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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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Stephanie and Erik’s wedding ceremony at Strathmere, violin and cello duo, September 1, Ottawa ON

A wonderfully harmonious chord was heard as the bride took the final steps up to the front of the aisle to greet her soon to be husband, as Duo d’Amore’s musicians finished playing Pachelbel’s Canon. The violinist and cellist picked up their instruments again to serenade the guests and during the signing of the register with Vivaldi’s Winter from the Four Seasons. Shortly after the officiant was proud t announce the bride and groom and introduce them for the first time as husband and wife. Amid clapping and cheering from guests we performed an equally exciting rendition of La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks by Handel.

Processional: Pachellbel Canon in D
Signing: Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons
Recessional: Handel La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks

Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
Wedding Venue: Strathmere Inn, Ottawa ON

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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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“Thank you for the follow-up. Everything went well on Saturday. My only regret is that I didn't have the chance to thank the musicians personally. Please relay my thanks and appreciation to them.” Johanne

Wedding Venue: National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON
Wedding and Event Planner: Nancy Tremblay, Wedecor  
Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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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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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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Our string ensembles work hard to play for many events in Ottawa, and apart from a few venues just outside the city, the Museum of Nature is among the nicest venues for a beautiful wedding ceremony. This ceremony was being held on the second floor of the Museum the Queen's lantern room, and was classic from start to finish. For the processional our violin and cello duo performed Pachelbel's Canon in D, leading onto a soft and contemplative rendition of Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring as the license was being signed, and ending on a joyful note with Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum.

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

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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

 

Wedding music: Duo d'Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet, Ottawa

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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!

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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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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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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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If I were to describe Andrew and Jamie’s wedding ceremony using just a few words, I would say that it was modern with a classic touch. As the wedding was held outdoors, near the gurgling stream running and cascading through the limestone bedrock, and the weather was perfect—so was the venue. When we, Duo d’Amore, arrived we were greeted by the staff at Ancaster Old Mill (who always do a great job and are very well organized) as well as Reverend McNally. In our decades of experience, Revered McNally is one of those people that once you meet him, you will never forget him. He is so warm, open, funny, awhile at the same time, he really cares for each couple that he marries, and he’s been marrying couples for over 50 years.

As the guests were arriving, we began to perform a number of selections for our classical repertoire. At the appropriate time we received a cue from the venue’s staff, and proceeded to start playing the music for the four bridesmaids. A note on that—getting back to how I described the ceremony as modern with a classic touch, while the venue was certainly classic, the music selections that the couple made and were performed at the ceremony was a blending of both of these elements, as we performed the following arrangements for violin and cello duo:

Bridesmaids: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
Bride: “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
Signing of the Register: “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles
                                                  “Air” by Bach
Recessional: “Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve

It is important to note that we played two songs for the signing, and here’s why: As the signing is typically the quietest part of the ceremony, wedged in between the ceremonial, and often emotional Brides walk down the aisle, and the celebratory recessional, it is a perfect place to highlight familiar and contemporary song choice such as the Beatles, but it is also a great opportunity to include music for a bit of reflection. We would like to congratulate Jamie and Andrew on their beautiful wedding at the Old Mill.

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“I didn’t have an opportunity to thank you personally after Christin’s ceremony on Saturday. Many guests approached me afterwards and commented how beautiful the music was.

Thank you…Thank you…Thank you for being a part of a perfect day.” Cleo, mother of the bride.

The wedding ceremony was very classical and elegant, with music that perfectly matched the beautiful décor. Our violinist and cellist performed Pachelbel Canon for the bridesmaids and Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (here comes the bride). During the signing, we performed the beautiful and flowing music by Bach called Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, and Mendelsohn’s wedding March to conclude the wedding ceremony. Beautiful!

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

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Driving up the long driveway towards the steeple-like building at Vineland Estates winery, we always feel that this location has a unique feel to it—somewhat like a church, but also very modern, refined and contemporary. The same thing could be said about the music and the wedding itself. As our violin and cello duo performs here regularly at the carriage house and on the outdoor patio, we are very familiar with the venue and feel at home here. We ha d a special request to perform Ave Maria during the prelude as this is the mother of the brides favorite song. From here we performed Pachelbel Canon for the bride, Wachet Auf (also known as Sleeper’s Awake) by Bach for the signing (so lovely) and for a modern flavor, Bittersweet Symphony for the recessional. As the guests were exiting, we also included Handel’s La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks.

Processional:  Pachelbel - Canon in D
Signing:  Bach - Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake)
Recessional:  The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony

Guests exit: La Rejouissance

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

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It’s always nice to be surprised by your clients, and this wedding, we were very surprised and excited by the choice of music, and the overall professionalism and coordination on the day of the wedding. In discussing the ceremony music with Jennifer and Christopher, they came up with several interesting choices for the prelude as the guests were chatting and taking their seat before the start of the ceremony, and for the ceremony itself. The music ranged from the baroque period with an arrangement of the theme from the Goldberg Variations originally written for keyboard, and moved dramatically (thoughwith a lot of style) to Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz for the bride’s processional. The signing music was the famous and romantic Intermezzo from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana by the Italian composer Mascagni. As the bride and groom exited our string players performed the minuet from Boccherini’s Quintet in D.

Prelude:

Saint-Saens The Swan (solo cello)
Bach's Air on G String
Eine Kleine - mvt 2


Processional

Bridesmaids: J.S. Bach-Goldberg -Variations Aria
Bride: Mark O’Connor  - Appalachia waltz
Signing:  Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Recessional: Quintetto In Do Maggiore La Musica Notturna Delle Strade Di Madrid Op. 30, No. 6 minuet

Wedding Coordinator is Corinne Colledge, Filosphi Events  www.filosophi.com/

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

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