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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!

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Oxford County Countryside Wedding | Hannah & Craig

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On a gorgeous fall day, Hannah and Craig got ready to say “I do” in a little church in Oxford County. The colours on the trees were just starting to turn. It was the perfect symbolism for the change that was about to happen in the lives of this couple. From the moment Craig turned around to see his bride at the Norwich Museum, there was a permanent smile on both of their faces. There were times that they became a little larger; like when Craig spied his wife to be at the beginning of the aisle, and the photos at the end of the day that reminded me of that iconic “walking into the sunset” feeling. This Oxford County countryside wedding could not have been a more romantic and joyful day!

GETTING READY IN NORWICH

Both bride and groom started their day in the Norwich area. And at both homes, the love for the special people of the day was so evident. Even the hair and makeup artists at the bride’s location were very close to the families involved. It was incredible to spend the day with people who love this couple as much, if not more, than I do. Meeting the parents, it was obvious where these two got their amazing qualities from. We are just so honoured to have been part of this big day. It’s quite something to watch your children or sibling get married. I can speak from experience as I watched my brother get married only a few days before!

Even though Craig was already incredibly busy before the wedding, I’m sure his parents are going to notice that he’s not around as often anymore. But knowing that they’ve gained their first daughter made them quite happy; especially mom is happy that she’s not quite as outnumbered as before. Hannah and Craig’s family is incredibly important to them. We made very sure to capture all the moments in between when this was so evident!

GETTING MARRIED AT THE CHAPEL

Hannah and Craig’s first look was at the Norwich Museum, and it couldn’t have been a more special moment to capture. When they had said their hellos, we proceeded to take a few more photos in front of the adorable little church that is on the grounds. From there, the wedding party photos were done in front of the gorgeous colouring trees at the Norwich Conservation area. And then on to the little church in the Newark area for the reason we were all together that day!

Hannah’s grandfather officiated the service, and there was a moment when Hannah wasn’t sure whether he wanted to see their first kiss. But thanks to a little reminder, we managed to capture that iconic first kiss photo. Their service was incredibly meaningful. Receiving a Bible as your first gift after you’re officially husband and wife is probably the best gift. I know that not just the pastor, but also the rest of the family and friends wholeheartedly wished them God’s blessing at that moment.

WALKING INTO THE SUNSET

This Oxford County countryside wedding ended with a delicious meal spent with family and friends. There were the obligatory (and filled with love) speeches and some fun games with family and friends. But when that sun started to set, I knew I had to get them outside for just a few more wedding portraits. And the cold that had set in at that point was so worth it! Hannah’s wrap was just perfect and kept her almost warm enough. But Craig didn’t mind getting just a little closer to his new wife. Even without a bouquet, those photos would have to be my favourite of the day!

Hannah and Craig, from the moment I met you at your consultation, to your stunning APPLE ORCHARD ENGAGEMENT SESSION, and now to your wedding day; it’s been an amazing journey, and I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you. Bertus and I are honoured that you chose us, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for you. May God be beside you and behind you as you start this new part of your lives together. We wish you so much happiness, and are so thankful to call you friends.

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The Vendor Team

Dresses | Amazon
Menswear | RW & Co.
Makeup | Hannah Donovan
Hair | Sarah Beeke
Shoes | Aldo
Florals | The Wild Sage
Rings | H. Williams Jewellery

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October 19, 2019

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Perth East Countryside Wedding | Ailis & Nolan

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“I love you to the mountains and back.” It was the theme of this Perth East countryside wedding. From the gorgeous wooden mountain range decor in their home to their vows; even the speeches during the reception. And every time they thought about it, they shared a knowing smile. Ailis was born and raised in Alberta and is the only daughter of Ron and Suzanne, and it wasn’t an easy day for either of them. Watching Ailis say “I do” on a country property the way they’d been planning for years definitely made it worth it, though.

THE FIRST LOOK

No, I don’t mean the moment that Nolan first saw Ailis, even though it was one of the most special walks down the aisle I’ve ever captured. I mean the first time when Ron saw his beautiful daughter Ailis when she was wearing her dress. And her veil, of course. At Nolan and Ailis’ new home, we managed to create the perfect the moment. As she called out to her day, her heart must have been beating out of her chest. His sure was. As he turned around, he was absolutely speechless. Those tears didn’t take long to come. This was his only baby, and he’s held her in his arm shortly after she was born, calmed her when she had a boo-boo, and watched her graduate from high school, then university, and eventually become an amazing nurse.

THE BEST BRIDAL PARTY

From the sweet and stunning bridesmaids to the handsome and hilarious groomsmen; it was obvious that this bridal party was chosen in particular to be the best group of people for Ailis and Nolan to spend their day with. They have been there for Ailis and Nolan, supported them together and individually when things might have gotten hard. But they also made sure to celebrate the best times together, and today was definitely one of the best yet. Listening to the maid of honour and best man’s speeches brought tears to my eyes (yes, I’m emotional, and I’m okay with it). Especially the maid of honour’s hug at the end of her speech felt like a very special moment. It’s definitely a moment either of them will never forget, and it’s such an honour to capture those kinds of moments.

THE MOMENT HE SAW HER

I can honestly say that I’ve never had a groom had such a reaction to watching his bride walking towards him and their new lives together. And it wasn’t only him. She was so thrilled to see the handsome man waiting for her at the end of the aisle; she even started walking faster the moment she saw him. The look on her face (documented below; make sure to enjoy that moment!) said it all. She loves him and is so excited to start this new chapter together with him by her side. The entire day was a blur for us, and I’m sure even more so for them. We felt privileged to be part of such an intimate gathering of people who all came together to watch these two say some amazing personal vows to each other at this Perth East countryside wedding. Which again revolved around the mountains.

FROM NOW TILL ETERNITY

I’m sure that Nolan fell quite quickly when he started to get to know Ailis, after moving out west. The look on his face this past Saturday still says the same. He seemed incredulous; like he just didn’t understand that this gorgeous woman is now his wife. Nolan, you are a lucky man. Trul!. Ailis is a gem. And Ailis, you are just as fortunate to have this handsome man by your side. The way he respects you is inspirational. May you two continue to look at each other with that same love. I know that no matter what happens, you two have found your best friend in each other. And to start your marriage with your best friend by your side sets you up for success, I’m sure! I hope you are having a blast in the Dominican. I can’t wait to get you the rest of your images soon!

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It’s no wonder that outdoor countryside weddings are becoming so popular. HERE is one of my first weddings that also took advantage of great weather and a stunning location.

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The Vendor Team

Dress | Embrace Fashions
Shoes | The Bay
Florals | Riverside Flowers
Rings | Curry’s Jewellers
Invitations | Vistaprint
Venue | The Lindner Farm
Cake | Q’s Cakes and Café
Officiant | Cheryl Schade
Entertainment | DJ Myles L. Twist

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October 9, 2019

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Firerock Golf Club Wedding | Meaghan & Kevin

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With rain coming down at times and the sun barely peeking through the clouds, it was up to Meaghan and Kevin to be the shining lights of the day. They did not disappoint. The details were stunning. Almost as gorgeous as the bride. The family was one of the most loving that we’ve ever seen. And don’t even get us started on the bridal party! From the very capable maid of honour to the adorable flower girl; it was obvious that their mission of the day was to make Meaghan and Kevin’s big day amazing.

PLUM(B) EXTRAORDINARY

The support system on the bride’s side was an incredible group of ladies consisting of the sweetest mom and the most stunning bridesmaids including sisters(-in-law) and close friends. Throughout the day, these ladies stood behind Meaghan; they held her flowers when needed, made sure she ate, and of course, had the biggest smiles. Other than the bride and groom, naturally. On the groom’s side was a bunch of fun, yet kind and thoughtful gentlemen. Getting to know how each of them knew the couple at the speeches during the reception was heartwarming.

THE JOURNEY OF LIFE

Kevin and Meaghan may have taken a little bit to find each other, but they are so perfect for each other. It sounds like love at first sight from both sides, and their love was already so evident at THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION. The smile on Kevin’s face as he watched Meaghan and her father walk up the aisle said it all. I’m not sure anyone can be more excited about this new chapter than Kevin; Meaghan coming a very close second! They snuck little glances at each other during the ceremony. They were so excited to have a little bit of time away from the busyness to enjoy some portrait time that focused on just the two of them. And they took every opportunity to kiss during the reception.

Their sense of humour became so apparent during the speech that almost didn’t happen (a story for another time), and throughout the day the atmosphere was kept lively by their wonderful family and bridal party. The staff at Firerock made sure they were fed well during portrait time, and zipping around on golf carts was fun for everyone (including me, of course).

THE DETAILS THAT MADE THEIR DAY

From the gorgeous bouquets designed by Floral Temptations to the stunning dresses from Sophie’s Gown Shoppe and Garber’s Bridal elevated this Firerock Golf Club wedding. But it was the personal touches, like the adorable sign that Chloe walked down the aisle with and the maple syrup that served as guest favours, that made the guests take notice. It was very important for Meaghan and Kevin that I capture all those important firsts; the first time her dad saw her, the first time that Kevin saw his wife-to-be, etc. The smiles on their faces during those moments made the day fly by.

THE BEST START TO THEIR FUTURE

These two are so excited for this new chapter in their lives! And they get to start it off by travelling to Portugal and Greece. Meaghan and Kevin, I hope that while you’re gone (and hopefully warm), you can take a breath. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, and your wedding was so well put together. Bertus and I wish you many more years of happiness. We are truly excited to see what the future holds for you. But from these photos, it’s obvious that you’ve gotten the right send-off from your incredible family and friends. Enjoy your honeymoon, and we hope you love these images as much as you do!

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THE VENDOR TEAM

Bride’s Dress | Garber’s Bridal
Florals | Floral Temptations
Rings | James Allen & Peoples Jewellers
Menswear | Collins Formal Wear Canada
Bridesmaids | Sophie’s Gown Shoppe
Venue | Firerock Golf Club
Entertainment |Music Central Entertainment
Cake | Grandma’s Oven Bakery
Hair & Makeup | Fringe Hair Spa
Invitations | The Wedding Shoppe
Transportation | Grandeur Limousine

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October 3, 2019

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Ruthven Park Engagement Session | Ali & Evan

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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!

A GORGEOUS LOCATION

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.

THEIR PUPPY

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.

WAITING FOR THEIR RUTHVEN PARK WEDDING

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!!!

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These stairs!!! Like seriously, when the sun was out, my heart did a big happy dance!!!

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Big boy Flash needed his own moment in the spotlight!

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Spending a moment imagining saying “I do” under the gazebo, like they will next year!!

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July 22, 2019

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La Salle Park Wedding | Julia & Andrew

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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!

ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS

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!!!

THAT FIRST LOOK

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!!

BECOMING MR. & MRS.

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 THE DAY AND THEIR LIVES

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

 

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July 18, 2019

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University of St. Michael’s College Wedding | Cana & José

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“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!

A DAY FULL OF LOVE

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.

SAYING “I DO”

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.

AND THEN MORE LOVE

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???

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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.!

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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!!!

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April 30, 2019

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Royal Botanical Gardens Wedding | Mark & Leona

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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!

Their Details

Their Union

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!

Their Love

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.

Their Loved Ones

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

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April 2, 2019

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Elm Hurst Winter Wonderland Wedding | Lydia & Richard

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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!

 

 

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January 29, 2019

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A Simply Elegant Country Side Wedding In Straffordville

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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

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June 29, 2018

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