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Nicole and Mark’s wedding ceremony, string trio, August 17, Ravine Vineyard, Niagara

“The trio were excellent. Set up in plenty of time and played all of the songs we requested beautifully... Couldn't have asked for more!”

The next day, Duo d’Amore was back at Ravine Vineyard, this time with a string trio of two violins and cello to perform for Mark and Nicole’s wedding. This wedding could not have been more different, though it was equally fantastic, and very dramatic. Ravine has two sites where couples can get married: the site we performed at the day before is situated just around the corner from the parking lot (this is actually much better than it sounds) and affords a beautiful uninterrupted view of greenery: vines, trees, fresh cut grass, and more an more vines. The site that we performed at for this wedding is in a way more intimate, and it is located at the bottom of the vineyard. Guests arrived here either by walking along a designated row in the vineyard, or were shuttled directly to their seats via a golf cart driven by the staff at Ravine. Then came the helicopter! The groom arrived at the upper ceremony site via a helicopter, which was certainly a dramatic and bold way to arrive at a wedding ceremony! By this time we had setup down the hill, and were expecting the first set of guests to arrive. We performed a number of musical selections and carried onto the ceremony, as soon as the wedding guests were in place. For the processional, we performed two songs the Beatles’ “Here There And Everywhere” for the 8 attendants, and the Etta James classic, At Last. During the signing, we performed Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World”. As we looked over to the signing table, the bride and groom were smiling at us and gave a wide grinned nod of approval. To conclude the ceremony, the trio played “All I Want Is You” by U2. We continued to play a few pieces of music as the guests exited back to the main building. As we were exiting, we congratulated the bride and groom, who said we did a fantastic job!

Attendants Processional: Beatles’ Here There And Everywhere Bride Processional: Etta James: At Last Signing of the register: Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World Recessional: U2: All I Want Is You

Wedding Planner: Kassandra at Ravine Winery

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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Ravine vineyard is located in the heart of Niagara, and unlike many of Niagara wineries, rather than a flat landscape, Ravine Vineyards landscape is full of rolling hills and beautiful vistas, which makes for a magical location for a wedding. In speaking with Laura and Matt weeks and months prior to the wedding, they decided on having classical music played by the violin and cello prior to the wedding, and a mix of classical for the ceremony itself (see below). The ceremony was officiated by John Shore from Kettle Creek Weddings, who did a marvelous job, and was happy to work with us again. After the ceremony ended, the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’ouevres at the stunning outdoor bar, which we performed many of the clients favorite pop songs. As usual, everything was spectacular, thanks to Ravine and especially Lis from Bliss!

Pre-ceremony: Assortment of romantic traditional songs (Massenet Meditation from Thais and additional classical)

Ceremony: Processional: Canon in D Bride Processional: Give me Love by Ed Sheeran (TBD- could extend Canon in D) Signing: Somewhere over the Rainbow in the style of Israel K Recessional: no strings required. Bagpipe to pipe recessional

Cocktail Hour: Here Comes the Sun-Beatles Here, There and Everywhere-Beatles Imagine- John Lennon/Beatles Something-Beatles Unchained Melody Unforgettable-Nat King Cole) All You Need Is Love-Beatles) Bittersweet Symphony-The Verve Moon River-Mancini What A Wonderful World-Louis Armstrong Can’t Help Falling in Love-Elvis Never Say Never-The Fray Runaway-The Corrs Secrets-One Republic Yellow-Coldplay) You Raise Me Up-Josh Groban Fix You-Coldplay In My Place-Coldplay

Venue: Ravine Vineyard Officiant: John Shore with Kettle Creek Weddings, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Wedding Planner: Lisa at Bliss Events www.blissevents.ca Wedding musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Carrie and Scott’s wedding ceremony at Saskatoon Farm, violin and cello duo, August 4, 2013, De Winton AB

This wedding was gorgeous and the weather was just perfect! It was Duo d’Amore’s first time performing at Saskatoon Farm, and it too was beautiful. Our clients Carrie and Scott had great selections of classical string music at their wedding ceremony. Here is the full list:

 

Prelude: A mix of classical music including a Brandenburg Concerto movement by Bach

Seating of the Parents: Clarke Trumpet Voluntary

Bridesmaids: Pachelbel Canon

Bride: Processional: Wagner Wedding March

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

 

Photo: Rowan Jane Photography

Wedding Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet, Calgary

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Lisa and Brad’s wedding ceremony at the Thompson Hotel, violin & cello duo, August 4, 2013,Toronto ON

Our string duo performed at this exceptional wedding where everything went so smoothly that there was definitely an aspect of “this was meant to be” about the whole event. Our string duo performed an exceptionally tailored program during the ceremony, which sounded amazing:

Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon D
Signing: Vivaldi: Winter from the Four Seasons
Recessional: Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum

 

Photo: blogto.com

Wedding Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet, Toronto

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Natasha and Michael’s wedding ceremony at the Estates of Sunnybrook, violin and cello duo, August 4, 2013, Toronto ON

“Duo d'Amore was an absolute pleasure to work with and helped ensure a perfect day for my husband, myself and my guests. Many guests remarked how elegant and beautiful it was to have musical accompaniment for our ceremony. Matthew and his colleagues were very responsive, helpful, accommodating and professional. I literally recommended them to a bride-to-be on my wedding day. Pleasure to work with and have a broad range of selections and happy to help you with recommendations.” Natasha, bride

This ceremony took place in the lower ballroom of the Vaughan Estate in the grand and elegant Estates of Sunnybrook. An interesting feature of this ceremony was the signing music. Of course the bridal processional is very dramatic, and the recessional is full of energy, with clapping and excitement of the guests, but it was the music the clients chose for the signing that stood out for us. The signing is the point in the ceremony where there is not much going on, perhaps the least exciting point, even. The bride and groom are just signing documents. However, this is a spot where like the processional the music really has am important part to play. I have to congratulate Natasha and Michael on their choice of Unchained Melody. Not only is it a song that many people will recognize, albeit in a different arrangement for violin and cello duo, but it is one that will keep peoples interest in an elegant and understated way prior to the recessional.

Processional – Pachelbel Canon in D  

Signing – Unchained melody

Recessional – I think I Wanna Marry You

Wedding Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet, Toronto

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Sandy and Pawel’s wedding ceremony at Blessed Sacrament Church, violin & cello duo, August 3, 2013, Ottawa ON

The bride and groom were married in the spacious and striking Blessed Sacrament Church in Ottawa. As we have performed at this venue in the past, the ceremony flowed effortlessly. One of the nice things is we were able to include quite a bit of music. As performing music is our passion, and we want to fill the service with music, we thought that the choices and the order of songs worked our perfectly.

Before mass: 


1. Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons
2. Mouret Rondeau
3. Trumpet Voluntary - Purcell

4. Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke

 

During mass:

1. Bridesmaids: Bach Air on the G string 

2. Bride: Wagner Bridal Chorus

3. Signing:  Meditation from Thais

4. Communion: Massenet:  Bach-Gounod Ave Maria

5. Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

 

 

Wedding String Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet, Ottawa

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 “We thought the musicians were great, the music was great and our guests loved it as well.   We really appreciated their professionalism, punctuality and performance. Thanks so much for your help!” Robert, groom

Indoor weddings in the summer are just great—we are always happy to perform indoors and many of the guests often greatly prefer indoor wedding to outdoor, especially in August, and especially if you have elderly or young children at the event. In the case of a heat wave or cold and damp weather, a Church wedding or other indoor location will always go off without a hitch! This was a very nice wedding, which combined the traditional church wedding with a number of modern and popular music choices, which received a number of positive comments from the guests.

Bridesmaids: Viva La Vida

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing; All I Want Is You, and I Think I Wanna Marry You by Bruno Mars

Recessional: Beatles: All You Need Is Love

Wedding String Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet

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Megan and Jim’s wedding ceremony at the Eglinton Grand, violin and Cello duo, August 3, 2013, Toronto ON

“You have been so great to work with in planning our music and I appreciate it!” Megan, bride

Once again, we were honored to take part is such a beautiful wedding ceremony. This ceremony really reflected the bride and groom, as they worked hard to choose music that reflected the both of them: modern but with a real sense of occasion and style. We performed Secrets by one republic for the bridesmaids, followed by a great rendition of A Thousand Years by Christina Perry. This song is sure to become a wedding classic and we are so pleased when clients ask us to play this as it works so well. The couple also had a unity candle and a signing of the register where our violinist and cellist performed All I want is U2 by Bono/U2, and we finished off with Today by the Smashing Pumpkins! What a great mix of music!

Photo: www.eglintongrand.com

Wedding String Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet, Toronto

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Rockcliffe Park Pavilion is an ideal spot for live music, especially a wedding ceremony! Our violin and cello duo performed two songs for the processional—one for the bridesmaids (Trumpet Tune) and a separate song for the bride to make her grand entrance (Pachelbel Canon). When the time came for the signing of the register our violinist and cellist performed the wedding classic Ave Maria (the Bach-Gounod version) and quickly switched to Mendelsohn’s wedding March as the newlyweds walked down to aisle.

Processional:

Mothers and Bridesmaids: Purcell Trumpet Tune

Bride: Canon in D

Signing: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

Wedding Planner: Alyssa Bignelle

Wedding String Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet, Ottawa

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Having performed at a number of Fairmont hotels across Canada, it was lovely to perform for a cocktail reception on the balcony of the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary. We received many comments about the great performance by our string ensemble. Throughout the process we had a lovely time dealing with the main planner Lesley Plumley at Magical Moments as well as the staff at the Hotel.

Event Planner: Lesley Plumley, Magical Moments

Photography: Andras Schram

Décor; Great Event Rentals

Décor: GAPS

Décor: Dreamer Event Rentals

DJ: Fun Factory

Flowers: Philip Chong Flower Bar

Hair: Influence Salon

Make Up: Trena Laine

Venue: Courtyard Marriot Airport

Videography: Matan Korin

Stationary: Creative Weddings

Venue: Fairmont Palliser

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

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Megan and Garett’s wedding ceremony at Glencoe Golf and Country Club, violin and cello duo, July 27, 2013, Calgary AB

This was our first time performing at Glencoe Gold and Country Club, and we would love to perform there again, as everything was exceptional. Regarding music song selections, our clients chose very classical and beautiful music to accompany the ceremony. It was also nice that they added a sand ceremony to the wedding, and this is a great opportunity for a very simple and quite short piece of music—in this case our musicians performed Amazing Grace which added a nice touch to the wedding ceremony at the beautiful outdoor location at Glencoe Golf Course in Calgary.

Bridesmaids: Bach Air on the G String

Bride: Wagner Bridal Chorus

Sand Ceremony: Amazing Grace

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Recessional: Mendelsohn: Wedding March

Photo Source: Glencoegolf.org

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

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This wedding was a beautiful expression of the couple’s love, as family and friends surrounded them. It was particularly nice musically as there was an organist and we were able to work alongside them to create a really nuanced and exceptional musical experience for the bride, groom and all of their guests. See below for the full program:

Bridesmaids Processional: Canon in D

Bride Processional: Here Comes the Bride - organist

Signing: O Mio Babbino Caro

Offerings: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria

Communion: Panis Angelicus

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March - organist

Catholic Mass musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and string quartets, Toronto

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Christine and Henry’s Wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, violin and cello duo, July 27, 2013,Montebello QC

“The musicians were fantastic. Although Christine and I did not get much of a chance to hear them play (we were getting pictures done), everyone commented on how wonderful it was to hear them play at the cocktail hour and the ceremonyChristine and Henry

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

 

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We always like performing at Strathmere Inn, as the staff are so nice and accommodating, and Alex and Tanya’s wedding was no exception. We started the ceremony with the U2 classic All I want is you—this made the bride’s entrance quite special, as it is easy to make a grand entrance with this music as the soundtrack. For the signing of the register, our violinist and cellist performed Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love. The ceremony ended with raucous applause to Beautiful Day, also by U2. We also performed an interesting variety of upbeat music during the cocktail reception following the wedding ceremony.

 

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

 

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Annie and Alex’s wedding ceremony at the AGO, violin and cello duo, July 20 Toronto ON

This wedding ceremony had class, style and beauty written all over it! We always enjoy performing at Baillie’s court in the Art Gallery of Ontario. “Baillie Court is located on the third floor of the newly constructed south tower and is accessed by three guest elevators. With Douglas fir finished, sound proof and retractable air walls, Baillie Court can be divided into three separate and distinct event spaces. A custom designed ceiling grid houses a range of lighting, sound and other in house features.”

Annie and Alex chose a program and selection of traditional classical music, that really seemed to fit with the modern venue and the style to their ceremony, from the first notes of Pachelbel Canon to the last strains of the Mendelssohn wedding March as guests were clapping and celebrating the newly married couple.

Ceremony songs:
Bridesmaids: Pachelbel Canon
Bride: Wagner Wedding March (Here Comes the Bride)
Signing: Vivaldi: Winter from the Four Seasons
Recessional: Mendelssohn: Wedding March
Wedding Venue: AGO
Ceremony Music: 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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“Duo d'Amore's performance was spectacular. It was the perfect musical touch for our antipasto and reception... wonderful performers and very professional.” Sabrina

Once again, a very satisfied client and a great performance at the courtyard of the Liberty Grand in Toronto. We are always excited to work hard to make sure that we provide the best service possible, and we are so happy when clients fell the same way. Thanks and congratulations!

Reception musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and string quartets, Toronto

 

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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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Duo d’Amore performed a beautiful ceremony and cocktail reception at the herb Garden in Almonte, ON. This venue is just a few minutes outside of Ottawa, and made for a tranquil and memorable occasion. Pachelbel Canon in D was performed as the bride walked in the lush grass towards the groom, at the elegant, white Victorian gazebo. Bach’s Wachet Auf and Handel’s Hornpipe followed for the signing and recessional. After the ceremony, the cocktail reception was held outdoors. Our violinist and cellist performed under the porch area of an old log cabin, and received many enthusiastic comments from the guests. One again, it was a pleasure to perform at such a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. Congratulations Shandi and Ryan!

Venue: The Herb Garden, Almonte ON
Wedding ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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