BETTINA & MATTHEW AT HAWKSMOOR HOUSE (NOV 2016)

The wine lands of the Western Cape offer some of the most magnificent wedding locations in the world: Hawksmoor House is an authentic Cape Dutch country retreat in Stellenbosch amidst a 220 hectare wine farm (Hawksmoor Matjieskuil Wines) with stunning mountain views. Pair these with a warm summer’s eve under the stars, fine dining (Zest catering) and superb music, and you have the perfect stage for an unforgettable day. 

(TWS Ike Moriz sextet perform “Almost Like Being In Love” + “When I Fall In Love” 26.11.16)

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Given the exquisite location, it’s no surprise that we were delighted to be asked to provide all the wedding entertainment for the day. Top Wedding  String Trio led by Austrian violinist and music arranger Felix Arndt (Swing Quintango) opened the day playing classical music in ‘The Barn' during the wedding ceremony. 

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(TWS string trio live at Hawksmoor House 26.11.16, photo Mosquito Records London (PTY) Ltd)

Unamplified acoustic strings invoke a wonderful warm atmosphere for this most special of occasions. From light-hearted Mozart and playful Bach to Wagner’s and Mendelssohn’s wedding marches the trio provided a delightful soundtrack to the beginning of this couple’s journey in marriage.

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(TWS sextet live at Hawksmoor House 26.11.16, photo Mosquito Records London (PTY) Ltd)

The journey (literally) took the wedding party from the barn to the picturesque front terrace facing a beautiful water feature, the sunset and  breathtaking mountain views whilst the string trio (who had also moved to this location) continued playing highlights from their uplifting and joyful repertoire. Cocktails and canapés were served during this time. 

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(TWS sextet live at Hawksmoor House 26.11.16, photo Mosquito Records London (PTY) Ltd)

Just after sunset the master of ceremonies directed the celebration to the big lawns under old and majestic oak trees on the opposing side of the manor house. Here the Top Wedding Singer Sextet led by international singing sensation Ike Moriz (17 CD releases) began playing their first set of swing, jazz and blues from their vast repertoire of classic standards and originals. See a clip of “C’est Si Bon” (Henri Betti) below:

This band unites some of the most distinguished and experienced jazz and session musicians Cape Town has to offer: From Navy Big Band leader, clarinet and saxophone virtuoso Willie van Zyl, pianist and UCT college of music lecturer, jazz singer, composer and arranger Amanda Tiffin, guitarist David Ledbetter to double bass player Wesley Rustin, drums and percussion legend Kevin Gibson and prolific chart topping singer, songwriter, producer and actor Ike Moriz.

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(TWS sextet live at Hawksmoor House 26.11.16, photo Mosquito Records London (PTY) Ltd)

This band leaves leaves little to be desired when it comes to providing top notch renditions of the American songbook, jazz standards and swinging Moriz originals. Listen to "Hello Dolly” (Jerry Herman) below:

Highlights of the evening included easy listening latin, swing and jazzy Moriz songs like “Love Swings” (2016 album title song), "Petite Madeleine" and “Tuscany”,  as well as timeless torch songs and Sinatra 

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(TWS sextet live at Hawksmoor House 26.11.16, photo Mosquito Records London (PTY) Ltd)

hits like “Fly Me To The Moon”, “Sway”, “Come Fly With Me” and the more current “Home” and “Everything” (by Michael Buble).

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(TWS sextet live at Hawksmoor House 26.11.16, photo Mosquito Records London (PTY) Ltd)

If there were still guests sitting down in the later hours of the evening, Top Wedding Singer DJ catapulted them onto the dance floor with a top  music mix from all-time-favourites of 50s - 90s hits to the latest chart toppers, not leaving his DJ station till the very end of this exuberant celebration of the newly weds. A night under the South African stars to remember. 

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(TWS sextet live at Hawksmoor House 26.11.16, photo Mosquito Records London (PTY) Ltd)

Check out some of the band’s vast repertoire on Ike Moriz’s 17 CD releases on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/za/artist/ike-moriz/id15970804

Service providers: Top Wedding Singer (entertainment), Kirsten van der Westhuisen (coordinator), Yolande Marx (photographer), Stacey (Hawksmoor House coordinator), Wedding cake (Cakes by Wade), Caterer (Zest catering), Top Wedding Strings (string trio), Top Wedding DJ (entertainment)