For the Couple
Krista believes it an honor and joy to perform for many couples' most meaningful celebrations in life. She has performed over one thousand wedding ceremonies in her nineteen years as a full time professional, and was the preferred harpist with Disney Fairytale Weddings while living in Southern California through 2005. She is the recommended harpist with many of California's top resorts and five-star venues, including the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, The Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa, Sonoma, The Four Seasons, Palo Alto, and Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton. Krista strives to personalize the ceremony music to fit each couple's style and provide trusted guidance and industry knowledge based upon years of experience.
Read all of our Ceremony Musicians Reviews at
Ceremony Music Sampler
Listed below are links to classical selections performed by Krista that are appropriate for wedding ceremonies and special occasions. These are suggestions for a traditional ceremony, though not required. Krista is happy to accomodate special requests.
Depending on your web browser, you may need to right-click (control click on a Mac) and choose "Save as Target. . ." or "Download Linked File" to hear these samples.
Canon In D (J. Pachelbel)
Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod)
Bridal Chorus (Wagner)
Trumpet Voluntary (J. Clarke)
Pavane (P. Wachs)
Hornpipe, "Water Music" (G.F. Handel)
Trumpet Tune (H. Purcell)
The Lord's Prayer (Malotte)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
O My Beloved (Puccini)
All recordings Copyright 2000-2014 Krista Strader and Lush Music. These music files are for demonstration purposes only, and may not be reproduced in any way, including but not limited to: CD burning, transfer to a portable music player, linking on another website, or playing live. Lush Music reserves all rights, including the right of first use.
Paul and Rachel's Wedding
Krista had the honor to play for Paul and Rachel's wedding ceremony in beautiful Napa Valley. The couple used Weddings on Film, a spectacular video company, to document their special day. You will be able to hear and see Krista playing for a brief moment prior to the ceremony.
Click here to see the video.
Event Planning Resources
Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery and The Palm Event Center
Krista is the preferred harpist at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery and sister property The Palm Event Center in the Vineyard, located in beautiful Tri-Valley Wine Country. Check out the footage of Krista playing her harp by candlelight in the romantic Amber Room for a special feature on FOX Channel's
Brides Magazine Photo Shoot, Napa Valley, Ca.
Click here for details.
Rates vary depending upon amount of time needed, location/travel, and special needs. Krista has several wedding packages to choose from, each with a private music consultation and harp amplification included in the rate. A 50% deposit with signed contract holds your date securely.
For an accurate quote and availability, please contact Krista with your wedding date, location, and time of service.
Krista has also received countless notes of appreciation from happy clients. Here is a sampling of just a few recent testimonials and thank-you's:
"Your music moved me to tears. You are an amazing musician and I fell so fortunate to have found you. Thanks so much!"
"Now that Darrin and I are settled in NYC, I can write you the thank you that you deserve. We cannot tell you enough how you truly completed the ambiance we wanted for our special day. We thought we could get away with no live music, but looking in hindsight, having you there was definitely the right decision! Thank you for taking us on later than usual, for squeezing us in to your already busy Sunday, for being so easy to work with, for all of your suggestions, and for learning "Better Together" just for our wedding. We received so many compliments from our guests about your beautiful talent, and I have already given your contact information to a few bride-to-be's. Again, THANK YOU so much for everything!!!"
"We have really enjoyed working with you and have really appreciated your extra efforts to make our ceremony and cocktail hour unique and a reflection of our personalities. We were so thrilled after the consultation with you...and especially moved while we listened to
you play. Thank you so much for being part of our day."
"As every bride-to-be knows, dealing with myriad vendors is often the most trying aspect of planning a wedding. But of all the vendors we dealt with, Krista was the most professional and it was also a real pleasure to work with her. She went out of her way to look for sheet music for a couple of songs we really wanted to hear, and cheerfully performed them, saying she was glad to add them to her repertoire. She is a gifted and talented musician. She has a beautiful website where you can listen to sample pieces of music, which we found really helpful. Krista's great appeal lies in her perfect blend of musical talent, warmth, professionalism, total reliability, and inner and outer beauty. Every bride who wants harp music at her wedding should know about Krista!"
"We just got back from our honeymoon, and just wanted to thank you so much for helping make our ceremony and wedding day so perfect. The sound of your music was such an integral part to the feel and mood of the day and so many people told us afterward how beautiful it was. Thank you so much for being an integral part of our ceremony! We were both very very happy with how it all came together."
~Josh and Eileen Bloom
Bob and I just want to thank you again for adding just the right touch to our special day. It was great to hear songs that made everyone nod with recognition at some point! I also really want to thank you for so cheerfully agreeing to add a couple of requests to your repertoire just for the occasion. You were a pleasure to work with every step of the way, your musical talent is wonderful on its own, but we were also so pleased to find that you are completely reliable and organized business person as well. Every step of the way was easy and a pleasure, which is no small thing when you are planning a wedding and having to depend on many people to come through. We will definitely give you the highest recommendation to anyone who asks!
~Lauren Miranda Gilbert and Bob Johnson
Although this thank you is a little slow in coming, we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate you playing the harp at our wedding. You did such a wonderful job! It was such a relief to me to know there wasn't any worry in your ability to play and "ad-lib" as needed. When we watch the video of our wedding and hear your beautiful harp, it is so enjoyable. Every song fits perfectly.
Thank you so very much for taking care of all our ceremony music. I would highly recommend you to
anyone. Thank you again!
~ Kim and Craig Ewert
YOU made our wedding day such a memorable experience. With such short notice and lack of time on our part, you expedited the service throughout the planning with grace and professionalism. The point in which we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are a stellar and accomplished person was when you brought us to joyful tears over the phone when you played for us! Throughout the planning process, there was no question that the musical artistry for our ceremony would be extraordinary! We had full trust in you... and you exceeded our every expectation! The most cherished memory shared by all family members was during the prelude music when Steve (Ashley's Father) asked you to play "Stairway to Heaven," and you did! When reminiscing, everyone always raves about how beautiful and talented you are. Having you a part of our wedding day was such an incredible blessing... we cannot thank you enough for your AMAZING presence. You are not only a truly styled musician, but a beautiful person in all you do! Your music became a representation of the delicate and rare experience that only the truest form of love and sincerity can bring. We will never cease to sing your
praises! Thank you, Krista...you made our lifetime of memories priceless!
~Ashley and Ryan Smith
Wanted to thank you so much for playing the harp for our wedding day. It added a very special touch to our ceremony and our guests were delighted with your cocktail entertainment! Your professionalism was superb from our first meeting and through the wedding day. Many thanks!
~ Maureen and Kris Harper
Just a little note saying thank you so much for playing the harp at our wedding on August 14 at the Balboa Bay Club. You sounded so amazing and the harp added such a perfect touch to the whole day. You played it beautifully and I will have to recommend you to others. I am getting into the wedding business as a consultant and I am currently working at the Balboa Bay Club to gain experience, so maybe we will work together some time. Thanks again!
~ Kimi Wislocki
What an honor to have you play the harp for Jack's memorial. You are so talented and a wonderful person! You just made the service so special. Everyone loved your playing.
~ Barb Henson
Thank you so much for playing the harp at our wedding. You really helped to set the perfect mood for our ceremony. You were wonderful to meet and work with!
~Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Jones
Krista, Thank you for making our wedding ceremony and reception beautiful. Everyone commented on how wonderful you were. We couldn't agree more!
~Hillary and Jeff Chisum
You did a great job! We so enjoyed the music at the rehearsal dinner. Thank you so much. You handled Uncle Brian real well too. Every family has its "character" and he is ours. Thank you again.
~ Mimi Crean Glasgow
Thank you so much for the beautiful music! You have been very professional and such a joy to work with, I'd deﬁnitely refer you to all my friends! Thank you again for everything!
~ Julie and Brad Blevins
I just can't thank you enough for how special you made this morning for the congregation, choir, and especially me! You have an amazing talent and a beautiful spirit! Thanks! God Bless.
~ Jeanette McMahon, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana, Ca.
Tony and I want to thank you for doing an outstanding job performing at our wedding. We received
numerous compliments about you, so thanks again for helping make our day special.
~ Jennifer and Tony Phaller
We just wanted to thank you for being a part of our special day. Your beautiful music helped us make our ceremony so perfect and all of the little girls just adored you. Thank you again!
~ Jill and Derek Baker
Thank you again for such gifted talent you have in making our wedding ceremony and reception magical. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed your music filling the air to add ambiance! We'll definitely contract you again!
~Cynthia and Dennis Phillips
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