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...
On a gorgeous fall day, Hannah and Craig got ready to say “I do” in a little church in Oxford County. The colours on the trees were just starting to turn. It was the perfect symbolism for the change that was about to happen in the lives of this couple. From the moment Craig turned around to see his bride at the Norwich Museum, there was a permanent smile on both of their faces. There were times that they became a little larger; like when Craig spied his wife to be at the beginning of the aisle, and the photos at the end of the day that reminded me of that iconic “walking into the sunset” feeling. This Oxford County countryside wedding could not have been a more romantic and joyful day!
Both bride and groom started their day in the Norwich area. And at both homes, the love for the special people of the day was so evident. Even the hair and makeup artists at the bride’s location were very close to the families involved. It was incredible to spend the day with people who love this couple as much, if not more, than I do. Meeting the parents, it was obvious where these two got their amazing qualities from. We are just so honoured to have been part of this big day. It’s quite something to watch your children or sibling get married. I can speak from experience as I watched my brother get married only a few days before!
Even though Craig was already incredibly busy before the wedding, I’m sure his parents are going to notice that he’s not around as often anymore. But knowing that they’ve gained their first daughter made them quite happy; especially mom is happy that she’s not quite as outnumbered as before. Hannah and Craig’s family is incredibly important to them. We made very sure to capture all the moments in between when this was so evident!
Hannah and Craig’s first look was at the Norwich Museum, and it couldn’t have been a more special moment to capture. When they had said their hellos, we proceeded to take a few more photos in front of the adorable little church that is on the grounds. From there, the wedding party photos were done in front of the gorgeous colouring trees at the Norwich Conservation area. And then on to the little church in the Newark area for the reason we were all together that day!
Hannah’s grandfather officiated the service, and there was a moment when Hannah wasn’t sure whether he wanted to see their first kiss. But thanks to a little reminder, we managed to capture that iconic first kiss photo. Their service was incredibly meaningful. Receiving a Bible as your first gift after you’re officially husband and wife is probably the best gift. I know that not just the pastor, but also the rest of the family and friends wholeheartedly wished them God’s blessing at that moment.
This Oxford County countryside wedding ended with a delicious meal spent with family and friends. There were the obligatory (and filled with love) speeches and some fun games with family and friends. But when that sun started to set, I knew I had to get them outside for just a few more wedding portraits. And the cold that had set in at that point was so worth it! Hannah’s wrap was just perfect and kept her almost warm enough. But Craig didn’t mind getting just a little closer to his new wife. Even without a bouquet, those photos would have to be my favourite of the day!
Hannah and Craig, from the moment I met you at your consultation, to your stunning APPLE ORCHARD ENGAGEMENT SESSION, and now to your wedding day; it’s been an amazing journey, and I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you. Bertus and I are honoured that you chose us, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for you. May God be beside you and behind you as you start this new part of your lives together. We wish you so much happiness, and are so thankful to call you friends.
The Vendor Team
“I love you to the mountains and back.” It was the theme of this Perth East countryside wedding. From the gorgeous wooden mountain range decor in their home to their vows; even the speeches during the reception. And every time they thought about it, they shared a knowing smile. Ailis was born and raised in Alberta and is the only daughter of Ron and Suzanne, and it wasn’t an easy day for either of them. Watching Ailis say “I do” on a country property the way they’d been planning for years definitely made it worth it, though.
No, I don’t mean the moment that Nolan first saw Ailis, even though it was one of the most special walks down the aisle I’ve ever captured. I mean the first time when Ron saw his beautiful daughter Ailis when she was wearing her dress. And her veil, of course. At Nolan and Ailis’ new home, we managed to create the perfect the moment. As she called out to her day, her heart must have been beating out of her chest. His sure was. As he turned around, he was absolutely speechless. Those tears didn’t take long to come. This was his only baby, and he’s held her in his arm shortly after she was born, calmed her when she had a boo-boo, and watched her graduate from high school, then university, and eventually become an amazing nurse.
From the sweet and stunning bridesmaids to the handsome and hilarious groomsmen; it was obvious that this bridal party was chosen in particular to be the best group of people for Ailis and Nolan to spend their day with. They have been there for Ailis and Nolan, supported them together and individually when things might have gotten hard. But they also made sure to celebrate the best times together, and today was definitely one of the best yet. Listening to the maid of honour and best man’s speeches brought tears to my eyes (yes, I’m emotional, and I’m okay with it). Especially the maid of honour’s hug at the end of her speech felt like a very special moment. It’s definitely a moment either of them will never forget, and it’s such an honour to capture those kinds of moments.
I can honestly say that I’ve never had a groom had such a reaction to watching his bride walking towards him and their new lives together. And it wasn’t only him. She was so thrilled to see the handsome man waiting for her at the end of the aisle; she even started walking faster the moment she saw him. The look on her face (documented below; make sure to enjoy that moment!) said it all. She loves him and is so excited to start this new chapter together with him by her side. The entire day was a blur for us, and I’m sure even more so for them. We felt privileged to be part of such an intimate gathering of people who all came together to watch these two say some amazing personal vows to each other at this Perth East countryside wedding. Which again revolved around the mountains.
I’m sure that Nolan fell quite quickly when he started to get to know Ailis, after moving out west. The look on his face this past Saturday still says the same. He seemed incredulous; like he just didn’t understand that this gorgeous woman is now his wife. Nolan, you are a lucky man. Trul!. Ailis is a gem. And Ailis, you are just as fortunate to have this handsome man by your side. The way he respects you is inspirational. May you two continue to look at each other with that same love. I know that no matter what happens, you two have found your best friend in each other. And to start your marriage with your best friend by your side sets you up for success, I’m sure! I hope you are having a blast in the Dominican. I can’t wait to get you the rest of your images soon!
It’s no wonder that outdoor countryside weddings are becoming so popular. HERE is one of my first weddings that also took advantage of great weather and a stunning location.
The Vendor Team
Dress | Embrace Fashions
Shoes | The Bay
Florals | Riverside Flowers
Rings | Curry’s Jewellers
Invitations | Vistaprint
Venue | The Lindner Farm
Cake | Q’s Cakes and Café
Officiant | Cheryl Schade
Entertainment | DJ Myles L. Twist
With rain coming down at times and the sun barely peeking through the clouds, it was up to Meaghan and Kevin to be the shining lights of the day. They did not disappoint. The details were stunning. Almost as gorgeous as the bride. The family was one of the most loving that we’ve ever seen. And don’t even get us started on the bridal party! From the very capable maid of honour to the adorable flower girl; it was obvious that their mission of the day was to make Meaghan and Kevin’s big day amazing.
The support system on the bride’s side was an incredible group of ladies consisting of the sweetest mom and the most stunning bridesmaids including sisters(-in-law) and close friends. Throughout the day, these ladies stood behind Meaghan; they held her flowers when needed, made sure she ate, and of course, had the biggest smiles. Other than the bride and groom, naturally. On the groom’s side was a bunch of fun, yet kind and thoughtful gentlemen. Getting to know how each of them knew the couple at the speeches during the reception was heartwarming.
Kevin and Meaghan may have taken a little bit to find each other, but they are so perfect for each other. It sounds like love at first sight from both sides, and their love was already so evident at THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION. The smile on Kevin’s face as he watched Meaghan and her father walk up the aisle said it all. I’m not sure anyone can be more excited about this new chapter than Kevin; Meaghan coming a very close second! They snuck little glances at each other during the ceremony. They were so excited to have a little bit of time away from the busyness to enjoy some portrait time that focused on just the two of them. And they took every opportunity to kiss during the reception.
Their sense of humour became so apparent during the speech that almost didn’t happen (a story for another time), and throughout the day the atmosphere was kept lively by their wonderful family and bridal party. The staff at Firerock made sure they were fed well during portrait time, and zipping around on golf carts was fun for everyone (including me, of course).
From the gorgeous bouquets designed by Floral Temptations to the stunning dresses from Sophie’s Gown Shoppe and Garber’s Bridal elevated this Firerock Golf Club wedding. But it was the personal touches, like the adorable sign that Chloe walked down the aisle with and the maple syrup that served as guest favours, that made the guests take notice. It was very important for Meaghan and Kevin that I capture all those important firsts; the first time her dad saw her, the first time that Kevin saw his wife-to-be, etc. The smiles on their faces during those moments made the day fly by.
These two are so excited for this new chapter in their lives! And they get to start it off by travelling to Portugal and Greece. Meaghan and Kevin, I hope that while you’re gone (and hopefully warm), you can take a breath. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, and your wedding was so well put together. Bertus and I wish you many more years of happiness. We are truly excited to see what the future holds for you. But from these photos, it’s obvious that you’ve gotten the right send-off from your incredible family and friends. Enjoy your honeymoon, and we hope you love these images as much as you do!
THE VENDOR TEAM
Bride’s Dress | Garber’s Bridal
Florals | Floral Temptations
Rings | James Allen & Peoples Jewellers
Menswear | Collins Formal Wear Canada
Bridesmaids | Sophie’s Gown Shoppe
Venue | Firerock Golf Club
Entertainment |Music Central Entertainment
Cake | Grandma’s Oven Bakery
Hair & Makeup | Fringe Hair Spa
Invitations | The Wedding Shoppe
Transportation | Grandeur Limousine
What a stunning location, but even a nicer and more beautiful couple! Alexis and Clayton met with me a month ago, and within 10 minutes after their consultation, I received an email saying that they agreed that they had to have me! It’s always such an honour to capture any couple, but when they’re as excited as these two it means even more. They are so super down to earth and full of life, which is super obvious in their photos. Joining them was Alexis’ family dog, Buddy. The relationship between Alexis and Buddy is something that Clayton is super fond of, even though it means that Buddy isn’t always the most cooperative when Alexis isn’t around. But seeing as Buddy is twelve years old, it was so nice to be able to include him in their Spencer Gorge engagement session.
Alexis (who has a super cool job at Checkout 51, btw!) has the most beautiful smile. Clayton agrees with me on that! When looking for engagement session locations, Alexis and Clayton saw the bridge at Spencer Gorge Conservation Area and knew immediately that they had to have it there! I never mind travelling for destination engagement sessions (see a gorgeous Niagara on the Lake engagement session HERE). Upon my arrival, I was greeted excitedly by Buddy, a stunning Golden Retriever. However, as soon as he noticed the water, I was not the focus of his attention anymore. There are so many beautiful sights at this location, and Alexis and Clayton didn’t mind getting close every time.
The height difference between these two was something I had been looking forward to. She fit so perfectly in his arms! If ever there was a couple who were professionals at snuggling, it’s these two!!! It’s so fun when a couple just loves being close like Alexis and Clayton did. The weather was perfection for most of their session, and the little bit of a drizzle that passed over, passed quickly, thankfully. To say that these two were up for anything is an understatement. You’ll have to scroll down to see, they might have even gotten their feet wet!!!
Alexis and Clayton, thank you for such an amazing time. I truly enjoyed getting to know you, and I’m so excited for your late spring weather next year! I hope you look back at this Spencer Gorge engagement session often. And fondly, of course. Thank you for trusting me, I know your Ancaster Mill wedding is going to be even more fun than this session. Wishing you all the best in your wedding planning; enjoy it! It’s been ten years since I’ve done mine and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
This Niagara on the Lake engagement session with Alexandra and Graeme was a long time in the works. While we started planning for a fall feel, it was quite obvious at the beginning of the week that this was not to be the case. I’m not complaining, however, especially when I saw what these two picked for their two outfits! As I’m still working on an actual engagement session style guide, I sent them a Pinterest board with inspiration. And they did so well! I absolutely love the soft neutrals (I’m a sucker for that soft pink). But the most radiant and beautiful part of this session was the smiles of these two when they looked at each other.
We met in the centre of the little town of Niagara on the Lake; at Simcoe Park. From there we walked to the incredibly picturesque hotel; HARBOUR HOUSE. I wasn’t planning on spending a lot of time here, but within 15 minutes my camera had hundreds of images on it. I just couldn’t help myself! Alexandra and Graeme are just too cute for words. Guests who happened to be entering the hotel commented with the same remarks. Alexandra got to show off her gorgeous diamond to a few strangers. Her kindness literally radiates and it was such a joy to watch.
From there we walked to Queen’s park. It was completely flooded with people who were trying to spend one more summer day in this gorgeous setting, just like us. It meant that we were quite limited in what we were able to use. However, with a little patience (and Photoshop) I was able to capture some priceless moments. Using simple things like stairs or even the flowers at one of the adorable restaurants lining Queen Street, this gallery has one of the biggest variety of backgrounds that I’ve ever been able to capture.
And last but not least, we visited Il Gelato Di Carlotta where A & G enjoyed some delicious gelato (and I got some more water; I was crazy enough to have forgotten it at home. Note for next time: DO NOT FORGET THE WATER!) The store owner even cleared the store for us for one minute. You’ll have to see why below!!! All in all, this Niagara on the Lake engagement session is one for the books!
As sunset was nearing, we sped to a winery about half an hour from Niagara on the Lake; Henry of Pelham. We didn’t have a lot of time, but with all the practice that Alexandra and Graeme had earlier, it didn’t take a lot to capture even more than I’d hoped! It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. Using the grapes for some detail photos of Alexandra’s gorgeous solitaire adds the perfect touch to their gallery, don’t you agree.
As I was driving home from this destination engagement session, my heart was truly filled with gratefulness for these two and all my DVI couples. I started to understand that there is something every single one of them has in common (other than the fact that they put up with me); their engagement session is so much more than just photos to them. It’s an experience. And the fact that I get to enjoy that with them means more than they’ll ever know.
Thank you, Alexandra and Graeme, for the amazing time we spent together. For the dinner invitation, even though it didn’t end up working out. And for being patient for these photos. I can’t wait to get you the rest of your gallery. I hope you and your guests enjoy looking through all of these tonight at your engagement party.
When I received the inquiry from Hannah and Aaron for their December wedding, I was so excited. Not just because it would be the one that would help me hit my goal. More so because it’s the fourth wedding that I get to capture of a fellow believer in the most basic of human rights. And I truly couldn’t be more thankful to have met these two. This Dundurn Castle engagement session was an early morning one. It was worth getting up early for, let me tell you! The glowy morning light was perfection as it shone on these two lovebirds.
Hannah, a piano student in London is so excited for their December Toronto wedding! As is Aaron of course, but the sparkle that shines in her eyes is absolutely dazzling. She mentioned that she wanted to feel like she was as stunning as Kate Middleton, and Aaron and I immediately agreed that she surpassed that. Hannah is one of those girls who has that natural beauty, and not just on the outside. She radiates with kindness, and it’s so obvious that she cannot wait to spend the rest of her life with Aaron.
What to say about Aaron. Words fall short. He so obviously loves Hannah with all of his heart, but it doesn’t stop there. He just loves. Period. His empathy towards everyone is what made him such an incredible spiritual counsellor in a Toronto hospital. It’s also going to make him an incredible employment counsellor at his brand new job. If anyone has this man behind him, with the power of God amazing things will happen. Aaron and Hannah have the same values, but they think about these things so much deeper than most people. This is probably the reason for all the lengthy emails between the two when they were still living in different cities.
From the moment that Hannah saw Aaron (he opened the door for his father and let him through first), she knew that this was a special young man who she wanted to get to know. And while it’s been a few years since, he isn’t any less gentlemanly and respectful towards her. I’m sure they’re a whole lot more at ease with each other now than at the start of their relationship, but that respect is something that is still so obvious. I truly believe that God created these two for each other. I’m so excited to see what these next few months of their engagement bring. And I’m absolutely confident that even if their December wedding is a cold one, their love towards each other and friends and family will make everyone forget that.
Hannah and Aaron, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the incredible time we spent together last week. I will never forget our conversations during and after your Dundurn Castle engagement session. It’s so easy to fall in love with the two of you. I love that you’re so excited to be part of the DVI family!!!
Dave and Virginia walked in front of the dome in the Temple Garden of WHISTLING GARDENS, laughing as they went. She noted the fact that her teenage self never could have believed that they were actually having an engagement session. The big smile on her face made it obvious that she was thrilled! And while it might have taken Dave a little longer to start getting excited about it, I’m sure that her enthusiasm sped that up quite a bit! These two high school sweethearts are two of the sweetest people ever. This whole Whistling Gardens engagement session was a breeze and they were as easy-going as I’d thought.
I was recommended to Dave and Virginia by their dear friends Ali and Evan (see their engagement session HERE). They’re even going to be in each other’s wedding parties! How awesome is it that I get to see both couples at two weddings!? These two are also each other’s best friends. It came up quite often that most of the time, the laughing was done at each other instead of with each other. There was a lot of laughing with each other; so I can’t even imagine what they’d be laughing at each other about. Either way, it’s so obvious that these two are perfect for each other. I’m a lucky girl to get to capture their love story here at the Whistling Gardens. And again next year at their Copetown Woods Golf Club wedding.
Dave proposed in one of the cutest parts of Southwestern Ontario; Niagara on the Lake. Virginia’s guard was down completely as he’d let several amazing opportunities pass by without popping the question. Then, one rainy day in Niagara on the Lake, he asked her to go for a walk. She was not very impressed, or so rumour has it. But when she saw him on one knee she asked the exact same question that I asked when my husband proposed, “Are you serious?” Well, yes he was and here we are!
One of my next favourite locations is a local hidden gem. Managed by Wanda and Darren Heimbecker, this sprawling botanical beauty is the perfect backdrop for any session. We even had OUR OWN ANNIVERSARY SESSION here a few short months ago. I was super excited that Dave and Virginia wanted to use this venue for their engagement session. From the stunning pond with the Egyptian geese and two gorgeous swans to the breathtaking French style garden; this venue offers an endless supply of beautiful backgrounds. Wanda so graciously worked around our schedules to ensure that we were able to visit and explore this amazing location.
Dave and Virginia, wedding planning may not always be easy. Dress shopping alone brings its fair amount of pressure. But in the end, you’re getting married! To each other! I am confident that you will face any of those little hiccups head-on and keep your eye on the big picture. I’m super excited for your summer wedding next year, and can’t wait to see you again in June!
When this former classmate of mine, Carolyn, contacted me to capture her beautiful family, I knew she would come up with the perfect location, outfits… well, let’s just say, EVERYTHING! And she did not disappoint. Even though I was nervous to shoot at a new location that I hadn’t checked out before (her photographer sister-in-law assured me I’d love it, and that helped), I had these photos envisioned as soon as I arrived. And I was able to capture exactly what I had in mind for this Grand River family session.
She spun around and around, a big smile on her face. Mommy and Daddy were looking on, while little sister clung tightly to her stuffed rabbit; a little in awe of it all. Meet Amelia & Lilah and their mommy and daddy! Especially Amelia enjoyed exploring, and the whole family just loved to have fun. From collecting snails to splashing in the water, this sessions consisted a lot of me running after these two super adorable energetic kids. And then once in a while, they did something so cute and I just missed it, so I’d have them recreate the moment. This caused some hilarious moments of Amelia looking down at the frog we found, with her bum in the air, because she was afraid to get her bum wet.
Amelia and Lilah wore adorable outfits from Nest and Nurture, and incredible (& CANADIAN) company that creates the most adorable children’s clothing (linked at the bottom of the blog post). They accessorized with cute little bows (including one from by Marah, who does amazing work as always!) We ran and had fun, took a close look at a frog and lots of little snails! I really should call sessions like this “Photos of your Exploration”, because that’s really what it is!
Carolyn is one busy mama of these two, and while they got along so well at their session, I can’t imagine that it’ll be like that forever. Here’s the proof that it once was that way, however! So Darren and Carolyn, enjoy these memories. Enjoy these moments. One day, you’ll wonder where this time went (I’m sure that already happens once in a while), and I am so honoured that I could be part of keeping these memories alive for you in this small way at this Grand River family session.
See another very fun family session with two kiddos HERE!
Location | Brant Conservation Area
Children’s outfits | Nest and Nurture
I do not normally do Saturday family sessions, but when Dieneke and I struggled to find a date that worked for both of us last minute, I made an exception. And I’m so glad! This stunning Long Point family session was not only just amazing because it was so fun. I mean, just look at them!!! Dieneke always does a stunning job dressing all her kids. This time, however, she outdid herself. From the little bows on Romy’s leggings to the sweet little curl in Lucas’ hair; everything was on point.
Dieneke and I have known each other for a long time; we really got to know each other well when I started dating one of her husband’s best friends. Dave was actually one of our groomsmen, over 10 years ago. At the time, Dieneke was expecting baby #2; Manoah (she was actually due within a week or so if I’m correct). Lowrence, their oldest is heading to Grade 8 this year already, and seems to be excited to put middle school behind him soon. Josiah, their third boy, is friends with our Pieter, and Andreas, number four, started Kindergarten this week and he was SO EXCITED!!!
All those boys, am I right? You can only imagine Dieneke’s overwhelming joy when she found out she was having a girl! How she kept that a secret, I still do not know. When we went on our baby visit for little Romy, we had just found out we were expecting (our little Stella-bear), and holding her as a little girl is definitely something I still remember. She’s quite the little sweetheart, but seems to be able to hold her own with all those boys when she needs to!
And then there is adorable little Lucas. I’m not even going to apologize for the amount of pictures of him in this blog post. You just need some baby pictures in your life this Saturday, I promise! He was not an easy one to make smile, but definitely not a tough one to photograph. I love smiling pictures, but I’m a sucker for those serious and inquisitive looks as well! You’ll have to scroll down to see his stunning eyelashes and his chunky little toes.
We definitely don’t see these two and their children as often as we like (or used to), but they’re one of the best friends we could ever ask for. The support through Stella’s NICU stay, the listening ear so many times, and I’m sure the many prayers are cherished. It’s always an honour to be asked to photograph a family in this growing time, but that’s especially the case when they’re your friends. Dave and Dieneke, thank you for believing in me and allowing me to have so much fun with you last week. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed capturing them!!!
Long Point Beach is such a versatile place and works great for family sessions, but even maternity sessions! See this GORGEOUS MATERNITY SESSION that was captured at the same location!