Marta called it the mystery bus tour wedding. Their guests had no idea where their wedding was going to be. They were asked to meet up at Hotel Arts to be bussed down to a secret location south of Calgary. The buses arrived a few hundred yards from Shawnessy Barn and guests followed signs down a winding pathway before arriving at a shaded spot decorated with flags and hay bales for an outdoor wedding ceremony. The two were married by their close friend Jeff who is the coolest minister we have ever met. People have said they would go to church more if all ministers were like him!
Then the hoe down began! Marta had decorated Shawnessy Barn with DIY buntings, Christmas lights and photos hung from the rafters and columns. Guests were treated to a country western style barbeque dinner inside the Shawnessy Barn. Everyone was given a puzzle piece which they were supposed to put together at the end of the evening. There were burgers, salad and pies. For wedding favors, they gave away cowboy boot glass mugs. But I think my favorite details were Marta’s vintage lace dress and cowboy boot ensemble. It went so well with the casual, from-the-heart feel of the wedding.