Barb Fenske smiles as a couple exchanges rings at a ceremony. Fenske has commissioned over 2,000 weddings in 22 years. Photo Submitted.

Sylvan Lake and area commissioner performs 2,000 weddings

Sylvan Lake’s Barb Fenske aims to give every couple a different ceremony based on their vision

Sylvan Lake’s Barb Fenske has been a part of over 2,000 weddings during her career as a wedding commissioner.

Fenske became a commissioner 22 years ago, but has been involved in other people’s weddings since the age of five.

She started out singing at people’s weddings and wearing curtains as a pretend veil before finding herself as an officiant.

“You think once you’ve done 2,000 weddings you’ve seen it all… no way,” said Fenske, who once performed seven ceremonies in one day.

Throughout her career she has set out to make sure every single one of the ceremonies she performs is different.

Fenske says the only limitation is your own imagination.

“If you tell me what your vision is and you can’t find something, together we’ll figure it out so that you get the day that you want and that’s what’s fair,” explained Fenske.

Fenske is stationed in Sylvan Lake, but can go anywhere.

She has performed weddings in Eckville, the West Edmonton Mall and the ski jump at Calgary Olympic Park.

Fenske has even gone as far as jumping from a plane for a wedding.

“Don’t ever ask ‘can I?’ it’s just ‘how are we going to make it work?’ because there’s never no,” said Fenske. “You just have to think outside that box and make it so special to them.”

She makes time before the wedding to meet with the couple to put together their personalized special day.

After the wedding the couple gets to keep the copy of their ceremony.

“[My husband and I] have been married for 45 years and I haven’t got a clue what we said. I have nothing to look back at,” Fenske said. “For me it’s special, so if you decide you want to keep it and frame it or put it in a box or put it with your dress or whatever, you have it.”

Being the wedding’s commissioner is a lot of commitment and is to be taken very seriously, she says.

Fenske once signed herself out of the hospital to assure she would make a wedding.

“If your photographer doesn’t show up somebody’s got a camera, DJ doesn’t show up somebody’s got music somewhere along the line, if your caterer doesn’t show up there’s take out, if your officiant doesn’t show up you just have a great party,” said Fenske, adding she considers it an honour when someone asks her to officiate their wedding.

“I just make it exactly what they want it to be.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Fenske guides a family through a sand ceremony at a wedding. Fenske works to assure every couple has a personalized wedding. No two ceremonies are the same. Photo Submitted.

Just Posted

RCMP remind Albertans to practice rail safety

In 2019, Alberta had the second highest number of total railway crossing incidents

Central zone down to 16 active COVID-19 cases

Alberta Health Services’ central zone is down to 16

Sylvan Lake woman says Town’s response time to concerns isn’t enough

Glenda Jackman says it took almost a month for the Town to act on her complaint about a playground

Central zone down to 19 active COVID-19 cases on Thursday

Provincially, 158 new COVID-19 cases were identified

Alberta politicians reject throne speech

Premier Kenney disapointed with lack of support for Alberta energy

Alberta’s top health official says province is not in a second wave of COVID-19

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday that Alberta had identified 158 new cases in the province

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $50 million Lotto Max jackpot

Jackpot for the next draw will grow to approximately $55 million

Wilkinson aims to be B.C. premier after cabinet role, working as doctor and lawyer

The B.C. election is Wilkinson’s first as the Liberal party leader

First Nations police services look to throne speech pledge for higher, stable funding

‘I won’t be happy until I hear two words: royal assent’

8 charged, $260K in drugs and cash seized in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

Millet Agriplex to become a hub for indoor soccer

Wetaskiwin Soccer Club will be operating out of the Millet Agriplex this season.

‘We’re losing what makes the Parkland so distinctive,” conservation specialist says

The Lacombe district will lose two sites with provincial park status: JJ Collett and the Narrows

Ermineskin Kindergarten has a confirmed case of COVID-19

The school has shut down and Cohort 2 is in self-isolation

Most Read