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Katherine + Marc’s wedding at Ellis Chapel, April 18, 2015, violin and cello duo Cambridge wedding ceremony musicians

Ellis Chapel is a beautiful little church, tucked out of the way between Cambridge and Kitchener Waterloo in the country. Every time we perform here it is magical, in a peaceful way. This wedding started out with guests arriving to light classical music, which filled the chapel and made everyone feel welcome and at ease. The first part of the ceremony where there is a specific point to highlight music is when the bridesmaids and wedding party walk up the aisle and stand at either side of the bride and groom. For this (there was one bridesmaid) the violinist and cellist performed a great rendition of Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, and transitioned into the brides walk down the aisle. After the vows comes the signing of the register and this is a great spot for more contemplative classical music, such as the Bach Gounod Ave Maria, which fits perfectly. As the ceremony concluded with the officiant pronouncing the couple as husband and wife, the exuberant La Réjouissance from the Royal Fireworks was performed amidst clapping and cheering from the guests.

 

Prelude: classical mix

Processional:  A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

Signing of the registry:  Bach - Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional:  Handel La Réjouissance from the Royal Fireworks

 

Ceremony music KW/Cambridge: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Carol + Bohdan’s wedding at the Paroisses Diocese de Gatineau-Hull, October 18, 2014, violin and cello duo Ottawa Wedding ceremony musicians

This was a beautiful Catholic ceremony, with very traditional selections. In the process of planning the music selections, the bride was going to have a singer that unfortunately could not make it to the ceremony, but luckily we were able to work something out, and performed an instrumental version of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

We often perform in Catholic weddings, and were again excited to be a part of Carol and Bohdan’s wedding day. For other couples planning a Catholic wedding, or looking for ideas for song selections, here is the listing of what this beautiful couple chose. As always we were happy to use our years of experience to make sure the music began and ended at the right points, and the songs were tailored to fit what the bride and groom wanted, with input from the Church as well.

1- fiancée (accompanied by his sister)  Clarke Trumpet Voluntary 
2- wedding party (flower girls, ring bearer, bridemaids) Charpentier 
Prelude from Te Deum 
3- bride (accompanied by bride's mother) Pachelbel in Canon D 

For the Signing 

1- Hallelujah  

For the Communion

1- Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring 
2- Bach Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake) 

For the Recessional 

1- Mouret Rondeau 
2- Purcell Trumpet Tune 

 

Photo credit: http://www.paroissejeanxxiii.ca/

 

Ceremony music Ottawa/Gatineau: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

 

 

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Tatiana + Jeff’s wedding at the Arta Gallery, October 17, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto Wedding ceremony musicians

This was such a beautiful wedding, held at the Arta Gallery in the distillery district. Our violinist and cellist have performed here in the past, and there is something so captivating about this place, as it seems to be on the one hand frozen in time, and on the other resolutely in the here and now. The ceremony itself was wonderful, as were the acoustics—because of the high ceilings and the exposed brick the sound is well defined and full. The strings really bloom in the space and it’s perfect for a wedding. Below is the ceremony music program with the couples choices:

 

Guest Arrival:  Coldplay, Fix You (plus other pop)

Processional: Bach Air on the G String

Bride's Entrance: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Christina Perri: A Thousand Years

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

 

Photo and Photo credit:  Stacey Kinkaid 

 

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

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Milani + Karlo’s wedding at Deer Creek Golf Club, October 12, 2014, violin and cello, Ajax Wedding Musicians

The weather was just wonderful for this ceremony at Deer Creek Golf Course in Ajax. Early October was unseasonably warm with temperatures reaching into the high teens, and hardly a cloud in the sky. During the wedding planning process, I spoke and exchanged emails with Milani the bride, who was just lovely. She was interested in a very classic wedding ceremony with an additional song added. Because this was a Filipino wedding ceremony (which we are very familiar with) there can be a number of additional spots for music. I should also note that every Filipino wedding we have ever performed at has always been one centred on a large loving family—everyone has an amazingly good time.

 

Bridal party processional: Pachelbel Canon in D

Bride entrance: Bach Air on a G String

Cord and veil ceremony: Bach Arioso

Signing: Bach Jesu of Mans desiring
 
Recessional: Handel La Rejouissance 

 

Photo and video credit: Beyond Infiniti Photography  

 

Wedding ceremony music Ajax/GTA: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

 

Here is a listing of the music that was performed by our most popular ensemble, the violin and cello duo:

 

 

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Melanie + Andrew’s wedding ceremony at the Cambridge Mill, October 12, 2014, violin and cello duo, Cambridge Wedding Ceremony Musicians

Melanie and Andrew were looking to create a fun, eclectic, yet still classically styled wedding with the music following suit.

We always want to ease guests into the wedding experience with beautiful prelude music—music that is not too upbeat but still have some movement and energy, though on the lighter side to make guests feel welcomed. For this the lovely couple chose pop selections such as Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley, Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri to be performed.

Once the ceremony was about to start, the bridesmaids walked down the beautiful aisle in the pavilion of the Cambridge Mill to Beyonce’s Halo. The piece is actually kind of surprising, as it reflects a very classical sensibility. It is a perfect choice to walk to as well, and one that we often recommend.

For Melanie’s processional, the string ensemble performed Beautiful Day by U2. During the signing of the register we also performed a very non traditional selection (but one which the groom was particularly excited to hear) the Top Gun Anthem.

When the officiant pronounced and introduced the couple the violinist and cellist played a great rendition of I think I want to marry you by Bruno Mars. It is always lovely to play at the Cambridge Mill (and the acoustics really enhance and amplify the strings) and we can’t wait to be back! 

Photo credit: CX Photography

Wedding ceremony music Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Genevieve + Ralph’s wedding ceremony at Azuridge Estate, October 11, 2014, violin and cello duo, Calgary Wedding Ceremony Musicians

Genevieve was a true pleasure to talk with throughout the music planning process, and her ceremony was nothing short of fantastic. Music was bright, light and combined classical music which our violin and cello player performed for the prelude and processional (Pachelbel Canon). The groom and his parents walked into U2’s Beautiful Day and for the signing of the register we performed Fix You by Coldplay.

And it truly was a beautiful day. Originally the ceremony was supposed to be held inside at Azuridge Estate, but as the mercury climbed almost to 18C, the ceremony was moved outdoors, and we were happy to accommodate!

 

Photo and video credit: Parfait Productions

 

Genevieve + Ralph // Highlight Reel // Azuridge Wedding // Calgary Wedding Videographers // Parfait Productions from Parfait Productions on Vimeo.

 

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Kyle + Kyle’s wedding ceremony at the Gardiner Museum, October 11, 2014, solo cellist, Toronto, Wedding cello player Toronto

This wedding, held at the Gardiner Museum, was both modern and classic, in equal measure, both as an event in itself and musically. Music was very important to both Kyle’s and they chose a very unique and interesting collection of ceremony songs for their ceremony. As for the instruments, they also chose a unique selection: solo cello, which was quite a bold choice, but it worked very well with their song choices.

During the prelude, the very classical and romantic The Swan was performed. This is an absolutely gorgeous piece of music, written by the French composer Saint-Saens as part of a collection of works scored for various instruments, of which the Swan is one of the most famous components. You can read more about it here

Going from strength to strength, the processional was the prelude from Bach’s Cello suite number 1, and this piece is also a first class solo piece for the cello. During the signing of the register, the tone changed to embrace for contemporary music, with All I Ask of You being performed. And as the couple walked out during the triumphant recessional, the theme from Rhapsody in Blue was performed. All I can say is that we were so delighted to make Kyle and Kyle’s wedding memorable, tying the ceremony together with beautiful music. 

Prelude: The Swan

Processional: Bach Cello Suite No 1

Signing: All I ask of you (Phantom of the Opera)

Recessional: Theme from Rhapsody in Blue

Photography and photo credit: MKPhotographics
Venue: Gardiner Museum
Suits: Gotstyle and Holt Renfrew
Macarons: Bobbette & Belle
Caterer: A La Carte Kitchen
Candy: Old Time Confections
Audio/Visual: Freeman Audio Visual
Graphic Design: Kyle Caven
Planner: Kyle Smith & his maid of honour
Flowers: Tory (maid of honour) & Shane Willsmith

Additional details and beautiful photos by MKPhototographics can be  seen here

Wedding ceremony music Toronto: Duo d'Amore-string duos, trios and string quartets

 

 

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Sarah and Eryn’s wedding at Rockway Vineyards, October 11, 2014, violin and cello duo, St Catharines ON, violin and cello duo, Niagara wedding music

This was a fantastic ceremony, and even the weather cooperated! It was Duo d’Amore’s first time performing at Rockway Vineyards, and everything went perfectly! The staff at the winery was friendly, and as it was quite warm the wedding was even outside which is quite a rare thing in October. Us being string players, with the colder weather and even more serious lower humidity can to terrible things (irreparable in some cases) to our expensive instruments, but this wedding worked out great!

For music the couple chose classical selections, including Bach Air and Pachelbel Canon for the processional. During the signing, a friend sang (which added a wonderful touch to the wedding) and our violin and cello duet performed once again for the recessional! What a wonderful wedding!

 

Photo credit: Rosetta Li Wedding Photography

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Marta + James’ wedding ceremony at the Abraham Erb Grist Mill, October 4, 2014, solo violinist, Waterloo wedding musicians

Fall wedding ceremonies are fantastic, and Maria and James wedding was no exception. The ceremony was held indoors at the Abraham Erb Grist Mill, right near Waterloo Park. We have performed here for over 10 years, and even though the venue is right in the heart of Uptown Waterloo, it always feels like you are in the country. The beautiful rich colours also make it a wonderful time for outdoor photos, as seen from the beautiful images by Hillier Photography

Martha and James did a great job of choosing songs. It always amazes me when clients send me their music selections and I would not change a thing, and this was the case with the well-chosen selections. As the venue was small, the clients chose a solo violin player for the ceremony, which was a nice touch.

The processional was the much-loved classic, Pachelbel Canon, and this was used for the wedding party and the bride. The signing music was Bach Jesu Joy, and we often recommend this for the signing portion of the ceremony, as it is just the right length, and it helps that this has more of an upbeat feel to it, which looks forward to the recessional, which is typically faster in tempo. As the couple exited as husband and wife, Mouret Rondeau was performed, as this gave both a sense of excitement as well as a really nice classic feel to conclude the wedding ceremony. Congratulations!

 

Processional:  Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Recessional: Mouret Rondeau

 

Wedding ceremony music Waterloo/Kitchener: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Processional: Pachelbel Canon

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

Recessional: Bruno Mars: Marry You

 

Wedding Vendors:

Photographer and photo credit:  Sandra Stephenson Photography

Venue: Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario

Dress Designer: Garber’s Bridal – Justin Alexander

Hair Stylist: Evoke

Makeup Artist: Jennifer Evoy

Floral Designer: Peter Paul’s Flowers

Cinema and Video: Barefoot Photographer

Officiant: Ceremony Matters

Caterer: Liberty Group

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Vanessa + John’s outdoor wedding ceremony at Le Belvedere, September 27, 2014, violin and cello duo, Wakefield Quebec wedding musicians

If there is one thing that set this wedding apart from other ceremonies that we have performed tat Le Belvedere, or anywhere else, it’s the variety and eclectic combination of songs that the bride and groom chose for the ceremony. Everything from Guns n Roses to Elvis to Vivaldi, and there were even more surprises. Our violinist and cellist even had the opportunity to accompany the bride’s Aunt, as she beautifully sung a song during the signing of the register. I am sure that this was exciting for all of the guests, and we love to go that extra mile to really make the ceremony special for everyone. Combined with the beautiful location at Le Belvedere this ceremony really reflected the couple and their family on such a joyous and happy day! Congratulations

Processional (Groomsmen + Groom Entrance): Sweet Child of Mine-Guns N’ Roses

Processional (Bridesmaids Entrance): Pachelbel’s: Canon in D

Processional (Bride Entrance): Can't Help Falling in Love

Vanessa's Aunt Sings:  Blessed the Broken Road (in E Flat)

Signing: Vivaldi: Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Viva la Vida - Coldplay 

 

Wedding Vendors:

Photography: Joel Bedford

Venue Le Belvedere

Make Up Noah V.

Gown With Love Bridal

Flowers Ottawa Flowers

Cake Thimblecakes

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Dueling Cellos at Burdock, Toronto

Toronto (and Duo d’Amore) cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt are presenting their own concert featuring works from composers such as Boccherini, Popper, Gliere and Coblentz, along with a few special surprises.  If that’s not enough to entice you, they will be playing at a wonderful new gastropub called ​Burdock​, at 1184 Bloor Street West, just west of Dufferin Station. Come enjoy some delicious food and tasty microbrew while listening to us rock out!

 

Doors will open at 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance show, and $10 at the door.  If you happen to be a Facebook user,

clicking attend on the event page will help us get a better idea of numbers to expect!

Event Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/1645397009070575/

Tickets
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/972137

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Duo d’Amore on Great Canadian Weddings: Alex and Sean, September 20, 2014, Ottawa wedding musicians

We are proud to announce that this beautiful wedding was featured on Great Canadian Weddings blog, Facebook and Instagram, and our violin and cello duo great time performing for this beautiful wedding ceremony in Ottawa.

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The site is a great resource, and the photos are beautiful: http://www.greatcanadianweddings.com/new-blog-1/rfbuaji7j5nycgokg5fkiuf6cizeah

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Amber + Ben’s wedding ceremony at St George’s Banquet Hall, July 19, 2014, violin and cello duo, Waterloo Ontario wedding musicians

Thank you so much! It was amazing and the duo put it over the top” Amber and Ben

It was so nice to work with Amber and Ben to plan the music for their wedding.  In fact, Amber made everything so easy by choosing such great songs for the ceremony, with a wonderful flow, and a mix of high energy upbeat songs, more traditional classical and even some rock selections as well. The ceremony took place at St George’s Banquet Hall, technically in Waterloo but just a stone’s throw from the quaint village of St Jacobs. After arriving and setting up we performed a number of popular and classical selections for the guests arrival just prior to the start of the wedding ceremony. For the processional, there were two songs—one song for the wedding party (there were 5 bridesmaids) and another song for the bride. This was exactly the right choice, as two songs are better than one when there are more than two bridesmaids. The violinist and cellist started the ceremony off with Bittersweet Symphony for the bridesmaid, then expertly transitioned into Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the brides processional. Then came the vows and the rigs and the signing of the registry. The signing is a beautiful point in the ceremony for soft music, and the string duet performed Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, and ended the song as the bride and groom came back to the centre of the aisle. As the officiant pronounced them husband and wife and they walked down the aisle we performed Sweet Child of Mine, which was a great way to get the party started as the couple and guests went off to the reception. Congratulations!

Photographer and photo credit: Clickr Photography 

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Summer 2015 Wedding Season; Feeling Thankful; Awesome Accolades and New Reviews

As June wraps up, wedding season is just about in full swing, and will continue until September, when things start to slow down. One of the great things (knock on wood) about 2015 so far is that the weather, while quite variable during the week, has been uniformly great across the country on weekends, something that we are thankful for, and we hope it continues all year long!

Another thing that we are thankful for of late is the awesome feedback and exposure that our string ensemble has received over the past few months.  Just a few weeks ago, a wedding that our Toronto wedding ensemble of violin and cello held at the Four Seasons was featured on the Wedluxe blog:

http://wedluxe.com/a-modern-black-tie-wedding-infused-with-elegance/

And just prior to that, another Toronto wedding ceremony that we performed at was featured on event source:

http://www.eventsource.ca/blog/cheryl-andres-stunning-wedding-malaparte

As if that weren’t exciting enough, we have received lost of great feedback from clients across the country, and here are two recent reviews:

My wedding was just this past Saturday and I have to say Duo D'Amore hit it out of the park! My ceremony music was exceptional! A big thank you to Matthew for all of his rapid communication with me! I must have sent the poor man 20 panicked emails after meeting with our priest each time and finding out about something that wasn't previously communicated to me that the musicians had to do. Matthew made sure everything was taken care of and always put me at ease. I would absolutely recommend Duo D'Amore to anyone looking for beautiful music for their event.” Elysse, bride

 

Thank you so much for your wishes below and please thank the duo that performed at my wedding – it was absolutely beautiful. They played wonderfully and I look forward to many future performances very soon!” Emily, bride

 

Photo: the beautiful ceremony site at Ravine Vineyards, Niagara

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Brittany + Rob’s wedding ceremony at Atlantis Pavilion, July 18, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto wedding ceremony musicians

The music was beautiful for the ceremony. I especially loved Pachelbel coming down the aisle and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri during the signing.” Brittany, bride

 

 

Brittany was great to work with. She has lots of great ideas for choosing the wedding songs, and we worked together to make sure that there was variety in the styles of music, as well as a great flow, which is very important. I enjoyed the fact that the ceremony started out with classical selections, and moved on to more modern selections as the ceremony progressed. The classical selections were quite upbeat: Bach's Jesu Joy has great movement as it is based on a dance tune, and it is also fun to walk down the aisle and Pachelbel Canon (in our version) also moves along at a stately yet brisk pace. The two of them work very well together for this reason. For the signing, A Thousand Years is a great addition to the program, as it slows things down a bit, yet injects a more modern vibe into the ceremony, which continues with  the great Beautiful Day, which not only ended the ceremony, but reinforced what a beautiful day it was!

 

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

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Christina Perri: A Thousand Years and Enya: Only Time

Recessional: U2: Beautiful Day

 

Toronto Wedding Vendors:

Event Planner: Jenny Foster Vaya

Venue: Atlantis Pavilion

Videographer: In the Moment Productions

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We were very happy with Duo d’Amore. We got a string duo (violin and cello) for our wedding last weekend. We had had the idea of having the theme from Zelda (beloved video game from our childhood with an awesome theme song) as our Recessional tune, but I wasn't sure how easy it would be to find musicians who would go through the trouble of making a custom arrangement for us, and I was worried such a thing might up the cost. They did a great job; many of our guests recognized the tune and commented on it, we got a lot of love for that one haha! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Duo d'Amore, especially if you want some awesome/quirky custom arrangements” Nadine, bride

 

Described as “the perfect vineyard wedding” by Vineyard Bride we were glad to have provided the soundtrack to the amazing ceremony. Our violinist and cellist performed the following playlist in the beautiful gazebo at Kurtz Orchards Farm Estate. We also had the opportunity to work alongside two very talented people, Megan  the wedding planner from Weddings Tied With Lace, which is always a pleasure, and Elizabeth the photographer from Elizabeth in Love. Great things happen with a great team, and the real congratulations go to the amazing bride and groom!

Bridesmaids' / flower children processional: What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Bride's processional: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Across the Universe and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Recessional: Theme from Legend of Zelda

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New for 2015-Duo d’Amore adds ukulele to instrument lineup

New for 2015-Duo d’Amore adds ukulele to instrument lineup

We are extremely excited to add the ukulele to our wedding and event music starting in the summer of 2015. As far as we know we are the first Canadian wedding and event ensemble to do this!The ukulele is super hot and trendy at the moment, and we love it as well. Why the ukulele? As a classical and pop string ensemble performing especially for wedding ceremonies, our clients are always on the search for something new and unexpected, and the ukulele is perfect, and also sounds great with either the violin or cello. We can really see the ukulele working extremely well at small to medium sized weddings. Can you picture for example a classical string ensemble performing the music of Bach for the wedding party and bridesmaids walk down the aisle, and then switching to ukulele and cello for a Hawaiian version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow--it would be so unexpected and give a completely different, fun exciting sound to a piece that we perform with the violin and cello.

 

As we are just starting to put together our ukulele and violin and cello music, let us know what songs you might like!

 

 

 

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Jessica + David’s wedding at Hernder Estates Winery, July 5, 2014, violin and cello duo, Niagara wedding ceremony musicians

This wedding ceremony was bright, summery and (aside from the gale force winds) absolutely gorgeous. We arrived quite early prior to the ceremony, as this was our first time at Hernder Estate Winery, located just outside of St Catharines. We found the wedding planner and had a quick chat, and began to setup our chairs, and as the ceremony venue was by the pond, we brought along our tent, and set that up as well. We had to improvise as even though the pegs were into the ground, the tent was in danger of blowing away (see the trees in the background by the very talented photographer Robyn Russell). We borrowed a few rocks from the pond to secure the tent and all was well. By the time we ere setup (about 10 minutes) the guests had not arrived yet, and it is always nice to be so prepared well in advance.

When the guests began to arrive we performed some upbeat pop songs, including hits by Elvis and the Beatles, to keep the mood light and fun. During this time, Sheldon Kofsky the officiant arrived and we received a cue from the planner that the bridesmaids’ processional was about to begin.

The mood shifted with the music selections to include the lovely open knit and fresh sounding music of Bach when the four bridesmaids and flower girl walked up the aisle, and took their places. At that point we paused for a few seconds, and began the famous Pachelbel’s Canon for the bride and her father’s walk. When they had reached the front of the aisle overlooking the pond and bridge at Hernder, we created a seamless and melodic ending, which was perfectly timed.

The next part of the ceremony where music happens is during the signing of the register, following the vows and kiss. For this section the mood was a little bit quieter, as we performed Bach’s Sleepers Awake, before the triumphant Mendelsohn’s Wedding March was heard as the couple were introduced as husband and wife for the first time.

 

Wedding Ceremony Music Selections

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing of the register: Bach: Sleepers Awake

Recessional: Mendelsohn Wedding March

 

Niagara Wedding Vendors

Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaids Dresses: David Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes: Moores


MUAH: Beyoutiful Brides


Venues: Hilton Fallsview Hotel & Hernder Estate Winery

Minister: Sheldon Kofsky


Musicians: Duo D’Amore


Florist: BBBlooms Floral Studio


Bakery: The Frosted Cupcake


Photographer and photo credit: Robyn Russell

Linens: Gotcha Covered


DJ: Alpha Audio Visual

 

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