Wedding at Starved Rock – Northern Illinois Harpist

Marissa and Jimmy had a beautiful day for their wedding at Starved Rock – about 20 degrees cooler than the day before!  Their ceremony took place outdoors at the Sunrise Shelter, with the reception following inside the historic lodge.

Northern Illinois Wedding Harpist

Prelude music began when the guests started to arrive, and continued until I got the cue from the coordinator that the families of the bride and groom were ready to enter.  Their processional music was “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and the wedding party followed to “Unchained Melody.”  Marissa chose “Lovesong” by The Cure for her big entrance.

Wedding at Starved Rock - Harpist

During the service, they had a unique unity ceremony – a beer sharing!  Each poured some of their favorite beer into a glass, and then drank it in turn.  From the looks on their faces, the combination didn’t taste as bad as they were expecting!  Throughout, I was playing “A Groovy Kind of Love.”

Beer sharing unity ceremony

The recessional to conclude the ceremony and send everyone off to the reception was “All My Loving” by The Beatles.  I continued to play upbeat pop music until the last guest had exited the ceremony venue.

LaSalle IL Harpist

I’ve played for several weddings at Starved Rock, both outdoors and in the lodge.  If you are planning a wedding there, or anywhere else in Northern Illinois, please contact me about adding harp music to your plans!  Visit my website – LaSalle Illinois Harpist – to contact me for availability and a quote.

Starved Rock Wedding Music Northern IL

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Covered Bridge Wedding ~ Des Moines Harpist

Bridges of Madison County Wedding

From what I can recall, I believe this was the smallest wedding I’ve ever played for!  Other than the bride and groom, there were only three other guests.  The ceremony took place at the Roseman Covered Bridge in rural Winterset, Iowa.

Covered Bridge Wedding Iowa

One of the famous Bridges of Madison County, the couple looked to the movie of the same name for some musical inspiration.  They chose “Doe Eyes” for the bride’s processional.  “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran was the recessional.

Des Moines Harpist for Weddings

Before and after the ceremony, I played a variety of classical and popular songs, including “Falling Slowly,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “I’m Yours.”  I also took the group photo post-ceremony!

Bridges of Madison County Wedding

I absolutely believe that couples should have a wedding that fits their personalities.  A big ballroom wedding was not for them, and they will have wonderful memories of having a wedding that was exactly what they wanted.  And no matter where a wedding takes place, harp music is an excellent choice!

Harpist in Des Moines

In Winterset, Des Moines, and throughout Iowa, I play for weddings of all types and in venues large and small, indoors and out.  You’ll find additional information on my website – Des Moines Harpist for Weddings.

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Muscatine Iowa Harpist ~ Music for a 75th Birthday Tea

Pat decided her 75th birthday would be celebrated in style!  She invited her friends to join her for tea at the Geneva Golf and Country Club in Muscatine, Iowa.  They enjoyed scones, petit fours, and tea as they were serenaded by harp music.

Harpist in Muscatine Iowa

I played a variety of music, ranging from light classical pieces to popular songs.  Some were from the 50s and 60s, and some were more contemporary, so guests of all ages would hear something they love.  “Edelweiss” even inspired some dancing!

Muscatine Iowa Harpist

The guests came from all over eastern Iowa, and included some of the guest of honor’s college friends from their time in Kansas!

Eastern Iowa Harpist for Parties

Although many of the events I play for are weddings, the harp is perfectly suited for other events as well!  I play for birthday parties, corporate launches, open houses, holiday gatherings, and more.  Contact me about providing elegant harp music for your special events!  More information on my website:  Muscatine Iowa Harpist.

Music for a Birthday Party

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Harpist in Southern Ohio – Wedding at Sunroom at the Brick

Outdoor Wedding Music Southern Ohio

What a beautiful venue and a beautiful day!  After the storm the evening before, we enjoyed the sunshine on Saturday.  The wedding took place at Sunroom at the Brick in Frankfort, Ohio, with the ceremony on the lawn and the reception in the hall.  Located not far from Chillicothe, it has small-town charm with the elegance of the city.  A perfect mix!

Chillicothe Ohio Harpist for Weddings

As guests arrived, I played a selection of popular and classical pieces, including “Canon in D” and “Only Time” by Enya.  There was no wedding party, and the bride chose “A Thousand Years” from Twilight for her processional.

Harp Music for a Wedding at Sunroom at the Brick

The recessional was a more up-tempo rendition of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  That’s one of the wonderful things about having live music for your wedding – you can customize things like tempo, volume, and instrumentation to make a song you love fit perfectly with your plans!

We had a very sweet wedding crasher.  She loved the harp, and even joined the bride and groom during the vows!

Harp at Cat

Once the guests had been dismissed, I moved the harp inside the banquet hall.  During the dinner hour, I played popular love songs of many eras, from “Georgia on My Mind” to “My Heart Will Go On” to “When You Say Nothing at All.”

Harp Music for a Wedding Reception

The harp adds a touch of elegance to any event, and is especially popular for wedding music.  To find out more about including a harpist in your plans, please visit my website ~ Southern Ohio Harpist!

Wedding Reception Harpist Ohio

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Southern Ohio Harpist – Wedding in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Harpist

We watched the sky and the weather radar closely on this one!  Fortunately, the outdoor ceremony was able to go ahead as planned at the Old Monastery in Portsmouth, Ohio.  It poured during the reception, but everyone was inside by then and stayed dry!

Southern Ohio Harpist

High on the hill overlooking the city and the Ohio River, this historic home was once a monastery and is now back under private ownership.  The ceremony took place at the front entrance.

Southern Ohio Wedding Harpist

For the family seating and the wedding party processional, I played “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.  The bride’s entrance music was “Bridal March from Skjevik.”  The ceremony included a time when the couple’s parents came forward to bless the wedding rings, during which I played “The Prayer” from Quest for Camelot.  The recessional was “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.

Portsmouth Ohio Harpist

I followed the guests into the hall, which was set up for dinner.  For the reception, I played a variety of popular songs requested by the bride and groom, including “A Thousand Years,” “Drops of Jupiter, “Marry Me,” and “Chasing Cars.”

Ohio Harpist for Weddings

As a professional harpist, I play for weddings and other events throughout southern Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.  If you are looking for music for your wedding ceremony or reception, or any other type of celebration, please contact me via my website ~ Southern Ohio Harpist.

Ohio Wedding Harpist

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Wedding at Pere Marquette Lodge | St. Louis Harpist

Another beautiful outdoor wedding!  This time at Pere Marquette State Park, on the grounds directly across from the Lodge.  Very convenient for guests having one venue for the ceremony, reception, and lodging, and all right on the Illinois River.  Just an hour outside of St. Louis, it is the perfect rustic escape.

Wedding Harpist St. Louis

The lawn where the ceremony was held is shaded, which is a must for the harp and very much appreciated by the guests – especially on a hot summer day!  I played as guests arrived, then “What a Wonderful World” for the seating of family members.  The wedding party, including the canine ring bearers, entered to “Marry Me” by Train.

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

A lover of jazz standards, Katie chose “La Vie en Rose” for her processional.  There was supposed to be a ring blessing mid-ceremony, but it got skipped.  No problem on my end – I just played the piece they had chosen for that time (“A Thousand Years” from Twilight) immediately following the recessional (“Everybody Loves Somebody”).  It is wonderful how the couple incorporated songs they love, even if it isn’t traditional wedding music!

St. Louis Wedding Musician - Harp

I continued postlude music as guests made their way to the Lodge, including more popular and jazz favorites.  The harp certainly isn’t limited to playing classical music!  If you are planning a wedding, and want the flexibility of having many genres of music played, please contact me!  You’ll find repertoire lists and more information on my website – St. Louis Wedding Harpist.

Pere Marquette Lodge Wedding

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Hornbaker Gardens Wedding – Northern Illinois Harpist

Taylor and Mason were married on June 30th at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton, Illinois.  The venue was beautiful!  The barn is newly-constructed to have all the event amenities you’d need – like air conditioning!

Princeton Illinois Harpist

The ceremony took place on the grounds of the barn, with the reception to follow inside.  As guests arrived and took their seats, I played a variety of classical pieces and popular love songs.  When I got the signal that the wedding party was ready to make their entrance, I began “Hymne” by the Greek composer Vangelis.  Taylor’s processional music was the classic “Canon in D.”

Princeton Illinois Harpist

As the couple and their witnesses signed the marriage license, I played “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary.”  I continued playing upbeat selections until the guests had left their seats, then took the harp up the hill to play on the patio for the cocktail hour.

Hornbaker Gardens Wedding Harpist

For cocktails, I switched to more contemporary popular and jazz music.  One piece was “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, which caused more than one guest to take a peek at my music to make sure they were hearing what they thought they were.  I love surprising people with the type of music that can be performed on the harp!

Other pieces I played included “From this Moment On,” “At Last,” and “Bless the Broken Road.”  Following the cocktail hour, guests headed inside for dinner and dancing.

Cocktail Hour Music at Hornbaker Gardens

If you are looking for wedding music, please contact me!  I play in the Princeton area, throughout Central and Northern Illinois, and beyond.  Visit my website – Princeton Harpist – to contact me for availability and details!

Hornbaker Gardens Wedding Reception


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Traverse City Harpist ~ Wedding at the West Bay Beach Resort

LeRae and Nick were blessed with a beautiful wedding day in Traverse City.  Windy, but beautiful!  Their ceremony took place on the edge of the Grand Traverse Bay, at the West Bay Beach Resort in downtown Traverse City.

I love working with other musicians as they plan their weddings.  They know the importance of live music, and it’s especially nice that they give their guests who are also musicians the day off and let them just enjoy the celebration!

Traverse City Beach Wedding Harpist

The venue provided an umbrella to keep the harp in the shade.  I did have to keep moving further inland to avoid the water’s spray!  As guests were seated, I played a variety of classical pieces, including excerpts from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.  The families and wedding party entered to Purcell’s “Hornpipe,” and the bride chose the lovely “Canon in D” for her processional.

Wedding Harpist in Traverse City

With all the wind off the bay, the unity candles wouldn’t stay lit, so they mimed that part of the ceremony.  Always good to keep it lighthearted when little things don’t go quite as planned!  Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was chosen for the recessional.  The postlude as guests filed out included “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Air” from Handel’s Water Music, and “King William’s March.”

Beach Wedding Music in Traverse City

If you are planning a Northern Michigan wedding, please contact me!  I play for events anywhere in the state, including on Mackinac Island and throughout the UP.  More information on my website:  Traverse City Wedding Music.

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Northern Michigan Harpist | Traverse City Wedding Music

Sierra and Blake could not have asked for a more perfect day for their beach wedding.  The ceremony took place on the Beach Club deck of the Grand Traverse Resort.  As the parents were seated, I played the 1960s hit “A Summer Place.”

Traverse City Harpist

The wedding party entered to “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic, the flower girl to “Something There” from Beauty and the Beast, and Sierra’s processional was “Here Comes the Bride.”

Northern Michigan Harpist

The traditional recessional “Wedding March” concluded the ceremony, and then I was off to downtown Traverse City to play for the reception at the City Opera House.

Harp for a Wedding on the Beach

First, it was for the cocktail hour in the lobby.  I played a variety of popular and classical pieces, so there was something that would be familiar to guests of all ages.

Traverse City Wedding Music - Harp

For dinner, I moved the harp to the balcony of the auditorium.  What a stunning venue!   The wedding party was seated on the stage, and the guest tables were on the main floor.

Traverse City Wedding Reception Music

I continued to play through dinner service, including the mother of the bride’s special request “Somewhere in Time.”  They live on Mackinac Island, and the couple had their engagement pictures taken at the Grand Hotel.  It’s a beautiful piece, and evocative of a place that is special to the family (I love playing for weddings on Mackinac Island, too!).

Traverse City Wedding Musician

In Traverse City and throughout Northern Michigan, I play for weddings and events of all types.  Please visit my website – Traverse City Harpist – and contact me about including harp music in your plans!

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South Bend Wedding Harpist

Kate and Jared were married at the groom’s family home in South Bend, Indiana.  Although rain was forecast, the weather turned out beautifully and the ceremony was able to go ahead as planned, with the St. Joseph River in the backdrop.  The guests (and harpist!) stayed cool in the shade of the tent.

South Bend Wedding Harpist

As guests arrived, I played a variety of classical pieces and popular love songs.  They chose “Canon in D” for the wedding party processional, and Kate entered to “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You.”  The couple included a tree-planting ceremony during the service, in which they combined soils from their childhood homes.

South Bend Harpist

During the signing of the marriage license, I accompanied the cousin of the bride singing “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain.  The recessional was “Here Comes the Sun,” from the Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

Following the ceremony, I continued with upbeat popular and classical music as guests exited the tent and enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres.  The reception followed later at Gamba Ristorante in Merrillville, Indiana.

Wedding Musician in South Bend

I play for weddings throughout Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and beyond, so please contact me about providing music for your event!  Check my website ~ Harpist in South Bend ~ for details!

Northern Indiana Harpist

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