Wedding Ceremony Music – Harpist in Central Illinois

What a special day to be able to play for the wedding ceremony of a couple I’ve known for years and see every Sunday at church!  Doug and Dianne were married at Wesley Chapel United Methodist in Jacksonville on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Central Illinois Wedding Music

Dianne wasn’t picky about the music – she just wanted it to be beautiful.  Her only request was absolutely no “Here Comes the Bride”!  The wedding party entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach, and her entrance music was “Canon in D.”  Classical, but not the traditional bridal march!

Jacksonville Illinois Harpist

The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke.  I played upbeat classical music as guests exited the sanctuary and headed to the fellowship hall for the reception.

For weddings in Central Illinois and beyond, visit my website ~ Central Illinois Wedding Music ~ for song lists, availability, and to contact me for a quote.

PS – What you don’t see in these pictures is my back-up harp hiding in the choir loft.  The night before the wedding, a metal rib in the body of my pedal harp snapped, and it made a terrible buzzing noise with every note I played.

I “MacGuyver-ed” a fix (with poster putty!) to keep the buzzing at bay, but I wanted to be prepared for any eventuality.  So I brought two harps to the church!  My BlevinSong harp was within arms reach throughout the ceremony, just in case the buzzing in my pedal harp came back.  No matter what, the music for this wedding was going to happen!  I’ve never been so relieved after playing the last note for a ceremony – my harp and my improvised fix held up!

As soon as the harp factory opened in Chicago (6:00 am on Tuesday), I was waiting outside the door, harp in tow, to get a permanent fix.  All good to go again!

Back-up harp

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