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Duo d'Amore violin and cello, quartet and Wedding Rescue

We are excited to announce - Duo d'Amore is  now a proud member of the Wedding Rescue Team! They are a company that provides emergency wedding services, to couples in need when something unforeseen happens on or before their wedding day – such as cancelations, double bookings, or no shows.  Here is a link to find out more info! https://uh344.infusionsoft.com/app/page/weddingrescue

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Joanna and Matthew’s wedding at the Oakes Garden Theatre, May 29, 2016, violin and cello duo

The Oakes Garden Theatre is quite a popular wedding location, as it overlooks Niagara Falls. For Joanna and Matthew’s ceremony, they selected music that complemented a springtime morning wedding. Starting the processional (two flower girls and one ring bearer) with Bach stars things off right, Following that was the mother’s processional set to another piece by Bach-Jesu Joy.  For the bride’s entrance, something a little more modern fit nicely with Elvis. The signing is a point in the ceremony where the music can be a bit more subdued, and a perfect choice is an arrangement by the French composer Gounod of another piece by Bach, the famous Ave Maria. And to finish, Bittersweet Symphony!

 

Processional: Bach Air on the G String
Bride: Can't Help Falling in Love with You Elvis Presley
Signing: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony The Verve

 

Venue: Oakes Garden Theatre

Photographer: Forbes Photography

Live ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo

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Terri and Matt’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at Vineland Estates, May 7, 2016, violin and cello duo

We love performing at Vineland Estates, especially in the carriage house-so charming! For Terri and matt’s wedding, the string duet of violin and cello performed a fantastic selection of classical and pop repertoire that fit the occasion beautifully! From our perspective, the couple did a wonderful job choosing the songs to fit the parts of the ceremony.

 

Guest entrance: a selection of classical music 
Mothers entrance: Bach: Jesu joy
Processional:(bridesmaids and bride): All I want is you - U2
Signing: Halo: Beyonce
Recessional: Here Comes the Sun

Cocktail hour: combo of modern and classical including:
Fields of gold-sting
Sweet child of mine- guns and roses

I think I wanna Mary you-Bruno mars
All you need is love- Beatles
Can't help falling in love-Elvis

 

 

Décor: Warehouse 84

Florist: Bloom and Co

Photographer: Katie Nicolle Photography

Venue: Vineland Estates

Live ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo

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Rachel and Rohann’s wedding ceremony Saturday May 21, 2016 at Sunnybrook Estates, violin and cello duo

 

“Thank you so much for all your help and your well wishes! The music was beautiful!” Rachel, bride

 

 

Rachel and Rohann’s wedding was simply inspiring-beautiful weather, gorgeous venue, and an incredible couple!  Amazing photos are available at: http://www.gillianfoster.ca/estates-of-sunnybrook-wedding/

There is something about a spring wedding that is just so life affirming, everything is green and fresh and wonderfully bright. The ceremony took place at the McLean House of Sunnybrook estates on the morning of May 21. This is a venue that we are very familiar with, and it was great to be back.  In speaking to Rachel about the music selections, she and Rohann came up with a very interesting, and eclectic combination of songs, which fit the parts of the ceremony extremely well:


Prelude: Here Comes the Sun: The Beatles
Marry You: Bruno Mars
Sweet Child o Mine: Guns n Roses
All You Need is Love: The Beatles
Viva la Vida: Coldplay

Processional (Includes Just Groom's Parents and Groom):
Can't Help Falling in Love: Elvis

Bride song (Includes Just Bride's Parents, Flower Girl, and Bride):
Here, There, Everywhere: The Beatles

Signing: Edelweiss and In My Life: The Beatles (if time)

Recessional (After breaking the glass and "Mazel Tov!"
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Elvis/Queen

 

 

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Venue: Sunnybrook Estates

Photographer: Gillian Foster

Band/Live music: Duo d’Amore –string duos trios and quartets

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Before the New Year arrives, I like to take a few moments to look back on the previous year, and 2016, was certainly a great year. Although 2016 is almost over, I can safely say that it was our best year yet--full of fantastic wedding and corporate performances, with fantastic violinists, violists and cellists and  great chamber music performances with the violin and cello duo, string trio and string quartet.

2016 was a year of fantastic clients (as always) and an opportunity for us to work with fantastic venues (hotels, wineries, restaurants etc) and  wedding planners and event planners.

We are extremely excited for 2017, and can't wait to see what the next year brings!

 

Warm regards,

 

Matthew Hayes, 

www.duodamore.com

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Lesley + Kevin’s wedding ceremony at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, May 29, 2015, violin and cello duo, KW/Cambridge wedding musicians

This wedding goes on record as one of the earliest that we have performed, as Kevin and Lesley were married at 8:30 in the morning! It was also very special, as it truly felt different from any other wedding. As well the venue was amazing. The ceremony took place in the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, and really should be experienced to be believed. What a great choice of venue. Now, on to our specialty—the music!

The ceremony was built around Disney music, and was exceptionally well chosen to suit the different moods and timings during the wedding.  We have a great arrangement of several Disney songs from seven or eight films, and each song flows seamlessly into each other. This is what greeted guests as they entered, and it certainly created a wonderful atmosphere for everyone. At the start of the ceremony, the wedding party walked in to (the very appropriate) A Whole New World, and the bride followed with Tale as Old as Time from Beauty and the Beast. At the end of the wedding ceremony everyone walked out to the Imperial March from Star Wars, to conclude this beautiful early morning wedding.

Disney Medley - While guests are taking their seats.

A Whole New World - For Processional (Groom & Mother, Mother of the bride & Flower Girl, Best Lady, Bridesmaid and Maid of Honour)

Tale as Old as Time - Bride & Father

Imperial March - Recessional

 

Ceremony music Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Hanna + Azhar’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, May 23, 2015, violin and cello duo, Toronto wedding musicians

This wedding took place at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, on Toronto Island, and Duo d’Amore was excited and honoured to be a part of such a beautiful day. To add to the beauty and seamlessness the event was flawlessly planned by Shealyn Angus of Bliss Events (whom we work with as often and possible). From the musical side of things, which is of course our specialty, we had the opportunity to work with the bride in choosing the music for the ceremony:

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air 

Bride: A Thousand Years

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring

Recessional: Beautiful Day

Theses selections work really well together, as the classical selections played and compared and contrasted with the more modern songs, to give the whole ceremony an air of tradition, complemented by a more modern sound. After the ceremony, the string duet gracefully switched locations to where the cocktail reception was taking place, and continued to play. Just before their departure, the bride thanked them for a great job.

 

Photo and photography credit: Lisa Mark Photographer

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

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Pamela + Guillaume’s wedding ceremony at Chateau Montebello, May 16, 2015, violin and cello duo, Wedding musicians Ottawa

Chateau Montebello is a rustic yet high-end venue, perfect for a wedding indoors or outdoors. We have performed here many times, and it is always a treat. Pamela and Guillaume had their ceremony outdoors just in front of the gazebo. Just before the start of the ceremony, we performed a selection of pop songs (Wonderful Tonight, Top Gun Anthem, Nothing Else Matters, and Fields of Gold, which really set the mood for this wedding. As the ceremony started our musicians performed a new classic: Pachelbel canon for the bridesmaids (instead of the bride) followed by the rich sounding flowing music of A Thousand Years. We love the trend for adding pop music in wedding ceremonies, and this is such a classy way to do it! These songs really work well. For the signing of the register the violinist and cellist performed Bach’s Jesu Joy, which added a timeless feel, but injected a bit of energy and pulse which ultimately was paired nicely with the traditional wedding march to conclude the ceremony, as the couple walked out as husband and wife!  

Photographer and photo credit: Genevieve Albert 

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

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Oxana + Larry’s wedding ceremony and reception at the Oban Inn, May 16, 2015, violin and cello duo, Niagara on the Lake wedding music

May 16th was such a beautiful and sunny day—perfect for an outdoor spring wedding! The ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Oban Inn in Niagara on the lake. The ceremony was held outdoors just in front of a lovely gazebo, surrounded by attractive manicured grounds. We arrived early (as always) and found a spot to park on a nearby street –and we didn’t mind the walk as we passed many stately and historic houses—some from the late 18th century! We immediately said hello to Meagan from Weddings Tied with Lace  (we always enjoy working with her) and setup our stands and the staff brought us two chairs. Soon enough, the guests began to arrive, and we started to play some light prelude music to help set the mood. When the officiant and groomsmen were at the front of the “aisle” signaling that the bridesmaids were in position, we started off the ceremony with a beautiful rendition of Pachelbel’s Canon. When all the bridesmaids have commenced their walk, we expertly switched to Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love for the bridal processional. For the signing of the register the violinist and cellist changed back to classical music, with Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, and ended the ceremony triumphantly with a fun version of Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. Just following the bride and Grooms exit, we continued to play for a few minutes, escorting the guests out of their seats with more music. At this point the guests made their way indoors for a cocktail reception, and we continued to perform for this portion of the day, all the way through dinner. We received many compliments, and were glad to participate in such  a beautiful wedding day!

Bridesmaids: Pachelbel Canon

Bride: Can’t Help Falling in Love

Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Recessional: Beatles: Here Comes the Sun

Photo Credit: Oban Inn

 

Wedding music Niagara NOTL: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Sheri and Stephen’s wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at Vineland Estates Winery, May 8 2015, solo violinist, Niagara Winery wedding music

This wedding was a surprise in many ways. What happens when you invite 20 of your best friends to a winery on a Friday afternoon? You have a surprise wedding, of course. That’s exactly what happened! For Duo d’Amore’s solo violinist there were other surprises, as the bride left all the music choices up to us as another surprise. Suffice it is say that w were surprised as well. The whole day was beautiful, with beautiful weather, a beautiful ceremony and of course, beautiful wedding music.  A special mention goes out to the wedding planner Megan at Weddings Tied with Lace, a she did a great job of coordination and planning, and also Vineland Estates Winery!

 

This wedding was featured in Elegant Wedding Magazine here.

Photography and Photo credit: Livi Shaw Photography

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

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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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Katherine + Marc’s wedding at Ellis Chapel, April 18, 2015, violin and cello duo Cambridge wedding ceremony musicians

Ellis Chapel is a beautiful little church, tucked out of the way between Cambridge and Kitchener Waterloo in the country. Every time we perform here it is magical, in a peaceful way. This wedding started out with guests arriving to light classical music, which filled the chapel and made everyone feel welcome and at ease. The first part of the ceremony where there is a specific point to highlight music is when the bridesmaids and wedding party walk up the aisle and stand at either side of the bride and groom. For this (there was one bridesmaid) the violinist and cellist performed a great rendition of Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, and transitioned into the brides walk down the aisle. After the vows comes the signing of the register and this is a great spot for more contemplative classical music, such as the Bach Gounod Ave Maria, which fits perfectly. As the ceremony concluded with the officiant pronouncing the couple as husband and wife, the exuberant La Réjouissance from the Royal Fireworks was performed amidst clapping and cheering from the guests.

 

Prelude: classical mix

Processional:  A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

Signing of the registry:  Bach - Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional:  Handel La Réjouissance from the Royal Fireworks

 

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

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Carol + Bohdan’s wedding at the Paroisses Diocese de Gatineau-Hull, October 18, 2014, violin and cello duo Ottawa Wedding ceremony musicians

This was a beautiful Catholic ceremony, with very traditional selections. In the process of planning the music selections, the bride was going to have a singer that unfortunately could not make it to the ceremony, but luckily we were able to work something out, and performed an instrumental version of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

We often perform in Catholic weddings, and were again excited to be a part of Carol and Bohdan’s wedding day. For other couples planning a Catholic wedding, or looking for ideas for song selections, here is the listing of what this beautiful couple chose. As always we were happy to use our years of experience to make sure the music began and ended at the right points, and the songs were tailored to fit what the bride and groom wanted, with input from the Church as well.

1- fiancée (accompanied by his sister)  Clarke Trumpet Voluntary 
2- wedding party (flower girls, ring bearer, bridemaids) Charpentier 
Prelude from Te Deum 
3- bride (accompanied by bride's mother) Pachelbel in Canon D 

For the Signing 

1- Hallelujah  

For the Communion

1- Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring 
2- Bach Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake) 

For the Recessional 

1- Mouret Rondeau 
2- Purcell Trumpet Tune 

 

Photo credit: http://www.paroissejeanxxiii.ca/

 

Ceremony music Ottawa/Gatineau: 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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Melanie + Andrew’s wedding ceremony at the Cambridge Mill, October 12, 2014, violin and cello duo, Cambridge Wedding Ceremony Musicians

Melanie and Andrew were looking to create a fun, eclectic, yet still classically styled wedding with the music following suit.

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.

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! 

Photo credit: CX Photography

Wedding ceremony music Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge: Duo d’Amore-solos, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Genevieve + Ralph’s wedding ceremony at Azuridge Estate, October 11, 2014, violin and cello duo, Calgary Wedding Ceremony Musicians

Genevieve was a true pleasure to talk with throughout the music planning process, and her ceremony was nothing short of fantastic. Music was bright, light and combined classical music which our violin and cello player performed for the prelude and processional (Pachelbel Canon). The groom and his parents walked into U2’s Beautiful Day and for the signing of the register we performed Fix You by Coldplay.

And it truly was a beautiful day. Originally the ceremony was supposed to be held inside at Azuridge Estate, but as the mercury climbed almost to 18C, the ceremony was moved outdoors, and we were happy to accommodate!

 

Photo and video credit: Parfait Productions

 

Genevieve + Ralph // Highlight Reel // Azuridge Wedding // Calgary Wedding Videographers // Parfait Productions from Parfait Productions on Vimeo.

 

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

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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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Sarah and Eryn’s wedding at Rockway Vineyards, October 11, 2014, violin and cello duo, St Catharines ON, violin and cello duo, Niagara wedding music

This was a fantastic ceremony, and even the weather cooperated! It was Duo d’Amore’s first time performing at Rockway Vineyards, and everything went perfectly! The staff at the winery was friendly, and as it was quite warm the wedding was even outside which is quite a rare thing in October. Us being string players, with the colder weather and even more serious lower humidity can to terrible things (irreparable in some cases) to our expensive instruments, but this wedding worked out great!

For music the couple chose classical selections, including Bach Air and Pachelbel Canon for the processional. During the signing, a friend sang (which added a wonderful touch to the wedding) and our violin and cello duet performed once again for the recessional! What a wonderful wedding!

 

Photo credit: Rosetta Li Wedding Photography

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

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Marta + James’ wedding ceremony at the Abraham Erb Grist Mill, October 4, 2014, solo violinist, Waterloo wedding musicians

Fall wedding ceremonies are fantastic, and Maria and James wedding was no exception. The ceremony was held indoors at the Abraham Erb Grist Mill, right near Waterloo Park. We have performed here for over 10 years, and even though the venue is right in the heart of Uptown Waterloo, it always feels like you are in the country. The beautiful rich colours also make it a wonderful time for outdoor photos, as seen from the beautiful images by Hillier Photography

Martha and James did a great job of choosing songs. It always amazes me when clients send me their music selections and I would not change a thing, and this was the case with the well-chosen selections. As the venue was small, the clients chose a solo violin player for the ceremony, which was a nice touch.

The processional was the much-loved classic, Pachelbel Canon, and this was used for the wedding party and the bride. The signing music was Bach Jesu Joy, and we often recommend this for the signing portion of the ceremony, as it is just the right length, and it helps that this has more of an upbeat feel to it, which looks forward to the recessional, which is typically faster in tempo. As the couple exited as husband and wife, Mouret Rondeau was performed, as this gave both a sense of excitement as well as a really nice classic feel to conclude the wedding ceremony. Congratulations!

 

Processional:  Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Recessional: Mouret Rondeau

 

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

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