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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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We were very happy with the performance. I loved having it a part of our big day. Thank you so much. Heather, bride

We had a great time discussing the music selections with Heather for her wedding, and were able to assist her and Philip to create a wonderful soundtrack to their ceremony. The wedding was held at the beautiful Paletta Mansion overlooking Lake Ontario. The music for the ceremony was predominantly made up of classical music selections, except for the signing which was a wonderful departure into a duo of modern songs by Christina Perri and the Beatles. The music was heightened by the wooden floors and the acoustics of the room, bringing a warmth and depth to the sound of the violin and cello.

Seating of the mothers and   Maid of Honour: Bach Air

Bride Processional: Wagner Bridal Chorus

Signing: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and Something by the Beatles 

Recessional: Mouret Rondeau

Wedding ceremony music Burlington: 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

Live Entertainment: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, trios and string quartets, Ottawa

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Anna and Rob’s wedding ceremony and reception at Belcroft Estates, Sunday September 30, 2012, string trio, Gilford ON

Our string trio performed at a gorgeous wedding ceremony at Belcroft Estates on September 30, 2012. I should also mention that we had a wonderfully easy time speaking with the clients and helping them to plan the music at the wedding, as they had a clear idea of what they wanted and we gave them a fantastic performance. Here is the outline of the wedding ceremony and some of the choices they made.

Wedding Ceremony:

Processional for the priest, groomsmen and groom: Rocky Theme

Processional of flower girl, ring bearer, two bridesmaids: Pachelbel's Canon in D
Bride Processional: Wagner's Bridal Chorus
Signing: Bach's Jesu, Joy of a man's desiring, and Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (opening of 1st mvt) and Bach Minuet in G

Recessional: The Verve's Bittersweet symphony

Cocktail hour:

Metallica - nothing else matters
Elvis - Can't help falling in love with you
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Beatles - All you need is love
John Lennon - Imagine
One republic - Secrets
Unchained melody
Coldplay - Viva la Vida
Louis Armstrong - Wonderful world
Eric Clapton - Wonderful tonight
Top gun Theme song
Teleman - Presto
H. Purcell - Trumpet Voluntary
Clarke - Trumpet voluntary
Vivaldi - Four seasons spring
Handel - La Rejouissance

 Venue: Belcroft Estates & Event Centre

Photographer: Sharp Weddings

Wedding ceremony musicians Toronto/GTA: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo’s string trios and string quartets

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