14 Aug Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel Wedding
Shelaine and Ben got married over the summer, at the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel. As everyone knows, the weather in Calgary can be unpredictable, but this was one of the most beautiful weekends in August to get married. The sky was clear, the weather was warm, and their wedding was so romantic.
Ben and Shelaine met and fell in love at Calgary City Hall, where they both worked at the time. Shelaine hails from Barrie, Ontario, and she remembers Calgary with great fondness, as a place where she has made many friends, discovered the magnificent outdoors, and made great strides in her career. Ben’s family, meanwhile, is deeply rooted in Alberta, and one of his favourite memories growing up in Calgary is heading downtown to the Marriott for all-you-can-eat Sunday brunches with his mom.
On Shelaine’s birthday, Ben, covered in sweat and bugs, got down on one knee in a parking lot in Frontenac Provincial Park outside Kingston, Ontario, after nine hours of one of the most challenging hikes he and Shelaine had ever done. Intense heat, deer fly swarms, insufficient water, and grueling terrain had worn Shelaine out completely. Her remaining energy to resist was annihilated, and so she agreed to marry Ben!
In reality, Ben planned to find a scenic waterfall somewhere along the trail of a much shorter route. But a few things changed that day: Shelaine insisted on the tougher hike; there are no pretty waterfalls in Frontenac Provincial Park, and the bugs were so bad that the first time they got a break was in the parking lot at the very end. Romantic? You bet!
Shelaine and Ben told me from the beginning that their top priority was to make sure that their 130 guests were looked after, and they wanted them to have a great time. When their guests arrived at the Marriott’s outdoor rooftop patio in the afternoon, they were greeted with cocktails and had time to mingle with other guests before the ceremony began.
When their guests entered the Sunalta room for the reception, they found the most unique and personal guest favours – a personalized, hand-written letter from Shelaine and Ben. After a delicious dinner, catered by the hotel, their guests danced the night away to the always entertaining New Soul Duo and DJ Yaya.
The Wedding Team
Band & DJ | New Soul Duo & DJ Yaya
Décor | Special Event Rentals & Great Event Rentals
Florals | Occasional Bloom
Hair | Hammer Headz Salon
Makeup | Trena Laine Makeup
Patio Lights | Chair Flair
Photography | Diane + Mike Wedding Photography
Venue | Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
Videography | Milky Way Films
Wedding Planner | Diane Davidson Weddings