Harp, Violin, & Cello Trio ~ Peoria Wedding Music

Most of the weddings I play are for solo harp, but I also love to collaborate with other professional musicians!  For this wedding ceremony, the couple requested a trio of harp, violin, and cello.

Venue Chisca Wedding Ceremony Music

The ceremony and reception both took place at Venue Chisca in downtown Peoria.  It’s a relatively new venue, with a feel that is both industrial and luxurious, with exposed brick and glittering chandeliers.  Plus, it has great acoustics and plenty of room for an ensemble of any size!

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For the prelude, we played a variety of classical selections, from composers such as Bach, Handel, Brahms, and Schubert.  The family members came down the aisle to “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music.

The wedding party processional was contemporary – “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt.  We played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” as the flower girls walked down the aisle, and then switched to “La Vie en Rose,” a jazz standard, for the bride’s processional.

Peoria String Trio Wedding Music

During the ceremony, we played “Grow Old Along with Me” as a musical interlude following a scripture reading, and Mallotte’s “The Lord’s Prayer” as the bride and groom had communion.  The recessional was another jazz standard, “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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When you are planning your ceremony music, be sure to hire musicians who can play a variety of styles!  This allows you to create the perfect soundtrack for your day, and include all of the music that is meaningful to you and your families.  Whether it’s classical or jazz or rock, hearing your favorite songs on the harp (or one of my ensembles) will make it sound fresh but still familiar.

Visit my website ~ Peoria Wedding Music ~ to listen to more audio clips, see pictures of my harps set up in various venues, and contact me to start planning your wedding music!

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Nashville Wedding Harpist ~ Ceremony at the Noah Liff Opera Center

Mara and Steven had a beautiful fall day for their November wedding!  With the large glass windows of the Noah Liff Opera Center, they could take in all the beauty of the changing leaves, but didn’t have to make weather contingency plans!  It was nice enough outside they were able to make use of the balcony terrace for the cocktail hour.

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The modern space was enhanced with draping for the ceremony stage and orange florals.  As guests were seated, I played a variety of classical music and popular love songs.  Family members came down the aisle to the seasonally-appropriate jazz standard, “Autumn Leaves.”

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The wedding party processional was “Stand by Me,” and Mara walked down the aisle to John Legend’s “All of Me.”  During the unity ritual, I played “The Prayer” from Quest for Camelot.  They chose the traditional recessional, Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March,” for the conclusion of the ceremony.

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As guests made their way to cocktail hour, the harp music continued with more joyous classical selections, including “Trumpet Tune” and “Trumpet Voluntary.”

I play for wedding ceremonies and receptions in Nashville and throughout Tennessee.  Get in touch to start making plans for your wedding soundtrack!  You can contact me via my website ~ Nashville Wedding Harpist.

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Halloween Wedding – Harp Music in St. Louis

I’ve played for other events on October 31st, but this was my first Halloween wedding!  Gin and Alex had such a beautiful fall day they were even able to have their ceremony outside.  It took place in the garden between the historic Hawken Place and the Hearth Room, where their reception was held.

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They encouraged guests to come in costume, and everyone had a lot of fun!  From Rosie the Riveter to Medusa, they embraced the holiday theme and had the bride laughing as she walked down the aisle.

As guests arrived, I played prelude music that was a bit different – I figured this was the time to include songs like the theme from The Addams Family and “Moonlight Sonata!”

Halloween Wedding Music

For the family seating, they chose “Sunrise, Sunset” from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.  The wedding party came down the aisle to “To Zanarkand” from Final Fantasy X, and the bride’s processional was the Disney song “Candle on the Water” from Pete’s Dragon.

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The ceremony concluded with “Lover” by Taylor Swift.  Their music choices were certainly eclectic, and set the mood for the entire evening!  The reception was decorated with dark colors and stacks of Agatha Christie novels.

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I play for weddings and events on any day of the year in St. Louis and throughout Missouri and Illinois.  Contact me from my website ~ St. Louis Harpist ~ to start planning the music for your day!

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Harpist in Northern Illinois – Music for a Grand Opening

Morrison Community Hospital celebrated an expansion project with a grand opening for the community.  It was a rainy day, but over 1,000 people toured the updated facility!  In addition to seeing the changes to the hospital, guests were treated to food and live music.

I played in the new community room, where people could eat and watch a slideshow of the construction process.  Music included a little something for everyone, from classical favorites to classic rock to Irish folk songs.

Harp Player Northern Illinois

In addition to playing for weddings, I provide music for corporate and private parties, including grand openings, holiday gatherings, formal dinners, and conventions in Northern Illinois and the Quad Cities area.  Contact me from my website – Northern Illinois Harpist – to discuss the music for your event!

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St. Louis Wedding Music – Harp, Violin, & Cello Trio

Although most of my weddings are for the harp as a solo instrument, I love it when I get to collaborate with my professional musician colleagues!  This ceremony featured a trio of harp, violin, and cello.  We set up on the porch of The Larimore mansion.  If it started to rain, the music could keep playing without interruption!

St. Louis Violin Cello Harp

For the prelude, we played the couple’s requests of “Unchained Melody,” “Perfect,” “Fields of Gold,” “Marry Me,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  The wedding party came out of the mansion and down the aisle to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Wedding Music St. Louis

The bride arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, which circled the drive around where the guests were seated as we played “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.  For her walk down the aisle, the bride chose Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”

St. Louis Harp String Trio

The ceremony concluded with the Beatles’ hit “Here Comes the Sun,” followed by other up-tempo popular songs, including “Happy Together” and “I’m Yours.”

With a harp alone or in an ensemble with other instruments, I can work with you to create the perfect soundtrack for your wedding day!  Duets, trios, quartets, and larger chamber groups may include violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, guitar, trumpet, steel drums, marimba, or even multiple harps!  Visit my website ~ St. Louis Wedding Music ~ and contact me to start planning!

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Bollywood Harp Music ~ Pittsburgh Harpist for a Henna Party

Having spent a couple of years living in India and performing around the country, I developed a large repertoire of Bollywood music.  I love it when I have the opportunity to perform it, and this evening called for several hours’ worth!

Music for Henna Party Pittsburgh Harpist

Kajal held her Mehndi party on a Thursday evening at a family member’s home in Venetia, Pennsylvania.  We were just a bit south of Pittsburgh, right in the middle of the severe weather that passed through that night!  Fortunately, the party was able to continue as planned.

Pittsburgh Harpist - Bollywood Music

I was set up inside the home, where the bride-to-be arrived with her family to the sound of the drums.  Outside, there was food served and a large tent for dinner and dancing.  Inside, I played as the bride and guests had henna applied.  The music included the bride’s special requests of “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and “A Whole New World” from Aladdin.  Her Bollywood song requests were “Jashne Bahara,” which was her proposal song, “Pehli nazar mein,” and “Pee Loon.”

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With several more hours of music required, I got through most (but still not all!) of the Bollywood hits I play, from “Kal ho naa ho” to “Chura Liya Hai” to “Shayad.”  Something guests of every generation would recognize!

I play for Indian and Western weddings in the Pittsburgh area and around the world.  Any place you’d like harp music, Bollywood or a fusion of several genres, I’ll be there!  Visit my website to contact me for availability and a quote ~ Pittsburgh Harp Music.

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Wichita Harpist ~ Wedding at The Wichita Boathouse

Jennifer and Jason celebrated with family and friends, getting married at the Wichita Boathouse.  The Boathouse was built in the 1920s, and from their ceremony site on the wrap-around veranda, they could see the Arkansas river, downtown Wichita, and – most importantly – Riverfront Stadium!

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They incorporated touches of a Harry Potter theme into their October wedding, from the Sorting Hat on the escort card table to Butterbeer cocktails!  Their music selections, while not from the movie soundtracks, fit the overall vibe perfectly.

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As guests took their seats, I played several pieces from the Final Fantasy series (“Aerith’s Theme,” “Eyes on Me,” and “Song of Memory”), along with Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie, and “All I Ask of You” from the musical Phantom of the Opera.

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The seating of family members was to “I Giorni” by the Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi.  There was no wedding party, and Jennifer also came down the aisle to this piece.

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They looked to the Netflix series The Witcher for musical inspiration for the recessional, choosing “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” as the music to conclude the ceremony.  The song choices for this wedding were anything but traditional, but beautiful and perfect for this couple!  I continued to play similar selections as guests went inside for the reception.

Harp Wichita

I play harp music for weddings in Wichita and throughout Eastern and Central Kansas.  Get in touch by visiting my website ~ Wichita Wedding Harpist ~ and start creating the perfect playlist for your wedding day!

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Grand Rapids Wedding Music ~ Reception at Gallery Divani

Stefanie booked me to play for her sister’s wedding ceremony and reception, but 2020 changed all the plans!  Amanda and Allison ended up getting married earlier, then had the reception in October 2021 at Gallery Divani in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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I set up in the entrance of the event space, where cocktail hour was held.  Out in the lobby, bagpipes welcomed the guests to the celebration!  For dinner, I relocated the harp to the dining room.

Wedding Music Grand Rapids

Their song requests included mostly contemporary popular music.  Some of the pieces I played included:

  • All You Need is Love by The Beatles
  • Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  • Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap
  • I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady
  • Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
  • Thank You by Dido

They also requested quite a few Taylor Swift songs, including “Enchanted,” “Love Story,” and “Wildest Dreams.”  After dinner, the guests returned to the entrance space for dancing.

Grand Rapids Wedding Harpist

I specialize in music you may not expect to hear on the harp!  Contact me to plan wedding music that is uniquely you by visiting my website ~ Grand Rapids Harpist ~ where you can also listen to sound clips, watch videos, and review music lists.  Happy planning!

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Kansas City Harpist ~ Wedding at Hotel Kansas City

Marissa and Austin held their wedding in the Tudor Room of the Hotel Kansas City.  It’s a beautiful space, full of historic charm, and right in the middle of downtown.  There is a balcony overlooking the main level, so the photographer could get some amazing shots, and the acoustics for the harp were excellent!

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As guests arrived and found their seats, I played a mix of classical and popular songs, including Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King, and “White Horse” by Taylor Swift.

Kansas City Harpist

For the family seating, they chose “Sheep May Safely Graze” by J.S. Bach, and “Aria” from Handel’s opera Rinaldo for the wedding party processional.  Marissa came down the aisle to “How Beautiful.”

Harp Kansas City

During the ceremony, one of the bridesmaids played a piano medley of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Taylor Swift’s “Lover.”  The ceremony concluded with the recessional “Think of Me” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

Harp KCMO

Postlude music continued as guests went upstairs for the cocktail hour in the balcony, including the selections “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach, “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John, and “Love Story” by Taylor Swift.

Harp Player Kansas City

When you have a harpist for your wedding, you can have ANY music that you’d like!  You can choose traditional classical pieces, popular love songs, folk music from around the world, jazz standards, Broadway hits, or whatever would make the music meaningful for you!

Wedding Music KCMO

I play for weddings in Kansas City and throughout Missouri and Kansas.  Get in touch via my website ~ Kansas City Wedding Harpist ~ to start planning your ceremony music!

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Harpist in Madison | Wisconsin Historical Society Wedding

Wedding Music Madison WI

After a year of delays, Laura and Michael were finally able to have their dream wedding!  The black tie event took place at the Wisconsin Historical Society on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  It was shortly after a home football game, so the whole area was buzzing!

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The ceremony took place in the reading room.  As guests were seated, I played a variety of love songs from the 1950s through today.  A room like this has amazing acoustics for the harp!

Wedding Music in Madison

Family members were seated and the wedding party walked down the aisle to “To Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan.  Laura’s processional music was “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis.

Harpist Madison WI

At the conclusion of the ceremony, I played “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran for the recessional.  I continued with more popular songs as the guests headed downstairs for the cocktail hour and dinner.

Wedding Harpist Madison Wisconsin

I play for weddings and other events in Madison and throughout Wisconsin.  If you are looking for a harpist, contact me from my website ~ Madison Wedding Musician.  I specialize in customizing wedding music for couples, so they can have the perfect soundtrack for their wedding day!

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