Engagements & Weddings

Sixty-four years, and still going strong.

Jim an Roberta Morgan at their 25th wedding anniversary, in 1975. – Photo courtesy of the Morgans

In an occasional series, some great Island couples tell us how they’ve made marriages last. We salute the love, goodwill, stamina, and compromise required of couples who stay together for a long time.Jim and Roberta Morgan of Chilmark were were married on Sept. 29, 1950, at the Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven.

How did you meet? At the Vineyard Haven Bowling Alley.

Who proposed and how? Jim proposed to Roberta, April 1950.

The Morgans at their wedding, in September, 1950.
The Morgans at their wedding, in September, 1950.

Describe your Vineyard wedding [We were] married in the Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven and had a reception at Albert Allen’s home on Daggett Avenue in Vineyard Haven. Bert’s sisters, Eva, Marjorie, Dorothy, and Mrs. Allen, provided the refreshments. Then we left the Island for a honeymoon at Niagara Falls.

How many children? Did any of them stay here? Barbara and Jim. Both live on the Vineyard.

Do you both work? Roberta has the Harbor Craft shop at Menemsha. Jim is a retired commercial fisherman.

And at their 50th anniversary, in 2000.
And at their 50th anniversary, in 2000.

Briefly describe your years together — the good, the bad, and the wonderful … Sixty-four wonderful years together, two wonderful children, two wonderful grandchildren, two great daughters-in-law-to-be. Wonderful life.

Has the Vineyard been the best place to live your lives together? Absolutely, great place to raise kids, a great place for a commercial fisherman in the past.

If you had one piece of advice to a couple about to be married, what would it be? Talk everything out, hold no grudges, work hard together, respect each other.

Lucy Bliss Whittemore & Barton Heywood

Lucy Bliss Whittemore and Barton Heywood married on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Lucy’s late mother’s house in Edgartown. Joe Sollitto officiated.

Lucy is the daughter of the late Suzanne S. Whittemore of Edgartown and the Rev. James Whittemore of Falmouth, Maine.

Barton is the son of the late Carroll and Roger Heywood of Chappaquiddick and Duxbury.

They will reside in Edgartown.

Katama Marie Martellucci & Janice Ownbey

Stacy Elizabeth Nickerson-Hall and Stephen Martellucci joyfully announce the engagement of their daughter, Katama Marie Martellucci of Edgartown and Valley Forge, Penn., to Janice Ownbey, daughter of Joyce Ownbey and the late Richard Ownbey of Sacramento, California.

Katama is the granddaughter of Sonny and Claire Nickerson Hall; the great-granddaughter of the late Howard and Marie Brown Nickerson; and the great-great-granddaughter of the late Captain St. Clair and Elizabeth Morehouse Brown, all of Edgartown.

Katama works at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Janice for the Appalachian Mountain Club.  Both young women worked at the FARM Institute at Katama. They now live in Brooklyn, and they are planning to marry in 2016.

Flanders-Wedding1.jpgCarole L. Sylva & Matthew B. Flanders

Carole Lee Sylva and Matthew Flanders married on Saturday, September 13, at Farm Neck Golf Club. The father of the groom, Brian Flanders, performed the ceremony. Carole Lee is the daughter of Roger and Gloria Sylva of West Tisbury. Matthew is the son of Brian and Noreen Flanders of Vineyard Haven. The couple plans to reside on the Vineyard.

Amelia P. Burns married Mr. David P. Levine on October 12, 2014.

Dr. and Mrs. Padraic Burns of Brookline and Vineyard Haven announce the marriage of their daughter, Amelia P. Burns to Mr. David P. Levine on October 12, 2014 at Blue Horse Inn, Woodstock VT. David is a Senior Product Strategist with FactSet Research Systems. Amelia, a former kindergarten assistant teacher at the Edgartown School and fourth grade teacher at the Oak Bluffs School, is a fourth grade teacher at the Henry David Thoreau School in Concord. David is the son of Stanley and Grace Levine of Boynton Beach Florida (formerly Huntington, Long Island, NY). The couple live in Carlisle.

Vanessa Laurie Williams, daughter of Woodrow and Phyllis Williams of Vineyard Haven, married Evan Daniel Smith, son of the Honorable Judge Mary Smith of Bronxville, N,Y., and Drs. Fred and Angelica Smith of Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., at The Tower House (the yellow house) in Chilmark on September 6, 2014, surrounded by close friends and family in a Double Ring Ceremony performed by Josh Burns of Vermont, a close friend of the couple. Vanessa was given in marriage by her father.

The bride is a 2002 graduate of MVRHS, a 2006 graduate of Marlboro College and a 2013 graduate of Pace Law School, N.Y. She is employed by Cabanillas and Associates, P.C. as an attorney.

The groom is a 2007 graduate of Marlboro College and is employed by Buchman Law Firm as a paralegal. After a honeymoon to Thailand in January, the couple will reside in their home in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

photoHeather Ferreira and Keith Devine of Aquinnah would like to announce their recent engagement, on Sept. 20, 2014. Heather is the daughter of Sandy Ferreira of Vineyard Haven and Anthony Ferreira of Oak Bluffs. Keith is the son of Shirley Grant Tucker of Brockton and Byram Devine of Vineyard Haven. A wedding is being planned for Sept. 3, 2016.

Adrian John Wright of Newport, Shropshire, England, will marry Jeannie Barbarajean Pierson of Philadelphia on Oct. 3, 2014, at the Martha’s Vineyard Sailing Camp in Oak Bluffs.

Ms. Pierson is the daughter of Mr and Mrs. Willie Armistad of Durham, N.C. Mr. Wright is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Colin Wright of Newport, Shropshire, England.

The Rev. David Berube, a police officer with the Oak Bluffs police department and a chaplain in the Air National Guard, will perform the ceremony. The groom served in the Royal Air Force, and is an HVAC technician for Alex Alexander. The bride graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Penn., and works as a police clerk for the Oak Bluffs police department. The couple will live in Oak Bluffs.

Joel von Ranson and John Edward “Teddy” Sublett are to be married Sept. 20, 2014, by Sag Harbor Village Justice Andrea Schiavoni at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, N.Y.

Joel, 46, is a partner at the executive recruiting firm of Spencer Stuart in New York. A graduate of Northampton (Mass.) High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree in business from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He grew up summering in Oak Bluffs.

His mother, Brooks Robards of Northampton and Oak Bluffs, is professor emerita of Mass Communication at Westfield State University and the author of 14 books, including four of poetry. Joel’s father, Jonathan von Ranson, is a writer and stonemason in Wendell, Mass.

Teddy, 36, is a senior director of women’s design for Ralph Lauren Corp. in New York. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor’s degree, and received an associate degree in design and manufacturing at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

He is a son of John Sublett and the late Susan Sublett of Thornbury, Ontario, Canada. His mother was an elementary school teacher and homemaker. His father, now retired, is a former banker and boatbuilder in Thornbury and Toronto, Ontario.

The couple met more than 10 years ago at a garden party in Bridgehampton, N.Y. They divide their time between New York City and Water Mill, N.Y.

Shane Gallagher & Shelagh Walsh

Arthur and Vera Gallagher of Edgartown are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Shane Quinlan Gallagher, to Shelagh Kathleen Walshof Tewksbury. An August wedding is planned.

Greyson Bowker & Thatcher Brown

Greyson Bowker of Edgartown and Thatcher Brown of Oak Bluffs announced their engagement on July 12 on Lobsterville Beach in Aquinnah. Greyson is the daughter of Wesley Bowker and Joyce Albertine of Edgartown. Thatcher is the son of Jerilyn and Richard Brown of Oak Bluffs. A 2015 wedding is planned.