Kristi Shade I New York City Harpist I Weddings and Events


Harp music adds a touch of class to any event. With years of experience performing for hundreds of weddings, parties and other events, Kristi caters to your musical wishes to provide the lush and elegant soundscape you've been dreaming about for your special day.


Kristi can perform in a variety of settings as a soloist or with duos, trios and other ensembles featuring instruments such as violin, cello, flute or voice. She has performed for countless events in the New York City area and is able to travel to Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and beyond.

Although classically trained, Kristi is just as comfortable performing in pop, jazz and contemporary settings.  Everything from Bach to The Beatles to Beyoncé is possible on the harp, so the sky is the limit!

Kristi was chosen as the featured harpist for The Today Show Throws a Wedding and has performed for events for such notable guests as former President George W. Bush, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Renee Zellweger and Jessica Simpson.


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-   Julie + Bo  , Wedding, NY, September 2012

Julie + Bo, Wedding, NY, September 2012


"Hi Kristi,

I wanted to thank you again for adding such a beautiful touch to our wedding in September!  The entire day was just a dream, and we loved all the music so much!  We were so happy with everything, and all the guests have mentioned how beautiful the harp sounded.  Thank you again so very much!  We loved every second of our big day, and you added such a sweet and beautiful touch!"

Julie + Bo, Wedding, NY

"Hey Kristi,

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for performing at our ceremony. Your music was beautiful and was the perfect compliment to our ceremony.  Everybody commented on how fantastically talented you are and how stunning the music was.  We are very grateful to you for making our day a special one. Thank you very much!"

-Emma + Chris, Wedding, Central Park NYC


Our wedding day was truly perfect in our eyes, and we confidently can say that the talent and romance you brought to our ceremony and cocktail hour was the cherry on top!!  Thank you for being a part of our special day and working so closely with us leading up to the big day.  You are definitely one of a kind!  We’ve received countless compliments from our guests about having a harpist, and we’ve referred a few friends to you too! Know that the gift of music you gave us is something we’ll always treasure and never forget!"

-Jessica + Kyle, Wedding, NJ

"Dear Kristi,

I wanted to thank you for making our Wedding day perfect! Chris and I are so grateful for your performance and you were flawless and amazing! He started to tear up during the sand ceremony and I had to hold myself back from crying! Thank you for playing Swing Life Away! One of our guests asked me who was the angel was playing the harp; you are an angel! Thank you for being a part of it all! I cannot wait to hear you play again ! Just amazing!"

- Christine + Chris, Wedding, NY

"Dear Kristi, 

I wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding last weekend! Many people complimented the beautiful harp music. It was very emotional for me to hear one of my favorite songs playing as I walked down the aisle.  Thank you again!"

- Kerry + John, Wedding, NJ


I wanted to let you know that you did a phenomenal job playing that angelic instrument and you made my wedding day even more memorable. Thank you is not even enough that I could say.  Thank you so very much."

-Kristen + Chris, Wedding, NY


Just wanted to thank you for your performance last Saturday at our cocktail hour. You added exactly the touch of class that our cocktail hour needed. It gave me confidence to see you at the Woodbury Country Club one hour plus before the cocktail hour started. I will definitely recommend you to my friends who are planning weddings."

- Ben, Wedding, NY

"Dear Kristi,

Thank you so very much for the beautiful music you provided for the cocktail hour of the wedding last Saturday.  Everyone loved the harp music and watching you play - I have heard so many wonderful compliments about it.  Unfortunately as mother of the bride I felt pulled in so many directions that I wasn't able to stand there and watch/listen to you, I guess I will just have to hire you again for another event!

You were terrific and I am so happy with the way it all went.  It was great to meet you and have you there, Kristi.  You provided something very different for the wedding and it contributed to an extraordinary event in CT.  My very best regards and thank you again. You helped to make that incredible day really extra special."

- Kathy, Wedding, CT


I wanted to thank you for playing so beautifully at our wedding. Everyone was talking about how beautiful the music was and saved our wedding programs to keep your name in case they need a harpist.  My only hope is that I get to come see you play one of these days! You truly made our wedding unique and memorable."

- Kristeen, Wedding, NJ

"Kristi was an absolute pleasure to work with. She is extreme talented, plays so beautifully, was very professional and prompt with booking and discussing the details of our wedding music.  She played the harp like an angel.  We got very great compliments about her and the way she played the harp set the mood just right.  The harp music was perfect for the romantic feel we wanted at our ceremony.  I highly recommend using her services, you will be absolutely pleased.

Kristi you will always be in our memories, thank you so much for making our special day so MAGICAL and ROMANTIC."

- Sandy + Gabe, Wedding, Ladies' Pavilion, Central Park, NYC

"Kristi, I just want to thank you for such an amazing job at our wedding on Saturday! Your harp playing was so incredibly beautiful.  You made our ceremony so special - and even our guests told us how much they loved the music during the reception as well.  You played  so perfectly - it seriously got the water works going for me.  It was all just so touching and beautiful, thank you so much again!!!" 

- Daniela, Wedding, NYC

"Kristi did an excellent job. Kristi was professional from start to finish. I gave Kristi very little direction in terms of music and Kristi played pieces that were completely appropriate and thoroughly enjoyable. More importantly, Kristi played beautifully and my guests kept coming over to tell me how much they enjoyed the music. Kristi turned the whole party into a transporting experience. The music was subtle and celestial!!!"

- Christening, Brooklyn

"Kristi Shade is a lovely young lady and her performance and golden harp are as beautiful and classy as she is. She truly adds a very special touch to an event and is professional in every way - a real treasure."

- Kathy, Cocktail Party, Atlantic Beach, NY

"Kristi Shade is a wonderful harpist and a wonderful woman. We found her services online and decided to check her out. We knew as soon as she played us a song that we had to have her at our wedding. She did such an amazing job at our wedding, both the ceremony and the cocktail hour. It was that perfect touch to our perfect wedding! Her song choices were fantastic and the music sounded so elegant! We couldn't be happier!!! She really made our ceremony and cocktail hour a total dream come true!"

- Wedding, NYC


"Dear Kristi,

I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful job you did on Friday night.  Everyone loved your music and said how beautiful it was, and how pretty you are, and how lovely your harp is.  Our evening was everything we could have asked for, and I appreciate that your talent helped make it possible. I can't thank you enough for helping to create an evening that we will never forget, and that will be memorable for our friends and family as well."

- Margaret, 25th Wedding Anniversary, 3 West Club NYC



"Hi Kristi,

We have not long been back from our honeymoon but I wanted to be sure and email you to thank you for the wonderful music you played for our Central Park wedding!  It was absolutely beautiful and I was so pleased!  I know i'd only given Richard very brief details of what I wanted and I was so happy with your interpretation.  All of our guests have commented on how lovely the music was - it definitely setup a wonderful atmosphere for us."

- Lindsay + Richard, Wedding, Central Park, NYC



I cannot express my thanks to you for the wonderful, wonderful, wonderful music you provided for my daughter's wedding and cocktail hour!  Your music was just beautiful and everyone and I mean everyone complemented us on the music. Thank you again for such a beautiful day! Continued success to you!"

- Helen, Wedding, NYC



"Hi Kristi,

I just wanted to say thank you for everything.  The music was wonderful and it made the wedding that much more magical!"

- Jessica, Wedding, NYC



"Hi Kristi, thank you SO MUCH.  You are amazing and we were so happy to have you with us on our big day. We wanted to write to you to let you know how great you are.  Seriously, people have been telling us how beautiful the harp music was, and we thought people never notice details like that.  You truly have a talent and it's so beautiful that you can share it with so many people.  Thank you times a million for being a part of our wedding day."

- Jane + Mike, Wedding, NJ


"Hi Kristi, 

I just got back from my honeymoon and I wanted to say thank you for doing such a beautiful job at our ceremony and during cocktail hour.  

Your music was beautiful and everyone couldn't stop talking about it.  My father loved it so much, thank you again.  You are so talented and it was much appreciated."

- Cynthia, Wedding, Long Island


"Hi Kristi, 

Jack and I wanted to Thank you for the beautiful music that you played for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Your amazing sound really brought a beautiful and special heartfelt touch to our ceremony, and I feel it completed everything. You have an amazing talent, and I wish you all the best that comes your way! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"

- Megan + Jack, Wedding, Long Island




I just wanted to say thank you for performing at my wedding on 1/23. You did an amazing job! I wanted to thank you personally but the time at the wedding just flew by. Everyone raved about the harpist and I feel that you added that special touch to the day. You were a pleasure to work with."

- Ashley, Wedding, Long Island



"Dear Kristi,

Thank you so much for the beautiful harp playing you performed at our wedding.  You are extremely talented and we can't thank you enough!"

- Alisa + Mike, Wedding, NY




Just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for the beautiful music you provided at our wedding. So many people told us that it was one of the most touching ceremonies they had been to."

- Dawn, Wedding, Staten Island




Thank you so much for playing your beautiful music for us. When I walked in you looked and sounded like and angel!"

- Elizabeth, Wedding, NYC




I’ve gotten so many compliments, all of them very heartfelt, about the trio. It was probably the most magical moment of my life, listening to the Pas de Deux while walking down the aisle. I just wanted to thank you for everything."

- Christine, Wedding, NYC



You and your music were the icing on the cake and a great addition to our wedding day!  We cannot thank you enough for how helpful you were in selecting the perfect music to include during our special day and it truly brought an element of class and sophistication to the entire ceremony - as people arrived, during the ceremony and as people gathered for the reception.  Having just you and your harp was simple and elegant - exactly what we wanted.  Thank you so much!"

- Scott + Jenn, Wedding, NY