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Hanna + Azhar’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, May 23, 2015, violin and cello duo, Toronto wedding musicians

This wedding took place at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, on Toronto Island, and Duo d’Amore was excited and honoured to be a part of such a beautiful day. To add to the beauty and seamlessness the event was flawlessly planned by Shealyn Angus of Bliss Events (whom we work with as often and possible). From the musical side of things, which is of course our specialty, we had the opportunity to work with the bride in choosing the music for the ceremony:

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air 

Bride: A Thousand Years

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring

Recessional: Beautiful Day

Theses selections work really well together, as the classical selections played and compared and contrasted with the more modern songs, to give the whole ceremony an air of tradition, complemented by a more modern sound. After the ceremony, the string duet gracefully switched locations to where the cocktail reception was taking place, and continued to play. Just before their departure, the bride thanked them for a great job.

 

Photo and photography credit: Lisa Mark Photographer

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Laura + Garrett’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception in the Montclair Ballroom of Hockley Valley Resort, September 27, 2014, Orangeville wedding music

Thank you so much for your beautiful music on Saturday.  I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to formally meet (the day was such a blur), but I distinctly remember stopping as we walked out of the tent, and Garrett and I smiling at each other as newlyweds and listening as "Bittersweet Symphony" played and it was a moment that I will never forget. “ Laura, bride 

Hockley Valley Resort is about an hour northeast of Toronto, and it is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, as they are so beautiful. Duo d’Amore performs here quite regularly throughout the year for events, and we were honoured to be back to perform for Laura and Garrett’s wedding. We had lots of opportunity to perform as the couple booked us for the ceremony and reception.

As is normal, we arrived in plenty of time and performed a number of songs for the prelude just prior to the wedding ceremony. When the bridesmaids were assembled, the violinist and cellist started with Secrets by One Republic and when they were all lined p at the front, we transitioned to the very beautiful A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. This song works so well for a bridal processional! After the vows came the signing which is another opportunity for the string duo to perform, and we performed a touching rendition of I Won’t Give Up, by Jason Mraz. To conclude the ceremony the strings performed Bittersweet Symphony, and like Laura mentioned in the quote above, it was a “moment that I will never forget.”

Following the ceremony there was a cocktail reception, and the strings switched from playing slower pop songs, to songs that were more lively and upbeat (as Laura and Garrett requested) before making a quiet exit as the party got into full swing.

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Alana + Fraser’s wedding ceremony in the conservatory of Casa Loma, September 27, 2014, string trio, Toronto wedding musicians

The mother of the groom contacted Duo d’Amore looking for music for her sons wedding ceremony at Casa Loma. Deciding between a violin and cello duo,  string trio and a string quartet, they couple chose the string trio. The trio is midway between the duo and quartet, and it’s a slightly more full sounding ensemble than the string duo, which works well in a space like the beautiful conservatory.

For the prelude prior to the ceremony, we typically a selection of classical pieces, and this worked out well as the clients requested that we perform selections by Vivaldi, Bach and other composers whose music is light and airy. This type of music really helps to set the mood as guests take their seats, and again in such a beautiful location, the music really adds to the whole experience.

During the ceremony, we performed Pachelbel Canon in D as the bride walked up the aisle, and more modern music for the signing of the register. When there is slightly more upbeat pop music as opposed to classical, we always advise our clients to choose two songs rather than one, as signings can last as long as 8 minutes. Having two songs that work well together just provides that extra bit of insurance that there will be enough music to last for the whole signing, and keeps the guests entertained with something special that they might not expect. For the recessional we performed the very popular Marry you by Bruno Mars for a beautiful conclusion to a beautiful wedding ceremony.

 

Processional: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Can't Help Falling in Love and Wonderful Tonight

Recessional: Bruno Mars: Marry You

 

Wedding Vendors:

Photographer and photo credit:  Sandra Stephenson Photography

Venue: Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario

Dress Designer: Garber’s Bridal – Justin Alexander

Hair Stylist: Evoke

Makeup Artist: Jennifer Evoy

Floral Designer: Peter Paul’s Flowers

Cinema and Video: Barefoot Photographer

Officiant: Ceremony Matters

Caterer: Liberty Group

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

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Our ceremony was beautiful.  I was nervous and there were many things going on for me to recall the whole performance but parts of my recollection was how beautiful and a great complimentary the performance was.  Please thank the musicians for me that played once again as my husband and I thank you from our hearts for the excellent pieces that the two ladies did at our wedding.” Thuy, bride

We always enjoy performing at Casa Loma, and this wedding ceremony was no exception. The venue as as you can imagine (if you have never been there) is a large gothic revival building, which has the feel and grandeur of a castle. In planning the music selections, Thuy and John chose selections from the traditional classical repertoire that fit perfectly with their tastes, and matched the style of the wedding, as well as the style of the venue as a whole. Our violinist and cellist set up prior to the main arrival of the guests, and as the guests entered performed several selections of classical music to set and fit the mood, including movements from Handel’s Water Music. As with most wedding ceremonies, the ceremony begins with the bridesmaids walk down the aisle. Thuy and John really took advantage of the large aisle, and had a processional with considerable style: they not only had the bridesmaids walk down the aisle, but also included family members, flower girls and a whole procession of people, and they chose the wonderfully flowing and happy Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, which was an absolutely perfect fit. The bride walked down to Pachelbel’s Canon (again, perfect) then there was a break in the music for the important vows, and kiss. For the signing of the marriage documents, Duo d’Amore performed Bach’s Air on the G-string, which is one of our favorites, especially for the signing. As the couple was introduced, we performed Mendelsohn’s Wedding March.

 

Wedding party processional: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Bride: Pachelbel: Canon in D

Signing: Bach: Air on the G string

Recessional: Mendelsohn Wedding March

Video: Faithbooth

 

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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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Karlina and Daniel’s wedding ceremony at the Berkeley Church, May 24, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto ON

It would be an understatement to say that music was important to this wonderful couple, because music was at the absolute center of the wedding ceremony. The groom’s cousin is a professional opera singer, and her husband is a composer—how perfect is that? Between the two of them, they gave us and the bride and groom and the guests a real treat: they arranged wedding ceremony music selections for singer, guitar and violin and cello duo for the ceremony.

Prior to the start of the ceremony, the guests had drinks upstairs at the Berkeley Church, and then moved to the mezzanine for the ceremony. The ceremony was beautiful, and we were glad to have rehearsed with the singer and guitar player just prior to make sure that we were all on the same page as far as the music was concerned, and everything worked out spectacularly at the ceremony, and we received rave reviews from the guests.

Program:

Wedding Party Processional: Dodi Li-traditional Jewish

Bride: Ave Maria-Bach-Gounod

Signing of the Registry: Songbird-Fleetwood Mac

Recessional: All You Need is Love -Beatles

 

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