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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

How to stylize a wedding or event {by Miriam Corona}

Last Friday I posted our recent Candy Land inspiration shoot. My friend Miriam, of Miriam Corona Events was the stylist behind the idea. Those amazing little details definitely didn’t have wings and just fly into the shoot, so I thought it would be helpful for us to get a behind-the-scenes look into what styling a wedding or photo shoot looks like. Thank you Miriam for sharing with us today!

How do you go about planning a stylized shoot or event with a specific theme?
When I plan and style a themed photo shoot or event, I incorporate a few statement pieces that will fit the theme and set the tone without going overboard. For example, the candies used in the Candy Land inspired photo shoot represent the ones you would see in the original board game like licorice, gumdrops, lollies, ice cream cones, chocolate, snowflakes, gingerbread & peppermint. I focused on one particular element as the statement piece, the peppermint, to create a hot cocoa bar. I wanted this to be as realistic as possible and the signature hot cocoa bar is something that you would truly see or want at a real-life event like a winter wedding or holiday party. I also include design elements that are most meaningful to the client. You should be able to find commonality throughout the design elements that you plan to use together. It should make sense. If it doesn’t, it shouldn’t be used.

What are the steps you take?
To get started, I need a little direction from the couple or client. I need to know what is special to them, what they like and dislike. Then I go shopping or look through my inventory for our statement items and start the paper design process. We create inspiration boards, sketches and when we get closer to the event we create a mock display.

Where do you get your ideas?
I use Pinterest as a source for inspiration, but I think inspiration can be found anywhere from a cool restaurant to your closet- you just have to pay attention to what’s around you. I like to try different design elements together and put my own spin on them. I try to find a way to make that idea original. I snap iPhone pictures of things that inspire me. I also keep a notebook with me at all times to write down the ideas. That way, I can pull one when I need it from my personal archives.


I loved shooting these photos for Miriam’s new website launching later this month… make sure to stay tuned!

December 9, 2011 - 9:50 am

Miriam Corona - Thanks for having me! You are dream to work with! I can’t wait to work with you again! And of course, the gorgeous photography doesn’t hurt, either ;)

December 9, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} - Great feature, Miriam! Congrats! :)

December 9, 2011 - 8:50 pm

Linda R - Absolutely LOVE the pictures and the feature is very informative! Congrats Miriam!

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