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Wedding Season 2021

At Duo d’Amore, we have been busy compiling and creating new arrangements for brides and grooms at upcoming wedding ceremonies and receptions. You might notice

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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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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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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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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

 

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

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

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

 

Prelude: classical mix

Processional:  A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Signing of the registry:  Bach – Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional:  Handel La Réjouissance from the Royal Fireworks

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: CX Photography

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

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

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

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

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

 

Processional:  Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Recessional: Mouret Rondeau

 

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

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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 

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

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