I had the honor to play for Laura and Greg’s special day at the gorgeous Sunken Gardens in St Petersburg. Sunken Gardens is a historical gem and this was my first time playing at this beautiful venue. I had been looking forward to playing for Laura and Greg. The sweet couple had requested a special song, “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones. Initially, I wasn’t sure how this song would sound on the harp. Some “guitar-y” songs don’t always translate the best but I LOVED how it turned out.
I’m pretty sure Laura is a model. She was the most stunning bride! Greg said to her “you’re going to end up on a bridal magazine”. I’m pretty sure he’s right! (Hey Laura, are you published yet?) The ceremony was great and full of laughter. The couple chose an old friend of Greg’s to officiate the ceremony. I’m pretty sure he’s a comedian because I, and all of the guests, couldn’t stop laughing. The wedding party consisted of the couple’s daughters. I love witnessing the merging of families. My favorite part of the day was watching the daughters interact with each other. It was obvious that they were good friends. They were acting like BFF’s, giggling and talking with each other. (Insert Heart Eye emoji) My heart was so happy. <3 After the ceremony I had the pleasure of entertaining the guests during cocktail hour. These guests were SO fun! It’s enjoyable for me to talk with the guests and interact with them while I’m playing. It’s nice to not be ignored! Lol I’m so grateful that this beautiful family choose me to share their wedding day with me. I wish Laura, Greg, and their girls the best on their new adventure together.
(OH and my phone died at the wedding so I didn’t get to take many pictures. :( I was also “that one-person” taking pictures with a giant iPad. )
Casey and Kenneth had the most beautiful, intimate wedding ever. In my opinion, everything about their day was perfect! The weather was just right! Since it was in the morning, it was a little cooler, not too hot. The ceremony took place on the North Straub Park lawn and had the best views of the bay. The gorgeous Banyan tree was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. The couple had donuts and coffee waiting for the guests when they arrived to the ceremony location. You know it’s going to be a great wedding if there are donuts, am I right? The bride, groom, and flower girl arrived to the site by a horse-drawn carriage. I’m a sucker for the classic, romantic details like that. I played “Game of Thrones” for the processional (how fun!) and the classic “Pachelbel's Canon” for the bride. Casey was absolutely breathtaking and obviously so happy to be marrying her groom. I don’t think she could stop smiling! After the ceremony, a brunch followed at the very elegant Museum of Fine Art’s Membership Garden. The museum is stunning and the harp was perfect there! One of my absolute favorite things about this wedding… the couple had “newspapers” at each table setting that had stories and facts about the couple. I wish I grabbed one to read! This was the first time I had seen something like this and I loved the idea so much! I had so much playing for this Casey and Kenneth’s wedding. I wish the lovely couple a lifetime of love and adventure!
I LOVE playing at the beautiful Bryan Glazer Family JCC. When you walk up to the venue you’re greeted with these incredible, artistic, slanted glass windows. Rachel and David had a trolley waiting out front. What a great way to transport the bridal party to the venue! It also makes for some really cool pictures! In a traditional Jewish wedding the bride and groom take part in the signing of the Ketubah. The couple’s closest family and friends were witness to this intimate ceremony. I felt like an intruder during this special moment and stepped out of the ceremony site. I did get to peek in on it and it was definitely a special thing to witness. Rachel looked absolutely breathtaking!! I loved all the accents and details the couple thought of. The drapery, greenery, and the wedding color (burgundy/wine) were perfect! The couple used all live music for the wedding which was AMAZING. I was there for the ceremony, a saxophonist for the cocktail hour, and a band for the reception. THE BAND! They were amazing. The band was rehearsing/warming up while I was setting up. They played “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”. I just so happened to hear that song, which I haven’t heard in forever, on the way to the venue. This made my day, what are the chances? Definitely a sign of good things to come, in my opinion! I’m so thankful that Rachel and David included me in such a special and beautiful wedding! Wishing them all the best!
Shoutout to the amazing Melanie from Chantilly Chic Celebrations for being amazing!! I love her! :)
Felecia and Markel got married on a cloudy day in Lakeland, Florida. I’m so glad that they decided to have their wedding outside despite the overcast sky because their wedding was perfection. They got married at the Loggia at Lake Mirror. I got to play my harp inside the gates!! This was very exciting for me. The harp looked absolutely beautiful there and sounded amazing! I could have played there all day. This has been one of my favorite places to play. It was so gorgeous… speaking of gorgeous.. Felecia looked absolutely stunning. I really liked how they didn’t have the groomsmen on one side and the bridesmaids on the other. The men and the ladies were mixed together. I thought this was beautiful. My favorite thing about the ceremony was when the guests blew bubbles during the ceremony to send their love and well wishes for the couple to the universe. This was magical. I even had some bubbles float by the harp. The ceremony was really sweet full of laughter, love and applause. I’m so thankful I got to witness Felecia and Markel tie the knot and to be a part of such a special moment in their lives. Wishing them a lifetime of love and laughter!
Amber and Nicholas’ Gorgeous #Wedding at the Academy of Holy Names @holynamestpa and @TheVault_Tampa .
I was so excited for Amber and Nicholas’ wedding!! Amber and Nick tied the knot at the gorgeous Academy of Holy Names Chapel. The chapel was packed full of the couple’s family and friends.. It was standing room only! The processional was fun because the bridal party was so large (10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen!!) that we got to incorporate 4 different songs. It’s always fun to find a way to smoothly transition from one song to the next. I love when I get a special song request because it introduces me to songs that I may never think to play. Amber requested that I play “Small Moments” by Above & Beyond for her entrance. It sounded SO beautiful on the harp. I really liked the song! Amber looked absolutely stunning. Her dress was incredible! She had the most beautiful lace top covering a sweetheart bodice. I’m assuming the top came off for the reception but since I didn’t see her I can’t be sure. Regardless, the whole outfit was perfection. Remember that large bridal party I mentioned earlier… did I mention how incredible good-looking everyone was?! This wedding was one for the magazines. The ceremony was a traditional catholic ceremony and was really beautiful. The harp really made it emotional (if I say so myself.. lol). After the ceremony I had the honor to play for the guests at the cocktail hour at The Vault. I love The Vault. It’s one of my favorite venues. They had cigar rolling which was awesome! For the ceremony I kept it sweet and classical but for the cocktail hour I had the opportunity to turn it up a notch and play more upbeat and contemporary songs. One of the guests (oh man I forgot his name.. David?) was very kind and helped me unload and set up the harp. He’s the only person to correctly guess why I started to play the harp! I was shocked. He asked me what made me want to play the harp to which I responded “You know.. I wish I had a really good story as to why”. He then said “Did you play the piano then just switch to the harp?” That’s essentially what happened and I couldn’t believe he knew enough about the harp to know that it’s similar to the piano. Well done sir! I had such a great time at this wedding and I’m so thankful for Amber and Nick for including me in their special day! Wishing them nothing but the best!! Xoxo -Kristen
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