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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.

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

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Our last wedding ceremony was just a month ago in September at the Nordic Centre and it was good to be back. Our violinist and cellist performed an interesting program of music for this wedding that included a mix of more popular and modern songs with more traditional music s well. We started to play as guests were arriving and being seated. The first song that the string ensemble performed was for the groomsmen as the walked in. Although this part of the ceremony typically happens in silence Bittersweet symphony was a natural choice of the opening of the wedding ceremony. The bridesmaids walked to The Rose by Bette Midler, and the bride came in to the famous Pachelbel canon in D. The signing continued with classical music (this is always a great idea) and we performed Bach’s Air on the G string, followed by Viva la Vida by Coldplay for the recessional.

Processional – Groomsmen: The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony

Processional – Bridesmaids: Bette Midler, The Rose

Processional – Bride: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Bach Air on the G String

Recessional: Coldplay, Viva la Vida

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 “Thank you for the beautiful performance! “ Veronique, bride

This was our first time performing at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Ottawa for a wedding ceremony. The couple booked the violin and cello duo to perform for their ceremony, and as they had a full mass, they were able make a great use of Duo d’Amore, as we performed at a number of different points in the wedding ceremony. The couple selected very traditional music for the wedding and were very happy with our performance. Congratulations!

Parents, Attendants and Bridesmaids Processional: Purcell Trumpet Tune

Bridal Processional: Wagner Bridal Chorus

Communion: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring

Signing: Bach-Gonoud: Ave Maria

Recessional; Handel: La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks

 

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Katherine and Daniel’s wedding ceremony at Whistle Bear Golf Course, September 28, 2013, violin & cello duo, Cambridge ON

This wedding had everything going for it: a beautiful couple, a wonderful ceremony at Whistle Bear Golf and Country Club, great weather at the end of September, and of course amazing live music from the Duo d’Amore’s violinist and cellist.

The ceremony music was a particular highlight of this wedding, and the couple chose the ceremony music very well. While the signing and the brides processional were both classical selections, the re was also a modern element to the ceremony as well, s both the music for the bridal party and the recessional were pop hits. This added a nice touch, and blended everything together nicely. We could not have asked for a better day!

Processional bridal party: Theme Song from Up

Processional bride: Pachelbel Canon in D 

Signing: Bach Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake)  

Recessional: Counting Crows: Accidentally in Love

Photo Source: A Million Words Photography

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 We have performed at St Anthony’s Church many times, and it is a lovely location to get married, and the staff at the church are always very helpful, not to mention kind and appreciative of our music!

Lisa and Alexandre’s wedding ceremony there on the 28th of September was a very classic wedding ceremony with songs that are often performed at weddings. We love performing at weddings like these! It’s amazing how many times we have performed songs like The Wagner Bridal Chorus and Ave Maria to name a few, and it is always amazing that each time is different, and each wedding demands a lot of attention and unspoken communication with the musicians as we perform to make sure that songs begin and end at the most appropriate time. This is one of the joys of performing weddings, and we love this aspect of matching our playing and watching the guests and the bride and the priest who we have worked with in the past to deliver not just a solid performance, but one that is in tune with the surroundings, the type of wedding and the wishes of our clients. This is just one of the elements that make’s Duo d’Amore special as a wedding ensemble in Ottawa, and we are luck and fortunate to work with clients who trust us, trust our ability and know that we love what we do, and that this feeling comes out in our performance, our attitude and is transferred to the guests and everyone at the wedding to add to the joy associated with a marriage.

Bridesmaids processional: Pachebel in Canon D

Bride processional: Wagner Bridal Chorus

Signing: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

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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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Cheryl and Luciano’s wedding ceremony at Humber Valley United Church, violin and cello duo, September 21, 2013, Toronto ON

This wedding ceremony was a great bringing together of two people, and interesting time for us, as our violinist and cellist were able to share part of the day’s performance with one of the bridesmaids. We started performing as guests were being seated, and played the beautiful Jesu Joy by Bach as the bridesmaids entered and lined up at the front of the Church,. For the bride our string ensemble played Pachelbel Canon in D. During the signing one of the bridesmaids sang a beautiful rendition of The Prayer, and we serenaded everyone out of the church with Handel’s La Rejouissance. As well the ceremony was beautifully officiated by Roxanna from Love Fete Weddings and Events.

Pre-Ceremony/Groom/Groomsmen entry: Prelude music
Bridesmaids Entry: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Bride Entry: Canon in D (Pachabel)
License Signing: The Prayer, sung by Belinda (bridesmaid)
Recessional: La Rejoussance (Handel)

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Officiant: Roxanna Duncan: Love Fete Weddings and Events

Photo Source: http://www.hvuc.ca

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Rockcliffe Park is a great location for a wedding ceremony in Ottawa, and our string ensemble loves to perform here. Brenda and Brian’s wedding was elegant and refined and not overdone or fussy—the decorations were sparse, but everything had it’s place and was there for a reason. The music for the ceremony was on the one hand, classical and sophisticated, while at the same time is was also somewhat intimate, as well as being full and rich. The processional began with Handel’s Air from the water music—quite a stately beginning to the wedding, which flowed right into Bach’s Jesu Joy from the water music. These two songs work very well together, as the contrast between them makes them even more interesting. The signing music was another piece by Bach, and to complete the ceremony our string players performed the loud and energetic Trumpet Voluntary.

Processional:

1. Handel - Air from Water Music

2. Bach - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Signing:

Bach - Wachet Auf

Recessional:

Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary

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 “The musicians at the ceremony were fantastic yesterday. We received so many compliments! Thank you for making the day extra special.” Danielle, bride.

This ceremony combined classical elegance with modern sensibilities, to create a new hybrid that guests loved! After the guests were seated, the first music that stared the wedding off was Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring by Bach, which we performed as the mothers were escorted and seated. We then performed the romantic and rich Ave Maria, which itself is a hybrid version by both JS Bach and the French composer Charles Gounod who added the top part (played first by the cello) centuries after Bach composed his part. The classical and exceptional Pachelbel canon was played for the bride, and as I have said before—there is a reason why this is performed at so many weddings—it works so well, and guarantees a smooth and beautiful ending as the bride reaches the front of the aisle at the Church. The signing switched gears to Etta James’ At Last, with the ceremony ending to the upbeat Bittersweet Symphony.

Parents coming down the aisle: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)

Bridesmaids processional: Gounod Ave Maria (Bach)

Bride's processional: Pachelbel's Canon in D 

Registry signing: At Last (Etta James)

Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

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This wedding ceremony in Barrie shows off the great variety of wedding music that we perform. It is also a great example of how to have a classic and classy wedding ceremony, but injecting some modern spirit and feel to the entire day.

This is one of the first weddings that our string players have ben apart of where the prelude as the guests arrived was totally popular music, and the ceremony was totally classical music. And the best part? It worked perfectly, and there were many compliments about the music.

We love performing at weddings like this, and are always happy to help brides and grooms with the music selections to make sure that the songs as well as the flow of songs, the order and the ensemble fits in perfectly with what they a have planned.

Prelude

All I Want is You-Bono/U2

Halo-Beyonce

I Think I wanna Marry You-Bruno Mars

Bittersweet Symphony-The Verve

Lucky-Jason Mraz

Viva la Vida-Coldplay

Today-Smashing Pumpkins

Don’t Stop Believin’-Journey

Pumped Up Kicks-Foster the People

Ceremony:

Processional for bridesmaides: Bach Air on the G String

Processional for Bride: Pachabel Canon in D

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

 

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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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Our violinist and cellist really had a great time performing for this wedding ceremony and reception at Stonefield Heritage Farm. Just look at the huge playlist that the bride and groom had for us! This wedding and reception was a highlight for us, as we had the opportunity to showcase our string ensemble’s modern and pop music, which the guests and bride and groom really enjoyed!

Prelude

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

Fields of Gold - Sting

Unchained melody 

Yellow - Coldplay

Imagine - John Lennon

Here comes the sun - Beatles

Can't help falling in love - Elvis 

 

Ceremony:

Processional: Only Time - Enya

Signing: All you need is love - Beatles

Recessional: Viva la Vida - Coldplay

 

Cocktail reception:

All You Need Is Love-Beatles

Beautiful Day-U2

Billie Jean-Michael Jackson

Bittersweet Symphony-The Verve

Drops of Jupiter-Train

Don’t Stop Believin’-Journey

Everlong-Foo Fighters

Fields of Gold-Sting

Fix You-Coldplay

Here Comes the Sun-Beatles

Imagine- John Lennon/Beatles

In My Life-Beatles

In My Place-Coldplay

I Think I Wanna Marry You-Bruno Mars

I Won’t Give Up-Jason Mraz

Pumped Up Kicks-Foster the People

Secrets-One Republic

Stereo Hearts-Gym Class Heroes

Sweet Child of Mine-Guns N’ Roses

Teenage Dream-Katy Perry

Today-Smashing Pumpkins

Viva la Vida-Coldplay

What A Wonderful World-Louis Armstrong

Yellow-Coldplay

 

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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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Nicole and Michael’s wedding ceremony at The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, violin and cello duo, September 14, 2013, Ottawa ON

Our violinist and cellist performed for an indoor wedding ceremony at the Royal Ottawa Golf and Country Club on September 14th, 2013. The clients trusted us to pick the music selections for the ceremony, which is a nice touch, as it provides them with the knowledge that we will select from our favorite wedding music, and that everyone will enjoy a great performance. That is exactly how things went, and it was a beautiful wedding ceremony. Thanks as well to the great photo taken by Jamie Kronick.

Photo Source: Byfield Pitman Photography

Wedding Venue: Royal Ottawa Golf Club

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Martha and Colin had their wedding ceremony in the Rive Gauche room of the Chateau Cartier in Gatineau. The ceremony was simple and elegant, and the music selections fit in beautifully. Depending on the wedding ceremony, we sometimes perform as many as six of seven separate pieces of music, which is nice in it’s own way, but at a wedding like this, and especially with the romantic nature of the music selections, and the beautiful performance by our string ensemble on violin and cello, a smaller number of songs can make a bigger impact. We performed Bach Air on the G string for the bridal processional, and switched time periods from the baroque to the Romantic period for the famous Meditation rom the opera Thais by the French composer Jules Massenet. This piece is all about the violin, with its soaring any lyrical lines. For the recessional, the couple chose Bittersweet Symphony, which provides a great lift and upbeat quality, which carries over to the music at the cocktail reception. Congratulations!

Processional: Bach Air on the G-string

Signing: Massenet: Meditation from Thais

Recessional: The Verve: Bittersweet Symphony

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Stephanie and Mike’s wedding ceremony at the Grand Metropolitan of Mississauga, violin and cello string duo, September 14, 2013, Mississauga ON

The music for this wedding ceremony was arranged in a bit of a different way from other weddings, but it worked well, and provided uniqueness to the day. As the songs were a mix of classical and modern music, many couples choose classical music to be performed as the guests arrive during the prelude and modern music during the ceremony. In this case the clients chose appropriately soft and light modern music for the prelude, and a mix of both modern and classical music during the ceremony. Our string musicians really enjoyed performing the March of the Priests from the Magic Flute by Mozart, as it was a great contrast with the more flowing Pachelbel canon. Though many people already know the Pachelbel canon, it is amazing how different it can sound when paired with another song! The same thing can be said for the traditional recessional song being paired with Leonard Cohen’s beautiful Hallelujah during the signing.

Can't help falling in love - Elvis
The Prayer - Josh Groban
I think I want to marry you - Bruno Mars
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers


Bridesmaid/Flower Girl Processional: March of the Priests from The Magic Flute - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Bride Processional: Pachelbel’s: Canon in D
Signing: Hallelujah-Cohen
Recessional - Mendelssohn Wedding March

Ceremony venue: Grand Metropolitan of Mississauga

Photographer and Photo credit: Molly Photog

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