May 5, 2016

Red Deer photographers | Stettler Community Hall Wedding | Esther and Craig

Posted in: Bride & Groom, Wedding

Esther and Craig were married on April 16th, 2016 in Erskine with their reception in Stettler, at the Community Hall.

The Preparations

The girls gathered on Main Street in Stettler, at Pinned Up to get fancied up. There the girls painted their nails, chatted with Esther’s mom and Grandma and bubbled over the excited bride! Becky did a beautiful job on Esther’s undo and educated the bridesmaids on how to place Esther’s birdcage headpiece back at the Church.

Esther sat and gathered her thoughts, write a little letter to Craig to accompany a special gift she’d gotten him, amongst the craziness that happens on Wedding Day Morning! Her mother looked on with a smile on her face, so happy for her daughter.

The boys were also getting ready in Stettler, at Esther’s parents house. Craig enjoyed some downtime with his groomsmen and took his time getting ready for the day. When Esther’s gift arrived, a beautifully engraved pocket watch, he was in awe!

The groom and groomsmen arrived at the Erskine Church while Esther and her bridesmaids finished their preparations before the ceremony. Craig’s mother pinned his boutonniere on and hugged her son. Esther’s mother and grandmother helped her into her dress, they squeezed her tight in a hug. Her bridesmaids surrounded her in a prayer circle, holding onto each other. This was it. The time had come.

The Ceremony

The ceremony was beautiful. Craig led his parents to their seats, then walked with his groomsmen to the front of the church. He watched while first the many flower girls, then the bridesmaids, until finally his bride and her father walked down the aisle. Together, Craig and Esther stood before God and vowed to love each other for the rest of their lives. They preformed a foot washing ceremony to symbolize that they are equals in their marriage. Esther fist pumped while Craig kissed his bride!

The Reception

The reception took place at the Stettler Community Hall. Craig and Esther chose the theme of their wedding to be ‘Anchored In Love’. The talented Wylie ladies from Today’s Sweet Weddings had decorated the hall with many nautical touches, anchors, seaweed, dulse, netting and seaglass coloured bottles. Klay the DJ provided a great mix of music and a super fun Photo Booth for the bride and groom’s guests! Esther’s former high school Foods teacher catered a wonderful meal and her mother, owner of Ben and Simon’s Pie Shop, supplied the dessert- cupcakes and cookies! The guests listen to wonderful speeches, special verses and advice. The dance floor was filled with guests enjoying themselves and little kids showing off their cool moves!

The Photos

How many days till my wedding?

Bride having her hair done at Pinned Up

Beautiful invitation suite and rings
Customized bridal shoes
Wedding DressGenerationsSimple bouquet of white roses, baby's breath and a wooded crossA bridal birdcage is a great alternative to a veilBridal preparations
Bridesmaids put finishing touches on the bridePrayer CircleWedding BouquetsBride's bouquet and family heirloom bibleGroom's shoes, watch and tieGroom's shirt, jacket and tieSharp details for your groom


Groom getting ready photosGroom getting ready
Groom checking the timeFlowers for the Groom
Prayers before the ceremonyA pictorial display at the entrance to the ChurchMany flower girlsFlower girl and ring bearersA fisheye view of the ceremonyErskine Wedding
Foot washing ceremony
foot washing ceremonyBride and GroomHusband and wife!Two families become one!Bridal party giftsUntraditional wedding partyBride, Groom and bridal partyGroom and BridesmaidsYour bridal partySassy bridal partyWedding party at Buffalo Lake, ABParty bus!

Groom and groomsmenSaaaay Whaaaat? Check out that ring!


Bride and Groom portrait at Buffalo Lake, ABBridal portrait at Buffalo Lake, ABGroom's giftBride and groom at Buffalo Lake, ABBride and groom at Buffalo Lake, ABBride and groom at Buffalo Lake, ABBride and groom at Buffalo Lake, ABBride and groom at Buffalo Lake, ABBride and groom at Buffalo Lake, AB


Bride and GroomNautical table settingbeach glass chandelier

Cookie table!Nautical themed cakeCake CuttingSlideshows are great!Bride and groom's first dance
Bride and groom's first dance
Parent dancesWedding danceShoe Game!All the single ladies!Garter TossWedding receptionWedding danceGet the party started!Craig and Esther, I am so over the moon happy for you both! I wish you the happiest, healthiest years to come ????

Dresses David’s Bridal | Suits Moore’s | Rings Peoples | Florals Home Hardware Florist-Castor and Today’s Sweet Weddings | Customized shoes Zapateria | Second photographer Chloe Buie Photography

  1. Brittani

    May 5th, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Beautifully captured!! 🙂

  2. Raelene Schulmeister

    May 5th, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks Brittani! I appreciate the love <3

  3. christina forbes

    May 5th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Beautifully done! And such a happy couple!!

  4. Raelene Schulmeister

    May 5th, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks so much Christina! They smiled and laughed ALL day!

  5. Stefani

    May 5th, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    What a cute wedding! I especially love the wagon down the aisle!!

  6. Raelene Schulmeister

    May 5th, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks o much Stefani! It was super cute!

  7. Esther

    May 5th, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I’m in love with every single picture!! I can’t thank you enough for them and your amazing talent:)

  8. Raelene Schulmeister

    May 5th, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Oh Esther, I’m so happy you love them! I had a great time with you, your family and other loved ones <3

  9. Jill

    May 5th, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Such beautiful moments are captured here!! Wonderful job 🙂

  10. Misty

    May 5th, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I absolutely LOVE that they washed each others feet. You did a great job capturing the day!

  11. Mahlia

    May 6th, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Beautiful couples portraits! 🙂

  12. Stella

    May 6th, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I love the joy that surrounds these photos! Can’t help but smile!

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