Wausau Harpist ~ Catholic Wedding Music

Tamara and Darrin were married in July at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Wausau, Wisconsin.  Along with a vocalist from the church, I provided all of the music for their wedding Mass.

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The prelude music for guest arrival included classical selections, and the wedding party came down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  Tamara’s bridal processional was “Beautiful in White” by Westlife.  The two pieces have the same chord progression, so they complement one another nicely!

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During the service, I accompanied the cantor for all of the liturgical music (Gospel Acclamation, Holy Holy, Memorial Acclamation, Lamb of God, and the Psalm), as well as “Bridal Prayer” by Roger Copeland for the unity candle and “How Beautiful” for communion.

Wausau WI Harpist

Trumpet Voluntary” was the recessional to conclude the ceremony, and the uptempo classical selections continued as the guests exited the sanctuary.

I play for weddings throughout Central and Northern Wisconsin, in churches, gardens, banquet halls, homes, and more.  Harp music is an excellent choice for any wedding!  Contact me via my website ~ Wausau Wedding Harpist ~ to check availability for your wedding and receive a quote.

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Chicago Arabic Wedding Music ~ Reception at The Penthouse Hyde Park

Laureen and Hady held their wedding reception at a new venue in Chicago – The Penthouse Hyde Park.  Located on the top floor of a former hotel, it boasts beautiful views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan.  My ebony harp fit in perfectly with the Art Deco style!

Chicago Arabic Wedding Music

The couple opted for a harp and violin duet, and requested a variety of Arabic and contemporary pop music.  Some of the pieces we played included “Perfect,” “Enta Omri,” “I’m Yours,” and “Zuruni.”

Chicago Wedding Harpist

We played for guest arrival and until the wedding party was ready to make their entrance, accompanied by the band for the evening.

Arabic Harp Music Chicago

I specialize in playing music from around the world!  The harp is versatile, and I am frequently requested to play for events featuring Arabic and Bollywood music, along with Western classical and popular selections.  Playing for events throughout the Chicago area, I love performing unexpected music on the harp!  Contact me via my website ~ Chicago Arabic Harpist ~ to plan the music for your event!

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Wedding at Culver Academies Chapel ~ Northern Indiana Harpist

Jessica and Evan were married in an intimate ceremony at the Culver Academies Memorial Chapel.  Both on the faculty at Culver, it was the perfect place for their wedding!  As guests arrived, I played a variety of classical music, including “Prelude in C” by J.S. Bach and the “Largo” from Handel’s Xerxes.  This ceremony was to be a Baroque music spectacular!

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The bride, accompanied by her mother, came down the aisle to Purcell’s “Chaconne” from The Fairy-Queen.  For the lighting of the unity candle, I played “Arioso” by Bach, and the recessional was another Handel piece – “Aria” from Rinaldo.

Wedding at Culver Academy Chapel

I continued with other selections by Purcell, Telemann, and Handel for the postlude.  When I have a sanctuary with such marvelous acoustics, I have to play some of these classics!

Northern Indiana Harpist

For weddings of any size, I love playing music that the couple chooses.  It can be anything you like – classical, contemporary, or a mix – and should be meaningful to you!  Harp music is an elegant touch to any setting, and I play for weddings throughout Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois.  Get in touch by visiting my website:  Northern Indiana Harpist for Weddings.

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Harpist in the U.P. | Wedding Music Manistique, MI

Sarah and Zac were married at Indian Lake State Park just outside of Manistique, Michigan.  They held their ceremony in the picnic shelter, and their reception was a short walk away at the beach pavilion.  They were able to enjoy the all the natural beauty of the U.P., but without worrying about the weather!

Harpist in the UP

They chose traditional music for their wedding ceremony, with the wedding party – including the ring bearer in a remote-controlled Audi – coming down the aisle to J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  Sarah chose “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for her processional.

Harpist in Manistique MI

Wedding March” concluded the ceremony, and the guests made their way to the reception.  As the bride and groom didn’t have dancing at the reception, they opted for a private first dance after the postlude.  Once it was just the newlyweds left at the ceremony site, I played “Bless the Broken Road” so they could have a first dance, with only the photographers there to capture the moment.

Manistique MI Harpist

I play for weddings and other events in Manistique, as well as throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin.  Contact me from my website ~ Upper Peninsula Wedding Harpist ~ to check availability and receive a quote!

Upper Peninsula Wedding Music

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Harp Music in DeKalb – Wedding at Kuipers Orchard

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The rain moved the ceremony inside, but Amber and Scott still had a beautiful wedding!  When booking your venue, be sure there is a good back-up plan in place for inclement weather.  It’s perfect when it’s at the same location, as it was at Kuipers Orchard!  Much easier for guests and vendors when they don’t have to navigate to a different place, and you can wait until closer to your start time to make the call to move indoors.

DeKalb Wedding Harpist

Even though the ceremony couldn’t be outside, the setting inside the barn was still lovely.  I played the prelude as guests arrived and were seated.  The entrance music for the wedding party was “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera, with the flower girls and ring bearers coming down the aisle to “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie.  The bride’s processional was “Marry Me” by Train.

Harpist in Northern Illinois

The ceremony concluded with the recessional “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles, and then it was off to the other half of the barn for the cocktail hour!  In between raindrops, the couple was able to get some outdoor photos taken around the grounds.  They had harp music for the cocktail hour, too, and it included popular music and familiar classics.

DeKalb Wedding Music

If you are planning a wedding or event in Northern Illinois, get in touch!  I provide harp music in DeKalb, Rockford, Chicago, and throughout the region.  Visit my website ~ DeKalb Harpist ~ to contact me and receive a quote!

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Southwest Michigan Harpist | Wedding at Tabor Hill

Kayla and Becky booked me before COVID was even a thing!  Through an entire year (and then some!) of uncertainty, they still able to have a lovely Southwest Michigan wedding, making a few adaptations along the way.

When indoor gatherings were limited, they looked for a new venue that could accommodate all their friends and family for an outdoor celebration.  The ended up switching to Tabor Hill Winery in Buchanan, and moved from a Saturday to the Friday of the same weekend.  Fortunately, I had that date available!

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It rained all week leading up to their wedding, but occasional breaks in the weather allowed them to have their outdoor ceremony.  With the ground soaked, the harp had to be placed further back on the solid patio (and under a tent, with the rain coming and going!), but I amplified and everything came together!

The prelude included “Make You Feel My Love,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “Lovely” by Billie Eilish.  Family members were seated to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.  The wedding party entrance was Train’s “Marry Me.”

Each had their own bridal processional, with Kayla coming down the aisle to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Becky to “A Thousand Years.”  During the unity ceremony, I played “Conversations in the Dark” by John Legend.  They went with something completely non-traditional for their recessional – “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen.  They originally thought of it just as a joke, but when they realized I can play anything on the harp, they went for it!

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I also played for their cocktail hour inside the adjacent tent.  They chose more contemporary popular music, including “Havana” by Camila Cabello, “Cheap Thrills” by Sia, and “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa.  The harp certainly doesn’t have to be classical.  I play a wide variety of genres, so you can have music for any taste – or a mix with a little bit of everything!

Harpist in Southwest Michigan

If you are planning a wedding in Southwest Michigan, get in touch!  I also play throughout the Chicago area and Northern Indiana.  Contact me via my website ~ Southwest Michigan Wedding Music ~ to check availability and receive a quote!

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Arabic Wedding Music ~ Harp & Flute in Detroit

Joelle and Hussein celebrated their wedding reception at Crystal Gardens in Southgate, Michigan.  For their arrival and dinner music, they chose a harp and flute duet.

Arabic Wedding Music Harp Flute

They requested a variety of Arabic songs, including “Akhir ayyam el-seifiyi,” “El bint el shalabiya,” and “Baadak ala bali.”

Detroit Harpist for Weddings

Their choices also included popular Western songs, such as “Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay, “Love Story” by Taylor Swift, and “Marry Me” by Train.  Their entrance into the hall was accompanied by the band and fireworks!

Detroit Arabic Wedding Music

Arabic Harpist Detroit MI

I play classical and popular music from around the world, so can incorporate your favorite songs from any tradition!  Either as a harp soloist or in an ensemble with other instruments, I can play current Top 40 alongside familiar classical pieces, folk songs, and jazz standards.  Your wedding music can be anything you want it to be!

Arabic Harp Music

Contact me at my website ~ Detroit Wedding Harpist ~ to check my availability and receive a quote.  I play for all types wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the Detroit area, as well as in Ontario, Ohio, and Indiana.  Get in touch to add harp music to your wedding plans!

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Rockford Wedding Music ~ Anderson Japanese Gardens

Kayla and Cam had a microwedding at the Main Gate at Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.  I’ve played for many weddings at the gardens, but this was a new site for me!  With a small guest list, you have more flexibility in locations, and this one was beautiful.  The chuppah was a floral masterpiece!

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They booked with me because of the Final Fantasy music on my repertoire list.  They didn’t want the traditional wedding songs, so we customized a play list just for them!  As their guests arrived, I played several prelude selections, including “Fields of Gold” and the “Main Theme” and “Jessie’s Theme” from Final Fantasy VII.

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The groom came down the aisle to “Balamb Garden” from Final Fantasy VIII.  Kayla chose “Sea of Love” by Phil Phillips for her processional.  The ceremony included all of their guests reading parts of the Seven Blessings.  As they signed the Ketubah and marriage license,  I played “I Was Made for Loving You” by Tori Kelly.

Rockford Wedding Music

Kayla and Cam together broke the glass at the conclusion of the ceremony, and exited to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”  Guests were able to enjoy a stroll around the gardens after closing time before heading off to dinner.

Rockford IL Harpist

If you are interested in having harp music (traditional or not-at-all-traditional) for your wedding, please get in touch!  I play for weddings and events, large and small, throughout Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and the Chicago area.  You can contact me via my website {Rockford Wedding Music} for availability and a quote!

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Iowa City Harpist ~ Ribbon Cutting & Open House

Sterlingshire of Coralville hosted an open house and ribbon cutting for their new facility.  Harp music was the perfect addition to the festivities!

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I played as guests arrived and signed in, and as they enjoyed refreshments.  Music ranged from familiar classical pieces to popular songs from the 1950s through today.  Of course, the moment of the ribbon cutting, by the first resident who moved in, deserved some big harp glissandos!

Iowa City Harpist

Harp music is the perfect way to celebrate anything, from a new building to a new baby!  I play for corporate and private events, including product launches, holiday gatherings, showers, weddings, and dinner parties throughout Iowa.  Visit my website ~ Iowa City Harpist ~ to contact me about having a harpist for your event!

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Harpist in South Dakota ~ Wedding Music

Melanie and Alex were married in June at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Geddes, South Dakota, a small town southwest of Mitchell and northwest of Yankton.  Melanie wanted to have contemporary music for her ceremony, but most Catholic parishes have restrictions on the music you can use during the Mass.  After a few times speaking with her priest, all of her selections were approved!  Some churches have more flexibility if the songs will be instrumental rather than sung, so it never hurts to check as you are making plans for your ceremony music.

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The prelude music for guest arrival included “You are the Reason,” and the wedding party came down the aisle to “Marry Me” by Train.  The bride’s processional was “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

Yankton SD Harpist

During the lighting of the unity candle, they chose “I Get to Love You” by Ruelle.  The church organist played for the sung parts of the Mass and the beginning of communion.  I played the Schubert “Ave Maria” for its conclusion, and an instrumental solo of “When I Say I Do” by Matthew West.

Yankton Wedding Harp Music

Their recessional was Dan + Shay’s “Glad You Exist,” followed by “Marry You” by Bruno Mars and other joyful songs as the guests exited the sanctuary.

South Dakota Harpist

If you are looking for a harpist for your wedding, get in touch!  I play for weddings throughout South Dakota and Nebraska, in churches, gardens, private residences, banquet halls, and more.  Visit my website ~ South Dakota Harpist ~ to contact me for a quote!

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