Friday will mark 5 months since our wedding day. Five months! I’m often asked what married life is like and my usual response is…the same. It feels the same as the last 5 years – moments of happiness, challenging moments, uncontrollable laughter…except I now get to wake up beside my best friend every day. It’s pretty cool, I won’t lie. Building our life together is such a treat.
I’ll be honest – I don’t sit around every day daydreaming about walking down the aisle again or reliving the moment we said I Do. Now that all the planning and the rush of the day is over, it feels so much easier – and so natural – to live in the now and not dwell on what happened or what’s to come. That said, we had a pretty magical day that I’ve been dying to share with you. It was worth every bump in the road on the way there. Make sure to read to the end to see our (I’m biased: AMAZING) video!
The morning of the wedding was, shockingly, complete calm. No one was rushing around, no one was stressed out, everyone was smiling. I welcomed each of my bridesmaids as they arrived at my parents’ home and enjoyed a bit of breakfast, chit-chatting as they got their hair and makeup done. Things got a bit silly as I was beautified by Ana Sorys and Emily Sara Pike – our photographer Mike Caringi may have photobombed a few shots. Speaking of shots…the boys looked like they had a pretty relaxed morning, too.
Looking back on the photos, I realized I forgot a really important detail: mimosas! I had laid out some Moet, flutes on a tray and gorgeous floral straws…and we didn’t touch them.
And then the dress – oh the dress. The source of so much stress leading up to the day (I promise, that story is coming..) but then so much happiness as I put it on. And by “I”, I mean my mom, MOH Amanda, wedding planner Melissa…let’s just say the tiny buttons did not fasten easily with their itty bitty loops. Ines Di Santo is a complete angel and I was so lucky to have her design my dress in under four months! Getting ready truly was a team effort – Mike helped to attach my veil (yes, our photographer) and my tiny flower girl Milena helped me slip on my Choos.
Walking down the sweeping staircase to my waiting family, leaving my parents’ home for the final time as a single lady and walking down the aisle…all I could think was not to sob or trip. I managed to avoid both! Our florists arranged for the sweetest surprise – I left the house in a shower of rosepetals thrown by my bridesmaids. It’s one of my favourite shots – and memories – of the day. Leaving the house was such a special moment to share with my best girls and parents.
I arrived at the church early enough to be nervous that Mike was still hanging around in entrance. Yes, I was early. Our florist – and family friend – Linda Gatto kept things light behind the scenes as I waited to walk down the aisle with my dad, snapping photos and cracking jokes. We both have the Fusco-cry-at-everything gene, so that was more important than you’d know! Entering to a swell of trumpeting with all of our family and friends watching and Mike at the end of the aisle was nothing short of a fairytale.
Before I knew it, we were standing in front of everyone and saying our vows. The rest of the ceremony is a bit of a blur – suddenly, we were husband and wife! The first photos of us alone post-ceremony tell the whole story – don’t we look a bit stunned?
We did our formals at Glendon Hall, a beautiful little spot at Bayview & Lawrence, and then headed off to our reception venue: Bellvue Manor. I’m so thrilled with how the photos we took there turned out and the funny little memories we made with our bridal party and each other.
Our videographer, Luis, also had us recount our love story for the longer edit of our wedding video, which is something I can’t wait to show to our kids one day – and I also can’t help but share it here, too. As much as I love our director’s cut (at the end of this post!), I’m so obsessed with this section of our video.
Our Wedding from Stephanie Fusco on Vimeo.
I won’t lie – Mike and I took a little catnap on the way there and snuck another couple of minutes alone in the bridal suite once we arrived. Highly recommend. It was so great to decompress together before another round of photos and the receiving line!
For a details-oriented person like me, it was so satisfying to see all the things we worked so hard on over the 18 months of our engagement come to life! Two tiny details you won’t notice below: I handmade 400 tiny bows for the escort cards and scattered gold foil-pressed matchboxes on the bars – a bit retro! We wanted the overall feel of our night to be elegant and luxurious but also personal and relaxed.
The reception was more fun than I could have ever imagined. Seriously – who has that much fun at their own wedding? We completely let go and enjoyed ourselves completely, dancing the whole night away to Soular’s 90s jams, oldies and Top 40 with our family & friends. Everyone is still talking about the food, so I’ll consider that a huge success! The team at Bellvue over-delivered and I would recommend it as a GTA wedding venue in a heartbeat.
The final dance is my favourite memory of the evening. We closed out the night to Closing Time (Mike’s pick) and our family and friends formed a circle around us, old-school style, rushing in towards us as we danced. I’d say we reminisced about the evening as we headed downtown to the Four Seasons, but let’s be honest: Mike passed out and I creeped our hashtag on Instagram. Real talk: weddings are equal parts tiring and adrenaline-inducing.
Stephanie & Michael – Director’s Cut from Images Life Media on Vimeo.
Months later, what really stands out is how happy and full of love the whole day was. We couldn’t have asked for better, from start to finish. We really are the luckiest and have the best family & friends.
Photography: 5ive15ifteen photo company | Videography: Images Weddings
Dress: Ines Di Santo | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bag: Dior | Jewelry: Berani Jewellers |
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy | Brooches (on bridesmaid dresses): Sussman’s
Venue: Bellvue Manor | Florals: Gatto Flowers | Linens & Decor: Have a Seat | Music: Soular
Makeup: Ana Sorys | Hair: Emily Sara Pike
Day-of Planning: Melissa Samborski, One Fine Day