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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

Raul & Nora: e-session

As some of you might have seen in one of my preview posts I got the chance to head down to the Orange Country Fair with Raul and Nora to do some engagement photos a few weeks ago! I hadn’t been to a county fair since I was a kid so it brought back a ton of fun memories. You guys are a blast! Your wedding is going to be so much fun!

This was kind of funny the three of us in the little photo booth. Me with my fisheye and Raul and Nora hanging out. lol. They guy in charge of the booths came over to find out what was going on. =)

Everyone at the fair was so nice. I was expecting the usual rude staff that you tend to see at some permanent venues. But pretty much everyone we ran into from the games people, to the rides staff, to just people hanging out were super friendly. They even let us go in the little whirly wave thing without paying to go in the fun house! =)

August 17, 2009 - 3:42 pm

Susannah - Nora! I LOVE these! You guys were so much fun!

Zach & Sasha: e-session

Now that the cat is out of the bag I can finally tell the rest of the story. Last month I needed to go to Kentucky to ask Susannah’s dad if I could marry her. I also wanted to go ring shopping with her mom. So in the end, although it was somewhat of a weak alibi, I told Susannah I was going to Nashville to visit my friend Toby. I also casually mentioned on my blog that I would be in Nashville the end of the week.

Shortly after I posted the blog concerning Nashville I got an email from Zach and Sasha with some questions about engagement and wedding photos. It was all a very last minute thing, but I ended up meeting with them and doing some engagement photos while I was there. And now I’m super excited to say that Suzy and I will be going out to Nashville in just a couple weeks to do their wedding!

I also need to say that as much as I like L.A., I also love when I get the chance to do photo sessions in other cities. There is such a different feel when you get into all the cool old houses, barns, farmland, and in this case some corn fields!

Enjoy the photos, and check out the Storybook Slideshow!

This is kind of embarassing, but I for some reason decided since I had a 4×4 rental car I should drive it through the stream. It’s parked on a rock in the middle in the photo, but it was a lot deeper on the edges. The funny thing is when I got out to take a photo I slipped in the water and totally fell in. I was soaked! At least I was able to hold my camera above the water. Zach and Sasha just stood on the shore laughing at me. Lucky for me I was the one with the camera or else they would have had some really funny shots. =)

I’m Engaged: The Story!

At last! Suzy and I are engaged to be married! I can’t tell you how happy I am! I need to admit the proposal did involve a little bit of lying, and a good amount of sneakiness. It also involved a secret trip to Lexington to ask her dad’s permission and Atlanta to go ring shopping with her mom. Here’s a few photos Cassia took right after, and then I will let Suzy tell the story of the actual proposal!

Suzy’s Story:

I have never been so surprised in my life! Since last Thursday night since we got engaged, I feel like I have been floating. So here’s how the story goes: My brother and sister, Travis and Lianna, had planned some family time to hang out just the three of us. When I asked Lianna if Lukas could come, she made it pretty clear that she wanted some “just family” time. So I decided to not invite Lukas. However, as we were instant messaging on Thursday morning, he was weasling to find out where I was going that night with my siblings. I didn’t want to tell him because I had suggested going to a place which Lukas and I frequently visited. A vague reply of “to L.A.” did not satisfy his questioning, and he soon instant messaged me back saying “You’re going to Urth Cafe without me?!!” Apparently my brother had told him where we were going. Drat. At this point I decided Lianna would just have to get over it.  So I invited him to meet up with us later if he wanted to. He told me he had a wedding consultation that night, and it depended on what time he got finished. Fast forward. That night: Lianna and I are driving down to L.A. and get stuck for 45 minutes on the freeway because of a car accident. I text Lukas and tell him he might not want to come because of the traffic. We get to Urth Cafe, meet up with my brother, and are there for about 15 minutes when Lukas texts me saying he’s almost there. Completely oblivious, I text him back saying how surprised I am the traffic cleared up that quickly. Lukas arrives, says he just had tea and doesn’t want any. Meanwhile, Lianna starts yawning and Travis says he’s jet-lagged, so Lianna suggests we walk around Venice Beach. I think it’s a bit strange that no one seems to want to enjoy the cafe, but don’t think too much about it. So the four of us walk along the sidewalk next to the road across from the beach. A minute later, Trav and Lianna run across the road to the beach. Because my siblings are naturally so random, I look at Lukas and say, “I knew they were going to do that”. Little did I really know. Soon we get to a small park that Lukas and I had walked through on dates before.

The moon was full and stunning, so I suggest we go to a bench at the top of the hill along the path. Lukas readily agrees. However as we get near the top, I notice a random backpack, and tell Lukas maybe we shouldn’t go up there since there are probably homeless people sleeping up there. He tries to assure me its ok. As we walk near the backpack, he suddenly reaches for it. “Lukas! Don’t touch that homeless guy’s backpack!” I say as I pull him away. But he keeps saying “What’s this? What’s this?” I am still oblivious at this point. Then he unzips the backpack, pulls out a large flat box, opens it and hands me a book. By the light of his iphone, I see that a picture of my piano that he had given me for Valentines’ Day is on the cover. I sit down and start flipping the pages, reading out loud the story of how we had come together, and some of the many adventures we had taken. By this time I am so confused and not really understanding a word I am reading, partly because Lukas had purposefully made the book random, partly because my heart was beating so hard. The next thing I know, I am reading the words, “So one day as they sat and re-counted their dating experiences he got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and proposed to her.” All of a sudden, what I’m reading becomes a reality. In the midst of floating on cloud 9, I see him take a knee and pull out a ring…..the rest is blurry, but somewhere in there he proposed and I said yes! Lukas’ sister Cassia and his roommate Jeremy jump out taking pictures, and Lianna and Trav appear out of nowhere. Oh, and Lukas reaches in the backpack and gives me a huge bouquet of wildflowers! I am so extremely blessed and we are both super excited about our wedding!

These ones are a little grainy because it was all supposed to happen a bit earlier, but due to the traffic on the 405 it was completely dark by the time we got to the backpack. =). Cassia ended up having to shoot at 1/5 sec at f/ 3.2, ISO 3200 with a 400 mm lens.

That’s us sitting on the hill reading the book.

This is me down on one knee, actually I think it was both knees. I would have begged if I needed to. ;)

Cassia and Jeremie hiding.

This is the book I made for her with a couple sample pages.  =)

And the ring!

August 12, 2009 - 2:43 am

Caroline - Congrats u guys!!!! I loved the story…. very creative… All the best to you two:)

August 12, 2009 - 7:49 am

T. A. Green - It was really McAfee, KY that Lukas came to for the permission…the oldest settlement west of the Allegheny Mtns. That is 30 miles sw of Lexington (in the toolies). We had a meaningful discussion, time of prayer, and some pie. (He didn’t eat it all.) Then to bed and up at 4:00 am for his trip to GA. I look forward to adding another quality son to the family. (Travis was on my intel agent payroll). Lukas has shown me in the time that I have known him that he puts our Lord first in his affections. He will now have another heart with which to calibrate his spiritual journey as he serves Him. This brings me great comfort for the welfare of my much much loved little girl, Susannah. I guess it stands to reason and God’s provision that the “little face” that was always saying “take my pitcho” when a camera appeared would marry a photographer. I love you all. DAD

August 12, 2009 - 3:37 pm

Erin Augustson - Lukas, I am so thrilled for you! You guys just exude joy and it’s contagious when I see it all over your faces. God bless you both and may you bring Him more glory each day you are together. Congratulations!

August 12, 2009 - 5:59 pm

Suzy - Awww Daddy! I love you! I guess I’ll never have to say “take my pitcho” again.

And now “I’n not a Gregg, i’n a Green, will turn into I’n not a Green, I’n a VanDyke!”

<3 !

August 14, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Sharon Devol - I just love reading engagement stories, especially when the groom-to-be is extremely creative! Congrats to you both, and may God be the center of your marriage!

August 17, 2009 - 12:28 am

Jessica Tounger - That is such a sweet story and that book is a fantastic idea! And the ring is beautiful. I don’t really know either of you, but I love your work, and I thought Suzy was just the cutest thing at Keith and Chelsea’s wedding on Friday. She was so much fun dancing with us.

I know of your photography and have looked at your site from time to time because of a lot of friends I have at Masters, as well as Chelsea, obviously. It’s cool that you are willing to travel for photoshoots! I will keep that in mind for the future…. :)

Best wishes to both of you!

Jessica (one of Chelsea’s bridesmaids)

August 17, 2009 - 7:38 pm

Renee Bailie - Hey Lukas – Congratulations!!! What an exciting story. You did such a good job with the engagement and the ring is beautiful! So happy for you!

August 22, 2009 - 1:19 pm

angel taylor - amazing. i love that Lukas! way to be creative… and to the sibs and sia and jeremy, AWESOME. hahaha I love the sneakiness. It’s better that way, you have be to be surprised. i’m so excited for you two… yay suz! i can’t belieeeeeeve it. i hope to see you both soon. xo

March 23, 2010 - 6:02 pm

Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography» Blog Archive » Lukas & Suzy: Our Wedding Reception - [...] It was super fun that we could have our wedding album all ready and done for everyone to see as well as the book with the story of how we got engaged! [...]

July 21, 2010 - 11:47 am

Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography» Blog Archive » I have the best clients! - [...] is just like the one I got Suzy for Valentines day two years ago, which I also incorporated into our engagement. I don’t know how you found that piano necklace but it fits so well into one of our favorite [...]

March 5, 2011 - 8:14 pm

512 days of marriage « Other « Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography - [...] here for pics of our Engagement and the Proposal [...]

June 5, 2011 - 4:34 am

Featured Post Wedding Session: Glamour & Grace « Published « Lukas VanDyke Photography - [...] shoot has a special place in my heart for two reasons. One, Lukas used one of these pictures in the proposal book he designed to ask me to marry him (that’s me in the bottom corner). Aww! Two, Carol later [...]

July 1, 2011 - 1:43 pm

Thank You Piano « Other « Lukas VanDyke Photography - [...] music box etched all around with filigree. Piano‘s have played a big part in Suzy and my relationship over the past years, and filigree was one of her big preferences for her engagement ring making [...]

September 3, 2013 - 7:59 pm

Alexandra Marie - you guys are the cutest!

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