One of my favorite things about being a wedding harpist is when another musicians chooses me to provide the music for her wedding. I loved working with Bethany (and her mom, Heidi) to put together the perfect soundtrack for the big day! She chose classical pieces for the ceremony, but not the traditional wedding music.
The prelude music as guests arrived at Allerton Mansion included “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Faure, “Reverie” by Grandjany, and “Sheep May Safely Graze” by J.S. Bach. When the families were ready to be seated, I transitioned to “Arioso,” also by Bach. The wedding party processional was “Air” from Handel’s Water Music.
Bethany knew she didn’t want one of the traditional pieces for her own processional. As a musician, she knew her guests would have high expectations and listen to her choices! Ultimately, she chose “Clair de Lune” by Debussy for her entrance. It is a soft and delicate piece, and it worked perfectly for her and in that beautiful setting!
The mother of the bride and another singer provided the music for the unity candle lighting. The recessional was “Great Day” by Nancy Gustavson. This piece is becoming a frequent request from my brides! It shows off the harp to its full potential, has lots of glissandos, and is an exciting way to conclude the wedding ceremony.
During the postlude, as Bethany and Rick dismissed their guests, I played upbeat classical music, including the “Finale” from Music for the Royal Fireworks by Handel and von Gluck’s “Gavotte” from Iphegenia in Aulis.
The guests exited the hall where the ceremony took place, and the staff quickly turned the area over for dinner. I continued to play during the cocktail hour and dinner service, and included these special requests from the couple’s families:
- My Cup Runneth Over from I Do, I Do
- All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera
- Nights in White Satin
- Only Time
- Fields of Gold
- Come Away with Me
- Hey Jude
Allerton Park is a beautiful venue, with lovely indoor and outdoor options for your wedding. I’ve played for several weddings there – many in the mansion, but also in the Sunken Garden, Fu Dog Garden & House of the Golden Buddhas, and the Avenue of the Chinese Musicians.
If you are planning a wedding at Allerton Park, or anywhere in Central Illinois, please contact me or visit my website ~ Wedding Harpist in Central Illinois ~ to discuss including harp music in your wedding plans!