For Stefanie and Rondie, running a design studio together made planning their wedding feel like a natural process. “We talked about what was important to us, and our guests, and prioritized everything accordingly,” she shares. “It helped us stay focus and not overwhelmed by thinking about all the things we could do.”
The couple’s wedding decor was heavily inspired by their venue, the Design Exchange. “We chose not to have an overall theme, but we did want things to look cohesive,” Stefanie explains. “We wanted to play with balance, proportion and shape for the decor.” To blend their personalities into the visuals for their wedding, they included red and pink hues, a vibrant combination that particularly shone in their flowers. They were the couple’s favourite wedding detail. “Jordana from White Oak Flower is one of the most creative and talented people we’ve ever met. She understood our vision perfectly and brought it all to life,” Stefanie shares. “Since we trusted her so much we were pretty hands-off and let her do her thing. Our jaws dropped when we got to the venue and saw how everything came together.”
Stefanie wore a stunning look straight off the runway–a gorgeous wedding gown and cape combo that sparkled. “I knew I wanted a clean, sleek silhouette with a glamour look, and this dress was exactly that,” she says. “Pairing my Theia dress with a Berta cape added drama and dimension and brought the whole look together. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?!”
The couple opted to forgo a first look in favour of tradition, seeing each other the moment the double doors to the church opened. “We could not stop smiling,” Stefanie recalls. “It was our best and most vivid memory.”
After their church ceremony, everyone made their way to the reception, where Rondie and Stefanie shared their first dance to “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal. “We are both huge karaoke fanatics and this is Rondie’s go-to karaoke song. He loves to sing it to me–or to anyone who will listen!” Stefanie says with a laugh. “We were laughing and smiling through the whole first dance as the song played. We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously and we loved that it was a bit of a silly moment.”
Stefanie Fiore and Rondie Li, November 18, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Christine Lim.
Ceremony venue: Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Reception venue: Design Exchange
Bridal gown: Theia from Sash & Bustle
Bridal cape: Berta from White Toronto
Bridesmaid gown: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s tux: J. Crew
Flowers: White Oak Flower Co.
Caterer: The Food Dudes
Cake: Tori’s Bakeshop
Espresso: Espresso Bella
Stationery: Designed by the bride and groom, printed by PrintNG
Hair and makeup: Eryn Shannon
Music: Platinum Entertainment Solutions
Videography: Fresh Canadian Content