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By Ada Ruth Whitmore
East End News 

A family affair-diamonds, rust, wind and dust


Contributed by Luann Clark Buffam

Blustery vows: Undaunted by 30 MPH wind gusts, Noelle Buffam and Joseph Thuillier were married Aug. 29 at the Clark Ranch in Bickleton.

The 30 mile per hour wind gusts of Saturday, Aug. 29 did not deter 190 guests from coming together for an outdoor wedding in Bickleton.

Family and friends from Ireland, Canada, and the United States celebrated the wedding of Noelle Buffam and Joseph Thuillier at Clark Ranch.

The bride is the great-great-grand daughter of pioneers George Arthur Yarnall and Mary Etta Evans Yarnall who came to the Bickleton area in 1898. The ranch, inherited by Marybeth Crider Clark, was the childhood home of the bride's mother, Luann Clark Buffam.

Wedding festivities took place between the two large barns constructed by George Arthur and his sons at the turn of the 20th century. A large boulder with the words 'Lew Yarnall, December 1902' testifies to the date of the barn's completion.

Seated on muslin covered bales of straw, guests hung onto their hats as father of the bride, Steve Buffam, walked Noelle down the grass aisle. The ranch's horses and donkeys looked on from stalls and corrals. Pastor Mike Clark, second cousin of the bride, officiated.

After the vows, guests enjoyed appetizers, drinks, dinner, and dancing, surrounded by ranch antiques, garlands, lanterns and flowers. Toasts and talks from the friends and families of the bride and groom highlighted the evening. Great fun was had by all.

The groom, Joseph Anthony Fredrick Thuillier, grew up in Limerick, Ireland. Joseph is the son of Tony and Ann Thuillier of Limerick, Ireland. The bride is the daughter of Luann and Steve Buffam of Seaside, Oregon.

Joseph moved to the United States in 2007 and received his U.S. citizenship in January of 2014. The happy couple met each other at the Oregon coast shortly after Noelle returned from receiving her master's degree in Greenwich, England.

After a honeymoon in Maui, the newlyweds will make their home in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Article contributed by Luann Clark Buffam


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