Southern Indiana Wedding Harpist

Megan and Zeb were married in an evening ceremony at the groom’s family home in rural New Washington, Indiana.  The mother of the groom had transformed their already beautifully landscaped backyard into something that looked as if it came out of a fairy tale!  The guest seating was on hay bales, and the trees held dream catchers, balloons, and white feathers.  The focal point was the floral ceremony arch.  The whole space had a rustic bohemian vibe!

Jeffersonville Indiana Harpist

As guests arrived, the harp prelude included the piece “Great Day” by Nancy Gustavson, as well as some popular and country songs.  The wedding party was the parents of the couple, plus their “Dog of Honor” and “Best Dog.”  They came down the aisle to “Hornpipe in G” by Purcell.  Megan chose the traditional “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner (“Here Comes the Bride“) for her processional.

Southern Indiana Harpist

Between the vows and the exchange of rings, I played “All My Loving” by The Beatles as a harp solo.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, Bach’s “Prelude in C” was the recessional.  I continued with other classical and popular harp pieces as the guests headed off to the reception.  But a few people, including the mother of the bride, stayed close by to listen to every note!

Louisville KY Harpist

In Louisville, Jeffersonville, or anywhere in Southern Indiana or Kentucky, I work with couples to create the perfect soundtrack for their wedding ceremony.  It can be for large or small gatherings, at home or in a large ballroom, with traditional or contemporary music.  Anything is possible with the harp!  Visit my website ~ Southern Indiana Harpist ~ to get in touch!

Southern Indiana Wedding Harpist

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Harp & Violin ~ Quad Cities Wedding Music Duet

Wedding Harpist Quad Cities

It has been a few years since I have played for a wedding at Lavender Crest, and I was delighted to be back!  For this wedding, the couple chose a harp and violin duet to provide the music for their outdoor ceremony and indoor cocktail hour.

Quad Cities Wedding Music

We played from inside the gazebo, and the music for guest arrival included “Blackbird” by The Beatles, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach.  A very eclectic playlist, and a versatile duo of musicians!

The wedding party entered to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel, and the bride followed to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”  The recessional was the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn, and the postlude included “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.

Harp and Violin Duet Quad Cities

With two musicians, we are able to split locations, and cover both ceremony postlude and the beginning of the cocktail hour simultaneously.  The violinist went inside and played a few solo pieces while I stayed outdoors to play for guests as they were being dismissed from the ceremony site.  It takes a bit longer to move a harp through a crowd, so this works well!  Among other pieces, the harp solos included “Great Day.”

Quad Cities Wedding Musician

For the cocktail hour, the couple chose primarily popular music.  We played harp and violin duet versions of:

Quad Cities Wedding Reception Music

Perfect to set the ambiance for the party!  When you hire musicians with a broad repertoire who are comfortable playing a wide variety of genres, you can have your music range from classical to rock ballads, using the same instrumentation!

Harpist Quad Cities

Either as a solo harpist or in an ensemble of your choice, I love working with couples to customize their wedding music!  Visit my website {Quad Cities Wedding Music} to contact me and discuss your wedding plans!


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Arabic Harpist ~ Wedding Reception at County Line Orchard

Feras and Tanja celebrated their wedding reception at County Line Orchard in Hobart.  It was an exciting evening full of music and dancing!

Harp Music Arabic Wedding

The cocktail hour was in the adjacent room, and guests were treated to popular music on the cello.  Once the grand hall was opened, guests filed in to find their seats with the DJ providing background music.

Arabic Music Harpist

Families of the bride and groom, including the bride’s grandparents who flew in from Macedonia, entered to great fanfare!  The wedding party followed, making their entrance from the barn’s loft down the stairs to the main floor.  With the arrival of the bride and groom, guests joined them for circle dances before being seated for dinner.

Northwest Indiana Harpist for Weddings

Harp music brought the volume level down to a level more conducive to conversation, and dinner was served.  The songs included the couple’s special requests of “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “Love Story” by Taylor Swift, and “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic.

Arabic Wedding Band with Harp

I also included a few Arabic songs by Fairuz and other contemporary popular songs.  I always love the reactions of guests when they hear music from their culture that they don’t expect to hear on the harp!  I have a wide repertoire of folk and popular songs from around the world, including music from the Middle East, India (Bollywood music is amazing on the harp!), and China.

Muslim Wedding Music Harp

For weddings throughout the world, harp music is the perfect touch!  With a “home base” in both the US and UAE, I regularly travel for performances at events all around the globe.  I would love to work with you to bring the magic of harp music to your celebration!  Contact me via my website ~ Arabic Harp Music ~ to discuss details.

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Church Music Harpist ~ Manchester UMC

The music of the harp is a wonderful complement to any worship service.  From classical music to traditional or contemporary hymns, a harpist can play for all aspects of the service.

Church Harp Music

For this service at Manchester United Methodist Church, I played for the prelude, passing of the peace, offertory, and postlude.  I also played along with the church pianist for a couple of the hymns, adding a bit of harp “flair” to them!

Methodist Church Harp Player

Contact me about playing for a service at your house of worship.  I have experience playing for Catholic Masses and most Protestant denominations, as well as Jewish, Baha’i, and Hindu services and rituals.  Visit my website ~ Central Illinois Harpist ~ for more details!

Church Harp Player Illinois

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St. Louis Harpist {Lemp Grand Hall Wedding}

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

I loved working with Cece and Alex on their wedding music!  Both bride and groom were involved in the planning from the start.  They had a lovely, heartfelt ceremony at the Lemp Loft in St. Louis, conducted by the groom’s uncle.  The bride’s great-aunt, who had just celebrated her 99th birthday, was even in attendance!

Harp Player St. Louis

They knew the traditional wedding music was not their style.  Instead, they chose music that they like, even if it isn’t necessarily considered wedding-y!  Their families were seated to “Come Sail Away” by Styx.

St. Louis Harp Player

For the wedding party processional and her own entrance, Cece chose two pieces by the folk harpist Joanna Newsom – “Bridges and Balloons” and “Sadie.”

St. Louis Wedding Musician

At the end of the ceremony, the newly-married couple walked back down the aisle to “Somebody to Love” by Queen.  Not traditional, not what you’d expect to hear on the harp, but so, so fun!  The reception followed upstairs in the Lemp Grand Hall.

St. Louis Harpist

I play for weddings in the St. Louis area and throughout Missouri and Illinois.  Whether you prefer the wedding classics or want something completely different – or even a mix of both! – a versatile harpist can cover all of your wedding music needs.  You can find song lists, more audio samples, pictures, and reviews on my website:  St. Louis Wedding Harpist.

Lemp Grand Hall Wedding Ceremony Harp

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Springfield Wedding Music | Ceremony at Southwind Park

Springfield Illinois Harpist

Ellen and Jordan were married in the treehouse at Southwind Park in Springfield.  Just a short walk (or trolley ride) from Erin’s Pavilion, it’s a convenient and sheltered option for couples hosting their receptions there.  The shade on a hot August day was appreciated by their guests and harpist alike!

Central Illinois Harpist

As their families were seated, I played the Frankie Valli song “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You.”  The wedding party came down the aisle to the traditional “Canon in D,” and Ellen chose Beyonce’s “Halo” for her processional.

Wedding Harp Player Springfield IL

The recessional was “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn to fit in with their “Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme, then transitioning to “All My Loving” by The Beatles and “Everything” by Michael Buble – their wedding song – as guests went through the receiving line.

Central IL Wedding Music

I play for weddings all over Central Illinois – and beyond!  Contact me about having a harpist provide the music for your wedding ceremony, reception, or rehearsal dinner by visiting my website:  Central Illinois Wedding Music.

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Harp & Violin in Iowa City {Rapid Creek Cidery Wedding}

Eastern Iowa Harp Music

Many of my weddings are for solo harp, but this ceremony added a violin to create my favorite duet!  The harp and violin are the perfect complement to one another, with the violin playing soaring melodies and the harp providing an elegant accompaniment.  It is an excellent choice for classical or Celtic music, but we can also play popular songs!

Barn Wedding Iowa Musician

Ali had originally booked just the harp, but decided a couple of weeks ago to add a violinist.  With my large network of other professional musicians with whom I work, I had no trouble getting one of my colleagues lined up, even on short notice!

Harp and Violin Iowa City

The ceremony was at the Rapid Creek Cidery outside of Iowa City.  The ceremony site is well shaded, which was appreciated on a hot August Saturday!  Everyone gathered up the hill close to the barn where the reception would take place, then ventured down the hill for the ceremony.  The guests were greeted with harp and violin duets, with music ranging from Schubert to Elvis.

Iowa City Harpist for Weddings

The mother of the groom is a huge Beatles fan, so the family seating was to “All My Loving.”  The wedding party entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and the bridal processional was Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional was “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  We continued with duets for the postlude as guests returned to the barn for the reception.

Iowa City Wedding Harpist

As a harp soloist, or in an ensemble of any size with other musicians, I love working with couples to create just the right music for their weddings!  Options include adding a violin, flute, cello, guitar, piano, steel drums, trumpet, marimba, vocalists, and multiple harps.  Whatever your preferred style of music, I can provide the perfect musicians to complete the sound!  Visit my website ~ Iowa City Wedding Music ~ and contact me with your date to check my availability.

Iowa City Harpist

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Appleton Harpist ~ Wedding at Kimberly Point Lighthouse

I have played for weddings every day of the week.  This one was on a Tuesday afternoon!  When you are selecting your wedding date, you are not limited to Saturdays – or even a weekend day.  Choose a day that has special significance to you and your future spouse.  In this case, Mike and Lorraine got married on the anniversary of their 10th date, and in the same location!

Harpist in Appleton WI

The ceremony was by the lighthouse at Kimberly Point Park in Neenah, Wisconsin.  They had a lovely day for the outdoor ceremony, so even though it got off to a late start, at least it was comfortable outside!

Oshkosh Wedding Harpist

The prelude included music from Final Fantasy, and the bridal party entered to “Drops of Jupiter.”  Lorraine wanted to be sure I played her processional piece, “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine, in its entirety, so she waited until a specific moment in the song to begin her walk down the aisle.  It worked out perfectly and the piece finished just as she arrived at the front.

Neenah Wedding Harpist

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the couple walked back down the aisle to “In My Life” by The Beatles.  I continued to play upbeat postlude music as guests exited and headed to the reception in Appleton.

Appleton Wisconsin Wedding Harpist

I play for weddings of all sizes and styles, any day of the year, anywhere around the world!  Visit my website {Appleton Wedding Harpist} for details and to contact me to check availability.

Appleton WI Harp Player

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Macon Missouri Harpist – Wedding at Emerson Fields

Macon Missouri Harpist

It is always exciting to play for a wedding at a new venue!  Emerson Fields, located just south of Macon in Excello, Missouri, combines the best of a rustic barn feeling with modern conveniences.  They have done an excellent job creating a beautiful, country space for couples to come from all over Missouri!

Wedding Harpist MO

Bailey and Grant were married in late July, and with the rain that came and went all day, were blessed with a lovely indoor space for their ceremony.  The grandparents and parents of the couple were seated to “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.

Northern Missouri Wedding Harpist

Bailey chose “Canon in D” for both the wedding party processional and her big entrance.  I saved the more majestic section for her walk down the aisle, preceded by a big harp glissando to announce her arrival!

Macon Missouri Wedding Harpist

The recessional was “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.  The guests were dismissed to the cocktail hour on the patio, and the room was re-set for dinner service.

Wedding Harpist Moberly MO

If you are looking for a harpist anywhere in Missouri, please contact me!  On my website – Macon Missouri Harpist – you will find my calendar, song lists, and more pictures.  Contact me with the specifics of your event for a quote!

Central Missouri Harpist for Weddings

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Waterloo Harpist ~ Wedding at the Cedar Falls Woman’s Club

Pearl and Seigen celebrated their wedding in Iowa before returning home as a married couple to Tokyo, Japan!  They were married before a small group of family and friends at the Cedar Falls Woman’s Club.

Cedar Falls Iowa Harpist

Originally, they booked me to provide music for the ceremony only.  After visiting the venue in person, they realized they couldn’t waste the beautiful acoustics of the reception space, and added background harp music for dinner, too!

Waterloo IA Wedding Harpist

The maid of honor’s and the bride’s processional were both J.S. Bach pieces – “Sheep May Safely Graze” and “Prelude in C,” respectively.  The song for the unity wine ceremony was “Arioso,” also by Bach.  Clearly, they love Baroque music!  The recessional was the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.

Waterloo Iowa Harpist

During the reception, I played a variety of jazz standards, pop pieces, and classical music, including “Great Day,” “Winter” from The Four Seasons, and “Hymne” by Vangelis.

I play the harp for weddings in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and throughout Iowa.  Contact me about having a harpist for your wedding ceremony, reception, or both!  Visit my website – Waterloo Iowa Harpist – for details.

Wedding Music Iowa Harpist

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