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What Would They Know? Megan Reeve of Melbourne Harp Music

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Melbourne Harp Music What Would They Know? Megan Reeve of Melbourne Harp Music

The sounds of a harp playing as your guests are waiting for your ceremony to start, and as you walk down the aisle, creates one of the first memories of your wedding day. Megan from Melbourne Harp Music plays everything from classical music to your favourite love songs – whatever you choose, the lilting sounds of the harp will uplift and inspire emotion on this most important of days.

Please tell us about your musical background.

I started on piano when I was about 3 but always wanted to play the harp. My parents were extremely sensible about this and said ‘No’. They then tried to distract me with other instruments like the violin and baroque recorder. It was when I took up the drums they decided the harp wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

I was 15 by this stage so hit the ground running and did LOADS of practice! Two years after starting I auditioned for the Conservatorium at the University of Melbourne, where I completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours. I then went to the Victorian College of the Arts and graduated with a Masters of Music Performance and a husband. I also studied at the Mozarteum in Salzberg and completed a Master of Arts in Music, Culture and Politics at Cardiff University in the UK. After that I needed a good lie down.

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Image by Megan Reeve of Melbourne Harp Music

Why the harp and not another musical instrument?

Insanity. Why else would you play something that weighs 40 kilograms and determines the clothes I wear, the shoes I wear, the car I drive and the house I live in. Not to mention the bank balance.

How do you keep your musical skills honed? 

Practice! And doing all sorts of gigs from full symphony orchestras to TV work, recording sessions and of course weddings!

How many weddings have you now performed at?

I lost track after about 1500.

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Image by Alison Sharma Photography

At what stage in the wedding are you most often asked to play? 

The ceremony itself is the most common, with pre-dinner drinks the next most frequent after that. And often both if they’re at the same venue.

Where are some of the more interesting places you’ve played at (for weddings)?

I’ve been to every major venue in town, but the thing that I remember most is actually the people (does that sound corny?) I’ve played at some pretty interesting functions as well though – like directly under the scaffold at the old Melbourne Gaol. That was interesting.

Do bridal couples tend to book you with a singer, or other instruments, or do they tend to love to hear you solo?

I often suspect all the brides in Melbourne get together for a coffee and collude on their wedding plans as there are definite trends in what gets booked. Harp and violin seems to be the thing at the moment.

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Image by Megan of  Melbourne Harp Music

What packages do you offer?

Pretty much anything with harp. Solo harp of course is always popular, but otherwise any combination of singer, flute, violin and cello with harp is also possible. My husband is a professional trumpeter, but I really wouldn’t recommend that with harp. We’ve tried. Really.

Does the harp sound best performing classical music? 

The harp is actually a far more versatile instrument than most people imagine. One of my most popular requests is Nothing Else Matters by Metallica.

You also performed with the U2 Vertigo tour – so I can see your skills and tastes don’t only lie with classical music. What other sorts of music do you enjoy?

While I’m classically trained and love cranking up the opera I’m also currently driving myself nuts by constantly humming Justice Crew’s Que Sera. So I will pretty much listen to and play anything.

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Image by Megan of Melbourne Harp Music

What pieces would you suggest for the harp for ceremony music?

You really can’t beat the traditionals – Wagner’s Bridal Chorus, Mendelsohn’s Wedding March, and the perennial Pachelbel’s Canon in D. And a fave love song of course!

And for dinner music?

A great chance to mix it up! I’m always changing the music in my folders. (I collect sheet music like some people collect shoes and have over 1000 titles in my collection. Don’t ask me for a song list – it reads like the phone book.) At the moment I’m loving the theme from Love Actually, Something by the Beatles, some brilliant jazz inspired works by French composer Bernard Andres, and you can never beat Bach.

Where can we hear your next public performance? 

I’ve got a great programme coming up on November 23rd at Montsalvat with voxArpa (me and singer Sarah Cole). There’s bound to be something between now and then, so checking out the Melbourne Harp Music Facebook page is the way to go.

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Image by Alison Sharma Photography

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’ve actually just launched a wedding blog to put all my knowledge of the wedding industry to some use, so that’s taking up a bit of time (www.mymelbournewedding.net.au if you’re interested). Plus I’m presenting a paper at the World Harp Congress which means I have to look like I know what I’m talking about. And I teach harp as well. Spare time? Well, occasionally I’ll sit down and have a cup of tea.

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Image given to Melbourne Harp Music by the bride with full rights to use

What do you love about living in Melbourne?

I often play at functions where you’d think there was a strict dress code of stylish black. But no. We just do stylish black. And I really like that.

Thank you Megan for sharing your story with us. To find out more about Melbourne Harp Music visit the website.

Headshot courtesy of Alison Sharma Photography

Your Wedding Chef Can Help You Build a Fabulous Wedding Registry

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When you’re chatting with your wedding chef or caterer, you’ll of course get fabulous ideas for creating your cocktail party and reception menus, but there’s something else that wedding chefs ‘bring to the table’ if you just ask: ideas on chef-worthy wedding registry items to turn your kitchen into a Top Chef kitchen. Chefs, after all, know the best kitchen gadgets and appliances that turn your meals and party fare into spectacular dishes, and they’re happy to suggest some of their favorite kitchen items to add to your gift registry list now.

Executive Chef Bill Zucosky of Westminster Hotel Weddings suggests Attachments to your kitchen stand mixer. Every wedding couple, it seems, loves to put that pricy stand mixer on their registry, but the top brands in stand mixers only come with a few basic attachments. Looking at the KitchenAid® stand mixer, you’ll see that it comes with a flat beater, dough hook, wire whip, and pouring shield. That’s a good start, and fine if you plan to make a lot of bread dough and whipped cream all the time. But a healthy and impressive home kitchen turns out far more than that!

Chef Zucosky says, “My favorites are the pasta attachment, which helps making pasta at home a breeze, and the meat grinder attachment to make your own burgers out of any type of protein you desire! Or tofu!”

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Now, you’re cooking! Homemade pasta and your own special blend of meats for tastier, fresher, juicier burgers? Good food is a cornerstone of your happily-ever-after dreams, and you’ll spend lots of time together in the kitchen, whipping up delectable culinary dishes for your own enjoyment, and also to make those parties and family holidays truly stand out.

Here are some other stand mixer attachments to add to your wedding gift registry:

  • Specialty pasta attachment set to make angel hair, thick noodle, fettuccine and spaghetti via rollers and cutters, plus a ravioli maker

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  • Citrus juicer
  • Fruit and vegetable strainer/grinder
  • Slicer and shredder discs
  • Grain mill, Perfect for making your own flour from grains for fresh bread, tortillas and pitas

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  • Sausage stuffer
  • Blending rod for soups and liquids
  • Ice cream maker bowl

And don’t forget other accessories that will make your new gourmet capabilities even easier:

  • Pasta drying rack
  • Extra bowls
  • Extra beaters and whisks

In addition to turning your kitchen into a chef’s kitchen, adding these items to your registry is a huge favor to your wedding guests, since the prices are often quite affordable, and since guests love to give kitchen-centric gifts to enhance your married lifestyle.

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Talk to your wedding chef to get suggestions on attachments, and also ask for suggestions on cutlery, since chefs know their knives. Every time you use your kitchen gear, you’ll be reminded of your exciting wedding planning season, and how fabulous it was to work with your chef on your perfect wedding menu.

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Ms Gingham says: Great idea!

About Sharon: Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding books, including her newest: “The Bride’s Guide to Freebies” and “Bridesmaid on a Budget.” Her two books for the mothers of the bride and groom are bestsellers, and she has appeared on such top shows as Good Morning America, ABC News, Lifetime, Inside Edition and more – sharing tips and insider secrets to help you plan your dream wedding on a budget, personalized to your love story. Visit her site Sharon Naylor for more on her books, free worksheets and appearances. She lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband Joe and is at work on her next two wedding books.

 

What Would They Know? Linda & Brian Woodroffe of Holden Oldies

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Holden Oldies What Would They Know? Linda & Brian Woodroffe of Holden Oldies

Whether you buy into the age old argument of whether Fords or Holdens are the better car, you’ve got to have nothing but admiration for the iconic Australian Holden cars of the late 50′s and early 60′s. Add to that the romantic story of two people, Brian and Linda, whose passion is beautifully restored and maintained vintage Holden cars, and Holden Oldies Limo Services is born. Offering a bespoke limousine service to Queensland brides and grooms, these beautiful cars are sure to start off your wedding day on a cheery, upbeat note. And what better way to make a grand entrance than to be the centre of attention as you arrive in one of these beauties!

How did Holden Oldies come to be? 

We got married in 2007 and we couldn’t find any classic cars for our wedding. By chance a few years later we found some rusted cars and parts  – we jumped in and began the restoration process. We actually used our honeymoon money on the first car! We had planned to do 4 weeks in USA starting in New York, so that’s where the idea for the yellow came from. It took Brian 4 years to re-build the two yellow Holdens.

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Do you have a particular love for the Holden car?

We love the character of the older models. Holdens have a great place in Australian history and with so many Australian families. At weddings parents and grandparents all have stories about the Holdens they had when they were young.

How old are the cars?

Our cars were built in 1959 and 1960.

Are there any other cars (other than Holdens) in your fleet?

We have almost finished our 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible. It’s black with black leather interior. It is going to be the only one of it’s kind in QLD that operates as a Limousine. It’s called The Lincoln Limousine.

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What is the story behind some of your cars being painted bright yellow?

This was a tribute to our honeymoon that so far hasn’t happened! One day we’ll get to travel to New York and have a ride in a NY Taxi!!   We also wanted something different – they grab people’s attention and it’s lots of fun for the wedding parties to wave at people as they notice them.

You are based in Queensland. What areas of this State do you cover?

We are based between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. We can do weddings from Byron to Noosa. We can also go out towards Toowoomba.

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Is it a full time job maintaining your cars? How do you keep the ‘wear and tear’ factor reduced, with travelling around Queensland?

No, we are lucky that Brian is a mechanic, so our cars are in great shape. We spend more hours cleaning and polishing them these days!

What services/packages do you offer the bridal couple? What extras do you include?

We have 2 packages – the “short & sweet” which is for 1-3 hours and the “slow & steady” which is for up to 5 hours.   Both packages can be for 1 or 3 cars. We have lots of fun props for photos our couples use, red carpet, we have cold drinks on hand for the bridal party & lollies!

Do you provide a driver for each of your cars?

Brian and I drive our cars, we also have some friends who are looking forward to helping us out once we have a booking for 3 or 4!

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Why is it best to hire a car on your wedding day?

Hiring a limousine takes away the stress of organizing transport. Once you’re booked in there’s not the hassle of finding someone with a car that is willing to drive you, finding a 2nd car and driver for the rest of the bridal party and there’s no stress of having to chase people up the day before. Using a limousine service also means that you don’t have to worry about the quality of the car – both how it runs and how it is presented on the big day. I also think that people that run classic wedding car businesses really enjoy weddings – that’s why we built the cars, that’s why we do it!

Is there a trend to using classic cars, rather than more modern cars (for wedding transport)?

I think it’s still 50/50. Lots of brides have always pictured the white stretch limo and that’s what they book. Then there are others who want the classic cars because it suits their wedding and also their personality. We recently had a bride who always wanted yellow cars and booked ours as soon as she saw them! Our new white one has been really popular with brides wanting a white classic car.

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What do you love about being involved in the wedding industry?

I love that we are all in it to help people celebrate love! Love is awesome and spending the day with two people who have chosen to celebrate with friends and family is pretty cool! I’ve also made some amazing friends through the industry – people who I wouldn’t have ever crossed paths with if we hadn’t started HO!

Best honeymoon destination in Queensland is….. somewhere close to the beach!

For relaxation we love to…… Give our kids to the grandparents and spend a night in the city! It’s nice to have time alone when life is busy it’s easy to put everything before “us” – so this gives us the chance to have a nice dinner, some drinks and spend time together.

Many thanks to Linda and Brian for sharing your story. To find out more about Holden Oldies Limo Services visit the website.

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