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In a video posted of the ceremony, 19 people are shown in the venue at the same time as the bride walks towards the altar. By Postmedia’s count, 12 are attendees or in the wedding party. This includes the couple, Ellis, two bridesmaids, a flower girl, a ring bearer, the officiant, three seated guests and a man who accompanies the bride.
A handful of people in the video are unmasked.
“We were mindful and fully compliant with the Alberta COVID-19 restrictions for weddings,” said Denis in a statement. “We had ten people in attendance including, (my wife) and I, plus facility staff. In fact, we even had her brother officiate our wedding instead of the pastor we were planning so that he would be able to attend.”
The video has since been removed from Denis’ Facebook page.
Joan Crockatt of Crockatt Communications Inc. said the couple was “extremely concerned” with compliance and said two children in attendance did not count towards the limit.
But McMillan, speaking generally, clarified only children under the age of two are exempt from being counted.
The children at the ceremony were ages 4 and 11, said Crockatt.
A person in a suit seated with guests as the bride walks down the aisle is not a guest, according to Crockatt.
“Perhaps he is facility staff. Mr. Denis does not know him,” said Crockatt.
Ellis, whose role as chief government whip is to ensure party discipline among members of the caucus, was under the understanding that the wedding was compliant with all COVID-19 rules, said Tim Gerwing, director of communications for the UCP caucus, in a statement.