The harp is a such versatile option for your wedding ceremony music!!! Not only it’s a perfect option to walk down the aisle to live music performed by a professional musician such a harpist, but also perfect for entertaining the guests during cocktail hour or small receptions. Here are the top 5 reasons you should book a professional harpist, especially if you are moving from big weddings to small, micro, intimate, or elopement wedding due to COVID-19:
1. The sounds of the harp are soothing, romantic, and surprisingly loud. There's nothing like the sound of a harp. It's like a piano that you can take pretty much anywhere, especially for outdoor weddings! The sound if powerful enough that it travels far, plus she only needs a small place to set up! Although a sound system is generally not needed, Kristen always brings one just in case.
2. Your song on the harp. A professional harpist will be able to play whatever song you want on the harp. Kristen will work with you to create a customized playlist for your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception music. Want a special mix for your first dance? She'll make it happen!
3. It's generally a lot less expensive than hiring a DJ or band. Especially is you are having a small wedding and with some of the COVID-19 restrictions, it may not make sense to spend so much on equipment and a DJ or hire a bunch of musicians that can't maintain social distancing. Instead, entertain the guest with the beautiful music of a professional harpist playing while they mingle and eat during the reception.
4. Give your guests something to remember. As a wedding photographer, I have been in many weddings and have seen many options for wedding music. But, when my wife Kristen is the harpist for the wedding, it's the only time I hear the guest talking about the music and how beautiful it was. ALWAYS! Of course, that makes me happy :) I generally hear things like "OMG they have a harpist!" or "I've never seen a harp in real life before, it's so beautiful!" or "Wow! So cool that they hired a harpist!"
5. It’s a stunning and beautiful instrument to look at...making for beautiful and elegant pictures of your wedding. From the bride and groom photos or just having it as a backdrop, the harp is just so elegant! It's the official instrument of the royal family, so that should say something!
If you’re still undecided for your wedding music, you cannot go wrong in hiring a professional harpist like Kristen Elizabeth for your wedding! Remember, that with us, being a husband and wife team, it's even better! Kristen Elizabeth also helps as a second photographer during the day, so it's the perfect match :)
With that said, contact us today to learn how we can help you we can help you with our wedding photography and harp music experience! We want to be a part of your wedding day in Tampa Bay!
"Jose & Kristen are just FABULOUS! José does an amazing job with the pictures and expreases such creativity through photographs & Kristen for plays the harp beautifully and also is amazing at taking photographs. They are a wonderful team and what they do is priceless. Our photos came out amazing and they were able to capture every special moment in our wedding. The harp not only sounded beautiful, it added such an elegant and classy touch to our ceremony. This couple has a special talent! They are extremely warm and welcoming and make posing for pictures so effortless. I would HIGHLY recommmend." - Giselle, Bride
Alexandra and Steve had a fantastic wedding a couple of weeks ago. Knotted Roots on the Lake is located in Land O'Lakes was a perfect choice for the wedding.
The day began with me photographing Alexandra while she got ready at the bridal house. I really enjoy photographing bridal prep as it gives you a chance to get to know the bridal party a little better. My wife photographed Steve's preparations over at the guys super cute vintage silver trailer.
Once they were prepared, they took time to do a first look with the bridal party...Alexandra and Steve got super emotional as they saw each other for the first time. We love first looks because it gives us extra time to take additional portraits of the bride and groom, giving them more time to spend with each other later after the wedding.
It was a cloudy day and it obviously had the bride and groom worried about possible rain, but the clouds eventually left and the sun came out at the same time as the bride was walking down the aisle to the romantic music of the harp..perfect timing! They spent the wedding reception mingling with their guests and enjoying the moment.
As well as having a thoroughly fantastic day, it was just a joy to photograph Alexandra and Steve's wedding and I just know they will build a fantastic life together. :) Enjoy the highlight video and the images below from their wedding!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer and harpist team for your wedding in the Tampa Bay Area, contact us today!
We are so honored to have been awarded the coveted WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award for the Tampa Bay area once again for 2020. This award recognizes only the top 5% of local wedding professionals who demonstrate excellence in professionalism, responsiveness, service, and of course...quality!
We pride ourselves in what we do and we give it our all to our couples. Read our heartfelt reviews here, and then contact us to see how we can help you on your wedding day! By the way...my wife also won the award as the only harpist in the Tampa Bay area to have won it for the last 6 years in a row! With that said...thank you to all our couples! xoxo
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If you are looking for a wedding photographer and wedding harpist in the Lakeland, Sarasota, Plant City, or all of Tampa Bay area, please contact us today! We want to be a part of your wedding. :)
Planning a wedding in the Tampa Bay area? Then you absolutely have to come to one of Tampa Bay's largest bridal expos at the Florida Wedding & Bridal Expo in Lakeland Florida. They have some amazing grand prizes and giveaways for participating brides. Some of these include thousands of dollars in honeymoon getaways, venue discounts, floral design, photo booth rentals, make up and so much more.
To register, visit the Florida Wedding & Bridal Expo registration page. Photo Harp is a proud sponsor and the official fashion show photographer for the Florida Wedding & Bridal Expo in Lakeland, Florida. Come visit our booth and say hi! We would love to be a part of your wedding day!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer in the Lakeland or all of Tampa Bay area, contact us today for a personalized quote!
Hi!!! Next month we have the wedding of Alex and Katie at the beautiful Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, Florida. For Alex and Katie, St. Pete is their home town and they wanted to have an engagement session with some of the amazing murals found in St. Pete.
We met at Sunken Gardens and took some photos at their sign, then we drove over to the "Greetings from St. Pete" mural by Derek Donnely from Saint Paint Arts where it started to rain on us, but we came prepared with some lighting equipment and umbrella for a cool shot. Then we headed to Bandit Coffee for another cool mural. By then the rain stopped and we were able to relax a little more without having to get wet lol. I had a blast with Alex and Katie and can't wait for their wedding coming up soon!
If you are looking for a wedding or engagement photographer in the St. Petersburg - or all of Tampa Bay area, contact us! We want to be a part of you wedding day :)
Recently I had the honor to photograph Summer and Jared's beautiful wedding ceremony. They took their vows at The Orlo in Historic Downtown Tampa, Florida. It was the first time I had worked at The Orlo, it's a great venue that allowed me to bring the best of each moment.
Summer began getting ready for her wedding at The Orlo so I went along to begin photographing her story. Photographing Summer as she prepared for the day was an exciting way to begin the story. To develop a complete picture of the wedding, the groom's prep story must be told. So my second photographer photographed Jared at the Floridan Palace in Downtown as he got ready.
Family and friends were happy to witness Summer and Jared tie the knot. Ceremonies like this make my career as a wedding photographer in Hillsborough county a very enjoyable job!
Joy and contentment were evident on everyone's face while at the reception. The guests and the couple had a great day. It was a lovely atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed themselves. I photographed all the activities taking place at the reception.
Tampa Bay area weddings let me get the best of each moment. The day was bright and sunny, which made Summer and Jared really happy, and meant we could all spend some time outdoors.
All guest sat down to listen to speeches. Every speech is unique and I never get bored of photographing them. At the end of the day, Summer and Jared rocked the dance floor accompanied by their guests, courtesy of the DJ.
I really enjoyed photographing Summer and Jared's special day and I wish them all the best. Take a peek at the slideshow below and some of their wedding photos.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer in the Tampa area, contact us today! I would love to photograph your wedding!
A few weeks ago I was at Kristin and Jason's wedding celebration as they were married at the First United Methodist Church in Sarasota. The church's decor and natural light was a fresh inspiration for photography. It is a delight to work as a wedding photographer in such beautiful churches filled with history and beauty.
When Kristin arrived at the wedding venue, Jason was already waiting inside. The ceremony celebrated at United Methodist Church was fantastic, the photographs I took of it definitely have a "love is in the air" vibe to them.
Kristin and Jason interacted freely with the guest at the reception venue, which was held at the University Park Country Club in Sarasota. The atmosphere at the reception was perfect for entertaining the guests. I began searching for moments that would help to tell the story of the day.
Everyone loves a good fall wedding, and I'm no exception. It was a lovely sunny day, which was really nice to see, and made the photographs really sing.
All the guests were keen not to miss the speeches. The speeches are a great part of the wedding and a joy to photograph as a wedding photographer. The evening began and the DJ definitely pulled it off, the wedding floor got crowded while the newlyweds were showing off their best moves.
Thank you Kristin and Jason for letting me be a part of your day and thank you so much for the sweet words you left for us on WeddingWire!
Enjoy some of the photos and video slideshow of their day below.
If you are looking for a professional wedding photographer in the Sarasota or Bradenton Florida area, we can help! We are Tampa Bay's only husband and wife team that offers you photography and harp music for weddings...don't wait, contact us today!
"Wow! I was planning an out of town wedding which can be tricky. But Photo Harp was hands down the easiest and most efficient vendor we had! From even the early days of emailing, he would always respond within the hour, usually in a few minutes. He answered my laundry list of questions, was flexible with the package we chose, and was able to capture some amazing moments. He was a joy to work with on the big day and we will cherish these photos for the rest of our lives! They are so stunning, some look like magazine editorials, some are traditional family portraits. A wonderful mix! Also, he has a tremendous gift for capturing those candid moments - those might be our favorite photos! Thanks again!" - Kristin
Abby and Chris had a fantastic wedding a couple of weeks ago. The couple chose Tampa Firefighters Museum in Downtown Tampa, a perfect location to celebrate their wedding, especially since Chris himself is a firefighter! I hadn't photographed a wedding at Tampa Firefighters Museum before, but photographing there brought out the artist in me so seamlessly. Being a wedding photographer is such a cool job because I get to work with amazing couples in fantastic locations like this.
Abby began getting ready for her wedding at Hilton Tampa Downtown so I went along to begin photographing her story. I really enjoy photographing bridal prep as it gives you a chance to get to know the bridal party a little better. My wife Kristen assisted me to photograph Chris's story as it began to unfold at Tampa Firefighters Museum.
The couple had a magical first look at the Hilton's plaza. I love first looks as it gives us an opportunity to capture such a special moment and spend some time together taking photos of the couple - freeing up time after the ceremony. After finishing the first look, Abby and Chris were driven to the venue in an elegant Uber. Abby and Chris tied the knot at Tampa Firefighters Museum and it was a emotional ceremony among family and friends as they were delighted by the sounds of the harp as played by my wife, harpist Kristen Elizabeth.
Abby and Chris shared some photo moments with the family after the ceremony before proceeding to the reception. The reception was full of energy and laughter. I started photographing the story unfolding as the guests relaxed and mingled. After the joy and laughter of the day, the only thing the guests had not done was dance. So they all took to the dance floor at the sound of some epic tunes by the amazing DJ by CJ.
I knew it was going to be a fantastic wedding when Abby and Chris booked us to photograph it and it was a joy to share it with them. Thank you Abby and Chris!!!! Check out some of the photos below while enjoying the beautiful slideshow!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer and harpist team in Tampa, Lakeland, or Sarasota area, look no further...contact us today!
Last month we had the honor to be the bridal fashion show photographers for the Florida Wedding & Bridal Expo in Lakeland. The wedding fashion show gave the brides attending a peek at some of the most amazing dresses available from Royal Bridal in Brandon, Florida.
Take a peek at the photo gallery of the dresses below. Don't miss out the next bridal expo this spring at the RP Funding center in Lakeland!
If you are looking for a wedding or event photographer in Lakeland, Plant City, or all of Tampa Bay area, contact us today!
Florida summers....gotta love them....right? (insert sarcastic emoji here hahaha) The heat, the humidity, the rain, the red tide, the flooding, the mosquitoes....the list can go on and on. With that said, due to the crazy weather we have here in Florida during the summer, it's generally a slow season for weddings. So, what do Florida wedding photographers do during the summer? For us is a time to reflect, organize, learn, and improve our skills and processes in order to provide a better photography (and music) experience for our clients!
Here's some cool things that we did during this slow wedding summer season:
As summer ends, we start getting busy again. What's next?
For weddings, this year we have a very busy fall schedule with over 10 weddings between October and December! We are super excited and looking forward to apply the things we worked on this summer and give our clients the best service possible for their wedding day.
If you are still looking for a wedding photography team in the Tampa Bay area to help you make your wedding dreams come true, look no further! As a wedding photographer and harp ceremony music duo, we can help you accomplish that. :) Contact us today for a free quote and consultation!
Jose & Kristen Hoyos, Tampa Bay Area Wedding Photographer and Harpist for Weddings