I'm Dianne, and welcome to my blog! I'm a wedding pho-tographer based in Southwestern Ontario, and I just love meeting people in every stage of life. I have to admit that love stories are my favourite! I'd love it if you'd grab a great glass of wine, snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that I've been up to lately. Go see what there is to know about this amazing DVI community. If you want to learn more about me and my story...
I'm Dianne, and welcome to my blog! I'm a wedding pho-tographer based in South-
western Ontario, and I just love meeting people in every stage of life. I have to admit that love stories are my favourite! I'd love it if you'd grab a great glass of wine, snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that I've been up to lately. Go see what there is to know about this amazing DVI community. If you want to learn more about me and my story...
The weather has been getting warmer, and it has me itching to get out more to photograph gorgeous couples like these two! We had dreams of a beach session, but that was just not possible. Instead, we ended up at this gorgeous countryside property with a small pond. And it was gorgeous. I’m no longer sad about missing the beach, even though I’ll want to go soon! Katie and Sean met years ago and it wasn’t long after that they knew they were meant for each other. This Burgessville countryside engagement session encompasses everything these two love about each other.
Engagement sessions are always bring some feelings of uncertainty, especially for couples like Katie and Sean who haven’t ever had a professional photographer capture them. For newbies, they did amazing! The natural chemistry between these two was so easy to work with. And they were absolutely ready for some fun. Their wedding is currently still planned for September of this year, and I’m rooting for them! They are planning a sweet rustic wedding. Both mentioned that this Burgessville countryside engagement session was then even more their style than the beach would have been!
Katie and Sean, I’m hoping that the happiest months of your engagement are yet to be. I’m praying that you will forever hold onto your desire to have fun, as we had at your session. I’m wishing that everything goes back to normal as soon as possible so that you can celebrate your upcoming nuptials with all your friends and family. Bertus and I cannot wait to arrive on the morning of your big day and see your beautiful faces again! We are honoured to capture every single couple, but I have to admit that you two are making me feel like your wedding day is going to be such a breeze! And I for one cannot wait!
Who says you need an epic location to get photos that mean a lot to you? Click HERE to see evidence of another countryside portrait session!
Wedding days come with a load of emotions and facets that you won’t really stop to think about until the day arrives. You’re incredibly lucky if you’ve been a maid of honour or bridesmaid before, you’ve seen the inside of the most important part of a wedding day. But now it’s time for your own wedding day, and those things are all of a sudden much more important. I’ve put together five random tips that have been my saving grace for my own wedding day, but I’ve also seen the impact that they’ve had in the weddings of my clients.
You’re standing in front of a long day where loads of emotions will be flooding your system and that takes a lot of energy! Drinking mimosas and having muffins may seem like the perfect wedding morning breakfast, but they contribute to a fast sugar high, and the last thing you want is to be “crashing” right when you’re ready to walk down the aisle. The best thing you can do is start your day with the perfect breakfast! Our favourite options include smoothies or a good breakfast wrap/burrito. The smoothie pictured below is the one we drink every day, and it would be my first recommendation. I’ll list the ingredients that we use below so that you can try it out.
Delicious Wedding Morning Smoothie
1/2-3/4 cup kefir
1/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup oats
1 banana (1/2 of the peel included)
1 scoop vegetable/vitamin supplement (Vegegreens is our favourite)
1 tbsp collagen
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp maca powder
1/4-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Throw all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Pour into your favourite glass, and enjoy!
You’ll want to soak in everything about your big day. The drive to the church. That tear glistening in your almost-husband’s eye as you walk up the aisle. All the hugs from your family members. The speeches during dinner, especially. And the best way to do that is to be fully focused. Allow yourself to let someone else handle your phone and your life for that day, and you just focus on enjoying all the special moments. And as a side note, everyone important in your life knows you’re getting married, and won’t expect you to answer your phone.
The best way to prevent things from being missed or going wrong is by giving yourself loads of time. However, we know that’s not always possible, even with the best of planning. (Check out YOUR IDEAL TIMELINE GUIDE & WORKBOOK to give yourself the perfect start to your wedding day timeline.) On our own wedding day, we missed out on one photo that we’d really wanted. Our nieces and nephews needed a nap, and their parents left before a photo of Bert and all of his siblings was taken. My heart sank as I watched them drive off. I saw at that moment that I could get upset about it, or I could let it go. I decided to do the latter. We’re so thankful that it never put a damper on our day!
I’ve thankfully never met a wedding where someone wasn’t prepared with something on the list below! Yes, this kit may take a little bit of time to put together. But knowing that you are prepared for anything that happens is definitely worth it! From headaches to that annoying feeling of your dress being stuck to your legs; it’s all here!
And last, but not least, make sure that your parents feel cherished on this big day. They’ve raised you, and they did a great job, seeing the way you turned out. They’ve held your hands through your boo-boos, and they want to hold your hand today. Whether you’re a single child or one of seven like I was, that does not take away from the importance of this day for them. The best time to spend a little one on one time is during the getting ready part. If that doesn’t work out, dinner is another great time to steal a few minutes with your mom or dad. They will never forget how they felt during those moments.
I met this sweet and gorgeous couple at Cana & José’s wedding last April, and I was drawn to Emily immediately. She was the beautiful maid of honour at that wedding, and here she is the stunning bride. Much planning went into this wedding, and it was such an honour to get to travel for this Vancouver Granville Island wedding. Emily and Mark had the best vendors, from the stunning location where Primp & Proper took care of the girls to the beautiful bouquets from Floralista. It was an absolute dream to work with such talented people.
Seeing as Mark studies in New York, Emily is in Medical School in Calgary, and their families are located in Vancouver, it’s no wonder that their vendors are all over North America as well. I couldn’t believe that Emily got her stunning dress from Kleinfeld in New York! I mean, we’ve all watched an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” at some point in our lives, right? To know what a journey this beautiful dress has had, made it very important to me to get as many photos of it! And though the Vancouver rain made it difficult, I’m proud of these photos.
I did not realize how rainy Vancouver could be. And Saturday, December 28 was the only rainy day in my whole stay there. Of course! But at the end of the day, I couldn’t be more thankful. If there is anything that this Vancouver Granville Island wedding taught me, it’s that nothing can rain on my parade! And that rain can only push me to learn more. Oh, and that clear umbrellas are cute!!!
Emily and Mark said I do in the gorgeous Holy Family Parish in Vancouver, after which we visited a quiet Trout Lake in the rain for family photos. My favourite part of the day was when we decided to visit Granville Island and used the edge of their parking lot to capture their epic bridal party photos. Loads of fun was had!!! Even though there were so many of them, it couldn’t have gone any faster. So, to the bridal party, a HUGE SHOUTOUT! I absolutely love it when there is so much love on a wedding day because it makes everything that would be miserable under normal circumstance great fun!
Their stunning venue was ready and waiting for them as the sun set beyond the high rise buildings. The speeches were heartwarming. Seeing the city lights through the floor to ceiling windows as Emily and Mark danced their first dance was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And saying goodbye to all these amazing people, knowing that I probably won’t see them again for a long time (if ever), was hard. Emily and Mark, it’s obvious that your family loves you. Oh, so much! And it’s not hard to see why. Emily, you’re going to make an amazing doctor. I’m sure proud to know you! And Mark, for what it’s worth, I’m really glad you didn’t become a priest! (His application was filled out and ready to be sent, but then he met Emily.) You two are absolutely perfect for each other. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who’s excited to see what the future holds for you!
The Vendor Team
Bridal Gown | Kleinfeld, New York
Groom’s Tux | Black and Lee
Bride’s Shoes | Everlane
Rings | Ben Moss
Hair & Makeup | Faye Smith at Primp & Proper
Florals | Floralista
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Limousine Services | North Star Limousine Services
Wedding Cake | A. Elizabeth Cakes
Entertainment | Presto Entertainment
Reception Venue | John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse
Favours | Squish Candy
I can’t even begin to explain how amazing it’s been this second year as an official Ontario photographer. I’ve made so many friends, hugged so many kids, congratulated ten newlywed couples as their photographer, and exceeded my expectations beyond belief. I just couldn’t help putting together this quick blog post on the first day of the new year, thanking all of my clients. Instead of picking just ten or so of my favourite photos, I decided to take my favourite of each session. This means that if you had a session with me (and I had permission to share), you’ll see one of your photos here below! Even my mini session clients that weren’t blogged are here!
I’ve grown immensely over this last year, and it’s something that brings me to a place of sincere gratitude! It wouldn’t have been possible without you! All my couples have put so much trust in me, and I hope I did not disappoint. The messages that I have received, especially from family members after a wedding of their son/daughter/sister/friend, have warmed my heart. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Florida to learn even more about serving you better, and then just recently to Vancouver for a gorgeous wedding! I captured so many families, and a lot of them became our friends. I’m excited for what the future holds, and I’d love to capture your family again this year.
To my couples getting married this year (whose engagement session is pictured below, and those who I haven’t gotten to capture yet); I. AM. SO. EXCITED!!! Wherever and whenever you’re having your big day, just know that I’m more invested than you could imagine. I’ll be on hand before your wedding to help you set that timeline. And of course on your big day to capture all the things that you put so much thought into.
At the beginning of the month of March, I will be implementing the new DVI Family Session Experience. This is going to come with a few new surprises, in addition to the surprises that have already been in place up until now (don’t give it away if you know!) There will be something special for everyone, all in their own time. Mini sessions will still be available at least once this year; please feel free to reach out if you are wondering when they’ll take place. The DVI Family Session Style Guide is currently being updated and expanded, and it’s going to be amazing!!! All in all, if 2020 is only half as good to me as Ontario photographer as 2019 was, I will be very blessed.
The first wedding was such a cold one, but the couple made it easy. Shooting this wedding with Brittany was amazing and I couldn’t be more thrilled to say that this wedding has been featured!!!
Our best friend got married, and I was delighted to capture this big day for them. Mark & Leona’s details were stunning, and the rain did not dampen the mood at all!!!
This sweetheart has been photographed multiple times by me, but this time was my absolute favourite.
Did you know I also do branding photography? On top of it, I honestly BELIEVE in this brand. Wild Comfort is my #1 go-to when it comes to my skincare routine.
Florida was a dream come true, and I could not be more honoured to have learned so much from Shauna and Jordon Cooney! These next two are my favourite images of each day’s styled shoot.
Thanks to the help of the amazing Anna from Spunky Sapphire Events, this shoot was everything that I dreamt of! It even ended up being published in Elegant Weddings, a Canadian wedding blog!
More brand photography, this time for Beautiful Empowered You, an organization helping young girls prepare for the world in the best way possible.
The love on Cana and José’s big day between the two of them and between their guests and them was absolutely amazing. If there was any day I could go back to, it would probably be this one.
Spending a Saturday evening with Andrew & Julia was the best. Their wedding is only a little further down. Did I ever mention that Scarborough Bluffs has been on my shoot wishlist for a long time?
Oh, the bond of twins…
A very impromptu maternity session did not disappoint.
Hannah & Craig’s apple orchard session was done just after the rain, but one for the books.
Getting to know Cassie & Mike got me so excited for their 2020 wedding!!!
Sisters are the best of friends, am I right?
One of my absolute top ten for 2019, FOR SURE!!!
Our dear friends, Dylan and Sandra, who I got to photograph on our own 10-year anniversary!!! So amazing to put this together with Sandra, and I’m thankful for the memories that we made with them…
A mini maternity session near our home; I’m really going to miss this location when it’s going to be developed,
My favourite venue of all fo 2019; La Salle Park. Oh, and the most ridiculously fun couple too, of course!!!
To capture friends at stunning locations like Pickering Beach makes our hearts feel so full…
Beautiful bellies have my heart. I still need to meet this baby girl, but it’s so amazing to have gotten to capture this bump.
My biggest engagement session gallery of all time was with Ali & Evan, and it’s definitely one of the weddings I’m most excited for in 2020. Knowing I get to go back to this venue is so exciting!!!
Meet Anna (the beauty and brains of Spunky Sapphire Events) and her family…
This little man, Evan, is so loved by his siblings. My heart just feels full when I look at this photo.
Summer mini sessions were a definite success this year!!!
An extended family with the most amazing colour-coordinated kids was fun to capture!!!
Another styled session I put together this past year, with the amazing Ally of Perfectly Designed Events! I absolutely love shooting at Cambridge Millrace Park.
Talk about an epic countryside photo! Meet the family of Danielle, the power behind Wild Comfort.
Another 2020 couple, who chose to have their engagement session at Pt. Burwell.
There were so many photos to choose from of this extended family session, but this photo of an adorable baby girl just stuck out. I really try to capture all the little details at every family session!
More branding photography and this was definitely one of my faves! Sarah is a genius when it comes to hair and makeup!
Our own family was used for this branding shoot, with wonderful flashcards from Muutma!
Talk about an epic photo of very special friends of ours! Long Point is such a versatile place to have your family session.
Firerock Golf Club Wedding
When I think of amazing out-takes, this is the first one that comes to mind. Never mind that mom and dad want to share a kiss… I’m sick of being held!!!
Whistling Gardens has to be one of my favourite local spots; so worth the admission!!!
The light at Hannah & Aaron’s Dundurn session was absolute perfection.
Niagara on the Lake. Need I say anything else?
Spencer Gorge has more opportunities than I’ve ever realized and it was the perfect fall spot.
Kevin & Meaghan’s details had to be shared here. Her shoes were just gorgeous!
Boys are so fun to capture and this family was an absolute blast!!!
A sweet newborn session in a gorgeous home…
Who knew that Woodstock has places like this?
Another extended family session for the books… What an adorable little man!
Talk about three fun girls…!
When I got the chance to capture this sweet family last minute, I couldn’t help it. This little girly might have been quick, but I was faster!!!
A Brantford engagement session with such soft light was absolute perfection!
Christmas photos have to be taken and I knew you’d all love to see that I can actually arrange a bigger family. I get a little crazy when I have to get the attention of the kids, though!!!
Spending a little time with the Gals that Brunch in Brantford was a night well spent!
More mini sessions! This time at the VandeKlooster Christmas tree farm.
One last newborn session…
A beautiful wedding day in the heart of Toronto. Dreams came true on this day!!!
When I saw this space, I knew I had to get this photo. Talk about a breathtaking bride…
And that’s it! Thank you for scrolling all the way down…
I’m in Vancouver for this couple’s wedding day, and I couldn’t be more excited to show you these photos I captured at today’s Vancouver Engagement Session Cleveland Dam. This isn’t going to be a long emotional post about how amazing these two people are, because that will come with their wedding blog next week. All you need to know is that their wedding day is going to be amazing and I’m so excited! It’ll be the first wedding shooting with Carrie Nickerson from Cnic Photography, and while I will definitely miss my hubby, I know she’s got my back. Check back next week for more gorgeous photos of these two, this time in a tux and gown!
This joy-filled Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music wedding was definitely one of the highlights of the month, and that’s saying something! From the amazing work done by Melody and Jen to the gorgeous creamy bouquets by The Wild Sage; this wedding was an absolute dream to photograph. Being allowed to photograph the little touches like the handwritten letters from Aaron to Hannah meant so much to me. It was obvious from all those details that Hannah and Aaron’s relationship is about so much more than love. There is a connection between these two that I cannot express. It was that way about the whole, day. Just let me tell you their story…
On November 19, 2016, God decided that it was time for these two to meet. And it was a thing as simple as a young man holding the door open for his father that made Hannah take notice. He let his father through the door first and it was that moment… Love at first sight might be an exaggeration, but it was close. Hannah and Aaron met at that function and got to talking. And if you know these two and their ability to debate, you’ll know exactly what that means. From that day on, many an email and even handwritten and illustrated letters were exchanged. It wasn’t long before they couldn’t imagine their lives without each other.
This past summer, Aaron proposed to the love of his live and it was no surprise that she said yes. The past few years have not always been easy, but it was with the help of God that this journey culminated into the start of a new chapter. And that took place on this gorgeous winter day in Toronto. Hannah was finishing up her exams in the weeks leading up to this big day, and Aaron started as a chaplain for the city of London. All these changes and stresses has made it necessary for them to give the success of their wedding day over to God. It wasn’t easy, and there were many messages exchanged between me and this gorgeous bride, ensuring that their day went off without a hitch. And that it did.
The moment that Hannah first saw Aaron was carefully planned, with the stunning stone wall of the church behind them. As she called his name, and Aaron turned around to look at his bride, the few members of the intimate wedding party that were witnessed were not the only ones tearing up. It was an emotional moment, but then Aaron broke the tension by going down on one knee. That had us all laughing.
Before the ceremony began, as photographers we always try to meet all the parents. All four of these sweet people couldn’t have been more excited about this moment in time; especially as it was the first child in both families to get married. Hannah made such a profound statement as she walked down the aisle, and Aaron was quick to reach for her hand as she arrived at the altar. After a simple message of the importance of forgiveness by Pastor…, it was time. In this gorgeous church in the middle of Toronto, Hannah and Aaron looked each other in the eye as they said their vows. The church was utterly silent. They understood the importance and holiness of the moment. If ever any two took this moment for what it really was, an oath before God and man, it was these two.
And when it was all over, and the new Mr. and Mrs. Vegh were walking out of church, Hannah couldn’t help but let out some of the elation about what had just happened. Well wishers hugged and laughed, and the solemnity of the occasion was only outdone by the sheer joy of it!
The rest of the day was a blur, from their family photos to the time we realized we actually had access to the Royal Conservatory of Music (it was short-lived because of a misunderstanding, but nonetheless Hannah’s dreams came true). Dusk came early and before we knew it, we were enjoying a delicious meal at the Ramada Inn. The beautifully decorated hall was filled with all the people who loved Hannah and Aaron as much as vice versa. The speeches were filled with moments that showed how much the newlyweds meant to all their guests.
The final song to be sung at this Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music Wedding was Hannah’s favourite, and as we’d been having a stressful week of our own at home with a hospital admission of our youngest, it was no surprise that even the photographer (me) was tearing up at the lyrics. I can honestly not think of a better way to end this blog post than some of the words to that song. Hannah and Aaron, I hope you may always know of God’s faithfulness. Your wedding day went above and beyond your expectations, as you mentioned in your speech. We hope that with God’s help, your marriage may be the same way. We truly believe that your lives will be used to the glorification of God and hope that we will get to see what the future holds for you!!!
Great is thy faithfulness, great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning, new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.
Toronto does happen to be one of my favourite cities to shoot in, it has so many gorgeous locations! HERE is another stunning Toronto wedding.
The Vendor Team
Dress | David’s Bridal
Shoes | Browns Shoes London
Bridesmaid Dresses | The Bay
Florals | The Wild Sage
Hair | Melody Rose Schulenberg of Melody Rose Makeup Artistry
Makeup | Jennifer Buitenwerf of Melody Rose Makeup Artistry
Invitations | Vistaprint
Venue | Ramada Inn Plaza & The Royal Conservatory of Music
It was a cold snowy day, and I was thankful to be inside with this stunning family of three. Photographed inside a newly renovated bungalow, this Norwich lifestyle newborn session just captured everything that there is to love about a brand new baby. It is hard to imagine that there are any parents out there more in love with their little one then Jolene and Peter. Especially daddy was excited to hold his little man.
Arriving a few days before his due date, but weighing in at around nine-and-a-half pounds, he’s quite the solid little guy. And alert! His eyes were so big and it was amazing to see him take in the world around him. It’s quite something, getting to know this whole new life outside of mama’s tummy, if you think about it!
Jolene and Peter, I’m going to keep this short. You are so blessed to be parents of Brendan and I couldn’t be more honoured to have gotten to capture this new chapter of your life as parents. Wishing you God’s blessing as you learn all the ins and outs of parenting together.
The following part is always my favourite of a newborn session; getting to see how the new parents interact with their baby. There was a South African theme that was prevalent through the whole home. It was a perfect background for this Norwich lifestyle newborn session. Another lifestyle newborn session that I captured a few months ago can be seen HERE
It was a super cold November day, just after the first snow of the season had fallen. Emily and Dan laughed as they strolled along the Grand River at their Lorne Park, Brantford engagement session. I have to say that the way these two enjoyed their session even made me forget the freezing temperatures for a while. These two avid sports fans were up for absolutely anything, and I’m just so grateful that they made the long drive to meet me in Brantford.
Dan proposed on the evening that the Raptors won their big game, and Emily didn’t even hesitate. If any two people are made for each other, it’s these two. Dan was up for all the tickling. And Emily was willing to let him have his fun for these adorable pictures. Emily and Dan both love sports, albeit different ones, so there is always a game on at their house. The ring on Emily’s finger is proof that opposites attract; in this case, it’s cause for a lot of back and forth fun and games.
Walking beside the rushing Grand River, there was not much greenery left to enjoy. There had been a little snow, and we’ve had loads more since. But on Saturday, Emily and Dan were definitely the feature on the bank. The fresh air that comes with cooler temperatures just made the world feel clean and it was so obvious that a new season is upon us. This season of engagement for Emily and Dan is only going to last another six months, before I will see them again at their stunning La Salle Park wedding. I know they’re definitely enjoying it, and I’m just thrilled to think that the next time I see them it will be starting to warm up again. Then again, I think they are even more excited for warm weather than me, and that’s hard to imagine (for me).
We did manage to find a little bit of fall left at this Lorne Park Brantford engagement session on the side of Ballantyne Drive, and that made my photographer heart very happy! The bright fall colours were the perfect backdrop to these two sweet people. We might have had an audience for most of that time, but it made it all the funnier. And it made me work faster, which meant that all three of us could get out of the cold temperatures sooner.
Emily and Dan, thank you two so much for sticking with me on Saturday; I absolutely am in love with these photos of you two! It so totally fits the way I see you two. I can’t wait to get to know you even better over the next six months. Before we know it, your wedding day will be here and you’ll be dressed in white, Emily! And Dan, you’ll get to see her walking up the aisle. While I’m super excited for May, I’m sure that you two are even more so. It’s going to be an amazing day with your loved ones. And at the end of the day, you’ll be Mr. & Mrs. Eeeeek! Wishing you all the best as you prepare for that day; with each other by your side it’s sure going to be a competitive, yet fun, journey.
I don’t often photograph newborns anymore as there are so many amazing options in my local area. After this amazing Ancaster, Hamilton lifestyle newborn session, though, I’m so in love! And not just in love with this stunning home, but also with this amazing family, especially baby Connor.
Trevor and Deanna are so excited to welcome Connor William into their home and his adorable nursery. He arrived a little late and already has had many friends and family members doting on him. It was such a sweet time spending a few hours with a squishy little baby and his wonderful parents. Deanna, you’re already such a loving mama, and Trevor; I’m not sure I’ve seen such a doting dad who took on the protective role so quickly. It was so amazing getting to know you, and I hope you love these photos of your Ancaster, Hamilton lifestyle newborn session as much as I do!
It’s been almost a year since my last newborn session, which was of my sweet little nephew. See that HERE!