Arkansas Harpist ~ Wedding in Hot Springs ~ Garvan Woodland Gardens

Lindsay and Nathan were my first couple affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns back in March.  Fortunately, they were able to reschedule for late August, and still get married with the rest of their plans intact!

Their ceremony venue was the stunning Anthony Chapel on the grounds of Garvan Woodland Gardens.  Located just outside of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and near Hot Springs National Park, it’s a beautiful destination for guests from near and far!  You may even have a visit from one of the resident peacocks.

Wedding at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Prelude music for guest arrival included “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Fields of Gold.”  They chose Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the family seating, then “Canon in D” for the wedding party processional.  Once the bridesmaids were in place, the chapel doors reopened and I switched to the traditional Wagner “Bridal Chorus” for Lindsay’s walk down that magnificent aisle.

Hot Springs Wedding Music

Their recessional was “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  I continued to play as guests exited the chapel, including both classical and popular songs.

Arkansas Harp Player in Hot Springs

Everyone has had to make adjustments in response to the pandemic, but Lindsay and Nathan did an amazing job being flexible and re-creating their entire wedding day with just a couple of weeks notice.  I was so glad to be available for their new date and be a part of their celebration with friends and family!

Arkansas Harpist in Hot Springs

If you are interested in including harp music in your wedding plans, get in touch!  I play for weddings and events in Hot Springs, Little Rock, and throughout Arkansas.  Visit my website ~ Hot Springs Wedding Harpist ~ and contact me for details!

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Northwest Indiana Wedding Harpist ~ Marquette Park Pavilion

Nothing was going to stop this wedding – not a pandemic, and not the rain!  Both caused some changes to their original plans, but Bethany and Brandon still had a beautiful wedding at the Marquette Park Pavilion in Gary, Indiana.

The historic building was the site of their ceremony and reception.  A small group of friends and family gathered under the porch cover for the ceremony, and the cocktail hour was held in the same space.  Harp music accompanied both!

Wedding Music Northwest Indiana

Bethany chose “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for the entire processional, but reserving the more majestic part for her entrance.  It’s a wonderful way to have a musical consistency throughout the entrances, but still have a big special moment for the bride!

Harpist in Northwest Indiana

During the service, I played quietly as the couple spoke their vows to one another (“Storybook Love” from The Princess Bride for Bethany and “My Girl” by Smokey Robinson for Brandon).  Their handfasting ceremony included “In Dreams” from Lord of the Rings: Breaking of the Fellowship, and the recessional to conclude the ceremony was Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend.”

Lake Michigan Wedding Music

With the ceremony and cocktail hour in the same location, I just turned the harp around to face the tables, and continued with the music!  The background music was mostly popular songs, each with special meaning to one of the guests in attendance.  The bride chose songs that her friends and family used during their own wedding celebrations – everything from “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran to “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Northwest Indiana Wedding Harpist

No matter if you prefer classical or contemporary music – or some of both! – I would love to play for your wedding.  As a harpist for weddings in Northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago area, I make sure each one is unique and the perfect musical reflection of the couple!  Visit my website {Northwest Indiana Wedding Music} to contact me and get started making plans!

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Wedding Harpist on Mackinac Island {Inn at Stonecliffe}

There is no more romantic destination for a wedding than Mackinac Island!  Everyone arrives by ferry.  With no cars on the island, all transport is on foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage.  Even the harp rides along!

Transporting a Harp on Mackinac Island

The morning started out rainy, but cleared by the afternoon ceremony.  Emily and Sheldon were married in the forest grotto on the Inn at Stonecliffe grounds.  The venue is far removed from the bustle of the main street, and the lawn has beautiful views of the Mackinac Bridge!

Harp Music Mackinac Island

The prelude included the wedding classic “Canon in D,” and then a shift to more popular music – starting with “Stairway to Heaven” for family seating.  My repertoire is quite varied, and both classical and contemporary music sound beautiful on the harp!  The processional for the wedding party and bride (announced by glissandos) was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

During the unity tree-planting ceremony, I played “Falling Slowly” from Once.  Their recessional returned to something classical – J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

Mackinac Island Harpist

Once the guests had exited the grotto, I brought the harp back up to the patio for cocktail hour.  Along with the couple’s special requests (“A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn and “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles), I played popular songs from the 1990s through current hits.  Not necessarily songs you would expect to hear on the harp, but the perfect way to transition from the ceremony to the party!

I play for weddings and events on Mackinac Island and throughout Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.  Get in touch via my website ~ Mackinac Island Harp Player ~ to check availability, view song lists, watch videos, and get a quote for your event!

Wedding Music Mackinac Island

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Minnesota Harpist | Albert Lea Wedding Music

Another COVID-rescheduled wedding that was finally able to happen in August!  Originally set to take place in Mankato in June, it was moved to the couple’s home in rural Albert Lea.

Minnesota Wedding Music

Almost as soon as I began playing the prelude music, rain started to fall!  Fortunately, the reception tent was close to the ceremony site, so I headed there for cover.  Of course, a wooden harp can’t get wet!  I was able to have the harp stay dry under the tent, and continue to play through the ceremony, without the worry of having to start and stop with the rain.  Fortunately the shower was brief, and only delayed the ceremony by a few minutes.

Albert Lea Wedding Music

The family was seated to the theme from Beauty and the Beast, with the wedding party following to the French jazz standard “La Vie en Rose.”  The couple’s children came down the aisle in a Power Wheel while I played “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid.  Stacy chose “What a Wonderful World” for her processional.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional was “Better Together” by Jack Johnson, followed by the mother of the bride’s special request, “I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera. I continued with other popular love songs as guests made their way to the reception tent.

Harpist in Minnesota

I play for weddings and other events throughout southern Minnesota, and would love to collaborate on the music for your day!  You can find more information on my website:  Albert Lea Wedding Harpist.

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Rockford Wedding Music ~ Harp in Northern Illinois

Planning a wedding during a pandemic can mean rescheduling a year or more out, or it can mean putting together a wedding in one week – which is what this couple did!  Angie and Scott gathered with about 20 guests in the old brick church of City First Chapel in Rockford for their intimate wedding ceremony.

Rockford IL Harp Player

Guests gathered and took their (socially distanced!) seats in the sanctuary, as I played a variety of classical and popular romantic songs, including “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, and “Only Time” by Enya.

The processional for the wedding party and “flower dog” was “Fields of Gold” by Sting, and Angie came down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

Wedding Musician in Rockford

Their recessional to accompany their walk back down the aisle was “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, followed by the jazz standard “At Last.”

No matter your timeline, I’d love to play the harp for your wedding!  I work with couples planning two years or two days in advance, and their music will be equally lovely and personalized.  Get in touch with your date and location details at ~ Northern Illinois Harpist ~ so we can start planning your wedding music!

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Indianapolis Harpist ~ Wedding Ceremony & Reception Music

It’s a special honor when other musicians book me to play for their weddings – and they always have the most unique song choices!

Amanda and Charlie has originally planned to get married in early April, but the COVID-19 pandemic made that impossible.  They were fortunate to be able to reschedule to June with a minimum of disruption.  Their ceremony and reception took place at the Indianapolis Propylaeum.

Harpist Indianapolis

With playing for both the ceremony and the spotlight dances in the carriage house, plus dinner and cocktails in the main house, it required a two-harp set up.  I can move a harp between locations at a venue, but this required a back and forth (twice), so thought it would be easier to set up two harps rather than try to push one through the crowd of guests multiple times.  Fortunately, I have multiple harps!

Wedding at the Indianapolis Propylaeum

The chose the Venus Penti orchestral harp for the ceremony and dances, and the BlevinSong Celtic harp for the cocktail and dinner hours.  I had the Celtic harp set up and tuned in the main house before the ceremony began in the carriage house, so I could go quickly from one location to the other.

As guests arrived at the ceremony, they were able to choose a wrist band to inform other guests of their level of comfort.  It’s a thoughtful gesture to provide this, in the midst of a pandemic, for guests who may not know other attendees.

Covid-19 Wedding

The prelude music included “All My Loving” by the Beatles, “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You” by Van Morrison, and “We’ve Only Just Begun” by The Carpenters.  The family was seated to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King, followed by “Marry You” for the groom’s entrance.  The bridesmaids came down the aisle to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, and the bride’s entrance music was Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”

Indianapolis Harpist

During the ceremony, they requested “River Flows in You” and “True Colors” to be played during the knot tying and the exchange of rings.  They wanted something upbeat and unexpected for their recessional, and went with “Despacito.”  A versatile harpist can play anything for you – classical to rock to Celtic to jazz!

Harp Music Indianapolis

As guests continued through the receiving line, I went inside the house (to my already set-up harp) to play for the cocktail hour.  This included a variety of classical and love songs, with an elegance matching the interior of the building.

Wedding Music Indianapolis

Dances were back in the carriage house.  Amanda and Charlie danced their first dance to “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.  The father-daughter dance was “Because You Loved Me,” and the groom and his mother danced to “Yesterday.”  The bouquet and garter toss were accompanied by “Fields of Gold” by Sting, and the longest-married couples dance was to “Endless Love.”  After the dances, back to the house for dinner.  With the harp already there, another quick transition!

Indy Wedding Harpist

I play for weddings – ceremonies, dinners, and dances – in Indianapolis and throughout Central Indiana.  Contact me to discuss the details of your event, and how harp music can add an extra element of romance and glamour to your wedding!  More information at:  Indianapolis Wedding Harpist.

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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!

Harpist in St. Louis

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.

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

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!

Wedding Music St. Louis

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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!

Harpist in Kansas City

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.

Wedding Music Kansas City

Kansas City Wedding Harpist

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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!

Central Missouri Harp Player

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.

Hermann MO Wedding Harpist

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.

Harp Player in Grand Rapids

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.

West Michigan Harp Musician

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!

Michigan Harpist

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