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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

Wedding Reception Planning

I like my family, and I like my friends. I like real conversations with real people. I like to spend time with those conversations, and I like to have them when I can really focus on the person without a lot of other things going on in my head.

When Suzy and I decided to get married we wanted to celebrate with a lot of people. But we figured that that would be really hard to do in one day. So we decided to do our wedding in a few stages. The week of our wedding we had all our immediate families in from out of town and planned a number of events with them. We had a very small family only wedding which came to about 36 people total.

However, all along we planned on having a party where we could make things really special and spend time specifically celebrating with some of our friends.  This event will still be limited to a few hundred people. But it will be another step where we can keep things real.

I love party planning, so I will be posting a little bit here and there about the planning process as we go. We decided one way to keep things intimate would be to have the party at our house. The problem is we only have room for about 65 people to be here at once. So in the end we decided to do an open house and focus on friends from different areas/eras of our life during different times in the evening. That way people won’t end up asking the awkward wedding table question “so are you friends with the bride or the groom?” Most people who are there will already know everyone else who is there at the same time, and it will be a fun reunion. It’s a crazy idea, but I think it might just work!

We have all kinds of fun ideas in mind and have already started some of the other details. But I just finished the invitations, so I thought I would post them here. I’ve never called myself a graphic designer. But I have fun trying! =).

February 10, 2010 - 12:19 am

Lisa - Am I blind or is there no date on the invite…..when is your reception?

Mark & Jenna: engagement preview – Filmore

I was looking through Mark & Jenna’s engagement photos I took earlier today for a quick preview to put up tonight. The problem was they were all so adorable I couldn’t stop clicking! lol. You two are so perfect I wanted to post all the photos right now. But I finally settled on a couple. I think they will satiate my desire to show off all your cuteness for a few more days! I really enjoyed this afternoon, but I will comment more when I post the rest of the photos!

February 9, 2010 - 11:20 am

Suzy - Mark and Jenna, I LOVE these! So beautiful! Congratulations!

Brandon: Senior – Santa Clarita

Senior year was an exciting time for me. It’s a time where you’re a little nervous, and a little unsure about what’s going to happen next in life. But it’s a time to stretch and grow and wait in eager anticipation to make your mark on the world.

It was fun to hang out with Brandon and talk music. He plays both electric and acoustic guitar as well as the bass. I have no musical talent to speak of. But I love listening to music, and I love it live even more than on my iPhone! I told Brandon that we were going to do the shoot as if we were making the photos for his next album. So here they are!

February 5, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Nomie - Your drumming experience counts for something =)

February 8, 2010 - 9:24 pm

arenda - i love the black + white pic in the middle with brandon + his guitar on the hill next to the tree! RAD photo!

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