Why I Love Playing Music for Weddings (& my favourite songs)

I love playing live wedding music for ceremonies, there’s nothing quite like it in terms of music performing. I love being a part of a couples’ special day; creating a beautiful atmosphere as guests arrive, settling everyone but also building excitement and joy in the space through music. Everyone is slightly nervous and I feel like I am the anchor that happily grounds them. I love watching the emotion and expressions of joy on their faces and hearing the words they have chosen to express the way they feel about each other. I see the reactions of their loved ones, the often unseen support from groomsmen, the flutter of anxiety from friends rushing around organising things and the zen of the celebrant.

My wedding day was so special and I felt so engulfed by love and joy.  When brides and grooms choose me to play music for their wedding it really is an honour.

My favourite wedding ceremony songs to play..
Can’t Help Falling in Love – the lyrics to this song are so cute & who doesn’t love Elvis
Latch – the dynamics in the melody create some beautiful rise and fall moments
At Last – the melody of this song is so fun to sing with all those bendy notes

Being a live wedding musician is the best job. I get to travel all over Sydney and to beautiful places in the country like Orange and the Hunter Valley which I may not have visited otherwise. I get to try lots of different beautiful wines and food and work with other creatives who are passionate about what they do. I get to meet lots of different people and all with my hubby by my side (most of the time). But the thing I love most is that I have the chance to share my gift of music to so many different people of all ages, walks of life and to see them enjoying themselves is just the best.

Love & gratitude..
Larissa x

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Jake and My Wedding Day
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Reunited with a piano while travelling

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Recap of Amanda and Martin’s Church Ceremony, Manly NSW

I had the pleasure of singing and playing piano for Amanda and Martin’s wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s in Manly on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. It was a traditional mass ceremony and so beautiful!

SONGS
Entry: This I Promise You by Ronan Keating
Signing: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis
Exit: Special Two by Missy Higgins

TESTIMONIAL FROM THE BRIDE AND GROOM
“Larissa is a amazing wedding singer. From the very start when I emailed her through to my church ceremony.. she has been helpful and made my ceremony so special”

 

 

Testimonial from Karen & Danny

Karen & Danny 9th April 2016
Quarantine Station, Manly NSW

I first heard Larissa singing live at a club and knew as soon as I heard her beautiful voice that I wanted her to sing at our wedding.Larissa sang at our ceremony & canapés break and provided a lovely touch of elegance to the afternoon. Her playlist was perfect for the occasion and at our request she learnt our favourite songs.

Larissa is extremely professional and I never had a moments doubt that she wouldnt be a perfectionist. Our guests were so happy to be treated to Larissas beautiful voice while they were enjoying the lovely setting by the water in Manly.

Thank you, Larissa, you made our day very special and you were such a delight to work with.

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Larissa McKay acoustic solo at The Quarantine Station, Manly

Testimonial from Ness & Udy

Ness & Udy April 2016
Audley Dance Hall, Royal National Park NSW
We stumbled across Larissa and Jake at a wedding fair and after listening to Larissa play, we knew that her beautiful music would be perfect in creating a relaxed atmosphere for our special day. Luckily, she was available, and we were able to work with her to create a live music and DJ package that best suited our needs. In the lead up to the wedding and on the day, Larissa and Jake were a pleasure to work with. They found a balance between offering advice and working with our requests. Their performance at our reception was a perfect mixture of fun and romance, with many of our guests commenting on their beautiful music!

Soundcheck at Holy Cross Church Kincumber, NSW

This was a song request for a bride and groom for their wedding ceremony that I played last year and is now one of my favourites. Here’s a snippet captured while I was sound checking at Holy Cross Church in Kincumber, NSW.

Larissa x

Recap of Nick and Kate’s Wedding at Racine in Orange, NSW

Congrats Kate and Nick on your beautiful wedding. We loved playing music for your special day at Racine Restaurant in Orange, NSW. I played solo for the ceremony in the gardens amongst the vineyard and then Jake joined me as a duo throughout canapés and lunch.
SONG CHOICES
Entry Latch by Sam Smith
Signing By Your Side by Sade
Exit Baby I Love Your Way
First dance At Last by Etta James
Mother & son dance Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoole
Bride and groom exit Follow the Sun by Xavier Rudd
TESTIMONIAL from Kate and Nick
Everyone has travelled home and things have gone back to normal around here 🙂 and I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you to both you and Jake for such a fabulous day on Saturday!! Everyone was absolutely raving about you all weekend, and couldnt stop talking about the fabulous entertainment we enjoyed!
Thank you so very much for bringing our vision for our wedding to life and for being just generally amazing people! One of our guests took the attached pic that I thought was just beautiful and that you might like to have!
Please do not ever hesitate to pass on my contact details to any couple that might need convincing that you guys are the perfect match for their wedding entertainment dreams!!
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