Western Wedding: A Story of Second Chances

The Wedding of Stephanie Clarke & Kyle Golinsky

Photographer: Carmen Freemark

Date: July 29, 2017

Their Story: The bride, Stephanie Clarke, remarks that her, and her husband-to-be Kyle Golinksy wanted a wedding that was natural, easy, and as much about their children, family, and friends, as it was their love. It was, after all, family that brought them together. Stephanie, a registered nurse, was working at the University of Edmonton hospital, alongside a fellow nurse, who just so happened to be Kyle’s brother-in-law. “He was persistent in trying to set us up,” says Stephanie, “finally, I decided that we should meet up on a blind date.”

As they say, the rest is history. The couple share a great love of the outdoors and a passion for their children. Kyle is a retired bareback rider, who still trains horses from time-to-time. Both Stephanie and Kyle enjoy packing into the mountains with their horses and hunting, and are both parents from previous relationships. “We are kind of a story of second chances. We spend a lot of our time in the summer camping and being outdoors with our children. Our wedding was just as much for our children, as it was for us.” Kyle’s Best Man was his son Carter, and Stephanie’s daughters, Hope and Reese, shared the Maid of Honour duties.

Stephanie says their wedding came together quickly and easily, because they both knew exactly what they wanted. “We wanted to be surrounded by family and friends, and we really just wanted to have a good evening. We wanted to enjoy each other, and celebrate our love, and that’s what we did.”

The Bride wore custom tooled shoes created by Eamor’s Saddlery.

Two of the more tender moments from their day came in the form of gifts to one another. Stephanie and Kyle had talked in-depth about taking his last name, “it was kind of something that played a little on my heart strings because of our children. I wanted to honour him, and our farm.” In a special moment, Stephanie had custom shoes designed by Eamor’s saddlery in Nanton, Alberta. “Our shoes had his last name, and brand, carved into them. That’s how he found out I was in agreement to taking his name. We partook in a foot washing ceremony, which is symbolic also of our close relationship with god, which helps keep our own relationship so close. During the ceremony when he went to take off my shoes, he saw my new last name. It was a special gift to both of us.”

The Bride, Stephanie, alongside her two daughters, made a fantastic entrance to the ceremony.

Kyle’s gift to Stephanie was also spectacular. “We were trying to figure out a way to get to the wedding, a carriage was suggested, but I’m not really a fancy cinderella-style girl,” says Stephanie with a laugh. “So the day of the wedding a knock came at the door and it was Kyle and our very good friend. He asked if me, and my girls, were ready to go. We got into a car that took us to the airport, and there was a helicopter waiting for us. It was the most fun and fantastic experience ever, especially to be with my girls up there, we flew over the North Saskatchewan river before landing at our wedding.”

The wedding was at a friend’s private residence and was the perfect backdrop for their nuptials.

Ceremony & Reception Site: At a friend’s beautiful private home, near Stony Plain, Alberta.

Dress: Modern Vintage Bride Collection by Alfred Angelo from The Bridal House in Edmonton.

Jewelry: Stephanie chose to borrow jewelry from friends in an effort to continue with the laid-back theme. Her earrings and cuff bracelet were her splurge, custom from Elegance by Carbonneau in silver and rose gold.

Hair & Makeup: The bride wore her hair down and curled, and makeup natural. Her long-time hairdresser, Shallyn Rathgeber, of Calgary, was on hand, and her makeup was done by Katie Soliman of Blush Artistry in Edmonton.

Cake & Deserts: “Our cake was a natural cake by Cake Affair from Spruce Grove, who also did an amazing desert bar afterwards,” says Stephanie. “We also had Marble Slab Creamery come out and cater a variety of ice creams and toppings for everyone. It was thirty degrees out that day, so the ice cream was a huge hit.”

The Golinksy’s take their first dance as newlyweds.

Dinner: The couple opted for a pig roast, which they said was absolutely delicious, and was catered by All Seasons Pig Roast of Red Deer.

Entertainment: “We had fireworks in the evening, and two live bands that kept us dancing long into the evening. We had a traditional country music band play, and then a rock band come in between sets. Our wedding was a lot of fun.”

The wedding had a laid-back vibe that celebrated fun, family and friends.

Western Wedding – Prairie Love

An excerpt from our January/February issue, where we annually carry a western wedding feature. Be sure to subscribe and catch next years edition.

Date: August 10, 2013

Photographer: Nicole Wade

Ceremony Location: Willow Creek Ranch, Saskatchewan


Their Story: Ashley is a Saskatchewan farm girl who grew up riding good horses and making her way through the 4H ranks. She was soon led to the rodeo arena, where she competed in college rodeos and progressed to many rodeo associations across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Tyler, on the other hand, did not grow up in the industry, but got his first taste of agriculture at 19, working on a grain farm, outside of Kindersley, Saskatchewan. He stayed with farming, going on to attend Olds College. It was there that he developed a love for roping, which would lead him to compete on the University of Lethbridge college rodeo team when he moved on to study there.

It was the commonality of the love of the rodeo and farming industries that brought the two together. In 2009, the couple met while both were employed at a feedlot outside of High River, Alberta.

“It was love at first sight. After getting to know one another, we realized how much we had in common and found it hard to beleive we were both living in High River, but grew up not far from each other near Kindersley, Saskatchewan.”

After a short time of travelling back and forth, trying their hand at a challenging long-distance relationship, both Ashley and Tyler moved back to Saskatchewan and were engaged by the spring of 2012.


The Horses: With a background heavily laden with horses, the couple wanted to include them in their big day. Tyler’s uncle drove the groom and groomsmen with his grand team of Clydesdales, while the bride and bridesmaids made their entrance in a wagon driven by a local neighbor.

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Dress: Ashley’s dress caught her eye as soon as she laid eyes on it. It had a pretty sweetheart neckline and feminine layers of lace lining the bottom.

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Bridesmaids: The bridal party dresses were made by Alfred Angelo; chocolate brown in colour, with matching Macie Bean cowboy boots and turquoise jewelry from Arizona.DSC_3766-ruby

Men’s Attire: To pick up on Ashley’s chosen colours, the groom and groomsmen wore turquoise shirts, chocolate brown tuxedo jackets and Cinch jeans; their attire was wrapped up with boots and hats, of course.DSC_3482-ruby


Cake: The cake was a 3-tiered creation, wrapped in turquoise and brown ribbon. With a Montana Silversmith cake topper and fondant horseshoes adorning the front, it made a pretty statement for their western wedding.

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Favours: Ashley’s bouquet was one of her favorite parts of the day. It was fashioned from old antique brooches that she had collected, stuffed into the center of white Gerbera daisies and roses. The arrangements were wrapped in burlap and accented with turquoise pieces.

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Western Wedding – Douglas Lake Ranch

A beautifully styled wedding set at the historic Douglas Lake Ranch.


Their story: Tina Stone grew up on Vancouver Island, a long way from Douglas Lake Ranch. But rodeo and ranch life drew the B.C. girl to the stunning rolling hills, and in 2003, she took a job on the illustrious ranch. Little did she know that’s where she would find the person she would begin to share her life with 10 years later.

Cameron Jacobs is the son of Stan Jacobs, well-known cow boss of Douglas Lake Ranch. Born in Merritt, British Columbia, and guided by his father, Cameron spent his entire childhood cowboying.

When the two met during the first week of Stone being employed at the ranch, her first reaction was hesitant.

“I remember thinking, ‘Wow, he’s cute!’ But being that he was three years younger than me, I held my thoughts to myself. After about a year of being close friends, it wasn’t too long until he had me convinced that he was worth it!”

The next eight and a half years took them on some great adventures. They had a stint living in nearby Kelowna; they spent two months in Oklahoma while Cameron attended horseshoeing school; they lived in Alberta, working and making new friends; then ended up back home in Douglas Lake. After that many years and that many miles, Stone knew that Jacobs was what she wanted.

“Finally, he took me for a picnic lunch at Quilchena Falls and popped the question. Then it all began. I had waited a very long time for this moment, I wasn’t waiting any longer, so I decided to plan our wedding in four months. He proposed on May 25th and we were married September 14th. There were some crazy times but it all came together . . . and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.”


Dress: Bought at Viva Bridal in nearby Kamloops, Tina's dress was a beautiful fit and flare with a sweetheart neckline. It was made from a 'romantique' colored satin under an ivory lace overlay with a gorgeous matching belt that added a little bling. Perhaps her favorite part was the stunning nine-foot, satin edged vail. Bridesmaids: Trina's ladies wore locally sourced 'rosewood' coloured dresses from David's Bridal, accented by great boots. Their jewelry was handmade by one of the bridesmaids, adding the perfect personal touch.

Dress: Bought at Viva Bridal in nearby Kamloops, Tina’s dress was a beautiful fit and flare with a sweetheart neckline. It was made from a ‘romantique’ colored satin under an ivory lace overlay with a gorgeous matching belt that added a little bling. Perhaps her favorite part was the stunning nine-foot, satin edged vail.


Bridesmaids: Trina’s ladies wore locally sourced ‘rosewood’ coloured dresses from David’s Bridal, accented by great boots. Their jewelry was handmade by one of the bridesmaids, adding the perfect personal touch.


Men’s Attire: Cameron, along with the other guys in the bridal party, sported unwashed Wranglers with ivory shirts and grey vests from Moores Mens Wear. The groom and the best man wore a paisley tie, setting them apart from the others, who wore burgundy. Cameron’s western inspired jacket was lent to them by a friend for the big day.


Boots: Nothing less than Macie Beans for the bride.

Make-up: Trina enlisted the talents of Sheeradiance Salon, based in Kamloops, for a flawless face.

Cake: The beautiful western-inspired cake was homemade by Courtney Brewer, a young girl was also resides on Douglas Lake Ranch.


Favours: Trina and Cameron’s favours were little white buckets with a hand written date and names, penned by Trina’s mother. They were filled with a little candy, and could also be topped off at the candy bar.


Flowers: Only $160 was enough to deck out the wedding with stunning flowers, which included calla lilies and gerbera daisies.


Date: September 14, 2013

Photographer: Captured Moments Lifestyle Photography and Design

Ceremony Location: Douglas Lake Ranch, British Columbia

Reception Location: Salmon Lake Resort

Spectacular Western Weddings Part III

Published in the January/ February 2012 edition of Western Horse Review.


A western wedding exhibits ample opportunities for stunning and expressive photography. With blossoming western culture molding beauty and elegance with tradition, the choices for modern day brides and grooms are endless. Here’s one of three weddings we featured in the Jan/Feb, 2012 issue of Western Horse Review.

Brook McGovern & Clint Buhler

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Being avid horsepeople and team ropers, it was important that their horses be included in Brook and Clint’s day. Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Venue: A photographer’s dream, Manning Park provided the ultimate in stunning backdrops, for western wedding photographer, Krista Kay. The couple chose dramatic the Park as the setting for their vows. The ceremony was held at Lightning Lake, and the dinner was hosted in the Cascade Room of the Pinewoods Lodge, also located in Manning Park. For dancing and festivities, the wedding migrated to the Bears Den Pub where they danced the rest of the night away.

Colour Scheme: Simple and elegant, with chocolate brown and black.

Jewelry: A simply stated Victorian-esque necklace with a tear drop design adorned Brook’s neck. For a very personal touch, Clint had Brook’s platinum engagement and wedding rings designed especially for her, and Brook chose a strong carbine tungsten band for Clint, inscribed with the promise “Will Love You Forever.”

Men’s Attire: Clint and the groomsmen wore black western influenced blazers, crisp white collared shirts, dark wash jeans, black hats and brown boots.

Ladies’ Attire: The bridesmaids pulled in the chocolate brown element with their cotton halter dresses with brown cowboy boots. The two flower girls looked pristine in white ‘princess’ dresses accented with a wide brown sash and cowboy boots.

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A bit of magic from Brook and Clint’s engagement photo session. Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Wedding Dress: Keeping her outdoor plans in mind, Brook went with a hardy taffeta material that would easily shed dirt and grasses which could cling and snag traditional materials. It was a princess ball gown, with a modest train and a beautiful back. Knowing that the ceremony would involve horses, she made sure it had plenty of body and flowed nicely when she was riding.

Flowers: Brook chose Abby Florist of Abbotsford, British Columbia to create her unique arrangements. Wanting something completely different, she went with fresh white roses, and accented with white gerbera daisies, dried grasses and wheat.

Centerpieces: The tables were adorned with a clear glass votive holder with a rose set in pebbles underwater and a tea light floating in the center. Spread throughout the center of the table were dried leaves to tie in the strong outdoor presence laced through the day.

Favours: Tying in Clint’s profession as a farrier along with a shot of whimsy, Brook chose a pony shoe with fine wire for a hanger, making a unique and useable momento for guests to remember the day. Cake. Personal and simple, the cake was a small nineinch round carrot cake (Clint’s favourite), decorated with a pretty paisley pattern.

Something Borrowed: Brook filled the old adage “something blue” with a blue garter. Also hidden under her beautiful gown was “something borrowed” – her mother’s garter.

Last year we featured three western weddings for readers to derive inspiration from for their upcoming nuptials. This year is no different! You are going to want to pick up the Jan/Feb issue of Western Horse Review, or purchase the current issue online

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