Laura & Derek: The Ranch (Bethany, ON)
A Ranch Wedding with the 3 Musketeers
While this past year has been one of the most challenging years, the challenges have made us stronger, more creative and more grateful then we have ever been. Love has prevailed and weddings are thriving of all sizes. This one in particular was such an honour and a joy to be a part of for this sweetest little family.
The bride and groom are two of the sweetest, most easy going humans. From day one, they put their trust in us and loved the design proposal I presented, while we had to pivot and postpone a year, we flowed through the changes together and made magic for the 3 Musketeers aka Laura, Derek & Levi.
Laura & Derek met in 2013 introduced to one another by their best man (way to go Jason!) , they hit it off right from the start. Along the way they found they both enjoy spending time in the great outdoors (hiking, camping, 4 wheeling) so I can see how The Ranch Resort in Bethany caught their eye!
They started their little family in 2018 with the birth of their adorable son Levi and in Lauras beautiful words, I'll let her tell you the rest....
"We decided to start our family before we got married. We had our little man Levi in 2018 and became the 3 musketeers! Our life became so much more and we finally felt it was time to get married. Having a wedding through covid was actually amazing, I find you can get caught up in the big things when really it’s a day for you and your spouse to honour your vows and make the commitment to ‘not start’ but to continue your life together. 2020/2021 definitely brought us closer together (I didn’t think that was possible) Our priorities shifted in the best ways and It really opened our eyes to be more present in the moments and that our little family was so much more important and just having each other healthy, laughing and smiling each day is all we could wish for. Our son walked me down the aisle and in that moment it was the 3 of us, nothing else mattered, our little family finally making the finalized commitment to each other. Our wedding ceremony was small and no we didn’t get what we originally had planned for but i wouldn’t change it for the world."
We Asked L & D... Why did you choose Aspen?
"I had seen Lisa’s work from a few of my clients and wanted to talk to her to get a quote. I had already spoke with another florist and didn’t get the answers I looked for. The response was late or never returned however Lisa was ON THE BALL! Not only is she extremely personable she is very organized! She had a list of everything I would possibly need and made suggestions where needed. I loved how she created the proposal. It was all laid out with a breakdown of each item! The price and what flowers go in each item with a description. AMAZING!"
How would you & Derek describe your overall experience with us from the beginning to now ?
" At first we decided to keep things extremely simple and Lisa was on board. We were meant to get married August 2020 however with covid we pushed to the following year. Lisa was very understanding and offered us dates to pick from to postpone to the following year, I then decided to upgrade the centrepieces and Lisa was more then happy to change to exactly what I wanted. 2021 came around and she checked in and we kept in touch. However with another shut down we knew that our reception was no longer going to be allowed. All we hoped for was to able to get married outside, have beautiful flowers and seal the deal! So me being me called Lisa and asked to change my plans AGAIN!!! She didn’t hesitate. I decided since we couldn't have our reception with restrictions I would cut the reception flowers and add a beautiful piece for the arbour and oh my goodness was it ever beautiful! It was perfect! I was in love with it. We changed my bouquet to add more and again I was in looooooove with my bouquet! I actually dried it out and saved it and every year for our anniversary Derek will order a replica bouquet from Lisa. I loved my flowers!!!! They made me so so happy, even Derek loved them and a lot of people commented how great they were and all the hard work that Lisa and her team put into assembling it all. I loved how the arbour piece came apart, we actually gave parts to guests to take home. We honestly had the most amazing experience and I wish I could have another event just to purchase more flowers from Lisa! Her communication is incredible, her flowers are fresh, they smell beautiful and her vision is fantastic! I highly recommend any bride or anyone having a celebration to hire Aspen Florist!"
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Vander Weer!!
It was truly an honour to create for you both and we are all so inspired by your love for one another!
I wish you three all the very best and I can't wait to see where life takes you from here! xo
Photography by: Melissa Lauren Photography
Venue : The Ranch Resort
Florals: Aspen Florist Events & Co.
Makeup Artist : Jen Evoy Makeup Studio
Bridal Gown: Joy Bridal Boutique