Megan and Mike were married at Minter Gardens in Agassiz on September 13, 2013, exactly 12 years to the day when they had first met. “Some of the things that really made our wedding special for us were all of the small things that everyone helped to create to make our wedding special,” explains Megan.

A true DIY affair, the couple involved their friends and family in creating many elements of their day, starting with the handmade wedding invitations that featured Megan and Mike’s own (heart-shaped) thumbprints.

Megan’s sister made the silk flower balls that lined the aisle, as well as the party favours, which consisted of beautifully wrapped canisters of chocolate raisins. Mike’s father, who owns property in the Interior, provided branches and foliage for the rustic wooden touches, including the centrepieces. He also helped build the white trellis for the ceremony, which the couple is now keeping for that future day when they own their own garden.

As a final touch, the windowsills were decorated with pillar candles in tall glass vases and the trees were covered in fairy lights for a soft yellow glow. The couple also had their own chalkboard picture frame created, where guests could write a short message and take a Polaroid photo to hang on a wooden stand outside of the reception area, in lieu of signing a guest book.

The bride herself made the ring pillow, her garter belt, and even a floral crown using vine wire and silk flowers to complete the garden-wedding look. Megan had each bridesmaid choose her own dress, but crafted a hair fascinator for all the bridesmaids, so they could all wear one piece that was identical, despite the individual dresses.

When the big day arrived, the couple was finally able to relax and enjoy the occasion, as they had hired coordinators from Modern Mint to look after all the details.

For their ceremony, Megan and Mike each wrote and memorized their own vows. “I was so impressed with my husband, as he is not one to write or publicly recite such things,” says Megan. “But he did such a great job that it brought tears to my eyes, and I swore I was not going to cry.”

The couple had taken dance lessons for two months before their wedding, and their work paid off at their lively reception. “We got to show off a little in a nice ring of pillar candles in tall vases around the dance floor,” says Megan. “It was magical.”

Photographer: Jun Ying of Kunioo | Videographer: Henry Zhang of Kunioo | Venue & Catering: Minter Gardens (now closed) | Wedding Planner: Modern Mint Events | Bride’s Dress: The Bridal Gallery | Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG Maxazria, Tiffany Bridal, Dessy, Alfred Angelo | Hair & Makeup: Mink Makeup | Groom’s Outfit: Debonair Formal Wear | Groomsmen Outfits: Perry Ellis | Stationery: Handmade | Flowers: Sunflower Florist | Cake: krystal cakes | Officiant: Jacques Bruyere