A Wedding in a Greenhouse Amid the Mountains of South Africa’s Wine Country

7/27/2022 6:21:00 PM

The grooms took their wedding portraits in a field of lavender, and the reception took place in a set of classic barns.

“As soon as we were engaged, we decided that we wanted our wedding to be an opportunity for our friends and family from the States to plan an adventure they’d never forget, so Cape Town and the Winelands made for the perfect location,” groom Michael says.

The grooms took their wedding portraits in a field of lavender, and the reception took place in a set of classic barns.

. “Anyone who has planned a wedding knows it’s a lot of work, but we loved it and had ample time due to having to postpone multiple times over two years due to pandemic,” Matthew says. “We even made some new, and now very close, friends over the two years that we had to postpone and couldn’t have imagined our wedding without them. In the end, it was well worth the wait.”

Where to host the wedding was an easy decision as Michael grew up in Pretoria, a suburban city near Johannesburg, and attended the University of Stellenbosch. He and Matthew had been to Stellenbosch on vacation together, so both had a clear vision. “As soon as we were engaged, we decided that we wanted our wedding to be an opportunity for our friends and family from the States to plan an adventure they’d never forget, so Cape Town and the Winelands made for the perfect destination,” Michael says. The couple held all of the weekend festivities at one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the area,

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Cape Town .of 30 Houston Astros' Luis Garcia pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif.July 26, 2022 at 10:22 p.Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 19: Oakland Athletics’ Jonah Bride (77) throws to first base for an out on a hit by Kansas City Royals’ Andrew Benintendi (16) in the first inning at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.

“Anyone who has planned a wedding knows it’s a lot of work, but we loved it and had ample time due to having to postpone multiple times over two years due to pandemic,” Matthew says. “We even made some new, and now very close, friends over the two years that we had to postpone and couldn’t have imagined our wedding without them. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Jeff Chiu/Associated Press Show Less OAKLAND, Calif. In the end, it was well worth the wait.m.” Where to host the wedding was an easy decision as Michael grew up in Pretoria, a suburban city near Johannesburg, and attended the University of Stellenbosch. He took two steps forward and opted not to track the baseball’s trajectory. He and Matthew had been to Stellenbosch on vacation together, so both had a clear vision. After being out of action for close to a month with a strained right shoulder, A’s infielder Jonah Bride has been reinstated from the injured list and A’s manager Mark Kotsay is ready to use him all over the diamond.

“As soon as we were engaged, we decided that we wanted our wedding to be an opportunity for our friends and family from the States to plan an adventure they’d never forget, so Cape Town and the Winelands made for the perfect destination,” Michael says. Control is never his problem. In what could be his last home game in an A’s uniform ahead of the Aug. The couple held all of the weekend festivities at one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the area, Babylonstoren . With unforgettable views of mountain ranges and a number of activities, the farm made for the perfect backdrop. Garcia committed two cardinal sins in the third inning of a scoreless game. Clarise le Grange at Babylonstoren made planning the wedding weekend very easy for the couple. In his first at-bat back from the injured list, Jonah Bride singled in the third inning off Astros starter Luis Garcia (8-6, 3. “There wasn’t much we had to do, or even could do, to make the weekend more beautiful,” Matthew says. Two of the four runs Pinder chased in reached via four-pitch walk. Bride also spent 10 games at catcher in Double-A Midland, but Kotsay said Bride will only be used behind the dish in emergency situations.

“It was already done for us.” “We always wanted our wedding to be about our friends and family,” Michael says. Pinder’s grand slam magnified Garcia’s inability to harness any control. The next batter was Pinder, who sent a Garcia slider over the left field wall to open the scoring with a grand slam, bringing the small crowd of 5,130 to its feet. “The past two years have been difficult for so many, and this was the first trip a lot of our guests were taking since the start of COVID. Because of this, we wanted everyone to be included in everything, so we decided not to have a wedding party because everyone that attended was just as near and dear to our hearts as the next. Houston sat Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel on Tuesday while still missing Michael Brantley.” The couple also opted out of hosting a rehearsal dinner on the Friday before the wedding for the same reason.333 with four home runs and 16 RBIs over his last 10 games. Bride said he’s ready to help the A’s, who have won three out of their last five games since returning from the All-Star break.

Instead, they welcomed guests with a braai—an informal but traditional South African barbecue. Oakland’s bullpen retired the final 12 Astros in order, handing Houston its second straight loss, 5-3, at the Coliseum. The evening took place outside, and the group dined family-style at one long picnic table, where they had local dishes, including lamb, chicken, and beef straight from the grill, as well as farm-fresh fruit and vegetables. The evening ended with nightcaps and lots of laughs in the pool. “We had some opportunities, but they beat us,” manager Dusty Baker said. The next day, the ceremony was set in the House of Shadows, an airy greenhouse that overlooks the vineyards on the property and has a view of the mountains. The space is used to grow flowers, cactuses, and other indigenous plants, which gave the ceremony a natural, green aesthetic. Three of his free passes arrived on four pitches. Training room After a successful 25-pitch bullpen session, A’s closer Dany Jiménez will throw to hitters on Tuesday.

“We actually didn’t bring in any additional decor outside of a handmade wreath that hung above where we stood for the ceremony,” Matthew says. The grooms wore custom tuxes by Suit Supply. He threw 47 four-seamers and received just six called strikes. “We, of course, wanted a little individuality, so Matthew wore a black, slim-fit cut with a shawl lapel on the jacket, while I went with a navy, slim fit with a peak lapel on the jacket,” Michael says. “Our wedding was black-tie, so to stand out from our guests, we chose white matching bow ties and finished off the looks with classic patent-leather oxfords. “I was feeling weird on the mound,” Garcia said.” Matthew and Michael both wanted to forgo a religious ceremony, and instead they focused the service on their love and community.

Their officiant, Jana Van Den Munckhof, also managed to deliver moments of levity.” The absence of command is abnormal. Family was incorporated throughout, and Michael’s sister, Christine Joubert, gave a speech. “During our vows, Michael—no surprise!—kept it together, while I—also to no surprise—let the tears flow,” Matthew says. He walked just 2. “Soon after there wasn’t a dry eye in the greenhouse.” Following the ceremony, guests moved to cocktails, which took place on grand lawns between two classic Cape Dutch barns. Only two major league lineups walk less than the A’s.

There, guests lounged on vintage furniture while a string quartet played in the background. Dinner was served at one long table situated beneath a stunning floral arrangement suspended from the ceiling inside one of the barns. Garcia struck out five of the first seven hitters he saw before imploding during a 34-pitch third inning. (The barn doors were kept open so the farm’s donkeys could pop their heads in.) Just as the meal wrapped, the newlyweds snuck out to the adjacent barn, where they prepared to meet their guests in the White Studio. Garcia needed 67 pitches to finish four innings during his final start before the All-Star break. Within an all-white room, the farm’s catering team had arranged an artful display of desserts.

Guests were escorted to the adjoining barn doors, which slowly opened, and the grooms watched as friends and family cheered with excitement and the DJ began to play. The inefficiency is ill-advised given Houston’s pitching situation. “Following dessert, we trickled onto the dance floor,” Matthew remembers. “And since we had the entire farm to ourselves, the DJ then took us dancing until late in the night—or morning, we should say!” Photo: Skillie Jacques of Kikitography 1/59 “Here we are making our way through the farm’s vineyards with our friends Craig and Viktoria. “I’ve been struggling the last, maybe, three starts with that,” Garcia said. We’re heading to the welcome braai, a traditional South African barbecue.” —Michael Photo: Skillie Jacques of Kikitography 2/59 “We kicked off the weekend family-style!" —Michael Photo: Skillie Jacques of Kikitography 3/59 “I don’t think I’ve ever smiled more in my entire life. I want to get late into the game because it helps the team, helps me, helps the bullpen, helps everybody.

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