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This wedding was a beautiful expression of the couple’s love, as family and friends surrounded them. It was particularly nice musically as there was an organist and we were able to work alongside them to create a really nuanced and exceptional musical experience for the bride, groom and all of their guests. See below for the full program:

Bridesmaids Processional: Canon in D

Bride Processional: Here Comes the Bride - organist

Signing: O Mio Babbino Caro

Offerings: Bach-Gounod Ave Maria

Communion: Panis Angelicus

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March - organist

Catholic Mass musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and string quartets, Toronto

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Christine and Henry’s Wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, violin and cello duo, July 27, 2013,Montebello QC

“The musicians were fantastic. Although Christine and I did not get much of a chance to hear them play (we were getting pictures done), everyone commented on how wonderful it was to hear them play at the cocktail hour and the ceremonyChristine and Henry

Ceremony and Reception musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and string quartets, Ottawa

 

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We always like performing at Strathmere Inn, as the staff are so nice and accommodating, and Alex and Tanya’s wedding was no exception. We started the ceremony with the U2 classic All I want is you—this made the bride’s entrance quite special, as it is easy to make a grand entrance with this music as the soundtrack. For the signing of the register, our violinist and cellist performed Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love. The ceremony ended with raucous applause to Beautiful Day, also by U2. We also performed an interesting variety of upbeat music during the cocktail reception following the wedding ceremony.

 

Ceremony Reception musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and string quartets, Ottawa

 

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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
Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Amber and Vaughan’s wedding at the Fairmont Palliser, violin and cello duo, July 20, Calgary AB

This was Duo d’Amore’s first time performing a wedding ceremony at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary. As I have mentioned in the past, venues other than Churches (though we love playing in beautiful venues with amazing acoustics) can be exceptional spaces to hold weddings and events. Why? Clients get much more of a say in how the ceremony goes, and for us we enjoy it because clients can choose different music from what they might choose if the wedding ceremony takes place in a Church. Amber and Vaughan did just that—they chose an eclectic mix of music that went perfectly with the wedding ceremony.

Brides Processional: Christina Perry: A Thousand Years
Signing: Enya: Only Time
Recessional: Beatles: Here Comes the Sun
Venue: Fairmont Palliser Calgary
Wedding musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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“Duo d'Amore's performance was spectacular. It was the perfect musical touch for our antipasto and reception... wonderful performers and very professional.” Sabrina

Once again, a very satisfied client and a great performance at the courtyard of the Liberty Grand in Toronto. We are always excited to work hard to make sure that we provide the best service possible, and we are so happy when clients fell the same way. Thanks and congratulations!

Reception musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and string quartets, Toronto

 

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Our string ensembles work hard to play for many events in Ottawa, and apart from a few venues just outside the city, the Museum of Nature is among the nicest venues for a beautiful wedding ceremony. This ceremony was being held on the second floor of the Museum the Queen's lantern room, and was classic from start to finish. For the processional our violin and cello duo performed Pachelbel's Canon in D, leading onto a soft and contemplative rendition of Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring as the license was being signed, and ending on a joyful note with Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum.

Ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and string quartets, Ottawa

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Duo d’Amore performed a beautiful ceremony and cocktail reception at the herb Garden in Almonte, ON. This venue is just a few minutes outside of Ottawa, and made for a tranquil and memorable occasion. Pachelbel Canon in D was performed as the bride walked in the lush grass towards the groom, at the elegant, white Victorian gazebo. Bach’s Wachet Auf and Handel’s Hornpipe followed for the signing and recessional. After the ceremony, the cocktail reception was held outdoors. Our violinist and cellist performed under the porch area of an old log cabin, and received many enthusiastic comments from the guests. One again, it was a pleasure to perform at such a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. Congratulations Shandi and Ryan!

Venue: The Herb Garden, Almonte ON
Wedding ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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William and Kate’s Royal Baby, christening and music ideas

With the news of the Royal Baby being delivered today, it got me thinking about christening music. Aside from performing at wedding ceremonies, receptions, memorials, funerals and private and special events Duo d’Amore also performs in a number of baptisms and Christenings each year.

The Royal Family always does a great job of selecting music, and hire fantastic people to work on their musical team. (Around the time of the royal wedding, I met with one of the musicians who performed and helped to plan the event while on tour with a choir from London).

The christening of the baby will likely take place in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, which begs the question: what music will Kate Middleton and Prince William choose for the christening? If I could recommend something, I would choose music that is classical, and that is somewhat soothing such as:

Bach Air on the G string
Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
For some reason, the music of Bach is a wonderful fit. It is nice with a solo violin, or a violin and cello duo, or even organ with either violin or cello. The music room of Buckingham Palace does not have an organ, so I would recommend the violin and cello duo if the royal family decides to have music for the christening.

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Rebecca and Steve’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception String Quartet, July 13th Ancaster Old Mill, Ancaster ON

Our string quartet has the opportunity to perform for the wedding ceremony and reception at the Old Mill this past Saturday and everyone had a great time at this beautiful event. We worked along side some familiar faces such as the staff at the Mill and Rev McNally, who I have spoken about in another blog, as well as some new faces—the wedding planner Jackie from the Prepared Bride and Love You Madly Photography.

When we arrived at the venue, the only person there was the staff from the Mill and Jackie. We had a very nice conversation with her and mentioned that everything was arranged and ready to go. Like us, she was extremely organized. Soon after the photographers and cinematographers arrived and setup. Prior to the ceremony they look some beautiful shots of our string quartet, which we hope to post here soon.

Not long after that the guests started to cross the covered bridge over the stream that flows through the Mill property, and it was time for us to begin to play. We performed a selection of classical music until we received the cue from the staff to begin the music for when the Reverend and the groom walked up the aisle. This was Bach’s Air on the G string. We continued to perform this song as the parents and groomsmen walked own the aisle. Next, we switched the Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the six bridesmaids and flower girl, switching again to the Wagner Bridal Chorus for Rebecca’s bridal processional.

After the exchange of rings, vows and the kiss, Steve and Rebecca signed the marriage license. The signing portion of the ceremony is very nice for the guests and for us, as it allows people the change to meditate and take is the fact the two people are getting married and have promised to love each other for the rest of there lives. Music is a wonderful addition to the ceremony especially during the signing, and we performed another popular piece from JS Bach-Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. This song had a beautiful flow to it which is enhanced by the gentle murmuring of the stream nearby.

After the license was signed, the Reverend introduced the couple and they exited to Mendelssohn’s’ Wedding March,. We continued to play 3 or 4 additional songs after the Wedding March until all of the guests had exited. The cocktail reception took place in the Millview Room of the Ancaster Mill, and from our point of view it seemed like all of the guests were really enjoying themselves. For this portion, we performed a selection of Modern music, from the Beatles,U2, jazz standards like Blue Moon and Once in While and other contemporary songs.

Wedding Planner: Jackie Nerlien, The Prepared Bride Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ancaster Mill Photographer/Cinematographer: Love Madly Ceremony and reception music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets Officiant: Rev McNally

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Here is what Ashley and Gregory had to say following our performance at their wedding ceremony at the Celebration Centre (now called NEXT) in Stittsville: “Thank you very much for the follow up! the performance was lovely!! Really helped make our day extra special!!!

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air Brides Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D Signing: Enya: Only Time Recessional: Mendelsohn: Wedding March

 

Wedding music: Duo d'Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet, Ottawa

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Danielle and Vince chose our violin and cello duo to complement their ceremony, and add to all of the beautiful décor at their wedding ceremony at the Rosewater Room, at 19 Toronto St in Toronto. Our musicians have performed here many times in the past and everyone had a lovely time. For the prelude music the clients wanted something that was a bit different, modern music centered around the songs below, with Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream played just before the men took their spots , prior to the start of the ceremony. The ceremony music was quite traditional, which was a nice complement and mix along with the modern music head during the prelude, fifteen minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Prelude:
Teenage Dream
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
Beautiful Day - U2
Cinderella Waltz - Disney
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

I Think I Wanna Marry You - Bruno Mars
Whole New World - Disney
Ceremony:
Bridesmaids: Pachelbel Canon in D 
Bridal: Wagner Bridal Chorus
Signing of register: Ave Maria
 Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

Wedding musicians: Du d'Amore, string duos, trios and quartets, Toronto

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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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Victoria and Gary’s wedding ceremony at Paletta Mansion, violin and cello duo, July 6 2013, Burlington ON

We always enjoy performing at Paletta, especially for outdoor weddings, as the back patio has an incredible view of lake Ontario, the guest are well taken care of, as they sit under the porch on several levels. This ceremony was very well organized, and everything just seemed to fit together in such a nice way. We performed Pachelbel Canon for the processional, and the incredibly beautiful Meditation from Thais for the signing. This song takes advantage of th violin and cello, as it combines some lovely writing in the mid to upper register of the violin, so that the sound seems to float above everyone. The cello part flows well, and grounds the ensemble with beautiful passages in the low to mid range. For the recessional, we performed the sprightly Handel Hornpipe II from the Royal Fireworks music.

 

Wedding Officiant: Anne Blinch at White Orchid Weddings

Ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets, Burlington

Photo: www.burlington.ca

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Nicole and Jay’s wedding ceremony at Waterloo Park, solo violin, July 6, 2013, Waterloo ON

 “Everything was awesome, thanks again!” Nicole and Jay

Nicole and Jay requested Pachelbel’s Canon to be performed as the bride walked up the aisle to meet the groom. For everything else she left it up to us, and we chose a number of selections to fit alongside it. The park is a great location for a wedding, as it’s very centrally located, not to mention gorgeous!

Photo source: www.waterloo.ca

Wedding Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets, Kitchener-Waterloo

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Duo d’Amore was honored and excited to perform for a 50th Anniversary celebration held at a beautiful restaurant in downtown New Hamburg, which is close to Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford. The venue comprises a refurbished private residence, now a restaurant and inn, originally built in 1847. The house is adjacent to a lovely park, and is situated on the banks of the Nith River.

Our violin and cello duo was hired to perform for 2 hours, and to play a variety of classical music selecting pieces from our repertoire by composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Pachelbel etc. The musicians received many wonderful coments of their performance, and everyone had an enjoyable time.

Venue: The Waterlot, 17 Huron New Hamburg, ON N0B 2G0
Live Entertainment: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
Photo credit: www.waterlot.com

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Another thank you card from great clients:

Dear Matthew,

Sorry for the late response, but Chuck and I just wanted to thank you for doing such a wonderful job with your team at our wedding in Niagara Falls on November 24, 2012. The music was so beautiful I still tear up I hear it. I really appreciate all the time and effort you took in picking out the perfect songs including “Accidentally in Love” last minute. Everyone loved the music and had such a wonderful time.

Thank you again and we wish you all the best!

Vicki and Chuck

Wedding Ceremony held at the Table Rock Restaurant, Grand Hall overlooking Niagara Falls
Ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, trios and string quartets
Reception entertainment: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, trios and string quartets

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Summer is definitely upon us, and Julie and Mike did a great job in planning a beautiful summer wedding! Rockcliffe Park Pavilion was built in 1918 and overlooks the Ottawa River, as you can imagine it is a fabulous venue for a wedding ceremony. For Julie and Mike’s wedding, they booked Sean on solo violin who performed Imagine by the Beatles as the attendants walked down the aisle, followed by Blowers Daughter for the bride. The melody from What a Wonderful World was performed for the Signing, and the summer classic Wouldn’t It Be Nice led the couple down the aisle as husband and wife.

Imagine" will be played for the attendants walking down the aisle, "Blowers Daughter" for when I walk down the aisle, "What a Wonderful World" for the signing and "Wouldn't it be Nice" for the recessional.

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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)
Imagine-Beatles
Beyonce-Halo
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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