Bollywood Harpist ~ Indian Wedding in Des Moines, Iowa

Indian Wedding Ceremony Music

I love when I get to play my Bollywood harp music for an audience who knows the songs!  For this wedding, Jaymine wanted to have the harp be a surprise for her family and guests.  They didn’t know there would be live music for the Indian ceremony, let alone a harpist!

Bollywood Harp Music for Indian Weddings

But that was just the beginning of the surprises.  I played Western pop tunes and a couple of classical pieces as guests entered the ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines.  Typical harp music.

Bollywood Wedding Music

But then the bridal party started down the aisle.  To accompany their entrance, Jaymine chose “Tujhe Dekha To Yo Jaana Sanam” from the Bollywood movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.  Once the bridesmaids were in place, I played “Pehla Nasha” from the movie of the same name for the bride’s processional to the mandap.  The second surprise was that I can play popular Indian music, too!

Indian Wedding in Iowa

I continued to play light background music throughout the ceremony, including:

  • Khuda Jaane
  • Suraj Hua Maddham
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho
  • Meri Mehbooba
  • Pani Da Rang

Indian Wedding Harpist

Before the ceremony began in the ballroom, I went outside to get a glimpse of the baraat.  The groom entered on a tractor – only in Iowa!

Baraat on a Tractor - Iowa Indian Wedding

Bollywood music sounds lovely on the harp, and is a delightful way to surprise your guests!  I have played for Indian weddings in the US and throughout India, where I lived for two years.

Harp Music for Indian Weddings

Contact me via my website ~ Bollywood Wedding Music ~ and we can discuss how the harp fits in with your wedding plans.  I am available anywhere in the world for destination weddings!

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Galena Wedding Harpist ~ Chestnut Mountain Resort

Galena IL Wedding Harpist

Astri and Bryson celebrated their wedding at Chestnut Mountain Resort, just outside of Galena, Illinois.  The ceremony site overlooked the Mississippi River, and the trees provided welcome shade on a hot Sunday afternoon.  The bride is herself a harpist, and it is always a delight to play for the wedding of another musician!

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The bride’s and groom’s families were seated to “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and the wedding party came down the aisle to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  The bride chose the classical piece, and wedding favorite, “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for her processional.

Harpist in Galena IL

The father of the bride performed the ceremony, and I played “The Prayer” from Quest for Camelot during the unity ritual.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the newly married couple and their attendants exited to “Trumpet Voluntary.”

Galena Illinois Wedding Music

In Galena or Dubuque, and across Northern Illinois, Eastern Iowa, and Southwest Wisconsin, I love working with couples to personalize their wedding music!  More information, including audio/video clips, song lists, and pictures, can be found on my website ~ Galena Wedding Harpist.  Contact me for availability!

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Hamstra’s Garden Wedding ~ Northwest Indiana Harpist

Hamstra’s Garden is a simply stunning venue for a wedding ceremony.  With so many sites throughout the gardens available, you can have your wedding with any backdrop you desire!

Wedding at Hamstra's Garden

Kaitlyn and William were married on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and had beautiful weather!  The grandparents and parents of the couple were seated to “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music.

Harpist in Northwest Indiana

As the bridal party processed down the aisle, I played the 1960’s hit “I Love How You Love Me.”  Kaitlyn chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for her entrance music.

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During the ceremony, a family friend sang “Amazing Grace” with harp accompaniment as the couple performed the unity ceremony.  The conclusion was the recessional “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain.  I continued to play as guests exited the gardens and made their way to the reception.

Hamstra's Garden Wedding

The harp is perfect for outdoor weddings!  Contact me via my website ~ Northwest Indiana Wedding Harpist ~ for availability and rates!

Northwest Indiana Wedding Harpist

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Funks Grove Wedding Harpist

After celebrating my daughter’s third birthday with a construction-themed party (what all little girls request, right?) in the morning, I played for a wedding that afternoon at the Funks Grove Chapel in the Trees.

As the wedding party came down the tree-lined aisle, I played “A Thousand Years” from Twilight – Breaking Dawn.   Brittany’s chosen processional was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Wedding at Funks Grove - Bloomington Harpist

During the wine box ceremony, I played “Have I Told you Lately that I Love You.”  The recessional saw Brittany and Michael exit back down the aisle as husband and wife to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.

Wedding music on the harp can be traditional – or not!  With a wide repertoire of songs I play, ranging from wedding favorites to current Top 40, you can customize your ceremony music any way you’d like!  For more information, visit my website:  Bloomington-Normal Wedding Music.

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Harpist in Central Illinois ~ Anniversary Celebration Music

Central Illinois Musician

A beautiful evening at Panther Creek to celebrate the 40th work anniversary of one of the doctors!

Harpist in Central Illinois

Many of the doctors and medical staff who attended the party treated my daughter when she was hospitalized multiple times last year (she’s all better now!).  I was dressed a bit better than the last time they saw me!

Springfield IL Harpist

The evening included popular and classical songs from the last several decades.  I am available throughout Central Illinois and beyond to provide harp music for events of all types.  Visit my website – Springfield Harpist – to contact me!

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Tuscaloosa Harpist for a Grand Opening

A harpist adds a touch of elegance to any event!  This gathering was for the grand opening of an automobile parts manufacturer near Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Tuscaloosa Harpist

Company executives, local and state government officials, and invited guests enjoyed finger foods and drinks under the tent, all accompanied by live harp music.  Following a presentation, tours of the new facility were offered.

Harpist in Tuscaloosa

The staff members and their families had their own celebration – complete with several bounce houses!

Alabama Harpist

In Tuscaloosa or anywhere in Alabama or Mississippi, I love working with clients to enhance their events with harp music.  Visit my website – Tuscaloosa Harpist – to contact me and discuss working together!

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Harpist in Rockford {Wedding at Kilbuck Creek}

Northern Illinois Wedding Harpist

First outdoor wedding of the year – and what a gorgeous day!  Jessica and Adam were married on the grounds of Kilbuck Creek in rural Monroe Center, Illinois.  Just a short drive from Rockford, and not too far from Chicago, this is a wonderful venue to have a natural, rustic wedding!

Rockford Harpist for Weddings

As guests were seated in the outdoor pews, I played several popular songs (like “Eyes on Me” from Final Fantasy VIII), along with the wedding favorite “Canon in D.”  The entire wedding party and bride entered to “Concerning Hobbits” from Lord of the Rings, with a short pause and a big harp glissando in the middle to announce the arrival of the bride.

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During the ceremony, the couple performed a Celtic handfasting ceremony.  After they were pronounced husband and wife, they joyously walked back down the aisle to “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.  I continued to play as guests made their way to the reception.  More popular songs for the postlude, including “Only Time” by Enya.

I am available anywhere in Northern Illinois (including the greater Chicago area), southern Wisconsin, and Eastern Iowa to play for weddings and events.  Harp music is always the right choice!  Find more information on my website – Northern Illinois Harpist.

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St. Louis Harpist – Business After Hours Entertainment

Not every event I play for is a wedding!  Although that is the majority of my bookings, I also provide music for everything from holiday dinners to baptisms to corporate parties.  When Claywell Asset Management was hosting the Riverbed Growth Association’s Business After Hours event, they wanted to “wow” their guests with live harp music!

St. Louis Harpist

I played a variety of pieces, from well-known classical compositions to songs you might not expect to hear on the harp – like the theme from Game of Thrones or “All of Me” by John Legend!  Those types of pieces always get the best response from guests. Many come over to check and make sure they really heard what they thought they did!

A harp makes any event extraordinary, and is the perfect way to make a lasting impression on guests, clients, and colleagues.  Visit my website – St. Louis Harpist – to contact me for availability and a quote!

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West Chicago Wedding Harpist ~ Ceremony at Hotel Baker

Hotel Baker is a beautiful venue, and the historic Rainbow Room is the perfect spot for a wedding ceremony!  Located right on the river in St. Charles, there are numerous opportunities for stunning photo backdrops.

West Chicago Wedding Harpist

As guests arrived in the room decorated in red and black, I played a variety of classical pieces, including Bach’s “Prelude in C.”  My ebony harp fit in perfectly with the decor!

West Chicago Harp Player

For this ceremony, the couple chose all traditional wedding music.  The bridesmaid entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J. S. Bach.  Sharon chose Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for her processional.

Chicago Harpist for Weddings

The recessional to conclude the ceremony was the “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  The newlyweds exited and made their way upstairs for the cocktail hour, which was also accompanied by harp music!

Chicago Harpist

As the Rainbow Room was reset for dinner service, guests enjoyed cocktails on the upstairs balcony.  I played mostly popular songs – and things you might not expect to hear on the harp!  Some of these included “Clocks” by Coldplay, “Fields of Gold” by Sting, and “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.

Even the DJ for the reception stopped over to make sure he was hearing what he thought he was!  The harp is not limited to just classical or traditional music.  Your wedding soundtrack can be absolutely anything you want it to be!

Chicago Harp Player

For wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the Chicago area, please contact me about providing beautiful harp music to accompany the celebration.  You will find more information on my website – West Chicago Wedding Harpist.

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Northwest Indiana Wedding Harpist

A harp is the perfect music for a wedding on St. Patrick’s Day!  With its strong ties to Ireland and Irish music, even when playing classical and popular selections, a harpist for a March 17th wedding is an excellent choice.

Northwest Indiana Harpist

Amanda and Nicholas were married at the United Methodist Church in Griffith, Indiana.  The prelude music for guest arrival included classical and popular selections.  The seating of family members was to Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” and the bridal party entered to “Marry Me” by Train.

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The bride’s processional was “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.  During the pouring of the unity sand, I accompanied a vocalist singing “When God Made You.”  The conclusion of the ceremony was the recessional “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.

Northwest Indiana Wedding Harpist

As a professional harpist, I provide music (Irish and otherwise!) for weddings and events throughout Northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago area.  Please visit my website – Northwest Indiana Wedding Harpist – to inquire for availability!

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