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An Elegant Autumn Estate Wedding in Toronto


Amidst a sea of Christmas Market shoppers in Toronto’s bustling Distillery District, Stephen got down on one knee and proposed to his best friend Stephanie. From the moment she said, “Yes,” a beautiful next chapter began for the couple. 

“Our love has been growing and evolving since the day we met at work, and neither of us can imagine a life without the other,” Stephanie admits. “Marrying each other was the best decision either of us has made.” 

For their October wedding, the two wanted to create a private and loving atmosphere for their 160-guest-affair. “We wanted an environment where guests felt close to us,” Stephanie says. 

The pair knew they wanted an autumn wedding and were set on making the entire ambience very intimate and warm. They opted for a modern twist on a classic autumnal theme, using a neutral grey as the base, with hints of seasonal elements and tones via the florals and textures (as seen in the beautiful magnolia leaves throughout), plus a little gold for some sparkle. “We had a falling-leaf motif that was carried throughout the wedding, from the foil-pressed stationery to the custom, bar and dance floor decals,” Stephanie explains. 

On their wedding day, Stephanie and Stephen were speechless when they saw the exquisite and elaborate floral designs created by their florist, who worked in conjunction with the wedding planners from Laura and Company Events. 

 “To this day, people are still complimenting the florals from our wedding–especially the magnolia planters used in the ceremony,” Stephanie notes. “We have to give a huge thank you to Michael our photographer and Stephen’s brother, who really was lead planner for the event. His many years of experience in the wedding industry and his immeasurable patience and artistic vision helped create our dream wedding day.” 

The couple reveals their day had multiple best moments. “Our first look was amazing!” Stephanie asserts. “Turning around and seeing each other in our wedding best left us teary-eyed and breathless.” 

Another sweet detail was the epic wedding cake. “Nadia created the design from our wedding invitations,” Stephanie reveals. “She went above and beyond to produce an incredible work of art that tasted as amazing as it looked!” 

After dinner, the couple shared their first dance as husband and wife to a cover of the Leon Bridges song “Coming Home.” They chose this nontraditional wedding song because it has incredible meaning for them. “The song reminded me of what I envisioned our marriage to be: coming home from a long day of work and being consoled in the arms of my Stephanie,” Stephen confides. 

After a perfect day and night, the two sent guests home with a traditional autumn treat—a mini apple pie. A sweet sign bidding guests “Good night and good pie” saw them off—another impeccable detail of a perfect day.

Stephanie Roca Lopez and Stephen Caringi, October 19, 2019, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of 5ive15ifteen.

Venue: The Arlington Estate
Wedding planners: Ellie Martires and Laura Atendido of Laura & Co. Events
Bridal gown and matron of honour gown: Tome Dress Design
Bridal jewelry: Tara Fava
Groom’s tux and best man attire: Walter Beauchamp Tailors
Hair and makeup: Fancy Face Inc.
Flowers: Stemz
Cake: Nadia & Co.
Stationery: Paper & Poste
Music: The Digs featuring Francois Klark

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