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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