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
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.
Testimonial “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.”
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
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.”
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’m very excited to be playing on the performance stage at the Sydney Mind Body Spirit Festival on Thursday October 26th from 2-3pm. I will be doing some chakra balancing through sound and song so please come soak up those high vibes and experience this wonderful festival. Click here for free tickets!
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.
I am running a special event for Spring Equinox and the New Moon on Friday September 22nd. The event will be held at The Yoga Space in Manly, starts at 7pm and is $30. We will be doing some meditation, rituals around letting go and manifesting the life you desire. It is a beautiful safe space to look inward and evolve. I will also do some sound healing and play some live music for you 🙂
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..
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