Central Illinois Harpist ~ Music for a Donor Recognition Dinner

As MacMurray College in Jacksonville celebrated Homecoming, they welcomed alumni from around the country to campus.  They recognized donors to the college with a banquet at McClelland Dining Hall.

Harpist in Jacksonville IL

Guests started with cocktails and appetizers on the north half of the hall, then moved across to the south side for dinner and presentations.  The president of the college addressed the guests, thanked them for their continued support, and discussed plans for the college’s future.

Central Illinois Harp Player

Both cocktail and dinner hours had harp music in the background, with songs ranging from light classics to jazz standards.  If you are planning an event that would be enhanced with live music, please get in touch!  I play for holiday parties, product launches, recognition dinners, and more.  You’ll find more details on my website:  Harp Music for Parties.

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Wedding at Pere Marquette ~ St. Louis Harp, Violin, & Cello Trio

This was supposed to be my final outdoor wedding of 2018, but temperatures in the low 50s moved the ceremony indoors.  Much cozier by the fireplace at Pere Marquette!  Close to St. Louis, it still feels a world away, and has beautiful views of the woods and the river.

The bride and groom booked not just a harpist, but a harp, violin, and cello trio.  While solo harp music is beautiful, I also love working with my professional musician colleagues to create a unique musical experience for my couples.  On this occasion, they even managed to keep their ceremony music a surprise from their families and wedding party!

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

We played standard classical wedding music as guests arrived and took their seats, but the last piece before the wedding party came down the aisle was “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin.  Yes, on classical instruments!

Back to traditional music for the processionals, with “Canon in D” for the wedding party and “Bridal Chorus” as Heather came down the aisle.  The recessional was another unexpected touch, and more Led Zeppelin – “No Quarter.”

Harpist in St. Louis

I loved the murmurs that went through the guests when they recognized what we were playing!  Whether your musical tastes lean towards the classics or something totally different, I’d love to plan your wedding music with you!  Along with solo harp, you have the option of choosing any size ensemble, with violin, cello, flute, piano, singers, trumpet, multiple harps, string quartet, marimba, steel drums, and more.  Visit my website ~ St. Louis Wedding Musicians ~ to contact me for details!

Wedding at Pere Marquette, Grafton Harpist

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Harpist in Manhattan, Kansas

Not every college homecoming party has a harpist, but this one did!  Friends from Kansas State gathered around a campfire and were treated to harp music before a tour of the host’s home – the Manhattan landmark also known as Kimble Castle.

Topeka Harpist

They opted for classical music for the evening’s performance, in a casual concert-like setting outside the home.  Some of the pieces included “Great Day,” “Largo” from the New World Symphony, “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, “Prelude in C,” and “Le Cygne” by Saint-Saens.

Manhattan Harpist

Any type of event, formal or casual, can be enhanced with harp music!  I am available for parties, weddings, concerts, and more in Manhattan, Topeka, and throughout Kansas (or beyond!).  Visit my website {Manhattan Harpist} to contact me with the details of your event.

Manhattan Kansas Harpist

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Indianapolis Harpist {Wedding at Union Station}

What a grand and elegant venue for a wedding!  Stephanie and Rayton were married in the historic Union Station in downtown Indianapolis, conveniently attached to the Crowne Plaza hotel.  Guests who stayed there could even have a room in a converted train car!

Indy Wedding Harpist

The ceremony took place in the grand hall, and harp music greeted guests and family members as they arrived.  This included a medley of songs from the Harry Potter movies, “All My Loving” and “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

Indy Harpist

The groomsmen entered to “Prelude in C” followed by the bridesmaids to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” – both by J.S. Bach.  Stephanie’s processional music was “Canon in D.”

Indy Wedding Music Harp

Lighting of the unity candle was accompanied by Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” and the recessional went back to traditional – “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  Guests exited the grand hall to the cocktail hour in the lobby.

Indianapolis Wedding Harpist

I play for wedding in Indianapolis and throughout Central Indiana.  Contact me via my website ~ Indy Harpist ~ to check my availability for your date!

Indianapolis Harpist

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Deep River County Park Wedding ~ Northwest Indiana Harpist

Deep River County Park Wedding

Even thunderstorms couldn’t stop Angie and Don from having their outdoor wedding!  Fortunately, the gazebo at Deep River County Park provides enough shelter to keep the guests (and the harp!) dry.

NWI Wedding Harpist


Watching the radar, I set up the harp inside the gazebo when I arrived, even though it hadn’t started raining yet.  With an 85% chance of rain and a wood harp, it’s best to be proactive!  The storm started about half an hour before the wedding was scheduled to begin.  Guests arrived carrying umbrellas, and the officiant directed them to come inside the gazebo.

Northwest Indiana Harpist

The wedding party, including the couple’s dog, made a very wet walk down the brick aisle to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel, and Angie entered to the traditional “Here Comes the Bride.”  The officiant asked that I play some light music during the ring exchange and blessing, followed by the traditional recessional, Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”

Deep River Wedding

The reception was also taking place at Deep River, in the picnic shelter just north of the gazebo and historic mill.  Everyone made their way there after taking a few pictures at the ceremony site.  They had also booked harp music for the pig roast luncheon, and requested a variety of popular songs, including:

  • Hello by Adele
  • Fix You by Coldplay
  • Say You Won’t Let go by James Arthur
  • You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift
  • American Pie by Don McLean
  • Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve
  • Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  • If I Had a Million Dollars by Barenaked Ladies
  • Amazed by Lonestar
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight from “The Lion King”
  • No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine by Axl Rose

And very appropriately for the day, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”!  There was some jazz, some pop, some rock, some country, and even a little bit of reggae.  My playlist encompasses songs – and whole genres – you might not expect to hear on the harp!

Harp Player Northwest Indiana

I play for wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout Northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago area.  You can find out more on my website:  Northwest Indiana Wedding Harpist.

Wedding Reception Live Music Indiana

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Harpist in Northern Indiana – Outdoor Wedding in Syracuse

The weather is finally fall-like, with wedding decor to match!  Taylor and Cory were married in the pavilion at the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation.  The space was filled with gold fabrics, fall leaves, lanterns, and pumpkins.

Wedding Harpist in Northern Indiana

I played prelude harp music as guests arrived.  Once the families were ready to be seated, I switched to “At Last” for their entrance.  The wedding party ~ three flower girls and one ring bearer ~ also came down the aisle to this piece.  They were adorable, and played their parts perfectly!

Wedding Harpist Indiana

Taylor’s processional was “Unchained Melody.”  She is a wedding photographer, and chose pieces that are familiar, but not the most traditional ceremony music choices.  Classic and elegant all the way!

During the ceremony, the couple planted a tree using soil from their respective childhood homes.  Throughout this time, I played “Marry Me” by Train.  The recessional was “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.

Fall Wedding Music Harp Indiana

Following the ceremony, everyone headed to the lake for the reception dinner cruise.  They would return to the pavilion later that evening for a bonfire.  What a perfect autumn wedding day!

I play for weddings throughout the Northern Indiana region and beyond, so contact me about adding harp music to your day!  More information on my website:  Northern Indiana Wedding Music.

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St. Louis Harpist ~ Wedding on a Farm

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!

St. Louis Wedding Ceremony Music

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.

Harpist in St. Louis

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.

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

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!

St. Louis Harp Player

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!

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Wedding at Cantigny Park, Wheaton | Chicago Harpist

Ray and Emily were married in September at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois.  This beautiful garden in the West Suburbs of Chicago features several unique ceremony areas, as well as a reception hall.  They chose the iconic rose garden for their afternoon wedding.

Chicago Wedding Harpist

Prelude music included classical and popular pieces, such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, “Sheep May Safely Graze” by J.S. Bach, “Beautiful Dreamer” by Stephen Foster, and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

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The families of the bride and groom and the wedding party all processed down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  Emily chose “Eyes on Me” from Final Fantasy VIII for her entrance.  Their recessional was the harp solo “Great Day.”  This piece features the glissandos that are so idiomatic to the harp, and it makes the perfect joyful send-off after the ceremony concludes!

Cantigny Park Wedding Ceremony Music

I love working with couples throughout the Chicago area (and beyond)!  Visit my website [West Chicago Harpist for Weddings] to get in touch with the details of your wedding day.

West Chicago Harpist Wedding Music

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Chandler Hill Vineyards Wedding {St. Louis Harpist}

It was a beautiful afternoon for Lara and Matt’s wedding, even if it felt more like summer than September!  Their ceremony took place on the deck of Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance, Missouri, with the reception inside their banquet hall.  Not too far from St. Louis, this is a beautiful countryside venue that is still convenient to the city.

St. Louis Harp Player

As their guests gathered, I played classical and popular pieces they requested, including “La Gimblette,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and “Andiam mio tesoro.”  The families and wedding party processed down the aisle to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.  Lara chose “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for her entrance music.

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the couple and wedding party came back up the aisle to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  I love that they chose an eclectic mix of classical and popular music – a bit of tradition, but also songs that mean something to them!

Missouri Harpist

All of the couples with whom I work customize their ceremony music.  Whether your tastes lean toward classical or jazz, Bollywood or Irish, rock or Disney, I can play any music of your choice!  Visit my website {St. Louis Wedding Harpist} to contact me for availability and a quote.

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Central Illinois Harpist – Wedding at Piper Glen

Although the wedding was originally planned to be outdoor at Piper Glen Golf Club, a week of heavy rain, with more thunderstorms forecast for Saturday, moved the ceremony inside the tent where the reception was held.

Springfield Wedding Music

The ground was so soggy, the chairs couldn’t even be set up without sinking!  Fortunately, the tent was beautiful too, and everyone stayed dry.  In between showers, the bride, groom, and wedding party were able to get some outdoor photos – the best of both worlds!

I played harp music as guests entered the tent and found their seats.  The parents of the couple came down the aisle to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J. S. Bach, and the wedding party processional was Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”

Central Illinois Harpist

Jordan stayed traditional with her choices, including “Here Comes the Bride” for her walk down the aisle, and “Wedding March” as she and Maxwell exited as a married couple.

For weddings indoors or out, harp music is an excellent choice!  Music options range from the traditional classics, as this couple requested, to contemporary love songs and folk music from around the world.

Springfield Harpist for Weddings

Each couple I work with customizes their ceremony music to be exactly what they want it to be, and I’d love to hear from you!  Visit my website – Central IL Harpist – to check availability and receive a quote for your wedding.

Springfield Illinois Harpist

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