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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Oh my word! I was so excited when April asked me to play at her wedding at the incredible, historic Fenway Hotel. When you pull into the driveway of the hotel and follow it’s curve, you arrive to a staircase under the Porte-cochere. Following the stairs into the hotel, you’re greeted with the smell of fresh cut wood. I suspect Cedar or sandalwood. (I just made that up, but seriously it smells woody!). Even though the hotel itself is historic, the hotel has been recently remodeled and restored. It is finished with all the contemporary upgrades. Let’s talk about the gorgeous tile that decorates the bathrooms. Ugh it's the perfect blend of old and new, antique and contemporary. I loved it so much. The hotel emphasizes their love of music, especially since the hotel was originally built in the jazz era. I felt at home with the harp.
The front lawn was the perfect location for wedding ceremony. There was a waterfront view and gentle breeze that came off the harbor. The couple choose simple yet beautiful floral arrangements to decorate the arch. The arch mirrored the arches in the Porte-cochere. I loved the elegant design of the ceremony and that the couple included their two, very adorable pups in the wedding party. However, my FAVORITE thing was how Casey was admiring April. At one point he was so entranced by her that he didn’t repeat after the officiant. The officiant stated the line, repeatedly but Casey was enchanted and didn’t hear the Pastor. It was adorable and gave me all the feels. It was such a sweet moment and I feel privileged to have witnessed it.
Side note, I've seen weddings were the couple included their beloved animals but this was the first wedding that had a specific caretaker for the pups! I thought this was genius! FairyTail Pet Care were amazing, they walked the dogs and provided treats for when they behaved. EVERYONE that includes their animals in the wedding party should use this service! (This is not sponsored lol!)
Wishing April and Casey a lifetime of laughter, love, and puppy kisses! <3
Blaire and Brandon had the most STUNNING wedding at the Ca’ d’Zan in Sarasota, Florida. If you’ve never been to The Ringling in Sarasota, stop what you’re doing and go...right now...or this weekend. Whichever. The Ringling is comprised of multiple buildings including the John and Mable Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, and the Ca’ d’Zan. The Ringling is great for people of all ages. The grounds are beautiful, filled with statues and gardens. I want to go back just thinking about it.
The Ca’ d’Zan is located at the rear of the Ringling property on the waterfront and is one of the most gorgeous wedding venues in Florida. Blaire was one of the most gorgeous brides I have ever seen. The ceremony was sheer perfection. The front of the mansion provided the most incredible backdrop for the ceremony. Let’s also talk about the flower arrangements that highlighted the exquisite door of the mansion. I have never seen such lovely floral arrangements before. The walk down the aisle was dramatic and something you would see out of a movie. I felt like everything was happening in slow motion (or because the walk was at least a half-mile lol!). Seriously though, the way the sun was hitting the wedding party and the bride as they walked down the aisle was like a spotlight shining on them, paired with the gorgeous sounds of the harp, it was definitely cinematic!
After the touching ceremony, I had the pleasure to play cocktail hour by the waterfront. I had the best seat in the house to see the incredible sunset. The sky lit up with hues of purple, pink, and orange. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day or wedding for Blaire and Brandon. I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!
I have never heard as much laughter on a wedding day as I did for Michelle and Ryan. While I was setting up at the Davis Island Garden Club, the bride, groom, and wedding party were taking photos and were all giggles the whole time. Well, except when they spontaneously broke into song, which happened more than once. This crew knew how to have a good time! I knew going into Michelle and Ryan’s wedding that it was going to be a little “different” or “unusual” you could say. Unique is probably the best way to describe it. The couple had a unique vision for their music and that was RAP. Yes, you heard me. They wanted RAP music on the harp. I loved the idea of playing something you would NEVER imagine you’d hear on the harp. I was down for the challenge. For their wedding I played songs by artists like Wu Tang Clan, Dr. Dre, OutKast, D.R.A.M., Drake, Kanye West, and Post Malone. Say WHAT?! I still can’t get over how fun it was!
The ceremony was great! Michelle looked absolutely beautiful and her dress had POCKETS! Every woman’s dream dress! The couple’s close friend officiated the ceremony and was very entertaining. He did an excellent job keeping the ceremony light and interesting. Some of my favorite quotes include “this ring makes your finger look skinny” and “that ring is pretty baller”! Also, Michelle may secretly (or not so secretly) be a comedian.
OoOooOoo! I can’t believe I almost forgot my favorite thing! The couple had a customized drawing of themselves on their gift table (check it out in the photos below). I loved it SO much!
Armature Works is the perfect venue for a wedding! Armature Works is located on Tampa’s Riverwalk (right on the Hillsborough River) in Tampa Heights. Alison and Matthew thought it was perfect too! They came all the way from COLORADO to enjoy beautiful Tampa Bay and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect either! I loved so many things about Alison and Matthew’s wedding; the decor, the venue (obviously), the songs, and the ceremony itself. The couple chose a family member, Ed, to officiate the ceremony. This is the best. He was able to include details about the couple and make everyone laugh. The couple chose “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes as their recessional song. I CAN’T believe I had never heard that song before. It is seriously perfect! It’s upbeat and the lyrics are so sweet. I loved learning this song!
After the ceremony was finished, I continued to entertain the guests for the cocktail hour in the courtyard of Armature Works. I enjoyed playing some upbeat songs like “Africa” by Toto, “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters, “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns N Roses, “A Sky Full of Stars” and “Clocks” by Coldplay. I also loved playing songs you wouldn’t expect by artists like Drake, Dr. Dre and The Weekend. The Mother of the Bride is a huge Elton John fan so I made sure to play “Your Song”. I love requests that are so meaningful!
Congratulations Alison and Matthew! I had such a great time at your wedding (despite being sick lol)! Please come back and visit the Sunshine State soon! Xoxo
A Huge shoutout to the amazing vendors that helped make this wedding spectacular:
Event Coordinator: Confetti Events
DJ and Uplighting: DJ Cory Barron & Associates
Catering: Puff N Stuff
Hair & Makeup: Style Hair & Makeup
Floral & Decor: 2Birds
Photographer: 1326 Studios
Videographer: CJHalden Productions
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