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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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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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Lauren and Abim’s wedding ceremony and reception at the Ancaster Mill, May 11, 2014, violin & cello duo, Ancaster ON

This was our first weekend in 2014 where we performed at outdoor wedding ceremonies, and the weather could not have been better! Many guests at the ceremony echoed this, and the officiant even mentioned this at the start of the ceremony. Lauren and Abim’s wedding was really wonderful, and interesting as well, as it combined very interesting Thai tradition that I’ll get to in a moment. For the music the couple requested upbeat pop songs for the prelude and we performed a number of selections including Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. During the ceremony they requested Here comes the sun for the maid of honor and the bride, Henry Mancini’s Moon River, and Brian Williams’ God only knows for the recessional. These songs worked exceptionally well. In the middle of the ceremony, the couple who met in Thailand, added two Thai elements to their ceremony involving both bracelets and a conch shell with holy water (extracted from the wedding program):

Rod Nam Ceremony: In traditional Thai weddings, an elder will take a conch shell filled with blessed water and pour it over the hands of the bride and groom to bestow luck and good fortune upon them. The ceremony is called Rod Nam Sang as ‘rod nam’ means soak with water and ‘sang’ means shell.

Sai Sin Ceremony: In traditional Thai ceremonies, relatives tie blessed string bracelets on the wrists of the bride and groom wishing them luck. These bracelets are to be kept on for at least three days.

Both of these were interesting to watch and learn about, and I can see these traditions being used in weddings in the future.

As the guests crossed over the bride following the ceremony, we were escorted into the 1812 room of the Ancaster Mill where the cocktail reception was supposed to take place. As the weather was so nice, all of the guests were on the outdoor patio, so we decided to setup there and perform for the cocktail hour. We received many compliments, and the bride and groom really appreciated the music we performed. What a beautiful day!

Officiant: Al Harder, Kettle Creek Weddings

Photographer: Old Mill Studios

Hamilton/Burlington wedding ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Andrea and Adam’s wedding ceremony at the AGH Design Annex, April 26, 2014, violin & cello duo, Hamilton ON

“Thank you so much for the amazing performance on Saturday! The violin and cello really set the tone and pulled everything together to create an amazing evening! We received so many compliments on the classical music choice and skill (especially from my cousin, who is a musician and luthier from manitoba- he was utterly impressed)  We will certainly recommend you!” Andrea & Adam White

 

This was our first time performing at the Design Annex of the AGH in Hamilton. The venue is located on James St, which is where the now famous art crawl takes place, and is very close to the water. We arrived quite early, and setup—it was clear that as soon as we arrived (Almost 1 hour early) that all of the preparations had been taken care of—everything was in place and looked beautiful. We had a nice chat with the groom, and the officiant before the guests arrived which was nice. As the guests started to arrive, the violinist and cello player performed a mix of classical and more popular music. The ceremony proper was a fantastic mix of Pachelbel, with Bach and the Beatles added, and the guests really enjoyed our performance! What a great ceremony, venue and of course, married couple!

Processional: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Beatles: Here there and Everywhere and Bach: Jesu Joy

Recessional: Beatles: When I’m 64

Venue: AGH Design Annex

Officiant: Rev Derek A. Ryamarchuk, Wedding Company of Niagara

Hamilton/Burlington wedding ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Ryan and Nilusha’s wedding ceremony at the Ancaster Mill, 1812 Room, April 19, 2014, violin and cello duo, Ancaster ON

Our string ensemble performs regularly at the Ancaster Mill, but this wedding was one of the most unique events that we have performed at the Mill. Ryan and Nilusha had their ceremony in the 1812 room, which, when you enter the Mill, is downstairs. This was our first time playing in the room, and it is both beautiful with the dark wood and fireplace, as well as the original artifacts from the mill presented in a glass display. Rooms that have some wood in them are great for carrying and enhancing the sound of string instruments and this really helped create a beautiful ambiance and purity of the violin and cello tone.

Ryan and Nilusha were interested in having a number of pop songs from our Modern repertoire throughout their ceremony, and we worked on creating the playlist below. Their ceremony was also interesting, as they combined traditional western traditions with beautiful Indian traditions for a truly memorable and wonderful ceremony.

Bridesmaids Processional: Cohen: Hallelujah

Bride Processional: Elvis: Can’t Help Falling in Love

Signing: Beatles: All you Need Is Love and Perri: A Thousand Years

Recessional: Coldplay: Viva la Vida

Ancaster Wedding ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Heather and Philip’s wedding ceremony at Paletta Mansion, March 23, 2014, violin and cello duo, Burlington ON

We were very happy with the performance. I loved having it a part of our big day. Thank you so much. Heather, bride

We had a great time discussing the music selections with Heather for her wedding, and were able to assist her and Philip to create a wonderful soundtrack to their ceremony. The wedding was held at the beautiful Paletta Mansion overlooking Lake Ontario. The music for the ceremony was predominantly made up of classical music selections, except for the signing which was a wonderful departure into a duo of modern songs by Christina Perri and the Beatles. The music was heightened by the wooden floors and the acoustics of the room, bringing a warmth and depth to the sound of the violin and cello.

Seating of the mothers and   Maid of Honour: Bach Air

Bride Processional: Wagner Bridal Chorus

Signing: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and Something by the Beatles 

Recessional: Mouret Rondeau

Wedding ceremony music Burlington: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Danielle and Ryan’s wedding ceremony at the Grand Olympia, February 16, 2014, string trio, Stoney Creek, ON

Our string trio of two violins and cello performed at this wedding held in the Stoney Creek Room of the Grand Olympia in Stoney Creek. The setup of the room was particularly elegant, with the venue obviously thinking a great deal about how to make use of the features of the room. As the space was long and narrow, there was a perfect opportunity to create an aisle for the bridesmaids and the bride to walk down. For the processional we performed the wedding classic Pachelbel canon. For the signing we moved into a more modern song, Today by the Smashing Pumpkins. Originally the bride and groom had also selected a classical piece to be performed if the signing went overtime, but the smashing pumpkins song was the perfect length and ended at just the right moment. The recessional, when the bride and groom walked down the aisle at the end of the ceremony was Don’t Stop Believing by Journey, and as it was upbeat, lively and fun, was a great finale to the wedding ceremony.

Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Signing: Today by Smashing Pumpkins
Recessional: Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

Wedding ceremony musicians Stoney Creek: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Lija and Eddie’s wedding ceremony at Liuna Station, violin and cello duo, February 1, 2014, Hamilton ON

We love performing at Liuna station. This heritage building has a huge foyer and it’s a perfect venue for a wedding ceremony and reception, but also for the music, as the sounds fills the room. Eddie and Lija chose an excellent grouping of music for their ceremony. A highlight for us was the sand ceremony, as when we have seen these take place in the past, there are usually two people (typically the bride and groom or mothers for example) hat tip two vessels of sand into a single vessel. This symbolizes the strength of the couples bond and relationship, and it would be as difficult to separate these grains of sand, as it would be for the couple to separate. It’s really beautiful and powerful symbolism. What made this part of their ceremony different is that have a group of ten participating in it, which made it extra special.

Prelude: musicians choice

Bridal party procession  – Bach-Gounod Ava Maria

Bridal procession – Pachelbel Canon in D

Sand ceremony – Bach Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Signing – Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional – Mouret Rondeau

Guests mingle/make their way to cocktail hour area – musicians choice

 

Photo source: Banquet Halls Ontario

Wedding ceremony musicians Hamilton: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Lindsay and Michael’s wedding ceremony at St Joseph’s Church, October 12, 2013, violin and cello duo, Hamilton ON

This was our first time performing at St Joseph’s Church in Hamilton, and it was a fantastic experience. The church is located in the trendy Locke St., with its interesting shops and great restaurants. Something that made this wedding additionally special for us and of course the guests and bride and groom is that we were able to work with the organist, Stillman Matheson to make the music for the ceremony really stand out. For the ceremony we performed out beautiful list of Romantic Selection that the clients chose from the Guide to Wedding music and Sample programs that we have on our website. Many couples have found it a helpful resource to use when choosing wedding ceremony music, and I’m glad it helped our clients. The program for the wedding ceremony was:

Bridesmaids Processional Bach air on the G string

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria

Recessional: Mendelsohn Wedding March

Wedding musicians Hamilton: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Hayley and Mark’s wedding ceremony at Piper’s Heath Golf Course, string trio, September 1, Milton ON

When brides or grooms to be contact Duo d’Amore to perform for their wedding ceremony, and especially when we begin to discuss the song selections for the wedding ceremony, the processional is typically the most important song choice to make. As the processional is when the bridesmaids and flower girls , ring bearer walk up the aisle prior o the brides entrance music, this is a very important part of the ceremony. Many clients treat this as an opportunity to highlight their own personal music tastes and ask for a contemporary or pop song for this important part of the wedding ceremony. In Hayley and Mark’s case, they chose the beautiful and touching Falling Slowly Theme which sounded fantastic. For the register signing, they chose the Theme from Up which I fun, and cheery. The recessional was the very appropriate I Think I Wanna Marry You, by Bruno Mars, all performed by our string wedding musicians.

Processional: Falling Slowly – Swell Season
Signing: Theme from Disney’s ‘UP’
Recessional: I Think I Wanna Marry You – Bruno Mars

Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
Wedding Venue: Piper’s Heath Golf Course, Milton

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