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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

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

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Krista and Tristan’s wedding ceremony at Hauser Hall, September 28, 2013, violin and cello duo, Heidelberg ON

This wedding took place just outside of Waterloo, in the small town of Heidelberg. The venue is the Hauser Hall, and it is the perfect venue for more intimate weddings and events with around 100 or so guests. For this ceremony we performed a mixture of classical and pop music, with slightly more pop music than classical, and the guests really enjoyed our performance. As guests we arriving and being seated, we performed mostly light classical music, a s we find that this sets a calming mod, and as the music is on the quiet side, guests have the opportunity to get settled and converse with one another in a pleasant atmosphere, At the start of the ceremony we performed Mouret Rondeau, which immediately adds a very stately presence and is the perfect signal that the wedding has officially started. The next point in the wedding ceremony where the violin and cello duo performs it typically during the signing. As this is a great time for reflection, not to mention photos, the music for this part of the wedding is a bit quieter, and the couple chose Everlong by the Foo Fighters. After the quiet music during the signing we switched to something loud, and exciting for the recessional, and ended with the popular Here Comes The Sun by the Beatles.

Processional: Mouret Rondeau

Signing: Foo Fighters-Everlong

Recessional: Here Comes The Sun

 

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We were quite exited to perform for this wedding ceremony at the very popular Pavilion at Rockcliffe Park. This wedding ceremony perfectly evoked the new attitude to wedding ceremony music, not just in Ottawa, but across the country. Because of the more inclusive and related rules of Churches and in this case officiant, brides and grooms can choose from a much wider ranger of music, to reflect not only the occasion or event, but themselves as a couple.

This wedding began in with very traditional music: Pachelbel canon for the bridesmaids, and attendants, followed by Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (here comes the bride). From the signing onwards, the theme shifted to a modern outlook, with A Thousand Years by Christina Perry and Viva la Vida by Coldplay, with many great and enthusiastic comments from the guests.

Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D
Bride:  Wagner Bridal Chorus
Signing: Christina Perri a Thousand Years
Recessional: Cold Play Viva La Vida

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Michelle and Justin’s wedding ceremony at the Chapel of the Old Mill, September 21, 2013, violin and cello duo, Toronto ON

“I just wanted to thank you and your team for their performance Saturday. Michelle and I couldn't have hoped for it to have gone any better. Thank you so much, it was great!”  Justin & Michelle

 Justin and Michelle hired the violin and cello duo to perform music for their ceremony in the Chapel of the Old Mill Toronto. Our string ensemble regularly performs in the Chapel of the Old Mill, and it is a beautiful intimate space to perform which is made even more special as performing at a wedding is always filled with so much joy and excitement—it’s great to be a part of that.

The prelude was started with solo Bach—perhaps the most elegant way to warm up the room, so to speak—this music is a great idea a guests arrive and are seated, Following several additional classical pieces, the string duo performed a great version of Nothing Else Matters by Metallica, which was an exciting twist and surprise following the classical music during as the bride walked down the aisle! The signing moved back to the classical realm with Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring. As the couple triumphantly exited our violinist and cellist performed the popular first movement from Vivaldi’s Autumn.

While guests are seating: Any Bach cello suite

Procession: –Nothing Else Matters

Signing: Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Recessional: Vivaldi –Autumn

Photo Source: Old Mill Toronto

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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

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As much as we enjoy performing outdoors for weddings in the summer, it is a real pleasure to perform indoors at church. The other pleasure of the day was helping to make Matthew and Karina’s wedding really special. During the prelude, we selected a number of mellow pieces of classical music, including Bach Air, which somehow has a light summer feel to it. For the attendants Duo d’Amore performed Pachelbel Canon, followed by a special arrangement of an interesting song requested by the bride and groom: Moments with Oliver, which they were thrilled to have performed by the violinist and cellist. The next piece that we performed was Meditation from the Opera Thaïs, by Massenet, and it provide a contrast with the brides processional. Rounding out the ceremony we performed Bach’s Jesu Joy.

Attendants processional – Canon in D
Brides processional – Moments with Oliver
Signing of the registry – Meditation from Thais
Recessional – Jesu Joy of mans desiring
Wedding ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
Wedding Venue: St Marks Anglican Church, Ottawa ON
Wedding planner: Angelita Aboukassam, Sizzle with Decor

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“We want to say thank you so much for making our day perfect! Everyone loved the violinist and cello player. They were exactly what we were looking for. We couldn't have asked for two more polite and wonderful people to play for us. It was beautiful and they played every song that we requested. We did get a picture with them and I will send them to you when we return back from our honeymoon in Jamaica. Again it was an absolute pleasure to work with you. We will highly recommend you to everyone I know.” Marcia and Chad

Bridesmaids Processional: Pachelbel Canon Bride Processional: Wagner Wedding March Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

Wedding Venue: Lake Chapparal Community Centre, Calgary AB Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Natasha and Michael’s wedding ceremony at the Estates of Sunnybrook, violin and cello duo, August 4, 2013, Toronto ON

“Duo d'Amore was an absolute pleasure to work with and helped ensure a perfect day for my husband, myself and my guests. Many guests remarked how elegant and beautiful it was to have musical accompaniment for our ceremony. Matthew and his colleagues were very responsive, helpful, accommodating and professional. I literally recommended them to a bride-to-be on my wedding day. Pleasure to work with and have a broad range of selections and happy to help you with recommendations.” Natasha, bride

This ceremony took place in the lower ballroom of the Vaughan Estate in the grand and elegant Estates of Sunnybrook. An interesting feature of this ceremony was the signing music. Of course the bridal processional is very dramatic, and the recessional is full of energy, with clapping and excitement of the guests, but it was the music the clients chose for the signing that stood out for us. The signing is the point in the ceremony where there is not much going on, perhaps the least exciting point, even. The bride and groom are just signing documents. However, this is a spot where like the processional the music really has am important part to play. I have to congratulate Natasha and Michael on their choice of Unchained Melody. Not only is it a song that many people will recognize, albeit in a different arrangement for violin and cello duo, but it is one that will keep peoples interest in an elegant and understated way prior to the recessional.

Processional – Pachelbel Canon in D  

Signing – Unchained melody

Recessional – I think I Wanna Marry You

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Christine and Henry’s Wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, violin and cello duo, July 27, 2013,Montebello QC

“The musicians were fantastic. Although Christine and I did not get much of a chance to hear them play (we were getting pictures done), everyone commented on how wonderful it was to hear them play at the cocktail hour and the ceremonyChristine and Henry

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

 

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Amber and Vaughan’s wedding at the Fairmont Palliser, violin and cello duo, July 20, Calgary AB

This was Duo d’Amore’s first time performing a wedding ceremony at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary. As I have mentioned in the past, venues other than Churches (though we love playing in beautiful venues with amazing acoustics) can be exceptional spaces to hold weddings and events. Why? Clients get much more of a say in how the ceremony goes, and for us we enjoy it because clients can choose different music from what they might choose if the wedding ceremony takes place in a Church. Amber and Vaughan did just that—they chose an eclectic mix of music that went perfectly with the wedding ceremony.

Brides Processional: Christina Perry: A Thousand Years
Signing: Enya: Only Time
Recessional: Beatles: Here Comes the Sun
Venue: Fairmont Palliser Calgary
Wedding musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Here is what Ashley and Gregory had to say following our performance at their wedding ceremony at the Celebration Centre (now called NEXT) in Stittsville: “Thank you very much for the follow up! the performance was lovely!! Really helped make our day extra special!!!

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air Brides Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D Signing: Enya: Only Time Recessional: Mendelsohn: Wedding March

 

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Nicole and Jay’s wedding ceremony at Waterloo Park, solo violin, July 6, 2013, Waterloo ON

 “Everything was awesome, thanks again!” Nicole and Jay

Nicole and Jay requested Pachelbel’s Canon to be performed as the bride walked up the aisle to meet the groom. For everything else she left it up to us, and we chose a number of selections to fit alongside it. The park is a great location for a wedding, as it’s very centrally located, not to mention gorgeous!

Photo source: www.waterloo.ca

Wedding Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets, Kitchener-Waterloo

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Summer is definitely upon us, and Julie and Mike did a great job in planning a beautiful summer wedding! Rockcliffe Park Pavilion was built in 1918 and overlooks the Ottawa River, as you can imagine it is a fabulous venue for a wedding ceremony. For Julie and Mike’s wedding, they booked Sean on solo violin who performed Imagine by the Beatles as the attendants walked down the aisle, followed by Blowers Daughter for the bride. The melody from What a Wonderful World was performed for the Signing, and the summer classic Wouldn’t It Be Nice led the couple down the aisle as husband and wife.

Imagine" will be played for the attendants walking down the aisle, "Blowers Daughter" for when I walk down the aisle, "What a Wonderful World" for the signing and "Wouldn't it be Nice" for the recessional.

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Rica and Philip’s wedding ceremony June 29, 2013 at Le Select Bistro, Toronto

Though we love performing Churches, Cathedrals and sacred venues, both big and small, there is something unique and special about performing in a more intimate secular space, like Le Select Bistro. Musically, clients typically have a great deal more freedom with music choices, and Rica and Philip certainly made the best of that freedom, selecting an elegant, personal but appropriate selection of songs that also had a nod to more contemporary and popular selections.

Also nice was the inclusion of the first movement of Bach’s Cello Suite number one for the signing. This is not done often, but it worked extremely well!

Prelude: Handel and 'Beautiful Day by U2 plus 'Something' by the Beatles
Bridesmaids: Bach Air on the G string
Bride entrance: Pachelbel: Canon
Signing : First movement of Bach cello suite #1
Exit music: Journey - don't stop believing

Venue: Le Select Bistro, Erin, coordinator
Wedding music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
Photo: http://www.leselect.com/photo-album/photo-album.php

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We performed at a lovely string trio wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at Graydon Hall, a venue that we have performed in for countless weddings, receptions and recording for film and tv.

Our clients were Maryna and Shahab, and we had a great time discussing and helping to plan the music for the ceremony and the reception. They chose a great mix of classical selections as well as more Modern, upbeat pop tunes. As always the venue was great too!

A week or so after the ceremony, I followed up with Maryna and she mentioned that “We would like to express our thank u for musicians who performed at our wedding. They were great!!!!! We and our guests enjoyed the music a lot. They add special touch to our wedding.”

As well, she also reviewed us online on WeddingWire, giving us a perfect 5 star review, noting our excellent service, reliability and helpfulness.

Here are her selections for the ceremony, and a selection of some of the music we performed during her reception:

Ceremony Music:
Processional: Con te Partiro
Signing: Imagine and Bach Air on the G string
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

Reception music:
A mix of classical and pop music (partial selection)
Imagine-Beatles
Beyonce-Halo
Michael Jackson-Billie Jean
Bittersweet Symphony
Christina Perry-Bittersweet Symphony
Handel Water Music
Bach Wachet Auf

Venue: Graydon Hall, Toronto
Ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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June 8th was the day for string trios—our musicians performed as a trio for a number of events, and we enjoy performing in this format. The client actually hired us as a duo but decided that they would like to have a trio perform instead, and as always we were happy to add another player and made the change effortless for the client as we took care of all the details.

As this Church is Catholic, the clients chose a wonderful selection of songs during the wedding ceremony:

Bridesmaids Processional: Canon in D
Bride Processional: Wagner Bridal Chorus
Signing: Schubert: Ave Maria
Communion: Bach Air on the G-string
Recessional: Mouret: Rondeau

Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-string trio

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Melissa and Aaron’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at St Anthony’s Church and Hazelton Manor, String Trio, June 8, 2013, Toronto and Vaughan ON

“(Duo d’Amore) were fantastic and sounded wonderful. Thank you again for all of your assistance in helping to make our wedding day a memorable experience”

 Our string trio had a great time performing for this wedding ceremony at the beautiful St Anthony’s Church in Toronto, and the cocktail reception in Vaughan. The acoustics of churches are often fantastic, and the sound of the Fray reverberating off the walls of the church by our string ensemble was exactly what the bride and groom were looking for.  Blending modern music with classical music is starting to become a bit of a trend, and when it is done well with a lot of thought and planning such as with this wedding, it is a really unforgettable and special experience for everyone present.

Processional: The Fray

Signing: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

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To get right to the point about this wedding ceremony—everything was exceptional, and the music choices went along with this. Jesu Joy was a wonderful song to start off the seating of the guests as the graceful and flowing melody could be heard as guests were being seated just before the start of the ceremony. Then came Pachelbel Canon for the  groom, bridesmaids, and flower girls. We worked on something special for the bride who wanted the Theme from a Secret Garden, which was stunning. The signing music by Vivaldi was introspective and soft, while the recessional music also by Vivaldi was bright, full and loud—perfect for celebrating such a beautiful wedding.

 

Seating of guests: Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Processional (Groom, Bridesmaids, Flower girls etc.): Pachelbel Canon in D

Processional (Bride): The Song from A Secret Garden

Signing: Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons

 

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If there is a trend in the wedding industry, I would say that more and more couples are going outside of the box, and customizing and choosing elements of the wedding, whether flowers, attire, venues, readings and specially music that combines classic elegance with elements of contemporary and popular culture. While there are many more decisions for the clients to make, the result is often spectacular, especially of they have a wedding planner or in our case Duo d’Amore who can help guide them in choosing music so that it has the right fit for the client and for a wedding ceremony. In this respect Danielle and Dany did an excellent job!

Looking at the two modern songs by Enya and the Verve, they have a classical feel to them, but also are different enough to add a bit of additional excitement to the wedding ceremony.

Bridesmaids entrance - Bach Air
Bride's entrance - Only Time by Enya
Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria
Communion: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

Wedding Vendors:
Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-Violin and Cello duo

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This wedding ceremony took lace in the Gallery Room upstairs at the Pillar and Post in Niagara on the lake. This private room as a gereat location for a wedding ceremony, and Duo d’Amore has performed here many times in the past. For Lindsay and Tobias’ wedding, we performed a great selection of popular music, starting with Today by the samshing pumpkins as the bridesmaids processed down the aisle. For Lindsay’s entrance we performed a beautiful song by Bright Eyes called First day of My Life that sounded great. This was followed by You and Me by the Dave Matthew’s Band and finally All You Need Is Love by the Beatles.

Bridesmaids - Today Smashing Pumpkins

Bride - First Day of My LIfe - Bright Eyes

Signing of the Papers- You and Me Dave Matthews Band

Recessional - All You Need is Love Beatles

Wedding Coordinator: Sandra Sir at the Pillar and Post Niagara

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