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NEW Five Star Review-Duo d’Amore Wedding Music Hamilton/Ancaster

Our violinist and cellist performed a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Miler’s Chapel of the Ancaster Mill in June of 2019, and we received a lovely review from the bride. This was originally posted on wedding wire, and you can read this and other reviews of past performances here: https://www.weddingwire.ca/wedding-music/duo-damore–e8347

 

“Incredibly talented and perfectly professional. We selected our ceremony songs but allowed Duo D’Amore to choose the pre-ceremony songs while our guests were seated and we couldn’t be happier with the mood they set for us. We had two musicians play at our Ancaster Mill indoor ceremony and it was the perfect volume and presence needed.”

 

As always, I like to personally respond to customer reviews, and here is what I wrote:

 

Hi Ashley,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a personal review of our services. We LOVE what we do, and I’m always glad when our enthusiasm and dedication come across in performance. All the best for a long and happy marriage!

Warm regards,

Matthew

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NEW Five Star Review-Duo d’Amore Wedding Music Hamilton/Ancaster

Our violinist and cellist performed a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Miler’s Chapel of the Ancaster Mill in June of 2019, and we received a lovely review from the bride. This was originally posted on wedding wire, and you can read this and other reviews of past performances here: https://www.weddingwire.ca/wedding-music/duo-damore–e8347

 

“Incredibly talented and perfectly professional. We selected our ceremony songs but allowed Duo D’Amore to choose the pre-ceremony songs while our guests were seated and we couldn’t be happier with the mood they set for us. We had two musicians play at our Ancaster Mill indoor ceremony and it was the perfect volume and presence needed.”

 

As always, I like to personally respond to customer reviews, and here is what I wrote:

 

Hi Ashley,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a personal review of our services. We LOVE what we do, and I’m always glad when our enthusiasm and dedication come across in performance. All the best for a long and happy marriage!

Warm regards,

Matthew

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Markham Wedding Music-New Review

Here is lovely review posted to Weddingwire by Stephanie (the bride) from a wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at the Markham event centre on May 19, 2019. 

Our experience with Duo d’Amore was outstanding. It was a last minute decision, not even 10 days before the wedding. They’ve made sure everything would be set up perfectly and gave us recommendations to help with the music selection. They created a truly magical atmosphere. This was the wedding of our dreams and they were the final touch, everyone absolutely loved them. Thank you so much !!

 

Stephanie and Terry

 

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Corporate entertainment Ottawa: Duo d’Amore performance for SNC LAVALIN/Candu Energy reception

  “Thanks so much for organizing. Your crew was on-time and awesome. Lots of great feedback.”

 

Our string trio (two violins and cello) was hired to perform for a corporate reception on February 28th  2019, for a corporate customer reception at the Westin Ottawa. The event was held at Daly’s on the third floor, and we were happy to perform for the guests. Most guests were between the ages of 25-65, and we created an interesting and fun playlist of upbeat pop as well as classical music.

 

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Wedding string quartet Toronto: Gary and Adora’s wedding March 31, 2018, Tyndale University Chapel

 

“It was a pleasure working with you. Your team was amazing” Adora and Gary

 

What a beautiful wedding and look at the gorgeous Church! We had  a great time working with Gary and Adora to plan the ceremony music, and were able to come up with a unique playlist of songs that represented exactly the way they felt about each other and about the wedding day as a whole. Asyou can see from the following playlist, the string quartet performed a mix of classical music, and more modern music. As our largest ensemble performing in such a beautiful, large and resonant space of Tyndale Chapel University Church was ideal, and they we able to fill the Church with the full, nuanced sound of the string quartet!

 

 

Processional:

1. Bridesmaids — Pachelbel Canon in D

2. Bride — Can’t help falling in Love – Elvis Presley

Signing:

1. Hallelujah

2. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

 

Recessional:

– Mendelssohn Wedding March

 

Exit:

– Tale as old as time (Beauty and the Beast)

 

Photo credit: SDE weddings

 

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Wedding music Niagara-John and Marianne’s wedding, June 16, 2018 Charles Daly Park, Jordan ON

“Hire them, you won’t regret it! Duo d’Amore showed up early, played the right songs at the right time, and were flexible enough to play music not found in their repertoire (I sent them the sheet music which they transposed). You should hire Duo d’Amore for your next event – you won’t regret it!” John R, groom

 

Edward Elgar Salut d’amour
Edward Elgar: Nimrod  from the Enigma Variations
Resident Evil: Code Veronica – Berceuse Wedding 

 

This was a great wedding ceremony held at Charles Daly Park in Jordan and made even more special by the unique music selections that John and Marianne chose. We were of course very happy to accommodate, and the interplay between the classical selections of the English composer Sir Edward Elgar and the Resident Evil music, both worked well, and were surprising for the guests to say the least!

 

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Wedding Ceremony Music Kitchener/Waterloo-Thank You Card!

We received a lovely thank you card from our clients Kris and Stephanie, who were married on September 29, 2018 at a private residence on the outskirts of Kitchener-Waterloo.

 

“Matthew, Thank you so much for the superb musicians and music during our wedding celebrations on September 29th. By all accounts & unsolicited feedback–they were the best ever! Thanks for helping us make our day special & memorable! S&K”

 

It was a pleasure for our violin and cello duo to perform this wedding, and we wish Stephanie and Kris all the best for a long and happy marriage!

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Wedding Ceremony Music Niagara-Taryn’s wedding June 9, 2018

“We hired Duo D’Amore to provide a violin and cello duo for our outdoor ceremony at Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Communication was fast and efficient. They had an excellent selection of pieces to choose from for our ceremony, including many non-traditional classical pieces. We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a similar group for their wedding or event!” Taryn, Bride

Taryn hired Duo d’Amore to perform for her wedding ceremony at the Pillar and Post  in Niagara, which is always lovely, and we enjoy performing there. The ceremony music was all classical, and extremely elegant while also upbeat-especially the recessional. For the Bride we performed Charpentier’s Prelude from TeDeum followed by Massent’s Meditation from Thais. This was originally written for violin and orchestra, and we often perform it in an incredible arrangement for the violin and cello—it’s a real showpiece and makes a statement. Lastly for the recessional, our violinist and cellist performed the bright and happy La Rejouissance as the couple walked down the aisle together!

 

Processional: Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum

Signing: Massenet meditation from thais

Recessional: Handel La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks

 

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Wedding Ceremony Music Mississauga-Maricar’s wedding June 16 2018

 

Thank you Duo d’Amore for adding such a special touch to our wedding ceremony last June 16, 2018. Our guests were so amazed on how you guys played during our ceremony. The string duo was excellent and the music they played was so beautiful. Thank you Matthew for such an awesome experience, you are so accommodating of my request and very efficient in communicating.  We will definitely recommend you.” Maricar, bride

 

It was a real pleasure communicating with Maricar for her beautiful wedding at St Catherine of Siena Church in Mississauga. She hired Duo d’Amore’s most requested ensemble (our violin and cello duo) to perform for her wedding Mass, and chose a great selection of both classical music and popular music to fit the portions of the mass. If you are reading this because you are planning a wedding, it is good to note that St Catherine of Siena Church was very accommodating to different genres of music. Some catholic Churches have a strict list of music that couple s can pick from, and in this case the bride and groom had the opportunity to add some modern flair alongside the classical pieces.

 

 

Wedding Party: Canon in D Pachelbel

Bride: Can’t Help Falling in Love 
Offertory- Amazing Grace

Communion- The Prayer

Signing for the Registry:
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Recessional Song:
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

 

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Wedding Ceremony Music Ottawa-Caitlin and Rob’s wedding May 5, 2018

“We could hear the music from the bridal suite and it was stunning, and exactly as we had hoped. Numerous guests told us that the music was beautiful, and added a certain je ne sais quois to the mood. We would highly recommend Duo d’Amore. – Caitlin C.

 

Caitlin and Rob had a beautiful wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at the National Arts Centre on May 5th, and Duo d’Amore’s violin and cello duo were so happy to be a part of it. The music for the day was simply phenomenal! Caitlin chose quite a bit of pop music across different genres to set the mood for each part of the ceremony, with more upbeat selections during the cocktail reception. This helped to create a different feel for the cocktail portion,and our unique pop music selections certainly helped with that aspect of the day. A special mention also goes out to the wedding planner Shannon Kennedy of Kennedy Event Planning, as she did a great job as always. Back to the music! Here was the program for  both the ceremony and cocktail hour:

Prelude:

Bittersweet Symphony, Halo, Here Comes the Sun, In My Life, Wonderful Tonight 

Ceremony:

Wedding Party Processional: Can’t Help Falling in Love

Bride: All You Need is Love

Recessional: Game of Thrones Theme

Cocktail Reception:

A Thousand Years, Call Me Maybe, I Got A Feeling, At Last, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Only Time, Sweet Child of Mine

 

 

 

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String Quartet Toronto Wedding

Duo d’Amore is a string ensemble made up of violin and cello soloists, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets, and we perform in Toronto, the GTA, and across Canada. 

We make the whole process of wedding music planning easy and fun for our clients, and we believe that every wedding and event should be unique and reflect exactly what you the client wants. How do we do that? Personal service and passionate performance. Matthew the owner is always available and is quick to answer emails and phone calls. Something else to consider is that when it comes to the music, Duo d’Amore is proud to offer one of the largest collections of music for string ensemble in Canada, so there is lots of music both pop and classical to choose from.

 

Here is what our past clients had to say, and what you can expect from Duo d’Amore: https://www.weddingwire.ca/wedding-music/duo-damore–e8347/reviews

Visit us at www.duodamore.com or call Matthew at 866-231-2902 for a quote!

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Duo d’Amore now on Instagram

For all our brides, grooms and event planners out there–you can now follow us on Instagram at duodamoremusic

We are excited to share photos of our work from the past as well as the present!

 

Warm regards,

Matthew Hayes, Owner and Violinist
Duo d’Amore, violin and cello duos, trios and quartets 
866-231-2902
www.duodamore.com 

 

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Wedding Music Hamilton, Niagara/NOTL

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Duo d’Amore’s string ensembles of solo violin, violin and cello duo, string trio and string quartet are booking for 2019 wedding ceremonies and cocktail and dinner receptions in Hamilton and Niagara and area. We often perform indoors and outdoors at wedding venues, parks and wineries including:

 

AGH, Hamilton

Balls Falls Conservation Area

Carmen’s Banquet Centre, Hamilton

Cave Springs Winery

Chateau des Charmes

Elements on the Falls

Fallsview Casino

Hernder Estate Winery

Kurtz Orchard

Legends on the Niagara

The Lakeview

Oakes Garden Theatre

Pillar and Post

Queen’s Landing

Queenston Chapel

Ravine Winery

Ridley College, St Catharines

Riverbend Inn

Southbrook Vineyard

Stratus Vineyards

Stonewall Estates

St Mark’s Church, Niagara on the Lake

Vineland Estates Winery

White Oaks

 

 

We have lots to offer in 2019, including a newly revised playlist with many new pop arrangements to compliment our extensive list of classical music selections. 

 

2018 has been a fantastic year so far, and we were thrilled to work with our fantastic brides and grooms, and liase with so many wonderful wedding and event planners. Duo d’Amore is committed to giving you the highest calibre experience, both in performance and customer service. Here is what our past clients had to say, and what you can expect from Duo d’Amore: https://www.weddingwire.ca/wedding-music/duo-damore–e8347/reviews

 

Our owner and violinist Matthew would be happy to send a quote to you (please fill out our quote page on this site, or email us directly at info@duodamore.com) or give him a call at 866-231-2902, and he will personally give you a quotation, as well as suggestions to make your special day flawless! 

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Wedding Musicians Calgary: Now Booking for 2019

Duo d’Amore’s string ensembles of solo violin, violin and cello duo, string trio and string quartet are booking for 2019 wedding ceremonies and receptions in Calgary and Banff and surrounding areas. We often perform indoors and outdoors at the following venues:

 

Baker Park, Calgary (pictured)

Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff Tunnel Mountain

Bow Valley Ranch, Calgary

Glencoe Golf and Country Club

Holy Name Parish, Calgary

Kensington Riverside Inn, Calgary

The Lakehouse, Calgary

Lougheed House, Calgary

Q Haute Cuisine, Calgary

Reader Rock Garden, Calgary

Rothney Observatory, Calgary

The River Café, Calgary

Plaza Theatre, Calgary

St George in the Pines Church, Banff

Ranchmen’s Club, Calgary

 

We have lots to offer for the upcoming year, including a newly revised playlist a with many new pop arrangements to compliment our extensive list of classical music selections. 

 

2018 has been a fantastic year so far, and we were thrilled to work with our fantastic brides and grooms, and liase with so many wonderful wedding and event planners. Duo d’Amore is committed to giving you the highest calibre experience, both in performance and customer service. Here is what our past clients had to say, and what you can expect from Duo d’Amore: https://www.weddingwire.ca/wedding-music/duo-damore–e8347/reviews

Our owner and violinist Matthew would be happy to send a quote to you (please fill out our quote page on this site, or email us directly at info@duodamore.com) or give him a call at 866-231-2902, and he will personally give you a quotation, as well as suggestions to make your special day flawless! 

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Wedding Musicians Toronto/GTA: Now Booking for 2019

Duo d’Amore’s string ensembles of solo violin, violin and cello duo, string trio and string quartet are booking for 2019 wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout Toronto and the GTA. We have lots to offer for the upcoming year, including a newly revised playlist, including lots of new pop arrangements to compliment our extensive list of classical music selections. 

2018 has been a fantastic year so far, and we were thrilled to work with our fantastic brides and grooms, and liase with so many wonderful wedding and event planners. Duo d’Amore is committed to giving you the highest calibre experience, both in performance and customer service. Here is what our past clients had to say, and what you can expect from Duo d’Amore: https://www.weddingwire.ca/wedding-music/duo-damore–e8347/reviews

Our owner and violinist Matthew would be happy to send a quote to you (please fill out our quote page on this site, or email us directly at info@duodamore.com) or give him a call at 866-231-2902, and he will personally give you a quotation, as well as suggestions to make your special day flawless! 

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Wildfire smoke at wedding ceremony in Alberta 2018

Duo d’Amore’s string ensembles have performed in many venues and under many circumstances: we have performed on beaches, on mountaintops, at both the atlantic and pacific coasts, on the prairies, at vineyards, on ships, on trains, but this weekend was a first for us–we performed amidst the smoke from wildfires at two different wedding ceremonies in and around Canmore AB. This certainly made for a unique and memorable experience, one that the bride and groom as well as the guests will remember for the rest of their lives. Tourism operators in the area haven’t agreed if the wildfires and smoke is having an impact on business, but judging from the fact that wedding ceremonies are still taking place, people are trying their best to go on despite and setbacks. One thing to note is that if you are travelling in the Canmore/Banff area please consult www.banfflakelouise.com  for up to date information on weather conditions/ road closures etc. 

 

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Latest Toronto Wedding Ceremony Music Review

We love happy clients, and love getting reviews of our performances. The latest review comes from Amanda, a bride who was married at St Charles Borreomeo church in Toronto. Here is what she had to say about the performance of Duo d’Amore’s violin and cello duo:

 

Outstanding Performance, beautiful music!

Outstanding performance! The team played beautifully during our wedding ceremony. Very organized and very responsive to e-mails. Matthew was great to work with when coordinating with a Bag Piper that I also hired. Very happy to have hired the team! Job well done!! Thank you very much. We are so very grateful.

 

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Ottawa wedding ceremony music, Dongyuan + Shifeng’s wedding at Fairmont Montebello, September 24, 2016

 

The weather for this wedding ceremony at Fairmont Montebello could not have been more perfect—sunny, and not too hot, just what everyone hopes for their wedding day. The ceremony music featuring our violinist and cellist was also out of a fairy tale, as it was light and elegant with both standard and not so standard classical music, as well as Elvis’s Can’t Help Falling in love, which brought a modern touch to this very beautiful ceremony.

 

Bridesmaid processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Bride processional: Elvis Presley’s Can’t help fall in love 
Signing: Massenet: Meditation from Thais and Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s
Desiring
Recessional: Mendelssohn: Wedding March

 

Wedding planner: Darcy from Delightfully elegant events

Venue: Chateau Montebello

Ceremony and Reception music: Duo d’Amore

 

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Kitchener Waterloo wedding ceremony music, Ange + Steve’s wedding at the Hacienda Sarria, September 17, 2016

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It was great working with Ange and Steve on their wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at the Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener, as well as their planner Ainsley from fresh look designs. This is a venue that we perform at quite a bit, and it was great to be back. For music, Ange and Steve had a more traditional ceremony, incorporating classical music for the string trio (2 violins and cello) featuring music by Bach in the Air from the third orchestral suite, Pachelbel Canon for the brides walk down the aisle and another piece by Bach for the signing of the register, his Wachet Auf or Sleepers Awake. Then for a fun twist, We are the Champions by Queen for the recessional. When it came time for the reception, we really kicked things up with modern pop music for the strings including the Game of Thrones Theme, some Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Etta James, Black Eyed Peas—a whole bunch of really upbeat and interesting music, exactly what they wanted. It was a great night, and we can’t wait to be back!

 

Photo credit: Hacienda Sarria

 

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Niagara Wedding Ceremony music, Tiffany + Michael’s wedding at Konzelmann estate winery, September 3 2016

The weather was perfect for this outdoor wedding at Konzelmann Estate Winery.  Tiffany and Michael hired our largest ensemble, the string quartet, which provides the maximum volume and richness of sound, and it really helped to create lasting memories for the bride and groom as well as the guests.  The ceremony music was all pop music, and we were excited to perform fantastic arrangements.

 

Processional:
Wedding party: Somewhere over the rainbow
Bride: Thousand Years -Christina Perri

Signing: Make you feel my love –Adele and Marry Me -Train

Recessional: Marry You -Bruno Mars

 

Photo credit: Olivia Trade Sensation Events

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Niagara/Ancaster wedding music–Duo d’Amore’s latest review

 

We often receive lovely reviews from clients, and I though I would take the opportunity to share our latest review. This is from Megan, and we were thrilled to provide a violin and cello duo for her wedding ceremony at the Ancaster Mill on September 2, 2017.

 

It was a pleasure working with you and we cannot say enough great things about your musicians and your services. The music was absolutely perfect and really filled up the space. It was the perfect addition to our ceremony. All our guests raved about the music and how wonderful it was. I am recommending you to all our friends that are getting married in the coming years.

Thank you again for all of your help leading up to and on our wedding day. Your services were wonderful!

 

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Toronto Wedding Ceremony music: Kaitlyn + Cole’s wedding at Hockley Valley Resort, August 13

We love clients like Kaitlyn and Cole as they were extremely excited to have Duo d’Amore perform a fantastic selection of music at their wedding ceremony at Hockley Valley. As the guests arrived the violin and cello duet performed modern pop music, with songs including Fields of Gold, I Think I Wanna Marry you, River Flows in You and others. When the officiant, parents and groomsmen were ready, we performed You Raise Me Up, making a smooth transition into Beyonce’s Halo for the four bridesmaids. For the bride the strings performed a lovely rendition of Pachelbel Canon for a traditional touch. When the couple signed the marriage license, we moved back to pop music with Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love. When the couple was pronounced man and wife and the wedding party exited, w performed Viva la Vida, to add a lovely touch to a memorable wedding ceremony!

 

Photo credit: Janice Yi Photography

Wedding planning: Willow Rose Events

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Leah + Tom’s wedding at Calgary Olympic Park August 13 2016, Calgary wedding ceremony music

 

The bride and groom originally planned this wedding ceremony outdoors at Canada Olympic Park, but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate, and the ceremony was moved indoors. That was a smart choice, and the guests were able to enjoy themselves, without any issues from rain! Regarding the music selections, Leah and Tom were interested in our traditional selections, which looked like this. Everything worked out beautifully, and sounded even better!

 

Processional: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Vivaldi Largo from the Four Seasons (Winter)

Recessional: Handel Hornpipe II

 

Photo credit: http://www.deseraeevenson.com

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Cristina + Ben wedding at The River Cafe July 2, 2016, Calgary wedding ceremony music

This wedding was held on the outdoor patio of the River Cafe in Calgary—a beautiful location, and the musical selections were just as inspiring. For the ceremony Cristina and Ben chose primarily classical selections (with a modern and upbeat song at the finale of the ceremony) followed by contemporary music during the reception portion.  All of these songs work particularly well with the string ensemble they chose: the violin and cello duo—our most popular ensemble! Everything was seamless and beautiful, and finely coordinated as always with the talented planner at Evelyn Clark weddings. Thanks everyone!

 

Wedding ceremony song selections:

Processional (wedding party and bridesmaids): Pachelbel Canon
Signing: Schubert: Ave Maria 
Recessional: Mars: Marry You

 

Cocktail hour song selections:

A Thousand Years-Christine Perri (violin & cello duo)
All You Need Is Love-Beatles (violin & cello duo)
Billie Jean-Michael Jackson
Can’t Help Falling in Love-Elvis
Don’t You Worry Child-Swedish House Mafia
Give Me Love- Ed Sheeran
Yellow – Coldplay
Hallelujah-Leonard Cohen
Halo, Beyonce
I Got A Feeling-Black Eyed Peas
I Think I Wanna Marry You-Bruno Mars
Fields of Gold-Sting

 

 

Wedding Full Planning and Design: Evelyn Clark Weddings | Photography: Daring Wanderer Weddings | Venue: River Cafe | Florist: Flower Artistry | Decor: Bella Linens | Stationery: Plush Invitations | Hair and Makeup: The Pretty Haus | Cake: Whippt | Officiant: Life Celebrant – Jacquie Hoare | Music: Duo D’amore & Stephen Medhurst | Transportation: Ambassador Limo

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Kristen + Andrew’s wedding ceremony at Graydon Hall, July 16, 2016, Toronto wedding ceremony music

This wedding at Graydon Hall was absolutely stunning, and we were honored to be a part of it.  We had a really fun time talking about song selections for the ceremony, and we came up with an excellent grouping of songs to fit each part of the ceremony perfectly. The music was performed by Duo d’Amore’s string trio and we received many really nice comments from the guests.

 

Prelude:

What a wonderful world
Beyonce Halo
Nat king Cole unforgettable
Bette Midler the rose
Adele make you feel my love

Groomsmen entry: Somewhere over the rainbow

Bridal Party entry: 1000 years

Bride: Can’t help falling in love with you

Signing
Leonard Cohen hallelujah
Josh groban the prayer

Processional
Beatles: all you need is love

 

PHOTOGRAPHY • Corina V. Photography, PLANNING • Karina Lemke, FLORAL AND DECOR DESIGN • Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design, STATIONERY DESIGN • Anista Designs, HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ARTIST • Fancy Face Inc., GOWN • Bijou Bridal, SHOES • Jimmy Choo, JEWELLERY • David Yurman, FORMALWEAR • MADE Clothing, BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES • Amsale from Pearl Bridal House, ENGAGEMENT RING AND WEDDING BANDS • Diamondboi Designs, CAKE DESIGN • Sweet Celebrations, CHAIRS AND LOUNGE FURNITURE • Contemporary Furniture Rentals, CHAMPAGNE TROLLEY • Plate Occasions, WELCOME MIRROR • Love Forever Bespoke Wedding &  Event Decor, LINENS, VENUE, AND CATERING • Graydon Hall Manor, VIDEOGRAPHY • James Frodyma, TRANSPORTATION • A Rolls Choice Wedding Ceremony Music Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, trios and quartets

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Alicia + John’s wedding ceremony at Starling Lane Vineyard July 9, 2016, Victoria BC wedding ceremony music

Our string ensembles have had the pleasure of performing at Starling Lane Vineyard several times in the past, and we are happy to be back. Working with Alicia on choosing the music was a pleasure—one of the songs that she particularly wanted during the ceremony was Bridge over Troubled Water, and were extremely happy to be able to incorporate this songs during the ceremony. The signing portion was the perfect place to perform this song, and it was followed beautifully by the recessional music with concluded the ceremony sin such a lovely way.

Wedding ceremony music: 

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air on the G-string

Bride Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Bridge Over Troubled Water  and A Thousand Years

Recessional: All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

 

Vendors:

WEDDING VENUE: Starling Lane Vineyard Victoria BC www.starlinglanevineyard.comWEDDING COORDINATOR: Eva Satchell, Beauty Bride www.beautybride.caVIDEOGRAPHER: Cassie O’Neil,  http://www.cassieoneil.comFLORIST: Linda Mimeault, Night Song Farm www.nightsongfarm.caCAKE ARTIST: Melissa, HappyDitty  www.facebook.com/happydittyDJ: Paul Affleck, Request the Best  www.facebook.com/requestthebestMAKE UP ARTIST: Kerryn Cooper, Heartwood & Co www.heartwoodandco.comHAIR SYLIST: Chau TrinhWEDDING GOWN STORE: Blush Bridal Boutique www.blushvictoria.comSEAMSTRESS: Lily Kennedy, paperdollhouse@hotmail.comDÉCOR RENTALS: Josephine Hoskins, Victoria Vintage China Rentals www.victoriavintagechinarentals.comCATERER:  Sandy +Heather Chown, Wits End Catering www.witsendcatering.caSTRING DUO: Duo d’Amore, www.duodamore.comWEDDING COMMISIONAIRE: IAIN HOOEY  marriagevows@shaw.ca 

 

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Laura +Vince’s wedding ceremony at Pillar and Post, July 9, 2016, Niagara Wedding Music

This was such a beautiful day! We love performing at the Rose Garden as it is just so perfect for an outdoor wedding. Our string trio performed the following music and even added  an additional recessional song to make the day even more special for the bride and groom.

 

Bridesmaids: Bach Air

Bride: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy of Mans desiring

Recessional: Love Me Like You Do AND Wake Me Up

 

Vendors

 

Venue: Pillar and Post

Décor: Simply Beautiful Décor

Flowers: Roses and Twine

Music – Ceremony: Duo d’Amore

Candy Table: Candy by Katie

Cake: Sweet Celebrations

Music: Spirit of Sound

Officiant: Celebrating Life

Limousine: Royal Touch Limousine Service

Stationary: Oakville Paper Boutique

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero

 

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Christina + Rex’s wedding ceremony at the Shangri-la hotel, wedding music Toronto

This wedding was absolutely gorgeous in every way! Beautiful couple and venue, a fantastic wedding planner and photographer, and of course, fabulous wedding ceremony music, by Duo d’Amore string trio!

The music selections fit perfectly, and added a classic touch, and additional elegance to the intimate ceremony at the Shangri-la hotel in Toronto.

Processional

Pachelbel Canon in D for wedding party

Bach Wachet Auf (sleepers wake) for bride

Signing

Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum

Handel Hornpipe I from the Water Music

Recessional

Mendelssohn Wedding March

 

Wedding planner: Rebecca Chan Weddings

Photographer and Photo credit: Elizabeth in Love

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Duo d’Amore wedding ceremony review

Darci was just married  in Cambridge Ontario on June 3rd of 2017, and she sent us  beautiful review of our performance:

 

“We have already recommended your services to two couples who attended our ceremony and are getting married in the next 8-months! From booking, to the many changes we requested, to set-up the day of – everything was fantastic.”-Darci, bride

 

She was an absolute pleasure to deal with, and we wish her and her husband many years of wedded bliss!

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Tricia +Bernard’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception, June 10, 2016 Arta Gallery Toronto

Performing in the distillery district is always a treat, and this wedding and cocktail reception did not disappoint! The ceremony was short and sweet, with the following playlist, which was  a little bit classical, a little bit pop and a whole lot of fun:

Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Recessional: Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)

Thanks to Alicia the photographer for the fantastic slideshow from the day: to 

 

 

Wedding vendors:

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

Alicia Thurston Photography – Photographer

Bloved Events – Wedding Planner

Pink Twig – Florist

Lea-Ann Belter – Wedding Gown

The DJ and Company – DJ

Arta Gallery – Ceremony

Archeo – Reception

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Stephanie + Matt’s wedding ceremony at Whistle Bear, June 3, 2016, Cambridge wedding music

Wow, what a beautiful day!  Early summer weddings can be so fantastic, and this was no exception. In speaking with Stephanie and Matt, the couple came up with a fantastic list of songs, and we tweaked the order and number to get things just right for the ceremony. The playlist speaks for itself, and sounded amazing performed by the violinist and cellist.

 

 

 

 

 

Prelude:

Halo – Beyonce
Fix You-Coldplay
In My Life-Beatles
She – Costello
Hallellujah – Leonard Cohen
Stand By Me

Ceremony:

Wedding party: In my place – Coldplay
Bride Processional: Moon River
Signing: All I want is you – U2 and With Or Without You

Recessional: God Only knows – Beach Boys

 

Vendors:

 

Venue: Whistle Bear Golf Course

Photography: Lindsay Coulter 

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Jana + Mark’s wedding at Q Haute Cuisine, June 18, 2016, Calgary wedding music

“Thanks so much for everything—it was perfect!” Jana, bride

 This ceremony was really fun and lighthearted, and we were excited to perform at Q Haute Cuisine, as this was a new venue in Calgary for us. Jana and Mark opted for our most popular ensemble, the violin and cello duo. The couple did a great job choosing their song selections, as everything fit perfectly, and was timed brilliantly. The prelude songs worked very well, as most often we perform all classical or a mix of pop and classical, which helps to create a calm, relaxing mood. In this case, the couple chose all pop, and the right songs make all the difference! During the ceremony, the music switched to classical, and again everything fit wonderfully. I love the combination of Bach Air with Pachelbel’s Canon. Jesu Joy (also by Bach) is an exceptional signing song, and ending with Bittersweet Symphony for that burst of energy as the couple exits was the perfect touch!

Prelude 

Isreal kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful World
Train – Marry Me
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In love

Ceremony
Bridesmaids & groomsmen, flower girl & ring bearer: Bach – Air on the G-string
Processional (for bride to walk down to): Pachelbel – Canon in D
Signing: Bach – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Recessional: The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

 

Wedding Vendors:

 

Photography and photo credit: Kristyn Harder

Venue: Q Haute
Hair: Hair by Christine of MaddPretty
Makeup: Trena Laine
Flowers: Avenida Growers
Wedding Gown: Pronovias – Bertina
Veil: Rococo Brides
Chalkboard Art: Calgary Chalk Artist

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Joanna and Matthew’s wedding at the Oakes Garden Theatre, May 29, 2016, violin and cello duo

The Oakes Garden Theatre is quite a popular wedding location, as it overlooks Niagara Falls. For Joanna and Matthew’s ceremony, they selected music that complemented a springtime morning wedding. Starting the processional (two flower girls and one ring bearer) with Bach stars things off right, Following that was the mother’s processional set to another piece by Bach-Jesu Joy.  For the bride’s entrance, something a little more modern fit nicely with Elvis. The signing is a point in the ceremony where the music can be a bit more subdued, and a perfect choice is an arrangement by the French composer Gounod of another piece by Bach, the famous Ave Maria. And to finish, Bittersweet Symphony!

 

Processional: Bach Air on the G String
Bride: Can’t Help Falling in Love with You Elvis Presley
Signing: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony The Verve

 

Venue: Oakes Garden Theatre

Photographer: Forbes Photography

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Terri and Matt’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at Vineland Estates, May 7, 2016, violin and cello duo

We love performing at Vineland Estates, especially in the carriage house-so charming! For Terri and matt’s wedding, the string duet of violin and cello performed a fantastic selection of classical and pop repertoire that fit the occasion beautifully! From our perspective, the couple did a wonderful job choosing the songs to fit the parts of the ceremony.

 

Guest entrance: a selection of classical music 
Mothers entrance: Bach: Jesu joy
Processional:(bridesmaids and bride): All I want is you – U2
Signing: Halo: Beyonce
Recessional: Here Comes the Sun

Cocktail hour: combo of modern and classical including:
Fields of gold-sting
Sweet child of mine- guns and roses

I think I wanna Mary you-Bruno mars
All you need is love- Beatles
Can’t help falling in love-Elvis

 

 

Décor: Warehouse 84

Florist: Bloom and Co

Photographer: Katie Nicolle Photography

Venue: Vineland Estates

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Rachel and Rohann’s wedding ceremony Saturday May 21, 2016 at Sunnybrook Estates, violin and cello duo

 

“Thank you so much for all your help and your well wishes! The music was beautiful!” Rachel, bride

 

 

Rachel and Rohann’s wedding was simply inspiring-beautiful weather, gorgeous venue, and an incredible couple!  Amazing photos are available at: http://www.gillianfoster.ca/estates-of-sunnybrook-wedding/

There is something about a spring wedding that is just so life affirming, everything is green and fresh and wonderfully bright. The ceremony took place at the McLean House of Sunnybrook estates on the morning of May 21. This is a venue that we are very familiar with, and it was great to be back.  In speaking to Rachel about the music selections, she and Rohann came up with a very interesting, and eclectic combination of songs, which fit the parts of the ceremony extremely well:


Prelude: Here Comes the Sun: The Beatles
Marry You: Bruno Mars
Sweet Child o Mine: Guns n Roses
All You Need is Love: The Beatles
Viva la Vida: Coldplay

Processional (Includes Just Groom’s Parents and Groom):
Can’t Help Falling in Love: Elvis

Bride song (Includes Just Bride’s Parents, Flower Girl, and Bride):
Here, There, Everywhere: The Beatles

Signing: Edelweiss and In My Life: The Beatles (if time)

Recessional (After breaking the glass and “Mazel Tov!”
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Elvis/Queen

 

 

Vendors:

 

Venue: Sunnybrook Estates

Photographer: Gillian Foster

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2016 has been a great year!

Before the New Year arrives, I like to take a few moments to look back on the previous year, and 2016, was certainly a great year. Although 2016 is almost over, I can safely say that it was our best year yet–full of fantastic wedding and corporate performances, with fantastic violinists, violists and cellists and  great chamber music performances with the violin and cello duo, string trio and string quartet.

2016 was a year of fantastic clients (as always) and an opportunity for us to work with fantastic venues (hotels, wineries, restaurants etc) and  wedding planners and event planners.

We are extremely excited for 2017, and can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

 

Warm regards,

 

Matthew Hayes, 

www.duodamore.com

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Lesley + Kevin’s wedding ceremony at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, May 29, 2015, violin and cello duo, KW/Cambridge wedding musicians

This wedding goes on record as one of the earliest that we have performed, as Kevin and Lesley were married at 8:30 in the morning! It was also very special, as it truly felt different from any other wedding. As well the venue was amazing. The ceremony took place in the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, and really should be experienced to be believed. What a great choice of venue. Now, on to our specialty—the music!

The ceremony was built around Disney music, and was exceptionally well chosen to suit the different moods and timings during the wedding.  We have a great arrangement of several Disney songs from seven or eight films, and each song flows seamlessly into each other. This is what greeted guests as they entered, and it certainly created a wonderful atmosphere for everyone. At the start of the ceremony, the wedding party walked in to (the very appropriate) A Whole New World, and the bride followed with Tale as Old as Time from Beauty and the Beast. At the end of the wedding ceremony everyone walked out to the Imperial March from Star Wars, to conclude this beautiful early morning wedding.

Disney Medley – While guests are taking their seats.

A Whole New World – For Processional (Groom & Mother, Mother of the bride & Flower Girl, Best Lady, Bridesmaid and Maid of Honour)

Tale as Old as Time – Bride & Father

Imperial March – Recessional

 

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Hanna + Azhar’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, May 23, 2015, violin and cello duo, Toronto wedding musicians

This wedding took place at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, on Toronto Island, and Duo d’Amore was excited and honoured to be a part of such a beautiful day. To add to the beauty and seamlessness the event was flawlessly planned by Shealyn Angus of Bliss Events (whom we work with as often and possible). From the musical side of things, which is of course our specialty, we had the opportunity to work with the bride in choosing the music for the ceremony:

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air 

Bride: A Thousand Years

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring

Recessional: Beautiful Day

Theses selections work really well together, as the classical selections played and compared and contrasted with the more modern songs, to give the whole ceremony an air of tradition, complemented by a more modern sound. After the ceremony, the string duet gracefully switched locations to where the cocktail reception was taking place, and continued to play. Just before their departure, the bride thanked them for a great job.

 

Photo and photography credit: Lisa Mark Photographer

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Pamela + Guillaume’s wedding ceremony at Chateau Montebello, May 16, 2015, violin and cello duo, Wedding musicians Ottawa

Chateau Montebello is a rustic yet high-end venue, perfect for a wedding indoors or outdoors. We have performed here many times, and it is always a treat. Pamela and Guillaume had their ceremony outdoors just in front of the gazebo. Just before the start of the ceremony, we performed a selection of pop songs (Wonderful Tonight, Top Gun Anthem, Nothing Else Matters, and Fields of Gold, which really set the mood for this wedding. As the ceremony started our musicians performed a new classic: Pachelbel canon for the bridesmaids (instead of the bride) followed by the rich sounding flowing music of A Thousand Years. We love the trend for adding pop music in wedding ceremonies, and this is such a classy way to do it! These songs really work well. For the signing of the register the violinist and cellist performed Bach’s Jesu Joy, which added a timeless feel, but injected a bit of energy and pulse which ultimately was paired nicely with the traditional wedding march to conclude the ceremony, as the couple walked out as husband and wife!  

Photographer and photo credit: Genevieve Albert 

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Oxana + Larry’s wedding ceremony and reception at the Oban Inn, May 16, 2015, violin and cello duo, Niagara on the Lake wedding music

May 16th was such a beautiful and sunny day—perfect for an outdoor spring wedding! The ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Oban Inn in Niagara on the lake. The ceremony was held outdoors just in front of a lovely gazebo, surrounded by attractive manicured grounds. We arrived early (as always) and found a spot to park on a nearby street –and we didn’t mind the walk as we passed many stately and historic houses—some from the late 18th century! We immediately said hello to Meagan from Weddings Tied with Lace  (we always enjoy working with her) and setup our stands and the staff brought us two chairs. Soon enough, the guests began to arrive, and we started to play some light prelude music to help set the mood. When the officiant and groomsmen were at the front of the “aisle” signaling that the bridesmaids were in position, we started off the ceremony with a beautiful rendition of Pachelbel’s Canon. When all the bridesmaids have commenced their walk, we expertly switched to Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love for the bridal processional. For the signing of the register the violinist and cellist changed back to classical music, with Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, and ended the ceremony triumphantly with a fun version of Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. Just following the bride and Grooms exit, we continued to play for a few minutes, escorting the guests out of their seats with more music. At this point the guests made their way indoors for a cocktail reception, and we continued to perform for this portion of the day, all the way through dinner. We received many compliments, and were glad to participate in such  a beautiful wedding day!

Bridesmaids: Pachelbel Canon

Bride: Can’t Help Falling in Love

Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Recessional: Beatles: Here Comes the Sun

Photo Credit: Oban Inn

 

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Sheri and Stephen’s wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at Vineland Estates Winery, May 8 2015, solo violinist, Niagara Winery wedding music

This wedding was a surprise in many ways. What happens when you invite 20 of your best friends to a winery on a Friday afternoon? You have a surprise wedding, of course. That’s exactly what happened! For Duo d’Amore’s solo violinist there were other surprises, as the bride left all the music choices up to us as another surprise. Suffice it is say that w were surprised as well. The whole day was beautiful, with beautiful weather, a beautiful ceremony and of course, beautiful wedding music.  A special mention goes out to the wedding planner Megan at Weddings Tied with Lace, a she did a great job of coordination and planning, and also Vineland Estates Winery!

 

This wedding was featured in Elegant Wedding Magazine here.

Photography and Photo credit: Livi Shaw Photography

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Megumi and Chris’ wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at Auberge du Pommier, April 25, 2015, violin and cello duo, Toronto wedding ceremony musicians

It is such a pleasure dealing with clients such enthusiastic and excited clients like Megumi and Chris. Their wedding ceremony was held on the exterior terrace of Auberge du Pommier, and they also booked Duo d’Amore’s most popular wedding ensemble the violin and cello duo for a cocktail reception just following the ceremony. This took place in the Sophie Room of the restaurant.  See photos of the day hereWhile everything was beautiful, and there were many memorable moments to share during the day, our passion lies with the music, and we were thrilled to perform the following selections:

 

Processional: Can’t Help Falling in Love-Elvis

Signing: Can you feel the love tonight from The Lion King

Recessional: A Thousand Years-Christina Perri

 

After the ceremony our violinist and cellist moved inside to the Sophie Room, and performed a fun and upbeat cocktail hour with interesting pop arrangements (Beatles etc, which the clients requested) with a sprinkling of classical as well.

 

Photographer and photo credit: LG weddings

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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

 

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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/

 

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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 

 

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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  

 

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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

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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

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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

 

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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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Nadine + Ryans’s wedding ceremony at Kurtz Orchard Farm Estate, July 12, 2015, violin and cello duo, Niagara wedding ceremony musicians

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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Andrea + Adam wedding ceremony at The Old Courthouse, June 21, 2014, violin and cello duo, London Ontario wedding musicians

Wedding ceremonies are full of planning and preparation, excitement and when the weather also cooperates, you get a beautiful ceremony like Andrea and Adams. This is something special, which does not always happen!

The music helped to create a wonderful atmosphere for the guest throughout the ceremony. I spoke with Andrea during the planning process, and she decided on the following ceremony music selections. Below each selection, I have made some notes on why these particular selections worked so well as performed by the violinist and cellist at The Old Courthouse in London.

 

Bridesmaid Processional – Moon River

This is a unique choice for the bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to. It really helps to create a calm mood, with a bit of sentimentality and wistfulness. The song provides a nice contrast (old vs. new, slow vs. medium slow) for the bride’s processional.

Processional – A Thousand Years

A new classic! A Thousand Years is really easy to walk to, and has a bit more drive to the music, something that is important to highlight the brides walk down the aisle.

 

Signing – Can’t Help Falling in Love

With the previous selections, this works beautifully, as we slip back with a retro fell, but with timelessness as well.

 

Recessional – All You Need Is Love

This song is best described as being super fun and upbeat, and is a fantastic choice for the recessional.

 

Photo and photo credit: Dudek Photography

 

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Thuy+John wedding ceremony at Casa Loma, June 28, 2014, violin and cello duo, wedding musicians Toronto, ON

Our ceremony was beautiful.  I was nervous and there were many things going on for me to recall the whole performance but parts of my recollection was how beautiful and a great complimentary the performance was.  Please thank the musicians for me that played once again as my husband and I thank you from our hearts for the excellent pieces that the two ladies did at our wedding.” Thuy, bride

We always enjoy performing at Casa Loma, and this wedding ceremony was no exception. The venue as as you can imagine (if you have never been there) is a large gothic revival building, which has the feel and grandeur of a castle. In planning the music selections, Thuy and John chose selections from the traditional classical repertoire that fit perfectly with their tastes, and matched the style of the wedding, as well as the style of the venue as a whole. Our violinist and cellist set up prior to the main arrival of the guests, and as the guests entered performed several selections of classical music to set and fit the mood, including movements from Handel’s Water Music. As with most wedding ceremonies, the ceremony begins with the bridesmaids walk down the aisle. Thuy and John really took advantage of the large aisle, and had a processional with considerable style: they not only had the bridesmaids walk down the aisle, but also included family members, flower girls and a whole procession of people, and they chose the wonderfully flowing and happy Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, which was an absolutely perfect fit. The bride walked down to Pachelbel’s Canon (again, perfect) then there was a break in the music for the important vows, and kiss. For the signing of the marriage documents, Duo d’Amore performed Bach’s Air on the G-string, which is one of our favorites, especially for the signing. As the couple was introduced, we performed Mendelsohn’s Wedding March.

 

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

Bride: Pachelbel: Canon in D

Signing: Bach: Air on the G string

Recessional: Mendelsohn Wedding March

Video: Faithbooth

 

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Raylene + Trevor wedding ceremony June 21, 2014 at the Church of the Rockies, violin and cello duo, Canmore AB

I wanted to say thank you for playing at my wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and I loved having Metallica play walking down the aisle. Got a lot of comments. I didn’t have a chance to thank them after the ceremony so please do for me.” Raylene, bride

This ceremony was wonderful in a different sort of way, and that’s always exciting for us. The biggest difference between this ceremony and a lot of other wedding ceremonies that we perform at in Canmore or across Canada is that we performed Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters in a church. That really does not happen too often so it was quite a fun experience for us, the guests and the bride and groom.

After the processional in the wedding, comes the vows, and just after the vows comes the next portion where music is typically performed: the signing of the register. From Metallica, what music was chosen for this: something else unexpected—the very traditional Bach-Gounod Ave Maria. This works perfect for the signing, as it is both long enough (as signings can last up to 8 minutes) and it is also more laid back. This laid back quality is just what is needed to contrast with the more upbeat recessional. Speaking of the recessional, this often takes place just seconds after the signing, as the officiant introduces the couple. For Raylene and Trevor’s recessional the violin and cello players performed Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary, to end the beautiful ceremony at the Church of the Rockies  with traditional and non-traditional elements.

Photo and Photo credit: www.Peakphotography.ca

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Amazing Star Wars wedding ceremony string ensemble music ideas

Ok, I’m just going to come out and say it—I’m 34 and just watched Star Wars for the first time the other day. Of course, I loved it, and thought that it would be a great idea for a wedding. Others have thought that way to, and you can read about interesting wedding ceremonies here.

If you do a Google search for Star Wars Wedding, a lot of what comes up is about costumes, hair, and other theme related details. However, as you can imagine, with Duo d’Amore, it’s all about the music. While we have performed Star Wars music at wedding in the past (namely the Imperial March) it would be great to put together a whole wedding with John Williams’ amazing score from the films. The string section of the orchestra features prominently in the film, and  any of our ensembles are perfect to convey the amazing compositions. Though there are many possibilities, I think this grouping would work particularly well:

Star Wars Wedding Program

Wedding Party Processional: Han Solo and Leia Love Theme, Empire strikes back

This theme is great to walk to as there is a slow but steady beat and it is quite lush. It is nice that the theme represents the love between the Han and Princess Leia, which is perfect for the bridesmaids and wedding party to walk to. It would make a great violin and cello duet.

Bride: Princess Leia’s Theme, Episode IV

This is the natural choice, and I would omit the introduction and start the processional head on with the main theme. Alternatively, it would be great to start this with the rebel fanfare, then lead into princess Leia’s theme. Either a duo, trio or string quartet could do this song justice.

Signing of the register: The Force Theme, Episode IV

While I originally thought the force theme would be a good option for the bridesmaids, It would actually suit the signing much better. This is quite a serious theme, a bit on the dark side (sorry about the pun) for the bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to, but perfect for the legal portion of the ceremony. This would sound great with the fullness of a string quartet

Recessional: Main Theme, Episode IV

To top it all off, the theme that everyone has been waiting for: the main theme from the film. This is the natural ending to a fun (and just a bit geeky) wedding! Again, the duo, trio and string quartet could really make this shine.

 

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Denise + Jason wedding ceremony at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Calgary

June seems so far away, but not when you compare it to the person whose anniversary it is today-today is the 309th anniversary of the death of Johann Pachelbel, the composer of the famous Canon, and lesser know gigue (or as we know it ‘jig’, a dance popular in the baroque). But this is getting far off the mark in terms of Denise and Jason’s wonderful catholic wedding ceremony at St Josephs’ Church in Calgary.

As the ceremony was catholic, we had the opportunity to perform some amazing and traditional wedding songs that work perfectly, and like Pachelbel Canon are well loved. Prior to the ceremony, we also performed a mixture of some soft and more upbeat classical music, before starting the music for the bridesmaids. As the first bridesmaid took a step and walked down the aisle, we performed Charpentier’s regal and almost march-like Prelude from TeDeum, an early hymn that is quite upbeat. This was followed by Pachelbel’s Canon for the bride. As this was a full mass, we also performed Bach’s Wachet Auf or Sleeper’s Awake for communion and followed that up with a perennial Bach favorite, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. As the priest pronounced them husband and wife our final piece of ceremony music performance was Handel’s glorious second hornpipe from the watermusik.

Ceremony music:

Bridesmaid processional: Charpentier prelude from TeDeum

Bride processional: Pachelbel canon in D 

Communion: Bach Wachet auf (sleepers awake) 

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of mans desiring 

Recessional: Handel hornpipe II from water music

Vendors:

Calgary wedding photographers, and photo credit – Christina & Nathan

Venue – Calgary Italian Club

Decor – Teal with Reflections Weddings

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Julia + Michael wedding ceremony at Cave Spring Vineyard, June 7, 2014, violin and cello, Niagara

 “Thank you for making such a special contribution to our day!” Julia, bride

June 7th, was truly a beautiful day—the weather was wonderful and the perfect day for a wedding ceremony. The wedding was held at the escarpment site (complete with a lovely pond) at Cave Spring Vineyards, just a few kilometers from Inn on the Twenty in Jordan. This site is particularly wonderful, as unlike the other vineyard site, this one is elevated slightly, so guests have a wonderful view of the vines and lake Ontario that is spectacular. Another interesting thing about this site, and why we love it so much, is that it backs onto the escarpment, which acts almost like an amphitheater for the instruments, reflecting the beautiful sounds of the string instruments with surprising clarity.

Julia and I spoke about the music selections, and she had a great list already planned, which worked out very well. The only suggestion I offered is to have a second song chosen in case the signing went overtime. She chose Counting Crows: Accidentally in Love which was a nice combination with the recessional song of Here Comes the Sun. It was a great day and all the guests had a wonderful time. We were happy to be a part of it!

Ceremony music selections:

Processional – A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Signing – All You Need is Love (Beatles) and Accidentally in Love (counting Crows)

Recessional – Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)

Wedding Vendors:

Bridal Gown – Becker’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses – David’s Bridal

Tuxes – Saxon for Men

MUAH – Christina at Niagara Mobile Hair

Florist – The Watering Can

Jeweler – Spence Diamonds

Minister – Judy Kofsky

Photographer: Robyn Russell

Bakery – Inn on the Twenty Restaurant

Videographers – Elle & Be Films

DJ – Patrick’s DJ Service

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Nicole + Michael wedding ceremony at Caffino restaurant, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto

This was beautiful, sunny day—just look at the wonderful light coming in through the windows, skillfully captured by Toronto photographer Justin Lucarelli, at Caffino restaurant.

All I can say about this wedding is Wow! Our violinist and cellist started to perform as the guests were arriving, giving them a few minutes to chat before creating a refined yet contemporary mood by performing interesting pop songs like Here Comes the Sun, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen as well as Can’t Help falling in Love, among others.

For the processional, the ceremony took a classical turn, as Pachelbel Canon was performed. During the signing, Bach’s Jesu Joy was performed, which is one of our favorite pieces for this portion of the ceremony. As signings can last 5-8 minutes (and this one was shorter than 8 minutes) Jesu Joy works perfectly—it does not stand our like some louder and more forceful pieces, rather it bubbles away like a pure mountain stream, and keeps the guests entertained. Just after the couple was introduced as husband and wife, amid clapping and cheering, we launched into the ever-popular Mendelsohn Wedding March.

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Jenny and Wayne’s wedding ceremony at St John’s Lutheran Church, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Waterloo ON

“The Musicians were wonderful!”, Jenny and Wayne, bride and groom

We have performed at St John’s Lutheran Church for many concerts and weddings over the past 15 years, and it was nice to be back to perform this wedding ceremony. In speaking with the bride, the couple was looking for mainly popular music with a few classical pieces added for variety. This is the type of wedding program that we perform outdoors or in a secular context, and it was quite nice that the church is relaxed about what kind of music they allow, as it affords the couple an opportunity to experiment and have exactly the music they would like at the wedding ceremony, be it pop, contemporary or traditional, and everything in between.

Prelude: Today, Concerning Hobbits, Yellow, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Dream

Bridal Party Processional – Pachelbel Canon in D

Bride Processional – A Thousand Years

Signing – Here Comes the Sun

Recessional – River Flows in You

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Kristina and Dean’s wedding ceremony at The Beach House, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Victoria BC

“Thank you! Your musicians were wonderful, and we are grateful that they could work in a composition of You Hand in Mine which was beautiful, and exactly how we pictured Kristina’s walk down the aisle. Take care, and thanks again!” Dean & Kristina, bride and groom

This Victoria BC wedding combined classical elegance with a custom modern arrangement, and a fun upbeat recessional, for an amazing combined effect. Our violinist and cellist had a lot of fun performing these musical selections at The Beach House, and that really came through in the performance, as it created a great vibe, hovering between traditional classical music, and an unexpected modern twist, something that, not to brag, but we are very good at!

It was a true pleasure for Duo d’Amore to perform, and we look forward to returning to this beautiful location in the future. Our congratulations to the bride and groom, as well!

Bridesmaid processional: Bach – Air on the G String

Bridal processional: Exposions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine

Signing:  Bach – Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional: Beatles – Here Comes the Sun

Photographer and photo credit: Jen Steele

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Diana’s wedding ceremony at the Gates on Roblin, June 1, 2014, violin and cello duo, Headlingly MB

“The violin and cello were amazing!” Diana, bride

It is always great to work with clients that are enthusiastic and excited about planning, and Diana was a pleasure to work with. She provided me with many song options for the beautiful outdoor wedding at the Gates on Roblin, a wonderful restaurant and wedding venue, just outside of Winnipeg. The bride was interested in a pop oriented prelude, with a wedding ceremony that blended both pop and classical music to add a traditional touch. Of the songs that she chose were a great fit, ad we received many great comments about the performance of the violinist and cellist, from the bride and groom as well as the guests.

Prelude:

Can’t help falling in love

Con te partiro 

Fields of gold 

Fix you 

Halo

The Rose

Ceremony:

Processional: A Thousand Years

Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria 

Recessional- I think I wanna marry you

 

Photo and Photo credit: The Gates on Roblin

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Marie-Eve and Marc’s wedding ceremony at The Cove, May 31, 2014, violin and cello duo, Westport ON

“Everything was more than perfect! Thank you so much!” Marie-Eve, bride

This was a picture perfect outdoor wedding, as you can see from the photo and if you look at the photos from the very talented Amy Eaton. The weather at The Cove in Westport was perfect, the ambiance, flowers, music—just everything. Marie-Eve and Marc were extremely easy to work with, and they selected warm, spring like music that especially complemented the ceremony. To start the string duo performed Christina Perri’s A Thousand years. In this arrangement the violin has the melody while the cello accompanies, and it is a very effective song for the processional at an outdoor wedding. The signing was Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, which brings the excitement down considerable, but the romance up a few notches (which of course is important in a wedding ceremony). To conclude the ceremony, the very popular and also romantic by with a bit more of a beat, Somewhere over the Rainbow.

Processional: A Thousand Years, Christina Perri

Signing: Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen

Recessional: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

 

Photo and Photographer Credit: Amy Eaton Photography

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Patricia and Tuomas’s wedding ceremony at the Old Mill Toronto, May 31, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto ON

Patricia and Tuomas had an intimate wedding ceremony at the beautiful chapel of the Old Mill in Toronto. When they first contacted Duo d’Amore, they were interested in having ceremony music that was part modern, part classical, and elegant but also upbeat. With a gust list of around 75 people, they decided on having the violin and cello duo, which is an excellent choice as the duo doe not overpower the room (as the Chapel is on the small side) but rather fills the space with a warm, vibrant sound. All the wood in the room helps to achieve this. For their wedding ceremony selections, following the prelude (where we performed a mix of popular music and classical music) we started the ceremony with an incredibly elegant but flowing piece of music: Bach Jesu Joy. While this is a relatively traditional piece of music, it just moves along with a great beat that gets everyone n the mood for a lovely ceremony. Following that was the Brides entrance where we performed A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. We love the juxtaposition of Modern music with classical, and Patricia was glad to be able to hear both of our music samples of these pieces. Following the vows was the signing of the register where we performed Bach-Gounoud’s Ave Maria. This version brings wonderful romantic warmth, as both the violin and cello have solo moments where each instrument has the melody, and it’s a spectacular arrangement, and well suited to the signing of the register. For the exciting and upbeat recessional music, our string players performed Here Comes the Sun and as the guest s exited the chapel, All You Need is Love, among other selections.

 

Processional (bridesmaid’s/parents)-Bach Jesu Joy

Processional (bride) – A Thousand Years

Signing –  Ave Maria

Recessional – Here Comes the Sun 

Guests leaving -a few louder, upbeat pop songs, including All You Need is Love

 

Photo and Photographer Credit: Olive Studio

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Karlina and Daniel’s wedding ceremony at the Berkeley Church, May 24, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto ON

It would be an understatement to say that music was important to this wonderful couple, because music was at the absolute center of the wedding ceremony. The groom’s cousin is a professional opera singer, and her husband is a composer—how perfect is that? Between the two of them, they gave us and the bride and groom and the guests a real treat: they arranged wedding ceremony music selections for singer, guitar and violin and cello duo for the ceremony.

Prior to the start of the ceremony, the guests had drinks upstairs at the Berkeley Church, and then moved to the mezzanine for the ceremony. The ceremony was beautiful, and we were glad to have rehearsed with the singer and guitar player just prior to make sure that we were all on the same page as far as the music was concerned, and everything worked out spectacularly at the ceremony, and we received rave reviews from the guests.

Program:

Wedding Party Processional: Dodi Li-traditional Jewish

Bride: Ave Maria-Bach-Gounod

Signing of the Registry: Songbird-Fleetwood Mac

Recessional: All You Need is Love -Beatles

 

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Performance at Pearl and Pine Retirement Residence on January 29, 2015, violin and cello duo, Burlington ON

Yesterday, we performed an informal concert for the residents at Pearl and Pine Retirement Residence in Burlington, and it was a wonderful event, and a pleasure to perform. The residence has only been open since November, so everything is brand new. Upon walking up the large spiral staircase in the central lobby, we setup our music stands and chairs to the side of the piano, near the well appointed bar, where there were a number of guests from the residence. After introducing ourselves, we performed an interesting mix of classical music. First, we started with baroque works of music, or music composed roughly between 1600-1750. Popular classics by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, with a sprinkling of Pachelbel added as well. After we finished this set, we took a few more minutes to talk about ourselves as well as the type of music that we were just about to perform: classical, or music written from about 1750-1820. We included compositions by Haydn and Mozart and to name two very well know composers from that era. Before performing our last set of music, we took a few minutes to talk to the residents about our instruments, describing the different woods that the instruments and bows are made from, as well as the history of both our violin and cello. When we had finished our performance, we had the chance to speak with several of the residents who were very appreciative of our performance and had a number of interesting questions. We look forward to playing for the residents of Pearl and Pine in the future.

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Kayla and Andrew’s wedding ceremony at Walton Memorial United Church, May 18, 2014, violin and cello duo, Oakville ON

 

Spring is one of my favorite seasons, May in particular. Even nicer than all the flowers, the green grass, the birds singing, is a spring wedding ceremony, in a church on a warm day. There is just so much promise and excitement in a spring ceremony, and we are always happy to perform. Kayla and Andrew chose quite traditional music, which we always like as it just fits so perfectly. I particularly enjoy the combination of Bach Air with Pachelbel Canon, as the Bach Air has such a smoothness to the sound, which Pachelbel Canon is much more contrasting, and almost bursts forth with energy. The signing is paced slightly slower, as this gives the guests a chance to think about the couples marriage (and snap a few photos in some cases) while the bride and groom sign the marriage documents. Bach’s Jesu Joy is perfect for this as well. Lastly, as the couple is introduced for the first time, what is more appropriate than the Mendelssohn wedding March in a church, in May?

 

Bridesmaids: Bach Air

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy

Recessional: Mendelssohn wedding March

 

Photographer and photo credit: Love you Madly

Wedding planner: Melissa Laphen from Great Events by Melissa

Venue: Walton Memorial United Church

 

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Amy and Matthew’s wedding ceremony at St John’s United Church, May 18, 2014, violin and cello duo, Oakville ON

 

Where do I start with the wedding? There are some ceremonies where there is one thing that stands out—perhaps the bride has an amazing dress, something funny or unexpected happens at the ceremony, the music is particularly beautiful, or the officiant does an especially fine job. This wedding, just it all the right notes, and the ceremony was at once beautiful and traditional, while at the same time had an unexpected twist that was lovely and special.  When I first spoke with Amy, the bride, she knew that she wanted to walk down the aisle to Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in love, and were happy to oblige, as it is a beautiful song, and very well suited to the processional. As sometimes churches have issues with more modern music being performed during wedding ceremonies, I was glad to hear that the Church had no such issues, and we were given the go ahead to perform this song. Prior to the bridal processional, our string duo performed Bach’s Jesu Joy, which is a traditional song for weddings. I always like the bridal processional to be a bit more showy and elevated than the preceding song, as after all the processional is the brides moment, and the music should really reflect that. In this case the song was a perfect contrast. The signing music moved back to the classical spectrum with the wonderful and ‘cooling” Largo from the Four seasons by Vivaldi. The plucked strings of the cello are sound like a snowfall, while the violin part soars above, for a stunning effect. As the couple triumphantly walked down the aisle at St John’s United Church, we finished off the ceremony music with Handel’s second hornpipe from the Water music.

 

Bridesmaids: Bach Jesu Joy

Bride: Elvis: Can’t Help Falling in Love

Signing: Vivaldi: Largo from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Handel: Hornpipe II from the Water Music

 

 

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Jennifer and Stephen’s wedding ceremony at the Waterfront Hotel in Downtown Burlington, May 17, 2014, violin and cello duo, Burlington ON

 

Jennifer and Stephen’s wedding ceremony at the Waterfront Hotel in Downtown Burlington, May 17, 2014, violin and cello duo, Burlington ON

 

We initially spoke with Jennifer as sometimes happens, as they had booked a duo from another company that had to cancel for some reason or another, and we were happy to fill in and perform for her wedding ceremony in downtown Burlington at the Waterfront Hotel. As we subbed in at the last minute, the couple already had their wedding ceremony songs picked out (classical) for the violin and cello duo. They also hired our string ensemble to perform at the cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony, and their only request was to keep the music laid back and fun, and our violinist and cellist performed a mixture of music including several fun pop arrangements.

 

 

Processional –  Pachelbel  Canon in D

 

Signing – Bach  Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire

 

Recessional –  Mendelssohn   Wedding March

 

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Sharlyn and Jonathan’s wedding ceremony at the Liberty Grand, May 10, 2014, violin and cello duo Toronto ON

You were wonderful thank you! Perfect timing on everything. Great arrangements. Thanks for Working with us and thank you for the well wishes!”
Sharlyn and Jon

We had a great time working with this couple to make sure there wedding music was spectacular, and it is always great to get nice feedback. Planning the music selections for Sharlyn and Jonathan’s wedding at the Liberty Grand was very straightforward, as the clients sent a list of what they wanted, and each song they had chosen for the wedding ceremony perfectly. Beyonce’s Halo is quite busy, as there are lots of sixteenth notes for the cellist to play, but there is also a serene quality to it, which makes it a fantastic for the bridesmaids to walk to, but it won’t overpower the bridal processional of Coldplay’s us against the world. When the couple signed the wedding register, the string trio performed Nothing Else Matters by Metallica, and we finished of with a really fun and upbeat Jump by Van Halen!

 

Bridesmaids: Halo-Beyonce

Processional: Us against the World-Coldplay

Signing: Nothing Else Matters-Metallica

Recessional: Jump-Van Halen

 

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Thanks clients: Duo d’Amore wins brides choice award in 2011, 2012, 2014 and now 2015

 

Canada’s Own Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets Wins a WeddingWire Couples’

Choice Award® 2015

 

TorontoJanuary 9, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 for Wedding Ceremony Music in Toronto and across Canada!

 

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

 

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Duo d’Amore. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

 

“It’s always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

 

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.

 

Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets is proud to be one of the top Wedding ceremony musicians in Toronto and across Canada in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015.

 

For more information about Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/duo-damorestring-duos-trios-and-quartets-toronto-and-across-canada/f22e613171291675.html

 

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Carolyn and Peter’s wedding ceremony at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, solo violinist, May 3, 2014, Toronto ON

The bride and groom were married in the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, founded in 1849 as a school for Irish immigrants, many of them fleeing the great famine in Ireland-the the theme of a new and happier life runs through the very foundation of the building. First for immigrants seeking educations, and now for brides and grooms looking for anew life together! The prelude started with light classical music, with our violinist performing Vivaldi’s Spring from the four seasons as a highlight among other pieces. At the start of the ceremony, the bridesmaids walked in to the stately Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum, and the violin player seamlessly switched to the Wagner Bridal March, as the bride processed down the aisle, up to the front. For the signing oft the marriage license, Bach’s Wachet Auf was played, and this is always a nice choice for the signing, as it flows very well, but does not overshadow anything. As the couple was first presented as man and wife, Handel’s loud, fast and exciting music from the royal fireworks, a hornpipe dance was expertly performed to a happy audience.

 

Bridesmaids Processional – Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum

Bride: Wagner: Bridal March

Signing: Bach: Wachet Auf

Recessional: Handel:  Hornpipe from the Royal Fireworks

 

Photographer and photo credit: Pure Aperture 

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Katrina and Jeremy’s wedding ceremony at the Fairmont Chateau Montebello, violin and cello duo, April 26, 2014, Montebello QC

This wedding ceremony took place in the tent on site at Chateau Montebello, and the day way lovely! We worked very closely with the wedding planner, Roxanne to make sure that everything was organized, all the t’s were crossed and I’s dotted, and the ceremony was lovely. We performed light classical selections during the prelude before the wedding ceremony. The song selections for the ceremony were very traditional, which makes for an elegant yet warm atmosphere.

 

Processional: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria

Recessional: Mendelsohn: Wedding March

 

 

Wedding planner: Roxanne Sarazin

Decorator: Dahlia Designs

Photographer and Photo credit: Genevieve Albert

Venue: Fairmont Chateau Montebello

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Kim and Reinhold’s wedding ceremony in the Spanish Ballroom of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, violin and cello duo, April 26, 2014, Vancouver, BC

 

 “It was absolutely lovely – Duo d’Amore were very good. Thank you so much!” Kim and Reinhold

 

 

Working with Kim and Reinhold to make sure their wedding was spectacular was amazing, and easy! They wanted a ceremony that was, in Kim’s words “elegant and understated, simple and beautiful.” Using our website as a guide and listening to our samples, they came up with wonderful wedding ceremony music selections, and found the whole process to be easy. Here is the ceremony music they chose for the violinist and cellist to perform:

 

 

 

Bridesmaids processional: Bach – Air on a G string

Bride’s processional: Bach – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Signing: Vivaldi – Winter from Four Seasons

Recessional: Handel – La Rejouissance

 

 

All of these selections really work well in a room like the Spanish Ballroom, letting the sound of the violin and cello fill the room, and really bloom. Great music for a great couple!

 

Wedding planner: Alicia Keats

 

 

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How to choose wedding music: the postlude following the ceremony

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 Like the prelude before the ceremony, the postlude is really not a part of the ceremony, but it is still useful to mention this portion as it is a great spot to have music. The postlude follows the loud and happy recessional. Sometimes all of the guests have exited (if the wedding is particularly small) and other times there is an opportunity to play music for 5-10 minutes following the ceremony (especially if there is a Champagne toast or pictures.)

 

If there are no pictures or toast following the ceremony, Duo d’Amore would be happy to choose an additional song to keep the mood upbeat, and this is how 90% of the music for the postlude gets chosen. In all likelihood, it is so loud that the music can not be heard by everyone, and the guests are also walking away from the musicians. In other cases the bride and groom may have more songs that they would like to incorporate into the ceremony and prelude, but for time constraints or other reasons they did not get performed. In this instance we would play one or two songs, again to keep the mood light and happy. So there are lots of options!

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How to choose wedding music: the recessional

Well, we’ve reached the last major point in the ceremony for amazing music: as the bride and groom walk down the aisle as husband and wife. What could be more exciting? The music for this portion is often the most upbeat, loud and fast of the whole ceremony, and many couples find that along with the processional, it is easy to choose recessional music. Plus the recessional songs great with one of our string ensembles! If you are getting married in a cathedral or with the Catholic Church, there are lots of alternative classical pieces to choose from, not to mention great more common songs like Handel: Rejouissance form the Royal Fireworks (which we LOVE to perform) and Mouret Rondeau, for example. If you want to be more on trend, we have a great selection of pop music recessional music such as Viva la Vida, which is becoming almost traditional, to the Beach Boys Crazy Little Thing Called Love and even November Rain by Metallica, and many, many more options. 

 

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How to choose wedding music: the signing of the register

Unlike the processional music, which is all about the bride’s (and wedding party’s) walk down the aisle, the signing is much more relaxed, and the music during this period is typically quieter and slower. If the wedding has more modern music, then we recommend choosing two pop songs for the signing. If the wedding has a more classical feel, or you want to give the wedding a more traditional vibe but still have pop and upbeat selections as the main portion of the ceremony, then the signing is a great place to have classical music. It is also helpful to choose music that will contrast with the recessional, so slow and beautiful tends to work very well. We have a number of non-traditional classical music selections and well-known pop selections that we can recommend for the signing. Just ask us—we love to help!

 

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How to choose wedding ceremony music: the processional

Most brides and grooms fall into two categories when it comes to choose the processional music: They either have a specific song that they would like performed, or they have no idea what to choose!  In both cases, Duo d’Amore has you covered. For the bride that knows exactly what she would like, we can most often play a great version of the song, and we may already have it in our repertoire. Otherwise we are happy to look into getting an arrangement. For the bride that has no idea, this is where our years of experience come in, and where we begin to ask questions (see the earlier post How to choose wedding ceremony music: an introduction) and the mood of the ceremony and the feel that the bride and groom would like to create. Sometimes it is helpful to choose the bridesmaids music first and find a song that either compares or contrasts with the bridal music. The processional music is where the bride really shines in the ceremony, and it is absolutely vital that the music songs fantastic, and matches the style of the couple.

It’s a little off topic for this post, but a question that I am often asked by the bride and groom is some form of: how long is the processional so we can time the walk at the rehearsal. The answer is that we take care oft this—all the bridal party and bride have to do is walk down the aisle, and we will time everything so it fits very well, and depending on the song etc., will either come to a harmonious cadence, or will discreetly fade out—again Duo d’Amore has performed for thousands of weddings, and we are happy to use our knowledge and experience to make the day (and the music) beautiful and seamless.

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