their reception following in the evening.  Temperatures nearly hit 100 degrees, and everyone was glad the entire celebration was indoors!

Decatur IL Wedding Reception

The room was decorated in gold, pink, and navy blue, and I was playing as the doors were opened for guests to enter.  Kathleen simply asked for some classical, popular, and traditional wedding music, but left the specific selections up to me.

Decatur Illinois Harpist

Some of the pieces I played included:

Wedding Reception Music Decatur

A little something for guests of all ages!  You can have as much (or as little!) control over the playlist for your wedding as you would like.  Some couples have a list of songs that are meaningful for them that they want included; others are looking for the elegant ambiance the harp provides and want me to make the choices to best showcase the instrument.  Either way is fine with me!

Decatur Wedding Harpist

If you would like to discuss your wedding music plans (ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner), visit my website to get in touch:  Decatur Wedding Music.

And one extra-special touch from this wedding – a way to honor their furry family members and do some good for their community, too!

Wedding Reception in Decatur

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Galena Wedding Music – Harpist at Eagle Ridge

Another beautiful Galena wedding!  I began and ended the month of June at this popular wedding destination in Northwest Illinois.  This time, I was at Eagle Ridge Resort, playing for Steve & Micki’s ceremony on their tented deck.  We had a beautiful view over Galena Lake.

Galena Wedding Harpist The bride and groom requested Irish music before and after the wedding ceremony, so guests arrived to the sound of jigs, reels, and airs.  Some of the pieces I played were written by Turlough O’Carolan, a blind Irish harper who traveled throughout Ireland, composing pieces for patrons – some of them were even commissioned to celebrate a wedding!

As the families entered, I played “I See You, My Beloved,” a Bohemian folk song.  With a large wedding party, they wanted something uptempo to get them down the aisle quickly, and chose “I’ll Stand by You” by The Pretenders.  Micki went with “Something” by The Beatles for her processional.

Galena Illinois Wedding Music

After they were pronounced husband and wife, Micki and Steve walked back down the aisle to “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica.  Then right back into the Irish songs!

Their music was anything but traditional, but it was exactly what they wanted!  I love collaborating with couples as they create a wedding soundtrack that fits their personalities and style.  Get in touch to start planning your ceremony music today!  Contact me at Galena Wedding Music.

Harpist in Galena IL

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Birmingham Wedding Harpist ~ Ceremony at Creekside Meadows

Alabama Harp Player

The last of three weddings in one June weekend!  Back to Alabama for a ceremony at Creekside Meadows in Morris, just north of Birmingham.  It was a warm evening, but again – no rain!

Harpist in Birmingham AL

This outdoor ceremony took place on the bank of Turkey Creek, with the reception across the lawn in the pavilion.  The families were seated to “Hymne” by the Greek composer Vangelis, and the wedding party processional was “Marry Me” by Train.

Birmingham Alabama Harpist

Lauren came down the aisle to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.  A classic wedding piece!  During the service, the couple had communion.  During this time, I played the hymn “Amazing Grace” in the background.  The recessional was Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”  A modern classic!

Alabama Wedding Harpist

I play for weddings in Birmingham and throughout Central and Northern Alabama.  Visit my website to learn more and contact me for a quote and availability:  Birmingham Wedding Harpist.

Birmingham AL Harpist

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Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist | Chartiers Country Club

After a week of rain, my whole weekend turned out beautifully!  The ground was a little soggy in places, but all three of my outdoor weddings were able to go ahead as scheduled.  On Saturday, that was for a ceremony and cocktail hour at Chartiers Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Harpist

Guests stayed in the shade of the patio umbrellas as long as possible before coming out to the ceremony site on the golf course.  Even from there, they could hear the harp music!  The families were seated to “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, and the wedding party processional was “Come Sail Away” by Styx.  Perhaps not something you’d expect to hear on the harp?

Western Pennsylvania Harpist

Jenna’s entrance music was a contemporary favorite, “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.  As the bride and groom did their wine unity ceremony, I played “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” lightly in the background.  Their recessional was “All My Loving,” which I followed up with another Beatles tune, “All You Need is Love.”

Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist

I had several guests compliment the non-traditional music that I played, especially during the cocktail hour on the patio.  Of course, all the pieces were the couple’s choice!  Time and time again, I hear from guests that they’ve never seen a harp in person, and love both the visual impact of the instrument and hearing me play songs they recognize.  The harp is very versatile, and I cover a wide range of musical styles – Bach, Bollywood, jazz, and more!

Pittsburgh Harp Player

In Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania (and beyond!), I would love to add to the ambiance of your wedding day!  Contact me at Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist for details, availability, and a quote!

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