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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: Wedding

I think I would describe Raul & Nora’s wedding as a sun brewed iced sweet tea on a hot summer day. Not the overly sweet tea you get that kind of makes you sick, and not the stuff that’s too strong and leaves the dry taste in your mouth. It was that crisp cold flavor with the genuine taste and a little bit of sugar that leaves you refreshed, smiling and thinking that life is good. The spontaneity and flow which I’m sure would be stressful for some people was delightfully refreshing at their wedding.

Due to a broken cell phone and faulty internet connection somewhere on Raul and Nora’s end I didn’t even know when the wedding was until about 10pm the night before when Raul texted me and said to come around 11am. I arrived at the beach to find the setup in full swing. Raul greeted me with a hug and told me the ceremony would probably be around 1pm and then maybe we would do a some photos followed by dinner, a lot of dancing, and other such wedding festivities. So I went to work and just started shooting whatever I saw. I think the ceremony actually started sometime around 2:00, and we did end up taking some incredible photos, dinner was great, and and the party turned out to be a lot of spontaneous events lined up in a way which left you feeling outside of the box of the normal timeline. I know that wouldn’t work for everyone, but for Raul & Nora, on the beach in Ventura on their night it couldn’t have been better!

The Storybook Slideshow and proofs are up and ready for your viewing pleasure!

They each wrote their own vows out. So sweet!

I want this interior designer for my living room! Love the colors in the hotel lobby!

Yes yellow was the theme of the day!

That hug had so much love in it! The first dances are always so cute!

September 16, 2009 - 10:53 pm

Suz - I love it! Raul and Nora, your faces just shine with love for eachother! Beautiful!!!

September 17, 2009 - 12:15 pm

Anneke - If it’s tea with only a little bit of sugar, then it’s not sweet tea! It’s iced tea with sugar. Ask Suz, she’ll set you straight. She’s from the south — ish.

September 17, 2009 - 3:19 pm

sarah isaac - AMAZING!!!!

January 22, 2010 - 7:31 pm

Nora Sigaran - Thank you so much Lukas!!! I look at them about twice a week and they take me back to our special day every time:) I can’t wait fot the trash the dress session!! You are an awesome photographer!!

Thanks Susy!! You looked amazing in your wedding pictures!!

Stephen & Amanda: e-session

A few weeks ago while I was in Seattle I also had the chance to do a session with Stephen and Amanda. I had never really had the chance to see much of Seattle before, so it was my big chance to do a little exploring. Early in the morning I had asked Carley if there were any cool parks in the downtown area. She recommended we check out the Gas Works Park. So I pulled it up on Google earth my iPhone zoomed into street view, loved what I saw and decided to go there. I’m not sure what that huge rusty thing was, but it sure looked cool! =). You guys were both so cute whenever you looked at each other. I love it! =).

This image is super simple, but I think it’s one of my favorites. I love the smiles!

Whatever that thing is it sure looks cool!

Funny thing is I don’t think I have ever done an e-session in a library before and I ended up in the library at the UofW and then a week or so later in the L.A. public library downtown LA. Fun times. =).

Matt & Stacey: Wedding

Matt and Stacey’s weddings was one of those days which I think I would describe as a Vanilla Latte. A Vanilla Latte, has wonderful smell when you get close to it, feels so smooth in your mouth as you take the first sip, and has just the right mixture of sweet and coffee. As everything began for their wedding I started getting this happy feeling just like when you first smell your latte. It was followed by the first delightful sip as everyone started to arrived with big smiles and friendly faces. The day progressed into a perfect mix of sweetness along with the essential espresso ingredients that make weddings so great! I’m so glad I got to spend the weekend in Seattle, meet a lot of new people, see some old friends, and photograph such a beautiful event!

Check out the Storybook Slideshow and click here to see the rest of the proofs!

September 15, 2009 - 4:21 pm

Laura Leon - I love the shot with just the sky behind them. The clouds add a smoothness to the background and make them pop out (kinda that vanilla latte feel you mentioned). They also had a wonderful idea to include the parents in that prayer time. What a blessing!

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