A harp adds a certain elegance and ambiance to a wedding or other special event that few other musical instruments can. Rachel has been working with brides for over 10 years to customize their ceremony music to fit their individual style. Her repertoire stretches from Celtic music to love songs by John Denver - with a few Beatles melodies, Disney classics, and most traditional ceremony songs thrown into the mix as well. If there is a song that is not on her list, she will do what she can to accommodate your requests. She does have references upon request.
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But I thought the harp would be louder, not Rachel‘s fault, maybe because we were outdoors.
Rachel was very professional and her music added the perfect addition to our event. We would definitely use her services again in the future!
Rachel was very easy to communicate with and fulfilled all of our request! Her skills were beautiful and she was a huge hit on our big day!
Loved having Rachel play for our wedding! A harp adds so much to a wedding ceremony! Rachel is very talented and was so easy to work with for our event. Thank you for making our ceremony so special with your beautiful talent and harp!
Rachel did an outstanding job and made a very difficult time easier by her beautiful music for my sweet mom.
Response from Rachel Payne - Harpist:
Thank you so much Penny! It was an honor to play for your family. Your mom sounded like a wonderful lady.
What a wonderful pleasure it was to work with you on Beth and Shannon's wedding this past weekend. The melodic sounds that you are able to create with your beautiful harp is just breathtaking. From a professional standpoint I must let you know that your responsiveness in our email communication leading up to the wedding as well as your punctuality on the day of the wedding is a must have that I admire in working with other wedding professionals. These two qualities makes for a stress-free wedding day for the couple not having to worry with if their vendors will be on time but just focus on enjoying their wedding day. Thanks again.
Price Range: starting at $150
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Although no two weddings are the same, my typical outline stays generally the same or can be customized to suit my brides' preferences. I begin playing the prelude thirty minutes prior to the wedding ceremony and play until the bride's mom is seated. Occasionally, I have brides that pick out what songs they want to have played during this time, but usually I pick Celtic, classical and popular songs that set the tone for the couple's celebration and love. The bride's and groom's families are the last people to get seated before the bridal party's entrance. Some popular choices for the families' processional are "The Prayer" or "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." After the moms are seated, the bridal party begins to make their processional. It lasts from the first bridesmaid through the flower girl and/or ring bearer. Next is the bride's grand entrance. Whether she prefers to stick with the traditional pieces of "Bridal March of Lohengrin (Here Comes the Bride)" or "Pachelbel's Canon" or go with a more contemporary choice, I have repertoire to suit most needs. Some weddings include a symbolization of the couple's union with a unity candle or sand ceremony which usually has a song to accompany it. After the marriage is sealed with a kiss, the recessional is played until the bridal party and the family exits. Following the recessional, I continue to play lively music while guests exit the ceremony area and move towards the reception.
Rachel moved to Chattanooga in 2007 and has become one of the finest harpists in Chattanooga. She has continued to build her repertoire to suit many different styles for her clients' tastes. She works with individuals to make her music set an enchanted, elegant ambiance for any special occasion.
At age 12, Rachel began to tinker with the small 19-string Celtic harp that her grandfather had built for her many years prior. She began taking private lessons in the summer of 1997, just after her grandfather passed away. After just a couple of years, Rachel graduated to a larger Celtic harp made by Robert Cunningham from Atlanta, Georgia.
Rachel continued to take lessons to sharpen her skills and began to play for my family members' weddings or events at church. In the summer of 2000, she began to play professionally at weddings, funerals, banquets, open houses, and other special events. She also began teaching to students around the Pittsburgh area. Her youngest student was 8 and the oldest was in her 80’s!
In 2008, Rachel met and married Randy who has has been classically trained vocally at Chattanooga State. During his time at school, he sang tenor with and was very involved with the Chattanooga Symphony Opera for 9 years. Currently, he sings tenor in their church choir and has rejoined the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.
The couple is available to perform together or can be booked separately, based on your needs. Please contact them to get more information for your next event!
Additional Booking Notes
The harp's sound carries best on hard, un-carpeted floors. Depending on the size and the acoustics of the room that I play in, I may or may not need a microphone. What I have found works the best is to have a lapel microphone clipped on the inside of the harp's soundboard to really magnify the sound.
Past Booked Events
|June 15, 2019 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 27, 2019 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|November 15, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Grand Opening|
|October 14, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 26, 2018 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 28, 2018 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 19, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 27, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|May 14, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Residence, Dayton, TN|
|May 06, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Tennessee River Place|
|October 02, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Tennessee River Place|
|May 23, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 28, 2013||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 30, 2013||Wedding Ceremony|
I have a very large and steadily growing repertoire. Since my harp is a Celtic harp, I have a lot of Celtic music that I play intertwined between more commonly known songs. I have songs just for fun from movies - lots of Disney movies, Braveheart, Shrek, and many, many more!
|Randy Payne||Vocalist (Tenor)|
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decent lighting (cannot play in the dark)
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