Hay­ley El­saesser on her love story that jumps from Aus­tralia to Toronto and Ve­gas

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A lo­cal de­signer gets hitched Ve­gas style

Toronto Fash­ion Week is re­turn­ing to Yorkville Vil­lage, Feb. 5 to 7, and lo­cal favourite Hay­ley El­saesser will be show­cas­ing her fall/win­ter 2018 col­lec­tion. Her bright, ex­u­ber­ant line wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the help of her hubby, Josh Davis. We got the low­down on how this dream team got started.

How they met

We met in line for a bar in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, where we were both liv­ing at the time. Josh was a cute Aussie boy with long hair, so I gave him a chance.

The first date

The next day we ended up hav­ing a ca­sual day watch­ing Back to the Fu­ture. I love movies, so it was pretty im­pres­sive that he was so pas­sion­ate about such a cheesy movie that I was also into! We laughed and had a good time. I was a bit put off by the fact he lived in a house with about eight other guys, but luck­ily he was mov­ing the next week, or it prob­a­bly would have been game over!

The courtship

Very early in the re­la­tion­ship af­ter see­ing each other for about a month, I was hit by a po­lice car when I was with him. They treated me re­ally badly, but Josh was very help­ful. This was ac­tu­ally how he met my dad, so he was thrown into my crazy life and sur­vived, so I knew he was a keeper.

The pro­posal

From the very be­gin­ning, I let Josh know that I’d even­tu­ally be mov­ing back to Canada, so if he couldn’t see him­self go­ing, then it wouldn’t work out. Josh is very easy­go­ing, so he ac­cepted the chal­lenge. Even­tu­ally when I fin­ished univer­sity, we sat down to have a talk about our next move. We de­cided we should move to Canada and that he would make me an hon­est wo­man. We had been liv­ing to­gether since I was about 21, so it was about time!

The wed­ding

We are very ca­sual peo­ple, so we didn’t want to have a huge wed­ding. We wanted to make it fair and easy for both of our friends and fam­ily to come. We de­cided to get mar­ried in Las Ve­gas be­cause it was some­what in the mid­dle of Toronto and Aus­tralia. We ended up hav­ing a re­ally fun time be­ing mar­ried by Elvis and driv­ing into the chapel in a pink con­vert­ible! Elvis sang and per­formed, and ev­ery­one had so much fun.

The hon­ey­moon

For our hon­ey­moon, we drove from Las Ve­gas to L.A. through the desert and stayed there for a few days. We ac­tu­ally in­vited a few friends and just had some nice time in the warm weather.

Their lives now

When we started out, we were both in school, me for fash­ion de­sign and Josh for graphic de­sign. Josh is the per­son who taught me how to cre­ate my own prints! Now we work to­gether and it’s great. Josh is be­com­ing an es­sen­tial part of the Hay­ley El­saesser de­sign team and has started tak­ing con­trol of menswear de­signs. We work re­ally well to­gether, so the col­lab­o­ra­tion has been amaz­ing. Josh un­der­stands my es­thetic bet­ter than any­one else.

The kids

We have two pet chil­dren. Phan­tom is our cat. We aren’t sure how old she is be­cause we res­cued her, but she’s un­der 10. Misato is our dog who is a six­month-old shiba inu.

L–R: Josh Davis and Hay­ley El­saesser with Elvis on their wed­ding day

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