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You may remember Megan and Sean from their Autumn engagement session from last year. We were really looking forward to their wedding day, since we’d been helping them along the way with their planning and well, simply because they are such a lovely couple, we couldn’t wait to see them get married! 🙂 When Megan and Sean chose us to be their wedding photographers, we felt so lucky, because Sean is a fellow creative. We feel honoured when creatively minded clients choose us, and we love it when they truly see what it is we are doing as not merely as a documentation of their day, but art created from the wonderful and rich experiences of their wedding day.

Since Megan and Sean are avid Vancouver urbanites, their wedding day was entirely planned to experience areas of Vancouver’s urban core that they enjoy spending time in and we  happen to love shooting weddings in urban environments. They are a truly well loved couple and were supported by their 14 friends/family in their wedding party and surrounded by loving guests all day.

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Sean’s super nifty cuff links made of old watch components!

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Sean helping one of his seven groomsmen with his tie.

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I always love how the bride gets so much positive attention and encouraging comments on her wedding day from random strangers and these workers out on strike are no exception!

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Since Megan and Sean chose to have the majority of their photo session before their wedding, we arranged to have their reveal in a quiet space where they could see each other for the first time. Bride/groom reveals have become some of our favourite wedding day moments. It’s so nice to see couples having a few quiet, loving moments to themselves before the momentum of the day really kicks off into high gear.

Having a reveal or ‘first look’ is something we arrange for the bride and groom where they meet up at specific location with the groom facing away from where the bride is coming from. Here Megan simply walked up from behind him and gently said hello. She had pretty big case of laryngitis (poor girl) so she said very little and simply tapped him on the elbow, yet it was a very moving time for both of them. And of course we feel so lucky to be there and respectfully capture the moment for them.

We feel that having a reveal has many nice positives.  There are so many great and amazing emotions on a wedding day and nervousness can certainly be a part of that. Some couples feel that if they see each other beforehand in private, without all their guests staring at them, they can then relax, hug, kiss and check in with each other. And later truly enjoy the walk down the aisle without the nerves and experience the ceremony in a much more relaxed way. And it certainly doesn’t take away from walking down the aisle, because- she is still only doing that once. 🙂

Another benefit to having a reveal and your photographs before your ceremony it allows you to flow really easily into a cocktail hour or reception without having a big time gap and missing out on the mingling with your guests so soon after the ceremony. It allows for more time with your guests that have all made the special effort to be there just for you.

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Their wedding ceremony was at the Museum of Vancouver and one of their friends drew a huge mural (this is a small section of it) on the chalk board as some nice casual art. Hey, why not!?

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Although Megan has almost completely lost her  voice, she was able to say all the important bits to their ceremony vows.

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Stunning!

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They really brought so many little personal touches to the day and here is one example with their table cards. Instead of numbers, they chose streets in Vancouver that they have personal connections and experiences with and shared those stories with each table.

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Hello Rice Krispie wedding cake!!! I was so looking forward to and excited to see their wedding cake when they told us about it during the planning stages of their wedding!! What a fun and playful wedding cake idea. Yum YUM!

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Megan and Sean and guests enjoying his mom’s quirky and heartfelt speech.

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First dance!

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It was a real pleasure to photograph and be a part of Megan and Sean’s urban wedding day experience. And Megan we commend you on being a real trooper on your wedding day despite feeling so ill. If i hadn’t mentioned it, no one would have noticed as you looked so beautiful and elegant throughout the entire day.

And after their wedding, Megan had these lovely words to share:

“When we started looking for wedding photographers, we not only wanted to find people who could plan and shoot beautiful photos, but also people we could feel comfortable with. Meeting Steff and Justin for the first time felt like we were meeting up with friends for a chat, and looking through their collective works showed us how talented they are. From the engagement photo session onwards, they helped support our planning process not only by being fun to work with, but also by giving us information or advice if we needed it for other parts of the wedding. When it came time to think about our wedding photo shoot they took the time to learn more about who we are as a couple and then scoped out some fabulous locations to reflect what we wanted to showcase. Also, the candid photos they took captured the mood and moments of the day so well and produced some of our favourite images! Overall, we knew that we could relax and rely completely on Hyperfocus to take care of all of the necessary details.

Thanks Steff & Justin for being part of our wedding experience – we are so happy to have met and worked with you both!”

Cheers,
Megan

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Megan’s Make-Up: Bre Teranishi
Megan’s + 7 Bridesmaids Hair!: Heather Poirier & Susan Reber
Megan’s Wedding Dress: Bello Wedding World
Megan’s Wedding Shoes: Touch Ups (dyed to order)
Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal & Alfred Angelo
Sean’s Nifty Cuff links: Etsy, LondonParticulars
Sean and Groomsmen Tailored Suits: Indochino
Florist: Leo Damian: bouquets
Ceremony Location: MOV Museum of Vancouver
Reception Location: The Alibi Room, Vancouver
DJ: DJ Aaron from Music Maestro
Wedding Cake: Wendy at Cakeaters

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  • Megan

    Aww shucks. Thanks Steff & Justin for sharing our wedding on your blog. 🙂 You make us look oh-so-lovely.ReplyCancel

Despite Sherry and Allan’s wedding day starting out all just a little cool, gray and wet (with rain), they were determined to have their ceremony outside. Allan’s Dad had told us that he had specifically built their house a few years ago, so that he could host the weddings of Allan and his sister (who is not yet married 😉 on the lawn at home… so the weather was just going to have to cooperate…..and it did! The sky became lighter, the clouds started to break,  the red carpet was laid out and so many of their family and friends could be treated to their beautiful ceremony out on the lawn, just as Allan’s Dad had planned for so many years before.

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Sherry’s necklace from Hong Kong’s Larry Jewelry and her sparkly, fun shoes to match.

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Sherry’s sister stands guard at the door, preventing the guys from coming in the house, while the bridesmaids wait with not-so-nice tasting drinks. The groomsmen were given wasabi tooth paste to wash the not-so-nice tasting drinks away! 😐 Poor guys! But through it all they all laughed and completed all the games and tests and Allan was let in to pick up his bride, Sherry, who was waiting upstairs.  Justin and I just love the games at the Chinese weddings, they can be really fun and each wedding seems to be a little different in terms of how easy or difficult the girls decide to make it for the guys… I think that Allan and the boys did pretty good with this one;-)

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A beautiful outdoor ceremony location at Allan’s family home, heavy gray clouds overhead.

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In addition to capturing the bride and grooms’ wedding experience, we love to see the parents and other guests enjoying the ceremony. I love this photograph of his parents. It’s so telling of how in love they are after many years of marriage and how proud they are of Allan.

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During a quick evening portrait session with Sherry and Allan we found a huge painting inside the hotel which we used to create this shot of Sherry.

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Four foot tall fuchsia pink orchids made for very beautiful table center pieces and wedding cake, of course!

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Sherry and Allan’s were just beaming as they made their entrance into the Crystal Ballroom at the Pan Pacific Hotel.  These guys had an amazing Pan Pacific Hotel wedding.

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Both Sherry and Allan’s parents were having a blast making the rounds around the ballroom toasting at every table.

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A beautiful first dance at the end of a gorgeous wedding day. Congratulations Sherry and Allan!!  Thanks for choosing us to be a part of your big day, we were honored!

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Sherry’s Jewelry: Larry Jewelry
Sherry’s Make-Up: Sara Lin
Sherry’s Wedding Dress: Galena Signature
Florist: Proline Trading
Ceremony Location: Allan’s parents home, Vancouver, Canada
Reception Location: The Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver
DJ: DJ Dale
Wedding Cake: Catering at The Pan Pacific Hotel
Event Planning: Tanya and her team at Milestone Events
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With all this unpredictable weather we’ve been having in Vancouver this summer, we still have to get out there and do our photo sessions and simply work with what we are given. It was looking like rain the morning of Jen + Sergio’s session date, so we chose a location that would work, rain or shine. When we started shooting, it was chilly and rain looked eminent, but it held off. It was just grey skies and nifty looking clouds- great we can work very well with that…. but then suddenly the skies parted, blue sky emerged and wow, did it get warm! Heat wave within 20 min! Awesome! With the multitude of weather and Jen + Sergio’s many change of outfits, we managed to have a real variety in their looks in their session. Here are a select few that we would like to share from their engagement session in the Olympic Village.

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  • Alba Nordest

    Nice shoot! Wonderful city, amazing couple.
    I love the idea of wedding pictures in casual look.ReplyCancel

  • Isabel

    You look superb! Very nice pictures! I hope you have those 20 minutes of shine throughout your whole wedding day!!!

    Best regards,ReplyCancel

  • David Ramos

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting this! (I thought they were going to be look way more conventional and boring) These pictures are fun and fresh, and you guys look great! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Very nice pictures, this is just the beginning of many moments to rememberReplyCancel

  • […] month we had our engagement photos shot by the talented Steff and Justin of hyperfocus photography. It was a lot of fun and was over way too quickly! We could have done it all day! Check us out on […]ReplyCancel

  • Love the pics guys! I’m so happy for you! You both look wonderful, and the shoot must’ve been so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Sergio

    Don’t we look fancy!
    I really like the contrast between the red of the balloons and the sky. That LOVE shot is also fun.
    Ah, and I promise we’re not making out all the time! We have to breathe, you know? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Miguel Angel Domingo

    Amazing urban pics, seeing the couple behind the leaves make the watcher feel kind of a ‘voyeur’ and cause an emotional, funny effect.
    And let’s admit it, not only Sergio adores Jen, the camera does it too.ReplyCancel

  • Alfonso

    Sweet and charming! And the sky looks like Amsterdam …ReplyCancel

  • Maria Garcés

    Las fotografias son bonitas; me gustan especielmente la de las manos.. y la que están como entre nebulosa…
    Lo de los corazones está bien, pero no se si el núm. (tres) tiene algún significado…

    FelicidadesReplyCancel

  • Maria Garcés

    Las fotografias son bonitas; me gustan especielmente la de las manos.. y la que están como entre nebulosa…
    Lo de los corazones está bien, pero no se si el núm. (tres) tiene algún significado…

    FelicidadesReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Beautiful couple, beautiful pictures!! Love the outfits 😉ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    This photoshoot is as lovely as Jen and Sergio are! And that’s saying A LOT 🙂 Congrats on these gorgeous pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Diego

    Awesome pictures! I specially like the second one on the bridge in the Olympic Village and the one with the balloons and the clouds. I’m sure you guys had a blast doing the shootout!ReplyCancel

  • Irene

    Wow!!! Que chulas las fotos! Me han gustado mucho las de los globos!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Sutton

    What beautiful photos! I especially love the one on the bridge with the balloons. You guys look so happy xoReplyCancel

  • Brian

    Adorable! Very creative – I like the wide variety of shots. So Vancouver it hurts… In a good way =)ReplyCancel

  • drew

    Nice Pictures. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Mira Karia

    Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to you both!ReplyCancel

  • Matilda Nilsson

    Wow!! These shots are SO beautiful! Absolutely LOVE the last one, and the one with the fuzzy greenery in the foreground.. So romantic and so alive, just amazing photography and beautiful couple! No doubt about the feelings here.. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Allison Witcraft

    Those photos are amazing! They are so creative and artistic compared to the typical engagement photos that you normally see. Those photos will definitely be something that you will want to share and cherish forever!ReplyCancel

  • Dave

    Congrats Sergio – very nice pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Mariano

    Son muy bonitas todas las fotos, las que más me han gustado son las de los globos, la de love y la octava.ReplyCancel

  • Tasia

    Beautiful photos! You two look adorable and so in love!ReplyCancel

  • MAP

    Lovely pictures! I love they way you look under that amazing light you “suffered”. It must be you that brightened the event.ReplyCancel

  • Fernando

    Very nice photos. Your happiness can be seen so well in them.

    I’m looking forward to meeting you again in a few weeks.

    ¡Felicidades!ReplyCancel

  • Bruce and Ilona Hoggarth

    Very artistic pictures of two people who are obviously in love. I can see why you didn’t want the photo shoot to end. It looked like it was a lot of fun.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Awww Jen! So adorable, I love these!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Garcés

    Todas las fotografias son bonitas.- Todas nos muestran su amor… La de los escalones no se si significa algo, pero ya han subido unos cuantos…así es que espero que sigan subiendolos juntos.
    En cuanto a lo de los corazones… en alguna están por las nubes así es que supongo que es debido a su ilusión….

    !! A seguir así…!!

    VERY NICEReplyCancel

  • Maria Garcés

    Todas las fotografias son bonitas.- Todas nos muestran su amor… La de los escalones no se si significa algo, pero ya han subido unos cuantos…así es que espero que sigan subiendolos juntos.
    En cuanto a lo de los corazones… en alguna están por las nubes así es que supongo que es debido a su ilusión….

    !! A seguir así…!!

    VERY NICEReplyCancel

This was fun! There are not too many opportunities to truly surprise someone…..but we did it!

Selina, Justin’s sister was married last weekend in Burlington, Ontario and we arrived two hours before the ceremony by casually walking into her backyard with friends and family around her. At first Selina greeted Justin casually with a ‘Hey’, but then it sunk in that her big brother was REALLY standing in front of her! The shock set in as laughter and tears flowed, followed by many big group hugs! I’ll never forget Krystal, Justin’s other younger sister’s face, when she first saw us……..disbelief and shock………priceless! We had been planning our surprise for months and felt so lucky that we had a rare weekend off  in our busiest time of year and that our surprise went off without a hitch! So much fun! 🙂
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Selina loves Japanese culture and Anime, so I couldn’t resist photographing their rings with her wooden Japanese dolls.

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Selina and Justin’s Mom, Carol, getting ready.

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Selina’s twin daughters, Rayne and Seren, having their make-up put on by Zoe, Dean’s older daughter.

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Justin and I really enjoyed their highly personalized ceremony which was so full of love, kind and truthful words and respect for each other. The look in their eyes that they had for each other was truly special.

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After their vows, their officiant took the time to create a special part to their ceremony highlighting that the marriage of Selina and Dean brings them and their four daughters together as one big family. Zoe (9), Mercury (7), Seren (6) and Rayne (6) were asked individually to bring love, understanding and support to each other in their new and unique family and each girl emphatically agreed.

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Congratulations to Selina and Dean! We were sooooo  happy to be there for your wedding day, you guys are absolutely perfect together.  We are proud of you both for overcoming the huge challenges during the early stages of your relationship and letting love prevail [Selina lives in Burlington and Dean was living in San Antonio, Texas].  We love you guys:-D xo

  • awww so sweet!!! love that ring shot 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Hey Guys!
    I am in love with your photography! Thank you so much for taking such lovely pictures. You really captured the essence of the day!

    Totally dig the japanese doll shot!

    Love you!
    xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • How awesome that you were able to surprise your sister, Justin! It looks like it was a wonderful day.ReplyCancel