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We were quite exited to perform for this wedding ceremony at the very popular Pavilion at Rockcliffe Park. This wedding ceremony perfectly evoked the new attitude to wedding ceremony music, not just in Ottawa, but across the country. Because of the more inclusive and related rules of Churches and in this case officiant, brides and grooms can choose from a much wider ranger of music, to reflect not only the occasion or event, but themselves as a couple.

This wedding began in with very traditional music: Pachelbel canon for the bridesmaids, and attendants, followed by Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (here comes the bride). From the signing onwards, the theme shifted to a modern outlook, with A Thousand Years by Christina Perry and Viva la Vida by Coldplay, with many great and enthusiastic comments from the guests.

Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D
Bride:  Wagner Bridal Chorus
Signing: Christina Perri a Thousand Years
Recessional: Cold Play Viva La Vida

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Rockcliffe Park Pavilion is an ideal spot for live music, especially a wedding ceremony! Our violin and cello duo performed two songs for the processional—one for the bridesmaids (Trumpet Tune) and a separate song for the bride to make her grand entrance (Pachelbel Canon). When the time came for the signing of the register our violinist and cellist performed the wedding classic Ave Maria (the Bach-Gounod version) and quickly switched to Mendelsohn’s wedding March as the newlyweds walked down to aisle.

Processional:

Mothers and Bridesmaids: Purcell Trumpet Tune

Bride: Canon in D

Signing: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

Wedding Planner: Alyssa Bignelle

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Annie and Alex’s wedding ceremony at the AGO, violin and cello duo, July 20 Toronto ON

This wedding ceremony had class, style and beauty written all over it! We always enjoy performing at Baillie’s court in the Art Gallery of Ontario. “Baillie Court is located on the third floor of the newly constructed south tower and is accessed by three guest elevators. With Douglas fir finished, sound proof and retractable air walls, Baillie Court can be divided into three separate and distinct event spaces. A custom designed ceiling grid houses a range of lighting, sound and other in house features.”

Annie and Alex chose a program and selection of traditional classical music, that really seemed to fit with the modern venue and the style to their ceremony, from the first notes of Pachelbel Canon to the last strains of the Mendelssohn wedding March as guests were clapping and celebrating the newly married couple.

Ceremony songs:
Bridesmaids: Pachelbel Canon
Bride: Wagner Wedding March (Here Comes the Bride)
Signing: Vivaldi: Winter from the Four Seasons
Recessional: Mendelssohn: Wedding March
Wedding Venue: AGO
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June 8th was the day for string trios—our musicians performed as a trio for a number of events, and we enjoy performing in this format. The client actually hired us as a duo but decided that they would like to have a trio perform instead, and as always we were happy to add another player and made the change effortless for the client as we took care of all the details.

As this Church is Catholic, the clients chose a wonderful selection of songs during the wedding ceremony:

Bridesmaids Processional: Canon in D
Bride Processional: Wagner Bridal Chorus
Signing: Schubert: Ave Maria
Communion: Bach Air on the G-string
Recessional: Mouret: Rondeau

Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-string trio

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If there is a trend in the wedding industry, I would say that more and more couples are going outside of the box, and customizing and choosing elements of the wedding, whether flowers, attire, venues, readings and specially music that combines classic elegance with elements of contemporary and popular culture. While there are many more decisions for the clients to make, the result is often spectacular, especially of they have a wedding planner or in our case Duo d’Amore who can help guide them in choosing music so that it has the right fit for the client and for a wedding ceremony. In this respect Danielle and Dany did an excellent job!

Looking at the two modern songs by Enya and the Verve, they have a classical feel to them, but also are different enough to add a bit of additional excitement to the wedding ceremony.

Bridesmaids entrance - Bach Air
Bride's entrance - Only Time by Enya
Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria
Communion: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

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

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Driving up the long driveway towards the steeple-like building at Vineland Estates winery, we always feel that this location has a unique feel to it—somewhat like a church, but also very modern, refined and contemporary. The same thing could be said about the music and the wedding itself. As our violin and cello duo performs here regularly at the carriage house and on the outdoor patio, we are very familiar with the venue and feel at home here. We ha d a special request to perform Ave Maria during the prelude as this is the mother of the brides favorite song. From here we performed Pachelbel Canon for the bride, Wachet Auf (also known as Sleeper’s Awake) by Bach for the signing (so lovely) and for a modern flavor, Bittersweet Symphony for the recessional. As the guests were exiting, we also included Handel’s La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks.

Processional:  Pachelbel - Canon in D
Signing:  Bach - Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake)
Recessional:  The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony

Guests exit: La Rejouissance

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Michelle and JD’s wedding ceremony at the Lang Tannery, violin and cello duo, March 16, 2013, Kitchener ON

“The duet was amazing and surpassed all expectations. A very nice performance by two very talented musicians. A highlight for myself and I'm sure Michelle as well. It gave the ceremony a feeling of warmth and richness. Many thanks for all your help!”

This was the string duo’s first time performing at the Lang Tannery, and it was truly a wonderful event! As our wedding musicians perform at a many venues in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, this venue is sure to become a popular option in the future. The juxtaposition of the old with the new was particularly striking, as the building was at one time thought to be the largest tannery in the British Empire, ca 1850, and is now an incredibly modern venue with exceptional facilities such as the amazing projection screens that surround the room.

The music that the clients chose also fit this old and new theme, but everything was always elegant and refined to reflect both the occasion and the couple!

Arrival: Metallica Nothing Else Matters
Procession: Pachelbel Cannon in D
Signing: Bach Air on the G String
Recessional: U2 Beautiful Day

Photo Source: www.therecord.com

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Melody and Scott’s Wedding Ceremony at the Ritz Carleton, February 9, 2013, Toronto ON

Duo d’Amore was honored to participate in a wonderful winter wedding held at the Ritz Carleton in Toronto.

The music selections were somewhat traditional but with a modern twist. The bridesmaids walked in to Spring by Vivaldi. This was a great choice as I think everyone in Ontario is hoping for and end to Winter and warmer temperatures soon. Melody entered to Pachelbel Canon, followed by Bach Air for the signing of the marriage license. This piece is uniquely suited to the signing of the register, as it is quiet and introspective, but also very beautiful from the audience’s perspective. The fun twist at the end of the ceremony was the music selection for the recessional: All You Need is Love by the Beatles. This selection is just one of the hundred or so songs that we have in our Modern Repertoire and an excellent choice to walk to as man and wife.

We really appreciated the hard work of wedding planner Michelle Garber of Fabfete. We have worked with her on a number of wedding ceremonies and events and she always does an exceptional job!

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Nikta and Thomas’s wedding ceremony at The Trump Tower, String Quartet, October 20, 2012, Toronto ON

This was our first time performing at the Trump Tower in Toronto, and we had a wonderful time. Everything about this wedding ceremony was spectacular—the couple, venue, the wedding planner (Cynthia is great and we have worked with her in the past), and of course the music. The clients wanted n interesting mix of music, and there choices really reflected this. It is always a thrill for us to play great music, and this ceremony was fun from start to finish. The music choices included classical (such as Bach, and the wonderful Borodin Nocturne from the second string quartet) as well as movie music and even more contemporary music. This wedding perhaps had some of the greatest variety of genres that we have put together for a client, and everything sounded beautiful!

 

List of wedding music:
1.    PRELUDE

a.   Massenet - Meditation from Thais
b.   Secret Garden – Nocturne
c.    Morricone - Love theme from Cinema Paradiso
 

2.    PROCESSIONAL

a.   Bach - Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G major (solo cello)
 
3.    REFLECTION 1

a.   Borodin - Nocturne from String quartet Number 2
 
4.    REFLECTION 2

a.   Joncas - On Eagles Wings
 
5.    RECESSIONAL

a.   Five for Fighting - 100 Years

 

Wedding planner: Cynthia Martyn

Location and photo source: www.trumphotelcollection.com

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