Northern Michigan Harpist ~ Wedding at LochenHeath Golf Club

Northern Michigan Harpist

Another beautiful Northern Michigan wedding!  Sarah and Mark held their ceremony and reception at LochenHeath Golf Club overlooking the East Grand Traverse Bay.

Northern MI Harpist

Their cocktail hour took place on the lawn and under the reception tent prior to the ceremony, during which I played a variety of popular love songs and light classics.  The florist did amazing work, even turning the poles supporting the tent into “trees” draped with mirror garlands!

Traverse City Wedding Reception Harpist

Northern MI Wedding Harpist

Once guests found their seats and the ceremony began, I played “Romanza” for the seating of families and the entrance of the wedding party, followed by the 3rd Movement of “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as the flower girls and ring bearers came down the aisle.

Wedding Ceremony Harpist - Michigan

Sarah’s processional was “Clair de Lune” by Debussy.  During the ceremony, the unity candle ritual was expanded to include all of the guests.  As the couple lit their center candle and passed the flame among their family and friends, Lindsey, the sister of the groom, sang “The Lord’s Prayer” with harp accompaniment.

Traverse City Wedding Harpist

Lindsey and I also had a bit of a surprise in store for the couple.  She knew that the John Denver song “Perhaps Love” was a favorite of Sarah’s, and had been a part of her parents’ wedding.  It wasn’t listed in the program, but we snuck it in right after the reading!

Michigan Harpist

The recessional was the Beatles’ hit “All My Loving.”  As guests made their way to the reception, I continued to play upbeat songs, including “Moondance” and “Great Day.”

Wedding Ceremony Musician - Harpist

I play the harp for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners in the Traverse City area and throughout Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.  You’ll find more information and a contact form to request a quote on my website:  Northern Michigan Wedding Harpist.  Harp music adds elegance to any event!

Northern MI Wedding Music

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Southwest Michigan Harpist ~ Lakeside Wedding Reception Music

What better venue for a wedding than at your family’s own lakeside retreat!  Tim and Michelle were married in Sister Lakes in Southwest Michigan, and had both their ceremony and reception at the groom’s family cabin, right on the shores of Round Lake.

Southwest MI Wedding Harpist

Following a guitarist who played and sang some classic rock songs, I played a wide variety of solo harp music.  Tim put together one of the most eclectic request lists I’ve ever seen!  Ranging from Renaissance dance tunes to classical harp recital pieces to Billy Joel, Van Morrison, and the Police, there was truly something for everyone in attendance to enjoy!

The harp music for the evening included:

  • Great Day by Nancy Gustavson
  • Song in the Night (Chanson dans la Nuit) by Salzedo
  • Reverie & Rouet by Hasselmans
  • Every Breath You Take by The Police
  • Nightingale by Deborah Henson-Conant
  • Romance without Words by Godefroid
  • Caribbean Blue by Enya
  • Concerning Hobbits from Lord of the Rings
  • Nocturne by Grandjany
  • Vers la Source dans le Bois by Tournier
  • Romanza
  • Liebestraume by Lizst
  • Moonlight Sonata and Fur Elise by Beethoven
  • The Clergy’s Lamentation by O’Carolan
  • Coranto
  • La Rotta
  • She’s Always a Woman, Uptown Girl, & Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel
  • Moondance by Van Morrison
  • Pistache from Epices

As I played, guests enjoyed dinner and the sunset.  The pontoon boat was ready to go!

Southwest Michigan Wedding Harpist

No matter what your musical taste, a skilled harpist can accommodate your requests.  The genres I play cover classical music from the Renaissance to today, current Top 40, Bollywood hits, Celtic tunes, sacred music, Broadway songs, jazz standards, Jewish music, rock ballads, and more.

I play for weddings in Southwest Michigan and beyond.  Please visit my website (Southwest Michigan Harpist) for details!

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Fort Wayne Wedding Harpist

Kara and Kyle had a lovely and personal wedding ceremony at Pathway Community Church on the north side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  As guests entered the sanctuary, they were greeted with classical harp music.

Fort Wayne Wedding Harpist

For the entrance of the wedding party, I played Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  When the flower girls were halfway down the aisle, I switched to the traditional processional “Bridal Chorus” – also known as “Here Comes the Bride” – for Kara’s entrance.

Harpist in Fort Wayne

During the ceremony, the couple had a cord braiding ceremony, which was accompanied by an improvisatory harp piece, featuring lots of glissandos!  The recessional was Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”  I continued to play upbeat classical harp music until the bride and groom had dismissed all of their guests.

Wedding Musician Fort Wayne Indiana

I am a professional harpist providing elegant music for weddings in Fort Wayne and throughout Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio.  For additional pictures, song lists, and audio clips, please visit my website:  Fort Wayne Wedding Harpist.

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Cleveland Harpist | Wedding at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Most people think of a destination wedding as heading off the the Caribbean for an intimate ceremony on the beach, but that isn’t always the case!  Charlie and Michelle chose to make their destination…Cleveland, Ohio!

Harpist in Cleveland - Rock Wedding

As musicians, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the natural choice for their wedding venue.  Friends and family traveled with them from San Diego (and other points around the globe) to celebrate on the shores of Lake Erie.

Cleveland Wedding Harpist

I was so excited when Michelle contacted me about playing for her wedding ceremony!  Not only would her wedding be at a fantastic venue, but she is a harpist herself.  I knew she’d have amazing ideas about her music selections, too!

Cleveland Harp Player - Rock and Roll Wedding Music

My ebony Penti harp fit in perfectly with the modern venue and the black and red decor.  The theme carried throughout the event, from the red lights and roses on the chuppah to the record disc charges on the dinner tables.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Wedding

Guests arrived on the main level of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where a Paul McCartney impersonator entertained them during the cocktail hour.  Then it was upstairs to the 3rd floor bridge for the Jewish wedding ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

As guests found their seats, I played rock ballads and other popular songs, including “Tiny Dancer,” “Endless Love,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Yellow,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  The Queen hit inspired a bit of a sing-along – it just can’t be helped with that one!

Harpist for a Wedding in Cleveland

Guests loved hearing such unexpected music from a classic instrument like the harp!  When the families were ready to be seated, I played “Time of Your Life.”  The wedding party (including a ring bearer who wasn’t too sure about stepping on those flower petals!) entered to “Isn’t She Lovely.”

Cleveland Wedding Musician - Harp

Michelle told me that, ever since she started taking harp lessons at age 7, it was her dream to walk down the aisle to “Michelle” by The Beatles.  On that Saturday evening, it happened!

Cleveland Wedding Harpist

The Rabbi began the ceremony, which included the seven blessings (translated by friends and family members) and the traditional breaking of the glass.  The ceremony concluded with a joyous singing of “Mazel Tov” before the band downstairs enticed everyone to the reception with “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Wedding

I am available to provide harp music (classical or not!) for weddings in Cleveland or anywhere in the world.  Travel and destination weddings are welcome, no matter where they are!  Visit my website ~ Destination Wedding Music ~ for details and to receive a quote.

Cleveland Harpist - Non-traditional wedding music

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Wedding at Starved Rock – Northern Illinois Harpist

Marissa and Jimmy had a beautiful day for their wedding at Starved Rock – about 20 degrees cooler than the day before!  Their ceremony took place outdoors at the Sunrise Shelter, with the reception following inside the historic lodge.

Northern Illinois Wedding Harpist

Prelude music began when the guests started to arrive, and continued until I got the cue from the coordinator that the families of the bride and groom were ready to enter.  Their processional music was “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and the wedding party followed to “Unchained Melody.”  Marissa chose “Lovesong” by The Cure for her big entrance.

Wedding at Starved Rock - Harpist

During the service, they had a unique unity ceremony – a beer sharing!  Each poured some of their favorite beer into a glass, and then drank it in turn.  From the looks on their faces, the combination didn’t taste as bad as they were expecting!  Throughout, I was playing “A Groovy Kind of Love.”

Beer sharing unity ceremony

The recessional to conclude the ceremony and send everyone off to the reception was “All My Loving” by The Beatles.  I continued to play upbeat pop music until the last guest had exited the ceremony venue.

LaSalle IL Harpist

I’ve played for several weddings at Starved Rock, both outdoors and in the lodge.  If you are planning a wedding there, or anywhere else in Northern Illinois, please contact me about adding harp music to your plans!  Visit my website – LaSalle Illinois Harpist – to contact me for availability and a quote.

Starved Rock Wedding Music Northern IL

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Covered Bridge Wedding ~ Des Moines Harpist

Bridges of Madison County Wedding

From what I can recall, I believe this was the smallest wedding I’ve ever played for!  Other than the bride and groom, there were only three other guests.  The ceremony took place at the Roseman Covered Bridge in rural Winterset, Iowa.

Covered Bridge Wedding Iowa

One of the famous Bridges of Madison County, the couple looked to the movie of the same name for some musical inspiration.  They chose “Doe Eyes” for the bride’s processional.  “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran was the recessional.

Des Moines Harpist for Weddings

Before and after the ceremony, I played a variety of classical and popular songs, including “Falling Slowly,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “I’m Yours.”  I also took the group photo post-ceremony!

Bridges of Madison County Wedding

I absolutely believe that couples should have a wedding that fits their personalities.  A big ballroom wedding was not for them, and they will have wonderful memories of having a wedding that was exactly what they wanted.  And no matter where a wedding takes place, harp music is an excellent choice!

Harpist in Des Moines

In Winterset, Des Moines, and throughout Iowa, I play for weddings of all types and in venues large and small, indoors and out.  You’ll find additional information on my website – Des Moines Harpist for Weddings.

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Muscatine Iowa Harpist ~ Music for a 75th Birthday Tea

Pat decided her 75th birthday would be celebrated in style!  She invited her friends to join her for tea at the Geneva Golf and Country Club in Muscatine, Iowa.  They enjoyed scones, petit fours, and tea as they were serenaded by harp music.

Harpist in Muscatine Iowa

I played a variety of music, ranging from light classical pieces to popular songs.  Some were from the 50s and 60s, and some were more contemporary, so guests of all ages would hear something they love.  “Edelweiss” even inspired some dancing!

Muscatine Iowa Harpist

The guests came from all over eastern Iowa, and included some of the guest of honor’s college friends from their time in Kansas!

Eastern Iowa Harpist for Parties

Although many of the events I play for are weddings, the harp is perfectly suited for other events as well!  I play for birthday parties, corporate launches, open houses, holiday gatherings, and more.  Contact me about providing elegant harp music for your special events!  More information on my website:  Muscatine Iowa Harpist.

Music for a Birthday Party

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Harpist in Southern Ohio – Wedding at Sunroom at the Brick

Outdoor Wedding Music Southern Ohio

What a beautiful venue and a beautiful day!  After the storm the evening before, we enjoyed the sunshine on Saturday.  The wedding took place at Sunroom at the Brick in Frankfort, Ohio, with the ceremony on the lawn and the reception in the hall.  Located not far from Chillicothe, it has small-town charm with the elegance of the city.  A perfect mix!

Chillicothe Ohio Harpist for Weddings

As guests arrived, I played a selection of popular and classical pieces, including “Canon in D” and “Only Time” by Enya.  There was no wedding party, and the bride chose “A Thousand Years” from Twilight for her processional.

Harp Music for a Wedding at Sunroom at the Brick

The recessional was a more up-tempo rendition of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  That’s one of the wonderful things about having live music for your wedding – you can customize things like tempo, volume, and instrumentation to make a song you love fit perfectly with your plans!

We had a very sweet wedding crasher.  She loved the harp, and even joined the bride and groom during the vows!

Harp at Cat

Once the guests had been dismissed, I moved the harp inside the banquet hall.  During the dinner hour, I played popular love songs of many eras, from “Georgia on My Mind” to “My Heart Will Go On” to “When You Say Nothing at All.”

Harp Music for a Wedding Reception

The harp adds a touch of elegance to any event, and is especially popular for wedding music.  To find out more about including a harpist in your plans, please visit my website ~ Southern Ohio Harpist!

Wedding Reception Harpist Ohio

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Southern Ohio Harpist – Wedding in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Harpist

We watched the sky and the weather radar closely on this one!  Fortunately, the outdoor ceremony was able to go ahead as planned at the Old Monastery in Portsmouth, Ohio.  It poured during the reception, but everyone was inside by then and stayed dry!

Southern Ohio Harpist

High on the hill overlooking the city and the Ohio River, this historic home was once a monastery and is now back under private ownership.  The ceremony took place at the front entrance.

Southern Ohio Wedding Harpist

For the family seating and the wedding party processional, I played “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.  The bride’s entrance music was “Bridal March from Skjevik.”  The ceremony included a time when the couple’s parents came forward to bless the wedding rings, during which I played “The Prayer” from Quest for Camelot.  The recessional was “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.

Portsmouth Ohio Harpist

I followed the guests into the hall, which was set up for dinner.  For the reception, I played a variety of popular songs requested by the bride and groom, including “A Thousand Years,” “Drops of Jupiter, “Marry Me,” and “Chasing Cars.”

Ohio Harpist for Weddings

As a professional harpist, I play for weddings and other events throughout southern Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.  If you are looking for music for your wedding ceremony or reception, or any other type of celebration, please contact me via my website ~ Southern Ohio Harpist.

Ohio Wedding Harpist

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Wedding at Pere Marquette Lodge | St. Louis Harpist

Another beautiful outdoor wedding!  This time at Pere Marquette State Park, on the grounds directly across from the Lodge.  Very convenient for guests having one venue for the ceremony, reception, and lodging, and all right on the Illinois River.  Just an hour outside of St. Louis, it is the perfect rustic escape.

Wedding Harpist St. Louis

The lawn where the ceremony was held is shaded, which is a must for the harp and very much appreciated by the guests – especially on a hot summer day!  I played as guests arrived, then “What a Wonderful World” for the seating of family members.  The wedding party, including the canine ring bearers, entered to “Marry Me” by Train.

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

A lover of jazz standards, Katie chose “La Vie en Rose” for her processional.  There was supposed to be a ring blessing mid-ceremony, but it got skipped.  No problem on my end – I just played the piece they had chosen for that time (“A Thousand Years” from Twilight) immediately following the recessional (“Everybody Loves Somebody”).  It is wonderful how the couple incorporated songs they love, even if it isn’t traditional wedding music!

St. Louis Wedding Musician - Harp

I continued postlude music as guests made their way to the Lodge, including more popular and jazz favorites.  The harp certainly isn’t limited to playing classical music!  If you are planning a wedding, and want the flexibility of having many genres of music played, please contact me!  You’ll find repertoire lists and more information on my website – St. Louis Wedding Harpist.

Pere Marquette Lodge Wedding

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