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

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Reception at Botanic Gardens acoustic DUO
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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

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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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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!