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