Malibu… Harp… Duke’s… How do you improve upon this? It’s Malibu after all, and playing harp at this serene beach setting makes this Malibu harpist oh so happy! Heck, driving down PCH from Newbury Park is beyond satisfying in and of itself.
Malibu is Los Angeles’ premier coastal town, home to numerous celebrities and “bourgee” types who wish to break away from the frantic busyness of Hollywood or the Wilshire Corridor. Just crossing into the city limits makes one hunger for deep breaths and relaxed steps. Naturally, there are some great venues here that do not disappoint, and the Ocean room at Duke’s Malibu is one of those spots. Taking in a glorious view of the Pacific, this Hawaiian themed banquet room provides access to Duke’s private beach where ceremonies can be held.
Malibu’s temperate weather is also what sets it apart from the other parts of LA which can easily heat up. Low 70s is normal, and the sun burns off the marine layer quite nicely by the late morning.
For the ceremony, I played a more traditional selection of wedding music, including the Wagner Bridal Chorus, Pachelbel’s Canon in D, and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. All three sound fabulous on the harp, especially when a music score isn’t necessary. It’s so much fun to be able to cadence precisely when the bride and groom make it exactly to altar so that the ceremony can go seamlessly.
Like I said… Playing harp in Malibu is amazing!
Wedding Ceremony Music Selections
Bridal Party’s Entrance: Canon in D by Pachelbel
Bridal Party’s Entrance: Bridal Chorus by Wagner
Recessional: Wedding March by Mendelssohn