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!
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!
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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
So much love! And so many pictures! To say that this Courtland large family session was busy is an understatement. But boy, did I have fun! And I was assured by the mother of these nine beautiful kids, that they enjoyed themselves too. From their youngest right up to the oldest! These parents just recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. I am just amazed at how good God has been to them, granting them nine healthy children.
I was lucky enough to spend just a little bit of time at the CCBR’s Prolife Crash Course this summer, and Jannissa, the oldest, had the chance to spend a few months with this incredible organization! She was out on the streets every day, saving unborn lives. I can’t wait what this year’s graduates will do with their knowledge! I have seen some incredible things over the last few years.
This evening we dealt with everything from direct sun to drizzle, and we were able to see some gorgeous skies in the process. I was glad we had postponed this session a few days due to weather. And thanks to all of the different lighting scenarios, I was able to capture all the backgrounds that we had hoped for. Scroll down to see a beautiful pond that we wouldn’t have been able to capture had it not been cloudy! Looking at this beautiful nature, from the ground to the wide open skies, we talked about how amazing God is and how it’s so hard to understand the disbelief in His existence if you just look around you.
Twenty years, and nine children. Nico and Erna, you have been so blessed. I am sure that those years have come with their trials; raising children is a huge responsibility! These children have so much respect for you, however, and it is so obvious. I wish you many more happy years together; watching your children grow older and starting their own families. Erna, I know you lost your father shortly after your parents were married for this long, and that is why this session is so important to you. I hope that these images do you and your family justice, and that you can look back at this time of your life with a smile on your face, for years to come.
Now I’m going to let these images speak for themselves! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the responsibility of your anniversary family session, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!