We travelled up the West Coast to play in Langebaan for the wedding of Steve and Sonia, a wonderful couple living in the UK. Sonia is South African and wanted to share the best of the Cape with her family and friends, many of whom had travelled from the Uk to be with them on this day. The Boesmanland Farm Kitchen is a unique spot right on the beach at Club Mykonos.
It is an informal outdoor African food seafood and boerekos eating experience on the beach, the food being prepared on open fires in enormous potjies by Susan and her expert team of helpers. The ceremony was held on the beach, and of course, the Cape Doctor felt that the wedding would not be complete without his presence. We set up in a super-strong breeze-the great advantage of the Hungarian Trio is that we do not need any music, music stands, or amplification. The wind blew the chairs down the beach, but we still managed to play the bride in and out! The strong wind made for a hilarious and energising wedding ceremony, everyone, ourselves included, could not stop laughing and trying not to fall over! Sonia and her lovely daughter sang Josh Groban’s “You raise me up” together with us as a wonderful surprise for Steve. Then everyone walked back to the covered gazebo fro the pre-drinks.
The atmosphere at this wedding was really extraordinarily happy and merry, Sonja being one of those wonderful, laughing people who somehow lift everyone around them into a special sphere of gaiety. Of course, we played for her our most cheerful tunes and soon had everyone tapping their feet and humming along. The food was absolutely delicious, starting with boerbrood baked in a wood-fired oven and served on enamel plates to help the environment.
Susan, who is in charge of the venue, has a passion for making food the old traditional way, and the guests could not stop queing up for second and third helpings! A special surprise for Sonja and Steve were the resident singers belonging to the restaurant, who sang some real Cape Coon style songs as the couple opened the dance floor.
Sonja had made cushions for all her guests, each with a message of Love, Faith and Hope. We wish Sonja and Steve well in their future lives together.