Sneak peek: our retro-inspired engagement shoot

Given the gratuitous nature of any engagement shoot, I’d been waffling about sharing ours with you. After getting a sneak peek of our photos from Toronto wedding photographer Mike Caringi of 5ive15ifteen photo company, I knew I couldn’t keep them to myself. When I received a few teaser engagement photos on Friday afternoon, I all but squealed. They were exactly what I had been hoping for: natural and romantic. We got extremely lucky with the most gorgeous lighting, too. I’m sure I’ll want to share a few more snaps in the coming weeks once we see the balance of the shots, but here’s a sneak peek of our engagement photos!

Distillery District Engagement Shoot

Distillery District Love Lock Engagement Shoot - Stephanie Fusco - 5ive15ifteen photo companyWe started our afternoon off at Toronto’s Distillery district for two reasons. Firstly, we took our first photo as a couple there during Nuit Blanche in 2010. Secondly, I’ve been more than a little obsessed with the #DistilleryLove love lock installation. A nod to the bridges in Paris that are literally heaving under the weight of love locks, the installation is the perfect mix of romantic and rustic that I love.

Distillery District engagement pictures - Stephanie Fusco - 5ive15ifteen photography

Distillery District Toronto Engagement Shoot - Stephanie Fusco Michael D'Amico

5ive15ifteen photo engagement shoot - Stephanie Fusco - Distillery District love locks

Distillery District Love Lock engagement save the date

After seeing the photos, I’m so glad I went with my favourite emerald green Pink Tartan dress – hello, contrast! I paired it with my Chanel bag and Nine West leopard print pumps for an outfit similar to what I’d wear on any special day. To complement my look, Mike wore a crisp white button-down shirt, jeans and his brown Ferragamo loafers.

Retro-Inspired Engagement Shoot

Toronto Vintage Car Engagement Session - 5ive15ifteen photography Stephanie Fusco

When Mike got this beautiful blue Mercedes convertible two years ago, I started lobbying for its inclusion in our eventual engagement photos. Along with being picture-perfect, it’s so fun to tool around in and fits perfectly with the vintage aesthetic we both love. My lobbying was successful: Mike fixed up the ’88 convertible, managing to get the hard top off & discovering the original soft top underneath!

Romantic retro engagement shoot - 5ive15ifteen photo company - Stephanie Fusco

Toronto Vintage Inspired convertible engagement pictures - 5ive15ifteen photo companyTo complement the retro nature of this portion of our shoot, I paired my striped Kate Spade frock with ballet flats and the blue Hermes scarf Mike got me for Christmas a few years ago. Mike swapped his button-down for a black v-neck tee and added a textured brown blazer and his Ray Bans.


While I love all the photos captured by Mike Caringi, I’m most partial to the black & white shot of us kissing in the car. He caught us joking around between shots and captured this moment perfectly. It feels a bit like a paparazzi shot and is entirely natural – so fun!

A massive thank you goes out to Mike Caringi of 5ive15ifteen photo company, the genius behind all these shots and the recipient of no fewer than 33 emails to set up this shoot. We love him in a big way and can’t wait to spend our wedding day with him!