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!
Styled sessions are gaining momentum. More and more engaged couples are wanting to go all out and I’m loving it! It’s a lot of work planning a styled engagement session, and while I love doing it, I wanted to put together something that could really educate my clients in a way that was easier to understand. Then came the idea of a travelling dress as some of my amazing photographer friends were having the same thoughts that I did. This gorgeous Renz Bridal dress was chosen and I was the lucky girl who was allowed to photograph it first at this stunning Mill Race Park styled “engagement” shoot in Cambridge, Ontario.
No, Jack and Ally are not engaged, but they might as well be! These two are so adorable together, and when I was with them it felt like new love! Even though they’d already been together for several years. Jack and Ally met at their former place of employment, and now Jack is an accountant and Ally a wedding planner. Her business, Perfectly Designed Events, is one that I’m hoping to work together with soon! Ally is gorgeous (that’s pretty obvious), but what you don’t know about her is that she’s very detail-oriented! She loves working with brides who are planning their big day, just to make their dreams come true. Which is something we really could relate on! Ally and Jack are huge wine lovers (yay!!!); Ally especially loves a very sweet white wine (especially when her mom is there to share it with her).
I was so excited to hear that Ally was hoping to work with me on this Mill Race Park styled shoot. Seriously, just look at these two! I could keep on gushing about these two, but you don’t want me to! Ally wore this blue Renz Bridal dress so well, and don’t even get me started on the floral crown from Blossom by CBL Floral Design! Charmaine from Blossom created this piece at my request, and I cannot wait to work with her again. She managed to create a romantic piece that pulls the images together in a way I never imagined. I never knew that faux florals could look this good!
It was the morning of this gorgeous styled Mill Race Park “engagement” session. I received a heartbreaking message from the amazing hair and makeup artist; she couldn’t make it due to an emergency. I reached out to Sarah from Teased Bridal, whom I’ve worked with before, and she happened to be available and super excited to help us out! And she outdid herself. I truly believe that in the case of styled session collaborations it’s the best to give vendors as much freedom as possible. I gave that to Sarah with a vague outline of the vision I was hoping for. She made sure to create something that she was super proud of and looked amazing on Ally! Oh, and it made my heart sing!
I cannot even begin to convey how my heart feels when I get to share this styled Mill Race Park “engagement” session. From the amazing photographers who have been encouraging me along the way to Charmaine and Sarah. From Ally and Jack to all the people who have responded so positively after seeing some of these images on social media. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I’ve learned and how happy that makes me. How excited I am to use what I’ve learned for future DVI couples and make their dreams come true.
I won’t keep you any longer; please, go on! Scroll down, you know you want to!
This venue!!! All the heart eyes for Ally and Jack, who just popped off of this gorgeous background! Anyone else just want to hug these two?
Styled sessions are quickly become my favourite thing to shoot! See a styled wedding HERE.
Planner & Photographer | Dianne Velthove Imagery
Dress | Renz Bridal
Floral Crown | Blossom by CBL Floral Design
Hair & Makeup | Teased Bridal
Models | Ally & Jack
When I first met with Anna from Spunky Sapphire Events, I couldn’t have imagined that this session would ever happen! Especially not the way it did!!! The amount of talent in this session was absolutely amazing, and it was so inspiring. From the best wedding planner to the most stunning models and all the vendors in between, none of this would have happened if it weren’t for them. I was just lucky enough to have the privilege of photographing it all at the Art Gallery of Hamilton earlier this year.
This styled shoot was a play on simple white on white with florals and citrus fruits to accent them and bring out the gorgeousness along with summer feels! Anna found the most detail-oriented vendors, such as Jade from Mint & Magnolia who provided the florals and had the genius idea to add in some vibrant citrus as well. The copper arch from Euclid Designs was perfectly polished, and the flowers took this detail from amazing to FABULOUS!!!
Planning a wedding is a lot of work. There are so many decisions the bride and groom hava to make; from the venue to the dress, from the colours to all the special people in their wedding party. But with a wedding planner like Anna, it becomes a whole load of fun! The decisions are made on time, and she makes sure that you’re 100% happy with them while at the same time ensuring that all the schedules, from the photographer’s to that of the venue, line up so that you’ll have the most enjoyable day. We were lucky to work with vendors who appreciate a stress-free day as much as we do, and it really cemented the importance of finding the perfect vendors for your big day.
The stunning invitations, designed by Sandra from Love on Paper Co., were perfectly styled by Anna using those citrus fruits and flowers, and the ring from Harris Jeweller was the perfect centerpiece! Lauren wore a Ferres Posa dress to perfection, and Chris, in his checkered navy suit was the perfect arm candy, don’t you agree? The Art Gallery in Hamilton was the perfect host to the details from Simply Beautiful Decor, and the cake was the perfect way to pull it all together.
Does a wedding have to cost $1M in order for everything to look absolutely gorgeous? Absolutely not! This styled shoot is evidence that by focusing on one outstanding part of the day (in this case, the flowers), it can bring it over the top to a level where everyone is so excited to share the pictures. And that was the case here as well! Thanks to all of these vendors, we were able to have this shoot featured on Elegant Wedding, an amazing Canadian wedding blog (click the icon below to see the featured post).
My heart is full while I’m writing this because I believe that I’ve really stumbled on this amazing network of individual business owners, many of them women, who believe in “Community over Competition” as much as I do. It’s truly something extraordinary when you are able to build relationships with people who (in my humble opinion) are much more talented than you, and that’s what happened to me. It feels so surreal; I just never have imagined that this would ever happen to me. In one world I’m a mom of four kids, and in a whole other world (which feels like another universe) I am privileged enough to capture things like this. I won’t keep you any longer, go on! Enjoy!!!
Planner | Spunky Sapphire Events
Photographer | Dianne Velthove Imagery
Venue | The Art Gallery of Hamilton
Hair & Makeup | Teased Bridal
Stationery | Love on Paper Co
Florist | Mint + Magnolia
Cake | Sweet Avenue Cakery
Bridal Gown | Ferre Sposa
Ceremony Arch | Euclid Design Co
Rentals | Simply Beautiful Decor
Jewellery | Harris Jeweller
Models | Elle & Chris Valente
Even after many years of marriage, Sandra and Matt still looked at each other as if it was the day of their wedding. His eyes shone with admiration for the woman she has become since then. A mom of two, and an absolute stunner to boot! This Black Tie Styled Shoot at Haus 820 in Lakeland Florida was part of a workshop I was privileged enough to take part in. The feel of the shoot was a luxury black tie affair with stunning but simple details. Shauna and Jordon of Shauna and Jordon Photography did not disappoint!
It is not easy to organise and run a styled shoot for ten professionals, but Shauna and Jordon outdid themselves! There was very little elbowing (the few times it did happen it was accidental); and there were enough stations to keep us all occupied. A few things I learned: A luxury bride is a detail-focused bride, loves simplicity and does not need bright colours to add interest to her big day! So if you’re planning your big day, and you happen to stumble on this post; Yay! I can’t even begin to recommend using minimalism from the details to the dress and everything in between! Just take a peek!
The amazing vendor team:
Workshop | Shauna & Jordon Photography
Planning | The Apostolic Wife
Venue | Haus 820
Event Rentals & Decor | A Chair Affair
Florals | Northside Florist
Bride’s Attire | The White Closet Bridal
Hair and Makeup | Ashlee Ann Makeup
Invitations/Stationary | The Moxie Workshop
Calligraphy Banner | Mac Calligraphy
Cake | Laurel and Oak Cake Design
Gelato Cart | The Gelato Carte Tampa
Cafe Cart | Café a la Carte Tampa Bay
Designer Shoes | Bella Belle Shoes
Cotton Candy | Cake a Pig