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This February is an extremley busy month, with so much going on! We had two weddings on February 1st, a concert in Ktchener yesterday afternoon, and hve several more weddings and corporate events, including performing for a Game of Thrones party later this month. Also, we have had a number of clients and awedding officiant post fantastc reviews of our services, as well as past clients sending photos and newspaper clippings of past events. If that is m=not enough, we are finally also moving ahead with adding a number of pop songs to the website, and everything should be up by early March. Check back soon!

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Lija and Eddie’s wedding ceremony at Liuna Station, violin and cello duo, February 1, 2014, Hamilton ON

We love performing at Liuna station. This heritage building has a huge foyer and it’s a perfect venue for a wedding ceremony and reception, but also for the music, as the sounds fills the room. Eddie and Lija chose an excellent grouping of music for their ceremony. A highlight for us was the sand ceremony, as when we have seen these take place in the past, there are usually two people (typically the bride and groom or mothers for example) hat tip two vessels of sand into a single vessel. This symbolizes the strength of the couples bond and relationship, and it would be as difficult to separate these grains of sand, as it would be for the couple to separate. It’s really beautiful and powerful symbolism. What made this part of their ceremony different is that have a group of ten participating in it, which made it extra special.

Prelude: musicians choice

Bridal party procession  - Bach-Gounod Ava Maria

Bridal procession – Pachelbel Canon in D

Sand ceremony - Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Signing – Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional – Mouret Rondeau

Guests mingle/make their way to cocktail hour area – musicians choice

 

Photo source: Banquet Halls Ontario

Wedding ceremony musicians Hamilton: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Sarah and Shaun’s wedding ceremony at Balls Falls Historical Church, violin and cello duo, February 1, 2014, Niagara ON

Today’s wedding ceremony was wonderful. We arrived at the historic church at Balls Falls conservation area quite early, and the only other person inside the church was the officiant. We had a really nice chat and setup for our performance. The music for the ceremony was fantastic—Sarah and Shaun had spoken with me about creating an arrangement of a portion of the second movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto number 5 known as the Emperor Concerto. This music was to be played as the 3 bridesmaids, the maid of honor and the flower girls walked up to the front of the church, as well as for the bride’s processional. During the signing, the sister of the groom sang Schubert's Ave Maria, and the ceremony ended with an upbeat rendition of Handel’s La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks. It was so nice to perform in this small chapel. Though when we arrived it was pretty chilly, once the heat was on and all of the guests arrived, the room was very warm, and everyone had a great time.

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

 

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Jaclyn and Damien’s wedding ceremony at the White Oaks Resort and Spa, violin and cello duo, January 25, 2014, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

What a beautiful wedding! The weather was very cold and snowy on the morning of January 25th, but the short drive to the White Oaks Resort was beautiful. When we arrived at the venue and setup, we introduced ourselves to he groom, and had a quick chat with the officiant and the Jacquie, the coordinator at the hotel, before setting up in the Grand Event Foyer Room. This room was huge, and setup for about 200 guests. As the guests were arriving we performed a mix of classical with a few light popular songs thrown in to the mix. For the stat of the ceremony we performed a beautiful rendition of A Thousand Years by Christina Perri for both the bridesmaids and the bride, and the sound filled the room, and I could tell by the silence of the guests that and the glint in Jackyln’s eye as she stood at the front that it was enjoyed by all. For the singing of the register, we performed two songs—the theme from Game of Thrones and Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton, one of the couple’s favorite songs, which worked very well during this portion of the ceremony. It is often nice to have a bolder song to start the signing of the register with and switch to something that is a bit softer, and this was certainly the case at this wedding ceremony. For the grand finale, the couple walked down the aisle to Marry You by Bruno Mars. As we were packing up, a number of guests went out of their way to speak with us, telling us how much they enjoyed our performance. Thank you to great clients and everyone at the venue for such a beautiful experience—everyone had an amazing time.

Wedding Venue/planner: Jacquie Conte, White Oaks Resort and Spa

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Duo d'Amore wins Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award for 2014

Toronto, ONJanuary 20, 2014 – WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, named Duo d'Amore-string duos, trios and quartets as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards™ 2014 for Wedding Ceremony Music in Toronto and the GTA!

The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards™ 2014 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards™ winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with  Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

"There's no better way to start the year than by honoring the hard work, commitment and success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "It is exciting to celebrate a sixth year recognizing businesses whose clients believe they are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We are honored to recognize Duo d'Amore-string duos, trios and quartets for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry."

As a Couples' Choice Awards™ winner, Duo d'Amore-string duos, trios and quartets is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.

Duo d'Amore-string duos, trios and quartets is proud to be one of the top Wedding Ceremony Music in Toronto and the GTA in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards™ 2014.

For more information about Duo d'Amore-string duos, trios and quartets, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/duo-damore-string-duos-trios-and-quartets-toronto/f22e613171291675.html.

To learn more about the Couple's Choice Awards™, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

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Duo d'Amore was fantastic. We wanted a fun/energetic ceremony with an upbeat and young feel. They delivered on everything requested and were very professional. Their instruments sounded great and you could tell they are extremely talented. Some of my favorites were "Don't Stop Believing", "Time to Say Goodbye", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Bittersweet Symphony". This is the way to go. Classy and fun. Thank you Matthew and team!
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Alaina and Patrick’s wedding ceremony at St Philip’s Roman Catholic Church, January 11, 2014 in Goulbourn ON

 You guys were fantastic and made the ceremony perfect. Thank you very much and we will recommend you to our friends. Alaina and Patrick

The bride and groom were looking for an upbeat and fun selection of music to accompany their wedding ceremony, and they chose a number of great songs, which Duo d’Amore had a great time performing.

As the guests were arriving, they selected songs that many guests would know, by John Lennon (Imagine)

And Louis Armstrong (What A Wonderful World) to more modern pop songs like Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. This really set the mood for the ceremony

For the bridesmaids processional, the Beatles Here comes the Sun was performed, followed by the very beautiful A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. This worked so well, and I am sure that A Thousand Years will be come a wedding ceremony classic. I also enjoyed the paring of this song with the previous song. Both songs are quite different and do a great job of letting the guests and family know that the bride is about to walk down to aisle.

For the signing the couple chose two songs: My eyes adore you and Somewhere over the rainbow, and the recessional, as the bride and groom were exiting was Bittersweet Symphony, which is loud and has a strong beat which is perfect for the end of the ceremony.

Prelude:

Time to say goodbye

What a wonderful world

Wonderful Tonight

Don't stop believing

Imagine

Hallelujah

Ceremony:

Bridesmaids Processional - Here comes the sun

Bride Processional - A thousand years

Signing - My eyes adore you and Somewhere over the Rainbow

Recessional - Bittersweet Symphony

Venue and Photo: St Philips RC Church

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We have now just listed our company details on www.canadasbridaldirectory.com

so that clients searching for ceremony orreception music, can easily find us online.

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I  just wanted to share a great new review that Duo d'Amore recieved on Weddngwire.
 
"Thank you so much Matthew for being such an important part of our special day!! The duo did a fantastic job, we and the guests were so impressed! Matthew worked with us in advance with the program - sharing expertise and customizing the selections to suit exactly what we were looking for. The website was easy to use and infomative - we had fun choosing our song selections. Everything was as promised and as expected!"
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Jennifer and Jason’s wedding at Cave Springs Vineyard Retreat, violin and cello duo, December 29, 2013, Lincoln ON

We performed at a beautiful winter wedding ceremony at the vineyard retreat today at Cave Springs Winery just outside of Jordan, ON. The weather was very nice—not too cold, and it was amazing to be in the retreat building in the winter. Typically Duo d’Amore performs at Cave Springs in the spring summer and fall for wedding ceremonies, and it is always a treat to perform in the winter, as the vineyard seems so serene and quiet, poised for the warmth of spring sunshine. Speaking of warmth, we were surprised to find a roaring fireplace in the retreat building as well as a number of new renovations such as the beautiful pendant glass lights hanging from the ceiling, not to mention the wooden beams that were added just a month ago.

Wedding musicians Hamilton-Niagara: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Jennifer and Richard’s wedding ceremony, December 21, 2013, violin and cello duo at Strathmere Inn, North Gower ON

“Great music provided for our wedding ceremony, thank you! Jennifer, bride

Although summer weddings are beautiful, it is always nice to perform at a winter wedding ceremony at Strathmere Inn. This was made even more special and classic by the classical music selections the couple chose for their ceremony. Starting with the maid of honor and flower girls and continuing on to the bridal entrance, the duo performed Pachelbel’s Canon in D. The signing was many people’s top choice: Bach-Gounod’s Ave Maria, and was followed by the sprightly Clarke Trumpet Voluntary. Our thanks and congratulations to the beautiful couple as well a Strathmere Inn, and the stunning photos by photographer Andrew Van Beek.

Processional - Pachelbel Canon in D
Signing - Bach-Gounod Ave Maria
Recessional - Clarke Trumpet Voluntary

Photo and Photographer: Andrew Van Beek

Officiant: Keith Langille

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Great new review from clients

As I was checking my email yeasterday, I recieved quite a nice surprise: a beautiful review from clients from a wedding ceremony  that took place at Ball's Falls Chapel in May 2013:

"Ester and Phil here, you may recall that your duo graced our wedding
ceremony this past May at Balls Falls. We wanted to thank both of you
for the fantastic job, in the aftermath of the ceremony we didn't
have a chance to catch you before you departed. The arrangement of
'Will the Night' was spot on and helped to make our ceremony a very
personal, touching experience whose soundtrack we will always
remember"

Thanks again, best of luck, we will certainly recommend you to others should the opportunity arise."

 

Thanks for such a nice email--we really enjoyed making your day special, and perforing at the beautiful and intimate Chapel at Ball's Falls Conservation area.

 

 

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Kimberley and Adrian’s wedding ceremony at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, in the Ivor Petrak Room, violin and cello duo, December 1, 2013, Banff AB

 

Thank you for the warm wishes. Both Kimberley and I are extremely happy with the performance during the ceremony. We also received many positive comments from those in attendance. Moreover, the musicians were very courteous and professional. They were outstanding! Cheers, Adrian

 

 It was lovely to be back that the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, for a beautiful and classical winter wedding ceremony. For the processional our string musicians performed the famous Pachelbel Canon, leading into the very appropriate Winter from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi during the signing of the register. As the officiant presented the couple, we performed the second hornpipe from the Watermusic by handel, as well as additional light classical music as the guests exited. Simple, classic and elegant!

ProcessionalPachelbel Canon in D

SigningVivaldi: Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Handel: Hornpipe II from the Water Music

Photo: Fairmont Banff Springs

Wedding ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets, Banff

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Karine and Sean’s cocktail and dinner reception in the Quebec Suite of the Chateau Laurier, violin and cello duo, November 30, 2013, Ottawa ON

This was a wonderful event, and it’s always nice to perform for receptions such as theses especially around the holiday as there is so much excitement in the air. We performed a mix of classical music for the cocktail reception, and transitioned to more modern music for the dinner reception. We also had the honor of performing a great versin of Sweet Child of Mine for the first dance! Congratulations!

Photo Source: www.fairmont.com

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Courtney and John’s wedding ceremony at St Marks Anglican Church, violin and cello duo, November 30, 2013, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Even though we perform at wedding ceremonies every week, it is amazing that we have the great fortune of being able to be surprised and delighted after so many years of professional performance. This wedding held in the historic St Marks Church in Niagara on the Lake (built in 1792) was one of those marvelous ceremonies. For the prelude music as the guests were arriving and being seated, our violinist and cellist performed classical music. As there was also an organist at the wedding, we performed a few songs and switched with the organist so the guests could enjoy an interesting variety of music. For the ceremony, and the processional in particular, we performed one of the most difficult but at the same time unique and successful processionals. Our clients asked up to play a Disney medley. We performed Can you feel the love tonight for the beginning of the wedding and as the mothers walked down the aisle and lit the candles of the church. Next we faded into Tale As Old As Time from Beauty and the beast for the eight bridesmaids and also managed to include a beautiful rendition of You've Got A Friend in Me for the flower girls and ring bearer. For the bride we played When You Wish Upon A Star. It was truly a processional to be remembered. Even the officiant and organist were worried that it was not going to work. Based on our experience and knowledge of wedding ceremonies, we are happy to say that it worked exceptionally well. For the signing, we played a great version of A Thousand Years by Christina Perry.The organist performed a wonderful bright and up tempo piece for the recessional as the bide and groom walked out of the church as husband and wife.

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Pat and Jim’s Celebration of Marriage dinner, November 9, 2013 at Canoe Restaurant, violin and cello duo Toronto ON

"Please give a big Thank you to the violin and cello players who played such beautiful music for us. Their music certainly contributed to the success of our dinner.” Pat and Jim

Our violin and cello duo was hired to perform for a couple whose wedding ceremony took place last February, and were have a dinner party this past November. The clients were interested in having a variety of classical music performed as guests were taking their seats for dinner, and throughout the dinner. We often perform for events such as these, and it is always a pleasure which we look forward to.

Venue and Photo: Canoe Restaurant

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Corporate event for VIA rail at the Century Plaza Hotel, November 7, 2013, violin and cello duo, Vancouver BC

Duo d’Amore was hired to perform for a cocktail reception and recognition dinner for VIA rail, being held in the Burrard Ballroom of the Century Plaza Hotel in Vancouver. We had a great time thanks to the events and exhibitions coordinator at Antian in Ottawa, who we have worked with before. The event had a jazzy theme to it and the violin and cello duo were able to perform a number of great standards, both for the cocktail reception and during the dinner.

"Let's call the Whole Thing off" 

"My Funny Valentine"

"It Had to be You"

"Moonlight serenade"

"Moonlight in Vermont"

"Makin' Whoopee"

"A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"

"In the Mood"

"Harlem Nocturne"

"Country Club Rag"

"Cry Me a River"

"Let's do it"

"Chattanooga choo-choo"

Venue and Photo: Century Plaza Hotel

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Hilary and Joseph’s wedding ceremony at First Unitarian Congregation, November 2, 2013, violin and cello duo, Ottawa ON

"The music was beautiful, perfectly timed, and really was just the right addition to our ceremony. Thank you for making it so easy and well-coordinated!" Hilary and Joseph, bride and groom

The music choices for Hilary and Joseph’s wedding were excellent, and the couple really chose well. The duo chose a variety of classical music during the prelude as guests were chatting and taking their seats. For the processional, as Hilary had a very small wedding party (just 1 maid of honor) the short and cheerful Prelude from Te Deum by Charpentier was a natural fit. The signing music was Bach’s Sleepers Awake, which is actually a less common choice, but one of our favorites to play. The violin and cello each have distinct melodies that weave in and out while maintaining a great pulse. Switching to modern music for the recessional is always fun, and it brides the gap between the church ceremony and the reception to follow; for this section, our violinist and cellist performed Here Comes the Sun, for a beautiful and happy finale to the wedding ceremony.

Processional: Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum

Signing of the registry: Bach's Sleeper's Awake

Recessional: The Beatle's Here Comes the Sun

Church and Photo Source: First Unitarian Congregation

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The string duo performed for a beautiful wedding ceremony at St Mary’s Catholic Church on October 26th. The music selections were wonderfully traditional, highlighting baroque composers such as Bach and Pachelbel, classical composers like Mendelssohn and Romantic composers (especially during the signing) as Charles Gounod.

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air on the G-string
Bride Processional: Canon in D
Communion: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria
Recessional: Mendelssohn: Wedding March

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Our string ensemble has performed at the Cambridge Mill for many years, but it was our first time performing in the brand new chapel, which is beautiful. The music the clients selected for the ceremony was an all classical program, combining traditional wedding music, with a slight twist at the end that everyone enjoyed. Before the ceremony stated our violinist and cellist performed a mixture of light classical music for the guest seating. With the start of the ceremony, the first piece performed was Bach’s Air on the G string as the bridal party walked up the aisle. This is an excellent choice for the bridesmaids, as the music is well known, as well as light and flowing. The bridal processional was the even more famous Pachelbel Canon in D, and we were happy to perform it as the bride walked up the aisle. Then came the exchange of rings, vows of the ceremony and the kiss. To make the marriage official, the couple signed the register and we performed another piece by Bach called Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring. Like the bridesmaids music, this piece also has a very nice flow to it. As well it is quite long, but always interesting which makes it a great choice for the signing. The recessional was Vivaldi’s Spring from the Four Seasons, which is always a delight, but especially in October, and even more so for a wedding ceremony as it symbolizes the couple’s rebirth of love for one another through marriage.

Processional - Bridal Party : Bach: Air

Processional - Bride : Pachelbel Canon in D Minor

Signing : Bach: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring 

Recessional : Vivaldi: Four Seasons Spring

Events Coordinator: Deanna Forder at the Cambridge Mill

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