Shaw TV’s Wedding Belles Stars Share Their Take on a Fresh Country Wedding

I wouldn’t trade in my Tuscan wedding for anything. But if I could plan a second wedding (same husband!), it would look something like this.I’m a country-music loving, two-stepping Alberta girl who traded in her cowboy boots for Hunters 13 years ago when I moved to Vancouver. But I’ve never forgotten my prairie girl roots.My Wedding Belles partner Aubrey and I thought it would be fun to see just what a Calgary Stampede-inspired wedding would look like. With the help of a few special vendors, we were able to pull off a pretty fun example of how to make your big day a big hoedown.Courtney Robinson of C Star Events took our concept beyond anything we had imagined. “Totally the sights and sounds of the fairground,” says Courtney of her vision for our barn dance extravaganza.

Our first step was finding the perfect location. Barns have been a hit with brides for years, but can be a tad difficult to find. When I asked my beef-raising dad if he could find a barn for my own nuptials, he informed me that all barns in our area of Alberta were occupied. You know, with cows.Luckily we found the gorgeous Bakerview EcoDairy in Abbotsford, which rents out outdoor space for weddings. Not only did the working dairy provide a gorgeous backdrop, but our hosts were beyond wonderful.Courtney brought in the tasty fair food: fresh popcorn, creamy fudge, candy apples and, of course, cotton candy. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Sun Peaks provided the fresh fair-like treats that proved to be popular with our crew.Memphis Blues BBQ catered the main meal and there are no words, only drool, to describe it. Memphis Blues is known for succulent ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket. Family-style catering means guests will be sharing platters and licking their fingers – a great way to break the ice among strangers.Next up, Courtney and my competitive partner Aubrey thought it would be fun for guests to enjoy some county fair-inspired games. Wearing our Jenny Yoo dresses, courtesy of Frocks Modern Bridesmaid, we stepped into burlap sacks for an old-fashioned leapfrog race.Games are great for kids and adults alike. Weddings can be dull for the little guys, so keep them happy while the adults are listening to speeches. And after the speeches, nothing says good times like a champagne-induced three-legged race!Susanna at Modern Invitations brought in details that helped pull the event together. Signage, says Susanna, has a simple job: “It gives direction to your guests.” But that doesn’t mean it has to be dull. From the denim-pocket invitation to the western saloon signs, Modern Invitations added that extra element to the décor.Speaking of décor, our Stampede wedding is full of lighthearted ideas, from burlap bows and gingham tablecloths to mason-jar cocktail glasses. These rustic elements are everywhere in the wedding world now, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only budget-friendly, they’re pretty, simple and make guests feel comfortable and at home.If this is your idea of a perfect wedding, there are so many other interesting touches you could add. How about mini-donuts (Jumpn’ J’s)? Or a Ferris wheel with twinkling lights? Maybe pony rides for the kids. The ideas are endless and a barrel of fun.Remember it’s all about infusing a sense of who you are as a couple in your wedding, not being a slave to tradition. So, get creative!

Photographer Studio Jeanie | Event Planner C Star Events | Venue Bakerview EcoDairy | Catering Memphis Blues BBQ | Dresses: Jenny Yoo, from Frocks Modern Bridesmaid | Fair food Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory | Stationery Modern Invitations | Popcorn machine, cotton-candy maker, country props Aglow Weddings & EventsClassic Party Rentals | Flowers Simply Perfect Flowers