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Gems of Etobicoke-Lakeshore Awards

I am thrilled that I was nominated for both Rabbat Photography and Women of Merit magazine for the Gems of Etobicoke awards!

Thanks to fellow nominee Lucy of Suitcase Theatre for taking this photo of me with our local MPP Peter Milczyn and a certificate that says my business is recognized for the exceptional services it provides to residents of Etobicoke-Lakeshore.  Thank you to everyone who nominated my businesses!

Gems of Etobicoke Awards

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Andrea and Ian’s Wedding as Featured on the Wedding Co!

Just in case you missed it, Andrea and Ian’s wedding was featured on the Wedding Co’s blog. You can have a look at it here:
You will see more photos than what you saw on my blog!

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Award Winning Engagement Image! Toronto Engagement Photos

I am pleased to announce that this image won a Merit award at a recent PPOC Meeting.

Fine Art Engagement Images Toronto

Fine Art Engagement Photos Reflection of a stylish couple

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Etobicoke Family Portraits at James Gardens | Etobicoke Family Portrait Photographer

I had a blast photographing my friend’s  family back in the fall.

Hopefully, it will be warm enough to go outside without jackets again, soon!

I highly recommend James Gardens for family portraits. It’s also a fantastic spot for wedding photos!

The boys look very alike, but they are three years apart.


Eric must be very strong, because he managed to give both of them quite a long piggyback ride.

Piggybacking on dad

Mom and sons

They still know how to have fun together.

Husband and wife

Traditional family portraits.

Etobicoke Family Portraits at James Gardens

A more creative family portrait.

Creative family portraits

Thanks for having me photograph your family!

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Andrea and Christopher’s Wedding | Toronto City Hall

I was very happily surprised when my friend Andrea contacted me to let me know that not only was she getting married, she was also interested in having me photograph the wedding!  Andrea and I have been friends since high school.  I wondered when Mr. Right would come along and he definitely did.

Andrea met Christopher through mutual friends in May and they have been inseparable since then.  He is from Killarney, Ireland and just moved to Canada in 2012.   They share many interests and of course, most importantly, they are extremely in love (as you can see from the photos).

Their wedding took place at Toronto City Hall, but they are planning another destination wedding at a later date.

Andrea smiling at Christopher during the ceremony.

Bride smiling at groom

Christopher smiling at Andrea during the ceremony.

Groom smiling at bride

They are hugging each other’s moms (and their new MIL’s) in this photo, both of whom are thrilled with the union.

Post ceremony hugs

Both of their families outside the City Hall Christmas Tree.


They made each other smile like this throughout the afternoon.

Happy bride and groom in front of Christmas tree

It was a pretty warm today for December, but she is doing a good job of pretending not to be cold.

Andrea and Christopher outside City Hall

More smiles…

Andrea and Christopher having a laugh

City Hall.  This is where the union took place.

Bride and groom at City Hall

Andrea and some of her girlfriends outside the now famous Toronto sign.

Bride with friends outside of Toronto sign

Andrea pulling Christopher in for a kiss.

Rockwell inspired Christmas wedding photo of bride and groom at Toronto City Hall

Congrats again, Andrea and Christopher!

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January 21, 2016 - 8:20 am Andrea Lacroix - Danielle, Your photographs really captured the moments and helped to make it a very perfect day. Thank you so much for all that you put into making our special day so magical! Andrea & Chris

Andrea and Ian’s Downtown Toronto Wedding at City Hall and Peter Pan Bistro | Toronto Wedding Photographers

Andrea and Ian are an extremely creative, crafty and romantic couple.  Andrea made her dress out of her mom’s wedding dress.  You can see the original on Andrea’s blog at the following link:

Andrea started out her day by getting ready at Teti Hair Salon. Not only did they do a great job, they also finished ahead of schedule.

Check out her Fluevog shoes.

Bride getting ready

I love how there were regular clients getting their hair done at the salon when Andrea was getting ready for her wedding. Those clients loved watching a bride!

Getting ready to get married at Teti Hair Salon

The wedding ceremony took place at Toronto City Hall.

Wedding ceremony at City Hall

City Hall allows a maximum of around 30 guests and we were at capacity, so these two were definitely surrounded by lots of love!

Getting married at City Hall

Photo of the guests in City Hall.

Group photo of wedding guests at City Hall

The famous Toronto sign changed. I wondered if they changed it monthly, but then realized it was changed for Nuit Blanche, Toronto. Andrea and Ian were quite happy about that.  I think the black and white Toronto sign goes a lot better with their retro tandem bike and retro style than the colourful sign.  Note their friends on bikes.   They had escorts as they biked from City Hall to Peter Pan Bistro for the reception.

Couple in front of Toronto sign

Bride and groom on tandem bike

Don’t you love the “Just Married,” sign on the bike?

Newlyweds on tandem bike

The guests really enjoyed each other’s company at Peter Pan Bistro.

Wedding guests at Peter Pan Restaurant

Ian looking dapper, as always.  He made his own jacket!

Stylish groom

Finally, the pictures many of you have been waiting to see…Andrea in her wedding dress!  Front, side and back.  Note that the dress has pockets.  Remember, she sewed this dress out of her mother’s wedding gown.

Bride who sewed her own dress

Side and back of wedding dress

Andrea picked up the flowers for her bouquet four days before the wedding and made her bouquet the day before her wedding.  Ian used the burgundy ribbon to wrap the gift he gave her on her birthday, which was also their third date. They have used it to wrap presents ever since, including her engagement ring.

Bouquet and happy couple

Andrea and Ian

They had a macaron tower from Nadege. One of her friends said there is an “Andrea 5″-Ian, sewing, physics, macarons and lindy hop.

Macaron tower

The “Andrea and Ian” pose.  Yes, they have their own pose!

Andrea and Ian's trademark kiss

Andrea has the best umbrella.  If you speak french, you will know what that means.

Wedding photos in the rain

They managed to stay grounded.

Ready to fly with a broken umbrella

Congrats on your marriage, having such a fantastic wedding day and on successfully incorporating so much of yourselves into your wedding.  I love your willingness to try anything and of course, how you are not afraid to show your love for each other in the photos.

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October 9, 2015 - 10:49 pm Andrea - We got both Buddha rays and raindrops on the same day! That lost shot is terrific. And I love that you captured Ian's intense look while I kept cracking up at him during the ceremony.Thanks so much Danielle!

October 10, 2015 - 1:00 pm Maggie Brackley - Fabulous job, Danielle! You captured both their personalities beautifully! Your commentary is so apt. (Was pleased to see my Christmas gift to Andrea came in useful - that umbrella!) Many thanks, Maggie (otherwise known as the MOG)

October 28, 2015 - 10:14 am Photo Booth Toronto - Love the photos. Cool way for the couple to arrive on a bike.

Rachel and Mike’s Wedding at Fountain Blue | Etobicoke and Toronto Wedding Photographers

Rachel and Mike’s Wedding started out in Etobicoke and moved to Fountain Blu, which is apparently a fairly new venue on the exhibition grounds.  Special thanks to Sarah and Lisa for photographing this wedding.

The videographers set up the housecoats and wedding dress, which made for a cool photo here.  Note that every housecoat says bridesmaid on it.

Bridal party dresses

Mike and Rachel before they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Groom portrait/bride portrait

Mike and Rachel seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. I love how the bridesmaids and Rachel’s mom are all smiles in the background.

Bridal reveal

Bridesmaids on the grounds of The Exhibition Place.


Groomsmen photos at Exhibition Place.


Bridal party photo at the ex.

Bridal party

Rachel.  Don’t you love her bridal train?


Their wedding ceremony took place at Fountain Blu.

Wedding ceremony

I love these creative photos in front of the arch at Exhibition place and in front of the water fountain.

Wedding photos at Exhibition Place

Who doesn’t love sparkles?  I love how the silver on the cake compliments the silver table cloth.  I also love how Rachel is hugging Mike during the first dance.

Cake and First dance

First dance with her dad.

Father daughter dance

First dance with his mom.

First dance with mom

Note the infinity loop their hands are making.  Together forever!

Infinity loop wedding dance

Congrats on a beautiful wedding day, Rachel and Mike! We wish you an eternity of happiness together.

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Anna and Michael’s Wedding | Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens and Hazelton Manor | Toronto Wedding Photographer

Michael and Anna’s wedding was filled with loving moments throughout the day.  When I arrived at The King Edward Hotel to photograph Mike and the guys getting ready, they were already ready, so they had a drink before the ceremony.  Mike looked as happy as he does in this photo throughout the day.

Groomsmen just after getting ready

Anna got ready at their downtown condo.  Amy Griffiths from Bridal Hair Collective, helps put on her veil, as one of her bridemaids looks on.

Putting on the veil

She met Mike at Berczy Park, across the street from their condo to reveal herself in her wedding dress to him for the first time.

Bridal reveal

We went to Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens for the formal portraits.  This is a beautiful spot for wedding photos in Toronto!

Bride alone and groom alone

Don’t they look like they belong on the red carpet?

Bride and groom at Alexander Muir Park Gardens

Hiding in the bushes at Alexander Muir Park Gardens

The bridal party requested a jumping photo, so here goes:

Bridal party jumping

We headed to Hazelton Manor banquet hall in Woodbridge, which was also a fantastic spot for photos.

Bridal party photo at Hazelton Manor

I am not sure what Michael’s dad whispered in his ear, but whatever it was, it put smiles on both Anna and Michael’s faces (he whispered in her ear too).

This happened during the ketubah ceremony.

Ketubah signing at Hazelton Manor

Here is the Chuppah.

Ceremony site at Hazelton Manor

We took a family photo before Anna was walked down the aisle by both of her parents.

Family photo and start of ceremony

Breaking glass.

Breaking glass under Chuppah

After the ceremony

After the ceremony, I climbed to the top of a ladder to take this photo of all the guests outside Hazelton Manor.

Large group photo outside Hazelton Manor

The horah dance has always been my favourite event at Jewish weddings.  I am not sure if Anna felt that way when she was hoisted onto the chairs….

Hora dance at Hazelton Manor

Beautiful table settings.

Wedding table setting at Hazelton Manor

Mike surprised Anna by singing to her as they danced the first dance.

First dance

First dance with parents.

First dance with parents

I love how Anna is leaning on his shoulder as he speaks.

Wedding speech at Hazelton Manor

First taste of the wedding cake.

Wedding cake and couple feeding each other cake

Reception time!

Group photo at reception

Mike and his brother and father are really getting into it at the reception.

Father and sons dancing at reception

Anna and her friends are all on the dance floor.

Wedding reception dancing at Hazelton Manor

Congrats on having a picture perfect wedding, Mike and Anna!  May you have as much fun throughout your marriage and lives together as you had on your wedding day.

Wedding Planner: Designed Dream

Hair: Bridal Hair Collective

Flowers: Royal Orchid Florist

Make-up: Make-up by Carmelaxo

Cantor: Cantorben

Cake: Just Temptations

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October 2, 2015 - 3:33 pm Nancy Rabbat - Weddings are a lot more fun for everyone when the couple is enjoying their day as much as this couple! All the details were beautifully planned. Great jumping shot!

October 2, 2015 - 6:35 pm Lins - Great pictures, as always... But man! The 2 pics with greenery all around are fantastic!

Christine and Bryan’s Wedding | U of T and Canoe Restaurant | Toronto Wedding Photographers

Christine and Bryan had one of the shortest engagements of all the couples I have photographed. I think they were engaged for just 5 months, but you never would have guessed that, from all the thought that went into their wedding day.  It makes me wonder if everyone should have a shorter engagement, because they really pulled it off!

Their ceremony took place at Hart House at U of T. I was pretty excited about that, because my own wedding took place at Hart House.

Christine arrived at the wedding just a little after Brian.  I loved the light coming in on her face in this picture.  Brian was excitedly anticipating seeing Christine in her wedding dress for the first time.
Bride and groom before the ceremony

Brian walked down the aisle very confidently.  Christine and her dad were all smiles as they made their way towards him.

Coming down the aisle

“I do.”

Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony

I love the moments before and after a kiss, even more than the actual kiss.  They are always so full of anticipation, love and relief (the latter is especially true if it happens after a wedding ceremony).

Wedding ceremony at Hart House

Bridal party and some family members in front of the Hart House arches. It was a windy day, but I love how the wind gave some flow to the dresses.

Bridal party

Bridal party.

Bridesmaid and groomsmen photos

Hart House bridal party photos

Groom portrait / bridal portrait

I love how they are looking at each other in the photo on the left and I love the light in the one on the right.

Bride and groom at U of T

Couples portraits

They had a very Toronto wedding, so we had to make sure to incorporate very Toronto landmarks, like the CN Tower!

Toronto couples portraits at U of T with the CN tower

Their reception took place at Canoe restaurant, which featured excellent food and amazing views of the city as well as beautiful table settings.

Canoe restaurant wedding

I think you could guess where this wedding took place from this photo.

A very Toronto Wedding

Couples in front of CN tower

Everyone got into celebrating with the happy couple.


Toronto at night as seen from the window of Canoe.  You can also see a photo from Christine and Bryan’s slideshow to the left of the CN Tower and it was hard to avoid my own reflection (on the right of the CN tower).

Toronto at night as seen from Canoe

They learned how to dance for the first dance. I love how the guests are watching and smiling.

First dance

Congratulations Christine and Brian! May this beautiful celebration be the beginning of a long and happy life together!

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September 28, 2015 - 9:49 pm Nancy Rabbat - This couple chose the locations for their wedding celebration very carefully. The gorgeous architecture gives the portraits a beautiful background and the Toronto at night shot, wouldn't have been possible at any other venue.

Lee and Dee’s Downtown Toronto Wedding at The Gates | Toronto Wedding Photographers

I knew Lee and Dee would have an awesome wedding, but I didn’t know it would be filled with so many unique and super cool details!  Their wedding definitely had a downtown Toronto feel, since Lee got ready at The Hilton Garden Inn around Jarvis and Dundas, Dee got ready at their place in Leslieville and the wedding took place at a new venue called The Gates at Gerrard and Church.

Lee and the Groomsmen watched some videos on YouTube before they put the boutonnieres on, to make sure they were doing it right.   You can see the results below.

Lee and the Groomsmen

Dee and her bridesmaids made the bouquet and boutonnieres out of paper.  These were definitely among the most incredible bridal bouquets I have ever seen and they were definitely the most creative!

Paper bouquet

Check out Dee’s bridal themed nails.

Wedding day nails

Dee’s matron of honour wrote out her speech in an attempt to memorize it. In case you were wondering, she rocked it! It was filled with emotions from tears to laughter.

Maid of honour's speech

Dee getting ready.  I thought it was pretty funny when she stood in front of the cow’s skull on her wall and it looked like there were horns coming from her head.

Dee getting ready

Almost done getting ready! Note the beautiful painting of Dee on the wall, by Heather Horton.

Dee is ready!

Dee’s dad walks her down the aisle to  immeasurable applause!

Dad walking bride down aisle

First married kiss!

Wedding Ceremony at The Gates in Toronto

They brought some props.  Note the black and white photos. Dee’s photo is of her parents on their wedding day and Lee’s photo is of his parents on their wedding day.  I find it amazing that both sets of parents are posing the same way.

Bride and groom with & sign and photos from their parents' weddings

It’s OK if it rains on your wedding day! You can still take photos outside!

Photos in the rain

Dee’s matron of honour likes joking around.  She was framed here!

Dee and her matron of honour in a picture frame

Lee’s family and Dee’s family.

Family photos

Don’t you love Dee’s dress? It is by Starkers! Corsetry. I also love Lee’s hair…er…wait…I mean Dee’s hair.

Bride and groom as bride

Their friend Kalli Roger did an amazing job making the cake. I think Dee was pretty excited to dig into it!

Cake and cake cutting

Their friends and family were this enthusiastic for the entire reception.  I think they win for ‘least subdued crowd’ I have photographed in my over 14 year long wedding photography career!

Fun and enthusiastic wedding crowd

I brought them outside for some night photos. It was raining a tiny bit, but that was OK!

Romantic photos at night

Is it just me, or does Dee remind you a little bit of Amelie here?  Don’t  you love her shoes? She designed them herself!

Bride on couch

Last dance together before the night came to an end.

Last dance

Congrats on your marriage, Dee and Lee!  May the fun continue with many more dances and creative endeavors.

Thanks again for having me there to photograph your wedding!

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September 25, 2015 - 1:42 pm Andrea - So beautiful! That dress is amazing. I love the shot with them walking away under the umbrella.

September 25, 2015 - 1:46 pm Lee Eldridge - Amazing!!! So excited by all these great shots :)

September 25, 2015 - 7:27 pm Dee - I can't believe what you captured! One of my favourite shots is the one where Lee is walking me back inside with the umbrella when I was getting cold. I love that you took that utilitarian moment and made it into something special!

September 25, 2015 - 9:25 pm Marie - Amazingly beautiful photos of the most beautiful couple! Their obvious love for each other was felt by everyone attending their wedding and is now captured in these beautiful shots! Congratulations again!

September 25, 2015 - 11:11 pm Sheryl - Bravo, Danielle! I love the photos you showcased and how you pieced them together in a concise yet personalized manner. Dee & Lee - I hope you continue to create and inspire one another like you did on your wedding day. Your energy is completely captivating. I especially love the bouquet (was this paper taken from your favourite books/poems?), horns, bright umbrellas, and the second last black and white shot: exquisite!!!

September 26, 2015 - 4:31 pm Lins - Love it!!

September 28, 2015 - 2:12 pm rabbatphotography - Thanks, Andrea! Sometimes the best photos are made in the rain. In other words, if it rains on Saturday, we can still get awesome photos!

September 28, 2015 - 2:12 pm rabbatphotography - Thanks so much, Lee! There were so many amazing little moments and details.

September 28, 2015 - 2:14 pm rabbatphotography - Thanks, Dee! I debated including it in the blog post, since it's not technically perfect. I am glad I did!

September 28, 2015 - 2:17 pm rabbatphotography - Thanks so much, Marie. They are definitely an amazing couple! Congrats to you on their marriage!

September 28, 2015 - 2:17 pm rabbatphotography - Thanks, Sheryl! I will ask Dee re: the paper and get back to you.

September 28, 2015 - 2:24 pm Nancy Rabbat - This has to be the best wedding blog so far! The photos are brilliant and the couple is so creative and unconventional that this wedding is unlike any other! Love the paper flowers, Dee's fingernails and her gown! Yes, she does remind me of Amelie!