Weddings around the December holidays are always a little extra magical! Everyone is in a festive mood, and venues are already decorated with Christmas trees, lights, and other special touches.
Ashley and Alec had both their ceremony and reception at the Hesed House in rural Heyworth, Illinois. They requested that everyone wear black, which contrasted beautifully with the venue’s white, modern style. Upon entering, guests could hear the harp music coming from behind the large black metal sign, carved with the couple’s names and wedding date.
Ceremony seating filled the hall, and I played contemporary love songs for the prelude as guests found their seats. For the entrance of the families, the couple chose “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn. The groom and groomsmen came down the aisle to “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica.
The music for the bridesmaids’ entrance was “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding, followed by another song from Twilight, “Turning Page” by Ryan O’Neil, for the bridal processional. As a unity ceremony, the couple planted an evergreen tree while I played Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”
As the newly-married couple came back down the aisle at the end of the ceremony, they chose “Marry You” by Bruno Mars for their recessional. If you are getting married in Central Illinois and would like a harpist for your wedding, please contact me! You can find more information and request a quote at my website: Central Illinois Wedding Music.