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Golf Club in McKellar, north of Parry Sound, was also appropriate for their relationship. Ben grew up in Parry Sound and met his future wife through mutual friend and future groomsman Taylor Cluett in the summer of 2013 at a cottage on Georgian Bay. She and Ben were friends when he responded to Josie’s Facebook post about her broken motorcycle. In March 2016, Ben proposed to Josie at her much loved family cabin in Grey County by writing, ‘Marry Me’ in red rose petals. “It was a total surprise,” recalled Josie. “We hadn’t talked about a ring, so he free-styled it and it worked out. We looked at a few places to have our wedding, but the moment we drove down the driveway and over the pretty rock bridge at The Ridge, then saw the clubhouse and the lake, we knew it was the place! Ron, the head chef, showed us around the timber frame building and we just loved it. Ron was awesome.” The couple’s wedding ceremony took place on a patio with the lake as a spectacular backdrop and mandolin accompaniment by Josie’s Uncle, Paul Beatty from British Columbia. The bride, in a simple A-line gown and sandals, came down the aisle to the Elvis tune, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” With no music planned for their return aisle trip, Uncle Paul played a remarkably spur of the moment tune for the newlyweds. At the reception, in the Club’s timber framed clubhouse that reminded Ben of his childhood home, décor was kept simply and was largely DIY. “The clubhouse was really beautiful so we didn’t have to do much,” said Josie. “We had mason jars with flowers cut from a local garden. I wanted it to feel natural, so we used earthy colours like green, browns and mauves. Our centrepieces were potted rosemary, thyme and lavender. At the end of the evening, guests took them home.” For dinner, renowned chef Ron Toma prepared an exquisite buffet featuring prime rib and his famous deep fried blueberry cheesecake for the 110 wedding guests. The dancingportion of the evening began with Ben’s grandfather playing guitar and singing, “Can I Have This Dance” for the newlywed’s first dance. “We wanted him to be part of the wedding and didn’t care what song he sang as long as it was meaningful to him,” Josie said. “That first dance was so awesome.” Everyone was invited to come outside to light sparklers. The bride and groom danced amid a little galaxy of lights in the beautiful evening. “It was crazy how fast the day went,” reflected Josie. “The best part was being with everyone who we care about. We were cheered as we left the venue.” The couple were driven straight to Toronto by Ben’s close friend Matt Smith and a few hours later they flew to St. Lucia to dive into some snorkelling on their beach honeymoon.


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Wedding Trends 2017  

Wedding Trends is a magazine published once a year featuring local weddings and resources as well as a 9 page planner to help future brides...

Wedding Trends 2017  

Wedding Trends is a magazine published once a year featuring local weddings and resources as well as a 9 page planner to help future brides...