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We're Dianne and Bertus. Welcome to our blog! We're a wedding photography team based in Southwestern Ontario, and we love meeting people in every stage of life. We have to admit that love stories are our favourite. If they have a little mystery with it, even better! We'd love it if you'd grab a great glass of wine (Malbec, just like us?), snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that we've been up to lately. Go see what there is to know about this amazing DVI community. If you want to learn more about us and our story...

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based in Southwestern Ontario, and we love meeting people in every stage of life. We have to admit that love stories are our favourite. If they have a little mystery with it, even better! We'd love it if you'd grab a great glass of wine (Malbec, just like us?), snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that we've been up to lately. Go see what there is to know about this amazing DVI community. If you want to learn more about us and our story...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...

A Princeton Summer Wedding | Natasha & Jordan

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It wasn’t just the beautiful light as Jordan kissed Natasha during their first dance at this Princeton backyard wedding, and it wasn’t just the way he looked at her. It was everything from the little baby they’re expecting, the circle of friends and family surrounding them, and the new rings on their fingers.

MEET THE KOREVAARS

You first met Natasha and Jordan at THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION almost two years ago. They had the coveted wedding date of June 20, 2020. We were all pretty devastated when the decision had to be made to postpone to this year. They’ve kept busy during that crazy year and have started making their house a home. They will be welcoming a baby boy earthside just over a month from now!

Natasha and Jordan have known each other since they started Kindergarten, and my goodness, has their lives taken some interesting turns to bring them to their beautiful Princeton wedding day. After dating and being engaged for a few years now, they now start their lives as husband and wife. And as mommy and daddy. From jumping from the bridge into the Nith river only a few years ago to their lives in a beautiful country property near Norwich. We just cannot wait to see what the future holds for them!

ELEGANCE IN THE COUNTRY

We couldn’t have imagined how well they would pull the entire event together when Jordan and Natasha mentioned that they were going to have a country backyard wedding. From pretty flowers and beautiful hairpiece to the Wiser’s bottles that were used as centerpieces along with lightbulbs with the table numbers; there were touches that meant much to each of them. Look no further than this wedding to start your search for inspiration if you are looking for a way to have a country wedding with an elegant feel. From the simplistic invitations with elements of wood, to the beautiful scenery at their portrait location… We just cannot put it into words. It was an absolute joy to photograph.

After having spent a fun morning with all her sweet friends, the moment had arrived. There were few dry eyes as Natasha was walked up the aisle by her mother. Jordan couldn’t help but beam as he saw his gorgeous bride walking up to meet him. The large wedding party couldn’t be anything but thrilled that this day had finally arrived! Jordan is the first man to officially join Natasha’s family, so there was a special cause for celebration. There were some empty places that were deeply felt on this important day. Touches, such as a beautiful charm on the bouquet, meant no one important was forgotten.

A BIG HAPPY DO

After all the things to make it official; kiss and signatures, etc., it was such a joy to just be part of this incredible family and their special day together. Relatives that hadn’t seen each other in over a year were thrilled to be able to hug and catch up. Jordan and Natasha must have been pinching themselves after a while. To have such a wonderful and joyous Princeton wedding day together in the midst of what’s been so uncertain was certainly a blessing to us. We can believe it was even more so for them! Family portraits always fly by when we make it fun.

Before we knew it, we were at a beautiful country estate, capturing what’s been our largest wedding party so far. And boy, did they make it fun! We love wedding parties of any size. However, when almost everyone knows each other and has for years, it can get very interesting. Each and every single wedding party member made their love for these two abundantly clear. We believe it is very evident in the photos, as well.

A COUNTRY RECEPTION

After a very quick visit from the bride and groom to her grandfather who was in a retirement home, dinner was served. We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. We love a fine dining experience when we get one, but on a day such as this one, nothing hits the spot like a good burger or bun with pulled pork, great salads, and delectable cupcakes. The beautiful cake made by the groom’s aunt was almost as beautiful as it was delicious. All in all, a good country wedding always comes with the best food.

Jordan and Natasha’s first dance was sweet, and the best part came when all the guests joined in on the fun. It wasn’t long before it was time to say goodbye, and we had such a hard time. I think the longer we would have stayed, the tougher it would have become.

Families Hall-St.Clair and Korevaar, you made us feel so incredibly welcome and loved. We absolutely loved getting to know you and were honoured to be part of the wedding of your son/daughter/brother/sister. Jordan and Natasha, words fall short of how much capturing your beautiful Princeton wedding meant to us. We just hope you are thrilled with all the memories you made that we got to capture. We wish you so much love and joy in your future, and cannot wait to hear your baby news. Here’s hoping we’ll stay in touch; we know we’re going to miss you!

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The Vendor Team

Dress | Pink Blush Maternity
Suit | Moores
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Hair | Savage Studios
Makeup | Josee Doan
Florals | Zehrs
Invitations | Vistaprint
Cowboy Boots | Keleher’s
Rings | Peoples Jewellers
Officiant | Bill Judge
Cake | Corina Langeveld
Tent Rental | Drumbo Tent

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A Stunning Cloudy Burnaby Wedding | Nadia & Christian

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Ending the day with their toes in the sand, laughing as the stress of the day waned away the more beautiful the sunset became, Nadia and Christian were in the afterglow of their Burnaby wedding day. It couldn’t already be over, could it?

THE ORIGIN OF THE STORY

We met Christian and Nadia first at another wedding. He happened to be the best man. And we were only lucky enough to photograph THAT VANCOUVER WEDDING because Emily happened to be the maid of honour in another wedding we were so blessed to capture. Amazingly enough, we were able to meet up with Emily and Mark and to be introduced to their little man, Joseph. We can only hope that we impacted someone, maybe a wedding party member or a guest (even though it was a very intimate wedding), so that we can continue this trend.

Christian and Nadia first met on an international trip east, and it didn’t take long before their romance blossomed and they couldn’t imagine their lives without the other. We’ve heard some incredible stories. We can’t even imagine what it would be like to fall in love in a world so rich in history. They’ve both done their share of travelling before they met and since, but from this moment on, they will have each other by their side for all the important trips.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN BURNABY

While all week on vacation it had been in the cooler temps, we were super excited that the weather was warmer on Saturday. Although, truthfully, nothing felt warmer than the welcome we received from both Christian and Nadia’s families. The Kontagiannis home was newly built with the help of Nadia’s father. All through the house, their Greek roots showed. We made sure to include that sense of family and warm hospitality as well as the Greek style into their blog post. After all, rosemary is the basis of many Greek recipes, right?

WAITING AT THE CHAPEL

Christian was waiting with all the built up anticipation. Facing away from the entrance to the church. Waiting till the moment when he’d know his father-in-law had brought his bride to him. And when that moment arrived, the smile did not leave his face until the after the official ceremony started. We’ve never photographed a Greek Orthodox wedding before, and what a treat. The rich heritage from the customs that are held to throughout the entire ceremony was evident. And the importance of them to the couple even more so. After the ceremonial walk and the benediction and the blessing, they were officially Mr. and Mrs. Vela!

One of Nadia’s biggest wishes was to have the biggest and craziest rice throwing after the ceremony. While impending rain moved their ceremony indoors, limiting the number of guests, her dream was fulfilled. It is not a suprise that we kept finding those white little nuggets in her hair, her bouquet, and their car. And every single time it reminded her of that very special moment.

TOURING VANCOUVER

After their lunch at Seasons in the Park and family photos in Queen Elizabeth Park, we said goodbye to the majority of the guests. For the rest of this gorgeous day we enjoyed traveling from place to place, capturing all the beauty that Vancouver had to offer. From the gorgeous tall trees lining Imperial Drive to the mountains in the background of the UBC Rose Garden… Especially the tranquil silence at Camosun Bog, an escape in the middle of the city was such a treat. There was no better choice than to end at Spanish Banks, with our toes in the sand. Twirling as the sun was setting behind them, we can’t imagine what was going on in the mind of these two at the end of such an incredible day. All we could think was how grateful we were that these two amazing and beautiful people, inside and out, chose us to capture this incredible wedding day.

Nadia and Christian, you’re back from your honeymoon by now. You’re officially husband and wife, has it started feeling real yet? We couldn’t be more excited to watch you pledge your love to one another. We wish you God’s blessing in your future together. And who knows, maybe your beautiful wedding day will lead to another wedding where we will see you again. We sure would be excited!!!

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The Vendor Team

Bride’s Dress | Lisa’s Bridal
Men’s Suits | Debonair
Bridesmaid Dresses | Aritzia
Hair & Makeup | Mink
Shoes | Jimmy Choo
Rings | Anzi Gems
Florals | Budget Blooms & Flower Shop Burnaby

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Oxford County Countryside Spring Wedding | Kristen & André

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Between the glowy dawn and the golden sunset about 15 hours later, there was a gorgeous bride in a lace dress, a handsome groom, and a moment where they became husband and wife at this beautiful Oxford County wedding.

ALL THE DETAILS

When I first arrived at Kristen’s family home, there was so much excitement in the air. The bond between the girls could be felt, and Kristen’s sweet mama was busy making sure that the day would go off without a hitch, preparing a delicious lunch. This Oxford County wedding day was a pleasantly warm one, perfect to photograph all the details outside! And if you’ve seen Kristen’s ring from THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION, you’d know I was excited to photograph that again! From a very dainty spring invitation suite to the florals that Melanie so generously provided for me to use, this first hour of the day was a perfect way to get a good idea of how to photograph the rest of the day. Bertus spent a small hour with the gentlemen at the couple’s new home, and before long both bride and groom were ready for their first look.

AT THE INN

We can’t imagine the butterflies as Kristen walked up to her groom. We can’t even comprehend the excitement as André turned around to see his bride. There she was, in a gorgeous lace ballgown, looking prettier than she’d ever looked. (We have trouble wrapping our minds around that one, as Kristen just exudes beauty, inside and out, and everyone notices.) It took a few moments before André gathered his words and got over the initial wow factor. We completely understand.

The grounds at Elm Hurst Inn were aglow in the spring sunshine. As we started photographing their bride and groom portraits, the initial nerves wore off, and these two were as easy to photograph as they were at their engagement session. The bridal party just looked like perfection, but their laughter was more memorable than anything. We enjoy spending time with every wedding party. All the members of this one happened to know one another, which really made it a blast.

 FROM HEREON TILL FOREVER

After the delicious lunch prepared by Kristen’s mom, the entire clan headed to the ceremony. Where they had hoped to have their wedding in their church, that was not made possible. Thankfully, an outdoor option had been made available. Kristen and André made their vows with such deep conviction, that it brought us back to our wedding day. Especially during this uncertain time, it was incredibly wonderful that the entire immediate family was able to gather together and be part of this important day.

After the family portraits (that just flew by, thanks to Bert’s help as always), we spent a little more time with the entire bridal party at another outdoor location, after which the couple went to greet the Groom’s grandparents. Being part of those special moments just makes our day, and it’s so excited to capture those little moments (even though they’re not all shared in this blog post.)

AN EVENING TOGETHER

After all the portraits were captured, the couple headed to a private location for a delicious dinner prepared by Dora’s Catering. After a busy day, what more could one want than a burger and poutine? We’re not joking, this dinner was such a treat at the end of a beautiful wedding day, and it fitted the couple to perfection. Hannah and Craig, another sweet DVI couple, were the best table-mates, and it was wonderful to catch up with them during dinner. Quality time together was the main goal for André and Kristen. We believe that the instruction-less lego sets, cute programs, and great speeches were the main contributing factors. Grandparents and teenagers alike were involved in fitting together little lego pieces to make up a mysterious design. Some tables might have cheated and Googled the instructions, but the evening was fun nonetheless.

From the moment we first received Kristen and André’s inquiry we knew this would be a special one. These two are part of our Dutch community. Kristen also works at the school where Bertus also worked for 11 years. I left our consultation with so much excitement, and we’ve loved every moment that we got to spend with these two. We can see the love they have for each other. But also for their loved ones, their community, and for God. Kristen and André, your marriage is a few weeks old. We wish you God’s blessing for the next 50 or more years together. Only God knows how long, but it’s evident to everyone around you how strong your marriage will be. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the opportunity to serve you. We cannot wait to see what God has in store for you!

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The Vendor Team

First Look & Pre-Ceremony Portraits Venue | Elm Hurst Inn
Hair | Hair by Sarah Beeke
Dresses | Sew Stylish Wedding Works
Men’s Suits | Stars & Strauss
Florals | Twigs Florals
Rings | JH Young Jewellers
Invitations | Sylvia Verhey
Decor | Wedding Connections

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A Glowy Winter Cambridge Mill Wedding | Bijou & Josh

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What could be better than having spring weather on a winter wedding day at the beautiful Cambridge Mill, with TWO OUTFITS!!! Please, tell us, because we can’t think of anything!

This is a continuation of the last stunning blog post (see that HERE), and I think this is the most beautiful part! Not just because of the fact that it was at a stunning location, but the fact that Bijou and Josh had not just one absolutely gorgeous classic wedding outfit. They also added in the most stunning African outfits. All in all, they were a joy to photograph, no surprise.

WINTER GLOW

Who knew that winter days could be so stunning? We’re not talking about sparkling snow. We’re talking about bare trees and no greenery. We know it’s the light. There is something about the clean air in the winter that’s not weighed down with the humidity of the summer. It’s fresh. Clean. And filled with the promise of new life! And it was the perfect day for these two. In fact, they made it glow even brighter with their happiness and love. If this day needed any more brightness, it was there, coming right out of Bijou and Josh at their Cambridge Mill Wedding.

TRUE HAPPINESS

Josh and Bijou were so happy exploring the beautiful property of Cambridge Mill. Their beautiful traditional outfits looked epic, but when their African dress came out, it was everything they promised it would be and more! Him in his handsome blue suit and Bijou’s stunning gold attire… Well, we were speechless. As Bijou popped the champagne, Josh just couldn’t keep his eyes off of her. It was like his life was full when she was in it, but now that they were married, he was just overflowing. Complete. And so was she.

Elopements, or intimate weddings as we call them, don’t have to be quick. They can be relaxed. Family affairs. A bigger bang for your buck, or a money-saving option. Josh and Bijou’s big day just made it so clear that the options are endless. They chose to focus on their venue, food, family, and photos (lucky for us!) It was everything that we hope for at every wedding. And they did it just right.

Bijou and Josh, we are so grateful that you are in our lives. Your joy, spontaneity, and love for life has taught us a thing or two. We hope that all your dreams that you shared with us come true. We wish you nothing but the most amazing life together. You might have tough days, but at the end of the day, you have each other. Cherish each other. Remember that there is only one of you and one of the other. God had this plan for you, and it’s all working out. We can’t wait what he has planned for your future! Sending you so much love!!!

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Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Wedding | Bijou & Josh

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Big weddings are definitely something we’re missing right now, but we have to admit that intimate weddings, like this Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory wedding, have a special part of our hearts!

LOVE IS NOT CANCELLED

Josh and Bijou have become sweet friends of ours since the first time we met them at Ali & Evan’s elopement. The genuine love these two have for each other and for their friends and family is just incredible. We’ve been so blessed to have all these incredible couples as clients (and friends), and Josh and Bijou are no exception. As photographers, we often quickly become invested in our couples love story and their journey towards their big day. All we want for them is for their big day to be perfect; the way they’d always imagined! And that’s what happened for Bijou and Josh. Even amidst all the uncertainty of the world that we’re living in!

TROPICS IN THE WINTER

The day started slightly cool and misty, at the beautiful Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. While it was an early spring day outside, it felt like we were in the tropics inside. There is no better place to get married in a Canadian winter than in an indoor botanical garden. Out of the dry cold, and into the gorgeous, luscious greenery, that reminds us of a warm Florida summer day. Bijou was a breath of fresh air, like always, and she was almost as excited as we were. Okay, maybe she was more excited. We were just so thrilled to be back, doing what we love with people we love even more.

The moment that these two set eyes on each other for the first time on their wedding day did not disappoint. Josh was probably not expecting such a wedding-style wedding dress, but it suited her to perfection. Bijou and Josh walked the last half of the aisle together, signifying that they were going into this day and new life together. Their vows were casual, yet intimate. Incredibly meaningful, for sure!

ALL THE BUTTERFLIES

After all the papers were signed, it is custom to release some butterflies. They were slightly dozy, but yet it was such a special moment. I’m pretty sure everyone had butterflies at some point of the day. Portrait time is always our favourite, and as our time was so limited in the building, we made sure that every capture was epic in its own way. Their engagement session was gorgeous, but it was nothing like this stunning Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory wedding. And the best part? This isn’t even all of the photos of their gorgeous wedding day! For the remainder of their wedding, which was captured at Cambridge Mill, keep your eyes out for next week’s blog post! We couldn’t be more excited to share!!!

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Toronto Lakeshore Wedding | Sara & Mitch

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The cold and windy weather could not take away even an ounce of joy as these two became husband and wife at this gorgeous Toronto Lakeshore Wedding.

Sara and Mitch’s engagement session was only a few short months ago. WOW, did they both show the complete opposite sides of Canada’s climate! While September was golden, glowy and warm, December was bitterly cold with the wind whipping everything into disarray. However, both times Sara and Mitch’s love was more than evident, which was the highlight again last week Saturday!

DEDICATED TO EACH OTHER

If there would be a picture by the word “dedication” in the dictionary, it would be one of these two looking at each other. After God, these two mean everything to each other. And that shines through in all their actions and words; it’s not just their “ideal”. To know Sara and Mitch is to love them, and I was so grateful that I got to be part of this (second) most important day in their lives.

Shortly before Mitch met Sara, his life changed forever. As he adopted Christianity into his life, everything changed for him. Then he met this gorgeous beauty. It wasn’t long before they knew that they were meant to spend the rest of their lives together. Mitch followed Sara to Sherbrooke as the world was shutting down this past year. Being so involved in the Dakin’s daily life allowed him to learn even more, especially from his pastor father-in-law. And Mitch’s character allows him to be honest and upfront, which has even impacted our family life. It is truly amazing when clients are able to make you better people; it makes us so grateful for couples like Mitch and Sara.

WINTER WEDDING

This Toronto Lakeshore wedding day started at the church. Mitch and Sara both got ready on location for their first time seeing each other on their wedding day. Sara was surrounded by her closest of friends. Mitch was so grateful to have his family in attendance. Sara truly stunned in her simple Piondress Gown, and with the florals from The Wild Sage, she looked nothing short of a princess. Her father, who had shed a tear or two as he first saw his daughter, led her to her new husband. As he was also the pastor, he got to do the honour of both asking who gave Sara to Mitch, and giving the gorgeous bride away with his wife.

There were so many moments that were made so special in this way. Those who were watching the live feed were able to enjoy all the special moments. As her father pronounced them husband and wife, the excitement for the first kiss could not have been more evident on Sara’s face! Memories of their engagement session started flooding back as they started singing the doxology together. (That September evening had a particularly beautiful sky, causing Sara and Mitch to break out in song to glorify God, their Maker.)

RUNNING OFF TOGETHER

Mitch and Sara made every part of their ceremony special in their own way. Their unique characters really came out as Sara jumped into Mitch’s arms and he spirited her off back up the aisle. Truly a moment of joy and happiness for the new Mr. and Mrs. Gilboy. Due to the weather, we were limited in the amount of time we could spend capturing this sweet couple outdoors. However, each moment was filled with laughter, and the cold didn’t matter as the memories made were so precious.

Dearest Sara and Mitch, even though we weren’t both able to be there to capture your beautiful big day, these wishes are from both of us. We wish you God’s blessing as you start this amazing new part of your lives together. We hope and pray that it may be everything you hoped it was. And as your vows stated, that you may be there for each other through the ups and the downs. We have learned great things from the two of you. We cannot wait to see how you grow so we can continue learning. Wishing you an enjoyable honeymoon, and we can’t wait for the big party next year so we can see you again!

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Fairytale Hamilton Engagement Session | Bijou & Josh

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Strolling around the gorgeous grounds of historic Dundurn Castle in the fall is always a pleasure, and with Bijou and Josh in front of my lens at this Hamilton engagement session, we all felt as though we were in a fairytale.

Built in the 1800’s, the Italianate-style villa is the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813. You can almost feel the weight of its history when you stand right in front of its gorgeous pillars and look up. Added later in the decade, the Coach House is very different than the main building, and yet it perfectly complements it! Dundurn Castle is also a beautiful option for your wedding, it can suit up to 120 guests! Both of Bijou & Josh’s outfits worked so well at this location, but I have to be honest that their formal outfits were my favourite.

Immediately Taken

Bijou and Josh met when she was technically “his boss” but not quite (that’s a private joke there). They met early one day in the lunchroom while she was waiting for her interview. His smile was the most genuine and pure that she’d seen in a long time. He was so taken with her that he went to get coffee four times in the next hour. And didn’t drink any of them. A gentleman to the core, he waited for weeks before he took the chance to ask her for her number. And the rest is history, they say!

When Josh proposed with a GORGEOUS purple sparkler, the ring of her dreams, it was only confirmation that they were perfect for each other. Not too much later, the couple decided that he would also wear an engagement ring during their engagement. I think it’s actually a lovely idea, and I know it’s common practice in the Netherlands, where I come from. There the couple actually decides together when they will get engaged, and keep the date a secret from their family until it happens. Western engagements, where the man goes down on one knee, are still my favourite, however! Josh and Bijou just happened to get the best of both worlds.

Dressed for Love

This unseasonably warm fall day Bijou still got all the fall colour she’d hoped for. We had to reschedule from an earlier rain date, and I’m so glad we did! We started our session with Bijou and Josh in the most gorgeous outfits. Bijou was wearing a gorgeous Fashion Nova design, and she looked and felt like a princess. Josh dressed up very well also, and couldn’t keep his eyes off of her. The light, the castle, the fall colours and then these two; everything felt like a fairytale.

The second outfit was a gentle homage to his passion; music. They looked like superstars, and the guitar was the perfect touch. Josh even took the opportunity to teach Bijou a little more about the guitar, and my heart just filled when I saw them interracting. It’s nice to see that true gentle love in a couple that we get to work with, we’re just the luckiest photographers in the world

Planning their Future

We met Bijou and Josh at Ali and Evan’s elopement and again at Virginia and Dave’s intimate wedding. Intimate events seem to be a theme, so we’re super excited that these two are planning an intimate butterfly conservatory elopement for March. Planning their big day together with them is proving to be so much fun; it’s really lovely to get to know all of our couples during this process. Bijou and Josh, we are so blessed to know you and are excited that your wedding is less than 6 months away! If this Hamilton engagement session is any indication, it’s going to be the best day!

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Dresses | Fashion Nova
Makeup | Marked by Carm
Venue | Dundurn Castle

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Toronto Island Engagement Session | Robyn & Ryan

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A windblown engagement session with some of the best views that Toronto and Toronto Island has to offer. Exploring the city and the islands with these two was way more fun than we could have anticipated…

Robyn was at the airport anxiously awaiting the arrival of her new love interest, Ryan. As she saw him come through those doors, she lost all her reservations. Her eyes only on him, she ran into his arms as fast as she could. They shared their first kiss right there in the middle of the arrivals hall, to the cheers of other travellers. Who could have known that only a month after first chatting with Ryan, she was so confident that he was the one? Who could have known that all the moments that had happened in her lives had led up to this meeting? And who could have known that it felt so right, immediately from the start? No, Bertus or I was not present at this moment, but it is just such a good story, we couldn’t help but share it.

A Chance Meeting

Robyn and Ryan “met” while playing an online game. At first, Robyn thought that Ryan was a girl. Even though their first hour was spent arguing (not sure if anyone remembers why), it didn’t take long before Robyn thought to herself that this girl was going to be her new best friend! Not too long after that it became apparent that Ryan was not, in fact, a girl. Both of them felt that something special had just happened, so numbers were exchanged. Robyn, being from Prince Edward Island, was quite intrigued by this young and handsome Ontarian.

Within a month, Ryan decided to check out flights to PEI, and somehow “accidentally” purchased one. As his father drove him to the airport, he was begging Ryan to reconsider. He believed deep down that something wasn’t quite right, and his parents wanted the safe return of their son. Well, now his parents couldn’t be more thrilled with their new daughter-in-law, and we can see why! That first embrace in the airport has led us to this moment. Robyn moved to Ontario only a few months later. Now this accountant and this early childhood educator are engaged and looking ahead towards one of the best years of their lives.

Exploring Toronto

The weather might have been cold and windy. However, from the start I knew that these two were going to create absolutely magic in front of my lens at this Toronto Island engagement session. While waiting for them to arrive, I’d found a gorgeous city street that encompassed everything there is to love about Toronto in the fall. Beautiful trees that were starting to turn colour. Gorgeous and impressive skyscrapers that made Robyn’s cityscape-loving-heart smile. And then, of course; these two! We spent a little time in this gorgeous sheltered side street, and Ryan and Robyn, like every DVI couple, trusted my guidance and vision completely.

We made our way to the ferry (with some obstacles, but they made for some great memories). As the ferry started to pull away from the mainland, this “country-girl who loves the city lights” (yep, that’s me) just couldn’t believe I was living in this moment. Getting to spend so much quality time with such a sweet couple in an epic location. I really, REALLY love this thing you might call a job. For me, it’s so much more than that, but anyway, that’s not what this blog post is about!

As the fall colours and the cityscape competed with each other in the background, the clear winners were Robyn and Ryan. Robyn just loves being close to her fiancé, and she used that to her advantage. He didn’t mind one bit! We had the chance to get to know Robyn and Ryan at our first annual DVI gala already, as well as their consultation. This session trumped all of those, however, so we can’t even describe how excited we are for their wedding day.

Coming Home

As we took the ferry back to the mainland, our hearts were even more overcome. Not just by how epic the session had been, but even more so the Toronto skyline by night. It definitely competed with the starry night, and the CN tower took center stage as we neared solid ground. Ryan and Robyn, we can’t even begin to tell you how blessed we are that you took us to Toronto for your engagement session. Yes, there were some bumps in the road, but if we look back at this year, I guess there have been worse. We’re so excited to see what this year brings for you. As you start your family (oh, did we forget to mention that these two have a surprise baby on the way???) and continue planning your big day, we’re so grateful to be part of the entire journey. Wishing you God’s blessing and true happiness with each other and in Him.

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Makeup | Alyson Elizabeth MUA
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October 31, 2020

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A Sunny Autumn Ancaster Mill Wedding | Alexis & Clayton

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How lucky can you get in October, when your Ancaster Mill wedding day is warm, filled with autumn colour and golden sun? That is was in the air when we gathered to celebrate Alexis & Clayton on a gorgeous summer day.

Clayton’s nerves and excitement was palpable. She was so near him, and he had only to turn around to see his gorgeous bride. The waterfall was roaring right beside him. He heard her voice and turned to see… Alexis. His almost-wife, his best friend, and the love of his life. Within a few strides she was in his arms, and both their eyes filled with tears. It was good that he’d come prepared for it with some facial tissue in his pocket. After so many years as being the most important person in each other’s life, and they would finally get to call each other their spouse. They couldn’t have been more ready!

At the end of this fall season, in Ontario, Ancaster Mill was awash in the most gorgeous colours that Canadian autumns have to offer. The historic venue was the perfect backdrop for the biggest day of Alexis & Clayton’s lives; their wedding!

A Photographer’s Dream

This Ancaster Mill wedding day started at Alexis’ parents picturesque Burlington home. We felt so incredibly blessed as we got to use all the natural, soft light that this house had to offer. Buddy, the family dog, was lounging around, enjoying the attention from all the ladies. The amazing team from Candice Jones Hairstyling & Makeup worked their magic as the 5 bridesmaids enjoyed delicate tea sandwiches with champagne. The style and architecture in the Harrisons’ living room was a photographer’s dream. Along with the lighting it allowed us to capture some unforgettable memories that you can see below.

Clayton and the guys were super relaxed as they got ready at the Marriott in Hamilton. They enjoyed beer and champagne as Bertus captured some details. Being ready perfectly on time, the gents headed outside to be met with a limo that was just pulling up.  The driver greeted them, and they all got into the back. Flash forward 5 minutes later, one of the groomsmen figured out they were heading very much the wrong way! The benefit? An interesting tour of Hamilton. Thankfully they made it to the right limo, and to the right location, where the girls were waiting for them.

Ancaster Mill is best explained as a historic place of pride of the community, with modern touches to bring it to the 21st century. Alexis and Clayton chose to have their first look in front of the dam. Just as it was about to happen the light shifted to favour us. The videographer and the two of us were able to capture this beautiful moment from all angles, and as we were editing, we just couldn’t stop looking at the two of them. And the love that is so evident on their faces.

Unforgettable Personal Moments

Alexis and Clayton chose to sign their papers before the actual ceremony. This gave them the opportunity to have no waiting time for their guests at the chapel. And to have their dear friend Dylan officiate the ceremony. Dylan, who had the dual role as groomsman and officiant, might have been nervous, but his service was the most intimate and beautiful thing. He himself had shared so many memories with the couple. He was even present at the moment Clayton asked Alexis to be his wife on top of a mountain. The ceremony included so many special people including grandparents that were still able to attend. We absolutely love it when the preceding generations can see their kids and grandkids (and sometimes even great-grandkids) marry the one who captured their soul.

Fall at the Chapel

It was no surprise that we did some portraits inside the wedding chapel at Ancaster Mill, with the gorgeous 6 foot floral display behind them. Those florals were later moved to the head table. Brad from BBBlooms has some serious talent; his designs were such a joy to capture!

Family and wedding party portraits were visited with a sprinkle of rain, but even that couldn’t ruin this gorgeous fall day. It is said that rain is good luck on a wedding day. We’re not sure if Alexis and Clayton needed it. From popping champagne (that ended in a photo where the bubbly actually shaped a heart; you need to scroll down to see it!) to finding some other gorgeous little hideouts at this venue, Alexis and Clayton were up for any guidance and were just so easy to photograph! We truly wish we’d had more time to capture just the two of them at this Ancaster Mill wedding.

The meal was started with prayer by Alexis’ grandfather, and our eyes filled with tears. Not just at the words, but the fact that he sounded so much like Dianne’s grandfather in the Netherlands. It made us miss him so much, but we were so privileged to capture some special moments between him and his granddaughter throughout the evening. The surf and turf at Ancaster Inn is one of the main reasons we hope to go back someday. That and the absolute attention to detail, of course. You can see that in the venue photos we managed to sneak in there.

Family Means Everything

This family felt like our family by the time we left. We especially loved getting to know Clayton’s mom and sisters. We wish we could adopt them right into the family. Truthfully, all of our weddings leave us feeling like family, and they should. If we don’t, we haven’t done a good enough job getting to really know you. And by getting to know Alexis’ family, we have come to see that she’s kind and generous to a fault. And Clayton, well, like his family, he will go out of his way to ensure that everyone feels loved and taken care of. The entire evening was absolutely heartwarming! Even now our hearts are overflowing with thankfulness for clients like these two. With their recent purchase of a new house, we’re sure their home will be filled with decades of joy, blessings and prosperity.

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Videographer | Jenna Mae Turner
Planner | Sparkle and Twine Events
Dress | Truvelle Bridal from Sash and Bustle
Girl Dresses | Azazie Official
Menswear | Eph Apparel
Hair & Makeup | Candice Jones Hairstyling
Rings | Diamond Boi
Invitation Suite | Vistaprint
Florals | BBBlooms
Venue | Ancaster Mill
Cake | Matamiese Cakes
Cookie Favours | Sweet Pea Cookie Co.
Calligraphy | Bon Paper House
Vow Booklets | Our Vows
Styling Mat | Jaime Arlene

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October 30, 2020

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