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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

New Years Eve!

It was 11:56 pm on 12/31/2009. After a lot of airline delays and a missed flight Suzy and I emerged into the chilly air of Atlanta. We pulled our baggage up to the curb and glanced around an almost desolate airport. This was it, the last 4 minutes of the decade.  My mind wandered to where I was a year ago, standing on the parade route in Pasadena. Then my mind wandered to where I was 10 years ago, sitting in my room during in a snowstorm in Wisconsin talking to a friend on AOL instant messenger. Days later, ten years ago this week, I packed up two bags, and flew to Los Angeles to start my adult life. I had no money, and no plan, but it was a new world, an exciting world, a world with possibilities and excitement I could never have imagined would happen. God has been so good to me. Ten years ago I had vague thoughts about marriage, but couldn’t have imagined getting to marry my Suzal. I had ambitions, but never expected I would be a full time photographer and loving it more everyday. Life is exciting, everyday is a new adventure, and everyday is a new chance to witness God’s goodness. Its now 11:59 pm, Suzy and I are alone on the curb. I pulled out my iPhone and we  counted down the new year. We kissed as fireworks exploded off in the distance. 2010 is here and I can’t wait to see what life holds next!

Eric & Shereen: Wedding – Universal City

I was trying to think of a Starbucks drink to describe Eric & Shereen’s wedding. But when it comes down to it, there really isn’t anything at Starbucks which would describe the day. It was filled with emotion, rippling with fun, abounding in hugs, flowing with excitement, and when it comes down to it I think the best description would be static electricity, Every turn was a surprise of fun and color. From when I arrived where the girls were getting there hair done, to house in Universal City where it was held, down to the dancing and getaway. Love it! =).

I put a lot of the photos below, but there are a number more in the Storybook Slideshow Here I should also have the proofs up on my proofs page soon.

Is this a good place to say thank you for the cinnamon rolls Shereen’s hair stylist had for us? Yum!

This was so cute. Eric and Shereen both wrote their own vows for the wedding.

I love your dress Shereen! You heard it all day, but it never hurts to say it again. Nice choice!

The first look!

How could I resist a turquoise garage door? No, I mean I really couldn’t. If I were driving and saw one I would probably stop and find someone walking buy to photograph standing in front of it. I’ve done it before. =)

I love when brides give their brides maids some general colors and let them go from there. I feel like it shows so much creativity and lets all the bridesmaids feel comfortable and look good in what they find!

Bridal Party Group hug! This was a first! =)

December 30, 2009 - 5:51 pm

Dawn - Those are amazing! Her dress is definitely gorgeous — and so unique with that bunch of red flowers! Killer pics with that turquoise door…PERFECT

December 30, 2009 - 8:53 pm

Emma - Wow.wow.wow. I seriously think this was one of your best weddings ever….fantastic job!!!

January 12, 2010 - 6:47 pm

Shereen - Lukas, we cannot thank you enough for your work. Everyone loves your pictures and the creative poses and backgrounds, and all the little unique touches you add to everything. The quality of your work is evident, and no one can doubt that you love what you do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Joe & Erica: Wedding – Santa Clarita

Last weekend Suzy and I had the privilege of capturing the story of Joe and Erica’s wedding day! I just need to say that I LOVE my job! What could be more fun then spending every weekend with a lot of awesome people on one of the most exciting days of their life! You just can’t get better than that! I feel like I have been saying this a lot lately, so it must be a December thing. But all the bridal parties of late have just been a total blast to spend time with! Joe and Erica’s was no exception.

Kudos to my friend Josh at Profiles Salon for a great job on the hair and make-up. For the photos we had thought of going down to UCLA at first, but later on decided to stay local and ended up doing the photos in a little park out in Sand Canyon that my friend Ryan showed me one day. The wedding was at Placerita Baptist Church, and the reception was at The Master’s College.

Enjoy the Storybook Slideshow

December 29, 2009 - 1:12 pm

Suzy - Joe and Erica, it was a privilege to be with you all on your big day! Erica, you were a stunningly gorgeous bride, I won’t forget how all Joe could keep saying was “Wow. Wow.” ;) You all are such a sweet couple and I had a blast helping shoot your wedding!

December 30, 2009 - 8:16 pm

Georgina Hoglo - Joe & Erica,
I was so heartbroken to have to miss the wedding, in order to save the reception from burning down.
I finally got to watch the slideshow and look at his pictures and they are FANTASTIC!
Can’t wait to watch the video w/you both!
love ya both!
Georg!

January 6, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Elizabeth Maxwell - Erica,
You were an absolutely beautiful bride!
I am so happy for you and Joe.
Congrats and best wishes, always.
Love, Liz

January 8, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Niki Spangler - I don’t know who to compliment more- Joe and Erica for being so wonderful and having such a beautiful wedding, or Lukas, for capturing just how great the day was in these pictures! Thanks for sharing them with us!
Also, was there a picture captured of the little flower girl throwing herself to the ground? I heard that despite this display, she’s a darling little girl and I might want a picture to treasure this moment forever. :)
Thanks again Lukas for posting these unbelievably gorgeous shots!

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