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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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This wedding ceremony at the old mill combined classical elegance with popular light and fun music, and a good measure of family involvement. The ceremony was beautiful. The string duo started off by performing a lovely mix of classical and popular music as the guests were arriving and taking their seats for the ceremony. At the start of the wedding ceremony, the musicians performed a beautiful rendition Somewhere Over the Rainbow for the bridesmaids, followed by Don’t you Worry child for the bride. The family involvement came next, as the bride’s sister sang during the signing of the register. After the officiant introduced the couple, amidst clapping and cheering, the string duo performed the classic Mendelssohn’s Wedding March as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife.

 

Bridesmaids: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Bride: Don’t You Worry Child

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

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

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Andrea and Adam’s wedding ceremony at the AGH Design Annex, April 26, 2014, violin & cello duo, Hamilton ON

"Thank you so much for the amazing performance on Saturday! The violin and cello really set the tone and pulled everything together to create an amazing evening! We received so many compliments on the classical music choice and skill (especially from my cousin, who is a musician and luthier from manitoba- he was utterly impressed)  We will certainly recommend you!" Andrea & Adam White

 

This was our first time performing at the Design Annex of the AGH in Hamilton. The venue is located on James St, which is where the now famous art crawl takes place, and is very close to the water. We arrived quite early, and setup—it was clear that as soon as we arrived (Almost 1 hour early) that all of the preparations had been taken care of—everything was in place and looked beautiful. We had a nice chat with the groom, and the officiant before the guests arrived which was nice. As the guests started to arrive, the violinist and cello player performed a mix of classical and more popular music. The ceremony proper was a fantastic mix of Pachelbel, with Bach and the Beatles added, and the guests really enjoyed our performance! What a great ceremony, venue and of course, married couple!

Processional: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Beatles: Here there and Everywhere and Bach: Jesu Joy

Recessional: Beatles: When I'm 64

Venue: AGH Design Annex

Officiant: Rev Derek A. Ryamarchuk, Wedding Company of Niagara

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Ryan and Nilusha’s wedding ceremony at the Ancaster Mill, 1812 Room, April 19, 2014, violin and cello duo, Ancaster ON

Our string ensemble performs regularly at the Ancaster Mill, but this wedding was one of the most unique events that we have performed at the Mill. Ryan and Nilusha had their ceremony in the 1812 room, which, when you enter the Mill, is downstairs. This was our first time playing in the room, and it is both beautiful with the dark wood and fireplace, as well as the original artifacts from the mill presented in a glass display. Rooms that have some wood in them are great for carrying and enhancing the sound of string instruments and this really helped create a beautiful ambiance and purity of the violin and cello tone.

Ryan and Nilusha were interested in having a number of pop songs from our Modern repertoire throughout their ceremony, and we worked on creating the playlist below. Their ceremony was also interesting, as they combined traditional western traditions with beautiful Indian traditions for a truly memorable and wonderful ceremony.

Bridesmaids Processional: Cohen: Hallelujah

Bride Processional: Elvis: Can’t Help Falling in Love

Signing: Beatles: All you Need Is Love and Perri: A Thousand Years

Recessional: Coldplay: Viva la Vida

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

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Despite the fact that more and more people are choosing to add pop music to their wedding ceremony for a modern feel (which we love!) I was thinking about the untapped possibilities of non-traditional classical music as part of the wedding ceremony. There are so many amazing pieces that run the gamut from romantic soaring melodies, catchy upbeat tunes to more quiet dignified music that can add an incredible degree of interest and personalization to your ceremony. Maybe music that guest and you have never even heard before, but something that just fits perfectly with what you have planned. This is one of the things that I, Matthew the owner and violinist of Duo d’Amore excel at. Why? Because If a classical music nerd, an audiophile and a fantastic resource. I love nothing more than to have an in-depth conversation with clients about the style and mood they are trying to create for their wedding or event, and then coming up with an incredible, interesting and above all exciting playlist.

Please call or email me, and let me know how I can work hard to make your wedding even more memorable, more tailored to what you want, and the mood that you want to create then you ever imagined.

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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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Our string duo performed at this wedding at the Enjoy Centre in St Albert. Rather than recap the events, I will let the review speak for itself:

“We hired Duo d'Amore for our wedding ceremony and we could not be more pleased. We asked them to come 30 minutes early instead of 15 and they were happy to accomodate us. They were also able to play all of the songs we requested for the ceremony and did so beautifully! I teared up when I heard them start playing "Sunrise, Sunset." Thank you Duo d'Amore for making our wedding ceremony so special! We give them our highest recommendation and definitely suggest you book them for your wedding ceremony if you're looking for live music.” D&B

Processional - A Time for Us - Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Bride walks down the aisle - Sunrise, Sunset - Fiddler on the Roof

Recessional - All you Need is Love - The Beatles

Wedding ceremony music Edmonton/St Albert AB: 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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We have invited our colleague Crystal to write a guest blog post for Duo d'Amore.

Ever been to a party with a group of people you’ve never met? Inevitably the question of “so what do you do for a living?” will come up. As a Wedding Planner the reception of my career path is extremely mixed. Women who squeal gleefully at what they imagine to be a wholly romantic and luxurious career path, commitmentphobe men who cringe and look desperately for anyone else to talk to, or the ever fun and enjoyable “what’s that?” look of bewilderment.

My career as a Wedding Planner is a mix of a million other careers. I’m one part therapist, financial planner, production coordinator, designer, life coach and friend. I have to wear a million different hats and be able to randomly assume them as the situation requires and from client to client.

To my brides & grooms my role is this – guide them in creating THE moment (not A moment) of their adult lives. Your wedding should be filled with Once-in-a-Lifetime Awesomeness – that’s where we come in! It’s about facilitating their journey through this rite of passage and time honoured tradition called marriage. My job is to wade them through the sea of options to narrow the vision and create THE MOMENT that is completely perfect for them. Sometimes this means getting them barefoot on a beach in Bali or wrapped in Vera Wang surrounded in a landscape of orchids and glittering crystals. Whatever my clients vision for their big day it’s my job to get them there.

To vendors my role is a bit different – the people you surround yourself with, involve yourself with, take creativity, time or energy from seek out a Wedding Planner as a haven of understanding. I’ve walked the role of a wedding day Photographer. Bore witness to an Officiants process. Worked closely with Designers to understand their terms, their foundations, their logistics. My job is that of translator of my clients vision. Vendors seek guidance, clarity and confirmation that their skills and services match you, my clients, vision.

To your bridal party – I become the producer or orchestrator of the wedding. While they are the actors, I am the director, guiding them through posturing, placement, timing and most of all enjoyment. I am their personal cruise director to make sure that they are enjoying your big day almost as much as the client!

To your family – I am the peacemaker and therapist. Planning a wedding is emotional for everyone involved. I navigate the terrain of family issues with a keen eye to perception and foresight in viewing problems. When we see the problems in advance their less likely to creep into the wedding day. We act as both the sounding board and landing pad for secure and happy families.

Still unsure of what my career is? Or as a man at a party once joked… “right, I get all that… but what do you DO exactly?”.

Here’s a rundown of just a few tangible  components of what I DO as a Wedding Planner:
- consultations to discuss vision & priorities
- site inspections
- custom creating a wedding design plan
- vendor referrals
- catering logistics, menu planning & tasting
- itinerary creation
- budget analysis
- planning checklists
- direction of ceremony rehearsal
- vendor liason
- wedding day setup/coordination
- emergency assistance & training
- overseeing scheduling & event

Hiring a Wedding Planner is not a sign of weakness from a bride & groom but rather a strength. It’s an open acknowledgement to your friends, family and vendors that you have a vision for your big day and don’t want them to be concerned or stressed about the details but rather to enjoy the celebration. Enjoy the spotlight and let an experienced Wedding Planning professional pull it together for a smooth and elegant wedding.

Love & All Things Pretty,
Crystal Adair-Benning
Planner of Once-in-a-Lifetime Awesomeness
Distinct Occasions
416.562.6995
www.distinctoccasions.ca

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Duo d’Amore featured on Junebug Weddings

This is special feature of Carrie and Scott’s wedding on August 4, 2013 at Saskatoon Farm in Calgary.

http://junebugweddings.com/wedding-blog/what-junebug-loves/

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

 

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“(Duo d’Amore) were fabulous!” Neil and Adrienne, bride and groom

        Duo d’Amore performed classical music for Neil and Adrienne’s intimate ceremony, held at Holy Name Catholic Parish in Calgary. The music was very well chosen by the clients. As the wedding was very small, without bridesmaids or attendants, Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary performed on violin and cello was a unique choice for the processional, and one that was very well suited to this ceremony. The song is lively, with an excellent beat to walk down the aisle, but it projects warmth and gives a sense of occasion to the ceremony. The signing was the traditional Bach Jesu joy, and it too moves and flows well, and as the signing is a quitter point in the wedding it suited this portion as well. The recessional was Handel’s Hornpipe I from the Water music, and serenaded the bride, groom and guests as they walked down the aisle at the end of the ceremony.

Processional: Clarke Trumpet Voluntary

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Recessional: Handel Hornpipe I from the Water Music

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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

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Duo d'Amore performance for HBO's Game of Thrones Season 3 DVD release

Our violin and cello duo had an incredible time performing for the Toronto Launch party for the latest DVD release of HBO's Game of Thrones. The event was held at the beautiful Berkley Church, and decorated in the Medieval style--suits of armour and dragons and a huge video screen playing clips from the show. For entertainment there was sword-fighting and fire juggling as well as Duo d'Amore performing the theme from Game of Thrones and the Rains of Castemere. Check out this blog for pictures.  #GameofThronesTO

Corporate event musicians Toronto: 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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Our violin and cello duo is excited to perform at a special concert hosted by the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives this Wednesday February 12th, 2014. As you may know, our string ensemble performs for a wide variety of events, from corporate functions, wedding ceremonies and receptions, to fundraisers and charity events, but this event is special for several reasons, it celebrates love(as it’s only a few days away from Valentines Day) , it is open to the public and it will be filled with beautiful music from Bach to the Beatles. If you area current, prospective or past client, this would be a great event to attend, and we would love to see you there.

 Event Details:

 Concert in Chambers-Duo d’Amore

10:30-11:30 am, Wednesday February 12, 2014

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
9 Wellington Street East
Brampton, Ontario L6W 1Y1  

Phone: 905-791-4055
Fax: 905-451-4931

Live musicians Brampton: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Thanks Officiant, Sarah Bunnett-Gibson for such a kind review of Duo d'Amore:

"A pleasure for me as a wedding officiant to highly recommend this duo of talented, caring musicians. I often work with them. I always expect that they will again bring an aura of smooth sailing, calm and beauty to any wedding day. You can count on them to be personable - they will go the extra mile and play heavenly music at your wedding. Warmly recommending Duo d'Amore."

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Follow up on our performance for the Ross Cathcart Endowment fund

I received a great email the other day from Jo-Anne who organized a fundraiser in support of the Ross Cathcart Endowmnet fund and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. The event was recently profiled in the current issue of Life Support, which mentioned that the Garden Party (that Duo d’Amore performed at) raised $7670 to help fund education, patient care, training, and research in the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the Ottawa Hospital. We were glad to be a part of this vent, and Jo-Anne mentioned, “It's a cold winter.  What a perfect time to think back on the Garden Party.”

 

Duo d'Amore-string duos, trios and quartets, Ottawa

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This February is an extremley busy month, with so much going on! We had two weddings on February 1st, a concert in Ktchener yesterday afternoon, and hve several more weddings and corporate events, including performing for a Game of Thrones party later this month. Also, we have had a number of clients and awedding officiant post fantastc reviews of our services, as well as past clients sending photos and newspaper clippings of past events. If that is m=not enough, we are finally also moving ahead with adding a number of pop songs to the website, and everything should be up by early March. Check back soon!

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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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Sarah and Shaun’s wedding ceremony at Balls Falls Historical Church, violin and cello duo, February 1, 2014, Niagara ON

Today’s wedding ceremony was wonderful. We arrived at the historic church at Balls Falls conservation area quite early, and the only other person inside the church was the officiant. We had a really nice chat and setup for our performance. The music for the ceremony was fantastic—Sarah and Shaun had spoken with me about creating an arrangement of a portion of the second movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto number 5 known as the Emperor Concerto. This music was to be played as the 3 bridesmaids, the maid of honor and the flower girls walked up to the front of the church, as well as for the bride’s processional. During the signing, the sister of the groom sang Schubert's Ave Maria, and the ceremony ended with an upbeat rendition of Handel’s La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks. It was so nice to perform in this small chapel. Though when we arrived it was pretty chilly, once the heat was on and all of the guests arrived, the room was very warm, and everyone had a great time.

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

 

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