Harping On…with Harpist Soraya Vermeulen

Harping On…with Harpist Soraya Vermeulen

Harpist Soraya Vermeulen’s recent real weddings

I had the pleasure of playing for two wonderful weddings this weekend!….. and you may also notice from my featured image that my new logo has arrived! Woohoo!!

Saturday saw the beautiful wedding of Kerri & Dan at The Walled Garden, Beeston. It was such a gorgeous setting, all pretty in pink, my wedding favourite! I even sat in the best spot; under the bandstand with hanging flowers all around me (made by Kerri herself!!) Kerri chose a lovely selection of music including, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri (for the bridal entrance), Pachelbel’s Canon in D and Kissing You by Des’ree, from Romeo and Juliet. Their guests were huge fans of the Beauty and The Beast music!

Then on Sunday it was over to one of my favourite venues, Prestwold Hall for the stunning wedding of Jen & James (decor courtesy of the lovely Elegance Chair Covers). Jen asked me to find a song that was particularly special to her mum for her bridal entrance, Por Una Cabeza, a Tango by Carlos Gardel. One of the lovely parts of my job is learning new music that means so much to a couple or their family. Another lovely part is managing to squeeze in a little catch up with supplier friends.. the amazing Paul Martyn took over from me for what I have no doubt was a great party!

It’s definitely time for a well earned glass of wine. Happy weddings everyone!!

Soraya x

Harpist Soraya Vermeulen

Supplier Spotlight | Harpist Soraya Vermeulen

Supplier Spotlight | Harpist Soraya Vermeulen

We’ve known Soraya Vermeulen since the very beginning of Buckinghams when she attended our first wedding fair – and we’ve been in love with her ever since. She is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and a superb performer who can often been seen at the Royal Albert Hall having played for HM The Queen on several occasions. But it’s her beautiful nature, absolute professionalism and fun, friendly spirit that made us award Soraya with our BeLoved Wedding Supplier status – the very best of the best we are happy to recommend. We know if you meet her you’ll love her too so I’m really pleased to share with you her Supplier Spotlight.

EJ x

Business Profile

Tell us something about your background.
To read my musical life story please check out my biography on my website:

Tell us when and why you started your business?
I started playing the harp aged 7 and never looked back…

What do you love least about what you do?
Loading and unloading the harp in the rain. It’s the worst!

What do you love most about what you do?
It’s wonderfully varied! I meet lots of lovely people, play in the most gorgeous and unusual venues and above all, I am a musician because I love music and sharing it with others! This really gives a high like no other!

What preparation do you have to do before a wedding?
On the day: Eat a big breakfast, make-up, hair, load the harp & equipment into the car, dress, drive to the venue, tune all of the harp strings & warm up.

How far will you travel to a wedding?
All across the UK and Europe.

How much contact do you have with a couple before their wedding day?
As much as they both would like! They can visit me at my home in Leicestershire, call, or email to choose their music, to answer any of their questions and concerns or even just to chat about their wedding! I do love to chat!

How do you start your day when you’re working a wedding?
With a big breakfast!

What makes your job a bit easier at a wedding?
The less stairs the better…!!

What’s your price range?
Prices start from £250.

How do couples pay you?
A deposit of half of the chosen package fee to reserve the date, with the final balance being due one month before the Big Day!

What’s your favourite memory from a wedding?
After a break I came back to my harp, only to find an elderly gentleman attempting to play it and singing a song he had entitled “Me and My Parrot”… I think he might have enjoyed too much of the champagne!

If you could work a celebrity wedding who’s would it be?
Graham Norton..Imagine the fun!

Behind The Scenes

What do you do to unwind?
Go to the gym, clothes shopping or eat ice cream!

Favourite meal? Can you cook?
I can cook a little and my favourite meal would probably be anything involving dumplings or ice cream…not together, of course!

Favourite tipple?
Rhubarb Gin.

Dogs or cats?
Either! I love them both!

Who is your favourite super hero?
Lego Batman.

Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
My dad has always called me Fred… still not sure why but it seems to have stuck.

Favourite holiday destination?
Belgium, (my dads side of the family live over there.)

Favourite animal?
Anything cute and furry!

Favourite biscuit?
Chocolate bourbon.

Favourite shoes?
Jimmy Choo.

Favourite author?
Paula Hawkins at the moment.

What are you reading at the moment?
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Which is your favourite Quality Street?
The pink one!

Coke or Pepsi?
Neither, Fanta please!

Do you like Marmite?

Most famous person you’ve ever met?
Probably Her Majesty The Queen.

Absolutely MUST HAVE at your wedding?
Flowers galore!

What can brides expect from your business if they choose you for their wedding?
High quality music, with great attention to detail and a professional but very friendly approach.  “Magical music to ensure a magical day!”

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