I had the pleasure of playing for the wedding of Dan and Keithlyn, and the added bonus of working with a fantastic soprano! Not many weddings have a singer, but when you have a top quality one, it’s a wonderful addition to the ceremony. Then you also get to hear the lyrics of the songs you love! Shelby Tipling (who is off to Germany in a few weeks to perform with an opera company!) was the vocalist for this wedding.
The ceremony was at Celebration Park gazebo in Vinton, Iowa. Harp solo music for the prelude, with concluded with “Great Day.” The wedding party processional was “Cantique de Jean Racine,” and the flower girls and ring bearer came down the aisle to “Reverie” by the harpist and composer Grandjany. Keithlyn’s chose the traditional “Canon in D” for her entrance music.
After the pastor’s opening prayer was the first vocal piece. The bride and groom requested “The Lord’s Prayer” by Malotte. The other vocal solo was “The Wedding Song.” It got skipped by the pastor, but we fit it in later! Having professional musicians who are ready to adapt at the last minute is a must for any wedding!
They requested “Trumpet Voluntary” as background during the first kiss, then a harp and vocal rendition of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s ukulele version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” I continued with upbeat solo harp selections for the postlude.
I am happy to provide a vocalist (or work with one you already know) when I am playing for your wedding! The singers with whom I work are all highly-trained professionals, comfortable singing a variety of genres. As a soloist, an accompanist, or part of a larger ensemble, I play for weddings in the Cedar Rapids area and throughout Eastern Iowa. Contact me at ~ Iowa Wedding Musicians ~ to get a quote for your wedding!