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I  just wanted to share a great new review that Duo d'Amore recieved on Weddngwire.
 
"Thank you so much Matthew for being such an important part of our special day!! The duo did a fantastic job, we and the guests were so impressed! Matthew worked with us in advance with the program - sharing expertise and customizing the selections to suit exactly what we were looking for. The website was easy to use and infomative - we had fun choosing our song selections. Everything was as promised and as expected!"
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Jennifer and Jason’s wedding at Cave Springs Vineyard Retreat, violin and cello duo, December 29, 2013, Lincoln ON

We performed at a beautiful winter wedding ceremony at the vineyard retreat today at Cave Springs Winery just outside of Jordan, ON. The weather was very nice—not too cold, and it was amazing to be in the retreat building in the winter. Typically Duo d’Amore performs at Cave Springs in the spring summer and fall for wedding ceremonies, and it is always a treat to perform in the winter, as the vineyard seems so serene and quiet, poised for the warmth of spring sunshine. Speaking of warmth, we were surprised to find a roaring fireplace in the retreat building as well as a number of new renovations such as the beautiful pendant glass lights hanging from the ceiling, not to mention the wooden beams that were added just a month ago.

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Jennifer and Richard’s wedding ceremony, December 21, 2013, violin and cello duo at Strathmere Inn, North Gower ON

“Great music provided for our wedding ceremony, thank you! Jennifer, bride

Although summer weddings are beautiful, it is always nice to perform at a winter wedding ceremony at Strathmere Inn. This was made even more special and classic by the classical music selections the couple chose for their ceremony. Starting with the maid of honor and flower girls and continuing on to the bridal entrance, the duo performed Pachelbel’s Canon in D. The signing was many people’s top choice: Bach-Gounod’s Ave Maria, and was followed by the sprightly Clarke Trumpet Voluntary. Our thanks and congratulations to the beautiful couple as well a Strathmere Inn, and the stunning photos by photographer Andrew Van Beek.

Processional - Pachelbel Canon in D
Signing - Bach-Gounod Ave Maria
Recessional - Clarke Trumpet Voluntary

Photo and Photographer: Andrew Van Beek

Officiant: Keith Langille

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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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Kimberley and Adrian’s wedding ceremony at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, in the Ivor Petrak Room, violin and cello duo, December 1, 2013, Banff AB

 

Thank you for the warm wishes. Both Kimberley and I are extremely happy with the performance during the ceremony. We also received many positive comments from those in attendance. Moreover, the musicians were very courteous and professional. They were outstanding! Cheers, Adrian

 

 It was lovely to be back that the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, for a beautiful and classical winter wedding ceremony. For the processional our string musicians performed the famous Pachelbel Canon, leading into the very appropriate Winter from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi during the signing of the register. As the officiant presented the couple, we performed the second hornpipe from the Watermusic by handel, as well as additional light classical music as the guests exited. Simple, classic and elegant!

ProcessionalPachelbel Canon in D

SigningVivaldi: Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Handel: Hornpipe II from the Water Music

Photo: Fairmont Banff Springs

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Karine and Sean’s cocktail and dinner reception in the Quebec Suite of the Chateau Laurier, violin and cello duo, November 30, 2013, Ottawa ON

This was a wonderful event, and it’s always nice to perform for receptions such as theses especially around the holiday as there is so much excitement in the air. We performed a mix of classical music for the cocktail reception, and transitioned to more modern music for the dinner reception. We also had the honor of performing a great versin of Sweet Child of Mine for the first dance! Congratulations!

Photo Source: www.fairmont.com

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Courtney and John’s wedding ceremony at St Marks Anglican Church, violin and cello duo, November 30, 2013, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Even though we perform at wedding ceremonies every week, it is amazing that we have the great fortune of being able to be surprised and delighted after so many years of professional performance. This wedding held in the historic St Marks Church in Niagara on the Lake (built in 1792) was one of those marvelous ceremonies. For the prelude music as the guests were arriving and being seated, our violinist and cellist performed classical music. As there was also an organist at the wedding, we performed a few songs and switched with the organist so the guests could enjoy an interesting variety of music. For the ceremony, and the processional in particular, we performed one of the most difficult but at the same time unique and successful processionals. Our clients asked up to play a Disney medley. We performed Can you feel the love tonight for the beginning of the wedding and as the mothers walked down the aisle and lit the candles of the church. Next we faded into Tale As Old As Time from Beauty and the beast for the eight bridesmaids and also managed to include a beautiful rendition of You've Got A Friend in Me for the flower girls and ring bearer. For the bride we played When You Wish Upon A Star. It was truly a processional to be remembered. Even the officiant and organist were worried that it was not going to work. Based on our experience and knowledge of wedding ceremonies, we are happy to say that it worked exceptionally well. For the signing, we played a great version of A Thousand Years by Christina Perry.The organist performed a wonderful bright and up tempo piece for the recessional as the bide and groom walked out of the church as husband and wife.

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Pat and Jim’s Celebration of Marriage dinner, November 9, 2013 at Canoe Restaurant, violin and cello duo Toronto ON

"Please give a big Thank you to the violin and cello players who played such beautiful music for us. Their music certainly contributed to the success of our dinner.” Pat and Jim

Our violin and cello duo was hired to perform for a couple whose wedding ceremony took place last February, and were have a dinner party this past November. The clients were interested in having a variety of classical music performed as guests were taking their seats for dinner, and throughout the dinner. We often perform for events such as these, and it is always a pleasure which we look forward to.

Venue and Photo: Canoe Restaurant

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Corporate event for VIA rail at the Century Plaza Hotel, November 7, 2013, violin and cello duo, Vancouver BC

Duo d’Amore was hired to perform for a cocktail reception and recognition dinner for VIA rail, being held in the Burrard Ballroom of the Century Plaza Hotel in Vancouver. We had a great time thanks to the events and exhibitions coordinator at Antian in Ottawa, who we have worked with before. The event had a jazzy theme to it and the violin and cello duo were able to perform a number of great standards, both for the cocktail reception and during the dinner.

"Let's call the Whole Thing off" 

"My Funny Valentine"

"It Had to be You"

"Moonlight serenade"

"Moonlight in Vermont"

"Makin' Whoopee"

"A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"

"In the Mood"

"Harlem Nocturne"

"Country Club Rag"

"Cry Me a River"

"Let's do it"

"Chattanooga choo-choo"

Venue and Photo: Century Plaza Hotel

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Hilary and Joseph’s wedding ceremony at First Unitarian Congregation, November 2, 2013, violin and cello duo, Ottawa ON

"The music was beautiful, perfectly timed, and really was just the right addition to our ceremony. Thank you for making it so easy and well-coordinated!" Hilary and Joseph, bride and groom

The music choices for Hilary and Joseph’s wedding were excellent, and the couple really chose well. The duo chose a variety of classical music during the prelude as guests were chatting and taking their seats. For the processional, as Hilary had a very small wedding party (just 1 maid of honor) the short and cheerful Prelude from Te Deum by Charpentier was a natural fit. The signing music was Bach’s Sleepers Awake, which is actually a less common choice, but one of our favorites to play. The violin and cello each have distinct melodies that weave in and out while maintaining a great pulse. Switching to modern music for the recessional is always fun, and it brides the gap between the church ceremony and the reception to follow; for this section, our violinist and cellist performed Here Comes the Sun, for a beautiful and happy finale to the wedding ceremony.

Processional: Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum

Signing of the registry: Bach's Sleeper's Awake

Recessional: The Beatle's Here Comes the Sun

Church and Photo Source: First Unitarian Congregation

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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

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Our string ensemble has performed at the Cambridge Mill for many years, but it was our first time performing in the brand new chapel, which is beautiful. The music the clients selected for the ceremony was an all classical program, combining traditional wedding music, with a slight twist at the end that everyone enjoyed. Before the ceremony stated our violinist and cellist performed a mixture of light classical music for the guest seating. With the start of the ceremony, the first piece performed was Bach’s Air on the G string as the bridal party walked up the aisle. This is an excellent choice for the bridesmaids, as the music is well known, as well as light and flowing. The bridal processional was the even more famous Pachelbel Canon in D, and we were happy to perform it as the bride walked up the aisle. Then came the exchange of rings, vows of the ceremony and the kiss. To make the marriage official, the couple signed the register and we performed another piece by Bach called Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring. Like the bridesmaids music, this piece also has a very nice flow to it. As well it is quite long, but always interesting which makes it a great choice for the signing. The recessional was Vivaldi’s Spring from the Four Seasons, which is always a delight, but especially in October, and even more so for a wedding ceremony as it symbolizes the couple’s rebirth of love for one another through marriage.

Processional - Bridal Party : Bach: Air

Processional - Bride : Pachelbel Canon in D Minor

Signing : Bach: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring 

Recessional : Vivaldi: Four Seasons Spring

Events Coordinator: Deanna Forder at the Cambridge Mill

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Sundays performance and I might add Saturdays were just beautiful and added a great atmosphere of calm and rejoicing to both occasions. Mother of the bride

This wedding ceremony was the start of a series of vents for the bride and groom spanning two days, and two string ensembles. The wedding ceremony took place on the Saturday at Airship 37 in the distillery district, and included a very modern grouping of songs that fit in perfectly with the type of ceremony the bride and groom had in mind. For the prelude and seating, the string quartet performed a number of pieces, ending with the Theme from Skyrim. To start the bridesmaids processional we performed All I Want is You by U2, and segued into Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. The next portion of the ceremony where the musicians perform is for the signing, and we performed the upbeat Bittersweet Symphony, as this particular signing was fairly short. The recessional was really fun, as it was a homage to the Breakfast Club, with the song Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds, and even included the fist pump!

Following the ceremony the string quartet also performed for the cocktail hour in the Fermenting Cellar. The next day the clients hired the violin and cello duo to perform at a brunch at George Restaurant. Once again everything was very well received.

Theme from Skyrim

Bridesmaids: All I Want is You-U2

Bride Processional: Iris-Goo Go Dolls

Signing: Bittersweet Symphony-The Verve

Recessional-Don’t You Forget About Me-Simple Minds

Event Designer: Shealyn Angus, Bliss Events

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Tiffany and Jon’s wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at Inn on the Twenty, October 19, 2013, violin and cello duo, Jordan ON

Thank you so much for providing such beautiful music to accompany our ceremony and cocktail hour. Our day was so beautiful thanks to you and your team. I wish we could have met in person! I hope to work with you again in the future! Tiffany and Jon

When you bring the right people together, magic can happen, and this was certainly the case with Tiffany and Jon’s wedding ceremony held at Inn on the Twenty. The couple was beautiful and easy to work with, and the ceremony had such a great flow and was full of fun. The views from the windows room are stunning, and we were glad to see Anne from White Orchid Weddings there—she always does a fantastic job! The ceremony music was equally spectacular with a broad range of music ranging from classical music during the prelude and modern music throughout the ceremony. We received lots of compliments on our performance from the guests, as everyone had a great time. Congratulations!

Prelude: A mix of classical music as well as All You Need is Love (Beatles) and Beautiful Day (U2)

Bridal Party procession- Yellow- Coldplay
(the bridal party will consist of groom's parents, followed by Bride's
mother with flower girl, followed by Maid of Honour)

Bride - A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
Signing - Halo (Beyonce)
Recession - Bittersweet Symphony (Verve)

Photography: Wendy Alana Photography

Officiant: Anne Blinch from White Orchid Weddings

Venue: Windows Room of Inn on the Twenty

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas soon to follow, we are gearing up for a number of corporate and holiday events. If you are planning a holiday party or end of year celebration with your company, please contact us and we would be happy to send you a quote for our services.

Duo d’Amore is now taking quote requests for corporate and holiday entertainment in the following cities and areas: Banff, Burlington, Brantford, Caledon, Calgary, Cambridge, Collingwood, Edmonton, GTA, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Montreal, North Gower, Oakville, Owen Sound, Peterborough, Vancouver, Victoria, Waterloo, Winnipeg.

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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.

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October 12 was a very busy day for us, but also exciting as we have a wonderful time performing for wedding ceremonies in Ottawa. This wedding ceremony was a very classy and classical in its structure—from the beautiful church to the flowers, and of course the music as well. The ceremony featured music by baroque composers Bach, Pachelbel and Mouret as well as an adaptation of a song composed by Bach with a romantic melody added (the Ave Maria). We wish you many years of wedded blss!

Prelude: A mix of classical music

Processional:

Bach Air on the G string

Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing:

Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Bach-Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional Mouret Rondeau

 

 

Wedding Photography: www.unioneleven.com

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Our string quartet performed for Alain and Stephanie’s classic wedding ceremony and reception in two of Ottawa’s exceptional wedding venues: The Notre Dame Cathedral and Chateau Laurier. For the ceremony, the clients selected a classic and traditional ceremony music, some of which we shared the performance with the church organist. After performing a number of classical pieces for the prelude, the quartet started performing Bach Air on the G string for the entrance of the bridal party, switching to Pachelbel’s Canon in D as the bride walked up the aisle. These two parts of the ceremony are always the most dramatic, as the bridesmaids and bride make their entrance and the music has to be perfect—combined with the guests sense of expectation and history in the making not to mention the beautiful church, we are always honored to play a part, musically speaking. We also performed another piece by Bach, actually Bach-Gonoud, the famous Ave Maria during communion. For the signing of the register the strings played Bach’s Arioso, and the Church organist performed the recessional. Following the ceremony, the string quartet relocated to the nearby Château Laurier where they performed selection of light classical music.

Wedding Planner: Marian Salah-Brisson WPICC, IWPIC

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This was our first time performing at St Joseph’s Church in Hamilton, and it was a fantastic experience. The church is located in the trendy Locke St., with its interesting shops and great restaurants. Something that made this wedding additionally special for us and of course the guests and bride and groom is that we were able to work with the organist, Stillman Matheson to make the music for the ceremony really stand out. For the ceremony we performed out beautiful list of Romantic Selection that the clients chose from the Guide to Wedding music and Sample programs that we have on our website. Many couples have found it a helpful resource to use when choosing wedding ceremony music, and I’m glad it helped our clients. The program for the wedding ceremony was:

Bridesmaids Processional Bach air on the G string

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria

Recessional: Mendelsohn Wedding March

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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.

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