Photographer: Derek J. Leung Photography
Venue & Catering: The Vancouver Club
Décor & Design: Infinity Luxury Linens & Décor
Bride's Dress: Carlie Wong
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nuvon's Bridal & Suits by Tim
Makeup & Hair: Xoey Vo
Groom's & Groomsmen's Outfits: Suits by Indochino, Ties & Pocket Squares by The Tie Bar, Cufflinks & Tie Clips by Moores
Stationery: Making Memories
Favours: French Made Baking
Flowers: Lotus Flower Boutique
Cake: Ginger Charms Promotions
Jewellery: Soirée Lounge
Officiant: Rick Parks
A month after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Megan and John met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. They were complete opposites, but you know, opposites attract. The couple quickly discovered they shared an adventurous side and instantly connected over a mutual love of travelling and deep-fried food. Their relationship bloomed as they made first-time memories and started new traditions.
By the time John proposed, he knew exactly how to hide his true intentions by planning a birthday weekend in Victoria. John had spent his summer travelling out of province for work, so Megan was so excited to do something local that they both loved. They’d made it a tradition to visit different parts of Vancouver Island every summer after spending their first vacation in the area.
After being away from B.C. for most of the summer, John kept pestering Megan that he wanted to see an ocean sunset. “I actually intended to propose to Megan on her birthday, but it didn’t go as planned...the setting just wasn’t special enough,” says John.
Committed to his sunset proposal, John kept pushing Megan to get out to the beach. “He woke me up from a nap and I was super grumpy,” recalls Megan. “Yeah, her response could have gone either way,” John laughs.
Gazing out at the orange and purple glow over the Pacific Ocean, John knew his special moment had arrived and turned Megan to face him, getting down on one knee. Surprised, Megan started to cry so much that she couldn’t even see the ring. Their celebration was of the deep-fried variety with burgers, fries and a side of gravy.
Both born and raised in Vancouver, the couple wanted an all-local wedding. They chose the timeless Vancouver Club for both the ceremony and reception where the recently renovated rooftop garden, sweeping ballroom and intimate veranda made for an elegant setting. Megan’s dress was a custom-made gown designed by former Project Runway Canada contestant, Carlie Wong. The four-tiered wedding cake was lovingly crafted by the local catering company, Ginger Charms. The sweet and delicate wedding favours were made by French Made Baking.
“Since John was travelling for work, I decided that I would plan the wedding,” says Megan. “I thought it was going to be easy.” Megan recalls that during a year of planning, “it was rough not being able to share the good, the bad and the ugly moments of wedding planning with John.” Despite being stressed down to the day, one look at John in his sleek navy tux at the end of the aisle set Megan at ease. “I knew everything was going to be alright.”
In the end, Megan and John were able to sit back and enjoy a beautiful summer day in Vancouver. “John and I were ecstatic about everything that day. The best part about having a wedding in Vancouver was being able to celebrate with all of our friends and family and being able to share and talk about those moments for years to come.”
“The most surreal part of it all is thinking back to a cold, damp night in March when I first met John and then looking at us now. Even with all the ups and downs through the years with John, I wouldn’t change a thing. In fact I’d do it all over again. Our experiences brought us and bound us together forever. I could not have dreamed up a better person to spend the rest of my life with.”