Cordelia Brown
Violin, Piano
Concert Harp

Larry Carter
Piano, Guitar
Recorder, Accordion

Forest Green
Darren and Cat's wedding, Lake Shawnee, 2009
For your wedding ceremony...
Imagine your favorite light classical music or stately Celtic tunes performed on concert harp and recorder or violin and piano/guitar.
Pre-Ceremony Music
Pre-ceremony music usually consists of about 20 minutes of music performed while guests arrive and are being seated. If you do not have particular requests for this music, select a category of music you would like performed. We suggest a combination of light classical music and gentle Celtic tunes. The seating of the parents and grandparents usually marks the end of the pre-ceremony music.

Processional Music
The processional music usually begins when the officiant and the groom enter, although sometimes they entire during the final pre-ceremony selection. The bridesmaids (along with the groomsmen who may accompany them) enter during the processional selection. The music creates an important cue for the audience by significantly rising in majesty as the bride makes her entrance.

During the Wedding
Music is sometimes incorporated as part of the wedding, particularly if there is a lighting of a unity candle or during communion. The lighting of a unity candle usually requires an extremely short piece, usually no more than 30-45 seconds, while communion requires a piece that can be extended as needed.

Recessional Music
This is usually a triumphant, quickly-paced piece performed as the newlyweds walk up the aisle as husband and wife, followed by the wedding party.

Post-Ceremony Music
Like the pre-ceremony music, post-ceremony music provides about 10 minutes of background atmosphere as guests file out.

For your reception...
We have a variety of styles to choose from for the reception. When a piano is desired, we often take turns playing classical, New Age, or popular music with romantic themes as ambience while people are arriving and during the meal. This works particularly well if you have a disc jockey or band coming in after the dinner. If you prefer the guitar/violin combination, imagine a lovely waltz, followed by a spirited Highland reel or jig, then a hauntingly beautiful Gypsy serenade, then a rousing polka. We even have songbooks to lead sing-alongs for romantic standards such as Moonlight Bay, Blue Moon, and Let Me Call You Sweetheart.

We have performed for weddings and receptions not only in churches throughout Kansas & Missouri, but also in a lovely banquet facility overlooking Parkville (Missouri), on the shore of a lake (Wisconsin), in the ballroom of a grand old hotel (downtown Kansas City), in a dance hall (Manhattan), in a magnificently restored mansion (Omaha), in a hunting lodge (Ft. Leavenworth), in an historic stone chapel (Baldwin), in an old school house (west of Lawrence), and in more parks & backyards than we can count. We've even played for a couple of weddings at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival where the wedding party dressed in period outfits. It's YOUR day, so just let us know what you want.

Our usual fee is $250 for a wedding, $300 for a reception, or both for $400. All of these require the first $100 as a deposit. For people on a smaller budget, we are also available individually for $150 (wedding), $200 (reception) or both ($300). Cordelia performs solo on piano, violin and harp. Larry performs solo on piano and classical guitar.

"We had SO many compliments about your music!! One of the couples at the wedding does event/wedding planning and they were so impressed with the music and couldn't believe that there were only two of you! I will be passing on your contact information to her."
Again, thanks for helping to make our daughter's wedding so beautiful!

John and Diane, Weston, Missouri, 2009

Thank you again for playing at our wedding. That was so beautiful and was a perfect fit. Blessings to you and Cordelia for your gift of song, and it's radiance that spills through the air."

Darren and Cat, Topeka, 2009

From Larry's journal:

The wedding and reception were in St Michael's Church in La Crosse, and the whole town must have shown up! We played classical music on violin and piano for the wedding, including "Pachobel's Canon" as the bride's processional and "Ave Maria" during the Communion. Cordelia also performed a gorgeous harp solo during the lighting of the Unity Candle.

For the reception, we raised the energy a bit with fiddle & guitar arrangements of reels, jigs, hornpipes & polkas. Children were dancing, parents were beaming, and grandparents were tapping toes. I think everyone had a really wonderful time - us as much as anyone!

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