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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...

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Elegant Toronto Wedding

Elegant Toronto Wedding | Victoria & Jonathan

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As her mother put the final adjustments on Victoria’s veil and train, emotions ran high. Jonathan was only a few steps away. Close enough to touch. As we all stepped back to allow these two their moment, Victoria was visibly shaking with excitement. The little squeal as he started turning around to see her made all of our hearts skip a beat. As our cameras clicked and Jonathan’s eyes first landed on Victoria, everything felt right. The air filled with their excited giggles, they hugged, and Jonathan just couldn’t even believe how beautiful she was. His contagious giggle lifted the gravity of the moment for a short moment.

As their faith is so integral to every part of their relationship, it was the perfect spot for their first look. All the details that Victoria so carefully selected, combined for this elegant Toronto wedding into one perfect, beautiful wedding day. The day they became Mr. and Mrs. Lesarge.

Faith & Fate

Victoria and Jonathan met two years ago when they were both staffers at Queen’s Park. Sparks flew right from the start. Victoria would often use Jonathan’s office for work; she found it was more convenient for her. They got to know each other very well in the time that she spent there. Very early in their relationship, they learned that they shared the importance of their faith, which was an integral piece of what they were each looking for in their forever partner. One of their first dates resulted from Victoria inviting Jonathan to Latin Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Parkdale, Toronto – the church where they would eventually wed. Their engagement session was one for the books, you truly could see the love between the two of them.

The wedding day started at Victoria’s mom’s house. While the hair and makeup artists worked their magic, I got to play with loads of beautiful florals that the florist had provided. If there was ever a florist who made my dreams come true, it was Therese. It’s no wonder she only takes referrals and is very choosy with which weddings to work with. Her work is absolutely astounding!

Thoughtful Details

When Victoria put on her Pronovias gown, I just knew that the wedding day was going to be something I was lucky to witness. She looked absolutely breathtaking! And I told Jonathan that when I first saw him as well. The florals were the absolute icing on the cake.

Victoria & Jonathan were most excited about the portraits which were captured in the church, while catching a break from the Toronto heat. The couple was thrilled to personally welcome each of the grandparents to the ceremony as they entered the church during this time as well.

The kindness of Victoria’s mother extended beyond expectations. She kindly provided lunch for both of us and even brought water to us at the portrait location because of the extreme heat. She was probably the best mother of the bride we’ve ever had the pleasure of being with.

The Wedding

The 1.5 hour ceremony was everything that the couple wished it was. They were still gushing over it hours later. When it’s your own, the wedding happens to mean more than you can ever imagine, and we can say that from experience. Jonathan’s family was so excited to watch him get married. Especially his step-mom has a special place in her heart for him.

At Osgoode Hall, we used the golden light to take more beautiful portraits of Victoria & Jonathan. As the veil floated in the breeze, they went from looking in awe at each other and their rings, to sharing private jokes and giggling uncontrollably. On our walk to and from the portrait location, we even used the traffic and the crosswalks for some epic “Toronto photos”. One TTC driver was very excited to be included in such a special time of their big day, and it made for the perfect background!

The reception at Drake’s Commissary was the perfect end, with delicious food, the perfect ambience, and a very good MC. Activities were limited because of COVID, but the couple had organized a Trivia game including topics about religion and politics, normally very polarizing subjects, but the range of beliefs of the people in the audience made it all the funnier. Jonathan even forgot the last word in the Bible amidst all the fun.

Looking Ahead

Victoria and Jonathan are excited for their future together, and that is very evident. They planned the most amazing honeymoon (even amidst Covid) in Quebec City, and as they shared little tidbits over this last week about their experiences, I can honestly say that I was jealous. But they deserve it! They are moving to Montreal later this year, and made sure that they could spend their big day with as many of their loved ones as possible before that happened.

Victoria and Jonathan, to say that your wedding day was a highlight in our career so far is an understatement. To watch you pledge your love in front of God and your family, and to lock those memories in on digital files for you was more of an honour than we can ever explain. May God bless you and keep you. May He be your guide through the ups and the downs. We wish you nothing but the best in the future, but we know if there are some less-than-best times, you have the perfect person for you standing right by your side and God in your hearts. -xo

 

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The Vendor Team

Dress | Pronovias at Mona Richie Bride
Shoes | Nine West at The Bay
Tux | Andrew’s Formals
Hair | Uno Jo Bridal Hair
Makeup |  Super Fox Makeup
Rings | Tallie Jewelry, Peoples Jewellers and Zen Moissanite
Styling Mat | Thistles & Lavender
Florals | Therese Guidolin
Ceremony | Holy Family Catholic Parish
Reception | Drake Commissionary
Cake | Drake Commissionary
Invitations | Minted

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August 31, 2020

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Sunny Brantford Engagement Session | Cheryl & Stanley

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This sunny Brantford engagement session featured Cheryl & Stanley. They initially met at a Brantford volleyball drop in. Cheryl used to drive in with some other guys from Oakville and Stanley had to check with them that she wasn’t going with one of them before he asked her on a date. It was romantic in a way she wasn’t used to. And she was jealous of his spikes. They’re so goofy together and just really admire one another. They bring out the best in each other, you know it’s going to last forever.

 

STUNNING & SIMPLE

When they arrived at their engagement session, my first thought was they had arrived in their second outfit. I always recommend starting in the more casual option, and then halfway we change to the dressy option. Cheryl was wearing a gorgeous floral flowy dress, which suited her to perfection. Stanley didn’t want to look away. They were extremely nervous but it only took 5 minutes and me showing a few photos from the back of my camera and they relaxed.

Their second outfit was a beautiful soft pink dress and a button up shirt and slacks. These suited them to perfection. We also snuck a few photos of them doing what they love to do, Cheryl reading and Stanley watching the football game.

 

WHEN TWO BECOME ONE

Their second outfit was a beautiful soft pink dress and a button up shirt and slacks for the sunny Brantford engagement session. We also snuck a few photos of them doing what they love to do, Cheryl reading and Stanley watching the football game. They are getting married in a two-day event next year, and I’m lucky enough to capture both their backyard Buddhist souk-won and their western wedding at St. Joseph’s Banquet Centre in Oakville.

When you look through these photos, I’m sure you can understand why I kept clicking that shutter button until the light no longer allowed us to continue. They were just that photogenic and fun to capture, and were great with every idea I threw at them! Cheryl and Stanley, thank you for trusting me with this huge responsibility. As I mentioned, I don’t take that lightly. Capturing your Lao-English fusion event next year is going to be an absolutely blast, and I feel like it will be a highlight of 2021. Stay well, and best of luck as you continue planning!

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Brantford Locations
1) W. Ross Macdonald School
2) Rivergreen Park

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August 25, 2020

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Caledonia Countryside Wedding

Caledonia Countryside Wedding | Virginia & Dave

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Selfless. Gorgeous. Caring. Always putting others ahead of herself. These were just some of the descriptions given about Virginia during the speeches. What was said about her husband to be, Dave was not much different. Incredibly kind and happier than he’d ever been when Virginia and he started dating. Within the first month of dating, he told his brother, Wade, that he was going to marry her. (Virginia didn’t even know that until the wedding day.)

While the speeches were funny and laughter-inducing, the content meant the world to both bride and groom. These were their parents and best friends telling the story of V & D in their perspective. The friends’ version had a little more mischievousness, (no surprise), and the parents’ version really allowed one to understand how Virginia and Dave are so perfect for each other. They can laugh together, cry together, and are now standing in front of a life that they get to spend together navigating whatever comes their way. Wedding days are not the definition of a marriage, but to start a marriage off the way Dave and Virginia did is the absolute perfect start.

Meant to Be

Right away, Dave’s mom had a good feeling about Virginia. Virginia did a pedicure for Dave’s mom three years ago, who then asked her if she was single. Dave reached out via Facebook Messenger to ask her on a date. They grew up in the same town, attended the same school and there were many of their parent’s friends that thought they should be set up many many years ago. Dave proposed at Pillar and Post in Niagara, where they’ll be headed for a short honeymoon as well.

The Dress

Virginia wanted a simple dress without a train. Finally, after trying on 14 dresses at two different appointments, she found the most gorgeous elaborate dress with a train longer than she knew existed, and couldn’t help falling in love with it.

The Importance of Family

Virginia has two brothers, Adam and J.D.. J.D. lives in California and did everything that he could to try to get back home for the wedding. He was sorely missed, but “stick J.D.” was a quiet and cooperative stand-in for all the wedding photos. He would likely have been the center of attention if he’d been there.

We were told by Virginia’s mom that as COVID was wrecking all the plans for Dave and Virginia’s dream wedding, her grandfather also passed away. Virginia started questioning whether all of this meant that maybe their nuptials weren’t meant to be. By their own admission, it was more amazing than they could have imagined, and we agree.

Dave has one brother, Wade, who was the best man. He followed Dave everywhere from high school to college, and so on. Wade’s speech was heartfelt and brought tears to Dave’s eyes. Lauren (one of the two in the wedding party, don’t ask, it was a little hilarious at times) was maid of honour and her speech made it clear that she was a teacher. According to Lauren, the definition of “selfless” in the Webster Dictionary is incorrect, it should just say Virginia. We can see that. She has been a trooper throughout all the changes in her plans due to COVID. What was supposed to be a gorgeous and lavish Copetown Woods Golf Course wedding, became the sweetest and most intimate backyard wedding at Dave’s parents’ place.

The Wedding Day

All the girls met at Virginia’s parent’s house in the morning and had their hair done by Patrick’s Hair. A delicious (ABSOLUTELY AMAZING) lunch was provided by Jones Bakery in Caledonia. The guys met at Dave’s parents’ house just a few minutes away. The stunning Caledonia Countryside wedding ceremony was in Dave’s parent’s backyard after Dave’s mom put a painstaking amount of work into keeping the garden looking happy and well cared for.

As Virginia walked up the aisle to her husband-to-be, that man had trouble keeping himself composed. The tears that we all thought were sure to come didn’t make it at that point, but to be honest he did laugh to the point of tears when he was “rudely” interrupted by the electric speaker that started talking Chinese out of nowhere. It took a few moments before the whole crowd had composed themselves again before he was able to continue.

Nearby, Ron Clark’s gorgeously landscaped property was the perfect backdrop for the wedding party photos and the bridal portraits. The dock was one of our favourite little spots, but the florals in the gardens came a very close second! Portrait time was quite rushed. Thanks to great practice at the engagement session we were still able to get lots of gorgeous captures (see below.) We arrived back to the reception at Dave’s parents’ house and started the evening off with their first dance. Dinner was the perfect continuation of the day, as it also was delicious. Heartwarming speeches were followed by the parent dances and the night finished off with socializing. At this point, the weather was a little more bearable as well, which made all the difference.

Always an Honour

Having a huge wedding party with seven friends on each side, there were definitely moments of chaos, but the love and camaraderie between each and every one of them. We’re so lucky to have had the pleasure of capturing Dave and Virginia’s close friend’s elopement earlier this year, and we’re so excited to see them at Ali and Evan’s big party again next year.

Dave and Virg, I hope you had a wonderful mini-moon in Niagara-on-the-Lake (back to the moment where this wedding-planning journey started). We look back on your wedding day with such joy in our hearts, and are so honoured to have gotten to know you. We know that God is looking out for you on your journey through life, and wish you His blessing in the future.

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The Vendor Team

Bridal Gown | The Bridal Boutique
Groom & Groomsmen Attire | RW & CO.
Rings | Barry’s Jewellery 
Hair & Makeup | Patrick’s Hair and Esthetics
Florals | Jean’s Flower Shop Hamilton
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Wedding Cake | Cravings by Brittany Bakery
Catering | Caledonia Fair Board
Ceremony & Reception | Ron & Patti’s Backyard (Groom’s Parents)
Invitations | Paperless Post
Rentals | Kayware Event Decor & Floral Design

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August 20, 2020

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6 Things You Need to Know About your Wedding Invites – Written by a Stationery Designer

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Meet Rachel, a talented wedding stationery designer and owner of Lavender + Lace Design. Nestled in the picturesque town of Norwich, Ontario, Lavender + Lace Design has been offering graphic design and print services since 2015. Rachel designs one of a kind stationery pieces for her clients for weddings, birth announcements and events.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am married to a very supportive husband and we have two equally beautiful daughters! Having a supportive partner means so much to me and is very beneficial to my business.
Lavender + Lace owner

HOW DID YOU BECOME A WEDDING STATIONERY DESIGNER AND START LAVENDER + LACE DESIGN?

Since the age of 12, I worked in a print shop and have always had a great passion towards graphic design. When I was 21 years old, the year of 2015, I knew that I wanted to pursue it further, therefore I started my own business. What a dream come true, here I am five years later, focusing mainly on custom wedding stationery, my greatest passion! I absolutely love working together with brides to create the invitation suite of their dreams.

1. WHY SHOULD BRIDES CHOOSE CUSTOM DESIGN OVER PURCHASING USING PRE-CREATED TEMPLATES?

Invitations should be unique & one-of-a kind, just like your wedding will be! There are SO many options for stationery and often I have brides coming for a consultation and feeling very overwhelmed. They usually have a lot of ideas but can’t visualize how it will look all together. That is what custom wedding stationery designers are here for. I take pride in the process, working together with you to bring your vision to life, from initial concept designs, through to material selection, printing options and even delivery. When purchasing a pre-created template you don’t have those one-on-one customer service benefits and custom design options.

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Everything You Need to Know about Your Wedding Invites Written by a Stationery Designer

2. EXPLAIN YOUR DESIGN PROCESS FOR YOUR WEDDING CLIENTS.

The design process starts with a consultation. We’ll discuss styles, paper types, envelopes, and other aspects of the project related to investment. One we have narrowed down the options, we’ll prep and approve a quote and begin the design work. We’ll start by creating a variety of digital design samples. These will be sent to the client via e-mail and based on the client’s feedback we’ll make adjustments as needed and create the final design files. As soon as the final proof has been approved, we will send them off to be printed and complete the production process (my favourite part!)

3. HOW MANY STYLES OF INVITATION SUITES EXIST AND WHICH ONE SHOULD BE USED FOR WHAT TYPE OF WEDDING?

When discussing options together with the bridal couple it is important for a stationery designer to know your wedding style. Is your wedding more casual and outdoorsy? Or is more classic + elegant? When opening up the invitation guests should get a feel of what your wedding day will be like. You may ask how can this be done? One way is to make sure the colour palette of your invitation matches the colours of your wedding. If your wedding is dusty blues and greens then your invitation should not be yellows and golds. Another idea is; if your wedding is more casual and outdoorsy, you could exclude formal titles on the invitation, add twine around the card. If your wedding is going to be classic + elegant you can add gold foil, laser cut details, silk ribbon, and in the wording, choose formal titles, elegant fonts etc.

Everything You Need to Know about Your Wedding Invites Written by a Stationery Designer

4. WHAT SHOULD AN INVITATION CONSIST OF? (PIECES & INFORMATION)

There are main details that need to be included on an invitation.

  • Names – Some couples include their parent’s names, if including the parent’s names then only your first / first and middle name need to be shown. If the parents name aren’t on the invitation then it is a good idea to add the couples last names, that way guests won’t be confused.
  • What the celebration is for – An example of this is ‘request your presence at the celebration of their marriage’.
  • Location – where will the wedding be taking place? Make sure to have both the ceremony and reception location listed. If the invitation is looking to busy, then you can add these extra details to a details card.
  • When – what time is the ceremony and reception taking place? For a formal invitation I like to write out the wording (in the morning) or for a more casual invitation then I generally put a.m. or p.m.
  • RSVP – most venues have a specific time in which they need to have the final numbers by. Therefore, it is beneficial to add a date in which they need to have RSVPed by. Depending on your budget, there are some options on how this can be done.
    • Include an email / phone number on the main invitation
    • Use a separate rsvp card with an email / phone number rsvp
    • Have a separate rsvp card with a printed rsvp envelope for your guests to mail back to you

 

5. WHAT SHOULD EVERY BRIDE KNOW ABOUT THE DESIGN PROCESS?

Start early! It is never too early to start the design process for your invitations. When creating custom stationery design I take great pride in the design process and if brides are last minute, it can make the whole process feel rushed. When designing I like to put a lot of time and effort into the product ensuring that my clients will receive digital proofs similar to what they envisioned. Invitations should be ordered five months before the wedding, so that they are ready to mail roughly eight weeks before the wedding.

Everything You Need to Know about Your Wedding Invites Written by a Stationery Designer

6. WHAT SHOULD EVERY BRIDE ASK THEIR STATIONERY DESIGNER?

Brides need to know what type of style and character they have. I consider myself to have a minimal design style and I love any type of unique detail such as foil printing, letterpress, torn edges, wax seals and beautiful paper types! The wording, fonts, images used, colour scheme, this all should match in order to compliment the designs that I create, attracting specific clientele!

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST SURPRISING THING YOU’VE LEARNED ON THIS JOURNEY & WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A STATIONERY DESIGNER?

Throughout this journey, what has surprised me the most – is how much I’ve grown since I started out! And that is so satisfying to see, that hard work truly pays off! When I first started my business, I offered any type of design service (logos, brochures, Christmas cards, and the list goes on) and in the past years I have narrowed it down to mainly custom wedding stationery! It is so much fun working together with clients from start to finish. Starting with save-the-date cards and ending off with thank you cards and their wedding album! They also put so much trust in me and that is why I take so much pride in my work and am not satisfied unless they are satisfied! Seeing the finished product is what I love the most, each unique order, I will say it over and over again, it really is the best part!

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August 11, 2020

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Ten Tips for Your Family Session (PART ONE)

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In the midst of family session season, I decided that my family session blog post deserved an upgrade. That is why I’ve decided to revamp and reshare my top ten tips for your family session. I can’t wait to see what new families I will meet in the years to come. If the last few are anything to go by, it’s going to be so rewarding to serve you and your family. I’ve been really focusing on how to make your experience before, during, and after your family session be relaxed. I want you to look back at your session with happiness and gratefulness so that you will not dread doing that again.

What follows are some tips that I have gathered in the last few years, that should make this year’s session one to top all the past ones! This will help me deliver you images that you have come to expect of me, and will allow me to capture your family, just the way you are. I know this seems cliche, but it’s what I strive for. Every. Single. Time!

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TIP ONE | Clean Spaces + Lots of Light = Beautiful Photos!

The secret to getting images that you expect from Dianne Velthove Imagery is a very important one: Location, location, location! I have shot in some amazing locations in Canada and Europe, and the ones that render the most beautiful images will always be my favorite! There was a castle in the Netherlands…, okay, I won’t ask you to travel that far! 🙂

But seriously, a location where there is great open sky and an interesting background will give you images that you will cherish forever. Some of my local favourites are Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, Mill Race Park in Cambridge, and a little trail very near my house (I’ll ask you to park at my house). The reason I love these locations is that they provide timeless captures that have lots of neutrals, so the focus is on you and your loved ones!

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This session is an absolute must-see!!! Click HERE for the cutest kids by the bluest water…

TIP TWO | Let’s Chat on the Phone Before Your Session

Whether you have reached out on social media, email, telephone, or we happened to meet in town; I’d love to just have a 10-minute consultation with you on the phone (no guarantees that it doesn’t turn into a 30-minute conversation, though). At that time, we can discuss exactly what you are hoping to get out of your session. After booking I will send you a questionnaire to help me be the most prepared that I can be. This includes questions about kids ages to topics that would make your teenagers smile. So there is no need to go in depth, I promise to study before we have your session, wink, wink!

We will also discuss whether you fear that there will be any hurdles that we could be facing. This can include a super-shy or a highly energetic child. You are the expert on what the best way to respond to your children is, and I would love your help.

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TIP THREE | Take Time to Plan Your Look

My most important tip in this department is to have Mom pick her look first. As ladies, we are the most likely going to be judgmental about the way we look, and I really want you to be confident at your session. That being said, I know you will look amazing no matter what! A great colour scheme to focus on is “2+1” or “3+1”. What that means is that you pick two or three neutrals. Then add one accent colour that gets used minimally by the family.

I advise you to stay away from neons; especially bright reds, greens and oranges. They create unflattering colour casts and will alter the quality of your final images. When it comes to your little ones, I’d avoid fussy outfits or accessories. For example, if your little girl absolutely hates headbands (I know she looks adorable with one, but believe me), it’s best to find something else to put in her hair. We want her to look adorable, but if she’s screaming, your gallery will not be as big as it could be. And hopefully if she enjoys it this time, she will look forward to next year’s session!

As a DVI client, I email you a Portrait Session Style Guide when you book with me; this will really help you with a lot of these decisions!

ten tips for your family session - byron london styled family in field

TIP FOUR | Pack Light

I know it’s always great to be prepared, but here are some of the only items you will likely need. Surprise, surprise, they don’t include your phone (although you’re so welcome to capture some of your own images if you’d like. Or even email me a behind the scenes shot that I can use to laugh at myself).

  • Some of the things I do recommend are:
    walking shoes (for those who are wearing heels, this is especially necessary if we are on rougher ground a ways away from your vehicle)
  • lip gloss or lipstick, if you’re using that, to keep your makeup looking fresh
  • non-messy snacks that we can use to reward (or bribe!) your kids (some great ones are raisins, mini crackers, or non-chocolate granola

I recommend taking a large tote (my favourite are sold at Thirty-One) and packing it all in there. This is also a great place to put your phone in. That way I don’t have to edit that out later or do retakes if I notice on time. It’s happened that they’ve ended up in my bag, and I go home with them! Not something you want…

ten tips for your family session - gunn's hill family hugging and laughing

TIP FIVE | We LOVE Dads!

I love capturing children. It’s definitely one of the top three things I love most about my job. However, your children are going to enjoy it even more if their Daddy comes along. Dads tend to bring the funny side out of their kids. In addition, Dads often work hard to provide for their family. We really believe he belongs here just as much as Mom! Once in a while, I meet a Dad who seems like they’re not really sure that they are excited to be at the session. Never have I heard a Dad say that he didn’t absolutely love the experience and the final images. They capture how much he loves his family!

I hope you’ve loved getting a look at the first part of my best ten tips for your family session. The amount of clients who absolutely love the help that I give them during the planning process surprises me every year. I don’t think I could ever give it up, so for now, you’re stuck with me!

This is a re-publication of a former blog post. It has been updated to reflect new business practices and more recent images.

 

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July 24, 2020

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Romantic Whistling Gardens Engagement Session

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It was a humid hot evening as Jonathan twirled Victoria in the french garden at Whistling Gardens. She was wearing a gorgeous soft pink Morning Lavender gown, and the custom ring on her finger glistened in the sun. Whether he was thinking back to their initial walk from the Parliament buildings in Toronto to her church or if she was reminiscing about his proposal, I’ll never know. One thing I do know, these two are entirely and intrinsically happy, and their romantic Whistling Gardens engagement session was amazing. Oh, and they are getting married in exactly one month!

PARLIAMENTARY BEGINNINGS

Yes, these two both worked at our provincial government when they met. They’d have to organize their respective employer’s calendar. Victoria seemed to like Jonathan’s office a bit more than her own, and that’s where their story started… Jonathan and Victoria are both incredibly passionate about impacting politics. And I love them for it. I know it didn’t take them long to know that the other was perfect for them. I can see why! It’s hard not to fall in love with these two on sight!

Before she had a ring on her finger, Victoria reached out to me with her plans. Jonathan proposed to her while being serenaded at Queen’s Park with the most stunning ring. It was captured on video and photo, and it brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. I was pretty sure I didn’t have to send these two my engagement session style guide, but I did. And they rocked this romantic Whistling Gardens engagement session! Of course, it comes with no surprise that these two are featured in the new version.

PLANNING A COVID WEDDING

Their wedding planning fell amidst a global pandemic, and I’m sure it’s added its stresses. The day is not going quite as planned initially, but thanks to everything opening up more and more, they are able to have more guests than they thought they could at one point. This means that they will be surrounded with so much love, even though it will be at a slight distance. If their wedding day will be even half as beautiful (which we all know is crazy, because a wedding dress only makes it more beautiful) as this session, we are going to be swooning over all the photos on our way home.

Victoria and Jonathan, thank you for the absolute honour of capturing your engagement session. Your engagement period is very short, but it’s sure to be sweet. Wishing you all the best in putting the final touches on your wedding day. From what I’ve seen, it’s going to be a dream to photograph all the details of that day as well. I hope these photos bring you back to Friday night; not the humidity, but the happiness of course! Sending you so much love…

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Want to see another stunning Whistling Gardens engagement session? See that HERE!

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The Vendor Team

Hair | Unojo
Makeup | Super Fox Makeup
Pink Dress | Morning Lavender
Venue | Whistling Gardens

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July 22, 2020

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Glowy Oxford County Countryside Engagement Session | Kristen & André

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Being part of the same church community for their whole lives, Kristen and André have known of each other for a long time. As he twirled her on an empty street underneath the willow trees, it was obvious that their “acquaintance-ship” has become so much more. It was an absolute pleasure to capture the love that these two have for each other. There was a lot of laughter at this Oxford County countryside engagement session, and it’s evident in these photos!

WORTH THE EFFORT

It took a few attempts at asking her on a date, but when Kristen finally accepted, André was thrilled. It was not long before she knew wholeheartedly that he was the one. Down-to-earth and genuine would be the two words that come to mind first when you meet this couple. Our consultation just days prior to their Oxford County countryside engagement session felt like friends getting together. Offering me a Tim Hortons iced coffee as they arrived at their first location, they couldn’t have been more excited to be able to spend time together and allow me to capture their happiness.

FOUR STOPS IN THE COUNTY

It was important to Kristen to have this session in the area where they fell in love. A wheat field was at the top of her wishlist, so we made it happen! But first, we started at a small abandoned building in the quaint town of Norwich. With the sun being high in the sky, we took advantage of a gorgeous little path between some trees, with the most magic of lighting. We even had an audience (a rabbit) for a little bit, understandably, because it’s just hard to keep your eyes off of these two having fun together. They were up for anything; twirling, dipping, snuggling (even in the heat), and everything in between. Kristen brought the cutest sign celebrating their upcoming wedding day next year, and it was perfect for some ring shots!

From there, we drove south a little way and found a gorgeous street that was lined on both sides by mature willow trees, providing the most amazing backdrop for some epic shots. After this, we found a little shed even further south, with ivy climbing up one side. Kristen and André didn’t even hesitate to get in the goldenrod; these are definitely my favourite photos of the evening. And, as promised, we ended up in the wheat fields, until the sun slid behind the horizon. It was such a pleasure to spend a few hours with these two, exploring the amazing spots that Oxford County has to offer.

PLANNING AN OXFORD COUNTY WEDDING

Yep, even their wedding will be in this beautiful county! What’s bound to be a beautiful May wedding day will end at the gorgeous Elm Hurst Inn grounds. Kristen and André, you two were such an honour and blessing to capture. I’m sure excited to see you again in May of next year. I hope you will have so much fun as you plan to start your lives together as husband and wife. If this Oxford County countryside engagement session was anything to go by, it’s going to be a day filled with love and laughter!

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See that bunny in the background? Yep, it was our audience for quite some time!

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Countryside sessions can offer such a variety of options, see THIS STUNNING BURGESSVILLE SESSION for more proof!

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July 18, 2020

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Fun Waterford Trails Family Session | The Krygsman Family

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It was a hot day, but that didn’t make this family any less fun to photograph! The kids had been promised ice cream, and their behaviour at this Waterford Trails family session was impeccable. Ashton, Mckenna, Charlee, and sweet little Kody are the joys I had the privilege of capturing. And a blast was had! From running up and down the trails, to swinging legs in the water while relaxing on the dock. Paul and Beverly, I cannot even express what an honour it was to capture your family in this stage. I hope you love these photos as much as I loved capturing them. Enjoy the heatwave; before long it’ll be winter again in Canada!

 

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It’s been 10 months since I’ve last blogged a family session!!! (That would be THIS ONE.) I absolutely love exploring our beautiful province with sweet little families such as this one.

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July 9, 2020

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Gorgeous Kitchener Mill Ruins Elopement | Ali & Evan

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It was a stunning summer day in a gorgeous hidden gem in the middle of the city. The excitement level was high. An intimate ceremony with just the closest of their friends. Ali and Evan spent the morning getting ready for this amazing afternoon event. This stunning Kitchener Mill Ruins elopement was nothing that they’d originally planned but everything they dreamed of!

VOWING THEIR LOVE

While friends and family watched via video conferencing software, the officiant, Bryan, did an amazing job explaining true love, and it resonated with everyone in attendance. Ali and Evan’s vows were personal and incredibly romantic. Evan, we are still incredibly proud that you kept it together so well through both of your vows! Flash, the gorgeous Golden you’ll see in the photos, kept things interesting, and I’m sure he’s super excited to have his mommy and daddy married. One of the other exciting parts of this wedding for us was that we actually got to catch up with another sweet DVI couple, Virginia and Dave! They were Ali and Evan’s witnesses, and we were thrilled to hear that!

A LITTLE PART OF HISTORY

After some portraits at the ruins, Ali and Evan wished to have some portraits at the Homer Watson House. As they had initially planned to have their wedding at Ruthven Park National Historic Site (where they had THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION), this was something that had the same history and vibe. Ali and Evan have taken everything that has been happening in the last little while in stride and had their fingers crossed for the longest time. As photographers, we couldn’t have been more excited to hear the new plans just a few days before this Kitchener Mill Ruins elopement. It was incredibly humbling to be part of such an intimate event.

Ali and Evan, you two have come to mean so much to us. Your Kitchener Mill Ruins elopement was a dream come true for us. I’m sure not quite as much as it was for you! Being part of your journey is such a privilege, and we are more excited than ever to get to see you again at Ruthven in 2021!

The Vendor Team

Officiant | BCaus Love
Dress | Billy J Boutique
Groom’s Suit | Indochino
Bride’s Jewelry | Treasures by Agnes
Groom’s Ring | Renaissance Jewelry

Wedding

June 19, 2020

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