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    Welcome to the blog! If the banner doesn't make it obvious enough I'll just spill the beans and let you know that we are a full time husband and wife wedding photography team. We love life, God, weddings, and if you slide over our names to the left you'll note a few other things we love.

    We are based out of Los Angeles, and when I say that, I mean our studio is right in the smack dab center of downtown. However, if you start browsing through the blog history you will soon note that we shoot weddings all over the country and world. We put a lot into making our images so I hope you enjoy checking some of them out!

    If you're up for having a great time at your wedding, and our photos have the look you are going for, then feel free to shoot us a note and we would love to chat some more!

    - Lukas and Suzy VanDyke

Marriage, Rings, & Accountability

This past weekend I went on a retreat with the rest of the High School youth group volunteer staff from my church. It was a really great time getting challenged and brain storming ways to do youth ministry better. But one of the biggest things which I was reminded of was that how we deal with sin in our own lives, and how we grow in our personal faith is the key to successful ministry. How we cultivate our own soul and live our lives as Christians is what will over flow into our ministry.

During the weekend we had a break out session with all the men and women and separate. One of the question’s during the guys time was “who keeps you accountable in different areas of your life and how?”. It’s great that as Christian’s we don’t stand as an island, but have others to help us along. Everyone went around and talked about the men they had in their lives who intentionally kept them accountable in different areas. But the coolest thing was that everyone who was married listed their wife as the first person who gave them input into where they had sin in their life. It was awesome the humility all of these men showed being willing to let their wives openly tell them where they sin, and how they need to grow. I’ve only been married 3 weeks now, but that was one of many things I was reminded of this weekend which I want to implement into my marriage. Praise God for His invention of marriage, and my beautiful and godly wife!

Just so this post doesn’t go without an image I collected most of the guys wedding bands for a group photo. Just think of the humility and commitment this little pile of symbols represents. =). The one by itself is mine!

A Wedding Story…{Lukas & Suzy}

Wow- I can’t believe I have my very own blog!!! Thanks to my amazing husband, I am finally able to have my own creative outlet! When I was thinking about what to say for my very first blog post, it made sense that I would write about what has been the most recently significant event in my life, my wedding. Exactly 25 days ago was my “big day”. As a little girl, I don’t remember fantasizing about my wedding day, and so my actual day was like a fantasy-reality in that the day was sooo much better than I could ever have dreamed up.

I have so many snapshot memories that were perfect: my Dad bringing me coffee early-morning as I sat at the table reading my Bible, kissing my little sister Lianna as she was sleeping on the couch, my sisters and mom helping me get ready, tip-toeing up behind Lukas for our wedding gift exchange as he had his back turned from me, hugging him the first time that morning, playing the Love Song I wrote for him as a surprise, praying before the wedding with my sisters and bridesmaids, walking out with my Dad towards my soon to be forever love, the smiles of love from all my close family, kissing my new husband for the first time, running down the sand hand in hand… I look back remembering all the details and feel a warmth in my heart as I praise the Lord for His blessings to me. Here are some pics from the day from our wedding photographer Bill Blakey:

“Dynamite and fireflies, the way the sun looks in your eyes, and life is always full of surprises with you… I’m so amazed a love like this exists, my heart melts every time we kiss, and this is barely just the beginning of how I do, I do, I do love you…” Excerpt from the wedding song I wrote for Lukas, “I do love you”

Yes, that’s a look of adoration… =)

The kiss I could never forget! I remember in the past wondering if couples planned their “alter” kiss beforehand, but since my wedding I realize at the time you can’t even think, you just want to kiss ‘em already!

From left to right, Bestest Buddy Jessica, Sister Sia, Sister Jules, Sister Nomi, Sister Tader, Sister Anneke, Sister Yaya, <Bride & Groom> Brother Sam, Brudder Jeremies, Brother Travis

I think this photo portrays mine and Lukas’ personalities the best!

LOVE this one!

Yay! I am so excited for this new adventure together!

Charles & Laura: Wedding

Last Thursday afternoon Suzy and I drove up San Jose and told all our friends we had been home for too long (4 days) and needed to get out for a little two weekaversary weekend getaway. lol. We actually had a blast driving up there and enjoyed the spa at our hotel later in the evening. But the point of this post isn’t us, it’s all about Charles and Laura’s wedding!

Charles and Laura apparently dated for quite awhile, so I think everyone there was extra overjoyed that they finally decided to tie the knot. I’m super happy you guys found each other and decided to make it permanent! I really love how you are both super comfortable together and really turn to each other for support! It’s fun to watch!

I know you’re both in Italy enjoying a trip you have dreamed of for a long time. But I have also seen you updating your Facebook status on a regular basis from Europe, so I know you have internet access and will probably see this soon! So make sure to check out the Storybook Slideshow with a lot more photos! We’ll be in touch when you get back!

I wasn’t sure how I felt about these two images when I took them , but once I got to looking at them I think they turned out to be two of my favorites from the wedding. You look like you should be in a magazine on the left one!

Unbeknownst to me Suzy caught me in action taking the two above photos. lol. =)

Suzy caught me again! I love the two above ones because they have all those great “girl together” laughs. ;)

Charles had some great groomsmen! If you ever need some for your wedding I would recommend them!

That kid was hilarious!

October 30, 2009 - 12:22 am

Eric - Beautiful photogs as always.. It was great seeing you again, my friend..

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