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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

Three Preview Smooches

Wow, the past week has been way busier than I anticipated. I’m working hard to get my recent shoots up, but I thought I would post a quick preview in the meantime. Check back soon!

Brian & Stacie

Arat & Margaret

Kevin & Karen

Mark & Tara: Toronto Wedding

Wow the last week and a half as been a crazy photography rush for me! First 4 days of shooting at Resolved, followed by 4 days of shooting in Canada (Wedding, Family, Workshop & Fun Day downtown Toronto), followed by an awesome e-session in downtown L.A, then two more weddings over the weekend and a quick portrait session this morning. Other than the fact I am so exhausted I could sleep for 3 days it was a ton of fun! I have one more fun bridal portrait session the end of this week, but other than that the next 10 days will be for getting some images online!

But on to Mark and Tara’s wedding! As I mentioned in my last post the whole weekend was a blast! I really enjoyed everything from the rehearsal dinner all the way to the getaway. A few additional things to note:

1. I love the “Bridal Room” right off the front entry of Tara’s parents house. Great decorating job!
2. Tara had a second wedding dress, an evening gown, she changed into during the reception. Classy. I like it!
3. The getaway was at 1:30am at which point I went home, but I hear there was an after party at the Valeriote home later still. Someone tell me what that was all about and how you stayed awake lol. =)

Ok, I guess I will let the Storybook Show tell the rest of the story. The really cool thing about this Storybook is that Mark wrote and performed the song I used. There’s some talent there! Check it out and let me know what you think.

I also already have all the PROOFS up for viewing and ordering.

July 2, 2009 - 9:50 am

Sarah (Bridesmaid) - Well Lukas! I can fill you in. You would have actually felt right at home at the after party at the Valeriotes!!! We actually began a taste testing of all the food the Valeriotes had from the states we can’t get in Canada!

Probably not what you expected but extremely fun!!

Thanks for the awesome pics!

July 3, 2009 - 8:32 am

Danielle (bridesmaid) - Your work is amazing Lukas, you captured the day perfectly! I love everything, beginning to end. And it was SO much fun to include you in the day!

And yes…after party was off the hooK! Didn’t get home until after 4:00…it was madness.

July 6, 2009 - 8:32 pm

Laurie Valeriote - Hey Lukas,
Wow!! We are THRILLED with Tara and Mark’s wedding pictures!! You have really outdone yourself this time! We have added SO many to “our favourites” that I think we may need a few albums to hold them all. They are truly ART and everyone that has seen them has mentioned your incredible ability as a fine art photographer. Everyone wants to know more about you – so get ready to fly up to Canada more often!
We just want to thank you again for how professional you were and how happy you have made us and especially how happy Mark and Tara are with the memories you have captured of their very special day. Your photographs will help us to bring back all the wonderful moments of that day and we will treasure them forever.
May God Bless you as you use the gift He has given you to bless so many others.

Very Sincerely,
Laurie and Pete Valeriote

July 13, 2009 - 12:48 pm

Brenna - These pictures are AMAZING!! You are truly soo talented and I can’t believe some of the shots that you captured while everything was going on! Those will be cherished forever by Tara and Mark, you have such a gift!!!
Thanks SO much, it was fun having you along for the day :)

Toronto in Review

A little later this afternoon I will be heading back to Los Angeles so I thought I would post a quick review of my week here in bullet items.

#1 Toronto has some beautiful country side.
#2 I got to spend a good amount of time with Mark and Tara’s family and decided I really like them all.
#3 Tara looks gorgeous in a wedding dress.
#4 I went to my first little league game to see Tim Challies son Nick play. As underwhelming as little league is I enjoyed getting outside, taking some more photos, eating ice cream from the ice cream truck and chit chatting.
#5 As soon as I finish this post I’m going to head out to see more of downtown Toronto. So no update on what I think yet.
#6 I forgot mosquitoes existed, but I was reminded.
#7 Tim Hortons. Popular.
#8 Tim Challies. Smart

Since I have a double header of weddings coming up this weekend I might not have a chance to post Mark & Tara’s till next week, so here’s a little preview!

This isn’t from the wedding, but I loaned one of my camera’s to my new friend Josh at the photo workshop I did Sunday and he snapped this one of me.

June 23, 2009 - 10:36 am

Matt Floreen - Really like the processing on these… very flattering skintones.

June 29, 2009 - 8:13 am

Laurie Valeriote - Hey Lukas,
Wow!! Beautiful photos! I love what you have posted above of Tara and Mark’s wedding! We so enjoyed meeting you last week and found you to be so gentle and kind – just so wonderful to have around! Your work is AMAZING and we are SO excited to see the rest of the photos from their wedding! Thank you so much for coming all the way up here to do their wedding – I know it meant alot to Tara and Mark to have you as the photographer on their very special day.
By the way, do you happen to be missing a Canon soft case? We found one while cleaning up after the wedding – I would say it is about 8 inches long and 4 inches wide and it says “Canon” on it. We don’t know who it belongs to, but we thought that you might have unknowingly left it behind.
Thanks again for everything and it was a real pleasure meeting you!
Kind Regards,
Laurie and Pete Valeriote

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