Mike and I are second cousins, but we had only met two or three times so far, as he grew up in Chicago while I grew up in the GTA.
I was pretty thrilled when he asked me if I would be available to photograph his wedding in Ile d’Orleans (just outside Quebec city) this summer. It would be Rabbat Photography’s first Rabbat wedding and more importantly, we would get to know each other better.
Sophie and Michael are now living in Montreal, so they came to Toronto recently for the engagement session. My husband assisted, so it was kind of like a double date too. When I asked them what they liked to do together, they said “When we’re in Toronto we like going to the St. Lawrence Market. We also like eating and we met each other doing yoga.” We incorporated all of their loves into their engagement session, which we all later referred to as a ‘gastronomical tour of Toronto’. We all had a blast and I am so happy that I get to photograph their wedding and have them in my family!
Here they are getting peameal bacon buns at the St. Lawrence Market. Sophie got them every week as a child.
Laughing between bites.
They were so sweet they actually got those flowers for me for Mother’s Day (which was the day after this shoot)! The last time I saw Mike was on my very first mother’s day.
We headed to the beaches but made a stop at Ed’s Real Scoop along the way. You have to try their burnt marshmallow. They also have gelato.
Yoga on the beach!
We headed to Chinatown for dinner, but stopped in the Chinatown/Kensington area for some photos first.
Sophie and her mom used to regularly shop at Courage My Love and when Vu and I suggested Lee Garden for dinner Sophie would not listen to any other options, because just like me, she grew up going there and eating their amazing dishes (like chicken in a taro nest with mango and filet mignon and avocado). Yum!!!
Thanks so much for an amazing day!!! I can’t wait for your wedding!
The photos are fantastic! Not only are you an amazing photographer, you caught all the details of the story too! We had a really wonderful time on our “double date” getting to know you and Vu better, and we’re so excited that you’ll be photographing our wedding. Thanks again for an awesome engagement shoot!
Sophie and Mike
Hi Danielle! What gorgeous photos — you have such a tremendous talent! I’m really looking forward to seeing you at Mike and Sophie’s wedding, and to seeing the wedding album afterwards. ~Annie
Thanks so much, Sophie and Mike! We’re excited too! That was probably the most epic double date Vu and I have ever been on.
Thanks, Annie! I am really looking forward to seeing you too! I’m also looking forward to hearing you play! Mike showed me a picture of your symphony and it was a really, really awesome photo. I will probably be in Boston for a day in January, so hopefully, we can meet up then too!