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Sometimes it can be pretty sweet having the last word, or in this case, the ‘Last Moment.’  Real Weddings Magazine’s Autumn 2009 issue has just hit the news stands and we are happy to see that the closing image of the magazine is one we captured at Fenella and Jason’s Bowen Island wedding this past July 25th.  The image shows their garden reception venue along with bride, Fenella underneath a bright orange sky with dual lightning strikes AND two rainbows- this really was quite the moment in time!

One of the amazing things about this image is that this is the shot straight from the camera, there have been no special effects added to this.  Those of you who were lucky enough to be in the Vancouver area that night will surely remember the evening well.  With no rain or storms in the forecast that day, everyone was set to go ahead with their summer plans and for us, that meant photographing Fenella and Jason’s big day.  While we were on Bowen Island that evening, many people around English Bay in Vancouver were treated to a double light show of both the lightning and the finale of the Celebration of Light fireworks display.  The lightning storm with it’s surreal red sky was definitely the most spectacular display of its kind that we’ve ever seen and we watched it all unfold from Fenella and Jason’s outdoor wedding that went full steam ahead, despite having no rain plan.  Anyhow, we don’t want to give too much away on their wedding story because we will be running a blog article soon on the whole day experience, and it was a spectacular day, even without Mother Nature and her surreal show in the sky that evening.  So, check back soon and we will have more tales to tell.

Steff + Justin

  • Jenny Ma

    I have the magazine and saw your photo! Wow! It’s so amazing! The photo truly looks like a fairytale. I totally remember that night, the weather was so crazy and the sky was so bizarre with the orange/red. It’s so beautiful how you were able to capture the lightening and the rainbow. Well done you two. Impressive!ReplyCancel

  • Saw this on the newstands guys! Looks awesome – what an epic night. CONGRATS!!!ReplyCancel

  • SO exciting! Congratulations to you both. I loved this photo and can see why it was chosen. I think it pretty much sums up the overwhelming range of emotions of a wedding day!ReplyCancel

Liliane and Alan’s wedding last October was full of fun, heaps of friends and some heavy raindrops…

Our day with Liliane and Alan started out early in the morning with playful games, where Alan and his entourage of best men and groomsmen tried to win Liliane’s bridesmaids over, doing all the silly tasks and games they asked. Everyone had a blast and shared many giggles watching the boys sing, eat wasabe and all sorts, while Alan then went and found his bride, Liliane. It was then off to his parents house for the Chinese Tea Ceremony and the first gathering of both their families from Vancouver, Hong Kong and Chicago. Afterwards we headed into downtown Vancouver for our photo session with the wedding party and the rain began to pour! We always pre-plan for rain and it certainly came in handy, as we had selected some excellent shooting locations, even in the sideways rain and the power even going out downtown for a bit! Despite the bad weather, we all had a good time and got some great shots to the whole group and just the two of them. Their ceremony and reception was at the elegant Terminal City Club, where so many of their friends and family gathered to attend their wedding ceremony. Their reception was enjoyed by all with heartfelt speeches and the tasty catering at the TCC. Over all a fun filled day from start to finish!


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I was amazed at how well the girls teamed up in getting Liliane ready. I love this shot because it so easily could have been a similar scene hundreds of years ago with ladies-in-waiting helping a princess to get ready.

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Love the traditions of the Chinese tea ceremony.


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Liliane catching her breath. It was a really special moment leading up to Liliane walking down the aisle.


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In case of rain we always pre-plan rain locations, so when it started pouring, we quickly headed undercover and continued shooting and captured this great image of Liliane on the escalator.

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When the rain stopped for a few minutes, we went for a quick walk before it started again.


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Moments after Liliane delivered a truly heartfelt speech.


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Congratulations to you both on your 1st year wedding anniversary!

steff + justin 🙂

We met with Travis and Janna over a year ago at their home which was full of large paintings and photographs. We learned that they were both creatives and Travis, being a  graduate from the Western Academy of Photography (one of Canada’s foremost schools of photography), we felt honoured that they chose us as their wedding photographers. We are so pleased to hear that contemporaries in our field truly value our work. For their wedding, it was really important for them to put a mark on their wedding, so they created a consistent brand for their wedding right from the beginning, starting with a wedding logo, amazing printed pieces of artwork and it all even tied in with the decor on the cake.vancouver wedding dress

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Janna getting ready at her Aunt’s Victorian home with the help of her Mom and sister.

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Janna and her Dad riding together in a vintage car to the church. Janna had decided to get married at the same church her parents had over 3o years ago, so it was a pretty special ride for him to drive the same route now with his daughter.

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Travis with his groomsmen and grooms-gal. Travis loves working with paper, so he chose to have paper cranes as their boutonnieres.

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While Janna had the vintage 50’s car for her wedding transportation, Travis and Co. had urban-cool wedding transport; the SkyTrain.

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3 year old ring bearer eyeing up the aisle before going in. He did a great job!

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Janna’s father proudly brought Janna down the aisle.

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We love Janna’s laugh! This photo really captures them both so well.

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Their wedding coat of arms designed by Travis. It’s a Danish tradition to give a special wedding cake to their guests (that’s what was inside those boxes). How cute are these buttons! We wore ours proudly all day. The ‘peas+ carrots’ button was a hit, but we liked the ‘Scrabble’ button too. And ‘I Heart J+T’!  Super fun!

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All the printing for their wedding was done by Hemlock Printers and the buttons by Chris at

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Beautiful and very tasty wedding cake by Cupcakes all done to match the whole branding of the wedding ‘look.’

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First dance! This was especially important as Janna had badly broken her leg and torn all her ligaments in her foot in January and was unable to walk for most of the year. She was one very determined women to walk down the aisle this summer, so she worked really hard at rehabilitating her leg and against many odds, she achieved it! This was their first dance together as husband + wife, but also with her now rehabilitated leg. Go girl!!

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Guests tearfully watching Travis + Janna’s first dance.

vancouver wedding receptionThe dance floor was consistently full all night with groovy tunes by their DJ from First Choice Mobile Music.

Here is what Travis + Janna had to say after they saw their photographs:

“Thank you so much for all your hard work. The photos area amazing! The quality is unreal!! You two did such an incredible job of capturing the special moments of our big day. We can’t thank you enough!!”

Thanks guys! 🙂   steff + justin

  • Monica H.

    I just love these photos! You really caught the energy. And it looks like it was a super fun day.ReplyCancel

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Did you hear the news? LOVESTRUCK Bridal show thinks we’re great! And to prove it, anyone who takes their word for it and ends up booking with us between now and November 10th, 2009 will have a chance to win a fabulous prize! They have scattered prize envelopes with participating exhibitors throughout the city… envelopes contain prizes ranging from free tickets to the show, jewelry, mini getaways, dinner vouchers and the grand prize… a $6400 diamond engagement ring!!!

We may just have the envelope that contains the ring voucher! We hope to see you soon! Best of Luck!

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steff + justin

Well, Justin and I have been very busy like Christmas elves working around the clock photographing our beautiful couples, editing and processing photographs, that we know we have been posting to our blog infrequently and leaving you hanging. So, we thought we would share with you the highlights slideshow of the charming Trevor and beautiful Erin who were married on a warm Vancouver day this August. it was gorgeous in the city and then moments before their wedding ceremony on top of Grouse Mountain a huge cool fog moved in a created a totally unique wedding mood. A beautiful day! steff + justin

  • Very good work, interesting post, bookmarked!ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    We just love LOVE love our slideshow, as do the many friends and family that we have sent it to. Thanks Steff + Justin!ReplyCancel