Chicago Harpist – Harp Duet for a Wedding Reception

One harp at a wedding is beautiful, but two harps at a wedding are spectacular!  There is definitely a visual and auditory “wow” factor with the harp, and even more so when there is more than one!

Chicago Harp Duet for Weddings

Katerina chose a harp duet to play for her cocktail hour at the Westin River North in downtown Chicago.  We played for the first two hours of the reception, as guests enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and the beautiful sights along the Chicago River.

The bride’s music requests included a few classical selections, but were mostly from the pop and rock genres – with lots of Disney and movie songs!  Among others, we played:

Quite the playlist – and not things you expect to hear on the harp!  Guests definitely loved the selections we played, as well as the surprise of hearing contemporary music on classic instruments.

Chicago Harpists for Weddings - Harp Duet

I work with many other professional musicians, and can provide several instrument groupings for weddings and parties.  Along with this lovely two-harp duet, you can also book a harp & violin, harp & flute, harp & cello, harp & piano, harp & vocalist, or harp & steel drums duo.  Trios, quartets, and larger ensembles are also available.

For more information on having a harpist or ensemble for your event, please visit my website ~ Chicago Wedding Harpist.  We can work together to determine what group of musicians is best for the type of music you’d like to have played!

Harp Ensemble in Chicago

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Princeton Illinois Wedding Harpist

Natilie and Joseph were married on a Friday afternoon at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton, Illinois.  Not every parish allows this, but they filled their ceremony with popular and Irish music!  The sanctuary was stunning, bursting with flowers and draped in white.

Princeton Wedding Harpist

As guests filed in, I played several Celtic and classical pieces, plus “Stairway to Heaven,” “Only Time” by Enya, and “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.  The mothers were seated to “I Love How You Love Me.”

Harpist in Princeton Illinois

Falling Slowly” from Once was the bridal party processional, and Natilie chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for her entrance.  During the sign of the peace, I played “Amazing Grace,” and the recessional was “Marry Me” by Train.

Northern Illinois Harpist for Weddings

The postlude for guest dismissal included more Irish tunes, along with “Hey Jude” by The Beatles and “Come Sail Away” by Styx.  Quite the eclectic mix of songs!

If you are looking for a wedding harpist in Princeton (or anywhere in Northern Illinois), please contact me!  You’ll find repertoire lists, more pictures, and my calendar on my website at Northern Illinois Harpist.  Please contact me for availability and a quote for your event!

Princeton IL Harpist

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Wedding Ceremony Music – Harpist in Central Illinois

What a special day to be able to play for the wedding ceremony of a couple I’ve known for years and see every Sunday at church!  Doug and Dianne were married at Wesley Chapel United Methodist in Jacksonville on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Central Illinois Wedding Music

Dianne wasn’t picky about the music – she just wanted it to be beautiful.  Her only request was absolutely no “Here Comes the Bride”!  The wedding party entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach, and her entrance music was “Canon in D.”  Classical, but not the traditional bridal march!

Jacksonville Illinois Harpist

The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke.  I played upbeat classical music as guests exited the sanctuary and headed to the fellowship hall for the reception.

For weddings in Central Illinois and beyond, visit my website ~ Central Illinois Wedding Music ~ for song lists, availability, and to contact me for a quote.

PS – What you don’t see in these pictures is my back-up harp hiding in the choir loft.  The night before the wedding, a metal rib in the body of my pedal harp snapped, and it made a terrible buzzing noise with every note I played.

I “MacGuyver-ed” a fix (with poster putty!) to keep the buzzing at bay, but I wanted to be prepared for any eventuality.  So I brought two harps to the church!  My BlevinSong harp was within arms reach throughout the ceremony, just in case the buzzing in my pedal harp came back.  No matter what, the music for this wedding was going to happen!  I’ve never been so relieved after playing the last note for a ceremony – my harp and my improvised fix held up!

As soon as the harp factory opened in Chicago (6:00 am on Tuesday), I was waiting outside the door, harp in tow, to get a permanent fix.  All good to go again!

Back-up harp

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Springfield Illinois Harpist ~ Music for an Open House

Heritage Health in Springfield hosted an open house for their new hospice center, and harp music was the perfect background!  Guests enjoyed appetizers and desserts as they had  a ribbon cutting and toured the newly remodeled facility.

Central Illinois Harpist

Music included popular songs familiar to all generations, from “Can’t Help Falling in Love” to “Hey Jude,” along with classical and Celtic pieces.  The harp is so versatile, I can play songs that your guests will recognize and love hearing!

Springfield IL Harpist

Contact me if you are looking for a harpist in Central Illinois.  I play for corporate events, weddings, private parties, and other functions throughout the area.  Harp music enhances any event!

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Chicago Harpist for Weddings – Ceremony & Reception Harp Music

Devin and Michael had a beautiful wedding!  On such a rainy day, St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale was especially welcoming.  A gorgeous sanctuary with wonderful acoustics, I played as the guests arrived to the Nuptial Mass.

Chicago Catholic Wedding Musician

After the families were seated, I played Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the wedding party processional.  Devin entered to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

Chicago Catholic Wedding Ceremony

The church’s music director played the organ and piano at various times during the service, and accompanied the sung portions of the Mass.  During the presentation of gifts, I played “Hymne,” followed by another Bach work, “Sheep May Safely Graze,” during Communion.

Ave Maria” for the presentation to the Blessed Mother and “Ode to Joy” for the recessional were also on the organ, then back to harp for the postlude as guests exited the sanctuary.

Chicago Catholic Harpist for Weddings

Following the ceremony, I took the harp to the Oak Brook Hills Resort for the reception.  I played for the cocktail hour in two of their adjoining banquet rooms until the guests made their way to the Marquis Pavilion for dinner.

Harp Music for Cocktail Hour

The room was elegantly decorated in blush pink, gold, and lace, with vintage furniture.  As guests mingled and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, they listened to jazz, popular, Celtic, and a few classical harp pieces.

Oak Brook Hills Resort Wedding Harpist Chicago

I am a Chicago wedding harpist, and would love to provide music for your ceremony and reception!  Downtown or in the suburbs, harp music is an elegant addition to any wedding event.  Please visit my website – Chicago Harpist – to inquire for availability, rates, and music selections!

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St. Louis Harpist – Awards Night Musician in De Soto, MO

On a Friday evening, the residents of De Soto, Missouri, packed the Knights of Columbus Hall for an awards banquet.  The Chamber of Commerce honored local graduates receiving college scholarships, as well as area business leaders and volunteers.

Missouri Harpist for Events

I provided harp music throughout the social hour and dinner.  They had no special song requests, so I got to play some of my favorites that aren’t often requested but people love (and are surprised!) to hear on the harp – like “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses and “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie.  Lots of variety, and something for guests of all ages to enjoy!

Harp Musician for Awards Night

For corporate events, private parties, and weddings, the harp is the perfect musical accompaniment!  I am available throughout the greater St. Louis area, or anywhere in Missouri or Illinois, and love to travel.  Please visit my website – South St. Louis Harpist – to contact me for availability and a quote!

South St. Louis Harpist

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Harp Music for Mother’s Day – Central IL Harpist

This was my second Mother’s Day since gaining the name “Mama,” and it was such a pleasure to spend it with the mothers and daughters at Centenary UMC in Jacksonville!  My own mother (who spent countless hours on the road driving me to harp lessons) and daughter were able to come along.

Central Illinois Harpist

The church held their mother-daughter banquet on the Monday after Mother’s Day, with a dinner in the basement of the church, followed by the program in the sanctuary.  After honoring the oldest and youngest mothers in attendance, I began the program playing “Great Day” by Nancy Gustavson.  Filled with glissandos, this is a piece that really shows off the harp!

Honoring the harp’s Celtic heritage, I played a set of Irish songs (Fanny Power, Carolan’s Welcome, Brian Boru’s March, and Danny Boy), followed by the wedding classic “Canon in D.”  I told the audience a couple of my favorite wedding stories (no, I won’t post them here!), and continued with a group of older pop songs – “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by  Elvis, and “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles.

Jacksonville Illinois Harpist

I love playing music that people don’t expect to hear on the harp!  That’s especially true of my Bollywood repertoire.  The film music of India is something that isn’t heard much in Central Illinois, much less so on the harp!  I played one of my personal favorites, “O Re Piya,” and followed that with a set of Disney songs for all generations – “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella, and “Let it Go” from Frozen.

The concert concluded with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” a song I sing to my daughter every night at bedtime.  I loved sharing the harp with the ladies of Centenary!  Please contact me or visit my website (Jacksonville IL Harpist) to schedule a concert or program for your organization!

Harp Program in Central Illinois

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Wedding at Allerton Park – Central Illinois Harpist

My second Allerton wedding of the year!  Sarah and Mike had a perfect spring day for their outdoor ceremony in the Sunken Garden.  As guests assembled, I played a variety of classical music.  For the wedding party processional, they chose the theme from “Jupiter” from Holst’s The Planets.  Sarah’s entrance music was the Scottish folk song “Loch Lomond.”

Allerton Sunken Garden Wedding Harpist

They both love Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” so even though it isn’t a traditional, fanfare-like recessional, it was a beautiful send-off after their personal ceremony.  Guests gathered for a group photo, and I loaded up the harp to head back to the mansion!

Central Illinois Harpist at Allerton Park

With only a short time between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception, I did a partial set-up in the mansion before taking the harp to the gardens.  As that was ready to go, I just needed to drop off the harp, park my van, and start playing!  Harp bench, music stand, and my sound system were already waiting for me.

The bride and groom didn’t have any specific requests for the cocktail and dinner hours, just a mix of classical and popular songs.  This ranged from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” to “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles!  The harp is versatile enough to provide music for your wedding covering genres that will appeal to all of your guests – classical, jazz, Celtic, rock, popular, and more.

Wedding Reception at Allerton Mansion

I’ve played for dozens of weddings at Allerton Park, in the mansion and throughout their many gardens.  If you are planning a wedding there (or anywhere in Central Illinois), please contact me about providing music for your ceremony and reception.  Check my website – Central Illinois Harpist – for details!

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Harpist in Northern Alabama – Wedding on a Farm

Kimberly and Sean planned their wedding ceremony and reception at her family’s farm in rural Elkmont, Alabama.  They had their ceremony set up underneath a willow tree, with old pews and (new!) hay bales for guest seating.

Huntsville Harpist

Their buffet line went down the middle of a newly-constructed horse barn, that I heard was finished exactly one day before the wedding!  The reception was held under a tent on the lawn.

Huntsville AL Wedding Harpist

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate.  It looked like the rain would pass to the east of us, so I went ahead and set up the harp outside.  I began the prelude music, and close to the starting time of the ceremony, the first drops fell.  The harp is wood, and it can’t get wet!  With the help of their wonderful wedding planner, I got the harp to the safety of the barn, where the wedding party was waiting to make their entrance.

Alabama Wedding Harpist

I kept playing, including a harp version of “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” which inspired an impromptu sing-along!  The rain started to clear, and the bride and groom decided to go ahead with the outdoor ceremony.  Fortunately, I was able to keep the harp safe and dry in the barn and still play all of their wedding music!

The mothers entered to “Clair de Lune” by Debussy, and the wedding party processional was “Bless the Broken Road” by the country group Rascal Flatts.  Kimberly chose “Canon in D” for her walk down the aisle.  During the knot tying, I played the Welsh song “Serch Hudol.”  The recessional was a surprising one – “One Love” by Bob Marley!  I love weddings that are a mix of the traditional and the unexpected!

Alabama Harpist

When planning an outdoor wedding, having a back-up plan is key!  Their wedding planner, Jeannie, was extremely helpful in moving guests around and helping the couple work through all the last-minute decisions that the weather prompted.  She was fabulous!

If you are planning a Northern Alabama wedding, I’d love to provide harp music for you!  Visit my website – Huntsville Alabama Harpist – for song lists, pictures, and more.

Northern Alabama Wedding

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La Crosse Wisconsin Harpist – Wedding at Justin Trails Resort

My first outdoor wedding of 2017 – it was chilly, but at least it wasn’t raining!  Justin Trails Resort was a beautifully rustic setting for Allena and Greg’s wedding ceremony and reception.  In rural Sparta, Wisconsin, it is surrounded by rolling hills and quaint small towns.

Sparta Wisconsin Harpist

The ceremony took place on the grounds of the resort.  I played popular love songs as guests were seated, then “Canon in D” for the entrance of family members.  The bridal party processional was “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts, and Allena chose the traditional “Bridal Chorus” for her entrance music.  The ceremony concluded with Mendelssohn’s traditional recessional, “Wedding March.”

Harpist in Wisconsin

On their walk back to the barn for the reception, the guests all gathered together for a group photo with the bride and groom.  Once all the guests had exited the ceremony site, I moved the harp up to the barn to play for the reception.

Western Wisconsin Wedding Harpist

The music for the reception was a mix of pop and country love songs, including “I Swear,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “At Last,” “All You Need is Love,” and “You’re Still the One.”  I played through the cocktail hour and dinner service, then the DJ continued with music for dancing.

Barn Wedding Music - Harp

As a professional wedding harpist, I provide harp music for all types of weddings anywhere in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and beyond.  Please visit my website – Western Wisconsin Harpist – to inquire for availability and a quote for your event!

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