From the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine
June 25th, 2011
Story by TheWeddingRing.ca
Stephanie Kokoski couldn’t believe how quickly she fell for Mathieu Robert when they met online nearly five years ago. “I have never felt more like myself with anyone in the entire world. I couldn’t imagine myself without him… I knew he was the one.” And the feeling was mutual. Matt says Stephanie always puts others before herself. “She has to be one of the most kind hearted people I have met.”
On July 11th, 2009 Matt surprised Stephanie with a proposal and engagement party all at once, located in Matt’s hometown of Ottawa. Matt knew he wanted the most important people in their lives to be part of the proposal, and not only made sure that his family was there, but had Stephanie’s family make the trip from Hamilton as well. Stephanie was touched that Matt had invited her immediate family to the party. For both Matt and Stephanie, sharing their engagement with their families was one of the best parts of the day.Stephanie started planning well in advance but admits that the wedding prep was crazy.
Luckily, she had an incredible support team behind her, including her sister, mother, mother-in-law, and aunt, who each played a big part in making sure that the planning process was seamless.Matt and Stephanie agree that they were also beyond fortunate to have their parents pay for the majority of their wedding. This allowed them to focus on the wedding prep and splurge on some of the extras. “Matt and I paid for our SUV limo for the bridal party [as well as] another limo for just the parents and part of the florals.”
Since Matt is a huge baseball fan, and Stephanie had always dreamed of a romantic and intimate wedding, they wanted to incorporate both of their favourite things in all of the little touches of the wedding day. For example, Stephanie’s aunt got creative with their invitations. Assembled in what looked like a program for a baseball game, the invites were replicas of admission tickets. In order to RSVP, guests would rip off the stub and send it back to the couple.
In front of 150 guests, Matt and Stephanie were married at the stunning St. Augustine’s Church in Dundas on June 25th, 2011 at 2:30 pm. It was the church Stephanie had been going to since she was a little girl and held a sentimental place in her heart.
The ring bearer used a baseball glove to carry the ring down the aisle, which was an instant hit with their guests!
Stephanie wore a gorgeous Maggie Sottero dress in diamond white and a one of a kind veil, fitted with a crystal headband.
Although she arrived at her wedding in high heels, she ended up changing into baseball cleats half way through the photos… “I wished I had been wearing those the entire day!”
Matt and his groomsmen wore black tuxes with purple vests and ties to match the purple bridesmaids dresses. Matt wore a calla lily and his guys all wore rose boutonnieres. The fathers also wore tuxes, with silver vests, ties and a small orchid on their suits.
Matt and Stephanie knew they wanted a “one stop” wedding location and fell in love with Carmen’s Banquet Center in Hamilton. “Their banquet halls are beautiful and captured the feeling that I was trying to go with for the wedding.” The couple decorated the hall in shades of purple, in keeping with their light and summery colour palette that reflected the season.Another benefit of choosing Carmen’s was that catering and wedding cake were included with the venue rental. The menu included pasta, salad, chicken and beef. “The food was amazing and everyone left full!”
Stems were wrapped with material matching her bridesmaids’ dresses.
Matt and Stephanie chose a simple three piece cake, alternating between chocolate and vanilla layers. They found the perfect cake topper; a groom pitching a baseball to a batting bride.
Instead of using a standard guest book, Stephanie and Matt had their guests autograph baseballs. They also had pennants of various baseball teams lined up on the wall, a spin on their seating chart.” There was a corresponding small jersey on the table of whichever team the guest was matched to.”
Stephanie chose flowers from a local shop in Stoney Creek. Her bouquet incorporated white roses and white calla lilies, and the stems were wrapped with material matching her bridesmaids’ dresses.
Her ladies had an array of different types of flowers in various shades of purple. To stand out, the Maid of Honour’s bouquet was similar to Stephanie’s, with more white florals than the rest of the wedding party.
To capture the moments and people involved in their wedding day, Stephanie and Matt chose Make A Memory Photography (www.makeamemory.ca). The two felt comfortable with owner and photographer, Candice, from the moment they met her. After looking through samples of her work, they knew they had to have Candice shoot their wedding. “It was amazing to work with her. It was so neat seeing her creativity come to life. We couldn’t be happier with the way the photos turned out. I love that she literally captured every moment of the day so that now we have those memories for the rest of our lives.”
At the end of the night, each guest took home two crystal martini glasses filled with purple jelly beans with three small chocolates that looked like baseballs.
Stephanie finds it difficult to express how amazing it feels to have married her best friend and to know that she has him with her for the rest of her life. “He is the sweetest man I think was ever put on this planet. He is my best friend. I love that he always thinks of me in everything he does. I love how he is so close with his family, and how they mean so much to him. That’s how I know he’s going to make an amazing father one day.”
Stephanie also admits that she’s overwhelmed by the love of friends and family. “Nothing in my wedding would have been possible without the love and support of mine and Matt’s families. We are two truly blessed people.”
Matt and Stephanie kept their wedding day fun, memorable and all about their personal style. “There is not a single thing that I would change about my wedding. It represented Matt and I to a tee and it turned out better then I even planned for.”