recap: Carina + Karim’s Wedding @ Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

I recently played live acoustic music as a soloist for Carina and Karim’s beautiful wedding ceremony and canapes break at The Calyx at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. What an amazing venue! And playing music while being surrounded by the most nourishing backdrop of plants and flowers was an absolute joy.

Entry: Turning Page (instrumental)
Signing: I Can’t Feel My Face (instrumental)
Exit: Marry You (instrumental)

Karim and I recently got back from our honeymoon and we were just reminiscing about our wedding day.

We wanted to send a big THANK YOU for playing at our ceremony. As you know, the Botanic Gardens had incorrectly booked our ceremony venue. It would’ve been a near-disaster if it wasn’t for the Trippas Group team and our wonderful vendors, such as yourself.
We really appreciate your professionalism and your flexibility in helping us get the ceremony set up. Amazingly, the ceremony all came together in the final hour and it was perfect in our eyes!
My friends have all commented on your wonderful music and said it perfectly complimented the event.
Thank you again Larissa!
Carina & Karim.


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Calyx, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Two Peaches Photography (@twopeachesphotography)

Laura & Agostino’s Ceremony and Reception at Doltone House, Sydney NSW

Agostino and Laura’s beautiful wedding ceremony was held at Metcalf Park in Pyrmont and the reception at Doltone House, Darling Island. The city skyscrapers and boats in the harbour made a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony and canapes.

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Playing solo for the ceremony at Pyrmont, Sydney

Entry: Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
Signing: Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis
Exit: Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay

Then Jake and I played as an acoustic duo for the canapes and dinner section of the night at Doltone House.


“Laura and I would like to sincerely thank you for making our day a complete success. You have excelled in the way you performed and deserve the highest praise and recognition.

As a business owner myself your professionalism was impeccable and you should be congratulated. ” – Agostino

Congrats Agostino and Laura, we wish you all the best for your future together.

Photos by the wonderful Image Frenzy.

Larissa x

Gemma & Daniel @ Centennial Homestead, Sydney NSW

Gemma and Daniel congrats! You guys were an absolute pleasure to work with and we were so honoured you chose us to play music on your wedding day. We wish you all the very best for your life together.

Their beautiful ceremony was held at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Paddington and the reception at Centennial Homestead in Centennial Park, Sydney.

Live music during the ceremony

I played solo acoustic music live for the ceremony, then Jake and I played as an acoustic duo so guests could enjoy live music during canapés and through dinner. Jake was MC and we both DJ-ed for the second part of the reception.

There is something really special about being involved in a wedding from start to finish. We create a relationship with guests and the bride and groom and feel part of the wedding and we absolutely love this. We intuitively tap into the mood and flow of the evening and work that into how we play and MC. 

Bridesmaids entry: Halo by Beyonce
Bride entry: Sea Of Love by Cat Power
Signing: Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer
Exit: Sky Full Of Stars by Coldplay
First dance: Fire and The Flood by Vance Joy

Jake as MC, me cracking up!

“When we stumbled upon Larissa and heard her voice, we knew she would be perfect for our wedding. We weren’t disappointed, her voice gave us Goosebumps. Larissa made organising everything leading up to the day so smooth and easy in such a stressful time. We were so indecisive about what songs we wanted and she was nothing but accommodating, learning new songs for us with short notice however making it sound like she had known them for years! Our first dance topped off the night, with Larissa singing our favourite song live and making it a such a special moment for us to remember. Our guests all couldn’t stop raving about how much they loved Larissa and how beautiful her voice was on the day, in the church all the way through to our reception. Jake her husband, was so lovely and easy going also, acting as our MC and DJ for the night and helping our night to run smoothly. As a team they were so professional and fit in so well with the vibe we wanted for the night, live and easy listening music for the first part of the day followed by some upbeat music to dance to towards the end of the night. We highly recommend them both.” – Gemma + Daniel, 2018

Larissa McKay Duo playing live through dinner
Gemma and Daniel’s first dance played live


Larissa x


Rieteke & Max’s Wedding at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

The ceremony for Rieteke and Max’s beautiful wedding was held at McKell Park, at Darling Point overlooking Sydney Harbour. I played music solo for the ceremony and then Jake and I played an acoustic duo set at The Royal Botanic Gardens while guests enjoyed drinks and canapés by the pond.

We moved up into the main reception room at The Botanic Gardens Restaurant just before the bride and groom and the rest of the bridal party made their entrance and as they settled in we played more acoustic live music as a duo through dinner and up until speeches. Then after speeches we switched to DJ for the rest of the evening.

Here’s a testimonial from Rieteke and Max.
“We are so happy we stumbled across Larissa while we were looking for musicians for our wedding.  She is incredibly talented, and was more than happy to learn a new song for our ceremony and take the dance floor play list off our hands.  Larissa played solo at our ceremony, was joined by Jake for a duo for our reception, and then they DJ’d for the rest of the evening – a fantastic all in one package!  We got glowing reviews from our guests and would not hesitate to recommend Larissa.” – Reiteke Grosser

Reception at Botanic Gardens acoustic DUO
Wedding Ceremony at McKell Park, Darling Point


Here are their Song choices.
Ceremony entry: Still Falling for You by Ellie Goulding
Signing: Latch by Sam Smith
Ceremony exit: Walking On Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
Bridal party entrance: you Make My Dreams by Hall and Oates
First dance: For Once In My Life By Michael Buble
Final song of the night: Higher Love by Steve Winwood

Being surrounded by lush greenery and native plants was absolutely incredible. Thanks for having us as part of your special day.

Photos are by the wonderful Charlie Ralph.

Larissa x


Michela and Chris’ Wedding Ceremony at Ivy, Sydney

“I just wanted to extend our warmest thanks for your beautiful contribution to our wedding at Ivy yesterday. Thanks so so much for nailing our 3 special songs, and of course for all your other songs as well. When you started the first line of XO, I got goosebumps!”
“Larissa brought such an extra special quality to our wedding ceremony with her ethereal voice. We asked Larissa to learn three special songs that would be used for the key moments in the ceremony, and she sung them as though she’d known them for years. Larissa has been extremely professional and cooperative, understanding exactly what we were after despite us only communicating over email,  and that made her the perfect choice for a busy working couple like us.”

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It was an absolute pleasure singing at Michela and Chris’ wedding ceremony at Ivy Penthouse, Sydney. I played music as guests arrived, then throughout the ceremony.  It was such a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony. Congrats to you both!

Entry: XO by Beyonce/ John Mayer
Signing: Ordinary People, John Legend
Exit: Aint Nobody, Chaka Khan

Photgrapher/ photo credits
Jamie  Murcutt
  – instagram: @jamiemurcutt
– facebook: @jamiemurcuttphotography





Recap: Ramani & Daniel’s Wedding Ceremony in Double Bay, Sydney

It was an absolute pleasure playing live music for Ramani and Daniel’s wedding ceremony at Blackburn Gardens in Double Bay, Sydney.

Ceremony song choices
Entry: Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis
Signing: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Lauryn Hill
Exit: Aint No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye

Thank you for the kind testimonial Ramani + Daniel. ❤️
“Larissa has the most beautiful & soulful voice – her singing really made our wedding ceremony special. Being able to walk down the aisle to ‘Can’t Help Fallin’ In Love’ was perfect, and we appreciated that she also learned two new songs for us.”

The lovely photos were taken by  @cavanaghphotography




It was such a stunning day overlooking the harbour and I felt very honoured to play acoustic music for them and to witness an authentic and heartfelt ceremony.

Larissa x

What a month..

October is typically our busiest month and what a cracker it was! Jake and I played music (live and DJing) at six beautiful weddings around NSW and were involved in Mindfully Wed – a small community of conscious, ethical and environmentally aware suppliers within the wedding industry.

I played under Citadel at Mind Body Spirit Festival in Sydney and continue my regular Monday night 8pm yin and live music class at Power Living Yoga, Manly.

Full Moon Circle is this Friday at The Yoga Space in Manly at 7pm. Grab your ticket here!


Head to the live shows and events page if you’d like to watch me live. I play at various bars around Sydney.

Larissa x


Mindfully Wed – October 7th SYDNEY

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Larissa McKay Music is very excited to be a part of Mindfully Wed, Sydney. It is a wedding expo for conscious couples. It is run by Less Stuff More Meaning and features various vendors that are socially, environmentally and emotionally aware, with a focus on relationships.

We will be playing music throughout the event (live and DJing), so please come and say hi and chat about how we can make your wedding music a perfect reflection of you and your partner’s love.

For us your wedding day should feel warm, joyous, loving, grounded and authentic.

Purchase tickets here!

Wedding Ceremony, Finns Duranbah
Jake DJing and Larissa vocals

Wedding services offered by LMM:
Ceremony – SOLO  piano and vocals
Canapés – DUO  piano, vocals, percussion
Reception – DUO piano, vocals, percussion
– DJ & vocals
– DJ
– MC

To make an enquiry please click here.

Larissa x