Calgary wedding video

She came to Calgary never imagining she’d be married in a few years

When Rylee came to Calgary from Nova Scotia, she never expected to meet her future husband. And she certainly didn’t expect to celebrate a wedding at the Palliser Hotel within a few short years.

Wedding Vendor Team:

Cinematography | Dream Day Films
Planner | Megan Sawchuk Weddings
Photography | Sergei Belski Photography
Ceremony | Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish
Reception | Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary
Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist | Perfection Hair and Makeup by Erika
Florist | Fiori Con Amore – Muriel Macrae
Transportation | AM PM Limo

Filming the Bride & Groom Prepare

We first met Antonio at his sister Luisa’s wedding at the Palliser Hotel a few years back. It was nice to see everyone again. When he first met Rylee, Antonio felt an immediate attraction. So much so that he texted a friend that he’d just met his future wife. Our filming day began with them getting ready at separate locations. Rylee at the Palliser Hotel, and Antonio at his family home.

It was a beautiful late-August day, with plenty of sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. Filming outdoors can be a challenge. The strong contrast between light and shadow can look harsh. But with the right camera settings the final video always looks amazing on such a gorgeous day.

Rylee, her bridesmaids, the flower girls, and the two mothers were all getting ready in the Palliser’s Juniper Room. While it has plenty of space, it really isn’t the best for cinematography. It’s fairly sparse and only has two frosted windows. Mixed yellow indoor and blue outdoor lighting never looks good on camera. For Rylee’s final touches we turned off the room lights and shifted her closer to one of the windows.

For the main event – putting on her dress – we suggested using her actual hotel room. It had plenty of light, lots of space, and looked beautiful both in person and on video. As always, we filmed as much of her dressing as Rylee was comfortable with. Usually that means coming in once the dress is on, but not zipped or tied yet.

A Catholic Wedding at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church

Antonio is an emotional guy, and that came through both when he was reading Rylee’s note and when he first saw her at the ceremony. They held a full Catholic wedding mass, so the actual ceremony took a little over an hour. The biggest, most emotional moment came when the doors opened and Antonio saw his bride the first time. Luisa’s husband Brian was there as best men, lending support to the obviously emotional new groom.

With the ceremony over, everyone gathered outside in the church’s courtyard for a rice-tossing sendoff. It’s an old tradition conferring fertility on the new couple. Sadly, you don’t see if very often anymore. I guess most churches don’t relish the cleanup that’s required after. It was great to see, and looks fantastic on their final wedding video.

Video Creative Session at Confederation Park and Downtown Calgary

Family photos were planned for Confederation Park, so that’s where we headed next. Rylee and Antonio and their wedding party enjoyed a nice break in the AM PM limo bus. We filmed some behind-the-scenes footage of the group pictures, and some nice candid video of friends and family. Most of this took place in tree-shaded areas to avoid the harsh mid-day summer sun.

With family photos wrapped up, we filmed the bride and groom enjoying time together in the park. Antonio and Rylee also wanted to get some video in a more urban setting. Since we were going to the Palliser Hotel anyway, that didn’t present a problem. They went to the hotel first to freshen up. We started near the hotel, then went to a nearby alley. (It’s a good thing video doesn’t capture smell.) The last of the creative video session took place by the Hudson’s Bay Building on Stephen Avenue.

Calgary Wedding at the Palliser Hotel: The Reception

Any part of a wedding at the Palliser Hotel will look amazing. It’s a grand old hotel from the glory days of the CPR. For Rylee and Antonio. The Alberta Room looked amazing, thanks to the hard work of Megan Sawchuk and her team. We captured video of the decor and a little of the cocktail hour. It turned into a beautiful evening, with a fun, fast-paced entrance, emotional speeches, and a mix of Italian and Maritime traditions.

Calgary wedding at the Palliser Hotel

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