Tristan da Cunha Marriages and Anniversaries
Tristan da Cunha celebrates recent marriages and wedding anniversaries.

Wedding of Mike Wolfenden and Nena Radusin

Photos from Robin Repetto

Expatriates Nena Radusin married Mike Wolfenden in St Mary's Church on 26th January 2017 at 3:00pm. The ceremony was conducted by Carlene Glass-Green, and it was followed by a reception at the Prince Philip Hall. It was a beautiful summers day and the occasion was enjoyed by all.

Mike and Nena Wolfenden and wedding party.
Mike and Nena Wolfenden and bridesmaids

Above left to right: Matron of Honour Sally Wonner, Mike, Roxan Mendoza, Nena, Harold Green who gave the bride away, Sian Davies, and Best Man Barry Davies.


Left: Mike and Nena with bridesmaids Roxan and Sian.


Below left: The wedding Cake.

Below right: Nena and Mike at the reception.

The Wedding Cake Nena and Mike Wolfenden

Mike is Director of the Public Works Department, and only too aware that things on Tristan cannot always go according to plan. In the case of his wedding, it had to be rescheduled three times! Mike Explains:

"It was originally to be on the 8th December 2016, and was moved to the 15 December, but due to the delay in unloading the MV Glory (that took 42 days) due to foul weather. It was again delayed to January 19th a week after the Christmas break. But again on the actual day in the morning there was a terrible fatal accident, so it was moved by tradition seven days further on to the 26th."

"Nena and I were overwhelmed with the whole day and the sun shined on us all. Carlene was the first Tristanian woman to take a marriage ceremony, Nena was the first Croatian to be married on the island and the bridesmaids were the first ever Philipino bridesmaids on the island. I was the fourth expat to get married, and Barry Davies was the first Welshman to be best man. Nena is from Dalmatia in Croatia and was a Banker in an Austrian bank in Zagreb in the treasury department. We have a house in Dalmatia, a flat in Zagreb and my house in the UK, so we can follow the seasons. I spent the last seven years in Afghanistan so Nena and I have seen little of each other until now. This seemed the perfect place to get married, and we are grateful to the island for allowing us to do so."

"We are now going on leave after 16 months and will be back in May 2018."

Ches and Jeanette Lavarello's 50th Wedding Anniversary

Ches and Jeanette celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 22nd March 2016
Card received from Ches and Jeanette's daughter Karen Lavarello-Schreier
showing the couple on their wedding day and while on holiday in Switzerland where Karen and her family now live.

The photo from grand-daughter Janine Lavarello
shown right taken that day shows
Ches and Jeanette outside their Tristan home.

Ches and Jeanette were married in St. Mary's Church
on 22nd March 1966. In the afternoon there was a tea party in their home and then in the evening a dance in the Prince Philip Hall. The highlight of the day was a visit by HMS Protector. The captain came ashore by helicopter and brought with him a wedding cake as a gift and attended the celebration tea party.

Anthony and Caroline Rogers celebrate their Golden Wedding

Report and photo from
Dawn Repetto

Anthony and Caroline Rogers were married in
St Mary's Church on 9th March 1966.

Dawn caught a photo of them in their garden, exactly fifty years later, after Anthony returned from the Potato Patches. Dawn asked them what were their memories of 50 years ago. They said the weather was very sunny and after Church they celebrated with an afternoon tea at Caroline's mum's house and a lovely dance in the evening in the Prince Philip Hall.

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