Harpist in St. Louis ~ Wedding at Old Peace Chapel

One of my April weddings, rescheduled for June due to COVID-19.  I’m so glad they were able to adjust their plans, and I that I was available for their new date!

Missouri Wedding Harp

Jenifer and Alan were married at the Old Peace Chapel on the grounds of the Daniel Boone Historic Site in rural Defiance, Missouri.  Surrounded by other buildings of the era, it’s a rustic and serene venue for a wedding.  On a hot day, we were all thankful for the modern convenience of air conditioning in the chapel!

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The music they chose was primarily classical – some traditional wedding pieces, with a few less familiar selections.  The family seating was to the Largo from Vivaldi’s “Concerto in D” for guitar.  It sounds beautiful on the harp!  The wedding party entered to “Canon in D,” and the bride’s processional was “Bridal March from Skjevik.”  During the bride’s entrance, her grandmother read a scripture along to the music.

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The grandfather of the bride performed the ceremony, following which the newly-married couple exited to Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”  I played other joyful classical pieces as guests made their way outside to listen to the couple ring the church bell.  They had time to explore the property before the reception.

St. Louis Harp Player

Whether your guest list is large or small, taking place in downtown St. Louis or a more rural setting, I would love to play the music for your ceremony!  The harp is the perfect complement to a wedding of any size or style, and you can choose music that you like – classical, contemporary, or a mix of everything.  Contact me from my website ~ St. Louis Wedding Harpist ~ to check availability and receive a quote!

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Kansas City Harpist | Wedding at Powell Gardens

The beautiful Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel at Powell Gardens outside of Kansas City was the setting for Belle and Nathan’s wedding ceremony.  They had to make some adjustments to their plans and guest list due to the pandemic, but they were still able to go ahead with their originial date!

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Their guests arrived and listened to harp music as they found their seats.  The family processional for parents and grandparents was the 1960’s song “I Love How You Love Me,” and the wedding party came down the aisle to “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic.  Belle’s processional was “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

Wedding at Powell Gardens

For the recessional they went with something more traditional, the Mendelssohn piece, “Wedding March.”  I continued with upbeat classical and popular music as guests exited the chapel and pictures began.

Kansas City Harp

Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s Botanical Garden, has numerous beautiful and unique venues for your wedding ceremony and reception, and harp music is the perfect addition to your cerebration!  Visit my website ~ Kansas City Harpist ~ for details and information, or to request a quote.

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Wedding in Hermann ~ Missouri Harpist

Weddings in the time of COVID-19!  This was my first event since everything started to be rescheduled in mid-March.  It was good to be back behind the harp and sharing music!

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Glenn and Kaeryn had been planning to get married in Scotland, but travel restrictions prevented that.  Instead, they had a closer-to-home destination wedding, with a handful of guests in Hermann, Missouri.  Their ceremony was held at Hermann Hill Wedding Chapel, with views out the large windows over the river.  It was beautiful, even when it began to rain!

Hermann Missouri Wedding Music

When I met the groom before the ceremony, he asked if I knew the Scottish folk song “Skye Boat Song.”  Of course, I do!  He asked that I play it as a special surprise for the bride, as a nod to their original wedding plans.

Harpist in Hermann, MO

They had a variety of pieces they requested for the pre-service time.  This included songs from Broadway musicals and classical pieces.  “Canon in D” accompanied the bride’s walk down the aisle.

At Hermann Hill, they conclude their ceremonies by opening up the windows and popping a champagne cork.  The perfect way to begin the celebration!  I played Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” followed by “Skye Boat Song” and other uptempo selections.

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As the world is changing on a daily basis in response to the pandemic, love carries on!  I am available to play for in-person weddings (following state/local guidance for guest limits and distancing) and online for virtual weddings and events on Zoom or other platforms.  Visit my website ~ Central Missouri Harpist ~ and contact me for details!

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Grand Rapids Harpist at The Amway Grand Plaza

Of course I did not know it at the time, but this would be my last event before the coronavirus pandemic shut down all events, performances, and gatherings.  It was for a small group of people celebrating the life of a friend who had passed away in January.

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Harp music welcomed the guests into the Ford Presidential Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.  They had hors d’oeuvres, lunch, speeches, and a slideshow.

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They requested the songs “Canon in D,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Come Sail Away,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “Moonlight Sonata.”  I continued with other similar selections in the background as the meal was served.

Grand Rapids Harpist

I play for weddings and events in Grand Rapids and throughout West Central Michigan.  Until large gatherings are possible, I also play remotely via Zoom or other platforms.  Please contact me for availability and details!

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Music for Corporate Events ~ Cedar Rapids Harpist

Shortly before everything was cancelled due to COVID-19, I played for a corporate reception to welcome a new executive to the area.

Harp Player Cedar Rapids

I played in the lobby of the DoubleTree in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and mingled before dinner.  From the balcony, the music of the harp filled the space with classical and popular songs.

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I am available for in-person events (as allowed) and virtual events (via Zoom, FaceTime, etc.) in Iowa and throughout the world.  Contact me from my website ~ Cedar Rapids Harpist ~ about adding a special touch to any gathering!

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Huntsville Harpist

Sometimes I get booked a couple of years in advance, and sometimes it’s less than 24 hours.  This was the latter – they called on Thursday evening for an 8pm performance on Friday!  I’m always open for last-minute bookings, provided I have the date and time free on my calendar.  Booking in advance is a better guarantee of my availability, but I’m happy to work with a shorter time frame, too!

I played a special solo and background music for dinner at a conference in Albertville, Alabama’s Compassion City Church.  They kept my performance a surprise as long as possible!  At the end of the evening’s presentations, I played “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and then continued with classical and popular songs as the attendees enjoyed their meal.

If you are looking for a harpist in Huntsville or anywhere in Northern Alabama, get in touch!  Visit my website ~ Alabama Harpist ~ to contact me for availability and rates.

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Wedding Harpist Kansas City ~ Leap Day Wedding at The Everly

Alyssa and Colby had a wedding date no one could forget ~ Leap Day!  With the 29th of February falling on a Saturday, there were several weddings going on around Kansas City.  Their ceremony and reception were in the Crossroads Arts District at The Everly Event Space.

Kansas City Wedding Harpist

They chose primarily non-traditional music for their wedding.  The prelude included “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding, “Shallow” by Lady Gaga, “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran, and “Faded” by Alan Walker.  The families processed to the theme from Beauty and the Beast.  The wedding party entrance music was “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, and Alyssa came down the aisle to the classic “Canon in D.”

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Another Ellie Goulding song, “Love Me Like You Do,” was the recessional.  This was followed by more contemporary music, such as “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran, and “The Night We Met” by Lord Huron.

Kansas City Harp for Weddings

There is no rule that your wedding music must be classical!  So long as your venue and officiant have no guidelines to the contrary, the songs I play for your wedding are completely your choice!  The harp is versatile and I play music of all genres.  Get in touch by visiting my website ~ Kansas City Wedding Harpist ~ to receive a quote and discuss your wedding music!

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St. Louis Harpist – Wentzville Wedding

I love weddings in January!  The holiday rush is over, and it’s wonderful to have an event to anticipate during the cold and snowy days of winter.  Christi and Tom’s January wedding ceremony took place at Bear Creek Golf Club in Wentzville, Missouri.  Their flower girl was fascinated by the harp!

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They chose “What a Wonderful World” for the family seating, followed the Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for the wedding party processional.  The bride came down the aisle to “Moon River” from the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

During the ceremony, the mother of the bride read the text of “The Gift of Love” while I played a harp solo version of the tune (the same as the English folk song “The Water is Wide“) in the background.  “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music accompanied the unity ritual.

St. Louis Harpist

As the newly married couple walked back up the aisle, I played “Trumpet Tune” by Henry Purcell.  I continued with upbeat classical music until the DJ was ready to take over for cocktail hour.

I play for weddings in St. Louis and throughout the metro area.  Please get in touch from my website ~ St. Louis Harp Player ~ to check availability and receive a quote for your event!

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Audio Clips

A Groovy Kind of Love

All My Loving

Ashokan Farewell

A Summer Place

A Time for Us

At Last

Ave Maria

Beautiful Dreamer

Bless the Broken Road

Canon in D

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Cantique de Jean Racine

Edelweiss

Eyes on Me

From this Moment On

Hallelujah

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Top Wedding Music of 2019

Every year, I go back over all of the weddings I played, and put together a list of the songs my couples chose for their ceremonies.  It’s interesting to see the trends from year to year, and it’s a great way for those planning weddings this year (and in the future!) to get some ideas for their ceremony music.

Fort Wayne Harpist

In 2019, I played for nearly sixty events.  I regularly travel across the globe to play for weddings and other celebrations.  No matter where you need a harpist, I’d be happy to play for you – the harp and I travel well together!

Instead of creating just a “Top 10” list, the listing below includes ALL of the music chosen by my couples in 2019.  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.

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Canon in D” remains popular, topping the lists for both wedding party and bridal processionals.  “Can’t Help Falling in Love” shows up in every category except as the recessional.  I’ve played everything from Bach to Metallica, and soundtracks from The Lego Movie to The Muppet Movie!

This year, there was more variety overall.  In previous years, the top choice in most categories accounted for half of the weddings represented.  Now, even if the top choice is the same, fewer couples are choosing the most “traditional” options and looking for something more personal or unexpected.  No matter your preference, harp music is an elegant choice for classical or contemporary songs!

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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:

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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