cowboys shotgun wedding 2013 { calgary cjay92 contest }

There are all kinds of weddings. There are elopements, traditional cultural weddings, arranged marriages… for someone in the industry, I thought I’ve heard of basically all of them. And then I was approached by Cowboys Night Club to be a part of this wedding event called the Cowboys Shotgun Wedding, I was quite surprised.  The Cowboys Shotgun Wedding is a contest hosted by The Calgary Sun and CJAY92 with 2013 being it’s second year running.  The premise of the Cowboys Shotgun Wedding is to enter the contest by submitting a photo of yourself and your girlfriend/boyfriend and to explain why you are the “most spontaneous couple ever”.  The winner of the Cowboys Shotgun Wedding receives a stunning engagement ring (valued at $10,000!) by Tacori to propose and marry your significant other on the stage of the Cowboys tent during the Calgary Stampede. Um, wow!! Talk about amazing. I sponsored this event and was very happy to be invited to photograph it as it happened, even though I was on the cusp of what would turn into a huge flu. That definitely didn’t stop me from coming, though. (You can see the Cowboys Shotgun Wedding contest page here.)

As it turns out, our winners of the Cowboys Shotgun Wedding of 2013 were Sherri and Troy, a couple from High River who were unfortunately affected by the awful floods we experienced earlier this year.  According to The Calgary Sun’s article, Sherri signed herself and Troy up for this contest after hearing about it on the radio – saying that they’ve wanted to get married for a long time but it was never the right time.  Sherri opted into the contest saying that this would be “fast and fun”.  :)  The two have been together for 8 years and have a 6-year-old daughter together.

It was an interesting experience as a photographer; there were 4 other photographers and media persons there in a tight fitted VIP spot in front of the stage to maneuver around in.  The entire ceremony was over in less than 15 minutes and boom, the couple was married and Sherri cried while Terry fist pumped.  They went straight to their cake cutting and family was also there to congratulate them on their nuptials.  I’ll never forget the look on Sherri’s face when she saw the beautiful Tacori ring… she was definitely swept off of her feet!  The Cowboys Shotgun Wedding was a really cool event and I’m pleased to be a part of it!

Read more about the first Cowboys Shotgun Wedding!

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  • Isla Kelley

    on August 31, 2019  1:47 am

    Hello! I'm Isla Kelley. I'm super glad you took pictures on this lovely day. Did you know that their 6 year old daughter was me? I'm almost 13 now, and it's actually surprising how it feels like it was almost yesterday I went to have a sleepover at my sister's house that night, and going to brunch the next morning, getting to hug my mom in that amazing dress. Although she spilt beer on it, it still looks gorgeous. Funny enough, she tried it on a few months ago and we showed my dad. It was amazing, and funny. She has the veil, dress, new shoes (they look exactly like the old pair but they're bigger because the old ones didn't fit anymore), and she still loves her ring. Thank you for taking these pictures of the amazing event I missed. (My parents didn't want me around all the alcohol and everything.)

  • anna m

    on August 31, 2019  11:30 am

    Isla, that's incredible! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and for sharing your experience of the day. It was such an amazing experience for me as well, and it's lovely to hear from you to relive those memories. Wishing you, your sister, and your mom and dad all the best!

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