I was so excited to play at the amazing The West Events venue in Madeira Beach. Madeira beach is located just north of St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island in Pinellas County. I’ve never played at this gorgeous event venue before and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. The beautiful venue has a modern industrial vibe and is located just across the street from the beach. The ceremony location has a wood paneled wall and is perfect for intimate ceremonies or large guest counts. Gorgeous chandeliers stationed throughout the room provide the perfect “mood” lighting. I love how the couple had candles lining the aisle AND up by the altar. For the procession, the couple chose music from the Jehovah’s songbook. For the recessional, the couple chose a song that is special to them called Ocean by Karol G. I loved that the song was in Spanish. The beautiful thing about music is that it transcends through all languages. After meeting with Rebecca and Brandon before the wedding, they decided to add cocktail hour music to their package. It's a great compliment when a couple hears you play and decide YES we need more harp music!
The cocktail hour location is outside in the cutest courtyard. The venue is designed to a 'T'. Having separate spaces for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception is a wonderful way to get the most out of your wedding venue. Each space provides unique scenery and a different "feel" for your guests. It help keeps the night exciting! Even though it was a little chilly on their wedding day, there were heaters throughout the courtyard to warm the guests (and me!). THANK YOU The West Events for not allowing my fingers to freeze. Playing with cold fingers is painful! lol Rebecca and Brandon had the most gorgeous wedding filled with love, family, and friends and I'm so glad I got to be a part of it!
The world has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We find ourselves uprooted from our normal day-to-day routine. Those in the process of planning a wedding now have ANOTHER wrench thrown into their plans. I can not imagine what it must be like to plan a wedding during a global pandemic. Since we are being so mindful about large gatherings, there is a shift in the wedding industry. Instead of 6-8 hour weddings with hundreds of guests, most brides are opting to have small, intimate weddings. Many couples are even choosing to plan elopement weddings. The harp is great for all of these situations. The harp is perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony in the Tampa Bay Area with your closest family and friends. If you are planning a wedding that is only 2-3 hours long, the harp is ideal for this type of gathering. I can play harp music for the first dances: father of the bride and bride dance, and mother of the groom and groom dance, and of course the newly husband and wife’s first dance. The harp is a great fit for the cutting of the cake and during the luncheon or dinner reception. The harp will elevate your backyard wedding and provide class with harp ceremony music. If you’re planning on having a beach wedding in Clearwater or St Pete or even getting married in a park in Sarasota, the harp is a beautiful and unique choice that will leave your guests in awe. I know many couples may feel like they are settling in having a small wedding but I see it as a unique opportunity to have an even more memorable wedding. This is how I imagine conversations going 25 years from now:
“Can you believe we got married during a PANDEMIC?”
“Yeah! That was so crazy! Do you remember how awesome our harpist was?”
Okay I’m not so sure that would be the reply.. But hey I can dream, right? Lol ;)
The great thing about having a harpist is that there doesn’t need to be a lot of interaction. All necessary information about the event is relayed to me prior to my arrival. My harp automatically provides a barrier between me and guests. For the time being, I will no longer be hugging or shaking hands with clients or peers. As sad as this makes me (I’m a hugger), it is the best choice during these times. I will also be attending events with a mask. If I feel ill, I will not be attending events.
If there is anything I can do to help make planning your intimate wedding easier, please let me know!
To say I’m obsessed with Paisleigh and Tyler’s gorgeous wedding may be an understatement (or a little creepy ha!) Seriously, I could not imagine a more perfect wedding. The weather in February is amazing and it couldn’t have been a more delightful day. I absolutely loved the wedding venue, Kathleen’s Garden in Plant City. When you first arrive you walk through lush greenery and past a series of adorable bird houses. It’s like a fairy tale! The wedding ceremony site is in front of a cute little creek with tall oaks surrounding you. The decor was incredible. I loved the circular arch used as the backdrop of the ceremony. I’m a sucker for florals and they did not disappoint! I loved the white roses and tiny hues of blue. One of my favorite locations was the little bar and fire pit tucked away behind some bushes with a little hidden orange tree nearby.
Paisleigh and Tyler might just be the cutest couple ever. I love that they never stopped smiling the entire ceremony. It was obvious how much they enjoy life and their adventures together. I loved being able to provide their ceremony music for their special day. The couple choose “Never Enough” from the Greatest Showman to be played for the processional and Paisleigh walked down the aisle to “Perfect” by Ed Sheehan. After the couple said “I DO!”, I played “I Will Follow You into the Dark” for the recessional. I loooveeed these song selections!
Chelsea Renay, the photographer did such an amazing job capturing their day. She definitely made my top favorite photographers when she took 1000000 photos with the harp. Okay, I may be exaggerating but I love that she did multiple poses with the couple and the harp. I’ve had a photographer one time say to a couple “You want a picture.. with that?” Needless to say, they made the list of least favorite. HA! I mean the harp is gorgeous and makes such an elegant addition to wedding photos. I know I may be biased but look at the photos below! Incredible!
I’m so happy for Paisleigh and Tyler as they begin their next chapter in their lives. Wishing them nothing but the best! I love my job. <3
Wow! I'm super excited and humbled by having won WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award for the last 6 years in a row!
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Some people don’t know that my husband and I never had a “real” wedding. We got married at the Courthouse with just our mom’s and two of our friends present. But if I had to plan a “real” wedding (and get married again ha!), I’d want it to be just like Anna and Philippe’s. Venue that is special and has meaning? Check! Our closest family and friends? Check! Gorgeous dress and flowers? Check. AMAZING HARP MUSIC? Check! ;)
Anna and Philippe’s wedding was truly perfect. They decided to have their wedding at the beautiful Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The gardens are incredible and one of the best I’ve ever seen (and I’ve visited my share). The gardens span over 30 acres and entrance is granted by just a donation request. I love that the couple chose this location for a specific reason. The bride had been visiting the gardens since she was a baby! The garden is so special to her that she even has a tattoo of one of the flowers found in the garden. I love this!!
There is just something so romantic about an intimate destination wedding with just a few guests. I love being able to play for weddings like this. Having the harp at a small wedding really makes it special. It’s so fun for me because the guests interact more with me while I’m playing and it really makes me feel included in such a big day. The bride and groom selected timeless love songs for the ceremony. The opening processional was “La Vie En Rose”. The bride walked out to “What A Wonderful World”. She so elegantly described it as a “eternal love song” and is absolutely correct! My favorite song they selected was “Edelwiess”. Now I know what you’re thinking…. “Really?”. Of course the song is beautiful and nostalgic (Can you believe my husband has never seen The Sound of Music?) but the reason why they selected it was my favorite. The bride’s grandma is Austrian and they selected that song in honor of her. I loved that Anna’s grandma approached me afterwards and told me how much she loved that song. <3
I love being able to share in these memorable moments! I will never forget this wedding (partly because it was the only wedding in history to begin EARLY! lol) I wish Anna and Philippe all the best! Xoxox
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