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!
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.
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 Erin and Lucas arrived at this Port Burwell engagement session my heart danced when I saw them in these fun, but still seriously cute outfits! I could go on about how fun these two are, but the fact is, the pictures really speak for themselves. Erin and Lucas were up for absolutely anything! I love couples who trust me, who do all the things that feel awkward but look so freaking adorable! And these two seriously outdid themselves.
When we arrive at Port Burwell, I always start under this tree on the boardwalk. It’s got the perfect lighting and I know this location and composition always delivers stunning images. Because all of my clients deserve pictures like these! Erin and Lucas are super fun but low-key (they think this means they’re awkward, but we know better!), and are planning a gorgeous Whistling Gardens wedding!
Their second outfits was more dressy, but no less fun. It was the absolutely perfect combination, and I’m so impressed that Lucas even brought a pair of dress shoes for that outfit! We took that stunning floral dress and walked right into the lake. And captured the most stunning sunset pictures at Port Burwell. Pictures that will last these two a lifetime. I can honestly not wait to capture these two next year; if this Port Burwell engagement session was any indication it will be a day filled with love and laughter!!!
Port Burwell is a great location for engagement sessions, but also family session! See the Boeder extended family session HERE!
Makeup | Beautiful You
Hair | Robin Bokla
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!!!
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!
This Norwich apple orchard engagement session might not have happened if not for these two (and myself) getting some wet feet. Thanks to the VanYmeren family for letting us use their stunning orchard. The evening was balmy and just the perfect time to have an apple session engagement session for these two amazing human beings.
Craig and Hannah met in Ottawa at a human rights rally, and their first words to each other will be something they never forget. Craig stayed super-focused on his work, but Hannah soon started noticing that she was getting all flustered around this handsome young man; completely unlike her usual calm demeanour. It took Craig quite a while to realize what was afoot. When he did, it wasn’t long until he couldn’t imagine his life without her in it.
When it was time for Hannah to leave Ottawa for her new job in Toronto, she, being her common-sense-self, thought she would just pack up her stuff and drive down by herself. Surprise! Craig surprised Hannah by driving all the way to Ottawa to pack her up and get her to her new home. Or so she thought. When he asked her to go for a quick drive around Ottawa to visit all the places that have meant something to the two of them on their journey, she thought, “Oh, typical romantic Craig”. And she humoured him. He took her on a drive she didn’t expect, and along it were clues to get to the next location. At the very end, a ring!
At their consultation, I could definitely sense how much these two love each other. They pretty much could finish each other’s sentences but respected the other too much to do so. It was a fun hour of catching up (because we know each other outside of this business as well; they’ve seen me work with other amazing pro-life couples) and planning their big day. When I asked them how much further they got on wedding planning since a few weeks ago, Craig said, “I feel like we’ve been spending more time planning our marriage than planning our wedding.” Isn’t that sweet? And that’s how it should be!
At their session, these two laughed and snuggled, and Craig even read something to Hannah sitting on an old flatbed trailer. They really are perfect for each other, and I hope and pray that God will continue to bless their relationship and the important work that they do. It’s only a few months until their fall wedding day, and I couldn’t be more excited! These two are truly an inspiration, and it’s been an honour getting to know them and capturing this amazing period of their lives for them.
Do you want to see more engagement sessions? Click HERE!
Even this ring had a special meaning, and I love that Craig put so much thought into it! He wanted her (the Ruby, Hannah’s birthstone) to be forever protected and surrounded by his love (the diamonds, Craig’s birthstone).
As he spun her around and around, her white and blue dress flowing out behind her, he looked at her. Like, really looked at her. As if he was seeing her again for the first time. And she was just as goofy, happy, and crazy as she was back then. In this place that made us think we were somewhere in the Mediterranean, these two kissed more times than I asked them to. They laughed harder, smiled bigger, and made me the happiest photographer on the planet!
Julia and Andrew remind me so much of my husband and me! Julia and I are both goofballs and super easy-going! Andrew and Bert are both calmer, more grounded, and would much prefer to spend their evenings at home spending quality time with their girl. This Scarborough Bluffs engagement session was everything that we all dreamed of, I’m sure. I know it was for me!
At their consultation, Julia admitted that she’d found me on INSTAGRAM, and had scrolled all the way down to the bottom to one of last year’s wedding detail shots and fell in love. If I remember correctly, her words were, “If I had a photo like that of my wedding, I’d hang it on the wall!” That would make any photographer squeal inside, of course, but I literally squealed (although I waited till I was on the way home).
Julia admitted that they had a hard time choosing their outfits, but thanks to some super inspiring Pinterest boards, they absolutely nailed it! I am so totally going to use both of these outfits for the engagement session style guide that’s in the works for later this year! It’s always so amazing to make these decisions a little bit easier (and more fun) for couples. Engagement sessions should be all about laughter and relaxation! I always say that it’s just practice for the big day!
These two are having the most amazing wedding at LaSalle Banquet Centre in Burlington, and I heard something about a poutine bar! I mean, anyone who knows what a cheese-and-gravy lover I am, knows that’s the only reason why I’m really going, right? Just kidding!!! I literally am counting down the weeks till their July wedding. Julia is going to make the most beautiful bride and Andrew such a handsome groom.
Julia and Andrew, you two are some of the most beautiful (inside and out) people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. It was so amazing to make these memories with you. I’m excited that you are so confident in your choice to have me as your wedding photographer, it really is an honour. I cannot wait to see you again soon!
The lighting was just as amazing as THIS WEDDING the week before.