Wedding Harpist in Northern Mississippi

Mississippi Harp Player

Although they currently live in California, Jill and Rieker came to Mississippi for their wedding.  Their November wedding had perfect fall weather!  With the ceremony at the Tomnolen Baptist Church in Eupora, MS, and the reception in the adjacent church hall, it was convenient for their guests, too!

Wedding Harpist Mississippi

I played classical music and love songs as guests entered the church and took their seats.  When the families were ready to enter, I played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  The wedding party entered to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel, and Jill chose the traditional “Bridal Chorus” for her processional.

Mississippi Harpist

During the ceremony, friends of the couple played guitar and sang as the bride and groom created their unity cross.  The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary” on the harp, and then everyone was off to the reception!

Harp Musician Mississippi

They didn’t have any specific music requests for the dinner hour, so I played a variety of contemporary songs, jazz standards, and classical pieces.  Some of these included “Cantique de Jean Racine,” “Perfect,” and “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You.”

Oxford MS Harpist

When a couple of toddlers came up close to observe, I began to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”  It’s a hit with the preschool crowd!  They sang along and danced.  Most people never have the opportunity to see a harp up close, and I love to share what I do with them – especially children!

Tupelo Harpist

I play for weddings and events in the Oxford area and throughout Northern Mississippi and Memphis.  Visit my website ~ Mississippi Wedding Harpist ~ to get in touch and start planning your wedding music!

Northern Mississippi Harpist

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Jackson, MS, Harpist ~ Wedding at McClain Lodge

Jackson MS Wedding Music

This was my final outdoor wedding for the year.  Fall weather is definitely upon us, and it’s nearly time to get out the Christmas music!  Hannah Grace and Henry were married at the lakeside pavilion, complete with a fireplace (wonderful on a cool autumn evening!), at McClain Lodge in Brandon, Mississippi.  Just a short drive from Jackson, it’s secluded and beautiful, and has indoor and outdoor options for both your ceremony and reception.

Wedding Harpist Jackson MS

The bride chose to have mostly Disney music for the ceremony.  The groom and officiant entered to “Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and the family took their seats as I played “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” both from The Lion King.  The wedding party processional was “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story, and Hannah Grace came down the aisle to the traditional “Bridal Chorus.”

Jackson Mississippi Harpist

They had a dove release at the conclusion of the ceremony.  The doves didn’t want to go very far at first (even through I was playing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana), and wandered among the family seated in the front row!  The recessional was from Aladdin – “A Whole New World.”  I continued to play upbeat postlude music as guests walked to the reception in the lodge.

Harp Player in Jackson MS

Whether you prefer traditional classical music or something entirely different, the harp can provide all of the music for your wedding ceremony!  I play in Jackson and throughout Mississippi for weddings and other events (corporate, parties, holidays, church services, etc.).  Get in touch via my website ~ Jackson Mississippi Wedding Harpist ~ to check availability and receive a quote!

Central Mississippi Harp Player

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Harpist in Grand Rapids ~ Downtown Market Greenhouse Wedding

I absolutely love greenhouse weddings.  You get the feel of being outside, but without the worries about the weather!  They are a year-round option for weddings, as well.  This ceremony was in the Downtown Market Greenhouse in Grand Rapids – very convenient to grab some great Thai food for lunch before the ceremony!

The flowers for this wedding were stunning!  Huge arrangements lined the aisle and a beautiful arch framed the bride and groom exchanging vows.  They requested popular songs for guest arrival music, so I included “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys, “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, and the jazz standard “At Last.”

Family members were seated to “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the Disney movie Pinocchio, and the wedding party processional was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  Lauren chose another Disney song, the theme from Beauty and the Beast, for her walk down the aisle.

During the ceremony, the couple created a time capsule to open on their 10th anniversary, containing a bottle of wine and notes to each other and from their family and friends.  The recessional was “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, and I kept the music going as the newlyweds dismissed their guests to the reception across the hall.

I play for weddings in Grand Rapids and throughout West Michigan.  Contact me to check availability for your date at {Grand Rapids Wedding Music}!

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Cedar Falls Wedding Musicians {Harp, Violin, & Cello Trio}

A harp by itself is impressive, but add a violin and cello, and it makes your wedding music even more spectacular!  Lyda and Cory’s ceremony took place at First Presbyterian Church in Independence, Iowa, and featured this trio.  The bride’s parents had a harpist at their ceremony, so this was a special way to remember their own wedding day.

Waterloo Iowa Harpist

We played popular love songs for the prelude as guests arrived, including “All of Me,” “Stand by Me,” and “Perfect.”  The family seating selection was Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and the wedding party and bride both entered to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.  When this piece is chosen for the entire processional, we reserve the faster, more majestic section for the bride’s entrance.  It makes the music have a consistent flow, but still something special for the bride!

Wedding Harpist Iowa

During the service, we accompanied a vocalist for two pieces.  “In This Very Room” was performed as a special solo at the beginning of the ceremony, then Malotte’s “Lord’s Prayer” was sung during the unity sand.  The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary,” which we followed up with more up-tempo classical pieces and waltzes.

Harp Violin Cello Trio Wedding Music

From solo harp to a small orchestra, I can provide whatever musicians you would like for your ceremony!  We play for weddings in Iowa and throughout the Midwest, and you can check availability and receive a quote by contacting me via my website:  Iowa Wedding Harpist.

Cedar Falls Harpist for Weddings

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Birthday Party Music ~ Springfield Harpist

I play for lots of weddings – but that’s not all!  On a Sunday evening, a local children’s book author planned a special birthday celebration for his wife.  He hired a chef from a fine dining restaurant to cook them dinner in their home, and I played harp for them!

Springfield Harpist

Neither of them had ever seen a harp up close, but now there was one in their living room!  They had a very eclectic list of requests, everything from Beethoven to Ed Sheeran to the theme song from Super Mario Brothers.  Yes, I can play that on the harp!

I have played for guest lists of 2000+ and for 2.  No event is too large or too small to add harp music to the plans!  Contact me at {Springfield Harpist} to check availability and discuss your event.

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Wedding Harpist in Iowa City {Red Barn at Pine Creek Ranch}

What a change in the weather from last weekend!  Now it is definitely getting cooler – guests for this outdoor wedding were even provided with blankets to keep warm.  It was so windy, I barely could take my hands off the harp to grab a couple of pictures!

Iowa City Harpist for Weddings

The Red Barn at Pine Creek Events in rural Marengo, Iowa, hosted the wedding.  Right between Iowa City and Grinnell, it’s a wonderful rustic addition to the venue options in the area!

Harpist in Iowa City

The prelude was popular love songs, including “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You,” and “Stay with Me.”  The family entered to “Aria” from Handel’s Rinaldo, and the wedding party processional was “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach.  The bride’s entrance music was another Bach piece, “Prelude in C.”

Wedding Music Marengo Iowa

They chose “Canon in D” for the unity ceremony, then the traditional Mendelssohn “Wedding March” for the recessional.  Postlude music as guests headed back to the barn for the reception went back to popular selections – “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, and Bob Marley’s “One Love.”  Yes, I can play those on the harp!

I play for weddings in Marengo, Iowa City, the Amana Colonies, and Grinnell, and throughout Central Iowa.  Check my website – Iowa City Wedding Harpist – for more information and to contact me for a quote for your event!

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Fort Wayne Harpist ~ Grand Wayne Center

I play for events any day of the week, including this Thursday evening cocktail hour for the Rotary Summit at the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Attendees gathered in the Atrium before heading to the ballroom for the Opening General Session.

Fort Wayne Music for Events

Guests love having the opportunity to hear harp music, and many grab a selfie with the instrument, too!  I played a variety of popular and classical songs, from “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran to “Sheep May Safely Graze” by Bach to “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica.  A little something for everyone!

Fort Wayne Harpist

If you are planning an event, contact me about adding harp music to your plans!  I am available in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan (and beyond!) for bookings.  Visit my website {Fort Wayne Harpist} for more details!

Corporate Musician Fort Wayne

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Northwest Indiana Harpist – Avalon Manor Wedding

There aren’t many couples who get a truly perfect day for their outdoor wedding, but Tori and Dallas absolutely did.  Mild temperatures, not a chance of rain, no bugs, no wind…it couldn’t have been better!

Avalon Manor Wedding Ceremony

Their evening ceremony took place at the gazebo behind Avalon Manor in Merrillville.  As guests took their seats, I played prelude music including “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Say You Won’t Let Go,” and “Hallelujah.”

Merrillville Harpist

A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn was the wedding party processional, followed by “Canon in D” for the bride’s entrance.  Their recessional was “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.

Harpist in Northwest Indiana

I play for weddings throughout Northwest Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and the greater Chicago area.  Contact me via my website – Northwest Indiana Wedding Music – if you are interested in having a harpist for your event!

Northwest Indiana Wedding Music

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Harp and Violin Duet in Fort Wayne

October weddings, and it is finally starting to feel like fall!  The golf course at the Fort Wayne Country Club was the setting for this ceremony, with the reception following indoors.  Christie and Nathan chose a harp and violin duet to provide their ceremony music.  This classic duet is by far the most popular ensemble with my couples!

Fort Wayne Wedding Harpist

But even with classic instruments, they wanted music for their wedding that was non-traditional and more contemporary.  For the family seating, they chose “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young.  The wedding party came down the aisle to the 1960s hit “Stand By Me,” and Christie’s processional was “Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay.

Not traditional, but there are no rules that say you have to be!  I love working with couples who choose music that means something to them.  It may be sentimental to have the same classical music that was played at your parents’ and grandparents’ weddings, or perhaps you’d prefer the Top 40 song that was playing the first time you danced together.  Either way, I can take that music and make it sound beautiful and elegant for your wedding!

Fort Wayne Harpist

The unity ceremony music was “Crash Into Me” by the Dave Matthews Band – a special request from the groom.  When he came up to thank us after the wedding, he said he wished it took them longer, so he could have heard more of the song!  The recessional was Wonderwall by Oasis.

Either as a solo harpist or in an ensemble with one or more other musicians, I love to prepare a custom music experience for your wedding.  Visit my website ~ Fort Wayne Wedding Musicians ~ to get started planning!

Harp and Violin Duet Fort Wayne

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Chicago Middle Eastern Wedding ~ Harp & Violin Arabic Music

Most people think of the harp as a classical instrument, but I love bringing it out of the concert hall, defying expectations, and performing all types of music!  For Rena and Ashraf’s wedding reception, they requested a harp and violin duet, performing Arabic music.

Middle Eastern Wedding Music Chicago

The party was held at DiNolfo’s Banquet Center in the Chicago suburb of Homer Glen.  We played background music as the women arrived in their room, including pieces such as:

Playing popular Arabic music on the harp and violin gives it a new and unique sound that wedding guests love!  We also played “You are the Reason” by Calum Scott as the bride’s special request for her grand entrance down the staircase.

Chicago Arabic Wedding Music

I specialize in playing music from around the world on the harp!  I have played for several Middle Eastern weddings, and also have a large repertoire of Bollywood and Southeast Asian traditional music.

Chicago Middle Eastern Harpist

Including the music of your culture can be an important part of your wedding celebration, and I would love to play it for you on the harp!  Contact me at ~ Arabic Harp Music ~ to check availability and receive a quote.

Arabic Harpist Chicago

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