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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