Wedding violinist cellist Cambridge Mill. Melanie + Andrew’s wedding ceremony at the Cambridge Mill, October 12, 2014. Melanie and Andrew were looking to create a fun, eclectic, yet still classically styled wedding with the music following suit.
Prelude music, as guests arrive
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.
String ceremony music
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!
Wedding violinist cellist Cambridge Mill: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets
About Duo d’Amore
Duo d’Amore is an award winning string ensemble, made up of professional violinists, violists and cellists. Together we have versatile string ensembles such a s solo violinists and cellists, string duos, string trios and quartets. We perform a wide variety of music including pop, Top40 and classical for weddings, special and corporate events.
How do we book your services?
Booking is simple. We send you a booking form to sign, and return to us with a deposit.
Do you perform for more than the ceremony?
Yes! We can perform for the cocktail hour through dinner, and any other moment where music is appropriate such as the first dance of the couple.
What types of music do you perform?
We perform pop, top40, video game music, jazz standards etc, and also take requests! We are always expanding and growing our list of music selections.
Our wedding string quartet and ensembles
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
Like the solo violin, a solo cellist is a great option for slightly smaller wedding ceremonies and receptions around Newmarket. 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
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. 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.
The String Trio
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. We recommend this ensemble for 150-200 guests. The string trio a great mid size ensemble that is an excellent option for an outdoor wedding or large church wedding.
The String Quartet
Our string quartet is the largest wedding ensemble that we have for hire. We often recommend the string quartet for large gatherings, receptions, weddings and events with 200 or more guests. The string quartet is one of our more versatile ensembles, as we can perform everything from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms in the classical spectrum, to pop, jazz, folk, Top40 and beyond.
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.
Custom musical arrangements
We often arrange music specifically for our brides and grooms. Imagine that you want a certain song and you want to walk in to a specific part of that–we can tailor this to suit. Ask us about our custom song arrangements.
Listen to music samples:
Visit our website to listen to pop and classical wedding favourites performed by our musicians: Listen to samples here.