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Stunning Country Wedding of a U.S. Marine and Alberta Farm Girl

When planning her wedding, Samantha had a bit of a quandary. Have a destination wedding in Hawaii, where she and Vince met? Or a country wedding on her family farm in rural Alberta?

Samantha works as a family optometrist in Ponoka, and from all accounts is very popular with local children. She grew up on her family farm a little west of town, and prior to her wedding still lived there. Vince is a very dedicated U.S. Marine. Marines move around a lot through their career. He was stationed in Hawaii, which of course, is where he and Samantha met.

Samantha wanted a big wedding that she could enjoy with her and Vince’s extended family. and to which they could invite their numerous friends. Beautiful as Hawaii is, asking everyone to travel there would have been a bit much. So she and Vince made the decision to hold their wedding on the family farm. Some of Vince’s family would have to travel up from the United States, but at considerably less cost and hassle than a trip to Hawaii.

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A Country Wedding

 Decision made, planning could begin. Samantha’s family had lived on the farm for more than 100 years. The original family barn and home weren’t in use anymore, but although beginning to fall apart still stood held sentimental value. Samantha wanted it as the backdrop for her outdoor country wedding.

A large field on the farm was set aside for parking, with visitors welcomed by a trio of flags: Canada, the U.S., and the Marine Corps. Vince’s Marine groomsmen were pleased to see that in position the Corps colours held precedence over the two national flags (something most wouldn’t be aware of.)

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Wedding Ceremony on the Family Farm

Weather is always a concern, particularly for an outdoor country wedding in central Alberta. Fortunately for Sam and Vince, their early August wedding day turned out perfectly, with only a moderate breeze to contend with. The summer thunderstorms that often threaten later in the day stayed away. Samantha and Vince had beautifully arranged the farm venue with a tall wooden wall and entrance framed by sentimental photos and flowers. An aisle runner was laid out between two rows of wooden benches. A flowery arch revealed the old barn in the distance.

Once the ceremony had ended, Sam and Vince greeted everyone with a receiving line next to the wooden wall. Family photos came next, then the wedding party joined us and the photographer for a creative session. Elliot of Rosetti Photography is very talented. Samantha had so admired his work that she arranged for him to fly all the way up from California. And as we discovered, he’s a great guy. Very fun and easy to work with.

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Wedding Reception in Ponoka Alberta

Filming and photography began with Samantha and Vince at the rustic old family barn, sadly beginning to fall apart. Apparently still used to shelter cattle, though. From there, we joined the rest of the wedding party and headed to Gull Lake for some photos and video at the beach. Not Hawaii, but there was water! Everyone was eager to get the party started, and the final stop for the day was the Stampede grounds in Ponoka for the wedding reception.

After an amazing entrance into the Stagecoach Saloon by the wedding party and a delicious dinner, it was time for Samantha and Vince’s First Dance. They’d arranged for a live band for the evening, and the Jamie Woodfin Band performed the Tracey Byrd song “Keeper of the Stars” for the newly married couple. Parent dances came next, and then the party really got started. Sam and Vince’s friends showed that they know how to have a good time!

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Calgary Wedding Videographers | Dream Day Films
Photography | Elliot of Rossetti photography
Wedding Planner | Diane Rose – Rose Creations
Officiant | Pastor Richard Adrian
Ceremony Venue | Sperber Farms
Reception Venue | Ponoka Stampede
Make-up Artist | Janine Tweten – Beauty Mark Pro
Hair Stylist | Jessica Labar – Hair by JLa
Florist | Lin Luymes
Transportation | Fun Run Ponoka
Catering | Bob and Company Catering (Bob and Deb Hepp)
Cake | Brianna Holdal
Band | Jamie Woodfin Band
Jeweller | Red Deer Goldsmiths
Invitations | The Bride!
Dresses | Your wedding place Red Deer
Suits | Moores Red Deer

MUSIC: “Better Than This” by CHPTRS, “Never Stop – Instrumental” by Tyler Williams, “Love You Well” by Secret Nation, licensed through MusicBed

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