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Goin’ to the Chapel (Car)

Imagine your wedding in an intimate space with a dark mahogany interior and historic wooden pews, altar and pulpit. Add lush northwestern Wisconsin scenery flying by stained glass windows—the Namekagon River snaking through the landscape, an eagle in flight, perhaps even a bear cub fishing in a creek.

Yes, unique wedding venues still exist for couples seeking something wonderfully different. One of the most creative is Chapel Car Everlasting in Spooner.

Having fallen in love with one of the original 13 chapel train cars in the country, Greg Vreeland, owner and manager of the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad (WGNR), a popular excursion train, transformed a historic train car into Chapel Car Everlasting. Vreeland and his fiancée were, appropriately, the first couple to be married on the train in 2004.

The exceptional venue offers more than just an excursion adventure. “Many people come to us because we offer a hassle-free wedding,” Vreeland says. Among other things, WGNR offers wedding and marriage consultation, a lounge car for wedding receptions, and gourmet dinner choices for the reception.

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