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!
The way that Evan smiles at Ali is a thing of fairytales. The way she smiles back at him reminds me of Cinderella and her prince. And when he twirls her around, I feel so lucky that I get to be their wedding photographer. All in all, this Ruthven Park engagement session was everything I’ve dreamed of since they first reached out to me to be their wedding photographer. And Ruthven Park did not disappoint, just like I knew it wouldn’t. It has an amazing story!
Being in this gorgeous place was even more amazing once I learned more about its history. Being built in the 1840s, it’s now part of a 1200 acre estate that crosses the Grand River. Knowing that this belonged to the Thompson family, who have roots in the military and are known for being a huge contributing part to the formative years of Canada. It’s hard to believe that it was once the largest industrial town in Haldimand County! Now it’s the perfect location for many weddings and this stunning engagement session.
Ali and Evan met when he was between homes, and she was moving. From the beginning, these two have been each other’s rock and they’ve since become a mom and dad to a gorgeous Golden Retriever; Flash. This young man has his own Instagram, and is quite famous! One of their first requests from Ali and Evan was to have him part of the engagement session, and I couldn’t be more excited to make this happen! Flash is quite the speedster and made the session very fun and relaxed.
Ali and Evan, I’m so thankful that after being rained out the first time we were able to make this work! The fact that I got over 2000 images attests to the fact that you two are seriously photogenic and I can’t wait to get you all the images. Wishing you the best time planning the next part of your lives together! I cannot wait to see you back at Ruthven Park again; your wedding day will be here before you know it! In the meantime, I’ll be impatiently counting down the days!!!
These stairs!!! Like seriously, when the sun was out, my heart did a big happy dance!!!
Big boy Flash needed his own moment in the spotlight!
Spending a moment imagining saying “I do” under the gazebo, like they will next year!!
The following images are from Ali & Evan’s first part of this Ruthven Park engagement session.
As he watched her walk down the aisle, seeing her for the second time that day, he was as excited as when he saw her the first time. Their first look had been magical, the look on his face was priceless as he turned around and saw her in her stunning dress. They had already signed the paperwork to keep the ceremony flowing smoothly. The officiant asked their loved ones whether they would support Andrew and Julia through their journey as husband and wife, and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a more resounding “Yes!” This La Salle Park wedding was every bit as magical and incredible as Julia and Andrew first described it to me at their consultation, and it was an honour capturing all of their important moments!
Their day started off getting ready at their apartment and a hotel suite at the Burlington Waterfront Hotel. The atmosphere at both locations was super fun and easy-going, which was no surprise to us. Spending time with the girls and Natalie from Brush Beauty Bar was relaxed and allowed me to capture all the gorgeous details (I mean, just look at that ring!) and I was cheered on more than once. Julia first found me on Instagram and when she saw this detail shot, she knew she wanted to hire me. She actually told me at their consultation that if she had a shot like that on their wedding, she’d likely frame it! So the pressure was on when it came to details, but it just wasn’t hard with THAT RING!!!
Andrew smiled as he heard her walk up to him. He waited for that tap. The thing he’d been thinking about all day. He turned around… and saw the woman he’s so excited to spend the rest of his life with. His mouth dropped. Could not believe his eyes. The woman who he always thought was beautiful, had transformed into a princess. And she felt like that all day! They were so excited to get the day going; within a minute Julia piped up and said, “Okay, we’re done! What’s next?” I mean, I don’t think we could love these two even more, but they prove us wrong every time!!
As they signed the forms in front of just their two witnesses, I’m not sure anyone could have been more excited than Laura, Julia’s sister! Every signature was met with another cheer, and hugs all around. We just stood back and basked in all that love. The ceremony was short but full of meaning and laughter! Joy, the officiant, did an incredible job mentioning everything that meant so much to Julia and Andrew. Then came the moment that these two could have their official first kiss as husband and wife (there had been a few unofficial ones) and walk (okay, run) back up the aisle towards their future.
The rest of their big day was a blur for them, I’m sure. From all the congratulations to the quick in-between pictures, some more family pictures (we managed to get most of them done before the ceremony); and from hugs and kisses straight through to their first dance… The evening was everything they imagined and more. It was really hard to say goodbye, knowing that it’ll definitely be a while before we see them again. But we know that they’re starting their lives off the right way, with the support of all their loved ones! Their La Salle Park wedding was definitely perfect, and even though marriage may not always be easy… I can attest to the fact that these two are perfect for each other. With the love and encouragement from their parents, siblings, and friends… well, we just cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.
Julia and Andrew, we hope you enjoy your honeymoon, it sure looks like Indy (their dog) has been enjoying it! We wish you God’s blessing on your marriage, and we want you to know that we really view you as friends. So if there is ever an opportunity for you to travel out our way, please let us know and we’ll have the drinks ready for you!!!
Notice those plants behind Julia? Apparently, she is a magician at bringing ailing plants back to life and making them thrive! I wish I could even make mine last one year, so kudos to Julia!!!
Look at the look on Andrew’s face as he sees his bride for the first time of the day! This is why first looks are soooo amazing…
I always promise my clients that I want to be their eyes for them during the ceremony. This next picture is why!!! When the mom of the groom is so overcome with emotion that she has to wipe those tears away and I just happen to have my camera pointed at my way (okay, I was paying attention), you know I’m going to capture that!!! Knowing that her son is making that commitment just had Andrew’s mom tearing up, and if it were my son I know I’d be doing the same thing!
And they’re married!!!!!!!
By special request, we had to capture some crazy portraits (these are the type that usually ends up on Julia’s Instagram feed), and we just couldn’t resist putting a couple of them on their blog!!!
After those funny shots, we had to get a triple kiss with bride & groom and their parents each kissing each other. Seriously, such a fun couple!!!
Julia felt like a princess all day and we are of the opinion that she looked like it too!
And then after their first dance, we took this couple down to the marina to capture some stunning sunset portraits! It was worth the trek down (and back up) the stairs, let me tell you!!!
Even at the end of a hot day, everyone was getting their groove on!
Just one quick capture of Julia’s school squad; I’m not sure how much teaching gets done with all of these teachers having this much fun together! 😉
And last, but not least, my favourite DVI Couple “Selfie” ever… We’re really going to miss you, and we look forward to hearing from you (and Indy) about all your big plans and all the amazing happenings in your lives!!!
The Vendor Team
Photography | Dianne Velthove Imagery
Hair & Makeup | www.brushbeautybarburlington.com
Shoes | Keds
Engagement Ring | James Porter
Her Wedding Bands | Pandora
Florals | Costco
Venue | La Salle Park Conference Center
Officiant | Joy Johnson
DJ | DJ Emporium
Bridesmaid Dresses | Best For Brides
Men Formalwear | Tip Top Tailors
Invitations | Vistaprint
Favours | Lindt Chocolates
“José called me, and said, ‘I’m bringing a girl home, dad’!” José’s father stood with a microphone in his hand, the silly grin on his face very reminiscent of his son who was married earlier that day. “I thought to myself, ‘Well, that’s a lucky girl!'” He’s totally right, Cana is so blessed to have this loving, wonderful man by her side! The story went on for a little while until most of us were brought to tears when José’s father said, “But when I actually met Cana and got to know her a little bit, I realized it was my son that was the lucky one.” Hearts officially melted, like, seriously!!! The ending to this Toronto University Wedding was just icing on top of a really beautiful cake!
This entire day was so full of love and laughter, it was just incredible. It was so obvious that there is such a deep meaning to their lives and the way they live it. I just cannot stop thinking what an honour it was to capture this day. From the moment I walked in the door at Cana’s home that she shared with some of her closest friends, I was welcomed like a close friend. The way that Cana is loved by her friends was just astounding. I know they’ll be seriously missed here in Ontario, as they are moving to the west coast after their honeymoon in Mexico.
José is quick to pull a goofy grin when emotions overtake him, but we watched him grin from ear to ear as his father-in-law brought Cana down the aisle. And that grin never left his face! The wind couldn’t take an ounce of the happiness of these two; it just made them hold tighter to each other. It was interesting to capture family portraits beside the church with a family that spoke mostly Spanish; their excitement was very contagious but I just didn’t know what it was about.
The reception was a litany of heartfelt speeches and toasts, which meant that emotions ran high all night long. Well, at least mine did. Speeches always seem to do me in. After a day of capturing the most important day in the lives of each of my couples, I really start to love them. Then hearing from their parents and wedding party about how they are loved… well, it just does me in! Cana & José were blessed with the most amazing wedding party; from handling our parking (even paying for it) to making sure we were well fed. I literally could not hold back tears when the maid of honour thanked Cana and José’s parents each for raising such amazing people. I know, I should stop, but it really was that incredible. I’m such a lucky girl for having the opportunity to capture all of these memories for them.
I wonder who’s more excited here???
This amazing group of people have a special bond. A special purpose in life, to be very honest. They all stand for the lives of the unborn and go above and beyond to do so. This means they’ve experienced some incredible things together. And that kind of bond just doesn’t easily break, not even if the bride and groom move to B.C.!
And I had to throw this #DVICOUPLE selfie in there, because these two just mean the world to us. I honestly cannot wait to see them again! Who knows, maybe it’ll be sooner rather than later!!!
They looked each other in the eyes as they described what they so loved about each other. In front of all of their guest, in a dim lit hall with candles flickering on every table. Every guest was quiet. In awe. There were few dry eyes in the room as these two thanked each other for everything that God allowed them to be for each other. This speech at the end of this amazing, incredible and beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens wedding was on everyone’s mind. Even after Mark and Leona waved farewell, and that’s saying something!
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time.” Ecc.3:11. This was Mark & Leona’s wedding text that Pastor Bilkes explained so perfectly. Sometimes one has to wait and go through many trials before coming to something as beautiful as Mark & Leona have found in each other. I, for one, cannot wait to see what the future holds for them!
And though it’s not visible in any of these photos, Mark & Leona’s wedding day was the dreariest day of March. With 25mm of rain having been forecast, we had managed to reserve the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington for their portraits.
Welcoming Mr. & Mrs. Pas at the reception! What a joy-filled party this was, and so to Christ’s honour. It was an absolute privilege it was to capture this all for our dear friends.
The singing at this party was amazing! The rules for the evening were sung in song-format by Leona’s two brothers, Nathan and Joshua, and they gave everyone the chills I think!
The kissing game had to include shooting, of course! No surprise as Mark is an avid hunter.
“How do you solve a problem like Leona?” Yes, they even adapted the very iconic song from “the Sound of Music” to Leona. In many ways Leona actually is so much like Maria, and we all love her so much for it! Mark is a lucky man.
And then there was a challenge for Leona to join one of her cousins to sing one of the songs they always used to sing when they were younger. I think all of our hearts were singing when we left, and we would love to do the evening all over again!!!
With thanks to the amazing vendor team:
The amazing vendor team:
Dress | Michelle My Belle Bridal Boutique
Shoes | LE CHÂTEAU
Rings | Wilson & Markle Jewellers
Florals | Grand Floral Studio
Hair | Rebecca Jonkman
Makeup | BLUSH by kayla
Bridesmaid’s dress | JJS HOUSE
Men’s attire | Tip Top Tailors
Invitation suite | Minted
Portrait Location | Royal Botanical Gardens
Oh, what a super cold day it was this past Friday for this Elm Hurst winter wedding! Cold, but so beautiful! The sun came through the clouds so often during the day that suffering through the temperatures made it all worth it. I only met Lydia and Richard a few months ago at our consultation, and again shortly after for THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION. Spending that time with them, I noticed very clearly that these two just wanted to be married and spend the rest of their lives having fun together. And I knew that their wedding day would be all about that fun! Was I right!!!
On the drive in, my second photographer and I tried to chat on the phone a couple of times, but it did not want to work for us. I was a little worried whether that was a bad omen. However, I wasn’t going to focus on that. Walking into the girl’s getting ready suite, a waft of hairspray greeted me. It became a bit of a joke with the girls. And as her maid of honour and one of her bridesmaids were her sisters, who had both used the same hairdresser; Amber. And Amber outdid herself!
The whole suite was a bit of a mess, but with the help of Mom, Amber, and Jolena (the maid of honour), it all came together. The first look happened nicely on time, and the sun came out right as Lydia walked up. This made the whole world even more magical! Because of the cold, these girls (& gents) could only spend a maximum of 10-15 minutes outside. It felt like -16C for most of the day.
We knew it was time to go inside if Lydia turned purple or her smile froze. I’m not kidding, this actually happened! At the last of the bridesmaid’s individuals, Lydia’s smile was more like a grimace. At first, I didn’t know whether I was doing something wrong, or if she was trying to be humorous. But her smile seriously was that was frozen. So we went back inside to warm up and enjoy a Subway lunch.
The ceremony was at the Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Norwich. It was safe to say that Lydia was thrilled to put her signature on the paperwork. Richard as well, of course! At this point, we finally decided to take the flowers outside, knowing they were going to freeze. A short stop at the Norwich Dam Conservation Area for some more wedding party portraits and a few more husband and wife portraits, and we were on our way to the reception.
Approximately 100 people were waiting for them when we came back to the venue, so we’re sure that they had a fabulous evening with all their loved ones! Lydia and Richard, you looked amazing on your wedding day, I hope these pictures do you justice. Serving clients like you is so wonderful, and it was a pleasure getting to know you. I know you’re in Jamaica right now, soaking up the sun, and I might be slightly jealous. But planning your whole big day in such a short time and do such a fantastic job surely is hard work, so you deserve a break. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!
And for the final touch, Mom’s necklace. Lydia literally became giddy when it came time to put this on; the love between Mama and daughter was so obvious!
The next few images were captured by Brittany Almas of Brittany Deanna Photography. Brittany is such a dear friend and did an amazing job at Lydia and Richard’s new home, capturing the guys getting ready. Working with you was such a joy, Brittany! Thank you for all your help on Friday, it was so appreciated. I’d love to do it again!
These two decided to do a first look, and I was so thankful! The sun set before 5:30 PM, and it was so nice to get extra time to spend 10 minutes outside here and there.
Some more captures by the amazing Brittany Deanna Photography!
Jolena was such an amazing maid of honour for Lydia! From picking up her dress everytime Lydia had to walk, to organizing the entire day. A big shoutout to their whole crew, they really made it fun for Richard and Lydia!
This was the third and last time that Lydia’s dad would walk a daughter down the aisle. I’m sure that this was a bit of an emotional moment for him!
And they’re married! Look at Richard looking at his wife!!!
After the ceremony, we finally took the flowers outside! I was so excited to get to capture these beauties in the snow, even though I know the temperatures killed them very quickly.
It’s always such a gift to get to capture engagement rings twice! Especially when they’re as beautiful as this one…
These two braved it out in the cold for so long, and I’m so proud of them! They held up better than even my equipment, which just really didn’t seem to like the cold! Re-focusing took much longer than normal and my battery died so quickly!
This wedding was, as is stated above, simply elegant. But that’s not all it was. Tanisha and Reuben put so much thought into their big day, and it was very obvious. They committed their lives to each other in front of the ones they love the most. They were a testament to God’s almighty goodness. If there is ever a couple that will stay with us on this journey though wedding photography, it is Tanisha and Reuben.
Yes, I said us, because this was the first wedding that Bertus, my husband, came and second-shot with me. Only part of the day, but still. It was a wonderful experience for us, and we hope it was for the couple and their family and friends as well.
It hasn’t been too long since THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION, actually. I’m so glad that we managed to get that in before their big day, though. There are two reasons for this; FIRST; I was able to get to know them and work with them which made all of us more comfortable with each other (and it got me even more excited for their wedding), and SECOND; as their wasn’t a lot of time for couple portraits, they got to see how I worked. This gave them more confidence, for one. It also made portrait time on the wedding day flow much smoother. More so than I could have imagined!
Reuben comes from an Old Order Amish background, but his parents were given a King James Version Bible, and life changed a lot since then. Tanisha comes from a very loving family living in Straffordville, and was exposed to the Bible and its teachings because of her bigger sister. The stories that were based around all these huge life changes ranged from the “tear-inducing laughter” kind to the “please get me the tissues now” emotional kind. And for all the differences between all these many different cultures coming together under one roof to celebrate these two, there was enough love to last Reuben and Tanisha the whole entire year before they plan to move back down to Virginia.
Would you believe that this dress was worn by Tanisha’s beautiful mama? I figured that was worth a mention!
Their “first look” was a time of prayer, seeking guidance for their future under God’s leadership. It was amazing and definitely one of the highlights of their day for them, I believe.
And they’re a Mr. and Mrs.!!!
The ceremony and reception were inside a hall without any windows, but we managed to make the best of it. Especially as their details were so beautiful, it was oh so worth it!
After the afternoon reception, we proceeded to a gorgeous field in Langton, where we spent a wonderful hour capturing these two!!!
Tanisha and Reuben, I hope you had a wonderful honeymoon up north, and I can’t wait to see where your future will lead you. If there is one thing I can ask of you both, it’s to keep being true to yourself, you’ve made such an impact on us, and I can only imagine what else is in store for the two of you if you continue God’s work as you have been doing.
Invitations | Vistaprint
Florals | XQZT Floral Design
Shoes | Walmart
Men’s Wear | Kohl’s (USA)
Rings | Vanderhoff Jewelers
Cake | THE BRIDE HERSELF!!!
Cake Toppers | The Maid of Honour
Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Pat Wingrove
Eddy and Delilah are married! It’s been a while since their engagement session, and thankfully the weather was much nicer this time around! The couple exchanged vows in an intimate countryside wedding at a gorgeous country property in Aylmer. Eddy and Delilah’s family pulled me in like I was family, and that meant so much. It was not easy for Delilah’s mom Lisa to let her go; a little bit more once again. I’m sure these two have a wonderful future together, and that probably does make this a little easier on their parents.
It was supposed to rain a fair bit that day, which stressed both Delilah and me out a little bit. Thankfully it ended up being an absolutely gorgeous day! The CASO train station in St. Thomas provided a wonderful backdrop for these two and their bridal party. And these bridesmaid dresses were just the perfect colour of blue. All these girls just got along so well and it was an absolute joy to spend my day with them. The guys too, of course. Eddy and Delilah had the perfect ceremony location, and of course the little ringbearer had to steal the show… just a little bit.
The whole day was just full of love and joy, especially the reception. The speeches brought me to tears, though. (Don’t tell anyone that!) I could feel the sense of support that these two wonderful people got not only from their friends and family, but also from the rest of the community. I can honestly say that I’m sad the day has come and gone, because it was so nice to get to know every one!
Eddy and Delilah, by now you’ve returned from your honeymoon, and I hope you had a wonderful time. Your life together has already started, but now that things are returning back to normal it will seem a lot more real. Wishing you God’s help and blessing as you take on this new chapter in your lives.