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!
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!!!
When a former classmate refers their brother and his fiancé to you, and you have this much fun together… Well, you get the gist. Let’s just say that I am over the moon and feeling humbly blessed to have met these two amazing people at a Delhi farm engagement session. Wait, I mean these three. I also got to meet Lucy, their adorable 6-month-old puppy! She wouldn’t even sit still for 2 seconds for her own close-up. This means that she is not in a lot of the pictures, but that’s okay.
Lydia and Richard are getting married in January already! We really wanted to get their engagement session done soon, so they could enjoy their images for a few months before that happens. I really think that two truly bring out the best in each other. When I heard that Lydia gifted Richie a gun after their engagement, I was super excited that they chose to incorporate it into their session! It made for some amazing ring shots.
Lydia and Richard, I know you think I tell everyone that they’re amazing at posing! That might be true, but you two were so made for each other. This made posing you so easy and fun! I felt like I wasn’t even working at all. That is definitely one of my favourite thing about this session. Along with Lucy, the gun, the location, and of course the two of you! I am super excited to capture you on your big day; I can’t believe that is only just over 2 months away. Stay warm, stay safe (especially you, Lydia, making the drive down most weekends), and stay happy.
I mean, just look at this ring, and this gun; It’s like they were made for each other!!!
Meet Cana and José! Two of the kindest people I’ve ever met (yes, I know I say that a lot, but it’s especially true for these two). Cana and José are both very pro-life. This has made our relationship so much more meaningful! Cana works at the CCBR (Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform). There she is in charge of the internship in Eastern Canada. Every year, they teach groups of young people what it means to truly stick up for the lives of the unborn. They even go out into the streets for activism to change hearts and minds about this very sad issue. At this Hamilton Brewery & Castle Engagement Session, I was privileged to learn even more about these two, and I am truly so excited about their big day next year!
Our first stop was the FAIRWEATHER BREWING CO. and boy, is it just such a gorgeous location for occasions like this! When José mentioned he was a beer enthusiast, I had to bring them here. I think they really enjoyed their brews, as they even took some home! Cana and José are just super chill, cool people, who love to hang out and relax. When I asked them what their hobbies were, they said, “I don’t know, spend time together, I guess? Maybe read a book?” Sounds perfect to me!
Next up was DUNDURN CASTLE; less than a 15 minute drive from the brewery. Even though the sun only came out for a few minutes at the very end of our session, we made some amazing memories and captured some wonderful images. Working around locations with lots of visitors definitely brings its challenges, but when you end up with gorgeous images it’s worth every ounce of effort!
Cana and José, I hope you love these images as much as I do! I truly had fun, and I’m sorry it took me so long to blog this! You’ll see your gallery in your inbox within the next few days. Happy planning to both of you, and God Bless.
Jennifer and Wayne are engaged, and are these two so much fun and made my job so easy! By the end of our Cranberry Creek engagement session I had taken 817 images, but I managed to cull them down to just over 200. Two hundred! Of course I can’t share all of them on here, but it suffices to say that Jennifer and Wayne are going to be super excited to get their gallery. We started our session at Cranberry Creek, an absolute gorgeous location, and ended it by cooling down in the lake. I didn’t end up dipping my toes in the water, thanks to my zoom lens, but I kind of wanted to!
These two lovebirds have been dating for over 2 years, and they’re tying the knot next year May. Wayne and Jennifer, you are both so young and have your whole lives ahead of you! It reminds me of that time in my life; I also got married about a year after I finished high school. I know, I know, that is really young. This couple (& my husband and I) come from a Dutch community where a lot of us do get married very young. But thanks to our faith in God, this is often blessed with happy marriages and a brood of kids that fills our hearts and homes. And all of us will say that we wouldn’t change a thing about it! I know I definitely wouldn’t!
I won’t keep you any longer, I hope you enjoy these as much as I loved capturing this couple, and I can’t wait to capture their wedding in May! Enjoy this gorgeous summer weather, it’s going to get a bit warmer again soon. And when that happens, you’ll know where to find me; I’ll be dipping my toes in the cool water of lake Erie!
This ring! I am so in love with it! Great job, Wayne!
And then we were on our way to the lake! When we got there, this charter sailboat was just docking. Jennifer was brave enough to ask the captain if we could use their boat for a quick opportunity to get a few amazing shots of the two of them on it! And he said YES! Tell me that this wasn’t worth it, and I’ll know that you’re joking!
Another of my FAVOURITE sessions at this location was PAULINA’S MATERNITY SESSION
Location | Cranberry Creek Gardens & Events, Lynedoch
Well, hello Spring, where’ve you been? It’s been too long! The weather these last few days has been incredible and I feel like finally I can start opening up my mind to more photography. Not that there has been a lack of work behind the scenes, or a lack of scheduling! I can honestly say I am trying to accommodate as many of you as I possibly can this year, but with me taking three weeks off, it’s going to be insane! I’m totally excited about the insanity though; I can’t wait for some amazing golden hour sessions soon.
Now, onto the real reason you’re here, to see this gorgeous couple’s beach engagement session! I met Reuben and Tanisha at a coffee shop back when there was still snow on the ground, and here we are in t-shirt weather! Reuben is also a teacher like my husband, so I can relate to a lot of what he does! I believe that Tanisha will be the perfect wife to this teacher. Who knows, she may even do some grading like I used to do (before my business started). These two are getting married in just over a month. I can’t even imagine how gorgeous she’s going to look on their big day; Reuben will definitely not be able to keep his eyes off of her!
These two climbed over some scraggly rocks to get to the perfect spot, and were up for anything! I love when my clients take risks because they trust that I see potential in a certain location, and here it definitely paid off. It was also great fun for them to have a person like me, with not the greatest equilibrium, to laugh at. And when they weren’t laughing at me, they were sharing secrets (I think). That definitely made for some great intimate moments, and the result is for you to enjoy right now!
I mean, this view… am I right?
If he could have, he would have stayed here forever; talk about a man in love!
Tanisha’s sister made this super cute sign for this session, isn’t her calligraphy incredible?
I mean, who needs leaves on the trees when you’ve got a couple like them?
Definitely such a difference in weather from the previous DVI ENGAGEMENT SESSION, don’t you agree?
It was a cold Saturday afternoon; one Delilah and Eddy have been looking forward to for months. The forecast looked well enough to finally capture their romantic tree farm engagement session. We’d originally scheduled this for last December in between Christmas and New Year’s, but we all remember how cold it was then! Delilah is lucky enough to live right next to some wonderful people with a small tree farm in their back yard, and I am even more lucky that I was able to capture these two beautiful people at that stunning location! This is a Canadian winter at it’s finest. Yes, it was still cold, and we got snow in our boots (mine were almost knee-high, so you can only imagine!). Eddy was researching before the shoot as to how he should wear his cardigan, and I think he pulled that off absolutely amazing! These two people are some of the most fun-loving, daring, and kind people one will ever meet, and I cannot wait to see what their wedding day is going to bring.
I just love how these two people fit together, and look at the way he looks at her!
And that ring, GUYS! What a stunner! Eddy has good choice in women and in jewelry, she is one lucky lady.
These two were so comfortable with each other, I think they may have forgotten I was there a time or two! But then a quick, “hey, let’s exercise those laughing muscles” would get their attention and I’d capture moments like these:
After about 30 minutes, we decided it was time for an outfit change (but even more to get warm!!!). A quick drive back to Delilah’s house proved very useful, and I promised them I’d only make them stay out in the cold for 20 minutes!
Look at these two lovebugs trying to stay warm!! You two are adorable.
Can’t y’all agree that this is just the epitomy of a winter engagement session?
Let’s just go for a quick stroll back to the van (that I kept running to get us warm as soon as we were done)… btw, these two were so cooperative and up for anything, the second part of this session only took 18 minutes (I kept my promise)!
Eddy and Delilah, thank you for being such great sports through your session, I know it wasn’t easy (but you sure made it look like it was!); I cannot wait to see you both on your big day in May.
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