Weddings at home are always so personal, but certainly have their logistical challenges! Fortunately, the groom’s family farm provided both a lovely ceremony site, a place for the reception tent, and plenty of parking for guests! They made a wise choice hiring a wedding planner to make everything come together, and had the most beautiful early fall day. It was finally comfortable to be outdoors – quite the change from many weddings I played this summer!
The ceremony took place overlooking the pond in front of the family home. As Jaime and Ben’s families were seated, I played “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You” by Van Morrison. The wedding party processional was Sting’s “Fields of Gold,” and Jaime went traditional for her entrance music – “Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner.
During the sand ceremony, the music was “One Love” by Bob Marley. Yes, I can play that on the harp! The couple released butterflies at the end of the ceremony, with “Collide” by Howie Day playing in the background. Their recessional was also traditional – “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.
Following the ceremony, I moved the harp up to the reception tent, where I played for the cocktail hour. The bride and groom requested that I play popular songs from the 1960s through today, and I had several guests come up afterwards and say that they recognized every piece I played. It’s always a fun game of “name that tune” when people hear songs they know, but in an entirely unexpected way on the harp! I also had a guest request “Stairway to Heaven.” Most people ask as a joke, but are pleasantly surprised when I can actually play it!
From classical and traditional to contemporary and unexpected, the couples with whom I work can customize their wedding music to fit their desires for the day. To get in touch about choosing your wedding music, contact me via my website: St. Louis Harpist for Weddings. I play throughout the St. Louis metro area, anywhere in the Midwest, and even internationally for destination weddings!