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respecting the perspectives of both doubter and believer.

“Vern worked with us 
to design the kind of 
ceremony we wanted, 
with excellent suggestions. 
We were really pleased. 

“Our families, from different backgrounds, were thrilled, 
and our friends keep talking 
about how special 
the wedding was.”

Adjunct Services

Music, Photography,
Videography, Limo,


Music -- live and recorded

For many reasons, many couples prefer live music. 

For many family-focused weddings or other intimate ceremonies, either no music or live music might be more in keeping with the atmosphere, since recorded music tends to create a sense of artificiality instead of the immediacy appropriate for such meaningful occasions. (Recordings, from a technical and artistic perspective, can be problematic.) 
     A guitar, harp, flute, a string quartet or other solo instrument or small ensemble will make a joyful sound in Pilgrim Chapel. Live music can add drama and dignity -- and even fun -- in a way recorded music cannot.
     There may be reasons for recorded music; it is less expensive or a particular song or recording may be special to the couple. To use recorded music at Pilgrim Chapel, please see the note below.
     As at a family meal or friendship dinner, music is not required. Similarly, a wedding with those close to the couple does not need music at all. With skillful words of your clergyman to the guests just before the wedding begins, a bride entering either in silence or applause can be far more distinctive and fitting than recorded music.
    But live music can add a special sense of occasion.
    Here are some of the musicians I've worked with happily who understand how weddings flow best --


Tabitha Reist Steiner,, is one of Kansas City's many wonderful harpists. She is shown above.

Flute and Harp Duo
   FLUTE -- Judy Johnson,
   HARP -- Wesley Kelly,

Flute and Guitar (either or both)

Kathy Riegelman and Larry Beekman, shown above.

Justin Larkin, one-man band: Rock 'n' Roll, Roots& Soul, @justinlarkinmusic,

    Kansas City offers many wonderful string players who understand how weddings work, including violinist Stephen Gedert, .

     A versitile ensamble is the Kansas Crescendo Trio (violin, viola, and cello) 816-536-4726, and other options  — flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass, French horn, harp, trumpet, and other instruments.

Recorded music

     While I do not usually recommend recorded music, Pilgrim Chapel has a Bluetooth speaker and is able to assist you. If recorded music is what you want, please check with the Pilgrim Chapel staff to prepare for queuing your playlist. (I think Android sometimes works better than Apple.) 
     If such staff help is not convenient because of other duties when the music needs to be queued, designate someone to be the “sound engineer” to manage the equipment and the times in the ceremony when the music is expected. The folks at the Chapel are eager to support your musical plans.


Rebecca Knechtel 913.299.7972


Josh Munyan 913.850.8139
        Here is a 3-minute video
        of a young couple's wedding at Pilgrim Chapel.


Mike Algusin -- (913) 713-8096 

Coordination -- Wedding Planners

While weddings at Pilgrim Chapel do not require a wedding coordinator, some couples prefer to retain help to manage flowers, photographers, musicians, the reception, and other arrangements. Here is one experienced coordinator I've worked with recently with great sense of people, understanding how to achieve what the couple desires, and adaptability:

Kim Garnier
3269 Gillham Rd. Ste 4 
Kansas City, MO 64109 
Some wedding planners -- at least when it comes to the wedding ceremony, from entrances to departures -- are grossly incompetent and can easily sabotage what you want. I am amazed by the number of planners I have worked with who fail even to think of faux flowers for the bride to carry during the rehearsal, a choreographic detail important if a photographer is engaged. If you engage a wedding planner or co-ordinator, insist that he or she consult with me so that we are "on the same page." Don't let your planner's preconceived idea of how you should have your own wedding overrule how you want your wedding to be.