Hornbaker Gardens Wedding – Northern Illinois Harpist

Taylor and Mason were married on June 30th at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton, Illinois.  The venue was beautiful!  The barn is newly-constructed to have all the event amenities you’d need – like air conditioning!

Princeton Illinois Harpist

The ceremony took place on the grounds of the barn, with the reception to follow inside.  As guests arrived and took their seats, I played a variety of classical pieces and popular love songs.  When I got the signal that the wedding party was ready to make their entrance, I began “Hymne” by the Greek composer Vangelis.  Taylor’s processional music was the classic “Canon in D.”

Princeton Illinois Harpist

As the couple and their witnesses signed the marriage license, I played “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary.”  I continued playing upbeat selections until the guests had left their seats, then took the harp up the hill to play on the patio for the cocktail hour.

Hornbaker Gardens Wedding Harpist

For cocktails, I switched to more contemporary popular and jazz music.  One piece was “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, which caused more than one guest to take a peek at my music to make sure they were hearing what they thought they were.  I love surprising people with the type of music that can be performed on the harp!

Other pieces I played included “From this Moment On,” “At Last,” and “Bless the Broken Road.”  Following the cocktail hour, guests headed inside for dinner and dancing.

Cocktail Hour Music at Hornbaker Gardens

If you are looking for wedding music, please contact me!  I play in the Princeton area, throughout Central and Northern Illinois, and beyond.  Visit my website – Princeton Harpist – to contact me for availability and details!

Hornbaker Gardens Wedding Reception


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