Christopher Kaiser and Neyda Van Bennekom were married Saturday, November 10 at the home of Dave and Sabia Kaiser in Crystal River, Florida. Neyda’s brother Albert Van Bennekom, an ordained minister, officiated at the wedding ceremony. Bridesmaid was Cynthia Chin Herrera, Neyda’s sister; the bride was given away by Pieter Van Bennekom, Neyda’s father from Malvern, Pennsylvania; while Neyda’s mother, Rosario Herrera, of Floral City, Florida, watched.
Parents, left to right, Rosario Hererra,
Pieter Van Bennekom, Neyda Van Bennekom,
Chris Kaiser, Dave Kaiser and Sabia Kaiser.
The best man was Hal Jaquith, who was in Christopher’s class at Dhahran Hills. The Kaiser family lived in Dhahran for 16 years while Dave was a senior staff writer and editor with the Public Relations Department. He retired in 2004. Christopher was six months old in 1989 when he moved to Dhahran and left in 2004 after graduating from Dhahran Hills School. Christopher is a senior at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando and will soon graduate with a degree in molecular biology and microbiology.
Neyda Van Bennekom and Chris Kaiser
cut the wedding cake.
In 2011, Neyda graduated from the UCF with a degree in molecular biology and microbiology. She is now doing lab research at UCF, teaching undergraduate classes and working on her master’s degree in biomedical sciences. For 10 years, Dave was the editor of The Arabian Sun. In 1998, he became a senior staff writer and editor in the Public Relations Department and editor of The Saudi Aramco Journal of Technology. In 2004, when Dave retired he had final approval of all English-language publications and brochures released by Saudi Aramco.
Aramcons, left to right, Sabia and Dave
Kaiser, Chris Kaiser, Neyda Van Bennekom,
Sasha Jaquith, George Jaquith (seated),
Hal Jaquith, Susan Jaquith (seated) and
Larry Post (seated, right).
Sabia Kaiser was active in Christopher’s school activities and volunteered at Dhahran schools. Neyda’s father Pieter Van Bennekom, an editor with Progressive Business Publications, came from Pennsylvania to attend the ceremony. The Kaiser’s neighbors from Dhahran in attendance were Larry and Loretta Post, of Sinking Springs, Pa.; Susan and George Jaquith, Crystal River, Fla.; and Tom Pledge of Salt Lake City, Utah. The couple, now students at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, plan to honeymoon in Spain and England in May.