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Toronto and GTA Wedding Music

Highlighting Duo d'Amore's live classical and pop string performances at wedding ceremonies, cocktail and dinner receptions in Toronto, the GTA and Vaughan, Woodbridge, Orangeville, Mississauga, Markham, Caledon, Milton, Richmond Hill, Stouffville and surrounding areas. We perform indoors and outdoors in venues ranging from hotels, golf courses, churches, cathedrals, conference centres, chapels, inns, restaurants, gazebos, lodges, terraces, parks, gardens, historic sites, museums, backyards, ballrooms, beaches, and community and banquet halls. A full range of string ensembles: solo violin and cello players, string duos, string trios and string quartets.

 

Kayla and Andrew’s wedding ceremony at Walton Memorial United Church, May 18, 2014, violin and cello duo, Oakville ON

 

Spring is one of my favorite seasons, May in particular. Even nicer than all the flowers, the green grass, the birds singing, is a spring wedding ceremony, in a church on a warm day. There is just so much promise and excitement in a spring ceremony, and we are always happy to perform. Kayla and Andrew chose quite traditional music, which we always like as it just fits so perfectly. I particularly enjoy the combination of Bach Air with Pachelbel Canon, as the Bach Air has such a smoothness to the sound, which Pachelbel Canon is much more contrasting, and almost bursts forth with energy. The signing is paced slightly slower, as this gives the guests a chance to think about the couples marriage (and snap a few photos in some cases) while the bride and groom sign the marriage documents. Bach’s Jesu Joy is perfect for this as well. Lastly, as the couple is introduced for the first time, what is more appropriate than the Mendelssohn wedding March in a church, in May?

 

Bridesmaids: Bach Air

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy

Recessional: Mendelssohn wedding March

 

Photographer and photo credit: Love you Madly

Wedding planner: Melissa Laphen from Great Events by Melissa

Venue: Walton Memorial United Church

 

Wedding ceremony musicians Oakville: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

 

 

 

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Amy and Matthew’s wedding ceremony at St John’s United Church, May 18, 2014, violin and cello duo, Oakville ON

 

Where do I start with the wedding? There are some ceremonies where there is one thing that stands out—perhaps the bride has an amazing dress, something funny or unexpected happens at the ceremony, the music is particularly beautiful, or the officiant does an especially fine job. This wedding, just it all the right notes, and the ceremony was at once beautiful and traditional, while at the same time had an unexpected twist that was lovely and special.  When I first spoke with Amy, the bride, she knew that she wanted to walk down the aisle to Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in love, and were happy to oblige, as it is a beautiful song, and very well suited to the processional. As sometimes churches have issues with more modern music being performed during wedding ceremonies, I was glad to hear that the Church had no such issues, and we were given the go ahead to perform this song. Prior to the bridal processional, our string duo performed Bach’s Jesu Joy, which is a traditional song for weddings. I always like the bridal processional to be a bit more showy and elevated than the preceding song, as after all the processional is the brides moment, and the music should really reflect that. In this case the song was a perfect contrast. The signing music moved back to the classical spectrum with the wonderful and ‘cooling” Largo from the Four seasons by Vivaldi. The plucked strings of the cello are sound like a snowfall, while the violin part soars above, for a stunning effect. As the couple triumphantly walked down the aisle at St John’s United Church, we finished off the ceremony music with Handel’s second hornpipe from the Water music.

 

Bridesmaids: Bach Jesu Joy

Bride: Elvis: Can't Help Falling in Love

Signing: Vivaldi: Largo from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Handel: Hornpipe II from the Water Music

 

 

Wedding string musicians Oakville: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

 

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Sharlyn and Jonathan’s wedding ceremony at the Liberty Grand, May 10, 2014, violin and cello duo Toronto ON

You were wonderful thank you! Perfect timing on everything. Great arrangements. Thanks for Working with us and thank you for the well wishes!”
Sharlyn and Jon

We had a great time working with this couple to make sure there wedding music was spectacular, and it is always great to get nice feedback. Planning the music selections for Sharlyn and Jonathan’s wedding at the Liberty Grand was very straightforward, as the clients sent a list of what they wanted, and each song they had chosen for the wedding ceremony perfectly. Beyonce’s Halo is quite busy, as there are lots of sixteenth notes for the cellist to play, but there is also a serene quality to it, which makes it a fantastic for the bridesmaids to walk to, but it won’t overpower the bridal processional of Coldplay’s us against the world. When the couple signed the wedding register, the string trio performed Nothing Else Matters by Metallica, and we finished of with a really fun and upbeat Jump by Van Halen!

 

Bridesmaids: Halo-Beyonce

Processional: Us against the World-Coldplay

Signing: Nothing Else Matters-Metallica

Recessional: Jump-Van Halen

 

Wedding ceremony musicians Toronto: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

 

 

 

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Carolyn and Peter’s wedding ceremony at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, solo violinist, May 3, 2014, Toronto ON

The bride and groom were married in the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, founded in 1849 as a school for Irish immigrants, many of them fleeing the great famine in Ireland-the the theme of a new and happier life runs through the very foundation of the building. First for immigrants seeking educations, and now for brides and grooms looking for anew life together! The prelude started with light classical music, with our violinist performing Vivaldi’s Spring from the four seasons as a highlight among other pieces. At the start of the ceremony, the bridesmaids walked in to the stately Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum, and the violin player seamlessly switched to the Wagner Bridal March, as the bride processed down the aisle, up to the front. For the signing oft the marriage license, Bach’s Wachet Auf was played, and this is always a nice choice for the signing, as it flows very well, but does not overshadow anything. As the couple was first presented as man and wife, Handel’s loud, fast and exciting music from the royal fireworks, a hornpipe dance was expertly performed to a happy audience.

 

Bridesmaids Processional - Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum

Bride: Wagner: Bridal March

Signing: Bach: Wachet Auf

Recessional: Handel:  Hornpipe from the Royal Fireworks

 

Photographer and photo credit: Pure Aperture 

Wedding ceremony musicians Toronto: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

 

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We love performing at Casa Loma, especially when the grandeur of the venue matched the classic and timeless quality of classical music. Sarah and Anthony chose a great selection of songs that fit well together, and were also somewhat out of the ordinary, and Sarah had Schubert’s Ave Maris for her walk down the aisle. This was something new for us and likely many of the guests in attendance. Ave Maria is normally performed during the signing of the register, but as they asked us to choose for a “wedding surprise” it was used for the bridal processional. This is quite a refreshing change, and it is amazing how the rearrangement of songs alters the perception of the piece. This was a great idea and one that we would recommend, for the processional, signing or any part of the wedding ceremony. The ceremony concluded with the strong and bright fanfare of Mendelsohn’s wedding March. What a grand day!

Bridesmaids: Pachelbel’s: Canon in D
Bridal processional: Schubert Ave Maria

Signing: surprise selection by the musicians

Recessional:  Mendelssohn: Wedding March from a Midsummers Nights Dream                  

Wedding planner: Michelle Garber, fabfete

Wedding ceremony music Toronto/GTA: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo

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