A Culinary Love Story: Chef and NHL Referee Say “I Do”


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Nestled in the heart of Southern Ontario, you will find Elle by Stella, a gem of a venue owned by The Stella Collective, where love, food, and family intertwine to create unforgettable moments. For restaurateur Stephanie and NHL referee Garrett, their wedding day at Elle by Stella was a celebration of their shared passions and cherished memories. From heartfelt nods to the past to sumptuous culinary delights, every detail of their special day reflected the essence of their love story.

Crafting a Timeless Celebration

Stephanie and Garrett’s wedding was a testament to timeless elegance and personalization. Steering away from extravagant designs, their celebration embraced subtlety, prettiness, and a touch of quirkiness. As owners of two renowned restaurants, their love for food took center stage, with custom menus curated to tantalize guests’ taste buds. Mystery meat and seafood selections kept guests intrigued, while nods to their shared love for golf added a unique charm to the affair.

Personal Touches and Sentimental Details

From the moment guests arrived, they were enveloped in an atmosphere of warmth and sophistication. The officiant, Linda, dressed to reflect the couple’s love for sports, set the tone for an unforgettable experience. Stephanie’s choice of wedding attire was equally stunning, with two exquisite looks that epitomized sophistication and grace. From the delicate hand-sewn details to the ethereal bouquet of baby orchids, every element spoke to Stephanie’s impeccable taste and style.

A Gastronomic Journey to Remember

The culinary journey curated by Stephanie and Garrett was nothing short of extraordinary. From succulent seafood stations to decadent cheese bars, every dish was a masterpiece in its own right. Personal touches, like the Shallex hot sauce honouring a late friend, added an extra layer of meaning to the festivities. With over 300 candles casting a warm glow and opulent floral arrangements adorning the venue, the stage was set for a magical and unforgettable celebration.

A Proposal as Unique as Their Love

The couple’s journey to “I do” was as unique as their wedding day. Amidst the chaos of venue renovations, Garrett orchestrated a surprise proposal that left Stephanie speechless. With the help of their nieces and an unsuspecting baby, Garrett popped the question in a moment filled with joy and laughter. It was a testament to their love story’s spontaneity and romance, setting the tone for the beautiful journey ahead.

A Symphony of Love and Tradition

From heartfelt vows to personalized touches, every aspect of Stephanie and Garrett’s wedding spoke to their love story’s depth and richness. The presence of family, cherished traditions, and sentimental details created a symphony of love that resonated throughout the celebration. It was a day filled with laughter, tears, and moments that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Vendor love✨
Planner | The Stella Collective
Caterer | Gilt Catering
Venue | Elle by Stella
Photography | Dylan & Sandra Photography
Officiant | Love Officially by Linda
Florist | Hollywood Weddings
DJ | Exclusive Vibez
Hair & Makeup Artist | Allysa Helm Beauty & Co.
Bridal dress boutique | The Modern Bride
Designer | Mikaella Bridal
Groom’s suit | The Kingly
Calligrapher | Red Bicycle Paper Co.


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