Oh to be in Italy , now that summer is here! Well, we cannot all go off to Italy at the drop of a hat , but staying at Devon Valley Castle just outside Stellenbosch in the Devon Valley comes a close second! This is a full-on stone castle , set in magnificent Italianate gardens , with symmetrical avenues of massive cypress trees surrounding a stone fountain, all overlooking hazy fields ,valleys and distant mountains. It could not be more romantic!

Here, we played the wedding of Deirdre Conway and Michael, a unique Cape wedding in the winelands. The ceremony was held deep in a forest glade .The bride entered down a long,treed avenue.Instead of the usual Wedding March ,Deirdre Conway chose ?Scent of a Woman? for her entry item, an excellent choice for an unconventional bride. Deirdre was radiant, accompanied down the avenue by her children.

After the moving ceremony , the Hungarian Trio led the guests back, playing all the way back through the forest and up the hill between the majestic cypresses. At the Castle , champagne flowed , well deserved! Many couples like to utilise our mobility in this way , leading the guests from one part of the venue to another while strolling.

On the terrace, we continued with our gypsy serenades, alternating baroque pieces like the well-beloved Pachelbel Kanon and light classics such as Bizet?s Carmen, with items for the jazz lovers , such as Besame Mucho and Girl from Ipanema. Summer Samba is beautiful ,especially on a glorious summer?s day , and of course we played many Italian items to complement the theme and setting.Deirdre had requested especially a lot of French Cafe` music,such as Under Paris Skies,C?est ci Bon ,La vie en Rose etc , and lots of Hungarian gypsy music ,always a great favourite with the audience and with the musicians too. Cape Town felt very far away, we were all in another,more beautiful world!

it is always such a great pleasure to be part of such a special day and to help create an atmosphere of beauty and love.

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