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!
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.
Snuggled up on the steps of the University College building on Western University’s campus in London is the cutest and sweetest couple ever; Meg & Kevin. Looking out over “the Hill”, now deserted because it’s cold and covered in snow, they were reluctant to get up to walk to the next location. And I’d probably be the same way! These two lovebirds; Kevin with his infectious smile and Meg with her stunning piercing green eyes, rocked their Western University engagement session!
All through their session, these two took any opportunity to look into each other’s eyes. Even though the surroundings were beautiful, they focused more on each other, which is precisely how it should be! Whenever we decided to take a quick break so that Meg and Kevin could warm up, they’d get nice and close out of the wind. It was so evident that they love being together! Those breaks were also so that I could capture her gorgeous solitaire diamond engagement ring. Kevin did such a fantastic job!
Meg & Kevin met at a bar, while he was celebrating his birthday with his buddies. After a little liquid courage, he had the nerve to go up to this gorgeous young lady sitting at the bar. And it was an instant connection and definite proof that modern ways of connecting with people can also bring love!
Now on to their proposal story, because that’s why you’re here, right? On the day in question, Meg decided to run a few more errands before coming home. Kevin, impatiently waiting at their home, was prepared for her to walk through the door at any moment. But she made him wait (not knowing what was happening of course). When Meg walked into the house and found a trail of rose petals leading up the stairs, she still did not clue in. She thought that he was just making one of his romantic gestures, isn’t that sweet? But then she saw him on one knee, and she, of course, said yes!
I’m super excited to capture their fall wedding later this year. I’m sure it’s going to be a day filled with moments like the one I experienced here. Meg & Kevin, congratulations once again! You both deserve a lifetime of happiness, and I can’t wait to see you in September.
Missing the thick layer of snow in this winter engagement session? So did we! Check out THIS BLOG POST for a snow-filled wedding.
And another engagement session! This one means so much to me. Well, actually to both of us! My dear husband came along dutifully and carried bags and coats when necessary. Meet Mark, our dear friend, and his gorgeous fiancé, Leona. We spent the day enjoying this Ball’s Falls and Niagara Falls engagement session, and made so many wonderful memories!
Leona has the same colour as my sister Jacolien (who lives in Holland, so I just missed her a little more that day), and I might be slightly jealous. Leona comes from a super musical family, and it’s no surprise that they randomly burst into song together when I happened to say something that reminded them of a song. Oh, the laughs! Mark has been in choir for ages (well, that’s what it seems like), so he fits right in with the family!
We started the day at Ball’s Falls on our way to Niagara Falls. If you’ve never been here, you need to go! I’ve never been during the summer, but it’s on my to-do list for 2019. Even in the winter with just a little snow, it was gorgeous! When we arrived at Niagara Falls, we managed to use some of their gorgeous sidewalks for backdrops. Funny how photographers see things completely different from the rest of the world! It might have taken just a little bit of Photoshop to erase a few people, but it was well worth it! After deciding to skip the Imax Theatre, (sorry Mark!) we headed on to Brock’s monument, where I might have run very excitedly to the splash pad, believing it was something completely different (and back-drop worthy)! Oops.
Mark and Leona are so perfect for each other! Leona has those little things she says or does, and we were right away reminded of Mark. And then we realized that she’s engaged to him, lol. Seriously, their sense of humour is so similar, it’s almost scary! Mark and Leona, thank you for allowing me to capture your love story on Monday, and we cannot wait to attend your big day in only a few short months! May God bless your preparations, and may He above all prepare your hearts for each other. Blessings.
When Ashley messaged me if her and Brady could take their puppy, Swish, to their Woodstock tree farm engagement session, I said, “Absolutely!” I love sessions with dogs, and Ashley and Brady were smart to bring a babysitter for him, so that most of their session could be focused on just them. Just look at these two! I knew they were expecting a lot of me when Ashley told me that they’d gotten engaged only a week prior. I had to ask about their proposal, and I just love it! (To be honest, who doesn’t love any proposal story?)
Brady, lucky man that he is with such a gorgeous girlfriend (I mean, look at her!), had made reservations to go out, planning to do so after their proposal. He texted Ashley during the day that she better be on time; he had already picked out her outfit for that evening. That might have sent alarm bells ringing in Ashley’s mind if she was expecting a proposal, but she was not!
When she came home, and saw that Swish’s bib was on backwards, she crouched down to fix it. When she turned it right side out, she noticed the marriage proposal spelled out! I’m sure she shrieked; I would have (and did back in the day). Ashley and Brady, congratulations on your engagement and I wish you happy planning! Your day in 2020 is going to be amazing, no matter what dress you wear, or what cake is served. Because the smiles on your faces say it all; you are both head over heels. And I couldn’t be happier for you.
This session was captured during my mini sessions at VanderKlooster Christmas Tree Farm this past Saturday. On this cold day, but the friendliness of the owners and employees was so heart-warming, that our memories of the cold waned quickly! I would definitely recommend this location to any couple, even during the leaf-less months of the year it’s still very beautiful. And the warm apple cider that they had waiting for us was very welcome!
See more engagements HERE!
Meet Swish, one of the most adorable puppies EVER!!!