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Hamilton Burlington Ancaster Wedding Music

Highlighting Duo d'Amore's live classical and pop string performances at wedding ceremonies and cocktail and dinner receptions in Hamilton and surrounding areas including Ancaster, Brantford, Burlington, Dundas, Puslinch, Stoney Creek, Waterdown. We perform indoors and outdoors in venues ranging from hotels, golf courses, churches, cathedrals, chapels, inns, restaurants, gazebos, parks, gardens, historic sites, museums, backyards, ballrooms, wineries, waterfront, beaches, waterfalls and community and banquet halls. A full range of string ensembles: solo violinists and cello players, string duos, string trios and string quartets.

It was so nice dealing with Natalie and Martin regarding their ceremony music, as they asked for only one song in particular: Pachelbel’s Canon as the bride walked down the aisle. For the rest of the music, including the as guests were arriving, during the ceremony and during the exit, this was all left up to us. It is nice when clients trust us to choose music. This is not done often, but it is one of the best ways of having a surprise at your wedding and is recommended. I should also mention that each time we perform at Liuna Station, we are amazed that a building like this exists and is used for weddings and events. It is truly stunning, and resembles an ornate (but smaller) Union Station in Toronto.

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

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Romance is the word that best describes everything about this wedding. The Church was absolutely gorgeous, and a joy to perform in. Built in1857 in the Gothic Revival style it is reported to be an important piece of Ontario architectural history.

To help with the music choices for the ceremony, I sent our clients Duo d’Amore’s Guide to Wedding Ceremony Music Selections, and Sample Programs (you can find these on the Samples page of www.duodamore.com) and they chose the Romantic package showcasing songs that fit together  and sound amazing when performed by our string duo of violin and cello.

Processional: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Massenet: Meditation from Thais

Recessional: Mendelsohn Wedding March

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

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If I were to describe Andrew and Jamie’s wedding ceremony using just a few words, I would say that it was modern with a classic touch. As the wedding was held outdoors, near the gurgling stream running and cascading through the limestone bedrock, and the weather was perfect—so was the venue. When we, Duo d’Amore, arrived we were greeted by the staff at Ancaster Old Mill (who always do a great job and are very well organized) as well as Reverend McNally. In our decades of experience, Revered McNally is one of those people that once you meet him, you will never forget him. He is so warm, open, funny, awhile at the same time, he really cares for each couple that he marries, and he’s been marrying couples for over 50 years.

As the guests were arriving, we began to perform a number of selections for our classical repertoire. At the appropriate time we received a cue from the venue’s staff, and proceeded to start playing the music for the four bridesmaids. A note on that—getting back to how I described the ceremony as modern with a classic touch, while the venue was certainly classic, the music selections that the couple made and were performed at the ceremony was a blending of both of these elements, as we performed the following arrangements for violin and cello duo:

Bridesmaids: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
Bride: “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
Signing of the Register: “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles
                                                  “Air” by Bach
Recessional: “Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve

It is important to note that we played two songs for the signing, and here’s why: As the signing is typically the quietest part of the ceremony, wedged in between the ceremonial, and often emotional Brides walk down the aisle, and the celebratory recessional, it is a perfect place to highlight familiar and contemporary song choice such as the Beatles, but it is also a great opportunity to include music for a bit of reflection. We would like to congratulate Jamie and Andrew on their beautiful wedding at the Old Mill.

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We take a lot of pride and care in each event and each performance to make sure things go as planned. Having performed at the Ancaster Mill in the past, we were able to park and setup very quickly so we could start to play for the guest’s arrival. During the ceremony guests were treated to great and eclectic selections by Elvis, Eric Clapton, the Beatles, J.S. Bach and The Verve.

Bridal party - Can't Help Falling in Love-Elvis

Bride - Wonderful Tonight-Eric Clapton

Signing - Here Comes The Sun and Bach Air

Recessional - Bittersweet Symphony-The Verve

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

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Thank you letter from Rob and Christin, wedding May 11 2013

Dear Duo d’Amore,

Thank you so much for playing such beautiful music, and creating the perfect ceremony.

I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Thanks again,

Rob & Christin

Venue: Casablanca Winery Inn, Grimsby ON
Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, trios and string quartets

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