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Felicia and Elliot's wedding ceremony, June 2, Ravine Vineyard Niagara ON

We had a wonderful, and windy time performing for Felicia and Elliot's wedding outdoors at Ravine Vineyard. The site the couple chose for the ceremony was beautiful--rolling hills with vines galore. The only issue was the wind, which was strong enough to blow our music stands over when we first set them up! This was one of the windiest weddings if not the windiest wedding ceremony that we have ever performed at. Despite the weather, we were able to offer a great performance, with several guests commenting to us about the performance.

The couple's music choices worked great with the venue: Pachelbel Canon was the perfect choice for the long-ish walk from one of the main buildings to where the officiant and groom were standing at the front. Jesu Joy and Bittersweet Symphony rounded out the ceremony, and we also performed a number of other songs as the guests exited the ceremony site. Despite the weather it was a beautiful ceremony!

Music Selections:
Bridesmaids and Bride Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D
Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Recessional: The Verve: Bittersweet Symphony

Ceremony musicians: Duo d'Amore-violin and cello duo duodamore.com
Venue: Ravine Vineyards ravinevineyard.com
Wedding Planner: Kassandra at Ravine This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Flowers: Mimosa Flowers mimosaflowers.com

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Ester and Phil’s wedding, May 31 at Balls Falls Historical Church, Lincoln ON

We performed at another interesting wedding today. No matter how many ceremonies or receptions we perform at it always amazes me how different they can be and how essential everyone’s job is on the big day. Florists, the officiant, the musicians, everyone has a big impact on the outcome of the event.

Phil and Ester’s wedding was nicely tailored to fit their style, especially regarding the music. For the prelude as the guest were entering and being seated, we performed a mixture of music with a sort of French café feel to it. Selections included La Vie En Rose, made popular by Edith Piaf and the Theme from Moulin Rouge as well as other unique songs from our catalogue of custom arrangements.

As Ester walked in, we performed another special arrangement of the song Will the Night, which went over very well and switched to Pachelbel Canon for the signing. The recessional was Disney/Pixar’s Theme from Up.

Because the Church is such an intimate venue, we are able to use this to our advantage in arranging the music. We made good use of pizzicato or plucking for some of the cello parts, and explored some interesting keys (B Major in particular.) There is also something special about playing an a wooden Church, and the rich sound of B Major seemed to resonate and sound much richer with the violin and cello.

The Church pews were decorated with very attractive floral arrangement from Van Noort Florists in Niagara on the Lake, and the ceremony was officiated by Kip Philip of Enduring Promises.

Venue: Balls Falls Historical Church
Officiant: Kip Philip
Florist: Van Noort Florists
Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore- string duos, trios and quartets

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Performance for Fidelity Investments corporate event at the ROM May 29, 2013

We really enjoy performing for corporate events, and it’s always an added perk when the venue itself is interesting. This event was in the Mammals Gallery which is pretty spectacular.

Duo d’Amore was hired to provide live background entertainment for around 40 guests, during a reception. Our violinist Emily and cellist Lydia had a wonderful time entertaining the guests with a selection of classical and contemporary music. Here is what the client said after I followed up with him:

“Outstanding performance. I met the musicians yesterday and thanked them for their services. Please extend my gratitude heartfelt thanks to them as well.”

Additionally, a special thank you to the staff at the ROM especially Michael Petty and Lesia Huculak, the corporate events coordinators.

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This venue was a complete and utter surprise for Duo d’Amore—it was our first time performing here, and we can’t wait to be back. I encourage our readers to look at their website (www.bissellshideaway.com) as this venue is not only great for a wedding or event but for spending time with the family.

The music for this wedding was as varied, exciting and interesting as the beautiful outdoor wedding. Congratulations to Julie and Brent!

Processional: Top Gun Anthem

Processional: Beatles: Here Comes The Sun

Signing: U2: All I Want Is You and Cohen: Hallelujah

Recessional: Journey: Don’t Stop Believin’ and Coldplay: Viva la Vida

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

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At Duo d’Amore, we have been busy compiling and creating new arrangements for brides and grooms at upcoming wedding ceremonies and receptions. You might notice that some of the songs in this list are on our current list, but these have been reworked for another ensemble such as a string trio or string quartet. Many songs (such as A Thousand Years by Christina Perri) are brand new and we are excited to play them at upcoming engagements. Also, our Guide to Wedding Ceremony Music Selections and Sample Programs (available on the Samples page) will be updated to reflect our growing list of music. Enjoy!

A Thousand Years-Christina Perri (violin and cello duo, string trio)
A Warm Place-Nine Inch Nails (violin and cello duo)
Accidentally in Love-Counting Crows (violin and cello duo)
All I Want is You –U2 (string quartet)
All Things Bright and Beautiful, hymn (violin & cello duo, string trio, string quartet)
Appalachia Waltz-Mark O’Connor (string trio)
Be Thou My Vision (violin and cello duo, string trio)
Butterfly Waltz-Brian Crain (violin and cello duo)
Don’t Stop Believin’-Journey (violin and cello duo)
Eagles Wings, hymn (string quartet)
El Scorcho-Weezer (violin and cello duo)
Everlong-Foo Fighters (violin and cello duo)
Game of Thrones Theme (violin and cello duo)
Hands Down-Dashboard Confessional (violin and cello duo)
Here Comes the Sun-Beatles (string quartet)
I Will Remember You-Sarah McLachlan (violin and cello duo)
Imagine-Beatles (string quartet)
In My Life-Beatles (string quartet)
In My Place-Coldplay (violin and cello duo)
Josie-Blink 182 (violin and cello duo)
Lost Theme (violin and cello duo)
Theme from Cinema Paradiso-Morricone (violin and cello duo, string quartet))
Lucky-Jason Mraz (violin and cello duo)
Never Say Never-The Fray (violin and cello duo, string trio)
Nocturne-Secret Garden (string quartet)
November Rain (violin, cello and piano)
Por Una Cabeza-Gardel (violin and cello duo)
Super Mario Waltz (violin & cello duo)
Sweet Child of Mine-Guns ‘n Roses (violin & cello duo)
Teenage Dream-Katy Perry (violin & cello duo)
Time to Say Goodbye-Bocelli (string trio)
Today-Smashing Pumpkins (string trio)
True Love Waits-Radiohead (violin and cello duo)
Two Words-Salonga (violin and cello duo)
Viva la Vida (string quartet)
Yellow-Coldplay (violin and cello duo)

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This wedding held at Canoe restaurant in Toronto was just perfect—a wonderful setting, great ambiance and great music, and of course the couple looked great too.

We performed a modern selection of ceremony songs, from Somewhere over the Rainbow to Lucky by Jason Mraz, and our violinist and cellist in the string duo received many positive comments for their beautiful performance.

Pre ceremony: 
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (in the Style of Israel K) -Arlen
Fix You-Coldplay

While parents/special guests are being seated:
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Can’t Help Falling in Love-Elvis

"Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

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


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After performing in over 1000 wedding ceremonies, it’s so great to be surprised and delighted with performing music. Not just new music, but music arranged in a particular way, perhaps used for a different part of the wedding ceremony that is not so common. This wedding was full of surprises. With music by Enya, The Verve, Guns N’ Roses and the theme to Anne of Green Gables this wedding gave us an exciting surprise and a playlist we won’t soon forget!

Bridesmaids: Enya Only Time

Bride: Guns N’ Roses November Rain

Signing: Anne's Theme from Anne of Green Gables

Recessional: The Verve: Bittersweet Symphony

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

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Our clients were married at a beautiful Croatian Church in Calgary, and chose their ceremony music to fit the different parts during the ceremony. We really enjoy performing Charpentier’s Prelude at wedding, as this was no exception, as our string ensemble played this piece of music during the bridesmaid’s processional. Once the bridesmaids got to the front of the church, we performed Pachelbel Canon.  One of our favorite pieces (though somewhat less popular than Jesu Joy is Bach’s other composition, Arioso, which we performed during communion. Rounding out the ceremony was Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.

Bridesmaids: Charpentier: Prelude from TeDeum
Bride: Pachelbel Canon D
Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Communion: Bach: Arioso

Exit of Bride and Groom: Wedding March

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

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Held outdoors in the Rose Garden, Jennifer and Stephane’s wedding was a wonderful intimate occasion, enhanced by the fresh, bright spring weather.

I really have to congratulate Jennifer and Kevin for making their wedding dreams come true, and they accomplished this with a good measure of style and grace. First off, they did something that not many couples do: they were married at 9:30am!

I think this is wonderful, and that more couples should get married first thing in the morning, as you get to spend the whole day and you have the whole day to be with your new spouse and celebrate with your family and friends. Another nice thing about the ceremony was that there were less than 20 guests there, all of them there (I’m sure) because they really mean something to the bride and groom.- also wonderful. I wanted to comment also on the music choices, because there was one song that worked especially well. If you have been reading or following this blog you might notice that many of the vents that we perform at are with ensembles or groupings of instruments that are with multiple players, such as the violin and cello duo, three players in the trio four for a quartet and so on. This particular wedding was performed with a solo cellist, which although not as common as the some of the other ensembles, it was an absolute perfect fit for this ceremony and the music the couple chose. Here are their selections:

Bridesmaids Entrance: Pachelbel Canon
Bride: Enya: Amarantine
Signing; Bach Air
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

Once again, we would like to congratulate Jennifer and Stephane, and wish them a lifetime of wedded bliss!

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Romance is the word that best describes everything about this wedding. The Church was absolutely gorgeous, and a joy to perform in. Built in1857 in the Gothic Revival style it is reported to be an important piece of Ontario architectural history.

To help with the music choices for the ceremony, I sent our clients Duo d’Amore’s Guide to Wedding Ceremony Music Selections, and Sample Programs (you can find these on the Samples page of www.duodamore.com) and they chose the Romantic package showcasing songs that fit together  and sound amazing when performed by our string duo of violin and cello.

Processional: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Massenet: Meditation from Thais

Recessional: Mendelsohn Wedding March

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

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If I were to describe Andrew and Jamie’s wedding ceremony using just a few words, I would say that it was modern with a classic touch. As the wedding was held outdoors, near the gurgling stream running and cascading through the limestone bedrock, and the weather was perfect—so was the venue. When we, Duo d’Amore, arrived we were greeted by the staff at Ancaster Old Mill (who always do a great job and are very well organized) as well as Reverend McNally. In our decades of experience, Revered McNally is one of those people that once you meet him, you will never forget him. He is so warm, open, funny, awhile at the same time, he really cares for each couple that he marries, and he’s been marrying couples for over 50 years.

As the guests were arriving, we began to perform a number of selections for our classical repertoire. At the appropriate time we received a cue from the venue’s staff, and proceeded to start playing the music for the four bridesmaids. A note on that—getting back to how I described the ceremony as modern with a classic touch, while the venue was certainly classic, the music selections that the couple made and were performed at the ceremony was a blending of both of these elements, as we performed the following arrangements for violin and cello duo:

Bridesmaids: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
Bride: “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
Signing of the Register: “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles
                                                  “Air” by Bach
Recessional: “Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve

It is important to note that we played two songs for the signing, and here’s why: As the signing is typically the quietest part of the ceremony, wedged in between the ceremonial, and often emotional Brides walk down the aisle, and the celebratory recessional, it is a perfect place to highlight familiar and contemporary song choice such as the Beatles, but it is also a great opportunity to include music for a bit of reflection. We would like to congratulate Jamie and Andrew on their beautiful wedding at the Old Mill.

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Anyone who has been a client, or a repeat client of Duo d’Amore knows that we like to arrive early to events, no matter what. If it is a corporate event or a wedding, it’s always important to arrive early. What happens when you arrive early, and you have setup? Besides tuning, and warming yup, we often have several minutes to chat with venue staff, planners and of course the priest, officiant etc. Over the past few weddings, many of our conversations have drifted to talking about old vs new. What I mean by that is: how has the planning aspect of weddings changed in the past decades? Easy—in one word: Choice.

Choice is fantastic. Just 10 years ago, the process of getting married was straightforward: you met with the Church, they basically told you how the ceremony was going to go, and you let the organist choose the music, or you chose from maybe 5 songs and that was that. Now it is a totally different story and process, and in my opinion, must better for the client. Much more personal and maybe even meaningful, at least with regarding to all of the different decisions and customizable additions that can make a ceremony great. With music for example, you can now choose contemporary and pop songs, you can choose music to be performed during different parts of the ceremony, and you can even choose the ensemble or group you want to add that extra something special to your day. We are thankful to provide such a service to our clients, because we both love it, and guests and brides and grooms really pick up on our positive attitude.

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May the 18th was a popular day for a wedding, and Rita and Kevin has a lovely one! They were so easy to work with and it was just wonderful working with them. Their ceremony, which included communion, was the picture of elegance, traditional and class. In our correspondence and discussion of what music they would like at the wedding, the couple used our Sample Programs on our Quote page, and chose with Classic Mass option, adding the famous Wachet Auf, or Sleepers Awake by Bach. The entire program looked like:

Bridesmaids processional: Bach Air
Bride’s processional: Pachelbel Canon in D
Signing: Bach-Gounoud: Ave Maria
Communion: Bach: Wachet Auf
Recessional: Mendellsohn: Wedding March

Besides the Pachelbel, this was a real Bach fest! Bach ‘s music works so well because it is both comforting, as many of the melodies are well known, but also because the music is so well written, and it provides lots of interest for the guests, it is easy to walk to and it is endlessly tuneful and happy. The last music on the program was Mendelssohn’s wedding March, and it resounded as Rita and Kevin’s walked out followed by their family and friends. Congratulations!

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This was an early start to the day for us, but very welcome. The wedding ceremony started at 9:30am in the beautiful Rose garden around the back of the Pillar and Post Hotel. With an early morning start at such a beautiful time of year, this gave a different feeling to the ceremony—one of calm, and peacefulness, combined of course, with celebration.

The first music heard was the famous Pachelbel Canon, and shorty after as the bride made her entrance the very appropriate and beautiful Amarantine by Enya. The signing music was Bach Air, played, unusually but very convincingly by the solo cello, and the wedding ceremony music finished with strains of Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve.

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

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implicity can be extremely refreshing. Tommy and Tanya’s choice of music reflects this and adds an elegant and timeless touch to the wedding ceremony.  Congratulations!

Bridesmaids: Pachelbel Canon

Bride: Wagner Wedding March

Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Recessional: Mendelssohn: Wedding March

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

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We take a lot of pride and care in each event and each performance to make sure things go as planned. Having performed at the Ancaster Mill in the past, we were able to park and setup very quickly so we could start to play for the guest’s arrival. During the ceremony guests were treated to great and eclectic selections by Elvis, Eric Clapton, the Beatles, J.S. Bach and The Verve.

Bridal party - Can't Help Falling in Love-Elvis

Bride - Wonderful Tonight-Eric Clapton

Signing - Here Comes The Sun and Bach Air

Recessional - Bittersweet Symphony-The Verve

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

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Thank you letter from Rob and Christin, wedding May 11 2013

Dear Duo d’Amore,

Thank you so much for playing such beautiful music, and creating the perfect ceremony.

I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Thanks again,

Rob & Christin

Venue: Casablanca Winery Inn, Grimsby ON
Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, trios and string quartets

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“I didn’t have an opportunity to thank you personally after Christin’s ceremony on Saturday. Many guests approached me afterwards and commented how beautiful the music was.

Thank you…Thank you…Thank you for being a part of a perfect day.” Cleo, mother of the bride.

The wedding ceremony was very classical and elegant, with music that perfectly matched the beautiful décor. Our violinist and cellist performed Pachelbel Canon for the bridesmaids and Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (here comes the bride). During the signing, we performed the beautiful and flowing music by Bach called Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, and Mendelsohn’s wedding March to conclude the wedding ceremony. Beautiful!

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

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We had a wonderful time performing at the is wedding ceremony, as for part of the ceremony, were joined by the organist of the Church, Clement. We performed a nice mixture of popular and classical pieces for the prelude as guests were taking their seats, and started the ceremony off with Pachelbel Canon alongside the Organist, following that up with Can’t Help falling in Love, which we performed with just the violin and cello. Music was also included during the candle lighting, and during the signing and recessional.

Air on the G String (Bach) Instrumental

What a Wonderful World Instrumental

Unchained Melody Instrumental

You raise me up (Josh Groban) Instrumental

Parents, Bridesmaids & Ushers: Pachelbel Canon in D

Bride: Can’t Help Falling in Love with You (Elvis Presley) Instrumental

Candle Lighting: Largo from Xerxes by Handel

Signing: Kissing You (Romeo & Juliet) Instrumental

Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

Wedding String ensemble: Duo d'Amore, violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet

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Duo d’Amore to perform at a Garden Party in support of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation

On June 16th, we are performing at a fundraiser in support of the Ross Cathcart Endowment Fund for Blood and Marrow transplant, held in a beautiful garden setting. The event promises to me fantastic—in addition to our beautiful music, guests can enjoy refreshments and a light lunch, admire the garden, and play at the racetrack! Garden photographs will be for sale. Tickets are a suggested donation of $100 and can be purchased at: ohfoundation.ca

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