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A Canadian bride left devastated when one of her closest friends couldn't attend her big day due to coronavirus restrictions was blown away when she appeared via hologram. You can see the video here:
Brittany Smith Gallant was left disappointed her best friend and bridesmaid Sarah Redington, who lives in London, wasn't able to attend her wedding due to travel restrictions.
Seeing his bride-to-be upset, Jeffery Gallant got in touch with a company to create a 3D hologram of Sarah to play during the ceremony. How sweet is that?
And it's fair to say Brittany was suitably bowled over by the surprise.
Before introducing hologram Sarah, Jeffery told the guests: "I think everyone here knows how important London is to Brittany, and it's also home to many of her closest friends, some who, because of Covid restrictions, unfortunately couldn't physically be here with us tonight.
"Without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to one of Brittany's bridesmaids from London, Sarah Redington."
Brittany looked completely shocked by the special surprise, saying: "Oh my god, this is absolutely incredible."
In order to become a hologram, Sarah had to doll herself up in her bridesmaid gear and head to London-based studio at 3am - to make up for the time difference between the UK and Canada.
Larry O'Reilly, chief executive officer at ARHT Media Inc, explained: "We capture her on a 4K camera from a video perspective.
"We also capture her audio and we take that information and we put it into our server where we encrypt it and we compress it and we send it over the common internet.
"And then it's played back onto a screen, which is a holographic screen where the video file hits that screen and is reflected back to the audience."
He added: "Your brain is telling you they're in the room with you and that's when you create presence and it changes the emotional engagement and communication in a very meaningful way."
Speaking after the wedding, Brittany added: "When that surprise happened of the hologram, it was, as I've said, it was the cherry on top for sure, but it was just so special because I actually, like, physically saw her there, although it was just particles.
"But it was really special, really special."
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