Wendy and Devyn’s Bayside (Go Tigers! See what I did there? lol) Wedding at @SafetyHarborSpa in Safety Harbor Florida
I was so excited to play for Wendy and Devyn’s special day. I’ve waited for a year for the day to finally come! Wendy and I went to highschool together and haven’t seen each other in ten years (am I really that old?! It seems like 3 years ago). It was such an honor that Wendy asked me (on the day of her engagement) to play for their wedding. They tied the knot at the beautiful Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. This was my first time playing at this venue and it was gorgeous! As soon as I entered the doors I was greeted by the most amazing smell! I was ready to hit the spa… but that didn’t happen. Lol The ceremony took place on the terrace next to the bay. They had the most gorgeous floral arbor. I’ve never seen an arbor adorned with so many gorgeous white and lavender roses; it was stunning. It was a beautiful day for a wedding too! Thankfully in Florida we can still have nice outdoor weddings in January. Wendy looked absolutely gorgeous (this was no surprise to me, she’s beautiful!) and she had the biggest smile throughout the entire ceremony. I couldn’t help but smile too. After the ceremony, I relocated my harp to play for the cocktail hour. Wendy requested that I play a special song for her mother in honor of her grandfather that had passed. This was an incredible special moment. I approached Grace, Wendy’s mother, and asked her to come listen. As soon as I began to play “How Great Art Thou” she immediately recognized the song. Grace called over a few other family members to gather around the harp to listen. It was such a beautiful moment and I’m honored I got to play such a meaningful song for such great people. Even though it seemed I was having such an unlucky day (broke my shoe, my ipad wouldn’t charge, and I lost my driver’s license) on January 1st, it turned out to be a great day playing for my friend Wendy and Devyn! I’m so happy for the bride and groom and thankful to have been included in their day! Wishing Wendy and Devyn all the best! xoxo
I knew that I would have a great time at Jessi and Chuck’s wedding when Jessi told me Chuck was contemplating the “Circle of Life” from the Lion King as their processional song. Obviously, this couple had a great sense of humor! I think Jessi convinced him to go with a different song to exit to. Lol Jessi and Chuck tied the knot at the GORGEOUS Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg in the tea garden. It was absolutely perfect. They had garden lights hanging throughout, a fountain, and beautiful decor. Jessi looked absolutely STUNNING and it was so apparent how excited she was to be marrying Chuck. She didn’t stop smiling! The ceremony wasn’t your typical ceremony. They included many personal things that made it really special and sweet. The couple wrote their own vows and made sure to include a few things that made the guests chuckle. They included reading by special guests. They also included a few traditions. For Jessi, it was a tradition to sing a hymn to the tune of “Edelweiss”. This was the first time I’ve heard this and I LOVED it! The guests all had the words printed for them and sang along while I played. This was fun! Even though the ceremony wasn’t a typical Jewish ceremony, the couple choose to include the breaking of the glass to honor Chuck’s heritage. I loved everything about this ceremony. The guests were great too! I had a lot of interaction with them which always makes playing even more enjoyable. After the ceremony was finished, I relocated my harp to Fred’s courtyard to play for the cocktail hour. I was told there would be a “fountain” on during the cocktail hour. The fountain really turned out to be a giant (ok maybe not GIANT) beautiful waterfall. Before the ceremony began, a guest asked me if I “knew any Led Zeppelin”. I made sure to play “Stairway to Heaven” at the cocktail hour for said guest. I had a lot of fun playing this wedding. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday then to play for a fantastic wedding! I also got to work with a few of my favorite vendors! Shout out to the amazing Rad Red Creative, Nikki from Nicholle Leonard Design Studio, Andrea from Events in Bloom, and Jill from Jillian Joseph Photography. Thank you Jessi and Chuck for allowing me to play for your special day! I wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and adventures!
I was sooo excited for Stephanie and Adam’s wedding! I got to know the couple at a Starbucks when we were picking out their ceremony music. They are the cutest and sweetest couple ever! Stephanie reminded me of me and my indecisiveness. Lol It took us a little bit to decide the music for the ceremony but once we did it was the PERFECT combination! The bride and groom had the most beautiful location for a wedding… lakeside at Lake Eloise at Adam’s Grandmother’s, G-Mommy, house. I just love these people!! G-Mommy? How stinkin’ adorable is that name! I can’t stand it. I love it so much. The couple tied the knot under huge (cypress?) trees. The ceremony site was incredibly gorgeous and the weather was perfect! There was a beautiful breeze coming off the lake. It was THE perfect day for a wedding. I wish I could say everything went perfectly…. I somehow managed to forget my music stand at home (let’s just say there was a miscommunication between my hubby and I). Thankfully, I was able to borrow a small table from G-Mommy to put my ipad on. Other than that things were great! Adam’s daughter was a junior bridesmaid… let me just tell you.. She was sooo adorable. She is the cutest girl with bright blonde hair. I loved watching her stand with the bridesmaids. She was very mature and did an excellent job! She was so happy to watch her Daddy marry the woman of his dreams. Stephanie looked absolutely breathtaking!!!! I was obsessed with her dress. She was the most beautiful bride. After the ceremony, I had the pleasure of playing the cocktail hour. One of my favorite DJ’s, DJ Melvin, hooked me up to his sound system. Thanks DJ Melvin! The sun set during cocktail hour and painted the most beautiful sky. Stephanie and Adam couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening with their family and friends. I’m so thankful to have been a part of it! I’m so happy for their beautiful family and wish them a lifetime of happiness!
Erin and Ben are a fun couple so they wanted to make sure that their wedding was SUPER fun. They broke the traditional mold of weddings and made their wedding something no one would forget. I know I won’t! Erin and Ben had such a cool wedding. First of all, it took place at the COOLEST venue ever, the Rialto Theater. I’ve been dreaming of playing at this venue and Erin and Ben made my dream come true. I was definitely not disappointed! The theater is equally beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. Gorgeous blue doors welcome you into the open theater. The theater transports you in time. The white wash brick walls was the perfect backdrop for the wedding ceremony. I got lost in the beautiful tall ceilings that looked untouched for years. I don’t know much about the history of this beautiful building but I definitely appreciated being in it. Anyway, back to the wedding! When picking out the ceremony music it was clear that the “typical” wedding songs should be avoided. The bride and groom wanted something unique and memorable just like the wedding. The groom made his “grand entrance” to the theme from “Game of Thrones”! It was awesome and pretty badass. (Can I say that….? Oh well. Sorry Grandma!) The bridal party walked down the aisle to “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay. One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the flower girl and ring bearer…. They were the cutest! Oh did I mention that they were not your typical flower girl and ring bearer, they were the grandparents! What a wonderful way to incorporate them into the ceremony. I LOVED this! The bride made her grand entrance to one of my favorite songs, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”. This song has SUCH a beautiful and some what haunting melody line. It was absolutely perfect! The ceremony was sweet and the vows were cute and funny. I love when the couple has a great sense of humor. Oh my, how can I almost forget to mention how STUNNING Erin looked? She had the most beautiful smile on her face the entire ceremony and was giddy with happiness. Oh how I love witnessing these moments! The bride and groom made their exit to “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit. I love how the harp sounded when the room was silent… the acoustics in this place. I could just stay and play there all day. After the ceremony the guests were invited to cocktail hour in the art museum and the outside alley. So awesome. I wish I could’ve stayed all night! I had such a blast at this wedding! I wish Erin and Ben a lifetime of laughs and love. Thank you for having me be a part of your memorable day.
Shout out to a few of my favorite vendors... Alison from Confetti Events helped make the day flawless! Red Rad Creative was awesome as usual. Can't wait to see the video! My new friends with Bay Kings Band sounded amazing! I love live bands at weddings they help create such a fun atmosphere!
Kelli and Gary's Intimate Wedding Ceremony at Cross Creek Ranch in Dover @CCRWeddings #weddingceremonymusic
Kelli and Gary had a simple ceremony at the French Country Inn at Cross Creek Ranch. It was just the sweetest! I just love playing at this venue. It is so beautiful! The flowers are so fragrant and smell amazing. I was so excited when Kelli first contacted me for her wedding because not only would I be playing the ceremony but I would also be playing parts of their reception including the champagne toast, cake cutting, and their first dance. How exciting!?!? I don’t get to play first dances very often so it is an honor when I am asked to do so. While I was setting up the harp, I was able to witness the couple's’ “first look”. I will never forget Gary’s reaction. It was priceless. He was astonished by how beautiful Kelli looked (and she looked gorgeous!). He thought she looked “AMAZING” and she did! The couple included their adorable dog Abby. The ceremony was simple and sweet and highlighted their love for each other and God. They did a sand pouring ceremony which I really enjoy. I think it has such a great message behind it. The ceremony site was decorated with beautiful white flowers. It was pure and elegant just like the ceremony. After the ceremony was finished, I relocated my harp through the grass and mulch to the courtyard. Who needs to work out? LOL The court yard looked so beautiful and I enjoyed playing under the lights. The cake was simply gorgeous. My favorite part of the wedding… the first dance! I played “All of Me” and got to watch the couple dance right in front of me. It was magical, or at least I thought so. This was a memorable wedding for me, and not just because I locked my keys in the car. (Thankfully, they came to unlock my car within 25 minutes and not the hour they estimated!) I’m so honored to have been able to provide the soundtrack to Kelli and Gary’s wedding. I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!
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