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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

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!

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!

Jim & Linda: Wedding – Sherman Oaks

The thing which I really liked about Jim and Linda’s wedding was that the format was very similar to my wedding. The ceremony was in Linda’s Sherman Oaks home, and consisted of a tight group of close family. It was one of those small intimate events which leaves you with happy memories and no stress. It was so cute all the little snuggle moments between the happy couple throughout the day. Just thinking about them makes me smile. The event was catered by 24 Carats, and I just need to say the mashed potato bar was one of the coolest and tastiest things I have seen in awhile.

The other thing I really enjoyed is that one of my best friends from college just happens to be Linda’s son-in-law. So he and his wife were out from Nashville over the weekend and it was fun getting to catch up over the course of the day. =).

And finally, consistent with my wedding, Jim & Linda are also doing a separate reception with an extended guest list. The only difference is that they have landed on a date for theirs, whereas Suzy and I are still trying to nail down when ours will be. =)

Enjoy the Storybook Slideshow

Christmas is over!

After 2+ months of hype, Christmas is over. I don’t think there is really anything else year round which has such a build up and then the day after everything quickly goes back to normal. For Christmas I decided to try and be 100% with everyone I was with, and thus left my blog to fend for itself. But I’m back with a quick re-cap of the past few days and excited to post a lot of wedding photos over the next few days!

As I was thinking back over the past few years of Christmas, one of my very favorite memories is being alone. That might sound a little bit like I am the grinch. But let me put it in context. Every year life is always especially busy coming into the Christmas season. Then all of a sudden there comes a day when finals are over, or your work let’s you off for the week, or for those of us who are self employed you finish everything on the critical to-do list. Then all of a sudden there it is. Right in front of a you, a few days with no work on your plate and a moment to breathe. Over the the past 10 years right when that point comes I have gotten into a habit. I will go to Starbucks, order my favorite drink, find a seat by the window with some warm sun streaming in, and take some time to think and journal about my life. It’s such an enjoyable experience that just remembering all those times brings a smile to my face and warm memories. =). This year it happened the morning of Christmas eve and I LOVED it! =).

After last years crazy frenzy of travel all over the country, Suzy and I decided to stay home this year. On Christmas Eve some of my family came over to our house, and on Christmas some of Suzy’s family came over. It was nice. Especially since we are both off to Atlanta to shoot a wedding in a couple days.

I also got a number of Christmas gifts, but my favorite was just a little one from Suzy. The wedding band I got when we were married is made of tungsten carbide and is actually really heavy and sometimes gets in the way when I shoot. So one of my gifts from Suzy for Christmas was a much lighter wedding band made of stainless steel.  For our wedding I gave her a locket which says “I love my Suzal” on it. So she got the  ring engraved with “Your Suzal Loves You” Awww.. wasn’t that sweet! =).

December 28, 2009 - 9:43 am

Suzy - Your Suzal Loves you!!!

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