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Cristina and Antonio met at a bar and locked eyes. After a few dates Antonio knew she was the one when he discovered her mutual love for pizza and music which is pretty much what Antonio is all about. Antonio and Cristina actually messaged me a few weeks before there wedding because the videographer they booked cancelled on them (what a guy) but that’s ok because we were meant to cross paths.
My first Chateau Laurier wedding film was challenging at times but in the end it was all worth it. Cristina and Antonio met at a bar and locked eyes. After a few dates Antonio knew she was the one when he discovered her mutual love for pizza and music which is pretty much what Antonio is all about. Antonio and Cristina actually messaged me a few weeks before there wedding because the videographer they booked cancelled on them (what a guy) but that’s ok because we were meant to cross paths. Check out my little story on my first Chateau Laurier wedding film.
The first time we met was at a Starbucks and we sat and spoke about music for 30mins before we ever talked about there wedding and that’s when I knew we vibed. Antonio’s and Cristina’s love felt genuine and very natural on camera. I would even say they gave me straight up model vibes. It was super easy capturing them and I’m glad the stars aligned for us to work together. My one complication with this wedding was getting a custom to the downtown lifestyle again. Being from Toronto the hustle culture of being downtown is something I’m a custom to but not since I’ve been to Ottawa. The reason this caused problems for me was because I wasn’t super familiar with the city and I had trouble finding parking before the photo session. The parking center was not working because ya know.. technology. I left without paying for my ticket because I couldn’t miss the photo session and although in the end I ended up getting a ticket I cant complain because some of the shots I got were awesome.
Narsete photography were awesome to work with. They actually threw me off in the beginning when they walked into the grooms house dressed in long black coats (gave me straight up secret agent vibes). Don’t let the appearance fool you though they were super nice people and they also own a restaurant in Ottawa if you wanna check that out. The venue itself was a first for me. I actually passed it a few times but never been inside. The Chateau Laurier gives me old school 1940’s hotel vibes. Its also oddly quiet for being so close to so much noise. Its truly an experience staying at this hotel. After shooting here twice I can say that if you want a more posh regal or luxury look to your wedding then this is a good place for it. From the high ceilings to chandeliers its a whole vibe that you will only get at this hotel when looking for a downtown Ottawa venue.
This circumstances on booking this wedding came down to a wedding vendor who refused to take care of there client during hard times. The pandemic has put everybody in a weird spot where there’s a lot up in the air. However being in a service based industry its in our best interest to serve as best as we can. I was super glad that I was able to be present for this wedding. It took a chain of events for us to manage working together but I’m glad Cristina and Antonio found me when they did. To the videographer that passed on them its a shame because they are a super cool couple. In the end that videographers loss was a gain for me and this was a wedding I’ll always be grateful that I had the opportunity to document this magical love story for my first Chateau Laurier wedding film.
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