Sean proposed to Meghan on Christmas Day, hiding the ring box inside her present. At that point, the couple had been together for seven years, and they immediately got to work planning a wedding for that July. DIY bride Meghan put together many of the touches herself, even making her own wedding cake.

Since the two had met while working for a whale-watching company and share a passion for the ocean, it was only natural that they would choose a nautical theme wedding. The result was a navy-and-white colour theme with green accents, decorative rope balls (also known as monkey’s fists) and sea stars pulling the whole look together.

For both their ceremony and reception, the couple chose the False Creek Yacht Club, for its bright floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound patio overlooking the water.

There is quite a height difference between Sean and Meghan, which presented a challenge for the photographers. “They were wonderful and came prepared with several ideas (and stools) to offset the height difference,” says Meghan. “The ceremony was really important to me and I wanted to be able to look my future husband in the eyes when we said our vows.”

Meghan’s father built a special stool, which Sean’s niece brought in partway through the ceremony. “Our family and friends loved the little surprise and it made our vows extra special,” explains Meghan.

The intimate bridal party consisted of Meghan’s twin sister as maid of honour, and Sean’s former “big brother” from Big Brothers Canada as best man. The two had been paired up 29 years earlier and still remain close.

“Sean is a bit of a cookie monster, and I had been making him my family’s famous sugar cookies since our first boat trip in 2006,” explains Meghan. The couple had a cookie table for guests to help themselves to bite-size sugar cookies throughout the evening.

“It was a perfect day and everything we imagined.”

Photographer: Love is in the Lens Photography | Venue: False Creek Yacht Club | Bride’s Dress: Sew Sweets | Hair & Makeup: Bride’s sister | Groom’s & Groomsman Outfit: Moores Clothing for Men | Stationery: DIY,paper from Paper Poet | Flowers: DIY, flowers from Custom Floral | Catering: Austin Gourmet Catering | Cake: Made by bride | Engagement Ring: Spence Diamonds | Wedding Ring: Family heirloom | Officiant: Marriage Commissioner Lynn Katey  | Wedding Favours: Charlie’s Chocolate Factory