Ultimate Wedding contest update!

The past week has been crazy with emails and letters from many wonderful couples, we have decided that we will extend the contest deadline to Feb 23, 2009 and will announce the winner a week later! Thank you so much for all the amazing stories, check back for a special gift that Ciuffa Photography will be giving away!


Here is the official press release.

Press Release 

Tuesday, February 3th 2009

$30,000 Dream wedding offered as prize in Unique Contest

A lucky couple will be able to say, “I do” — for free — thanks to a Valentine’s Day contest run by two Vancouver-area wedding specialists.

Daniela Ciuffa, principal photographer and owner of Ciuffa Photography, is teaming up with Elana Lancit, president of Sweet Beginnings™, a wedding consultant and decorating firm, to offer the romantic contest.

The rules are simple: The couple must write a one-page story about why they feel they should win the free wedding. Ciuffa said the contest judges — the vendors who have donated more than $30,000 worth of services for the pair to tie the knot — are looking for a compelling story. 

“We want to hear from couples that have overcome the odds,” she says. “And we want to award the wedding to someone who is deserving of the prize.”

Both long-time professionals in the Vancouver wedding industry, Ciuffa and Lancit decided to offer the contest “as a way of paying it forward,”  Ciuffa says. “We want to give back to a couple that has really faced a difficult road and can celebrate their day with their friends and family — at virtually no cost to them.”

The wedding will take place the last week of March and will host up to 40 guests. The wedding package will include

Wedding Venue, food and beverage 

Wedding Coordination and décor by Sweet Beginnings Wedding Consults and Decorators

Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Flowers by Garlands Florists

Dress Isabelle’s Bridal

Videography,  Images on Video

DJ- Sound Explosion Entertainment

Cake-Cakes by Meg

Limousine Service-Ritz Limos

Hair and Make up Pamper me Pretty and Damsel Beauty

Custom wedding invitation Revolution Studio

A two night stay redeemable prior to May 31 at the Alpine Chalet Bed and Breakfast Whistler BC

The contest is open to all residents of the Lower Mainland, contestants are asked along with their story to submit a photo of themselves, and contestants should note their address, phone number and email.

Entries should be sent by march 13, 2009 either via email to daniela@ciuffaphotography.com or mail in your entry to


The winner will be announced a week later and will be notified by telephone. Winners story subject to verification.  Winners must be willing to have our story published, be of legal age to marry. There is on cash value, wedding is non transferable.


For further information please contact:


Daniela Ciuffa                     



(604) 970 3202