Elyse & Eric were married at her parents’ lake house in Northern Wisconsin. I was thrilled to be playing harp for their ceremony, and was joined by jazz violinist Randy Sabien from Hayward. The ceremony took place on their back deck overlooking Whitefish Lake, near the small town of Stone Lake, WI. The rain held off, and they were able to have the outdoor ceremony as planned!
|Photo: Stonehouse Photo|
The bride requested mostly popular and contemporary music for the prelude, including:
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King
- Can’t Help Falling in Love
- Edelweiss from The Sound of Music
- Schubert’s Ave Maria
- What a Wonderful World
- Keeper of the Stars
- When You Say Nothing at All
She chose “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz for the seating of families, and “Fields of Gold” for the bridal party processional. Her entrance music was more traditional – “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.
The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s godmother, which made it very personal for the couple. For the recessional, she wanted something “uplifting,” and chose “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles for the exit from the ceremony.
A brief cocktail hour at the lake house followed the ceremony before everyone left (by school bus!) for the reception in Hayward. The bride’s only request for post-ceremony music was “When a Man Loves a Woman.” We filled in the remaining time with other popular pieces, such as “You Raise Me Up,” “Embraceable You,” “Happy Together,” “I Love How You Love Me,” and “Somewhere in Time.”
As a professional harpist, I frequently perform throughout the Midwest and beyond for wedding ceremonies and receptions. To find out more about having me play the harp for your special day, visit my website: Northern Wisconsin Harpist.