I'm Dianne, and welcome to my blog! I'm a wedding and family photographer based in Southwestern Ontario, and I just love meeting people in every stage of life, but have to admit that love stories are my favourite! I'd love it if you'd grab a coffee, snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that I've been up to lately, and become a part of this amazing DVI community! You can even get to know me and my family!
I'm Dianne, and welcome to my blog! I'm a wedding and family photographer based
photographer based in Southwestern Ontario, and I just love meeting people in every stage of life, but have to admit that love stories are my favourite! I'd love it if you'd grab a coffee, snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that I've been up to lately, and become a part of this amazing DVI community! You can even get to know me and my family!
The way that Evan smiles at Ali is a thing of fairytales. The way she smiles back at him reminds me of Cinderella and her prince. And when he twirls her around, I feel so lucky that I get to be their wedding photographer. All in all, this Ruthven Park engagement session was everything I’ve dreamed of since they first reached out to me to be their wedding photographer. And Ruthven Park did not disappoint, just like I knew it wouldn’t. It has an amazing story!
Being in this gorgeous place was even more amazing once I learned more about its history. Being built in the 1840s, it’s now part of a 1200 acre estate that crosses the Grand River. Knowing that this belonged to the Thompson family, who have roots in the military and are known for being a huge contributing part to the formative years of Canada. It’s hard to believe that it was once the largest industrial town in Haldimand County! Now it’s the perfect location for many weddings and this stunning engagement session.
Ali and Evan met when he was between homes, and she was moving. From the beginning, these two have been each other’s rock and they’ve since become a mom and dad to a gorgeous Golden Retriever; Flash. This young man has his own Instagram, and is quite famous! One of their first requests from Ali and Evan was to have him part of the engagement session, and I couldn’t be more excited to make this happen! Flash is quite the speedster and made the session very fun and relaxed.
Ali and Evan, I’m so thankful that after being rained out the first time we were able to make this work! The fact that I got over 2000 images attests to the fact that you two are seriously photogenic and I can’t wait to get you all the images. Wishing you the best time planning the next part of your lives together! I cannot wait to see you back at Ruthven Park again; your wedding day will be here before you know it! In the meantime, I’ll be impatiently counting down the days!!!
These stairs!!! Like seriously, when the sun was out, my heart did a big happy dance!!!
Big boy Flash needed his own moment in the spotlight!
Spending a moment imagining saying “I do” under the gazebo, like they will next year!!
The following images are from Ali & Evan’s first part of this Ruthven Park engagement session.
As he watched her walk down the aisle, seeing her for the second time that day, he was as excited as when he saw her the first time. Their first look had been magical, the look on his face was priceless as he turned around and saw her in her stunning dress. They had already signed the paperwork to keep the ceremony flowing smoothly. The officiant asked their loved ones whether they would support Andrew and Julia through their journey as husband and wife, and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a more resounding “Yes!” This La Salle Park wedding was every bit as magical and incredible as Julia and Andrew first described it to me at their consultation, and it was an honour capturing all of their important moments!
Their day started off getting ready at their apartment and a hotel suite at the Burlington Waterfront Hotel. The atmosphere at both locations was super fun and easy-going, which was no surprise to us. Spending time with the girls and Natalie from Brush Beauty Bar was relaxed and allowed me to capture all the gorgeous details (I mean, just look at that ring!) and I was cheered on more than once. Julia first found me on Instagram and when she saw this detail shot, she knew she wanted to hire me. She actually told me at their consultation that if she had a shot like that on their wedding, she’d likely frame it! So the pressure was on when it came to details, but it just wasn’t hard with THAT RING!!!
Andrew smiled as he heard her walk up to him. He waited for that tap. The thing he’d been thinking about all day. He turned around… and saw the woman he’s so excited to spend the rest of his life with. His mouth dropped. Could not believe his eyes. The woman who he always thought was beautiful, had transformed into a princess. And she felt like that all day! They were so excited to get the day going; within a minute Julia piped up and said, “Okay, we’re done! What’s next?” I mean, I don’t think we could love these two even more, but they prove us wrong every time!!
As they signed the forms in front of just their two witnesses, I’m not sure anyone could have been more excited than Laura, Julia’s sister! Every signature was met with another cheer, and hugs all around. We just stood back and basked in all that love. The ceremony was short but full of meaning and laughter! Joy, the officiant, did an incredible job mentioning everything that meant so much to Julia and Andrew. Then came the moment that these two could have their official first kiss as husband and wife (there had been a few unofficial ones) and walk (okay, run) back up the aisle towards their future.
The rest of their big day was a blur for them, I’m sure. From all the congratulations to the quick in-between pictures, some more family pictures (we managed to get most of them done before the ceremony); and from hugs and kisses straight through to their first dance… The evening was everything they imagined and more. It was really hard to say goodbye, knowing that it’ll definitely be a while before we see them again. But we know that they’re starting their lives off the right way, with the support of all their loved ones! Their La Salle Park wedding was definitely perfect, and even though marriage may not always be easy… I can attest to the fact that these two are perfect for each other. With the love and encouragement from their parents, siblings, and friends… well, we just cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.
Julia and Andrew, we hope you enjoy your honeymoon, it sure looks like Indy (their dog) has been enjoying it! We wish you God’s blessing on your marriage, and we want you to know that we really view you as friends. So if there is ever an opportunity for you to travel out our way, please let us know and we’ll have the drinks ready for you!!!
Notice those plants behind Julia? Apparently, she is a magician at bringing ailing plants back to life and making them thrive! I wish I could even make mine last one year, so kudos to Julia!!!
Look at the look on Andrew’s face as he sees his bride for the first time of the day! This is why first looks are soooo amazing…
I always promise my clients that I want to be their eyes for them during the ceremony. This next picture is why!!! When the mom of the groom is so overcome with emotion that she has to wipe those tears away and I just happen to have my camera pointed at my way (okay, I was paying attention), you know I’m going to capture that!!! Knowing that her son is making that commitment just had Andrew’s mom tearing up, and if it were my son I know I’d be doing the same thing!
And they’re married!!!!!!!
By special request, we had to capture some crazy portraits (these are the type that usually ends up on Julia’s Instagram feed), and we just couldn’t resist putting a couple of them on their blog!!!
After those funny shots, we had to get a triple kiss with bride & groom and their parents each kissing each other. Seriously, such a fun couple!!!
Julia felt like a princess all day and we are of the opinion that she looked like it too!
And then after their first dance, we took this couple down to the marina to capture some stunning sunset portraits! It was worth the trek down (and back up) the stairs, let me tell you!!!
Even at the end of a hot day, everyone was getting their groove on!
Just one quick capture of Julia’s school squad; I’m not sure how much teaching gets done with all of these teachers having this much fun together! 😉
And last, but not least, my favourite DVI Couple “Selfie” ever… We’re really going to miss you, and we look forward to hearing from you (and Indy) about all your big plans and all the amazing happenings in your lives!!!
The Vendor Team
Photography | Dianne Velthove Imagery
Hair & Makeup | www.brushbeautybarburlington.com
Shoes | Keds
Engagement Ring | James Porter
Her Wedding Bands | Pandora
Florals | Costco
Venue | La Salle Park Conference Center
Officiant | Joy Johnson
DJ | DJ Emporium
Bridesmaid Dresses | Best For Brides
Men Formalwear | Tip Top Tailors
Invitations | Vistaprint
Favours | Lindt Chocolates
This was a very last-minute session, but we were determined to make it work! All the effort that Lydia and I put into organizing the outfits, location, etc. made this Long Point maternity session a dream come true! When Lydia showed up in this dress (that she found at Winners), I knew we were golden! (See what I did there?) Lydia is in her 33rd week of pregnancy, and she looks absolutely amazing. Her husband Josh thinks so too. I didn’t need to wait long for his answer when I asked him if he was excited to be a daddy; a firm “yes” left no doubt in my mind! It was so amazing to hear how these two are getting ready for baby; a completely holistic approach that I envy (I was never able to have a home delivery).
When asked if they were hoping for a boy or a girl, most people answer, “As long as it’s healthy, we’re happy.” Not these two! Of course, they are hoping for a healthy baby and a safe delivery. But Lydia and Josh are both hoping for a boy to start some really great Oosterveld traditions with! Knowing the story behind it all made me fall in love with them even more. To say that these two are planning to put one-hundred-and-ten percent into raising this baby according to God’s will is probably an understatement. It was obvious how much this baby is loved and prayed for. And that made this Long Point maternity session a dream come true not only for them; also for me!
It was not the most beautiful day to have this session. However, Lydia’s pregnancy glow cancelled out any of the little raindrops that threatened to end our session before we were ready to call it quits. We worked quickly but laughed a lot. Getting to put our feet in the water at the end of the session was my highlight of this session. I’m hoping that the memories these two made together was their favourite. Either way, the smiles are genuine, and the pictures are epic (you need to scroll down to see the ones in the lake!)
Josh & Lydia, getting to spend a little time with you was such a gift! Please know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, especially on your travels. And whenever baby Oosterveld arrives, I’d love to pop in to get a little baby fix! I hope you enjoy the rest of this pregnancy, long hair and all (inside joke), and that these images will make you as happy as I’m imagining.
Beach sessions are my favourite!!! See another one HERE!
Exploring one of Canada’s gorgeous beaches on its birthday was a perfect way to spend this past Monday. And this West Shore Beach family session turned out even more amazing than I ever could have imagined! We’ve known Kasia and Faizal for a few years now. I still remember the moment Faizal and I first chatted up a conversation; at the cleaning station in the NICU where Stella spent the first few months of her life. Yes, little Miss Aleena had the same idea as Stella to arrive on this world a little earlier than expected. And now she is just the most adorable and polite little lady, and happens to have a little brother; Adam!
I am so glad that this session got rescheduled a few times to the date that it finally happened! The beach was full and the sun was bright. However, we managed to find a secluded little spot with a tree blocking the rest of the crowd, and we made good use out of it. The sun sparkling off the water was the perfect background for this West Shore Beach family session!
Kasia’s parents (who actually surprised them with this session for their birthday last year) tagged along to keep the kids happy. When they left, they thanked me, time and time again. I was trying to wonder why. “I wish we had pictures like this when our kids were little”, said Kasia’s mom. That reminded me to be so thankful for these luxuries that modern technology has provided us with. Someday, she said, Aleena and Adam could look back at what their family was like when they were just little. I’m sure Kasia and Faizal will enjoy these memories for years to come. And thanks to digital technology, their kids can too!
These two are both super busy parents, who understand how fast time flies by. And how quickly kids grow up! Aleena has been taught such perfect manners by her mama, and Adam has his daddy’s love for music. It was nice to be able to use a national holiday to have their session. While this meant that the beach was flooded with people, thanks to finding and utilizing the perfect tree to block them out, we managed to make that beach look completely deserted! And this meant that this little family could really enjoy their time together. We laughed and we played. We took out the sand from Aleena’s shoes more times than I can count. We ran after Adam’s hat almost as many times! But in the end, we all left with smiles on our faces and happiness in our hearts.
Want your own beach session this year? I’m booking up quick! INQUIRE HERE!
I could tell you so much about why this little family means so much to me, but I don’t think I can put it into words. Meet Dylan, Sandra, Griffin and pup Nessa, the subjects of this stunning Byron family session! Sandra and I met on social media, and when we found out how much we had in common, we knew we had to meet! Being fellow photographers, crunchy mama’s and above all, Christians; we had a lot to chat about! And chat we do! I don’t think many days go by without at least a quick Facebook video call or message.
Sandra and Dylan have one of those relationships you read about in a Lori Wick novel; they love each other wholeheartedly and go out of their way to make sure that the other is well taken care of. They are parents of little man Griffin, a beautiful son. Griffin has the most amazing eyes (check down further in the post; you’ll see them there!!!), and he loves to dance! He’s just over 14 months, and not quite walking. His mommy and daddy are his biggest cheerleaders and his best refuge. They love this little man so much, and I’m sure that while they are enjoying every minute with him now, they cannot wait to see him grow up to find out what purpose God has for his life!
Dylan and Sandra are both photographers (see their work HERE), and I’m a huge advocate of their work! While our styles definitely differ, I’ve trusted them to take really good care of my brother and his fiancé on their wedding day and in the time leading up to it. And for anyone who knows me, you know that this kind of control can be hard for me to let go. So, that says something! I know it was also quite a step for them to choose me for this Byron family session, and I feel so honoured!
Dylan, I love how I see the love for your son in your eyes. Your desire to protect him and to help him grow up to be a good human being is so obvious. Sandra, of course, it’s the same for you. But for you, it’s also deeper. You had the privilege of carrying this little man for nine months before you both got to meet him. Also, you have the responsibility of making sure he is fed; I envy your breastfeeding journey! For you both, this is the legacy you’re leaving; for you, it’s the boy you’re raising up to be a good husband to his future wife, a good father to his future children. And I love that you’re looking to God to be your guide on this journey.
I know as photographers, you want to impact your couples. I know you do this from personal experience. Our anniversary session with you was more than I could ever have expected. I hope and pray that God will continue leading you on this journey. Dylan, may He grant you what is necessary to take this full-time so that you can spend more time with your family and doing what you really love! Sandra, may He help you day in, day out so that you can know that you’re doing His will, and doing it well. And Griffy, may you find out how much your parents love you; you sure are one lucky little man!
See our anniversary session captured by Dylan and Sandra HERE!
The Vendor Team
Photographer | Dianne Velthove Imagery
Outfits | H&M
Hair | BLUSH
Makeup | Catherine Krahn
Our first anniversary we celebrated by taking the motorbike to Niagara Falls. I was 8.5 months pregnant. I was crazy! Our second anniversary, we celebrated with a delicious dinner, our almost one-year-old daughter was in attendance. Our third anniversary, we actually took two days away from the two kids we had and spent it at Niagara Falls, once again. Our fourth anniversary? No idea. After a few years, and several kids, our anniversary became somewhat of a normal day but with a special memory. We decided that this year that was not going to be the case; and thus came about this Whistling Gardens anniversary session.
To be honest, getting ready for this session was exhilarating, but also terrifying in a way. We’d never had an engagement session. We rarely had a photo taken of just the two of us, other than on our wedding day. When we decided that this was something we really wanted to do, it wasn’t hard to choose which photographer to use. Even though they use Canon and we’re Nikon-users (inside joke that only photographers will understand), I knew that Dylan and Sandra of Dylan and Sandra Photography would make our session everything I’d dreamed of. And they did not disappoint.
In the week since this session, I’ve had a lot of time to look at these pictures. I’ve thought about all the things that have changed since our wedding day. And I’ve been focusing more on all the good things that we share together. Our four children; from finding out that we were pregnant with each one to their deliveries, birthdays, going off to school, etc. Our inside jokes, and those of you who know my husband, Bertus, a little bit will understand that there are many. He’s got such a blunt attitude when it comes to saying the funniest thing at the most appropriate time, and it’s just one of the things I love about him!
Oh, where to start… I have, from the moment we met, loved the fact that Bertus and I agree on everything important in our lives. From faith to food, we rarely have something that one of us is against, while the other is for it. Now, when it comes to child discipline, things can get a little more difficult, but we all know how good kids are at using the one parent against the other, am I right? I love his smile. I love the way his eyes crinkle now when he does it. They didn’t do that when we got married, but with age comes wisdom and wrinkles. And grey hair (see pictures below). I have to say it’s also something that’s grown on me!
I love how he loves our children. He reads ten (if not twenty) times more books to them than I do. He loves being a jungle gym. He often has much more patience than I do, a quality that he’s had to learn as a teacher. He loves with all his heart. He doesn’t get angry quickly. He is fair. He is the most wonderful man I could ever imagine myself married to.
What would Bertus say? He’d probably just start by saying something silly. Maybe how he loves that I’m so good at sleeping in lately (don’t blame me, I finally figured out my alarm on my new cell phone). But deep down, he loves my giving spirit, my inability to keep secrets, and above all, my cooking! He hates eating out at restaurants because the food at home is much better. But I love not having to do dishes once in a while. A few years ago we really started to enjoy sushi, and I’m going to make sure that I don’t learn to do that well at home. Because then we’d never eat out anymore!
Four children, a teaching career and a photography business makes for a busy life. There isn’t often much time left to spend doing something like what we are doing this year. But we realized that it is so important, especially when life is so busy, to focus on the victories. Whether it’s your first or 25th anniversary, take the time to really appreciate what you mean to each other. I’ve thought so much this last week about how far we’ve come in the last 10 years. From an unsure teenager (I was only 18 when I got married) to a mother of four who owns her own business, there have definitely been struggles. We’ve gotten through those, but only with God’s help.
And with God in mind, we humbly acknowledge Him for all the things we’ve received from His hand. From four healthy children (one of whom was an absolute miracle), to a home where we’ve made so many memories; we try not to take it for granted. Growing from that teenager who I used to be into the woman I am today has been a journey. And we decided that it was a journey worth celebrating.
So here we are, telling you that it’s okay to take joy in the little things and to celebrate the big things. Any way you want, to God’s honour. It’s something that I could never have imagined when we got married, but it’s where we are now. And we get to keep these memories forever, with no small thanks to all the vendors listed at the bottom of the post. This Whistling Gardens anniversary session would not have happened without your help, and we are so grateful!
Get to know more about our family HERE!
The Vendor Team
Photography: Dylan & Sandra Photography
Planner/Designer/Edits: Dianne Velthove Imagery
Venue: Whistling Gardens
Hair & Make-up: Teased Bridal
Necklace: Le Chateau
Dress: JJ’s House
Florals: Van R Florals
Natasha and Jordon didn’t just show up dressed for the part to their Nith River engagement session, they showed up ready to have some fun! This amazing couple found out about me through their grandmother, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at a local lady bosses lunch. And I’m so thankful for her kind words to this couple. After our consultation (which went way longer than normal), they emailed me and mentioned how they felt like they could have sat there and chatted all day! I left that consultation praying that they would choose me, and it didn’t take very long for that “yes” email to arrive!!!
When we started discussing where to have their engagement session, Jordan and Natasha both right away mentioned Silver Bridge. When I was imagining this bridge in my head, it was nothing special, I have to admit. However, when we arrived, Jordan said to Natasha in their truck in front of me, “Right now she’s saying, “WOOOOOW, this is gorgeous!” And he was completely right! The lighting here was perfect, and the fact that this bridge means so much to them just made it the perfect location for them, and that’s what makes this Nith River engagement session so special!
These two have known each other since Kindergarten, but only started dating a few years after high school. They’ve spent many nights here at Silver Bridge, jumping off the top into the 15-foot deep Nith River! I cannot even imagine the rush that must bring, and I’d rather not find out!
They are so amazing together, and during one of our little conversations, which often tend to go towards wedding day planning and/or marriage, we started chatting about what it means to be married. You know that a couple is your ideal couple when they literally voice the thoughts in your head, and that happened here as well. “Marriage is not just a game”, Jordan said, “It’s serious business!” And he’s totally right. Marriage is work; hard work at times! But when done right, it’s so totally worth it!
And then there was Jordan’s other baby, who had to be part of this session as well; his pick-up truck! Scroll down to see the fun that was had, and you don’t even want to know what we needed to do to get these pictures! Luckily, no one came by during this part, and we could get some amazing images, one of which Natasha put as her background as soon as she saw it!
Finally it was time for those epic shots, right by the riverside. The sun was setting and that golden glow was the perfect background! I asked Jordan if he’d ever picked up Natasha and carried her on his back (it just seems like a country thing to do). He replied, “Only when there’s a puddle and she’s too scared to get her feet wet!” Oh, the laughter during this session was non-stop!
Natasha and Jordan, this session was such a blast, and you’re not the only one who was amazed by how great the time we spent together was. I mean, I knew you two were fun, but I love that it went much deeper than that. I wish you two all the best in the coming year; your wedding is just over a year away! Enjoy wedding planning; it may not always be void of stress, but you’ll only do it once! I can’t wait to see you again next year!
This is not the only cute couple I’ve had the privilege of photographing recently, click HERE to see more!
And now for the most epic shot (and probably my favourite image of all time)…
I mean, aren’t these two just absolutely adorbs? I sure think so!!!
Twenty-five years is cause for celebration, am I right? This beautiful family has been blessed throughout the years. Ups and downs, through thick and thin. Twenty-five years. A quarter of a century. Six children. Two sons-in-law have been added the last few years. And just a month ago, a beautiful grand-baby; Arielle. This Waterford extended family session was so much fun, and it really brought home to me how important family relationships are. You may not know it, but you’d be surprised at how much these big uncles love their little niece… just scroll down to see!
Arlene called me a few months ago to start planning this Waterford extended family session. It is always a bit harder to organize a convenient time to get everyone together when some of the kids have their own families, so starting early, as she did, is a great idea! When our first location fell through, we decided on Waterford Ponds; one of my favourite locations ever! The light on Friday was perfect, and once again I ended up with a huge gallery of images!
I’m sure Don and Arlene don’t mind that I took a whole bunch of their beautiful little girl, Kaylia. She was just such a joy, very kind and willing to do whatever I asked of her. We even had a very fun race, didn’t we Kaylia? From big to small, these kids all had fun. I always love to throw a few pictures of each mini-family in there for mom and dad to enjoy, but it’s also a great way to update the photo frames for the in-laws, and a nice way to keep the photo albums up to date. Because, let’s face it, that’s just so much fun to look at here and there!
Don and Arlene, thank you for the honour of letting me capture your beautiful growing family. Wishing you many congratulations for your twenty-fifth. My family and I hope that God will bless you with many more happy years together. I’m sure seeing your children grow up, and leaving the house to start their own families, isn’t always easy. But knowing that they’re starting their own legacy and will one day, the Lord willing, celebrate this milestone with their own spouse must be a cause for celebration. I hope you love these images as much as I do!
See another super fun family session at this location HERE!
With his fingers, he carefully picked up the bee, and showed it to me. Even though I’m not allergic, I have to say that I’m no fan, so I wasn’t too eager to get too close. Mentioning that I’d hate for him to get stung, he mentioned that this doesn’t happen if you pick them up correctly, which is by their wings apparently. Mike, an apiarist (or beekeeper, in layman’s terms) was quick to put the insect back on the flower. His fiancé feels the same about the busy little creatures than I do, but we both understand the need for them on this planet! Without them, there would likely be a shortage of fruits and vegetables. I don’t think anyone wants to imagine a world without peaches and blueberries (and the delicious desserts that can be made with that).
This Cranberry Creek engagement session was filled with so much laughter! It’s been days and my stomach muscles still ache when I think back to this evening. It’s always a little awkward during the first 15 minutes of engagement sessions. However, the character of these two made it so fun, we barely noticed!
From the white church to gorgeous flowers and greenery, this location was where Cassie and Mike were hoping to have their wedding. Sadly it was already booked. They have another amazing venue booked now. However, they were so excited to have their engagement session here! From the blooming lilacs to the bees buzzing by the flowers, we explored the grounds. The white church was a perfect background to their love story. Cassie and I agreed that the peeling paint only added to the character of the venue. We couldn’t imagine how beautiful a wedding held at this location would be.
These two are planning an amazing wedding day, and taking the necessary time to make sure that they can have the wedding of their dreams! I’ve blogged about why a photographer should be one of the first vendors you book (read that HERE), and Cassie is checking all of those boxes! From being her stylist to helping her find other dream vendors to make her day amazing; it’s always an honour to be part of this journey. And knowing that brides, like Cassie, appreciate it, is just icing on the cake!
Wishing you a wonderful time planning the rest of your amazing day, and I’m sad that I won’t see you again soon! But if there’s anything you need, you know I’m here for you!