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Kristina and Dean’s wedding ceremony at The Beach House, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Victoria BC

“Thank you! Your musicians were wonderful, and we are grateful that they could work in a composition of You Hand in Mine which was beautiful, and exactly how we pictured Kristina's walk down the aisle. Take care, and thanks again!” Dean & Kristina, bride and groom

This Victoria BC wedding combined classical elegance with a custom modern arrangement, and a fun upbeat recessional, for an amazing combined effect. Our violinist and cellist had a lot of fun performing these musical selections at The Beach House, and that really came through in the performance, as it created a great vibe, hovering between traditional classical music, and an unexpected modern twist, something that, not to brag, but we are very good at!

It was a true pleasure for Duo d’Amore to perform, and we look forward to returning to this beautiful location in the future. Our congratulations to the bride and groom, as well!

Bridesmaid processional: Bach - Air on the G String

Bridal processional: Exposions in the Sky - Your Hand in Mine

Signing:  Bach - Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional: Beatles - Here Comes the Sun

Photographer and photo credit: Jen Steele

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

 

 

 

 

 

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How to choose wedding music: the recessional

Well, we’ve reached the last major point in the ceremony for amazing music: as the bride and groom walk down the aisle as husband and wife. What could be more exciting? The music for this portion is often the most upbeat, loud and fast of the whole ceremony, and many couples find that along with the processional, it is easy to choose recessional music. Plus the recessional songs great with one of our string ensembles! If you are getting married in a cathedral or with the Catholic Church, there are lots of alternative classical pieces to choose from, not to mention great more common songs like Handel: Rejouissance form the Royal Fireworks (which we LOVE to perform) and Mouret Rondeau, for example. If you want to be more on trend, we have a great selection of pop music recessional music such as Viva la Vida, which is becoming almost traditional, to the Beach Boys Crazy Little Thing Called Love and even November Rain by Metallica, and many, many more options. 

 

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Lauren and Abim’s  wedding ceremony and reception at the Ancaster Mill, May 11, 2014, violin & cello duo, Ancaster ON

This was our first weekend in 2014 where we performed at outdoor wedding ceremonies, and the weather could not have been better! Many guests at the ceremony echoed this, and the officiant even mentioned this at the start of the ceremony. Lauren and Abim’s wedding was really wonderful, and interesting as well, as it combined very interesting Thai tradition that I’ll get to in a moment. For the music the couple requested upbeat pop songs for the prelude and we performed a number of selections including Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. During the ceremony they requested Here comes the sun for the maid of honor and the bride, Henry Mancini’s Moon River, and Brian Williams’ God only knows for the recessional. These songs worked exceptionally well. In the middle of the ceremony, the couple who met in Thailand, added two Thai elements to their ceremony involving both bracelets and a conch shell with holy water (extracted from the wedding program):

Rod Nam Ceremony: In traditional Thai weddings, an elder will take a conch shell filled with blessed water and pour it over the hands of the bride and groom to bestow luck and good fortune upon them. The ceremony is called Rod Nam Sang as ‘rod nam’ means soak with water and ‘sang’ means shell.

Sai Sin Ceremony: In traditional Thai ceremonies, relatives tie blessed string bracelets on the wrists of the bride and groom wishing them luck. These bracelets are to be kept on for at least three days.

Both of these were interesting to watch and learn about, and I can see these traditions being used in weddings in the future.

As the guests crossed over the bride following the ceremony, we were escorted into the 1812 room of the Ancaster Mill where the cocktail reception was supposed to take place. As the weather was so nice, all of the guests were on the outdoor patio, so we decided to setup there and perform for the cocktail hour. We received many compliments, and the bride and groom really appreciated the music we performed. What a beautiful day!

Officiant: Al Harder, Kettle Creek Weddings

Photographer: Old Mill Studios

Hamilton/Burlington wedding ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Duo d’Amore received a wonderful review from Melody and Kevin, after our string trio’s performance at their wedding ceremony on March 30, 2014 at the Eglinton Grand in Toronto:

“Matthew was always responsive to my emails and always open to suggesting music for my wedding when I wasn't sure what to select. His team played flawlessly and the transitions from song to song were very smooth. Thank you for creating a beautiful atmosphere for my wedding!”

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

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Our string duo performed at this wedding at the Enjoy Centre in St Albert. Rather than recap the events, I will let the review speak for itself:

“We hired Duo d'Amore for our wedding ceremony and we could not be more pleased. We asked them to come 30 minutes early instead of 15 and they were happy to accomodate us. They were also able to play all of the songs we requested for the ceremony and did so beautifully! I teared up when I heard them start playing "Sunrise, Sunset." Thank you Duo d'Amore for making our wedding ceremony so special! We give them our highest recommendation and definitely suggest you book them for your wedding ceremony if you're looking for live music.” D&B

Processional - A Time for Us - Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Bride walks down the aisle - Sunrise, Sunset - Fiddler on the Roof

Recessional - All you Need is Love - The Beatles

Wedding ceremony music Edmonton/St Albert AB: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Danielle and Ryan’s wedding ceremony at the Grand Olympia, February 16, 2014, string trio, Stoney Creek, ON

Our string trio of two violins and cello performed at this wedding held in the Stoney Creek Room of the Grand Olympia in Stoney Creek. The setup of the room was particularly elegant, with the venue obviously thinking a great deal about how to make use of the features of the room. As the space was long and narrow, there was a perfect opportunity to create an aisle for the bridesmaids and the bride to walk down. For the processional we performed the wedding classic Pachelbel canon. For the signing we moved into a more modern song, Today by the Smashing Pumpkins. Originally the bride and groom had also selected a classical piece to be performed if the signing went overtime, but the smashing pumpkins song was the perfect length and ended at just the right moment. The recessional, when the bride and groom walked down the aisle at the end of the ceremony was Don't Stop Believing by Journey, and as it was upbeat, lively and fun, was a great finale to the wedding ceremony.

Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Signing: Today by Smashing Pumpkins
Recessional: Don't Stop Believing by Journey

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

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Lija and Eddie’s wedding ceremony at Liuna Station, violin and cello duo, February 1, 2014, Hamilton ON

We love performing at Liuna station. This heritage building has a huge foyer and it’s a perfect venue for a wedding ceremony and reception, but also for the music, as the sounds fills the room. Eddie and Lija chose an excellent grouping of music for their ceremony. A highlight for us was the sand ceremony, as when we have seen these take place in the past, there are usually two people (typically the bride and groom or mothers for example) hat tip two vessels of sand into a single vessel. This symbolizes the strength of the couples bond and relationship, and it would be as difficult to separate these grains of sand, as it would be for the couple to separate. It’s really beautiful and powerful symbolism. What made this part of their ceremony different is that have a group of ten participating in it, which made it extra special.

Prelude: musicians choice

Bridal party procession  - Bach-Gounod Ava Maria

Bridal procession – Pachelbel Canon in D

Sand ceremony - Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Signing – Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional – Mouret Rondeau

Guests mingle/make their way to cocktail hour area – musicians choice

 

Photo source: Banquet Halls Ontario

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

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Jaclyn and Damien’s wedding ceremony at the White Oaks Resort and Spa, violin and cello duo, January 25, 2014, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

What a beautiful wedding! The weather was very cold and snowy on the morning of January 25th, but the short drive to the White Oaks Resort was beautiful. When we arrived at the venue and setup, we introduced ourselves to he groom, and had a quick chat with the officiant and the Jacquie, the coordinator at the hotel, before setting up in the Grand Event Foyer Room. This room was huge, and setup for about 200 guests. As the guests were arriving we performed a mix of classical with a few light popular songs thrown in to the mix. For the stat of the ceremony we performed a beautiful rendition of A Thousand Years by Christina Perri for both the bridesmaids and the bride, and the sound filled the room, and I could tell by the silence of the guests that and the glint in Jackyln’s eye as she stood at the front that it was enjoyed by all. For the singing of the register, we performed two songs—the theme from Game of Thrones and Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton, one of the couple’s favorite songs, which worked very well during this portion of the ceremony. It is often nice to have a bolder song to start the signing of the register with and switch to something that is a bit softer, and this was certainly the case at this wedding ceremony. For the grand finale, the couple walked down the aisle to Marry You by Bruno Mars. As we were packing up, a number of guests went out of their way to speak with us, telling us how much they enjoyed our performance. Thank you to great clients and everyone at the venue for such a beautiful experience—everyone had an amazing time.

Wedding Venue/planner: Jacquie Conte, White Oaks Resort and Spa

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

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Karine and Sean’s cocktail and dinner reception in the Quebec Suite of the Chateau Laurier, violin and cello duo, November 30, 2013, Ottawa ON

This was a wonderful event, and it’s always nice to perform for receptions such as theses especially around the holiday as there is so much excitement in the air. We performed a mix of classical music for the cocktail reception, and transitioned to more modern music for the dinner reception. We also had the honor of performing a great versin of Sweet Child of Mine for the first dance! Congratulations!

Photo Source: www.fairmont.com

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Our string ensemble has performed at the Cambridge Mill for many years, but it was our first time performing in the brand new chapel, which is beautiful. The music the clients selected for the ceremony was an all classical program, combining traditional wedding music, with a slight twist at the end that everyone enjoyed. Before the ceremony stated our violinist and cellist performed a mixture of light classical music for the guest seating. With the start of the ceremony, the first piece performed was Bach’s Air on the G string as the bridal party walked up the aisle. This is an excellent choice for the bridesmaids, as the music is well known, as well as light and flowing. The bridal processional was the even more famous Pachelbel Canon in D, and we were happy to perform it as the bride walked up the aisle. Then came the exchange of rings, vows of the ceremony and the kiss. To make the marriage official, the couple signed the register and we performed another piece by Bach called Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring. Like the bridesmaids music, this piece also has a very nice flow to it. As well it is quite long, but always interesting which makes it a great choice for the signing. The recessional was Vivaldi’s Spring from the Four Seasons, which is always a delight, but especially in October, and even more so for a wedding ceremony as it symbolizes the couple’s rebirth of love for one another through marriage.

Processional - Bridal Party : Bach: Air

Processional - Bride : Pachelbel Canon in D Minor

Signing : Bach: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring 

Recessional : Vivaldi: Four Seasons Spring

Events Coordinator: Deanna Forder at the Cambridge Mill

Wedding Ceremony String Music Cambridge: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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 Thank you—Duo d’Amore was wonderful! Thank you so much for everything. We will definitely be referring you. Christine and Hamza, bride and groom

It was an absolute pleasure working on the music for this wedding with these two great clients, and the wedding ceremony was the picture of elegance and refinement. The ceremony was held at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. One of the requests that the clients made was for our violinist and cellist to perform the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria at some point and we decided to play it alongside other classical musical selections as guests were arriving at the venue and taking their seats before the start of the ceremony. For the processional we performed Pachelbel Canon. I have written quite al lot about this song on the blog and how much we enjoy performing it as it is the perfect signal to the guests that something extraordinary is taking place—when this song starts everyone knows the wedding has begun and to watch as the bride walks down the aisle. The signing music was Bach’s Arioso, certainly on of our favorites and worked very well during the signing of the register. The couple selected Handel’s Hornpipe II for the recessional, and strains of that were heard as the bride and groom exited the church, amidst clapping and cheering.

Wedding ceremony musicians Ottawa: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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This was our first time performing at St Joseph’s Church in Hamilton, and it was a fantastic experience. The church is located in the trendy Locke St., with its interesting shops and great restaurants. Something that made this wedding additionally special for us and of course the guests and bride and groom is that we were able to work with the organist, Stillman Matheson to make the music for the ceremony really stand out. For the ceremony we performed out beautiful list of Romantic Selection that the clients chose from the Guide to Wedding music and Sample programs that we have on our website. Many couples have found it a helpful resource to use when choosing wedding ceremony music, and I’m glad it helped our clients. The program for the wedding ceremony was:

Bridesmaids Processional Bach air on the G string

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria

Recessional: Mendelsohn Wedding March

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Kasandra and Robert’s wedding ceremony at the Carriage House Inn, October 5, 2013, Calgary AB

Kasandra and Rob were married at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary, and our string duo performed a great grouping of songs at their ceremony. Before the ceremony started we performed a number of songs including two that the clients had requested: Secrets by One Republic and Stereo Heats by Gym Class Hero. As the groom entered, the grooms mother and father, the brides mother and brother, another brother and his wife and maid of honor and the flower girl our string musicians performed Bittersweet symphony, and transitioned to I Think I Wanna Marry You by Bruno Mars. For the signing of the marriage license we played Can’t Help falling in Love, and we also had a backup song in case it went a bit longer than expected. The song that the bride and groom chose was I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz. For the recessional we performed the fantastic and upbeat Viva la Vida.

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

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Katherine and Daniel’s wedding ceremony at Whistle Bear Golf Course, September 28, 2013, violin & cello duo, Cambridge ON

This wedding had everything going for it: a beautiful couple, a wonderful ceremony at Whistle Bear Golf and Country Club, great weather at the end of September, and of course amazing live music from the Duo d’Amore’s violinist and cellist.

The ceremony music was a particular highlight of this wedding, and the couple chose the ceremony music very well. While the signing and the brides processional were both classical selections, the re was also a modern element to the ceremony as well, s both the music for the bridal party and the recessional were pop hits. This added a nice touch, and blended everything together nicely. We could not have asked for a better day!

Processional bridal party: Theme Song from Up

Processional bride: Pachelbel Canon in D 

Signing: Bach Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake)  

Recessional: Counting Crows: Accidentally in Love

Photo Source: A Million Words Photography

Wedding string ensemble Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Cheryl and Luciano’s wedding ceremony at Humber Valley United Church, violin and cello duo, September 21, 2013, Toronto ON

This wedding ceremony was a great bringing together of two people, and interesting time for us, as our violinist and cellist were able to share part of the day’s performance with one of the bridesmaids. We started performing as guests were being seated, and played the beautiful Jesu Joy by Bach as the bridesmaids entered and lined up at the front of the Church,. For the bride our string ensemble played Pachelbel Canon in D. During the signing one of the bridesmaids sang a beautiful rendition of The Prayer, and we serenaded everyone out of the church with Handel’s La Rejouissance. As well the ceremony was beautifully officiated by Roxanna from Love Fete Weddings and Events.

Pre-Ceremony/Groom/Groomsmen entry: Prelude music
Bridesmaids Entry: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Bride Entry: Canon in D (Pachabel)
License Signing: The Prayer, sung by Belinda (bridesmaid)
Recessional: La Rejoussance (Handel)

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

Officiant: Roxanna Duncan: Love Fete Weddings and Events

Photo Source: http://www.hvuc.ca

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 “The musicians at the ceremony were fantastic yesterday. We received so many compliments! Thank you for making the day extra special.” Danielle, bride.

This ceremony combined classical elegance with modern sensibilities, to create a new hybrid that guests loved! After the guests were seated, the first music that stared the wedding off was Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring by Bach, which we performed as the mothers were escorted and seated. We then performed the romantic and rich Ave Maria, which itself is a hybrid version by both JS Bach and the French composer Charles Gounod who added the top part (played first by the cello) centuries after Bach composed his part. The classical and exceptional Pachelbel canon was played for the bride, and as I have said before—there is a reason why this is performed at so many weddings—it works so well, and guarantees a smooth and beautiful ending as the bride reaches the front of the aisle at the Church. The signing switched gears to Etta James’ At Last, with the ceremony ending to the upbeat Bittersweet Symphony.

Parents coming down the aisle: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)

Bridesmaids processional: Gounod Ave Maria (Bach)

Bride's processional: Pachelbel's Canon in D 

Registry signing: At Last (Etta James)

Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

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

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This wedding ceremony in Barrie shows off the great variety of wedding music that we perform. It is also a great example of how to have a classic and classy wedding ceremony, but injecting some modern spirit and feel to the entire day.

This is one of the first weddings that our string players have ben apart of where the prelude as the guests arrived was totally popular music, and the ceremony was totally classical music. And the best part? It worked perfectly, and there were many compliments about the music.

We love performing at weddings like this, and are always happy to help brides and grooms with the music selections to make sure that the songs as well as the flow of songs, the order and the ensemble fits in perfectly with what they a have planned.

Prelude

All I Want is You-Bono/U2

Halo-Beyonce

I Think I wanna Marry You-Bruno Mars

Bittersweet Symphony-The Verve

Lucky-Jason Mraz

Viva la Vida-Coldplay

Today-Smashing Pumpkins

Don’t Stop Believin’-Journey

Pumped Up Kicks-Foster the People

Ceremony:

Processional for bridesmaides: Bach Air on the G String

Processional for Bride: Pachabel Canon in D

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

 

Wedding ceremony musicians and event entertainment Toronto/Barrie: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Nicole and Michael’s wedding ceremony at The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, violin and cello duo, September 14, 2013, Ottawa ON

Our violinist and cellist performed for an indoor wedding ceremony at the Royal Ottawa Golf and Country Club on September 14th, 2013. The clients trusted us to pick the music selections for the ceremony, which is a nice touch, as it provides them with the knowledge that we will select from our favorite wedding music, and that everyone will enjoy a great performance. That is exactly how things went, and it was a beautiful wedding ceremony. Thanks as well to the great photo taken by Jamie Kronick.

Photo Source: Byfield Pitman Photography

Wedding Venue: Royal Ottawa Golf Club

Wedding ceremony musicians Ottawa: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Guylaine and Tyler’s wedding ceremony at Le Belvedere, violin and cello duo, September 13, 2013, Wakefield QC

Thanks for the services during our ceremony, it was perfect! Tyler, groom

 

This is a great venue and a wonderful place to hold a wedding ceremony! It also helps when we work with such great clients. Everything at this wedding was exceptional, and we are happy to have provided the music for such a special occasion. As guests were arriving and being seated, the clients specifically requested us to perform Trumpet Voluntary, which we did, alongside a selection of classical music, chosen to suit the mood and volume level of the guests. Even though the ceremony has not started yet, we like to take advantage of the fact that people are in a celebratory mood and select music that has a combination of softness, so that people can still chat and say hi to one another, and more upbeat music, too add to the celebratory and excitement in the air. For the bridesmaids our violinist and cellist performed the famous Air on the G string by Bach, taken from his third orchestral suite. When we received the cue that the bride was ready we started to perform Pachelbel Canon. The cello has the first few seconds of music, then it is joined by the violin. One of the great things that makes this piece of music so popular is that because it is a canon (or round), and the cello repeats the same line for the most part, we can end it at the exact moment the bride gets to the front of the aisle, for a seamless and harmonious finale to the start of the ceremony. As the couple signed the marriage license, our musicians performed the beautiful and flowing unchained melody, which as it is played on the violin and cello sounds a bit like a classical piece of music, but everyone that knows this song will recognize it instantly. Adding even more to the fun and excitement and modern quality of the wedding, we performed Bittersweet Symphony as the couple exited the ceremony. What a beautiful Day!

Prelude: Musician’s choice including Clarke Trumpet Voluntary

Brides maids and flower girls/ring bearer: Bach Air on the G string
Bride - Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Unchained Melody

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

As guests exit: Bittersweet Symphony

Ceremony venue and photo source: Le Belvedere, Wakefield QC

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

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Hannah and Aaron’s wedding ceremony and reception at Bellemere Winery, violin and cello duo, September 7, 2013, London ON

This was a beautiful wedding ceremony with elegance and refinement but with a healthy dose of fun, excitement and surprises. Prior to the start of the ceremony we performed a selection of light classical music to go with the ambiance and flow of the guests chatting and taking their seats. During the ceremony, the bride and groom only made a couple of requests—that we perform the theme song to Game of Thrones, and Bittersweet Symphony for the recessional. The rest (the signing) was up to us. After the recessional, we were also hired to perform at the cocktail reception following the ceremony, and for this portion we played much more upbeat music from our list of over 100 pop and modern songs.

Photographer and Photo credit: one12photo

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

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