Valentine’s Day Wedding | Harpist in Kansas City

What better day for a wedding than Valentine’s Day!  It was a cold and snowy day, but Grace and Sam were all smiles for their ceremony at the Anthony Chapel.  Although the rest of Powell Gardens was closed, the chapel was bright and welcoming.

Valentine's Day Wedding Music

Putting together a wedding during a pandemic calls for some creative thinking, and they planned this in three weeks!  The smaller guest lists that are currently necessary actually make it easier to adapt, find unique venues on short notice, and still be able to have a lovely wedding – even if it isn’t 200 people on a dance floor!

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I played classical harp music as guests took their seats, and switched to Bach’s “Prelude in C” for the wedding party processional.  The bride’s entrance music was “Ave Maria” by Schubert.  The ceremony was officiated by the grandfather of the bride, and her brother played a guitar solo during the unity candle lighting.  A true family celebration!

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The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary,” and I continued with other uptempo classical selections as guests exited and snow swirled around outside the windows.

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I play for weddings throughout the year, and weather never stops me!  It’s an honor to bring the beautiful music of the harp to couples and their guests, and it adds a touch of elegance to ceremonies and receptions in any venue.  Get in touch via my website ~ Kansas City Harpist ~ to discuss the details of your event!

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Harp Music for Funerals

The music of the harp is a wonderful way to honor loved ones who have passed.  I can play a variety of music special to your family, including popular, classical, folk music, and hymns.  I play for services in churches, funeral homes, and at the graveside.

In January, I played for two funerals/visitations.  The first was at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gibsonburg, Ohio.  I played during the visitation, and the organist played for the service itself.

Toledo Harpist

The following weekend, I played for the visitation and funeral Mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, Indiana.  The music included several Irish songs to celebrate the family’s heritage.  During the Mass, I collaborated with the church music director and a vocalist.

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With COVID precautions in place, we were more spaced out, with the singer in a separate room.  The church has done an excellent job using their sound system and monitors so that live music can continue in a safe way.

Funeral Harp Music

I am available to play for funerals and memorial services in Northern Indiana and the Toledo area, as well as throughout the Midwest and beyond.  Please contact me at my website ~ Harp Music for Funerals ~ to discuss your musical needs.

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Top Wedding Music of 2020

Well, 2020 was certainly different!  Far fewer weddings than a “normal” year, but I still wanted to do this recap of what my couples who were able to get married this year chose as the soundtrack for their wedding days.  Some were early in the year, before everything shut down, and then as places started to re-open, some were rescheduled.  Many of my 2020 weddings will happen later in 2021 (or even 2022!).

This list of the most-requested wedding ceremony songs from 2020 is a wonderful place to start your music planning.  You’ll see the traditional favorites, plus many more unique options.  A harp can be classic or contemporary – or a mix of both!

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Instead of creating just a “Top 10” list, the listing below includes ALL of the music chosen by my couples in 2020.  Each list has the most popular pieces at the top, and the numbers in parentheses tell you how many times I have played that song for that particular moment of a ceremony.  Click on the songs highlighted in blue to hear a sample of me playing those pieces on the harp.  You’ll also see pictures of a few of the venues where I played for weddings this year.

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Canon in D” is still popular, for both wedding party and bridal processionals, but the traditional “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner was only used by one of my brides from this year.  Overall, there were more requests for contemporary and popular songs instead of classical and traditional music.  Either way, the harp is a beautiful and elegant choice for your ceremony music!

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If you are looking for a musician for your wedding, contact me to discuss the music for your ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner!

Bridal Processionals (entrance music for the bride):

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Family seating:

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Wedding party processional:

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Mid-ceremony interludes (for the unity candle/sand, etc.):

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Recessional:

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If you are planning your wedding, please visit my website:  The Classic Harpist.  I work with couples worldwide to plan their wedding music.  With the harp, that can be anything you want it to be!  I play all of the classical wedding favorites, as well as non-traditional options: jazz, pop, rock, Broadway, Bollywood, Arabic, Celtic, Renaissance, and more!

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Harp Music for Christmas Eve

For the past four years, I’ve spent Christmas Eve playing prelude for two services at College Park Christian Church.  Although it was pre-recorded rather than in-person, I was back again this year!

Christmas Harpist

I also recorded harp solo selections for Wesley Chapel in Jacksonville, and you can view the whole service: https://fb.watch/2Hk1V51Sq-/.

On Christmas Eve, I played at Glasford United Methodist Church for a concert livestreamed on Facebook.  That service can be viewed at https://fb.watch/2Hkc-RL5z4/.

Christmas Eve Harp Music

Although this year wasn’t “normal,” it did mean that I could be three places at once, and share my music with more people!  Plan ahead for next year, and get your church service, Christmas wedding, or holiday party on my calendar now.  Contact me via my website ~ Harp Music for the Holidays ~ for availability and a quote!

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Wedding Music ~ Indianapolis Harpist

This wedding, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was held at this historic St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Indianapolis.  Along with the harp, the church organist and cantor provided the music for the service.

Harpist IndianapolisI played harp preludes as guests entered the sanctuary and were seated.  The family members of the bride and groom were seated to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach, and the wedding party processional was Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  The organist played “Trumpet Voluntary” for the bride’s entrance.

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During the wedding Mass, the cantor sang the liturgical music and the Schubert “Ave Maria” to a combination of piano and harp accompaniments.  The organist played the recessional (“Hornpipe” from Handel’s Water Music) at the end of the service, and then I continued with postlude music as the guests exited.

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I play for weddings in any venue, from churches to gardens to banquet halls.  The elegance of the harp is at home in any setting!  Visit my website ~ Indianapolis Wedding Harpist ~ to check my availability for your date and receive a quote.

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Harpist in the Twin Cities – Wedding Reception Music

Victoria planned a reception at The Phoenix in Baldwin, Wisconsin, to celebrate her November wedding.  Family and friends joined the bride and groom in the event center following the off-site ceremony.

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They requested popular, rock, and musical theatre music for their cocktail hour and dinner, and had their first dance to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” played on the harp.  Yes, you can have harp music for your traditional wedding dances!

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Other songs for the evening included “The Wedding Song,” “Happy Together,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “What a Wonderful World,” “All I ask of You,” and “Marry You.”

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I play for wedding receptions (plus ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers) in the Twin Cities and throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  Contact me with the details of your event for a quote, and then we can start planning the soundtrack for your day!

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Springfield Wedding Music ~ Harp, Violin, & Cello Trio

Two weekends in a row with a trio of harp, violin, and cello!  This ceremony was held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Springfield, Illinois.  Originally planned for April, they rescheduled to October.  My trio played classical music for the prelude as the guests arrived and were seated in the sanctuary.

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We played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the entrance of grandparents and parents.  The organist played “Trumpet Voluntary” for the bride’s processional.  During the service, we played for the first part of Communion, long enough for the mothers of the bride and groom to make their way to the balcony to sing “The Prayer” with piano accompaniment – it was a surprise for the couple!

Catholic Wedding Music

The recessional was “Hornpipe” from Water Music on the organ, and the string trio played classical postlude music as the guests exited the sanctuary.

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Following the ceremony, I played solo harp for the cocktail hour at the Inn at 835.  This included a variety of popular songs and light classics, and the Game of Thrones theme, by special request!

Springfield Cocktail Hour Music

Classical or contemporary, as a soloist or in an ensemble, the harp can provide music for your entire wedding celebration!  Get in touch ~ Springfield Wedding Music ~ and we can discuss the plans for your day!

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Fort Wayne Wedding Trio ~ Harp, Violin, & Cello

A harp alone is fabulous, but I also offer a variety of other ensembles to create the perfect custom sound for your wedding!  This couple opted for a trio of harp, violin, and cello for their October wedding.  The venue changed due to the pandemic, but they were able to keep their original date.

The ceremony took place in the Atrium of Events at the Summit.  The trio was set up behind the guests, which gave us the perfect view of the processional.  We played popular and folk music for the prelude as guests arrived, including “Blackbird” by The Beatles, “Concerning Hobbits” from Lord of the Rings, and “Candle on the Water” from Pete’s Dragon.

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Family members were seated to “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof, and the bridal party processional was “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie.  “The Swan” by the French composer Saint-Saens was chosen for the bridal march.

During the ceremony, we played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the unity ritual (they distributed homemade cookies to their guests!), then “Here Comes the Sun” for the recessional.  The postlude included Star Wars‘ “Throne Room,” “Storybook Love” from The Princess Bride, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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For your wedding, you can have classic instruments playing a variety of not-necessarily-classical music!  I love working with couples to come up with exactly the right soundtrack and instrumentation for their day.  Get in touch ~ Fort Wayne Wedding Musicians ~ with your wedding details!

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Wedding Harpist in Madison, WI

I was booked for this wedding only a few days in advance.  With so many couples having to make changes due to COVID, last-minute bookings are more common!  Sometimes a venue change is required, as was the case here.  Can you think of a better place for a wedding reception than a bridal salon?

Wedding Music Madison WI

After their church ceremony, Vera’s House of Bridals welcomed guests for cocktails and dinner.  At the top of the grand staircase, where a bridal gown would often be highlighted, was the harp.  It was the perfect focal point as guests entered, and all those mirrors created the illusion of multiple harps!

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The bride and groom opted for mostly classical harp selections, which included pieces by Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Purcell.  This is some of the greatest music ever written, but no matter what I’m playing, the harp adds an air of elegance to any event!

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I play for wedding ceremonies and receptions (as well as other events) in Madison and throughout Wisconsin.  Get in touch via my website ~ Madison WI Harpist ~ to check availability and receive a quote!

Madison WI Wedding Reception Music

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St. Louis Wedding Musician ~ Wedding on a Family Farm

Another wedding with some changes brought on by COVID!  With the region of their original wedding venue under restrictions, the bride and groom opted to relocate their late September wedding to the bride’s family farm in rural Kampsville, Illinois.  They were blessed with the perfect fall day for their outdoor ceremony and reception!

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The groom’s mother gifted my performance at the ceremony to the couple.  Her only special request was to play “Fields of Gold” – perfect for the harvest season!  The family was seated to this piece, with the wedding party following to “All of Me.”  Hanna’s processional was Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”

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During the ceremony, Hanna and David had both a unity ritual and presented roses to their mothers.  Their chosen music was “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  The ceremony concluded with the recessional “With a Little Help from My Friends” by The Beatles.

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

Whether you are planning a large or small, indoor or outdoor, formal or casual wedding, harp music is the perfect finishing touch!  You choose the music I play, and it can be anything you like.  Your favorite songs make the perfect soundtrack for your wedding day!  Visit my website ~ St. Louis Harpist ~ to contact me for availability.

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