Harpist of the Finger Lakes
Based in Ithaca, serving Finger Lakes, Central New York, the Southern Tier and parts of Western New York
Information Regarding Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies
Prelude Music: Unless you want otherwise, I will be ready to play 25 minutes before ceremony start time and will begin to play appropriate prelude music when I see guests begin to arrive. This is usually about 20 minutes before ceremony start time. I usually select the music for this portion but am happy to work in requests from my repertoire.
Wedding Party Processional: This is the musical selection that the wedding party will enter with.
Bride's or Your Beloved's Processional: This is the music that the bride or your beloved will enter with.
Sometimes there is other music during the ceremony and sometimes there is not. Appropriate places for music within the ceremony might be during a candle-lighting, sand ceremony or communion.
Recessional: This joyous piece of music will see the couple and wedding party down the aisle at the conclusion of the ceremony.
If you are having a religious ceremony, any music within the ceremony itself such as for a communion should be approved by the person performing the ceremony, but I can suggest pieces that are appropriate.
After the recessional is played, I will play a bit more music to see people out of the space. Usually this is about 10 or so minutes; sometimes longer if there is to be a receiving line within hearing distance.
I have sound clips of some of my favorite ceremony music here. You can select or you can have me select. You do not need to select any other music unless you have a request. If you do not see what you are looking for on my repertoire list feel free to inquire.
Contact me for a price quote. My quote will be based upon solo harp. Once you have made the decision to hire me, I will require a non-refundable $175 deposit to hold the date. The balance is due 2 weeks before the event.
Once you have decided to hire me, I will send you a list of questions of things I need to know for the ceremony. If needed we can follow this up with a phone conversation. I will then send a written letter of confirmation spelling out my understanding of the details including musical cues. I do not go to the rehearsal.
If you are having me play for the ceremony consider getting a quote for me for cocktail or dinner hour as well. If the reception is in the same location or nearby and there is not a huge break between the events I can offer a significant reduction in my usual background music fees, as I am already there. I have a very large and diverse repertoire. For cocktail hour I tend to play a wide variety of music that includes a lot of popular music as well as classical and Celtic.Amplification
Amplification is available for all of my harps but in many cases is not needed. I have a battery-powered amplifier that I use outside, and an electric amplifier that I use for inside functions when power is available.Stairs
Pedal harps and steps do not mix well. Space needs to be handicapped accessible so that I can roll the harp. I need to know ahead of time about any steps. With the lever harp, the steps are not an issue.Outside Weddings
I play outside often, but under no circumstances can I allow my harps to get wet, so I would need to discuss with you your rain plan for an outside wedding. Ideally, the harp should be under some kind of shelter, as direct sunlight will harm the glues and finishes on these precious instruments. Many wedding sites will provide a small tent or large umbrella for this purpose, or shade from a tree will sometimes work. Let's have a conversation about this as there are many ways to deal with this issue.
When playing outside, the harp needs to be on a relatively flat surface. No hills, please!
What People Are Saying About Lisa
The following reviews are from Wedding Wire and there are more on the Wedding Wire site:
"Once I heard Lisa Fenwick play the harp I knew two things: 1. Decision made that I want a harp serenading my walk down the aisle 2. It needed to be Lisa."
"I live in Chicago and got married in Canandaigua, NY. Lisa was very accommodating the entire time - always would take calls, super responsive to emails and really narrowed down the best format for us. She is a great value and definitely provides much more worth. She was completely self-sufficient on the day - was ready to go when it was game time."
"One of the biggest compliments of our ceremony I have been getting was about the harpist. It was beautiful. She also stayed for the cocktail hour and played some contemporary hits which really added to the mood - Lisa also offered to learn a new song and add to her repertoire. She is very detailed and has a very impressive talent that she is wonderful at sharing. Cannot thank Lisa enough for adding a special touch to our day!"
"It was an absolute pleasure working with Lisa and I highly recommend her. She was professional and responsive and took great care in helping us choose musical pieces that would beautifully fit the ceremony and wedding day. All wedding guests remarked on how beautifully Lisa played. Lisa is a lovely, professional and talented harpist and person."
"Very responsive, Professional, and a fabulous musician! We were lucky to have booked Lisa so close to our wedding date -- she was wonderful and all my guests commented on how lovely the ceremony music was."
'We hired Lisa for my mother's 80th birthday party and it was perfect for the event. The music was beautiful, and not so loud that it was interrupting the party. It definitely added class and sophistication to our event, we would recommend her for any event."
"I hired Lisa to play during my wedding ceremony. It was a small group of only 50, and her beautiful music set the perfect intimate ambiance. I received so many complements on her performance. She was so easy to work with, and was very helpful in suggesting the music and the pace. My only regret is that, being the bride, I didn't get to hear her more! I would recommend her to everyone!"
"Lisa's harp music was so beautiful and our wedding guests said it put that extra touch on our outdoor ceremony. The music selections on her website were perfect and you can tell she has a real ear for what will work for weddings. We would highly recommend hiring Lisa as a harpist for your wedding."
"Such beautiful harp music. Just made the ceremony so special. Lisa is very nice and will play a variety of songs for you."
"Lisa was absolutely wonderful. She is an incredibly gifted musician that played all of the music we asked for during the ceremony and blended perfectly into the background of our cocktail hour. During the ceremony, she played a song with one of our close friends, and organized a special rehearsal with him so the song would be perfect. I would highly recommend Lisa to any bride searching for elegant instrumental background music."
"Lisa provided beautiful music for our wedding ceremony on her harp. She was great with communication, affordable and provided a unique touch to our ceremony. Highly recommend."
"Provided great music for outdoor ceremony and indoor cocktail hour. Would def. recommend."
"Lisa made our wedding day extra beautiful with the sounds of her harp. So many people commented about how lovely it sounded and it added such a special touch to our day. It was absolutely wonderful working with her and she is so sweet! I highly recommend her!!!"
"Lisa was easy to work with, helpful with offering suggestions when we didn't know exactly what we wanted. She played for the ceremony outdoors, it was wonderful, her amp made sure everyone could hear, and the cocktail hour was perfect with a nice mix of classical and more modern songs. Lisa has a wide range, her harp is so beautiful to look at and listen too. I am very organized, I appreciated Lisa verifying in writing all of the specifics we discussed, she delivered! I would definitely recommend Lisa."
Reviews from previous events:
"Lisa's music was wonderful. It added so much to the wedding to help make it special. Lisa was so organized and professional and easy to work with."
"We want to extend a big thank you for creating such beautiful music before and during our wedding ceremony. We have received many compliments from our family and friends regarding the music you played. Thank you for helping to make our ceremony as magical and memorable as we could have possibly hoped for. We will surely recommend your services to other who are seeking musicians for their wedding."
"Thank you so much for being such an important part of our special day. The guests said the music was wonderful. I only wish I could have heard more of it. Thanks for making the planning of the music for the ceremony such a breeze and we loved your large selection of popular music for the cocktail hour. "
"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. The music was absolutely beautiful -- we couldn't have imagined anything better! It was such a special day for us, made all the more special by your contribution."
"Thank you so much for your beautiful music for our wedding. It made the day all the more special. We had so many lovely comments about your professionalism and the quality of your music. Thanks again."
"Lisa, thank you for your beautiful harp music and for your flexibility when we needed to change ceremony locations at the last minute. You helped to make the day grand in spite of the weather!"
"Our guests loved your music both for the ceremony and cocktail hour. Your music was lovely and the variety of selections you played for the reception was enjoyed by all."
"Lisa's music was wonderful and she was so easy to work with. She was always great about getting right back to us and even learned a couple of special tunes for us. She helped to make our wedding so very special."
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