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Historic ties to Island inspire wedding

After discovering she had ties with Bermuda dating back 400 years, Arlene Eason and her fiance Rob Searle decided there was no better place to get married.

The couple wanted a destination wedding, but it was not until they discovered Ms Eason's historic connection to the Island that they settled on Bermuda, the ‘Chicago Tribune' reported on Friday.

“In 1609, my great [times 11] grandfather, Edward Eason, boarded a 300-tonne merchant ship called the Sea Venture that was bound for the troubled Jamestown with a large group of colonists and cargo,” Ms Eason told reporter Heather Augustyn. “It was caught in a storm and shipwrecked on the uninhabited island of Bermuda with 150 passengers and one dog that were aboard.

“All lives were saved. The survivors spent ten months on the Island building two new ships and, during this period, in March of 1610, Edward Eason and his wife gave birth to the very first baby boy born on the Island, Bermudas Eason.”

The couple married at St Anthony's Church, Warwick, on June 27, with a reception at The Fairmont Southampton. More than 150 people travelled here for the wedding.

“Bermuda was the perfect place to get married, not only because of how much we loved the Island and all of the people, but also to honour my late father, who passed away in 2003 and had a direct family lineage to the original colonists,” Ms Eason said.

“We visited the site of the Sea Venture and my family's name is on the memorial.”

Newlyweds Arlene Eason and Rob Searle visit the Sea Venture memorial (Photograph courtesy of Suzanne Searle via the Post-Tribune)

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Published August 04, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 04, 2015 at 2:38 am)

Historic ties to Island inspire wedding

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