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Nicole + Michael wedding ceremony at Caffino restaurant, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto

This was beautiful, sunny day—just look at the wonderful light coming in through the windows, skillfully captured by Toronto photographer Justin Lucarelli, at Caffino restaurant.

All I can say about this wedding is Wow! Our violinist and cellist started to perform as the guests were arriving, giving them a few minutes to chat before creating a refined yet contemporary mood by performing interesting pop songs like Here Comes the Sun, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen as well as Can’t Help falling in Love, among others.

For the processional, the ceremony took a classical turn, as Pachelbel Canon was performed. During the signing, Bach’s Jesu Joy was performed, which is one of our favorite pieces for this portion of the ceremony. As signings can last 5-8 minutes (and this one was shorter than 8 minutes) Jesu Joy works perfectly—it does not stand our like some louder and more forceful pieces, rather it bubbles away like a pure mountain stream, and keeps the guests entertained. Just after the couple was introduced as husband and wife, amid clapping and cheering, we launched into the ever-popular Mendelsohn Wedding March.

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Patricia and Tuomas’s wedding ceremony at the Old Mill Toronto, May 31, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto ON

Patricia and Tuomas had an intimate wedding ceremony at the beautiful chapel of the Old Mill in Toronto. When they first contacted Duo d’Amore, they were interested in having ceremony music that was part modern, part classical, and elegant but also upbeat. With a gust list of around 75 people, they decided on having the violin and cello duo, which is an excellent choice as the duo doe not overpower the room (as the Chapel is on the small side) but rather fills the space with a warm, vibrant sound. All the wood in the room helps to achieve this. For their wedding ceremony selections, following the prelude (where we performed a mix of popular music and classical music) we started the ceremony with an incredibly elegant but flowing piece of music: Bach Jesu Joy. While this is a relatively traditional piece of music, it just moves along with a great beat that gets everyone n the mood for a lovely ceremony. Following that was the Brides entrance where we performed A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. We love the juxtaposition of Modern music with classical, and Patricia was glad to be able to hear both of our music samples of these pieces. Following the vows was the signing of the register where we performed Bach-Gounoud’s Ave Maria. This version brings wonderful romantic warmth, as both the violin and cello have solo moments where each instrument has the melody, and it’s a spectacular arrangement, and well suited to the signing of the register. For the exciting and upbeat recessional music, our string players performed Here Comes the Sun and as the guest s exited the chapel, All You Need is Love, among other selections.

 

Processional (bridesmaid's/parents)-Bach Jesu Joy

Processional (bride) - A Thousand Years

Signing -  Ave Maria

Recessional - Here Comes the Sun 

Guests leaving -a few louder, upbeat pop songs, including All You Need is Love

 

Photo and Photographer Credit: Olive Studio

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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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The prelude takes place about 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the wedding ceremony. Though music is not the focus of the prelude is can really help set the mood for the ceremony and make the guests feel welcome as they enter and are seated. It also provides a wonderful cue for the guests to take their seats, notifying them that the wedding ceremony is about to start. The music for the prelude is often chosen by Duo d’Amore, as it is not really the focus in the same way that the processional music is. That being said, some clients have let us know a few songs that they like and we can easily incorporate these into the prelude. Depending on the mood that the bride and groom want to create (see the previous blog for more information) the prelude can range from music that is soft and welcoming, with predominantly classical music selections, to upbeat and bright with pop music. Other times clients want a mix of both, and that option is increasingly popular. However, most clients leave the actual selections up to Duo d’Amore, as we really enjoy selecting interesting music to play—sometimes the music can be quite loud (if there is a room full of people, for instance) or soft and intimate. An important thing about the prelude is the timing—for years we started playing for a full 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, but we have since changed this to a 15 minute time frame, and many guests appreciate this, as it give people a few minutes to chat amongst themselves prior to the wedding. It also provides a nice cue for people to take their seats as we begin to play.

I am always wiling and eager to help my clients, and they can call or email me anytime. www.duodamore.com

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Ryan and Nilusha’s wedding ceremony at the Ancaster Mill, 1812 Room, April 19, 2014, violin and cello duo, Ancaster ON

Our string ensemble performs regularly at the Ancaster Mill, but this wedding was one of the most unique events that we have performed at the Mill. Ryan and Nilusha had their ceremony in the 1812 room, which, when you enter the Mill, is downstairs. This was our first time playing in the room, and it is both beautiful with the dark wood and fireplace, as well as the original artifacts from the mill presented in a glass display. Rooms that have some wood in them are great for carrying and enhancing the sound of string instruments and this really helped create a beautiful ambiance and purity of the violin and cello tone.

Ryan and Nilusha were interested in having a number of pop songs from our Modern repertoire throughout their ceremony, and we worked on creating the playlist below. Their ceremony was also interesting, as they combined traditional western traditions with beautiful Indian traditions for a truly memorable and wonderful ceremony.

Bridesmaids Processional: Cohen: Hallelujah

Bride Processional: Elvis: Can’t Help Falling in Love

Signing: Beatles: All you Need Is Love and Perri: A Thousand Years

Recessional: Coldplay: Viva la Vida

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Despite the fact that more and more people are choosing to add pop music to their wedding ceremony for a modern feel (which we love!) I was thinking about the untapped possibilities of non-traditional classical music as part of the wedding ceremony. There are so many amazing pieces that run the gamut from romantic soaring melodies, catchy upbeat tunes to more quiet dignified music that can add an incredible degree of interest and personalization to your ceremony. Maybe music that guest and you have never even heard before, but something that just fits perfectly with what you have planned. This is one of the things that I, Matthew the owner and violinist of Duo d’Amore excel at. Why? Because If a classical music nerd, an audiophile and a fantastic resource. I love nothing more than to have an in-depth conversation with clients about the style and mood they are trying to create for their wedding or event, and then coming up with an incredible, interesting and above all exciting playlist.

Please call or email me, and let me know how I can work hard to make your wedding even more memorable, more tailored to what you want, and the mood that you want to create then you ever imagined.

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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

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Jennifer and Richard’s wedding ceremony, December 21, 2013, violin and cello duo at Strathmere Inn, North Gower ON

“Great music provided for our wedding ceremony, thank you! Jennifer, bride

Although summer weddings are beautiful, it is always nice to perform at a winter wedding ceremony at Strathmere Inn. This was made even more special and classic by the classical music selections the couple chose for their ceremony. Starting with the maid of honor and flower girls and continuing on to the bridal entrance, the duo performed Pachelbel’s Canon in D. The signing was many people’s top choice: Bach-Gounod’s Ave Maria, and was followed by the sprightly Clarke Trumpet Voluntary. Our thanks and congratulations to the beautiful couple as well a Strathmere Inn, and the stunning photos by photographer Andrew Van Beek.

Processional - Pachelbel Canon in D
Signing - Bach-Gounod Ave Maria
Recessional - Clarke Trumpet Voluntary

Photo and Photographer: Andrew Van Beek

Officiant: Keith Langille

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Great new review from clients

As I was checking my email yeasterday, I recieved quite a nice surprise: a beautiful review from clients from a wedding ceremony  that took place at Ball's Falls Chapel in May 2013:

"Ester and Phil here, you may recall that your duo graced our wedding
ceremony this past May at Balls Falls. We wanted to thank both of you
for the fantastic job, in the aftermath of the ceremony we didn't
have a chance to catch you before you departed. The arrangement of
'Will the Night' was spot on and helped to make our ceremony a very
personal, touching experience whose soundtrack we will always
remember"

Thanks again, best of luck, we will certainly recommend you to others should the opportunity arise."

 

Thanks for such a nice email--we really enjoyed making your day special, and perforing at the beautiful and intimate Chapel at Ball's Falls Conservation area.

 

 

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Kimberley and Adrian’s wedding ceremony at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, in the Ivor Petrak Room, violin and cello duo, December 1, 2013, Banff AB

 

Thank you for the warm wishes. Both Kimberley and I are extremely happy with the performance during the ceremony. We also received many positive comments from those in attendance. Moreover, the musicians were very courteous and professional. They were outstanding! Cheers, Adrian

 

 It was lovely to be back that the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, for a beautiful and classical winter wedding ceremony. For the processional our string musicians performed the famous Pachelbel Canon, leading into the very appropriate Winter from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi during the signing of the register. As the officiant presented the couple, we performed the second hornpipe from the Watermusic by handel, as well as additional light classical music as the guests exited. Simple, classic and elegant!

ProcessionalPachelbel Canon in D

SigningVivaldi: Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Handel: Hornpipe II from the Water Music

Photo: Fairmont Banff Springs

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Courtney and John’s wedding ceremony at St Marks Anglican Church, violin and cello duo, November 30, 2013, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Even though we perform at wedding ceremonies every week, it is amazing that we have the great fortune of being able to be surprised and delighted after so many years of professional performance. This wedding held in the historic St Marks Church in Niagara on the Lake (built in 1792) was one of those marvelous ceremonies. For the prelude music as the guests were arriving and being seated, our violinist and cellist performed classical music. As there was also an organist at the wedding, we performed a few songs and switched with the organist so the guests could enjoy an interesting variety of music. For the ceremony, and the processional in particular, we performed one of the most difficult but at the same time unique and successful processionals. Our clients asked up to play a Disney medley. We performed Can you feel the love tonight for the beginning of the wedding and as the mothers walked down the aisle and lit the candles of the church. Next we faded into Tale As Old As Time from Beauty and the beast for the eight bridesmaids and also managed to include a beautiful rendition of You've Got A Friend in Me for the flower girls and ring bearer. For the bride we played When You Wish Upon A Star. It was truly a processional to be remembered. Even the officiant and organist were worried that it was not going to work. Based on our experience and knowledge of wedding ceremonies, we are happy to say that it worked exceptionally well. For the signing, we played a great version of A Thousand Years by Christina Perry.The organist performed a wonderful bright and up tempo piece for the recessional as the bide and groom walked out of the church as husband and wife.

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Pat and Jim’s Celebration of Marriage dinner, November 9, 2013 at Canoe Restaurant, violin and cello duo Toronto ON

"Please give a big Thank you to the violin and cello players who played such beautiful music for us. Their music certainly contributed to the success of our dinner.” Pat and Jim

Our violin and cello duo was hired to perform for a couple whose wedding ceremony took place last February, and were have a dinner party this past November. The clients were interested in having a variety of classical music performed as guests were taking their seats for dinner, and throughout the dinner. We often perform for events such as these, and it is always a pleasure which we look forward to.

Venue and Photo: Canoe Restaurant

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Corporate event for VIA rail at the Century Plaza Hotel, November 7, 2013, violin and cello duo, Vancouver BC

Duo d’Amore was hired to perform for a cocktail reception and recognition dinner for VIA rail, being held in the Burrard Ballroom of the Century Plaza Hotel in Vancouver. We had a great time thanks to the events and exhibitions coordinator at Antian in Ottawa, who we have worked with before. The event had a jazzy theme to it and the violin and cello duo were able to perform a number of great standards, both for the cocktail reception and during the dinner.

"Let's call the Whole Thing off" 

"My Funny Valentine"

"It Had to be You"

"Moonlight serenade"

"Moonlight in Vermont"

"Makin' Whoopee"

"A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"

"In the Mood"

"Harlem Nocturne"

"Country Club Rag"

"Cry Me a River"

"Let's do it"

"Chattanooga choo-choo"

Venue and Photo: Century Plaza Hotel

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Hilary and Joseph’s wedding ceremony at First Unitarian Congregation, November 2, 2013, violin and cello duo, Ottawa ON

"The music was beautiful, perfectly timed, and really was just the right addition to our ceremony. Thank you for making it so easy and well-coordinated!" Hilary and Joseph, bride and groom

The music choices for Hilary and Joseph’s wedding were excellent, and the couple really chose well. The duo chose a variety of classical music during the prelude as guests were chatting and taking their seats. For the processional, as Hilary had a very small wedding party (just 1 maid of honor) the short and cheerful Prelude from Te Deum by Charpentier was a natural fit. The signing music was Bach’s Sleepers Awake, which is actually a less common choice, but one of our favorites to play. The violin and cello each have distinct melodies that weave in and out while maintaining a great pulse. Switching to modern music for the recessional is always fun, and it brides the gap between the church ceremony and the reception to follow; for this section, our violinist and cellist performed Here Comes the Sun, for a beautiful and happy finale to the wedding ceremony.

Processional: Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum

Signing of the registry: Bach's Sleeper's Awake

Recessional: The Beatle's Here Comes the Sun

Church and Photo Source: First Unitarian Congregation

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The string duo performed for a beautiful wedding ceremony at St Mary’s Catholic Church on October 26th. The music selections were wonderfully traditional, highlighting baroque composers such as Bach and Pachelbel, classical composers like Mendelssohn and Romantic composers (especially during the signing) as Charles Gounod.

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air on the G-string
Bride Processional: Canon in D
Communion: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria
Recessional: Mendelssohn: Wedding March

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Tiffany and Jon’s wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at Inn on the Twenty, October 19, 2013, violin and cello duo, Jordan ON

Thank you so much for providing such beautiful music to accompany our ceremony and cocktail hour. Our day was so beautiful thanks to you and your team. I wish we could have met in person! I hope to work with you again in the future! Tiffany and Jon

When you bring the right people together, magic can happen, and this was certainly the case with Tiffany and Jon’s wedding ceremony held at Inn on the Twenty. The couple was beautiful and easy to work with, and the ceremony had such a great flow and was full of fun. The views from the windows room are stunning, and we were glad to see Anne from White Orchid Weddings there—she always does a fantastic job! The ceremony music was equally spectacular with a broad range of music ranging from classical music during the prelude and modern music throughout the ceremony. We received lots of compliments on our performance from the guests, as everyone had a great time. Congratulations!

Prelude: A mix of classical music as well as All You Need is Love (Beatles) and Beautiful Day (U2)

Bridal Party procession- Yellow- Coldplay
(the bridal party will consist of groom's parents, followed by Bride's
mother with flower girl, followed by Maid of Honour)

Bride - A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
Signing - Halo (Beyonce)
Recession - Bittersweet Symphony (Verve)

Photography: Wendy Alana Photography

Officiant: Anne Blinch from White Orchid Weddings

Venue: Windows Room of Inn on the Twenty

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas soon to follow, we are gearing up for a number of corporate and holiday events. If you are planning a holiday party or end of year celebration with your company, please contact us and we would be happy to send you a quote for our services.

Duo d’Amore is now taking quote requests for corporate and holiday entertainment in the following cities and areas: Banff, Burlington, Brantford, Caledon, Calgary, Cambridge, Collingwood, Edmonton, GTA, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Montreal, North Gower, Oakville, Owen Sound, Peterborough, Vancouver, Victoria, Waterloo, Winnipeg.

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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.

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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.

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 “Thank you for the beautiful performance! “ Veronique, bride

This was our first time performing at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Ottawa for a wedding ceremony. The couple booked the violin and cello duo to perform for their ceremony, and as they had a full mass, they were able make a great use of Duo d’Amore, as we performed at a number of different points in the wedding ceremony. The couple selected very traditional music for the wedding and were very happy with our performance. Congratulations!

Parents, Attendants and Bridesmaids Processional: Purcell Trumpet Tune

Bridal Processional: Wagner Bridal Chorus

Communion: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring

Signing: Bach-Gonoud: Ave Maria

Recessional; Handel: La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks

 

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