Wedding string ensemble Cambridge ON. 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. Listen to other pop and classical selections here
String ensemble prelude:
The prelude is the point, just before the ceremony starts, where the guests arrive and take their seats before the start of the ceremony. We take great care to setup quickly and properly, so that we have great sight-lines, but are out of the way enough to not get in the way of photos. Just before we start to perform, we always like to meet and chat with both the officiant and the groom. We introduce ourselves, and go through the various cues before starting to perform.
String ensemble choices for the prelude
The prelude to some degree sets the tone for the ceremony, and we have talked about this quite extensively in some of our other wedding planning blogs. The prelude can also be a time to have a great deal of calm (where classical selections are appropriate) or all pop, but with softer songs chosen. Stephanie and Matt chose very well, as you can see from the following list of songs.
Halo – Beyonce
We love performing this song, and occasionally on this blog we take a deep dive into the history of some of the songs that our wedding string ensemble performs. From Wikipedia:
“Halo” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). Included on the I Am… disc, it was intended to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Beyoncé’s life, stripped of her make-up and celebrity trappings. Columbia Records released the song, the album’s fourth single, to mainstream radio in the United States on January 20, 2009, and to international markets from February 20. Inspired by Ray LaMontagne‘s 2004 song “Shelter”, “Halo” was written and composed by Ryan Tedder and Evan Bogart, with additional minor songwriting by Beyoncé. It was originally conceived by Tedder and Bogart specifically for Beyoncé, although there was media speculation that it had been intended for Leona Lewis.
“Halo” is a pop and R&B power ballad, the lyrics of which describe a sublime love. It features drum, piano, keyboard, string, synthesizer, and percussion instrumentation. The song faced a controversy when Kelly Clarkson claimed that Tedder had reused the musical arrangement in her own 2009 song “Already Gone“. “Halo” received positive reviews from music critics, who made comparisons with Lewis’s 2007 song “Bleeding Love“. Its production and Beyoncé’s vocals also received critical praise. “Halo” was nominated for Record of the Year and won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. It won Best Song at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards.
In My Life-Beatles
She – Costello
Hallellujah – Leonard Cohen
Stand By Me
String ensemble Wedding ceremony music:
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
Venue: Whistle Bear Golf Course
Photography: Lindsay Coulter
Wedding music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
If you or someone you know is looking for a string ensemble to perform wedding music In Cambridge On or Southern Ontario, or even across Canada, contact us today!