What a beautiful winter wedding! Stephanie and Chris were married on December 9th at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania. Throughout the resort, the Christmas decorations sparkled, and a light dusting of snow made it finally look (instead of just feel) like winter!
They chose to have a harp and violin duet for their ceremony and cocktail hour. The ceremony took place in one of the Salons of the Marquis Ballroom, with the cocktail hour following down the hall in the Nemacolin Room. The dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom.
As guests found their seats, we played the bride’s special requests of “Fields of Gold,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Only Time,” “You Raise Me Up,” along with classical and holiday pieces. The families entered to “Meditation” from the Massenet opera Thais.
The bridesmaids, all in gold sequin dresses, and a somewhat reluctant flower girl processed to “Prelude in C” by Bach. The bride came down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” For the unity candle lighting, we played “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.
The recessional was the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn. Once the bridal party exited, the violinist headed to the cocktail hour to greet guests there with strolling violin music. I stayed in the ceremony room to play postlude music as the guests exited. When you have multiple musicians booked, this is the perfect way to have music in two places at once! After the guests had made their way to the cocktail hour, I followed behind with the harp.
During the reception, we played harp and violin duets including classical, Christmas, and popular pieces. “Happy Together” by The Turtles was a guest favorite!
As a solo harpist, or in any combination of instruments, I love working with couples to create beautiful music for their weddings. Contact me for details and availability via my website: Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist.