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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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Charlene and Kev’s wedding ceremony at Cave Springs Vineyard Retreat Winery, February 22, 2014, violin and cello duo, Jordan ON

"Fabulous to deal with, completely reliable and punctual. Price was reasonable. The music was phenomenal and unique: our choices as well as their choices pre and post ceremony. Barely saw them on the day of as I was the bride hiding in the back but was able to hear all the wonderful pieces which got me excited and emotional to walk down the aisle to my husband. Perfect day with perfect music." Charlene, bride

Our string duo performed at a lovely wedding yesterday at Cave Springs Vineyard. This venue is somewhat of a hidden gem in Niagara, as it is off the beaten path, down a long winding road. Even during the peak wedding season there is always a sense of quiet and privacy to this venue. Yesterday’s wedding was no exception. When we arrived at the venue, Juliana was there polishing glasses and setting up for the Sparkling wine toast (with the very classy NV Blancs de Blancs.) Other than that we were the only ones at the venue. A few moments later Sheldon Kosfky arrived and we had the opportunity to chat and catch up. As we perform often in Niagara we see Sheldon a lot and it is always a pleasure to chat with him and the staff at Cave Springs. As guest started to arrive and be seated, we started to perform. For the prelude portion of the ceremony, we performed an interesting mix of classical music to set the tone of the ceremony, and moved on to a number of popular songs as more guests arrived. At the start of the ceremony the attendants walked down the aisle, joined by a beautiful dog (I think it was a pug cross) that also played their part in the ceremony. Once the bridesmaids were at the front we started the brides processional song, which was Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. Sheldon as usual id a marvelous job during the ceremony, and was very kind in thanking us for our performance. During the signing we performed Storybook Love from a Princess Bride, and it was the perfect length for that portion. At the end of the ceremony, Sheldon introduced the couple and we performed All You Need Is Love by the Beatles. What a beautiful ceremony!

Bridesmaid: Bach Air

Bride Processional: Beatles: Here Comes the Sun

Signing: Storybook Love theme from the Princess Bride

Recessional: Beatles: All You Need Is Love

Officiant: Niagara Region Weddings-Sheldon Kofsky

Photographer: Wandering Eye Photography

Wedding ceremony musicians Niagara: 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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 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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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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 “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

 

Wedding music Ottawa: 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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When brides or grooms to be contact Duo d’Amore to perform for their wedding ceremony, and especially when we begin to discuss the song selections for the wedding ceremony, the processional is typically the most important song choice to make. As the processional is when the bridesmaids and flower girls , ring bearer walk up the aisle prior o the brides entrance music, this is a very important part of the ceremony. Many clients treat this as an opportunity to highlight their own personal music tastes and ask for a contemporary or pop song for this important part of the wedding ceremony. In Hayley and Mark’s case, they chose the beautiful and touching Falling Slowly Theme which sounded fantastic. For the register signing, they chose the Theme from Up which I fun, and cheery. The recessional was the very appropriate I Think I Wanna Marry You, by Bruno Mars, all performed by our string wedding musicians.

Processional: Falling Slowly - Swell Season
Signing: Theme from Disney's 'UP'
Recessional: I Think I Wanna Marry You - Bruno Mars

Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
Wedding Venue: Piper’s Heath Golf Course, Milton

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Strains of Bach Air on the G String were heard as the final bridesmaid took her place, and we received a signal that the bride was next. We placed our bows on the strings and began the first bars of the very famous Pachelbel Canon, until the bride reached the front. Both of these classical pieces set the tone for the elegant ceremony. During the signing, we performed Enya’s Only Time, and then shifted to a much more modern and quick paced, exciting version of Bittersweet Symphony.

Wedding ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
Wedding Venue: West River Event Centre

 

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 “We thought the musicians were great, the music was great and our guests loved it as well.   We really appreciated their professionalism, punctuality and performance. Thanks so much for your help!” Robert, groom

Indoor weddings in the summer are just great—we are always happy to perform indoors and many of the guests often greatly prefer indoor wedding to outdoor, especially in August, and especially if you have elderly or young children at the event. In the case of a heat wave or cold and damp weather, a Church wedding or other indoor location will always go off without a hitch! This was a very nice wedding, which combined the traditional church wedding with a number of modern and popular music choices, which received a number of positive comments from the guests.

Bridesmaids: Viva La Vida

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing; All I Want Is You, and I Think I Wanna Marry You by Bruno Mars

Recessional: Beatles: All You Need Is Love

Wedding String Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet

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We always like performing at Strathmere Inn, as the staff are so nice and accommodating, and Alex and Tanya’s wedding was no exception. We started the ceremony with the U2 classic All I want is you—this made the bride’s entrance quite special, as it is easy to make a grand entrance with this music as the soundtrack. For the signing of the register, our violinist and cellist performed Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love. The ceremony ended with raucous applause to Beautiful Day, also by U2. We also performed an interesting variety of upbeat music during the cocktail reception following the wedding ceremony.

 

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

 

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Duo d’Amore performed a beautiful ceremony and cocktail reception at the herb Garden in Almonte, ON. This venue is just a few minutes outside of Ottawa, and made for a tranquil and memorable occasion. Pachelbel Canon in D was performed as the bride walked in the lush grass towards the groom, at the elegant, white Victorian gazebo. Bach’s Wachet Auf and Handel’s Hornpipe followed for the signing and recessional. After the ceremony, the cocktail reception was held outdoors. Our violinist and cellist performed under the porch area of an old log cabin, and received many enthusiastic comments from the guests. One again, it was a pleasure to perform at such a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. Congratulations Shandi and Ryan!

Venue: The Herb Garden, Almonte ON
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Victoria and Gary’s wedding ceremony at Paletta Mansion, violin and cello duo, July 6 2013, Burlington ON

We always enjoy performing at Paletta, especially for outdoor weddings, as the back patio has an incredible view of lake Ontario, the guest are well taken care of, as they sit under the porch on several levels. This ceremony was very well organized, and everything just seemed to fit together in such a nice way. We performed Pachelbel Canon for the processional, and the incredibly beautiful Meditation from Thais for the signing. This song takes advantage of th violin and cello, as it combines some lovely writing in the mid to upper register of the violin, so that the sound seems to float above everyone. The cello part flows well, and grounds the ensemble with beautiful passages in the low to mid range. For the recessional, we performed the sprightly Handel Hornpipe II from the Royal Fireworks music.

 

Wedding Officiant: Anne Blinch at White Orchid Weddings

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

Photo: www.burlington.ca

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Thank you for the excellent performance at our wedding on June 29th at the Museum of Nature. It turned out exactly as we hoped thanks to you.  Your rendition of La Vie en Rose was beautiful and I particularly appreciate that you were able to accompany my dear friend Rosanne as she sang Ave Maria on fairly short notice. “ Kristen & Anthony

This review says it all. We were glad to perform at this wedding ceremony, and always happy to do our best for any last minute changes or additions. In his case we were able to accompany a friend of the bride and groom who sang during the ceremony, and we received many compliments.

Bridesmaids: Somewhere over the Rainbow (Isreal K version)

Bride: La Vie en Rose

Signing: Ave Maria with Singer

Recessional: Beatles All you Need is Love

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Melissa and Aaron hired our string trio to perform for the wedding ceremony as well as a cocktail reception, following shortly after at Hazelton Manor in Vaughan. Our musicians arrived and started to perform around 1:45, as the ceremony was scheduled to begin at 2pm. The music selections worked out well, as the clients were able to personalize the music played as the bride walked down the aisle, and we were happy as always to accommodate the request of Never Say Never by the Fray.

After the guests had exited we drove to the reception location, and performed a selection of fun and upbeat, playful pop music, which everyone enjoyed.

Ceremony: St Anthony's Church Toronto ON
Reception: Hazelton Manor, 99 Peelar rd Vaughan ON

Music selections: Processional: Never Say Never: The Fray
Signing: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria
Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, string trio, and string quartet, Toronto

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