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Toronto and GTA Wedding Music

Highlighting Duo d'Amore's live classical and pop string performances at wedding ceremonies, cocktail and dinner receptions in Toronto, the GTA and Vaughan, Woodbridge, Orangeville, Mississauga, Markham, Caledon, Milton, Richmond Hill, Stouffville and surrounding areas. We perform indoors and outdoors in venues ranging from hotels, golf courses, churches, cathedrals, conference centres, chapels, inns, restaurants, gazebos, lodges, terraces, parks, gardens, historic sites, museums, backyards, ballrooms, beaches, and community and banquet halls. A full range of string ensembles: solo violin and cello players, string duos, string trios and string quartets.

 

Megumi and Chris’ wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at Auberge du Pommier, April 25, 2015, violin and cello duo, Toronto wedding ceremony musicians

It is such a pleasure dealing with clients such enthusiastic and excited clients like Megumi and Chris. Their wedding ceremony was held on the exterior terrace of Auberge du Pommier, and they also booked Duo d’Amore’s most popular wedding ensemble the violin and cello duo for a cocktail reception just following the ceremony. This took place in the Sophie Room of the restaurant.  See photos of the day hereWhile everything was beautiful, and there were many memorable moments to share during the day, our passion lies with the music, and we were thrilled to perform the following selections:

 

Processional: Can’t Help Falling in Love-Elvis

Signing: Can you feel the love tonight from The Lion King

Recessional: A Thousand Years-Christina Perri

 

After the ceremony our violinist and cellist moved inside to the Sophie Room, and performed a fun and upbeat cocktail hour with interesting pop arrangements (Beatles etc, which the clients requested) with a sprinkling of classical as well.

 

Photographer and photo credit: LG weddings

Wedding music Toronto/GTA: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

 

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Tatiana + Jeff’s wedding at the Arta Gallery, October 17, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto Wedding ceremony musicians

This was such a beautiful wedding, held at the Arta Gallery in the distillery district. Our violinist and cellist have performed here in the past, and there is something so captivating about this place, as it seems to be on the one hand frozen in time, and on the other resolutely in the here and now. The ceremony itself was wonderful, as were the acoustics—because of the high ceilings and the exposed brick the sound is well defined and full. The strings really bloom in the space and it’s perfect for a wedding. Below is the ceremony music program with the couples choices:

 

Guest Arrival:  Coldplay, Fix You (plus other pop)

Processional: Bach Air on the G String

Bride's Entrance: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Christina Perri: A Thousand Years

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

 

Photo and Photo credit:  Stacey Kinkaid 

 

Ceremony music Toronto: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Milani + Karlo’s wedding at Deer Creek Golf Club, October 12, 2014, violin and cello, Ajax Wedding Musicians

The weather was just wonderful for this ceremony at Deer Creek Golf Course in Ajax. Early October was unseasonably warm with temperatures reaching into the high teens, and hardly a cloud in the sky. During the wedding planning process, I spoke and exchanged emails with Milani the bride, who was just lovely. She was interested in a very classic wedding ceremony with an additional song added. Because this was a Filipino wedding ceremony (which we are very familiar with) there can be a number of additional spots for music. I should also note that every Filipino wedding we have ever performed at has always been one centred on a large loving family—everyone has an amazingly good time.

 

Bridal party processional: Pachelbel Canon in D

Bride entrance: Bach Air on a G String

Cord and veil ceremony: Bach Arioso

Signing: Bach Jesu of Mans desiring
 
Recessional: Handel La Rejouissance 

 

Photo and video credit: Beyond Infiniti Photography  

 

Wedding ceremony music Ajax/GTA: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

 

Here is a listing of the music that was performed by our most popular ensemble, the violin and cello duo:

 

 

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Kyle + Kyle’s wedding ceremony at the Gardiner Museum, October 11, 2014, solo cellist, Toronto, Wedding cello player Toronto

This wedding, held at the Gardiner Museum, was both modern and classic, in equal measure, both as an event in itself and musically. Music was very important to both Kyle’s and they chose a very unique and interesting collection of ceremony songs for their ceremony. As for the instruments, they also chose a unique selection: solo cello, which was quite a bold choice, but it worked very well with their song choices.

During the prelude, the very classical and romantic The Swan was performed. This is an absolutely gorgeous piece of music, written by the French composer Saint-Saens as part of a collection of works scored for various instruments, of which the Swan is one of the most famous components. You can read more about it here

Going from strength to strength, the processional was the prelude from Bach’s Cello suite number 1, and this piece is also a first class solo piece for the cello. During the signing of the register, the tone changed to embrace for contemporary music, with All I Ask of You being performed. And as the couple walked out during the triumphant recessional, the theme from Rhapsody in Blue was performed. All I can say is that we were so delighted to make Kyle and Kyle’s wedding memorable, tying the ceremony together with beautiful music. 

Prelude: The Swan

Processional: Bach Cello Suite No 1

Signing: All I ask of you (Phantom of the Opera)

Recessional: Theme from Rhapsody in Blue

Photography and photo credit: MKPhotographics
Venue: Gardiner Museum
Suits: Gotstyle and Holt Renfrew
Macarons: Bobbette & Belle
Caterer: A La Carte Kitchen
Candy: Old Time Confections
Audio/Visual: Freeman Audio Visual
Graphic Design: Kyle Caven
Planner: Kyle Smith & his maid of honour
Flowers: Tory (maid of honour) & Shane Willsmith

Additional details and beautiful photos by MKPhototographics can be  seen here

Wedding ceremony music Toronto: Duo d'Amore-string duos, trios and string quartets

 

 

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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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