The happy couple ~ Brent Noels and Bernice Willemse
September 21, 2013: Per chance did you notice the camels at the Port Stanley
Terminal Rail station today? The female camel was adorned in a bridal veil of the
very latest and the "groom" looked quite dashing in his "tuxedo" bow tie. The pair
were standing in for pictures for Brent Noels and Bernice Willemse who got married
in story book style.
It poured rain for most of the morning but by mid afternoon the skies had begun
to clear a little. Things looked a tad more promising for this wedding planned to
be held outdoors at Whytes Park. The entire wedding party and all 200 or so guests
boarded a special train, consisting of six cars plus the engine and the caboose,
in Port Stanley at 3:00 p.m. to enjoy the 20 minute train ride to Whytes Park.
A special "altar" set up against a grove of birch trees waited at Whytes Park, along
with a large tent and borrowed wooden church pews for the guests. The wind picked
up and the temperature dropped, but the rain held off. The train spilled guests
onto the grass, and the wedding party made it's way down the burlap aisle to the
mellow tenor saxophone strains of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". First the bridesmaids,
then the tiny flower girl, followed by the Maid of Honour and, wait for it, the
bride in a modern white silk and lace number looking absolutely ravishing.
It seems like only yesterday Bernice was a young novice setting up her registered
massage therapy business in Port Stanley, and her she was today, matured and beautiful.
A PSTR train wedding - what a perfect way for a Port Stanley couple to start their
new life together. Congratulations Brent and Bernice, and may you have many years
of joy together.