Kansas City Harpist ~ Bollywood Wedding Music

From the moment Asha contacted me about playing for her wedding, I was looking forward to October!  After the time I spent living in India and developing a broad repertoire of Bollywood songs, I love when I have the opportunity to perform them stateside for an audience who recognizes and appreciates the music!

Kansas City Harpist

Charlie and Asha held their wedding ceremony and reception at The Kelly Gallery in Overland Park, Kansas.  The ceremony took place overlooking the pond, surrounded by the beautiful colors of the fall leaves.  We even had winged and web-footed wedding guests!

As guests arrived, I played a variety of Bollywood and Western music, from “Pehla Nasha” from the Hindi movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar to “In My Life” by The Beatles.  For the officiant’s walk in, I played a much-shortened version of Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”  It doesn’t take one person very long to walk down the aisle!  The parents and grandparents entered to the traditional wedding song, “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

Bollywood Harpist & Wedding Music

The wedding party came down the hill and arrived at the ceremony site to “Chura liya hai” from Yaadon Ki Baaraat.  After they were in place, I switched to the theme song for Game of Thrones as the flower girl and ring bearer entered and waited at the footbridge.  The groom arrived on a white horse, and the bride followed.  The group completed the procession together.

Kansas Harpist in Overland Park

During the ceremony, they included a traditional element of Indian weddings, the Saptapadi.  This ritual involves the couple taking seven steps around the holy fire.  It is at this moment in the Hindu ceremony that they become officially married.  While they did this, and as Charlie presented Asha with the mangala sutra, I played “Jab​ ​Koi​ ​Baat​ ​Bigad​ ​Jaaye.”

Bollywood Wedding Musician ~ KC Harpist

The recessional that concluded the wedding was the third movement of “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.  As guests made their way to the nearby tent for the reception, I continued playing a variety of Bollywood selections, plus some favorites by Sinatra and the Beatles.

Kansas City Wedding Harpist

I am one of the few harpists to specialize in Bollywood music, and am available to play for weddings (Hindu, Western, fusion, and others) throughout the US and around the world.  Contact me via my website ~ Bollywood Harpist for Weddings ~ to receive a quote!

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Northern Indiana Harpist | Wedding in Monticello

Dan and Judy had a lovely location for their wedding – the Lighthouse Lodge in Monticello, Indiana, right on the shores of Lake Shafer.  The wind that day was a challenge, but we all made it through!

The wind was actually so strong I was never able to take my hands off the harp – it’s 90 pounds of top-heavy furniture, and threatened to topple over many times.  There were moments when I was playing with one hand and holding on for dear life with the other!  In all my years of playing, this was definitely the windiest wedding I’ve ever had.

The officiant and I could not use microphones, as they just picked up the sound of the wind, so we both just belted as loudly as we could and hoped for the best!  The bridesmaid held down her skirt and the bride herself helped hold back the hair of one of the readers so she could see the words on the page.  It was a full team effort!

Monticello Indiana Harpist for Weddings

As guests took their seats (and set them back up after the wind knocked them over!), I played “Hey Soul Sister” by Train, “Falling Slowly” from Once, “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd, and “Something There” from Beauty and the Beast.

The parents entered to “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, and the processional for the wedding party and bride was “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie.  The bride and groom performed a tree planting ceremony, and the background music they chose for this was “Concerning Hobbits” from Lord of the Rings.  The recessional, “Here Comes the Sun,” sent the guests off to the tent for the reception.

Northern Indiana Harpist

I played for cocktail hour as well, fortunately in the protection of the tent!  Music for the reception included:

  • City of Stars from La La Land
  • Main theme from Game of Thrones
  • Love Story by Taylor Swift
  • Skyfall from James Bond 007
  • Starships by Nicki Minaj
  • Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns n’ Roses
  • To Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan
  • Victor’s Piano Solo from The Corpse Bride

Not at all things you expect to hear on the harp!  I love when couples choose music that has special meaning to them – or at least music they really like! – rather than feeling constrained by the traditional playlists.

Wedding Reception Music Northern Indiana

I play the harp for weddings throughout Northern and Central Indiana, or anywhere else!  On my website {Northern Indiana Harpist for Weddings} you’ll find song lists, more pictures, and videos.  Please contact me about providing music for your event!

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Western Iowa Harpist & Funeral Musician

Harp music is the perfect way to honor loved ones who have passed.  It can be solemn and reflective or upbeat and joyful – or some of both!

I was asked by the family to provide harp music as people arrived for the funeral service at the Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park and exited on the way to the cemetery.  Following graveside rites, I played through the luncheon that was also held in the Konferenz Centre’s Hansen Hall.  From the windows by where the harp was set up, you could see the historic barn across the lawn.

Western Iowa Harpist

The music included classical pieces and jazz standards, and “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen was a particular favorite.

For any event, harp music adds a special touch.  I am available throughout western Iowa, eastern Nebraska, and beyond.  You’ll find more information on my website at Western Iowa Harpist.

Harp Player in Western Iowa

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Upper Peninsula Wedding Harpist ~ Escanaba Musician

Amy originally planned for an outdoor wedding ceremony at a winery, but the late September weather made her nervous!  She switched to an indoor ceremony at Memorial United Methodist in Gladstone, so she could just enjoy the planning rather than worrying about something she can’t do anything about!

Upper Peninsula Harpist

It turned out to be a beautiful fall day, so they were able to get lots of outdoor pictures anyway.  With the church right across the street from the bay, getting those images was convenient!

Harpist in the U.P.

As guests arrived, I played the couple’s special requests for the prelude – “L-O-V-E,”Lovesong” by The Cure, “Fields of Gold” by Sting, “Only Time” by Enya, and the theme from Beauty and the Beast.  I’ve never had the experience where the prelude requests lasted exactly how long they needed to, but this time, they did!

It’s so hard to judge how long the prelude will be, as I begin playing once guests start arriving and continue until the wedding party is ready to come down the aisle.  So it could be five minutes…or thirty-five minutes!

Escanaba Harpist for Weddings

The entire wedding party and the bride entered to “A Thousand Years” from Twilight.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional was “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. As guests exited the sanctuary, I played “Caribbean Blue” by Enya, “Is this Love” by Bob Marley, “All My Loving” by The Beatles, and “Let it Go” from Frozen.  Nothing at all traditional ~ and that was exactly how Amy planned it!

As a professional wedding harpist, I work with couples throughout the U.P., Mackinac Island, and Northern Wisconsin to add the elegance of harp music to their wedding celebrations.  I’d love to do the same for you!  Please visit my website ~ Escanaba Wedding Harpist ~ and contact me for a quote!

Wedding Harpist U.P. Escanaba

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Central IL Funeral Musician – Decatur Harpist

Although the majority of my work is for weddings, I also provide harp music to soothe the grieving at funerals and memorial services.  The music of the harp is so peaceful and reflective that it lends itself perfectly to these solemn occasions.

As family and friends gathered at New Beginnings Church of God in Decatur, I played a variety of traditional hymns and classical pieces.  Families often leave the specific music choices up to me, and I am happy to help create a program that is appropriate for the setting – or I can include special requests and favorite songs of the family.

If you are looking for a harpist anywhere in Central Illinois (or beyond) to bring the beauty of harp music to a service, please get in touch.  Visit my website ~ Decatur IL Harpist ~ to contact me and check availability.  Last-minute bookings are welcomed.

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Southeast Missouri Harpist ~ Wedding in Bonne Terre

Bailey and Brad were married at the groom’s family home just east of Bonne Terre, Missouri.  The ceremony took place on the large back lawn, with the cocktail hour around the pool and the dinner in the tent and barn.  Very much a family affair!

Southeast Missouri harpist

For September – or any time of year, really! – it was a crazy hot day.  Even though it was a little distance away from where the ceremony would take place, I had to set up the harp in the shade.  High temperatures can cause the wood glue that holds the instrument together to soften and fail, and the direct sunlight speeds up the effect. “Exploding harp” was not the sound they were going for!  I plugged in to my amplifier, had a family member check the harp’s volume from the ceremony site, and was ready to go!

SE Missouri Wedding Harpist

As the families of the bride and groom entered, I played “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You.”  The wedding party came down the aisle to “Bless the Broken Road,” and Bailey’s processional was “Marry Me” by Train.

At the beginning of the service, the couple presented roses to their mothers, with light harp background music.  For the unity sand ritual, I played “A Thousand Years” from Twilight.  Bailey had a hard time deciding what she wanted for her recessional, so asked me to come up with something.  I selected “Great Day,” which is a harp-specific piece that is very flashy and exciting, the perfect end to a wedding ceremony!

Bonne Terre Wedding Reception Music

Next was the cocktail hour, so I moved the harp closer to the pool house where I set up to play popular love songs for the post-ceremony mingle.  Most guests opted to head inside the tent for some welcome shade!  It wasn’t long before the sides of the tent were removed and sunset brought cooler temperatures.  I moved the harp just outside the tent for the dinner hour, and kept playing until the best man and maid of honor gave their toasts.

I play for weddings in Ste. Genevieve, Farmington, and throughout Southeast Missouri – and anywhere else! – and would love to collaborate with you on the music for your ceremony and reception.  On my website {Southeast Missouri Harpist} you’ll find song lists, pictures, and more.  Contact me for availability and a quote!

Harpist for Weddings in Southeast Missouri

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Central IL Wedding Music ~ Harpist at The Rail, Springfield

Lindsay and Brandon were married at The Rail in Sherman, Illinois.  They had a beautiful fall day for their ceremony on the golf course, with their reception following in the on-site tent.

Central Illinois Harpist

As guests arrived, I played popular songs, including “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “Amazed” by Lonestar, “Landslide” by Stevie Nicks, and “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth.  Not quite the type of music you’d expect to hear on the harp, but that’s exactly my specialty!  I love surprising people with the contemporary music I can play on a classic instrument.

Wedding Harpist Springfield

The wedding party entered to “Everything I Do, I Do it for You” by Bryan Adams, and Lindsay’s processional was “A Thousand Years” from Twilight.  Following the ceremony, the newlyweds exited to the bride’s special request, “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland.

Springfield IL Harpist

Through the receiving line, I continued to play popular music, such as “Time of Your Life” by Green Day, “Collide” by Howie Day, and “Love Story” by Taylor Swift.

Wedding Musician Springfield

Not a single piece of classical or traditional music in sight at this wedding!  And that’s exactly how the bride and groom wanted it.  Your wedding music should be music you like, and that doesn’t necessarily mean the wedding “classics.”  The music for each wedding ceremony I play is customized by the couple, and can be anything they want it to be, from rock ballads to Debussy.

I play for weddings in Springfield and throughout Central Illinois.  Please visit my website ~ Springfield IL Wedding Music ~ to inquire for availability and a quote!

Springfield Wedding Music Harpist

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{Chicago Harpist} – Wedding at Bobak’s Signature Events

Chicago Wedding Harpist

I’m loving these cooler temperatures – it’s really starting to feel like autumn at these September weddings!  Tara and Matthew were married in the garden at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge, with the reception following in the adjacent ballroom.

Chicago Wedding Musician

The wedding party, including the couple’s adorable 1-year-old son as ring bearer, entered to “Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast.  Tara’s processional music was “Concerning Hobbits” from Lord of the Rings.

Chicago Wedding Harpist

As they poured the sand for the unity ceremony, I played “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio, followed by “Falling Slowly” from Once for the presentation of roses to their mothers.

Chicago Wedding Music

Harp Player for Chicago Weddings

The recessional was “Marry Me” by Train.  I continued to play in the garden for the cocktail hour.  It was such a lovely evening that many guests preferred to stay outside!  Music during the reception included:

  • American Pie by Don McLean
  • Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter (the bride’s special request!)
  • Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
  • Glitter in the Air by Pink
  • Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap
  • Tiny Dancer by Elton John
  • Clocks by Coldplay

Chicago Cocktail Hour Music - Harpist

Guests loved hearing songs they recognized!  It’s not every day you get to hear a harp, but when I’m playing something you know, that’s even more exciting!  I play for weddings throughout the Chicago area, so please get in touch via my website ~ Chicago Wedding Harpist ~ to discuss the music for your ceremony and reception!

Chicago Harp Musician

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Harpist in the Upper Peninsula ~ Wedding Music

This gorgeous U.P. wedding took place on the shores of Lake Superior in Au Train at the family cabin.  It was a beautiful setting, surrounded by trees and with the sounds of water and wildlife all around, and a hand-built chuppah decorated with flowers!

The ceremony took place in a clearing close to the water’s edge.  It was muddy and the hill was too steep to get the pedal harp down there on its cart, but I had a back-up!  Knowing it could be an access issue, I brought my Celtic harp along, too.  As a bonus, this allowed me to set up the pedal harp at the reception site on the cabin’s deck ahead of time, so there would be no lull in the music between the ceremony and reception.  Everything was in place, so I could just sit down and play!

For the ceremony, the couple opted for a harp and cello duet.  Guests could hear the prelude music as they came down the hill.  For the seating of family members, we played Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  The wedding party came in to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds, and Susanne chose every cellist’s favorite, “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens, for her processional.

The recessional was “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.  Following the ceremony, guests headed back up the hill for cocktail hour and lawn games.  Music for the cocktail hour was solo harp, and included popular music such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Only Time,” and “Say You Won’t Let Go.”

As a wedding harpist available throughout the Upper Peninsula (plus Northern Wisconsin, Mackinac Island, and Northern Michigan), I would love to provide elegant music for your wedding!  Harp music, either alone or collaborating with other professional musicians, is the perfect accompaniment for your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower.  You can contact me via my website ~ Upper Peninsula Harpist ~ for a quote!

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Decatur Harpist ~ Central Illinois Wedding Music

Megan and Brandon were married on Labor Day weekend at Central Christian Church in Decatur, Illinois.  This is a stunning, historic church, and was a beautiful setting for their ceremony.

Wedding Music Central Illinois

As guests arrived, I played a variety of classical music.  When the bridesmaids came down the aisle, that was to “All My Loving” by The Beatles.  Megan’s own processional was the French song “La Vie en Rose,” which was made famous in the 1940s by Edith Piaf and is now a jazz standard.

Wedding Music Decatur Illinois

During the lighting of the unity candle, I played “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.  The recessional was back to classical music, and the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  Other joyful music followed (including “Trumpet Tune” and “Trumpet Voluntary“) as the bride and groom dismissed their guests from the sanctuary.

Decatur IL Harpist

I play for weddings throughout Central Illinois, and would love to be a part of your celebration!  I work with each of my couples to customize their wedding music, so it can be traditional or not (or a mix of everything!).  More information on my website ~ Decatur Illinois Wedding Music.

Decatur Wedding Harpist

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