Wedding String Quartet and Ensembles Niagara: Cave Springs Retreat. Charlene and Kev’s wedding ceremony at Cave Springs Vineyard Retreat Winery, February 22, 2014, violin and cello duo, Jordan ON
“Fabulous to deal with, completely reliable and punctual. Price was reasonable. The music was phenomenal and unique: our choices as well as their choices pre and post ceremony. Barely saw them on the day of as I was the bride hiding in the back but was able to hear all the wonderful pieces which got me excited and emotional to walk down the aisle to my husband. Perfect day with perfect music.” Charlene, bride
Our string duo performed at a lovely wedding yesterday at Cave Springs Vineyard. This venue is somewhat of a hidden gem in Niagara, as it is off the beaten path, down a long winding road. Even during the peak wedding season there is always a sense of quiet and privacy to this venue. Yesterday’s wedding was no exception. When we arrived at the venue, Juliana was there polishing glasses and setting up for the Sparkling wine toast (with the very classy NV Blancs de Blancs.) Other than that we were the only ones at the venue.
A few moments later Sheldon Kosfky arrived and we had the opportunity to chat and catch up. As we perform often in Niagara we see Sheldon a lot and it is always a pleasure to chat with him and the staff at Cave Springs. As guest started to arrive and be seated, we started to perform. For the prelude portion of the ceremony, we performed an interesting mix of classical music to set the tone of the ceremony, and moved on to a number of popular songs as more guests arrived.
Cute dog walks down the aisle
At the start of the ceremony the attendants walked down the aisle, joined by a beautiful dog (I think it was a pug cross) that also played their part in the ceremony. Once the bridesmaids were at the front we started the brides processional song, which was Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. Sheldon as usual id a marvelous job during the ceremony, and was very kind in thanking us for our performance. During the signing we performed Storybook Love from a Princess Bride, and it was the perfect length for that portion. At the end of the ceremony, Sheldon introduced the couple and we performed All You Need Is Love by the Beatles. What a beautiful ceremony!
Wedding Ceremony String Music
Bridesmaid: Bach Air
Bride Processional: Beatles: Here Comes the Sun
Signing: Storybook Love theme from the Princess Bride
Recessional: Beatles: All You Need Is Love
Officiant: Niagara Region Weddings-Sheldon Kofsky
Photographer: Wandering Eye Photography
About Duo d’Amore’s string ensembles
Duo d’Amore is a string quartet and wedding ensemble that provides exceptional live music for weddings, corporate events, and other special occasions in Niagara and surrounding areas. The group consists of professional musicians who have extensive experience performing at various events, ensuring that they deliver an outstanding performance every time.
What sets Duo d’Amore apart is their commitment to providing a personalized experience for each client. They work closely with their clients to understand their preferences and needs, ensuring that they deliver a performance that exceeds their expectations. Whether you are looking for classical music, contemporary pieces, or a mix of both, Duo d’Amore has the expertise to deliver.
Niagara quartet wedding ensembles
One of the most popular offerings of Duo d’Amore is their string quartet. A string quartet consists of four musicians who play the violin, viola, and cello. The quartet is a versatile ensemble that can perform a wide range of music, from classical pieces to modern arrangements of popular songs. The string quartet is perfect for weddings, cocktail receptions, and other events that require elegant, sophisticated music.
Pop, Top40, Jazz, Classical
Duo d’Amore’s string quartet has an extensive repertoire that includes classical pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach, as well as contemporary pieces by popular artists such as Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars. Their ability to perform a mix of classical and contemporary pieces makes them a perfect fit for any event, regardless of the theme or atmosphere.
Custom Song Arrangements
One of the things that sets Duo d’Amore apart is our ability to arrange any song for our varied ensembles. We have a professional arranger on staff who is renowned fo her exceptional work. Just ask us about this service!
Solo Violin -wedding ensembles Niagara ON
The solo violin
The smallest bowed string instrument in the violin family is the violin. It is also the quietest instrument, but that does not mean that it cannot produce a sound. Don’t forget that violin soloists regularly perform with a 50-100 piece orchestra, in a large hall seating 2000 or more people, and the solo violin can be heard over the entire orchestra, and at the very back of the concert hall. How? This comes down to the skill of the violinist, and positioning. This is why at wedding ceremonies for example we often are quite picky about the exact spot where our violinists and ensembles perform, no matter if the string ensemble is outdoors or indoors a single violinist is a great choice.
Duo d’Amore’s solo violinist is a great option for those who want live music but have a smaller budget. The solo violinist performs classical pieces, contemporary pieces, and a mix of both. Their music is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and intimate dinners.
The solo cello Niagara ON
Like the solo violin, a solo cellist is a great option for slightly smaller wedding ceremonies and receptions in Niagara ON. Larger than the violin, it is very resonant, and can play an equally wide range of music. Clients that hire the solo cello and solo violin for weddings and events often have a guest list of under 50, but not necessarily so.
The violin and cello duo Niagara ON
The violin and cello duo, or string duet, is made up of one violin player and one cello player. This is our most requested string ensemble for hire in Niagara ON. Having both the violin, which is able to play soaring melodies, and the cello which is able to anchor and often accompany, while having an even larger sound it is no wonder that this is our most popular string ensemble. I like to imagine that the violin is like the right hand of the piano and the cello is the left had of the piano, together they can play almost anything, and that is another reason that it is our most popular ensembles.
Duo d’Amore’s violin and cello duo is a popular choice for weddings. The duo consists of a violinist and a cellist who play together, creating a beautiful, harmonious sound. The duo’s repertoire includes classical pieces, contemporary pieces, and a mix of both. Their music is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and dinner parties.
What size of group/event would you recommend for a violin and cello duo string ensemble?
We often recommend the violin and cello duo for between 50-150 guests. When mic’s, we have performed for over 600, so it all depends. The more that we know about the type of event that you are hosting in Burlington ON, the easier it is for us to recommend a string ensemble that will sound the best and fit with the event that you are planning. Contact us here https://duodamore.com/contact-us/
The String Trio Niagara ON
The string trio is made up of the violin and cello, with the addition of a third instrument. Often this is a violin or viola.
What size of group/event would you recommend for a violin and cello duo string ensemble?
This larger string ensemble is suited for events with over 200 guests, and larger venues in general. With a slightly larger sound than the violin and cello duo, the string trio fits right in the middle of the string ensembles that we offer.
Wedding String quartet Niagara ON
Our string quartet is the largest wedding ensemble that we have for hire. The string quartet has a long and rich history. This dates back to the classical period of music in the 18th century. Composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven wrote some of the most famous and enduring string quartet works. In the 19th century, the string quartet continued to be an important genre, with composers such as Schubert and Brahms producing some of their most notable works in this format. During this time, the string quartet also began to be used for more private, intimate occasions such as weddings.
Choosing wedding ceremony and reception music
Duo d’Amore has one of Canada’s largest collections of wedding pop and classical music for our string ensembles. In general here is what we recommend for a wedding ceremony. Of course, every ceremony is different and we like to customize things to suit your plans and ideas. We also have lots more wedding music planning ideas and resources on our blog, here.
Prelude (as guests arrive) 3-5 songs
Processional: 1 or 2 songs (1 song for both the wedding party and bride or 1 song for wedding party, another song for bride)
Signing: 1 classical song, or 2 pop songs
Recessional: 1 song
Consider slower less upbeat pop music guests arrive:
The prelude before the ceremony is a great time to include less upbeat pop music, as guests will be chatting. As well, we like to recommend that this is the time to include a wide variety of different styles, think classic rock, top40, the Beatles etc–a little something for everyone. Listen now: https://duodamore.com/samples/
Gradually add more contemporary/pop top 40
Add some contemporary selections: Contemporary music can add a modern touch to your playlist and appeal to a wider range of guests. Consider incorporating popular songs like “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri or “All of Me” by John Legend. As the ceremony progresses, we incorporate additional current pop music.
Incorporate special songs: Consider adding special songs that have meaning to you and your partner. It could be your first dance song, song from your first date or song that holds special memories for the both of you.
Vary the moods: Mix up the moods of the songs on your playlist to keep things interesting. Consider adding upbeat songs for the reception, and slower, more contemplative songs for the ceremony. Here are some ideas: https://www.brides.com/upbeat-love-songs-4799999
Signing of the register is a time for reflection
The signing of the marriage documents is a time to stop and reflect, and the choice of music should reflect that. This is the time to really slow things down. There may be time for one or even two pop songs, and don’y forget classical. The slower, quieter song choices really make whatever is chosen for the upbeat recessional “pop”.
Tell your story
Make a playlist that tells your love story: Create a playlist that tells the story of your relationship, by adding songs that hold special memories for the both of you.
Niagara Wedding Venues
Historic hotel offers elegant ballrooms and a stunning outdoor garden for weddings. It’s known for its classic charm and excellent service.
Another luxury option, Queens Landing Hotel, offers a beautiful waterfront location and various indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings.
If you’re a wine enthusiast, Peller Estates Winery offers a scenic vineyard setting for weddings. You can exchange vows among the vines and enjoy a reception in their elegant event spaces.
This family-owned winery features a rustic and charming barn that’s perfect for weddings. The vineyard and gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for your special day.
Winery offers a picturesque setting for vineyard weddings. Their outdoor ceremony space overlooks the vineyards, and they have an elegant indoor space for receptions.
Oban Inn, Spa, and Restaurant
Boutique hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake has a beautiful garden courtyard for outdoor ceremonies and a charming indoor reception space.
Vintage Hotels manages several historic properties in Niagara-on-the-Lake, including the Pillar and Post Inn, Queen’s Landing, and Prince of Wales Hotel. Each of these venues has its unique charm and offers a range of wedding packages.
Kurtz Orchards Farm and Marketplace
If you’re looking for a rustic and charming setting, Kurtz Orchards offers a barn and orchard venue that’s perfect for a country-style wedding.
Stratus Vineyards offers a modern and sleek setting for wine-loving couples. Their vineyard and winery make for a unique wedding backdrop.
The Niagara Parks Commission manages several beautiful venues, including the Butterfly Conservatory and the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. These locations provide a natural and lush setting for weddings.
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