21 Reviews for Laurie Rasmussen, Harpist
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We initially called Laurie in a panic four days prior to our wedding thinking there was no way she would be able to help us. Laurie immediately reassured us that she WAS AVAILABLE and she had no issue performing at our wedding despite the short notice. She made time to meet up with us two days before the wedding so we could review the song selections for the ceremony. The moment she played “all of me” by John legend i couldn’t help but tear up. She played so beautifully, and we knew we were fortunate to run across Laurie as if it was meant to be! The day of the wedding she was able to provide an amazing atmosphere beyond our expectations. She truly added to the experience for us and our guests. Thank you Laurie!
Laurie was absolutely wonderful. She coordinated well with the officiant I hired (Patrice Handley). There was a lot of commotion during the wedding ceremony, but Laurie did not stop her music at all. She constantly played and was able to satisfy the guests while they waited.
Laurie is SO talented and amazing, and the beautiful sounds of the music of her harp floating across our wedding ceremony was the most incredible dream. We are so unbelievably happy that the most special day of our entire lives was so eloquently accented with such classic accompaniment, we will remember this for the rest of our lives. Truly, just so beautiful. Thank you so much Laurie and we are forever grateful for your unbelievable musical abilities and your loving heart. Highly recommended!!
Wonderful music. We are so glad to have been referred to Laurie.
Beautiful ceremony music. Very enjoyable to work with Laurie.
Highly recommend Laurie Rasmussen.
Dr. Ramon & Mrs. Sandra Guerrero
I can't thank Laurie enough for sharing her talents and experience. She was easy to work with and so flexible. She allowed us to have a private session and even offered to learn new music which she did beautifully! She added an elegance to the wedding ceremony that is hard to describe. The guests absolutely loved her and she was so kind and even answered questions from my curious guests that wanted to know more about the harp. My family still talks about her whenever thinking back to the ceremony. A true professional and a very kind and sweet person! Thank you Laurie!!
Laurie was simply amazing! She played her harp during our ceremony and I loved it! Laurie was easy to work with and when we met with her in her studio she gave us some great ideas and really helped bring our ceremony together! Laurie drove the 45 minutes to our venue, was timely, organized and just looked beautiful! Laurie really can play any song that you ask and I highly recommend her!!
Laurie is the best! Excellent quality, excellent responsiveness, excellent professionalism, excellent value and excellent flexibility.
Laurie played her gorgeous harp at my wedding at the Biltmore in Santa Barbara. She plays beautiful music and all of my guests raved about how beautiful it sounded. I would recommend her to everyone and do not hesitate to hire her if you want to add a magical touch to your wedding.
We hired Laurie for our ceremony music at the Santa Barbara courthouse. She did an excellent job. We met with her beforehand and she suggested some songs but also let us choose our own song for the entrance of the bride (we chose Halo, by Beyonce and she played it beautifully) She was very responsive via email or phone and very skilled. I'll confess, as the groom, everything was a bit of a blur. But all the guests thought the ceremony was beautiful. Thank you, Laurie!
Laurie was amazing! My husband and I knew that we wanted a harpist but had no idea what kind of music we wanted for our wedding ceremony or reception. After meeting with Laurie we decided to have a harpist and a violinist. Laurie also helped us select a song for each person walking down the aisle and suggested classical as well as contemporary songs to play during the ceremony and reception including songs by the Beatles! Most impressively, for our first dance, we wanted Laurie and the violinist (Carmalisa who was also fantastic) to play a song titled "Married Life" from the Pixar movie titled "Up." This is not a song that is designed for the harp and violin but it was very meaningful to us so Laurie worked with us to figure out a way to play the song and she did such a beautiful job. The video footage from our first dance is our most cherished memory from the wedding and it would not have been possible without Laurie's talent and her willingness to work with us to make it happen. I cannot say enough positive things about Laurie!
If I could rate Laurie higher than a five out of five I would in a heartbeat. Talk about beautiful! She is so talented, and the mood that her music creates is absolutely PERFECT for a wedding. She played our ceremony music, and just hearing her play brought me to tears. We were lucky enough to have time to talk with Laurie after the ceremony, and she is one of the most sincere people I have met. Just a genuinely great person. Choosing her for our ceremony was absolutely the right decision, and we highly recommend her to others.
Laurie was fabulous! We contacted her last minute (9 days before our wedding!!). She got back to us right away and thankfully was available! She gave me song suggestions and sent a link with samples to listen to. She was very prompt in her e-mails and phone calls and even asked for the color scheme of the wedding so she could match! Of course as the bride I wasn't there for the music before the ceremony (my husband said it sounded great), and she played the ceremony songs so beautifully.
Laurie played her harp as the guests arrived at our wedding, during the service and during cocktail hour. We were so glad we chose her. She was wonderful to work with - we were lucky enough to initially meet with her in her charming studio, but she was great to work with by email too. She talked with us about the type of ceremony we wanted and our musical tastes, making some good suggestions for music at key parts of the service but also playing some of our favourites too. Laurie's playing was divine and added an elegant and romantic touch to the ceremony, and during cocktail hour her music was very relaxing and gave a wonderful musical backdrop as the sun lowered and drinks and hors d'oeuvres were served. Our guests loved our choice of harp and in particular the children were fascinated by it. Her harp is surprisingly portable and can be played in many settings, and she has a choice of gold or blue harp. She dressed to fit in with our colour theme, which added an elegant and thoughtful touch. She was extremely professional to deal with and really wanted to make sure we were happy with her services - and we were. We were so pleased to have Laurie help make our wedding so memorable and recommend her unhesitatingly.
Laurie provided music and officiant services for our wedding at a winery in Lompoc. She was a great person to work with; easygoing, helpful, and talented. My husband and I are a very relaxed couple so we relied on her for her expertise and she met the goals we had in mind for our ceremony. The music was very beautiful and the ceremony had a very loving feel. In her ceremony that she made for us it didn't feel like there was a wall between us and our guests; it felt like they were embraced within the ceremony and I thought that was wonderful. The ceremony was replete with laughter, tears, and love.
Both of our parents loved the ceremony and I had friends also comment that they were loving it as well.
She was also very professional. She sat with us for a bit to discuss what we wanted and emailed us with parts of the ceremony beforehand for us to approve. She was also dressed very nicely which I appreciated. She is also very trustworthy; I left a friends bracelet in our ring box at the ceremony and she is mailing it to me.
I highly recommend her!
Laurie played for our beach ceremony this past weekend and it was absolutely beautiful! Several guests commented on what a nice touch the harp added to the ceremony. She was very easy to work with, responded quickly to emails and played various music selections for us when we met with her. We definitely recommend her!
Laurie is a master of her craft and a true professional! She played for our outdoor wedding ceremony at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara this past Saturday at the Monte Vista Lawn. Not only is she extremely talented and affordable, but her music added a special touch to the ceremony that was priceless and magical. Laurie' s harp playing was impeccable and was amplified the perfect amount. I, the bride, was even able to hear the music faintly from the balcony of my room that overlooked the ceremony site before the ceremony which was very special for me. Laurie was extremely easy to get a hold of via email and made the interaction so simple and headache free. I would without an ounce of hesitation recommend her and her services to anyone! Laurie far exceeded our expectations in every way! Our only regret was that we should have booked her for our cocktail hour as well! Our guests were extremely impressed with the soothing live music and thought our ceremony was one of the best they had ever attended and we attribute that to Laurie's flawless, angelic, and heartfelt performance!
Laurie was our lifesaver! We had booked her to play during cocktails and dinner for our wedding reception, and then at the last minute, our ceremony guitarist backed out. Laurie came to our rescue by playing the music for our ceremony in addition to the reception and adapted to the changes in the schedule without a flinch. She even learned two special songs to play during the ceremony. While it was nerve-wracking to make changes like this just weeks before the wedding, we are so glad it worked out this way because he did such an amazing job! She even color-coordinated her outfit with the colors of the wedding. Her music is elegant and beautiful, and it was just perfect for our garden wedding. She is super-responsive and helpful, and was definitely the best vendor to work with!
Like most brides, I had a vision of my wedding; a beautiful day in a park with elegant harp music soflty playing in the background. Well, Laurie Rasmussen helped me to bring that vision to life. Her harp playing was perfection (a comment also stated by my guests) and she was absolutely wonderful to work with. My husband and I met with Laurie prior to our wedding and she played for us several suggestions that she had and some that we had. We loved it! Such a talented lady. On the day of the wedding, Laurie was on time and professional. We can't say thank you enough to Laurie for making our wedding day everything we wanted it to be.
I knew that I desired to integrate the Celtic into our special day; in particular because of my family ties to Ireland.
When I met with Laurie, and had the pleasure of listening to her interact with the instruments, I felt so calm. The sounds of the harp were so peaceful, and romantic.
For the ceremony, serendipidously, she played a tune at the same time as the bells of the UCSB campus.
I know both I and all of the guests appreciated the uniqueness and peacefullness she brought to the day.
Laurie is the consumate professional - a gifted artist who is both socially and business savvy. She made great suggestions about musical selections, warmly embraced our ideas and delivered as promised on every last detail. Her musical gifts added much to our ceremony - and proved to be just the right touch for the romantic celebration of our love. We cannot recommend her highly enough. SIMPLY FABULOUS!!!!
So beautiful! The music was perfect. I got married on the beach and she didn't mind the sand at all. I wasn't able to meet her in person before the event but she responded to emails and gave me samples of her music on her website. It made the wedding sound as beautiful as it looked.