Duluth Harpist | Wedding at Lake Nebagamon, WI

Bradley and Sheena had the perfect day for their outdoor wedding!  The ceremony was on the lawn of the groom’s family cabin on the shore of Lake Nebagamon in Northern Wisconsin.  They held their reception a short walk away at the Auditorium.

Duluth Wedding Harpist

As guests arrived, I played a variety of popular love songs, plus the flower girls’ special request – “Let it Go” from Frozen!  The parents of the bride and groom were seated to “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.  The bridal party came down the aisle to “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes, and the bride’s processional was “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.

Harp Player Northern Wisconsin

During the service, they played a recording of the bride’s late grandfather singing “The Lord’s Prayer” during the unity sand ceremony.  The recessional was “Imagine” by John Lennon, followed by “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  A few more songs as guests exited, then I pushed the harp down the street to the reception!

Harpist Duluth MN

With such beautiful weather, many guests stayed outside.  I set up the harp at the entrance to the hall, so the majority of guests would be within hearing range of its sound.  The music for cocktail hour included more pop songs, jazz pieces, and Broadway hits, along with special requests for “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, “Dream On” by Aerosmith, and the English folk song “Greensleeves” – for something completely different!

Northern Wisconsin Harpist

Yes, I can take your guests’ requests!  My specialty is playing music people don’t expect to hear on the harp, but I know all of the classical standards, too.  The music for your wedding can range from classic to contemporary, and everything in between!  I play for weddings all around Duluth, Northern Minnesota, and Northern Wisconsin.  Visit my website ~ Duluth Harpist ~ to contact me for a quote!

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Harpist in Chicago ~ Wedding Ceremony at The Farmhouse

Chicago Wedding Harpist

Like many of my 2020 couples, Amanda and Bill were married last year, then waited to have a full celebration with family and friends until 2021.  It was like a 1st anniversary party and wedding rolled into one, on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend at The Farmhouse in Plainfield.

Wedding Harp Chicago

The weather was perfect for the outdoor ceremony, held in the gardens with a stone fireplace as the backdrop.  As guests arrived and were seated in the courtyard, I played a variety of romantic love songs and a few classical pieces.  The wedding party – including the two mothers as flower girls! – entered to “Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast.

Wedding Harpist Joliet

Amanda walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.  Their recessional was “Married Life” from the Disney movie Up, and I followed that with more uptempo popular pieces.

Harp Music Joliet

I play for weddings in Joliet and throughout the Chicago area, and would love to play for your ceremony!  I also provide music for receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, and engagement parties.  Harp music is the perfect addition to any wedding celebration!  Visit my website ~ Chicago Wedding Harp Music ~ to get in touch.

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Peoria Wedding Music ~ Ceremony at Kickapoo Creek Winery

Janaya and Dillon had to reschedule their wedding due to COVID not once, but twice!  They were finally able to get married on the Friday of Labor Day weekend.  Holiday weekends are the perfect time for a non-Saturday wedding!

Kickapoo Creek Wedding

Their wedding was held at Kickapoo Creek Winery in Edwards, Illinois.  Just a few minutes’ drive from Peoria, they have beautiful grounds, a banquet hall, and a pavilion that lets you have an outdoor wedding, no matter the weather.  With the rain coming in off and on all day, it was wonderful to not have that worry!

Peoria Harpist

The covered pavilion would keep everything dry in the rain and shaded on hot sunny days, plus it’s just steps away from the vineyard for pictures and the banquet hall for dinner.  Very convenient!

Wedding Music Peoria IL

The prelude included popular pieces, such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Hallelujah.”  The family members, groomsmen, and the groom entered to “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine.

Harp Player Peoria IL

For the wedding party processional, I played another piece from the Twilight movies, “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last.  Janaya wanted her entrance to happen when the song built to a crescendo, so I watched for the flower girl and ring bearers to enter, then made that happen for her!

Peoria Wedding Music Harp

That’s one of the benefits of live music for a wedding ceremony – I can cut, lengthen, shorten, jump between sections…whatever I need to do to make the music work the way you want it to, all while making it sound seamless and make musical sense.  Their recessional was “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, followed by other popular and uptempo songs as everyone headed off to the banquet hall.

Wedding Harpist Peoria IL

I play for events in the Peoria area and throughout Central Illinois.  Visit my website ~ Peoria Wedding Music ~ to get in touch and make plans for your wedding!

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Chicago Wedding Music – Harp & Violin at Farmington Lake

Farmington Lake is a beautiful venue!  Hosting ceremonies, they have a space that overlooks the lake plus a nearby tent.  The non-uniform chairs and arched windows that define the seating space give it a rustic yet elegant vibe!

Chicago Wedding Harpist

Morgan and Sam had a hot day for their wedding, but fortunately there was a cool breeze – enough to make the harp strings sing on their own!  For this ceremony, I was joined by one of my musician colleagues for harp and violin duets.  We played classical music as guests arrived, including “Arioso” by J.S. Bach, “Largo” from Xerxes by Handel, and the theme from Holst’s “Jupiter.”

Harp Music Chicago

Music for family seating was Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and the wedding party came down the aisle to “The Prayer” from Quest for Camelot.  The doors at the top of the aisle closed, and when they opened, Morgan entered to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”

Chicago Violin and Harp Duet

During the ceremony, the bride and groom presented roses to family members.  As they were doing this, I played “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Faure.  After a ceremony filled with classics, they chose something more contemporary for their recessional – “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole.  That’s some get-to-the-party music!  We continued with more up-tempo music for the postlude as guests exited.

Chicago Wedding Music Duet

As a harp soloist or in an ensemble with other musicians, I love providing music for weddings!  Along with the harp, you may opt to add a violin, flute, cello, guitar, piano, trumpet, vocalist, marimba, steel drums, string quartet, or even multiple harps!  If you would like to discuss the perfect musical duo, trio, or larger ensemble for the music you have chosen, I’m  happy to help!  Get in touch at ~ Chicago Wedding Harpist ~ and we’ll start planning!

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Wedding at The Celebration Farm ~ Iowa City Harpist

Wedding Harpist Iowa City

Haylee and Chance were married on a hot August Friday at the Celebration Farm outside of Iowa City.  Originally planned for October of 2020, like many couples, they had to reschedule.

Iowa Harpist

When they finally were able to come together with friends and family, they had an outdoor ceremony in the amphitheater and the reception at the Double Round Barn.  The stone arches frame the ceremony space beautifully!

Iowa City Wedding Harpist

I played harp prelude as their guests arrived, and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for the seating of the families.  The wedding party came down the aisle to “Arioso” by J.S. Bach.  The DJ played the bridal processional and unity sand music.

Iowa City Harpist

Back to harp for the recessional (“Wedding March” by Mendelssohn) and the postlude.  The music continued until the guests had gotten inside the air conditioning at the reception!

Harpist Iowa City

I play for weddings in Iowa City and throughout Eastern Iowa, so if you are planning a wedding or event, get in touch!  Visit my website ~ Iowa City Harpist ~ to contact me and start planning the music for your day!

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Milwaukee Harpist | Wedding at Rustic Manor 1848

Milwaukee Harp Music

Another beautiful day for an outdoor wedding!  Katherine and Andy were married at Rustic Manor 1848 in Hartland, Wisconsin.  It’s a beautiful venue, not too far from Waukesha or Milwaukee, with a modern barn, historic home, and a garden ceremony space.

Milwaukee Wedding Harpist

The bride’s brother officiated the ceremony, and the music was classical but not the traditional wedding selections.  The parents and wedding party came down the aisle to the Third Movement of “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Katherine’s bridal processional was “First Arabesque” by Debussy.

Harp Player Waukesha WI

For the recessional at the conclusion of the ceremony, the newlyweds exited to a joyful “Great Day.”  I continued playing upbeat classical pieces as guests headed to the cocktail hour and lawn games up by the barn.

Harpist in Waukesha

I play for weddings in Waukesha, Milwaukee, and throughout southern Wisconsin.  Contact me ~ Milwaukee Wedding Harpist ~ to check availability and receive a quote!

Wisconsin Harpist

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South Bend Wedding Music ~ Harpist

Friday the 13th was a lucky day for Cayla and Philip!  They celebrated their wedding at the Gillespie Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn in South Bend, Indiana, and had a beautiful day for their courtyard ceremony.

South Bend Wedding Harpist

The groom’s sister was the one who originally contacted me, and she hired me as her wedding present to the couple.  Yes, you can gift wedding music!

Wedding Music in South Bend

The bride and groom chose the music for the ceremony, which included classical music for guest arrival, followed by “Prelude in C” by J.S. Bach for the seating of family members and the entrance of the flower girls and ring bearers.

Harpist in South Bend IN

Cayla came down the aisle to “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey, a song that featured on the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.  The recessional was “Great Day,” a glissando-filled harp solo by Nancy Gustavson.

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Harp music continued as guests made their way inside for the reception.  Classical, popular, or a mix of everything, the music of the harp is the perfect way to add a touch of distinction and elegance to your wedding!  Visit my website ~ South Bend Wedding Music ~ to get in touch and receive a quote.

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Harpist in Birmingham ~ Alabama Wedding Music

Erika and William had a wedding fit for royalty at The Sterling Castle in rural Shelby, Alabama.  A short drive from either Birmingham or Montgomery, their guests were treated to a beautiful setting and an evening of music!

Alabama Wedding Harpist

They had the cocktail hour prior to the ceremony, with a jazz ensemble playing on the patio.  With everyone already at the venue, the ceremony started right on time!  The rain stopped about half an hour before it was scheduled to begin, and their outdoor ceremony by the lake was able to go ahead as planned.

Wedding Harpist Birmingham AL

As guests walked over from the castle and were seated, I played “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Disney’s The Lion King, as well as other contemporary popular love songs.  The processional began at the castle doors, with the family coming down the aisle to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  The wedding party entrance music was “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, and Erika entered to a classical harp piece, “Processional” by Linda Wood.

Montgomery AL Harpist

During the love lock ceremony, I played the Etta James jazz standard “At Last.”  Following this, an instrumental interlude of “Amazing Grace.”  The recessional was “All My Loving” by The Beatles.  I continued the postlude music, which included “All You Need is Love,” along with other upbeat pop pieces, until all of the guests had returned to the castle for the dinner reception.

Birmingham AL Harpist

I play for weddings in Birmingham, Montgomery, and anywhere in Alabama.  Get in touch to start planning your wedding music!  On my website ~ Alabama Wedding Harpist ~ you can listen to more audio clips, read reviews, and contact me for a quote.

Harpist in Alabama

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Ste. Genevieve Harpist | Wedding at Chaumette Vineyard

Nora and David met in the Czech Republic while he was there as a Fulbright Scholar.  After being married there, they decided to have a second wedding ceremony and reception close to his hometown in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, so friends and family who couldn’t travel to Europe were still able to celebrate with them.

Missouri Wedding Music Ste. Genevieve

Chaumette Vineyard and Winery in rural Ste. Genevieve was the setting for the day.  Their ceremony took place at the historic St. Vincent’s-in-the-Vineyard chapel.  The prelude included the “Largo” from Dvorak’s New World Symphony, and the wedding party came down the aisle to “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.

Nora’s processional music was “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and the recessional was “Great Day,” a classical harp piece full of glissandos that is the perfect way to send everyone off to the reception!  In this case, however, a thunderstorm kept everyone right where they were.  No problem – harp music continued until the rain calmed and we could all relocate to the Vineyard Gallery!

Harp Player Ste. Genevieve Wedding

For the cocktail hour, the bride and groom requested “Georgia on My Mind” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”  When everyone was seated for dinner (and more likely to be listening to the music) they wanted “Die Moldau” by Smetana – which garnered applause from the Czech contingent in attendance! – Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, and the American folk song “Shenandoah.”

Ste. Genevieve Wedding Harpist

I also played for the first dances:

  • Bride & Groom: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  • Father-in-Law & Bride:  “House of the Rising Sun”
  • Mother & Groom:  “Stand by Me
  • Mother-in-Law & Groom:  “Waltz in G Major” by Brahms

Ste. Genevieve is full of wineries, historic sites, and other romantic locations perfect for a wedding!  I play for events throughout Southeast Missouri and St. Louis, and would love to collaborate with you to create the perfect soundtrack for your wedding day.  Visit my website ~ Ste. Genevieve Wedding Music ~ to receive a quote!

Wedding Music Ste. Genevieve

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Wausau Harpist ~ Catholic Wedding Music

Tamara and Darrin were married in July at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Wausau, Wisconsin.  Along with a vocalist from the church, I provided all of the music for their wedding Mass.

Northern Wisconsin Harpist

The prelude music for guest arrival included classical selections, and the wedding party came down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  Tamara’s bridal processional was “Beautiful in White” by Westlife.  The two pieces have the same chord progression, so they complement one another nicely!

Harp Music Wisconsin

During the service, I accompanied the cantor for all of the liturgical music (Gospel Acclamation, Holy Holy, Memorial Acclamation, Lamb of God, and the Psalm), as well as “Bridal Prayer” by Roger Copeland for the unity candle and “How Beautiful” for communion.

Wausau WI Harpist

Trumpet Voluntary” was the recessional to conclude the ceremony, and the uptempo classical selections continued as the guests exited the sanctuary.

I play for weddings throughout Central and Northern Wisconsin, in churches, gardens, banquet halls, homes, and more.  Harp music is an excellent choice for any wedding!  Contact me via my website ~ Wausau Wedding Harpist ~ to check availability for your wedding and receive a quote.

Wausau Wedding Music

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