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...
Hamilton’s Gage Park holds a very special place in the hearts of Sara and her family. It is near her grandfather’s memorial bench, a touching tribute to an important man. Their family visits this memorial tribute regularly, and while on a visit without her, Sara and Mitch met.
Sara’s father is a pastor and faith is very important to her and her family. Although their backgrounds could not be more different, Sara helped Mitch come to Christ. The story is miraculous! Mitch first met Sara when he started spending more time with the “pro-life crowd”. At first, it was mostly to convince them they were incorrect, but as a fierce protector of the lives of animals, he started to understand their point of view.
Mitch has spent the last few months with Sara’s family, and it has been nice for him to have deep and meaningful conversations with his father-in-law to be. Trying to be discreet, Mitch asked Sara’s parents quietly for her hand in marriage in a yarn store. Sara’s mother didn’t hear, so asked for her husband to repeat what Mitch asked. “Mitch wants to marry Sara”, he said loud and clear. Well, that news was out!
Two years ago, Sara and I met at the Pro-Life crash course (I’m beginning to see a pattern, lol). A kind, extremely generous and warm-hearted human, it’s no surprise what Mitch sees in Sara. He’s wonderful himself, and they are a perfect match. You can see the joy and love between them in every frame. They made the trip all the way from Ottawa to have me capture their Gage Park engagement session, and I’m absolutely honoured! I’m thrilled for their Toronto winter wedding in just over three months.
Mitch is in school to become a Registered Massage Therapist, so the massage oil that was in their client welcome box was very well-received! Mitch and Sara have been engaged now for a few months, and we were excited to finally get together physically for this gorgeous session. For Sara, this was the first visit to her Grandfather’s memorial bench. I’ve wanted to photograph a Gage Park engagement for some time, and again it happens to be one of my favourite couples who bring me to a new place (although all my couples are my fave, if I have to be honest).
The session started off slightly rainy, but clearing up quickly, giving us a chance to use the stunning umbrellas. Even though the fountain was no longer running, the location was everything I’d hoped for, giving its share of backdrops. And Sara and Mitch just sparkled with happiness. They showed up in a gorgeous outfit and changed into an even nicer one halfway through. I absolutely love well-prepared clients!
Mitch and Sara, I am absolutely giddy with happiness as I blog this session before my vacation yet. I’m seriously so thankful for the two of you, and I’m honoured to have the pleasure of capturing your big day. Your story is amazing, and I know you’ve impacted me personally. May God grant you everything you need in the coming months as you plan your wedding and spending your life together after that! I honestly cannot wait!!!
In the summer of 2017, Jonathan, a mutual friend introduced Scott & Oriyana. Two years later, just before the federal election, Scott surprised Oriyana with a proposal. This was completely unexpected. Now, they have been engaged for over a year already. We even managed to fit our first consultation in before the election! The initial plan of a cherry blossom engagement session, including a picnic was interrupted by COVID-19. Scott had planned it to be just like the day he proposed; what a romantic idea! This Stratford engagement session was the absolute perfect way to capture this love story; Stratford, with the beautiful river and adorable shops, is just the perfect little town to leisurely enjoy.
Scott works for an organization that works to get pro-life people into government positions. He is someone I’ve admired for quite some time. Capturing his love story with Oriyana has been an honour. Oriyana is a paramedic; her job has definitely changed because of COVID-19. The current situation with the virus has made things especially challenging for these two. Scott spent 6.5 months in his home province of Manitoba with his family, as restrictions were not likely to be as severe in Manitoba. He wasn’t sure if he was even allowed to see her at a certain point as she’s a frontline worker, but he’s incredibly glad to be back now!
Oriyana and I first met at a pro-life crash course that I attended a few years back. She taught me so much about how to argue for the life of the preborn, especially the principle of double effect. Knowing that Oriyana and Scott do so much for the lives of the unborn means so much to our family. Especially as our own unborn child (Stella) was in so much danger for 11 weeks of her pregnancy.
Scott and Oriyana didn’t consider moving their wedding date even once, but they have had to cut it down quite significantly. Especially as certain very special loved ones are not able to attend the big day. It didn’t feel right having a big party without those special guests. It is still going to be an amazing intimate wedding day, however. We are excited to photograph in the same church as Victoria and Jonathan’s wedding again!
This Stratford engagement session was so much like what their actual engagement looked like; it started off sunny and happy, but was rudely interrupted by a very unexpected storm (as COVID did in real life). We sought cover under a bridge, and after a 15-minute downpour, even though the sunshine was gone, we were still able to continue on until we got all the photos we need. Our session went from the beautiful alcove under the trees, to walking along the Avon River, to a beautiful little street with unique storefronts.
In the evening after our session, Scott and Oriyana got wonderful news later that they had secured a place to live together after their wedding. This is sure to take a lot of stress of their plates, and they are now able to put all their energy into putting the final touches on their wedding day, which is less than a month away!
Scott & Oriyana, your love story is inspiring. I can truly say that I’m incredibly impressed at how you’ve navigated all the obstacles during your engagement. And also incredibly glad that you (hopefully) never have to spend that much time apart again. Your wedding day is exactly a month after this session, and we are incredibly excited!!! Wishing you God’s help during these last few weeks as fiancés, and we’ll see you in October!
On this gorgeous Saturday afternoon, I had the absolute pleasure to meet Anna and Mathew for their engagement session at one of Southwestern Ontario’s most beautiful little spots; Mill Race Park in Cambridge. The light at this location is just absolutely amazing, especially when it nears the end of the day. The wind was brisk, and I almost regretted not taking a sweater. Anna’s windblown hair got in the way at times, but it added the perfect movement to these photos at their Cambridge engagement session. Anna and Mathew shared countless amount of giggles as they trusted my vision, and it made for one of the most joyful sessions I can remember capturing.
I met them at Mathew’s brother’s wedding (see that HERE), and I am so lucky to photograph both of Mr. and Mrs. Clow’s sons’ weddings! It was only a few months after Julia and Andrew’s wedding that I saw Mathew and Anna’s exciting announcement on Instagram. I still remember receiving the inquiry from them; apparently I must have done something right when they saw my work (wink,wink!) We had initially planned on a beautiful spring engagement session, and their wedding day was supposed to be this past month. However, like we all know, a lot of plans have had to change, and these two have just gone with the punches and stayed positive through it all. We are now excitedly planning their April Holland Marsh Wineries wedding, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Mathew and Anna have known each other since she was in tenth grade, approximately 14 years ago already! They’ve been together almost ever since. I can so obviously see the respect and admiration that these two have for each other. It is no wonder that Mathew knew exactly what kind of ring Anna would like. And a gorgeous one, at that! Photographing beautiful rings while the couple changes their outfit is always one of my favourite parts of the session!
This Cambridge engagement session was absolutely epic. Anna was one of the first brides to receive my physical copy of the DVI engagement sessions style guide. This has been such a blessing to them and myself. My couples have been showing up looking like models ever since I started that. Anna’s makeup and hair were done to perfection, her dress was sweet and stylish, and the perfect compliment to Mathew’s suit (worn at Andrew’s wedding). I cannot even believe how amazing all these details made this blog post.
Anna and Mathew, thank you for trusting me with this important part of your journey. If you continue laughing together through life, you’re off to a great start. You two have already had your share of struggles and losses, but as long as you continue to hold each other’s hand through it all, and with God’s blessing, I can only imagine how amazing your future will be!
The Vendor Team
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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…
Want to see another stunning Whistling Gardens engagement session? See that HERE!
The Vendor Team
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!
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.
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.
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!
See that bunny in the background? Yep, it was our audience for quite some time!
Countryside sessions can offer such a variety of options, see THIS STUNNING BURGESSVILLE SESSION for more proof!
The weather has been getting warmer, and it has me itching to get out more to photograph gorgeous couples like these two! We had dreams of a beach session, but that was just not possible. Instead, we ended up at this gorgeous countryside property with a small pond. And it was gorgeous. I’m no longer sad about missing the beach, even though I’ll want to go soon! Katie and Sean met years ago and it wasn’t long after that they knew they were meant for each other. This Burgessville countryside engagement session encompasses everything these two love about each other.
Engagement sessions are always bring some feelings of uncertainty, especially for couples like Katie and Sean who haven’t ever had a professional photographer capture them. For newbies, they did amazing! The natural chemistry between these two was so easy to work with. And they were absolutely ready for some fun. Their wedding is currently still planned for September of this year, and I’m rooting for them! They are planning a sweet rustic wedding. Both mentioned that this Burgessville countryside engagement session was then even more their style than the beach would have been!
Katie and Sean, I’m hoping that the happiest months of your engagement are yet to be. I’m praying that you will forever hold onto your desire to have fun, as we had at your session. I’m wishing that everything goes back to normal as soon as possible so that you can celebrate your upcoming nuptials with all your friends and family. Bertus and I cannot wait to arrive on the morning of your big day and see your beautiful faces again! We are honoured to capture every single couple, but I have to admit that you two are making me feel like your wedding day is going to be such a breeze! And I for one cannot wait!
Who says you need an epic location to get photos that mean a lot to you? Click HERE to see evidence of another countryside portrait session!
I’m in Vancouver for this couple’s wedding day, and I couldn’t be more excited to show you these photos I captured at today’s Vancouver Engagement Session Cleveland Dam. This isn’t going to be a long emotional post about how amazing these two people are, because that will come with their wedding blog next week. All you need to know is that their wedding day is going to be amazing and I’m so excited! It’ll be the first wedding shooting with Carrie Nickerson from Cnic Photography, and while I will definitely miss my hubby, I know she’s got my back. Check back next week for more gorgeous photos of these two, this time in a tux and gown!
It was a super cold November day, just after the first snow of the season had fallen. Emily and Dan laughed as they strolled along the Grand River at their Lorne Park, Brantford engagement session. I have to say that the way these two enjoyed their session even made me forget the freezing temperatures for a while. These two avid sports fans were up for absolutely anything, and I’m just so grateful that they made the long drive to meet me in Brantford.
Dan proposed on the evening that the Raptors won their big game, and Emily didn’t even hesitate. If any two people are made for each other, it’s these two. Dan was up for all the tickling. And Emily was willing to let him have his fun for these adorable pictures. Emily and Dan both love sports, albeit different ones, so there is always a game on at their house. The ring on Emily’s finger is proof that opposites attract; in this case, it’s cause for a lot of back and forth fun and games.
Walking beside the rushing Grand River, there was not much greenery left to enjoy. There had been a little snow, and we’ve had loads more since. But on Saturday, Emily and Dan were definitely the feature on the bank. The fresh air that comes with cooler temperatures just made the world feel clean and it was so obvious that a new season is upon us. This season of engagement for Emily and Dan is only going to last another six months, before I will see them again at their stunning La Salle Park wedding. I know they’re definitely enjoying it, and I’m just thrilled to think that the next time I see them it will be starting to warm up again. Then again, I think they are even more excited for warm weather than me, and that’s hard to imagine (for me).
We did manage to find a little bit of fall left at this Lorne Park Brantford engagement session on the side of Ballantyne Drive, and that made my photographer heart very happy! The bright fall colours were the perfect backdrop to these two sweet people. We might have had an audience for most of that time, but it made it all the funnier. And it made me work faster, which meant that all three of us could get out of the cold temperatures sooner.
Emily and Dan, thank you two so much for sticking with me on Saturday; I absolutely am in love with these photos of you two! It so totally fits the way I see you two. I can’t wait to get to know you even better over the next six months. Before we know it, your wedding day will be here and you’ll be dressed in white, Emily! And Dan, you’ll get to see her walking up the aisle. While I’m super excited for May, I’m sure that you two are even more so. It’s going to be an amazing day with your loved ones. And at the end of the day, you’ll be Mr. & Mrs. Eeeeek! Wishing you all the best as you prepare for that day; with each other by your side it’s sure going to be a competitive, yet fun, journey.