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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.


I’m sure that Lesley and Ian had a great time planning their wedding, as we had a great time speaking with them as well as their wedding planner, Tara O’Grady from Bliss events, who was a pleasure to work with!

Leanne and Ian hired Duo d’Amore’s string duo to perform for their ceremony. As the guests were arriving and taking their seats, we the violinist and cellist performed a mixture of classical and popular selections.

Prelude from Te Deum – Charpentier Only Time – Enya Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke Trumpet Tune – Purcell Dante’s Prayer – Loreena McKennitt

During the ceremony, we performed Bach Air on the G String as the bridesmaids walked up the aisle and Bach’s Wachet Auf for the signing. For the Processional and the Recessional, Leanne ad Ian hired Ian Laing, an accomplished piper which is always a nice touch.

As the guests were exiting the Church, we had a great opportunity to resume playing a number of upbeat and celebratory pieces of music taken from both our classical and modern repertoire.

Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve Handel Hornpipe I & II from the Water Music Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum Handel Air from Water Music in F

Venue: St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 73 Simcoe St Toronto Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets Wedding Planner: Tara O Grady of Bliss Events  Videographer: Images Transportation: A Rolls Choice Limo Piper: Ian Laing

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Rica and Philip’s wedding ceremony June 29, 2013 at Le Select Bistro, Toronto

Though we love performing Churches, Cathedrals and sacred venues, both big and small, there is something unique and special about performing in a more intimate secular space, like Le Select Bistro. Musically, clients typically have a great deal more freedom with music choices, and Rica and Philip certainly made the best of that freedom, selecting an elegant, personal but appropriate selection of songs that also had a nod to more contemporary and popular selections.

Also nice was the inclusion of the first movement of Bach’s Cello Suite number one for the signing. This is not done often, but it worked extremely well!

Prelude: Handel and 'Beautiful Day by U2 plus 'Something' by the Beatles
Bridesmaids: Bach Air on the G string
Bride entrance: Pachelbel: Canon
Signing : First movement of Bach cello suite #1
Exit music: Journey - don't stop believing

Venue: Le Select Bistro, Erin, coordinator
Wedding music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
Photo: http://www.leselect.com/photo-album/photo-album.php

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We performed at a lovely string trio wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at Graydon Hall, a venue that we have performed in for countless weddings, receptions and recording for film and tv.

Our clients were Maryna and Shahab, and we had a great time discussing and helping to plan the music for the ceremony and the reception. They chose a great mix of classical selections as well as more Modern, upbeat pop tunes. As always the venue was great too!

A week or so after the ceremony, I followed up with Maryna and she mentioned that “We would like to express our thank u for musicians who performed at our wedding. They were great!!!!! We and our guests enjoyed the music a lot. They add special touch to our wedding.”

As well, she also reviewed us online on WeddingWire, giving us a perfect 5 star review, noting our excellent service, reliability and helpfulness.

Here are her selections for the ceremony, and a selection of some of the music we performed during her reception:

Ceremony Music:
Processional: Con te Partiro
Signing: Imagine and Bach Air on the G string
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

Reception music:
A mix of classical and pop music (partial selection)
Michael Jackson-Billie Jean
Bittersweet Symphony
Christina Perry-Bittersweet Symphony
Handel Water Music
Bach Wachet Auf

Venue: Graydon Hall, Toronto
Ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Picture a wedding ceremony. What do you see? Most people would say a Church, a priest, the bride in white and the groom in black, live music from a string quartet or other classical music, beautiful flowers… This wedding had many of those elements but it was truly something special, as it included mead swords, and oathing stones! It was like an ancient Celtic ceremony, which was very exciting for us, as this was truly a ceremony designed by the bride and groom to reflect their own tastes and preferences. Musicially, we performed the following repertoire:

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air
Bridal Processional: Charpentier: Prelude from Te Deum
Signing: Time to Say Goodbye (Por Ti Volare)
Recessional: Handel: Hornpipe I from the Watermusik

Wedding Vendors:
Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-Violin and Cello duo

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Like many clients, I first spoke with Kathryn and Anthony 8 months ago, in chilly October, which seems so far away from the warn sunny weather on their wedding day. During our conversations, we spoke about our different ensembles (they chose the violin and cello duo), options regarding the ceremony music, and also confirmed many details throughout the booking process all to make sure their day was spectacular, which it was. As they were getting married in a Catholic Church, they chose a typically Catholic grouping of songs that is traditional, and timeless:

Music selections:
Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air
Bridal Processional: Pachelbel Canon
Signing: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria
Communion: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Recessional: Handel: La Rejouissance from he Royal Fireworks

In other blog posts I have written about certain music selections and why they work well in the context of a ceremony, or in this case a Catholic Mass, Bach Air is a particularly good example and fits a variety of situations. This is the reason we have suggested it for the Bridesmaids processional on our Guide to Wedding Ceremony Music Selections and Sample Programs. For Anthony and Kathryn’s wedding, Bach Air makes perfect sense as it is warm and welcoming; it is also very interesting music, and it is one of the longer selections, which is a very smart choice when you have a large bridal party, which this couple did (they had 5 bridesmaids). Conversely Bach Air also works well for smaller bridal parties, as it can be shortened without losing any of its character.

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Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-Violin and Cello duo

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