Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist | Chartiers Country Club

After a week of rain, my whole weekend turned out beautifully!  The ground was a little soggy in places, but all three of my outdoor weddings were able to go ahead as scheduled.  On Saturday, that was for a ceremony and cocktail hour at Chartiers Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Harpist

Guests stayed in the shade of the patio umbrellas as long as possible before coming out to the ceremony site on the golf course.  Even from there, they could hear the harp music!  The families were seated to “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, and the wedding party processional was “Come Sail Away” by Styx.  Perhaps not something you’d expect to hear on the harp?

Western Pennsylvania Harpist

Jenna’s entrance music was a contemporary favorite, “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.  As the bride and groom did their wine unity ceremony, I played “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” lightly in the background.  Their recessional was “All My Loving,” which I followed up with another Beatles tune, “All You Need is Love.”

Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist

I had several guests compliment the non-traditional music that I played, especially during the cocktail hour on the patio.  Of course, all the pieces were the couple’s choice!  Time and time again, I hear from guests that they’ve never seen a harp in person, and love both the visual impact of the instrument and hearing me play songs they recognize.  The harp is very versatile, and I cover a wide range of musical styles – Bach, Bollywood, jazz, and more!

Pittsburgh Harp Player

In Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania (and beyond!), I would love to add to the ambiance of your wedding day!  Contact me at Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist for details, availability, and a quote!

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Gatlinburg Harpist ~ Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

The bride’s grandmother, who owns the Buckhorn Inn where the wedding took place, contacted me about playing the harp for her granddaughter’s ceremony. Although the bride and groom live in Alaska, they returned to the family property outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for their wedding.  The ceremony took place in the labyrinth, with the Smoky Mountains in the background.

Gatlinburg Harp Player

Guests walked through the gardens from the historic Inn to the ceremony site, and heard harp music filling the space.  The wedding party came down the aisle to “Storybook Love” from The Princess Bride.  Cate’s entrance music was the French jazz standard “La Vie en Rose.”

Wedding Music Gatlinburg

The bride’s grandfather performed the ceremony for Cate and Lance.  Guests were seated in a semicircle around the labyrinth, with the couple standing in the center.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional was “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen.  The wedding party and guests headed back up to the Inn for the reception, and I continued the postlude music until they were inside.

Gatlinburg Harpist

I play for indoor and outdoor weddings in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Knoxville, as well as throughout East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and North Georgia.  Visit my website ~ Gatlinburg Wedding Harp Player ~ and get in touch with the details of your wedding!

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Wedding at the Allen County Courthouse ~ Fort Wayne Harpist

On a rainy day, it was a blessing to be in a beautiful indoor venue!  Last weekend, I returned to the Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne for Linna & Josh’s wedding ceremony.  I have played here many times over the years, and it’s a stunning setting with amazing acoustics!

Allen County Courthouse Wedding Music

Harp music filled the courthouse as guests found their seats.  They opted for a variety of Irish folk songs to celebrate the bride’s family heritage.  As the harp is the national symbol of Ireland, it was a perfect fit!

Harp Player Fort Wayne Wedding

The family was seated to “Canon in D,” and the wedding party processed down the grand staircase to the same piece.  The music changed to the traditional “Bridal Chorus” for Linna’s entrance.

As the couple lit the unity candle and signed the marriage license, I played “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  The recessional was Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”

Wedding Harpist Fort Wayne

Whether you prefer traditional wedding music, current Top 40, jazz standards, or folk music from anywhere around the world, I would love to work with you and customize the music for your wedding!  Get in touch at Fort Wayne Wedding Music.

Fort Wayne Harpist

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Peoria Harpist ~ Catholic Wedding Music

Megan & Kenny were married at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Peoria Heights, on a beautiful Saturday in June.  I realized the last time I played for a wedding there, I was pregnant with my daughter – who just turned four!  It was a pleasure to be back.

Catholic Wedding Music Harpist

Megan chose hymns for the prelude as guests were being seated.  The families of the couple entered to “Let There be Peace on Earth,” and the wedding party processional was “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

Peoria IL Harpist

Megan chose Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” for her walk down the aisle.  During the service, the uncle of the groom was the cantor, and we did the Psalm (“The Lord is Kind and Merciful”) and the “Celtic Alleluia” together.  He has been a cantor at St. Thomas for years, but this was the first time he sang to harp accompaniment!

Peoria Illinois Harpist for Weddings

As the bride and groom presented flowers to Mary, I played Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”  The recessional was “Amazing Grace,” followed by more traditional hymns and Psalms as the guests exited the sanctuary.

I play for weddings in Peoria and throughout Central Illinois.  Whether you prefer traditional, sacred, popular, or jazz music, I can play anything you wish!  Contact me via my website {Peoria Wedding Harpist} for availability and a quote.

Harpist in Peoria IL

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Harpist in Champaign-Urbana ~ Wedding Ceremony & Cocktail Hour

Evin and Sterling were married at the bride’s family home, just outside of Champaign.  They were blessed with an absolutely perfect June day for their outdoor wedding!

The prelude included “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, a favorite of the groom.  As the families and groom entered, I played “Aria” from Handel’s opera, Rinaldo.  The flower girl and bride came down the aisle to “The Call” by Vaughan Williams.

Champaign-Urbana Harpist

During the Celtic handfasting, I played the “Meditation” from another opera, Thais by the French Romantic composer Massenet.  The recessional began with “Trumpet Voluntary” and concluded with “King William’s March.”

Urbana Harpist

Once guests had exited the ceremony space, I moved the harp to the back patio to play for the cocktail hour.  The harp music for this time included:

Interspersed with the popular songs, they chose several classical selections, from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” to Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine.”  A wonderful variety of music, all beautiful on the harp!

Central Illinois Harpist

I play for wedding ceremonies and receptions in Champaign-Urbana and throughout Central Illinois, so get in touch if you are looking for a wedding musician!  Check my website for availability and details ~ Central Illinois Wedding Harpist.

Champaign Harpist

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Galena Wedding Harpist {Chestnut Mountain Resort}

Lauren and Tony were married the first Saturday in June at the Chestnut Mountain Resort outside of Galena, Illinois.  It was almost exactly one year ago that I had last played for a wedding here!  The ceremony site is beautiful, shaded, and has sweeping views over the Mississippi River.  Fortunately, no flooding issues at the venue!

Harp Player Galena

Guests and the wedding party were transported to the ceremony site in the resort’s trolley, and were greeted with the sound of harp music upon their arrival.  The family members and the wedding party entered to “I Love How You Love Me,” and the bride’s processional was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  Older songs, but classics that sound lovely on the harp!

Galena Wedding Music

During the tree planting unity ceremony, I played Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”  The recessional was “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.  I love how they chose music of different eras, all with beautiful melodies!

Wedding Music in Galena

I played postlude music until the last guests had driven away on the trolley, off to the reception.  If you are interested in having harp music for your wedding in Galena, Dubuque, or anywhere in the area, please get in touch!  More information on my website:  Galena Wedding Musician.

Galena Wedding Harpist

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London Harpist ~ Wedding at Elm Hurst Inn, Ingersoll

There’s always something exciting about taking a new harp out for its inaugural performance, and my Venus Encore made its debut at the beautiful Elm Hurst Inn.  Located in Ingersoll, just a short drive from London, this hotel features a restaurant, spa, and gorgeous grounds.

London Harpist for Weddings

Although the rain kept us all inside, having a back-up plan with a view like this makes an equally stunning backdrop for the ceremony.  Although the ceremony site in the valley was muddy, the wedding party was still able to get some outdoor pictures at other locations on the grounds in between rain showers!

Harp Player in London

Guests arrived to a room filled with harp music, and the families were seated to “We Know the Way” from Moana.  The wedding party entrance music was “Far Longer than Forever” from The Swan Princess, and the bride came down the aisle to “How Does a Moment Last Forever” from Beauty and the Beast.

London Wedding Harpist

Not traditional music, but lovely and perfectly suited to the couple!  The bride, groom, and their witnesses signed the register with “Marry You” by Bruno Mars playing in the background.  The unity sand ceremony followed, to “Can’t Stop Loving You” by Phil Collins.

London Ontario Harpist

At the conclusion of the ceremony, I played “Lucky” by Jason Mraz – one of my personal favorites!  Lindsey and Jacob had a variety of music for their ceremony – Disney, Broadway, popular – all made cohesive by the distinctive and romantic sound of the harp.

Wedding Harpist London

If you are planning a wedding in London and are interested in hiring a harpist, please get in touch!  More information on my website:  London Wedding Harpist.

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Harp and Violin Wedding Duet in Northern Indiana

Although most of my weddings choose solo harp, there are a handful each year that opt for a larger ensemble.  The harp and violin duet is certainly the most popular, and for good reason!  With the harp taking the harmony, the violin can create soaring, sustained melodies alongside the harp’s tonal texture.  It’s a beautiful combination!

For this wedding at Swan Lake Resort outside Plymouth, Indiana, Ashleigh and Calin had the harp and violin duet for the ceremony, followed by solo harp for the cocktail hour.  We played classical duets as guests were seated, then “Sheep May Safely Graze” by J.S. Bach for the family entrance.

Northern Indiana Wedding Harpist

The wedding party processional was “Canon in D,” and Ashleigh entered to the traditional Wagner “Bridal Chorus.”  The bride and groom planted a tree for their unity ceremony, with another Bach piece – “Arioso” – playing in the background.  The recessional was a solo harp piece, “Great Day.”  The postlude returned to harp and violin duets, including Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”

Wedding Music Northern Indiana

The cocktail hour was planned for outside, but the sky kept getting grayer.  Many guests chose to move inside, and I followed with the harp.  Although rain wasn’t forecast, about ten minutes after the ceremony concluded, it started pouring!  No interruption to the music or the wedding festivities – the cocktail hour continued inside the lobby at Swan Lake!  During the cocktail hour, I played a variety of classical and popular songs from the 1940s through the present.

South Bend Harpist

Whether you prefer solo harp or the sound of a group of instruments, I can provide the perfect ensemble for your wedding!  Contact me to discuss your needs and preferences via my website:  Northern Indiana Wedding Music.

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Indianapolis Harpist {Wedding at Finley Creek}

This was scheduled to be my first outdoor wedding of the year, held at Finley Creek Vineyards in Zionsville.  Unfortunately, the weather had other plans!  As the harp is made of wood, it cannot get wet.

Even though the couple opted to go ahead with the outdoor ceremony under umbrellas, the harp couldn’t go outside.  No worries – I set up the harp just inside the doors of the hall, put a speaker outside, and had the wedding planner give me cues for the parts of the processional I couldn’t see!

Indy Harpist for Weddings

The harp stayed safe and dry, and the couple still had their wedding music!  With outdoor events, having some sort of a back-up is necessary.  A tent or canopy over the harp can work, or this type of set-up, with the harp indoors but the music directed outside via a speaker.

Harp Player in Indy

As the family was seated, I played “Largo” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.  The wedding party processional was “Canon in D,” and the bride entered to the traditional “Bridal Chorus.”  The rain prevented them from lighting the unity candle, but it was a joyful end to the ceremony with “Trumpet Voluntary” playing as everyone rushed back inside!

Indianapolis Harpist

The harp music continued through the cocktail hour, with a mix of classical and popular music.  Contact me about providing the music for your wedding ceremony, reception, or rehearsal dinner from my website:  Indianapolis Wedding Harpist.

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Harpist in Grand Rapids – Dinner Musician

I played for a charity dinner in Wyoming, Michigan, at the Gordon Food Service Headquarters.  In between presentations, guests dined with harp music in the background!

Grand Rapids Harpist

Most of the songs requests were for familiar hymns – “Amazing Grace,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Blessed Assurance.”  Along with those, I included a few jazz standards and Broadway songs, such as “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera, and “At Last” by Etta James.

Grand Rapids Harpist

Guests loved the music, and one described it as “peaceful and soul-calming.”  Live music definitely has an impact!

Dinner Entertainment Michigan

If you are looking to entertain guests at a corporate event or wedding, please get in touch!  Check my website {Grand Rapids Harpist} for details.

Harp Player in Grand Rapids

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