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Our blog highlights our music performances at wedding ceremonies and receptions, and corporate, private and charity/special events in Toronto, GTA, Etobicoke, Montreal, Montebello, Ottawa, Banff, Calgary, Canmore, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Vancouver, Victoria, Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Hamilton, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Burlington, Oakville, Owen Sound, Mississauga, Meaford, Caledon, Collingwood, Peterborough, Whitby, Vaughan, Woodbridge, and in many other cities across Canada.

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Duo d'Amore

Duo d'Amore is a string ensemble made of of solo players, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets that perform for wedding ceremonies, corporate events, private parties and memorial services across Canada. We have a large repertoire of interesting and engaging music, ranging in style from traditional classical to more modern pop music.
Cristina + Ben wedding at The River Cafe July 2, 2016, Calgary wedding ceremony music

This wedding was held on the outdoor patio of the River Cafe in Calgary—a beautiful location, and the musical selections were just as inspiring. For the ceremony Cristina and Ben chose primarily classical selections (with a modern and upbeat song at the finale of the ceremony) followed by contemporary music during the reception portion.  All of these songs work particularly well with the string ensemble they chose: the violin and cello duo—our most popular ensemble! Everything was seamless and beautiful, and finely coordinated as always with the talented planner at Evelyn Clark weddings. Thanks everyone!

 

Wedding ceremony song selections:

Processional (wedding party and bridesmaids): Pachelbel Canon
Signing: Schubert: Ave Maria 
Recessional: Mars: Marry You

 

Cocktail hour song selections:

A Thousand Years-Christine Perri (violin & cello duo)
All You Need Is Love-Beatles (violin & cello duo)
Billie Jean-Michael Jackson
Can’t Help Falling in Love-Elvis
Don’t You Worry Child-Swedish House Mafia
Give Me Love- Ed Sheeran
Yellow - Coldplay
Hallelujah-Leonard Cohen
Halo, Beyonce
I Got A Feeling-Black Eyed Peas
I Think I Wanna Marry You-Bruno Mars
Fields of Gold-Sting

 

 

Wedding Full Planning and Design: Evelyn Clark Weddings | Photography: Daring Wanderer Weddings | Venue: River Cafe | Florist: Flower Artistry | Decor: Bella Linens | Stationery: Plush Invitations | Hair and Makeup: The Pretty Haus | Cake: Whippt | Officiant: Life Celebrant – Jacquie Hoare | Music: Duo D’amore & Stephen Medhurst | Transportation: Ambassador Limo

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Kristen + Andrew’s wedding ceremony at Graydon Hall, July 16, 2016, Toronto wedding ceremony music

This wedding at Graydon Hall was absolutely stunning, and we were honored to be a part of it.  We had a really fun time talking about song selections for the ceremony, and we came up with an excellent grouping of songs to fit each part of the ceremony perfectly. The music was performed by Duo d’Amore’s string trio and we received many really nice comments from the guests.

 

Prelude:

What a wonderful world
Beyonce Halo
Nat king Cole unforgettable
Bette Midler the rose
Adele make you feel my love

Groomsmen entry: Somewhere over the rainbow

Bridal Party entry: 1000 years

Bride: Can't help falling in love with you

Signing
Leonard Cohen hallelujah
Josh groban the prayer

Processional
Beatles: all you need is love

 

PHOTOGRAPHY • Corina V. Photography, PLANNING • Karina Lemke, FLORAL AND DECOR DESIGN • Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design, STATIONERY DESIGN • Anista Designs, HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ARTIST • Fancy Face Inc., GOWN • Bijou Bridal, SHOES • Jimmy Choo, JEWELLERY • David Yurman, FORMALWEAR • MADE Clothing, BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES • Amsale from Pearl Bridal House, ENGAGEMENT RING AND WEDDING BANDS • Diamondboi Designs, CAKE DESIGN • Sweet Celebrations, CHAIRS AND LOUNGE FURNITURE • Contemporary Furniture Rentals, CHAMPAGNE TROLLEY • Plate Occasions, WELCOME MIRROR • Love Forever Bespoke Wedding &  Event Decor, LINENS, VENUE, AND CATERING • Graydon Hall Manor, VIDEOGRAPHY • James Frodyma, TRANSPORTATION • A Rolls Choice Wedding Ceremony Music Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, trios and quartets

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Alicia + John’s wedding ceremony at Starling Lane Vineyard July 9, 2016, Victoria BC wedding ceremony music

Our string ensembles have had the pleasure of performing at Starling Lane Vineyard several times in the past, and we are happy to be back. Working with Alicia on choosing the music was a pleasure—one of the songs that she particularly wanted during the ceremony was Bridge over Troubled Water, and were extremely happy to be able to incorporate this songs during the ceremony. The signing portion was the perfect place to perform this song, and it was followed beautifully by the recessional music with concluded the ceremony sin such a lovely way.

Wedding ceremony music: 

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air on the G-string

Bride Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Bridge Over Troubled Water  and A Thousand Years

Recessional: All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

 

Vendors:

WEDDING VENUE: Starling Lane Vineyard Victoria BC www.starlinglanevineyard.comWEDDING COORDINATOR: Eva Satchell, Beauty Bride www.beautybride.caVIDEOGRAPHER: Cassie O’Neil,  http://www.cassieoneil.comFLORIST: Linda Mimeault, Night Song Farm www.nightsongfarm.caCAKE ARTIST: Melissa, HappyDitty  www.facebook.com/happydittyDJ: Paul Affleck, Request the Best  www.facebook.com/requestthebestMAKE UP ARTIST: Kerryn Cooper, Heartwood & Co www.heartwoodandco.comHAIR SYLIST: Chau TrinhWEDDING GOWN STORE: Blush Bridal Boutique www.blushvictoria.comSEAMSTRESS: Lily Kennedy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.ÉCOR RENTALS: Josephine Hoskins, Victoria Vintage China Rentals www.victoriavintagechinarentals.comCATERER:  Sandy +Heather Chown, Wits End Catering www.witsendcatering.caSTRING DUO: Duo d’Amore, www.duodamore.comWEDDING COMMISIONAIRE: IAIN HOOEY  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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Laura +Vince’s wedding ceremony at Pillar and Post, July 9, 2016, Niagara Wedding Music

This was such a beautiful day! We love performing at the Rose Garden as it is just so perfect for an outdoor wedding. Our string trio performed the following music and even added  an additional recessional song to make the day even more special for the bride and groom.

 

Bridesmaids: Bach Air

Bride: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy of Mans desiring

Recessional: Love Me Like You Do AND Wake Me Up

 

Vendors

 

Venue: Pillar and Post

Décor: Simply Beautiful Décor

Flowers: Roses and Twine

Music – Ceremony: Duo d’Amore

Candy Table: Candy by Katie

Cake: Sweet Celebrations

Music: Spirit of Sound

Officiant: Celebrating Life

Limousine: Royal Touch Limousine Service

Stationary: Oakville Paper Boutique

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero

 

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Duo d'Amore featured on EventSource blog

We are excited to announce that Duo d'Amore is being featured in this blog: https://www.eventsource.ca/blog/dreamy-barn-wedding-earth-table-farm

It was a fantastic day, and we are so pleased to have been a part of this beautiful wedding ceremony! Enjoy!

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Christina + Rex's wedding ceremony at the Shangri-la hotel, wedding music Toronto

This wedding was absolutely gorgeous in every way! Beautiful couple and venue, a fantastic wedding planner and photographer, and of course, fabulous wedding ceremony music, by Duo d’Amore string trio!

The music selections fit perfectly, and added a classic touch, and additional elegance to the intimate ceremony at the Shangri-la hotel in Toronto.

Processional

Pachelbel Canon in D for wedding party

Bach Wachet Auf (sleepers wake) for bride

Signing

Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum

Handel Hornpipe I from the Water Music

Recessional

Mendelssohn Wedding March

 

Wedding planner: Rebecca Chan Weddings

Photographer and Photo credit: Elizabeth in Love

Wedding ceremony music: Duo d'Amore-string duos trios and quartets

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Darci was just married  in Cambridge Ontario on June 3rd of 2017, and she sent us  beautiful review of our performance:

 

"We have already recommended your services to two couples who attended our ceremony and are getting married in the next 8-months! From booking, to the many changes we requested, to set-up the day of - everything was fantastic."-Darci, bride

 

She was an absolute pleasure to deal with, and we wish her and her husband many years of wedded bliss!

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Performing in the distillery district is always a treat, and this wedding and cocktail reception did not disappoint! The ceremony was short and sweet, with the following playlist, which was  a little bit classical, a little bit pop and a whole lot of fun:

Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Recessional: Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)

Thanks to Alicia the photographer for the fantastic slideshow from the day: to 

 

 

Wedding vendors:

Wedding and Cocktail music: Duo d'Amore-string duos trios and quartets

Alicia Thurston Photography – Photographer

Bloved Events – Wedding Planner

Pink Twig – Florist

Lea-Ann Belter – Wedding Gown

The DJ and Company – DJ

Arta Gallery – Ceremony

Archeo – Reception

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Stephanie + Matt’s wedding ceremony at Whistle Bear, June 3, 2016, Cambridge wedding music

Wow, what a beautiful day!  Early summer weddings can be so fantastic, and this was no exception. In speaking with Stephanie and Matt, the couple came up with a fantastic list of songs, and we tweaked the order and number to get things just right for the ceremony. The playlist speaks for itself, and sounded amazing performed by the violinist and cellist.

 

 

 

 

 

Prelude:

Halo - Beyonce
Fix You-Coldplay
In My Life-Beatles
She - Costello
Hallellujah - Leonard Cohen
Stand By Me

Ceremony:

Wedding party: In my place - Coldplay
Bride Processional: Moon River
Signing: All I want is you - U2 and With Or Without You

Recessional: God Only knows - Beach Boys

 

Vendors:

 

Venue: Whistle Bear Golf Course

Photography: Lindsay Coulter 

Wedding music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

 

 

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Jana + Mark’s wedding at Q Haute Cuisine, June 18, 2016, Calgary wedding music

“Thanks so much for everything—it was perfect!” Jana, bride

 This ceremony was really fun and lighthearted, and we were excited to perform at Q Haute Cuisine, as this was a new venue in Calgary for us. Jana and Mark opted for our most popular ensemble, the violin and cello duo. The couple did a great job choosing their song selections, as everything fit perfectly, and was timed brilliantly. The prelude songs worked very well, as most often we perform all classical or a mix of pop and classical, which helps to create a calm, relaxing mood. In this case, the couple chose all pop, and the right songs make all the difference! During the ceremony, the music switched to classical, and again everything fit wonderfully. I love the combination of Bach Air with Pachelbel’s Canon. Jesu Joy (also by Bach) is an exceptional signing song, and ending with Bittersweet Symphony for that burst of energy as the couple exits was the perfect touch!

Prelude 

Isreal kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Louis Armstrong - What a wonderful World
Train – Marry Me
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In love

Ceremony
Bridesmaids & groomsmen, flower girl & ring bearer: Bach - Air on the G-string
Processional (for bride to walk down to): Pachelbel - Canon in D
Signing: Bach - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Recessional: The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony

 

Wedding Vendors:

 

Photography and photo credit: Kristyn Harder

Venue: Q Haute
Hair: Hair by Christine of MaddPretty
Makeup: Trena Laine
Flowers: Avenida Growers
Wedding Gown: Pronovias – Bertina
Veil: Rococo Brides
Chalkboard Art: Calgary Chalk Artist

Ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

 

 

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Duo d'Amore violin and cello, quartet and Wedding Rescue

We are excited to announce - Duo d'Amore is  now a proud member of the Wedding Rescue Team! They are a company that provides emergency wedding services, to couples in need when something unforeseen happens on or before their wedding day – such as cancelations, double bookings, or no shows.  Here is a link to find out more info! https://uh344.infusionsoft.com/app/page/weddingrescue

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Joanna and Matthew’s wedding at the Oakes Garden Theatre, May 29, 2016, violin and cello duo

The Oakes Garden Theatre is quite a popular wedding location, as it overlooks Niagara Falls. For Joanna and Matthew’s ceremony, they selected music that complemented a springtime morning wedding. Starting the processional (two flower girls and one ring bearer) with Bach stars things off right, Following that was the mother’s processional set to another piece by Bach-Jesu Joy.  For the bride’s entrance, something a little more modern fit nicely with Elvis. The signing is a point in the ceremony where the music can be a bit more subdued, and a perfect choice is an arrangement by the French composer Gounod of another piece by Bach, the famous Ave Maria. And to finish, Bittersweet Symphony!

 

Processional: Bach Air on the G String
Bride: Can't Help Falling in Love with You Elvis Presley
Signing: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony The Verve

 

Venue: Oakes Garden Theatre

Photographer: Forbes Photography

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Terri and Matt’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at Vineland Estates, May 7, 2016, violin and cello duo

We love performing at Vineland Estates, especially in the carriage house-so charming! For Terri and matt’s wedding, the string duet of violin and cello performed a fantastic selection of classical and pop repertoire that fit the occasion beautifully! From our perspective, the couple did a wonderful job choosing the songs to fit the parts of the ceremony.

 

Guest entrance: a selection of classical music 
Mothers entrance: Bach: Jesu joy
Processional:(bridesmaids and bride): All I want is you - U2
Signing: Halo: Beyonce
Recessional: Here Comes the Sun

Cocktail hour: combo of modern and classical including:
Fields of gold-sting
Sweet child of mine- guns and roses

I think I wanna Mary you-Bruno mars
All you need is love- Beatles
Can't help falling in love-Elvis

 

 

Décor: Warehouse 84

Florist: Bloom and Co

Photographer: Katie Nicolle Photography

Venue: Vineland Estates

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Rachel and Rohann’s wedding ceremony Saturday May 21, 2016 at Sunnybrook Estates, violin and cello duo

 

“Thank you so much for all your help and your well wishes! The music was beautiful!” Rachel, bride

 

 

Rachel and Rohann’s wedding was simply inspiring-beautiful weather, gorgeous venue, and an incredible couple!  Amazing photos are available at: http://www.gillianfoster.ca/estates-of-sunnybrook-wedding/

There is something about a spring wedding that is just so life affirming, everything is green and fresh and wonderfully bright. The ceremony took place at the McLean House of Sunnybrook estates on the morning of May 21. This is a venue that we are very familiar with, and it was great to be back.  In speaking to Rachel about the music selections, she and Rohann came up with a very interesting, and eclectic combination of songs, which fit the parts of the ceremony extremely well:


Prelude: Here Comes the Sun: The Beatles
Marry You: Bruno Mars
Sweet Child o Mine: Guns n Roses
All You Need is Love: The Beatles
Viva la Vida: Coldplay

Processional (Includes Just Groom's Parents and Groom):
Can't Help Falling in Love: Elvis

Bride song (Includes Just Bride's Parents, Flower Girl, and Bride):
Here, There, Everywhere: The Beatles

Signing: Edelweiss and In My Life: The Beatles (if time)

Recessional (After breaking the glass and "Mazel Tov!"
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Elvis/Queen

 

 

Vendors:

 

Venue: Sunnybrook Estates

Photographer: Gillian Foster

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Before the New Year arrives, I like to take a few moments to look back on the previous year, and 2016, was certainly a great year. Although 2016 is almost over, I can safely say that it was our best year yet--full of fantastic wedding and corporate performances, with fantastic violinists, violists and cellists and  great chamber music performances with the violin and cello duo, string trio and string quartet.

2016 was a year of fantastic clients (as always) and an opportunity for us to work with fantastic venues (hotels, wineries, restaurants etc) and  wedding planners and event planners.

We are extremely excited for 2017, and can't wait to see what the next year brings!

 

Warm regards,

 

Matthew Hayes, 

www.duodamore.com

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Lesley + Kevin’s wedding ceremony at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, May 29, 2015, violin and cello duo, KW/Cambridge wedding musicians

This wedding goes on record as one of the earliest that we have performed, as Kevin and Lesley were married at 8:30 in the morning! It was also very special, as it truly felt different from any other wedding. As well the venue was amazing. The ceremony took place in the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, and really should be experienced to be believed. What a great choice of venue. Now, on to our specialty—the music!

The ceremony was built around Disney music, and was exceptionally well chosen to suit the different moods and timings during the wedding.  We have a great arrangement of several Disney songs from seven or eight films, and each song flows seamlessly into each other. This is what greeted guests as they entered, and it certainly created a wonderful atmosphere for everyone. At the start of the ceremony, the wedding party walked in to (the very appropriate) A Whole New World, and the bride followed with Tale as Old as Time from Beauty and the Beast. At the end of the wedding ceremony everyone walked out to the Imperial March from Star Wars, to conclude this beautiful early morning wedding.

Disney Medley - While guests are taking their seats.

A Whole New World - For Processional (Groom & Mother, Mother of the bride & Flower Girl, Best Lady, Bridesmaid and Maid of Honour)

Tale as Old as Time - Bride & Father

Imperial March - Recessional

 

Ceremony music Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Hanna + Azhar’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, May 23, 2015, violin and cello duo, Toronto wedding musicians

This wedding took place at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, on Toronto Island, and Duo d’Amore was excited and honoured to be a part of such a beautiful day. To add to the beauty and seamlessness the event was flawlessly planned by Shealyn Angus of Bliss Events (whom we work with as often and possible). From the musical side of things, which is of course our specialty, we had the opportunity to work with the bride in choosing the music for the ceremony:

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air 

Bride: A Thousand Years

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring

Recessional: Beautiful Day

Theses selections work really well together, as the classical selections played and compared and contrasted with the more modern songs, to give the whole ceremony an air of tradition, complemented by a more modern sound. After the ceremony, the string duet gracefully switched locations to where the cocktail reception was taking place, and continued to play. Just before their departure, the bride thanked them for a great job.

 

Photo and photography credit: Lisa Mark Photographer

Ceremony music Toronto/GTA: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Pamela + Guillaume’s wedding ceremony at Chateau Montebello, May 16, 2015, violin and cello duo, Wedding musicians Ottawa

Chateau Montebello is a rustic yet high-end venue, perfect for a wedding indoors or outdoors. We have performed here many times, and it is always a treat. Pamela and Guillaume had their ceremony outdoors just in front of the gazebo. Just before the start of the ceremony, we performed a selection of pop songs (Wonderful Tonight, Top Gun Anthem, Nothing Else Matters, and Fields of Gold, which really set the mood for this wedding. As the ceremony started our musicians performed a new classic: Pachelbel canon for the bridesmaids (instead of the bride) followed by the rich sounding flowing music of A Thousand Years. We love the trend for adding pop music in wedding ceremonies, and this is such a classy way to do it! These songs really work well. For the signing of the register the violinist and cellist performed Bach’s Jesu Joy, which added a timeless feel, but injected a bit of energy and pulse which ultimately was paired nicely with the traditional wedding march to conclude the ceremony, as the couple walked out as husband and wife!  

Photographer and photo credit: Genevieve Albert 

Wedding music Quebec/Ottawa : Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Oxana + Larry’s wedding ceremony and reception at the Oban Inn, May 16, 2015, violin and cello duo, Niagara on the Lake wedding music

May 16th was such a beautiful and sunny day—perfect for an outdoor spring wedding! The ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Oban Inn in Niagara on the lake. The ceremony was held outdoors just in front of a lovely gazebo, surrounded by attractive manicured grounds. We arrived early (as always) and found a spot to park on a nearby street –and we didn’t mind the walk as we passed many stately and historic houses—some from the late 18th century! We immediately said hello to Meagan from Weddings Tied with Lace  (we always enjoy working with her) and setup our stands and the staff brought us two chairs. Soon enough, the guests began to arrive, and we started to play some light prelude music to help set the mood. When the officiant and groomsmen were at the front of the “aisle” signaling that the bridesmaids were in position, we started off the ceremony with a beautiful rendition of Pachelbel’s Canon. When all the bridesmaids have commenced their walk, we expertly switched to Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love for the bridal processional. For the signing of the register the violinist and cellist changed back to classical music, with Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, and ended the ceremony triumphantly with a fun version of Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. Just following the bride and Grooms exit, we continued to play for a few minutes, escorting the guests out of their seats with more music. At this point the guests made their way indoors for a cocktail reception, and we continued to perform for this portion of the day, all the way through dinner. We received many compliments, and were glad to participate in such  a beautiful wedding day!

Bridesmaids: Pachelbel Canon

Bride: Can’t Help Falling in Love

Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Recessional: Beatles: Here Comes the Sun

Photo Credit: Oban Inn

 

Wedding music Niagara NOTL: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Sheri and Stephen’s wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at Vineland Estates Winery, May 8 2015, solo violinist, Niagara Winery wedding music

This wedding was a surprise in many ways. What happens when you invite 20 of your best friends to a winery on a Friday afternoon? You have a surprise wedding, of course. That’s exactly what happened! For Duo d’Amore’s solo violinist there were other surprises, as the bride left all the music choices up to us as another surprise. Suffice it is say that w were surprised as well. The whole day was beautiful, with beautiful weather, a beautiful ceremony and of course, beautiful wedding music.  A special mention goes out to the wedding planner Megan at Weddings Tied with Lace, a she did a great job of coordination and planning, and also Vineland Estates Winery!

 

This wedding was featured in Elegant Wedding Magazine here.

Photography and Photo credit: Livi Shaw Photography

Wedding music Niagara: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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