Well, you probably already know… that Cross Creek Ranch is one of my favorite venues but you didn’t know that this was one of my favorite weddings. Mark and Christina finally decided to “tie the knot” literally.. After being together for many years. They have a beautiful family and choose a beautiful venue to make it “official”. The ceremony was laid back and fun! The officiant encouraged the guests to participate in clapping, stomping, and cheering. The guests even had a few one-liners to contribute too. The bride arrived in a horse-drawn carriage. She was radiant! It was a magical entrance. (The harp really made it perfect if I do say so myself.. lol). The couple did the tying of knot, though I don’t think the knot actually turned out the way it was supposed to. These are the things they’ll remember and laugh about for years to come. They also did a very beautiful “vase ceremony”. I had never seen this before. The best man and maid of honor both carried a rose into the ceremony. During the ceremony, the bride and groom exchanged these roses in special vases. The vases then go home and are there to show each other their love for one another when words aren’t enough (even when they are trying to say “I’m sorry”) I thought this was so special! My favorite part was when the flower girl wanted to play my “guitar”. She was just the CUTEST thing ever. I’m so lucky to be a part of such a special day for this family. Thank you Christina and Mark for including me! I wish the bride and groom and their family a lifetime of love and happiness! ~xoxo Kristen
Jordan and Josh had the most PERFECT wedding!! They chose the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota for their destination wedding. They couldn’t have picked a more beautiful location or planned for a more beautiful day! I absolutely love playing at this venue; it is one of my favorites! I had never seen the venue set up the way the couple did. IT WAS AMAZING! They had the ceremony in front of the pavilion, cocktail hour inside the mansion, and the reception on the lawn. The pavilion had an incredible arch adorned with the most beautiful roses. It was seriously, sooo beautiful! Now, I believe that the couple is destined to have the best marriage. You’re probably wondering why I say that. Well, I witnessed what I believe to be good omens. A manatee swam right into the alcove right next to the ceremony site!! Also, while I was playing for the processional, a lady bug was crawling on my harp!! If those aren’t good signs, I don’t know what could be! I had such a great time playing for this wedding. It was breezy and absolutely gorgeous out. The bride was absolutely STUNNING!!! Her bridesmaids were also all gorgeous and the groomsmen weren’t that bad looking either. LOL ;) I’m so thankful that this beautiful couple choose me to share their beautiful day. Wishing them both a lifetime of love and happiness (and many more Florida vacations!)
P.S. Rev Rick from Sensational Ceremonies did an amazing job officiating the ceremony (as always!). I also made a new friend Marlon Boone, who did great on the Sax for cocktail hour. :)
Marisela and Jon had a rustic chic wedding at the beautiful Orange Blossom Barn. Orange Blossom barn is one of my favorite venues. I LOVE the drive back to the barn. It is amazing! You drive through the woods for at least a mile or two. I love the build up of anticipation during the drive. The scenery surrounding the dirt road is gorgeous and exciting. You never know what animal you’ll see next. A cow? Horse? Goat? Eventually you come to a turn and clearing in the woods….then you see the barn. It is stunning! When I arrived and was unloading the harp, a cow came over and started to moo at me. He was obviously just as excited for me to be there as I was! There are these incredible barn doors standing alone at the ceremony site. The doors roll open for the bridal party and the bride. They are an incredible piece of art and gorgeous in photos. I had so much fun playing for the guests at this wedding. The bride made sure everyone arrived early so they could listen to me play. I loved listening to the exclaims from the children as I uncovered the harp. I’m so lucky to play such a cool instrument. Marisela looked absolutely stunning! This ceremony was definitely one to remember. The officiant did an incredible job with the ceremony. He made the guests laugh and he focused on Marisel and Jon’s love. My favorite part of this wedding was the dove release. YES! A DOVE RELEASE!! How cool? I’ve never seen this done before. It was really magical. The pair of doves were released, circled the ceremony site, and then flew home. While they were flying up above, I played lots of rolling glissandos.. (think something you would hear in a movie..). It was perfect. I think it’s so cool that the birds knew to fly home. I will never forget this wedding. I’m so honored to be a part of such a special day. I wish the happy couple a lifetime of love and laughter!
I had such an amazing time playing for Alicia and Brendan’s wedding at the Kapok Special Events Center in Clearwater. I love the Kapok Event Center. The chandelier in the ballroom is just magical!!! The ceremony site looked beautiful decorated in red and white. There were rose petals and candles everywhere. (Why can’t I enter the heart eye emoji from my computer?! >:( Or maybe I can and just don’t know how.) I had the COOLEST and possibly freakiest experience at the wedding while I was playing for the guests before the ceremony started. I was set up at the back behind the last row of chairs. I had just finished playing a song. I briefly set my harp down. The chair closest to me...moved. It was as if someone sat down in the chair and pushed it back a couple of inches. There wasn’t anyone around. I like to think it was someone close to the couple that came to the wedding in spirit and wanted to hear me play. It was a really cool moment. The ceremony was great. The officiant did a great job keeping the ceremony light and comical, but also spiritual. After the ceremony was finished, I had the honor to play for the guests during the cocktail hour. I had so much fun! I had a couple guests approach me. One guest said “I never thought I’d ever hear ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on the harp. It was awesome.” Another guest asked if the song I just played was from ‘Final Fantasy’. When I replied “yes” she said “I knew it!” with excitement. Little comments like that make my night. During the cocktail hour they served hor'dourves and refreshments.. But they also had this big platter of melted cheese. OMG talk about amazingness (not that I had any but it looked sooooo good! And I’ve never seen anything like that before). After I was finished with the cocktail hour, I finally had a chance to meet the bride and groom. Alicia looked sooo beautiful! I didn’t get a chance to really see her during the ceremony because I was in the back. She looked stunning and was so excited! The bride and groom were very sweet. It was an honor to provide the music for their special day. Wishing Alicia and Brendan a lifetime of love, laughter, and happiness.
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
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