BEST decisions I ever made for my wedding!
“When my husband and I got engaged, between graduating, finding a new job, and a new place to live, we only ended up with about 3 months to plan a wedding! I went online and emailed a few photographers, expecting to be told that they were booked, or waaaaay out of my budget. To my surprise, Mike Lukin wrote back and wanted to talk to discuss things. I called, and instantly, I realized I had found a gem. Mike truly cares about capturing two people as a couple. He has a gift for understanding the looks between husband and wife. He was prompt (he had traveled from Sacramento all the way to Burlingame), super friendly (all my friends/family loved him!), flexible with timing (our wedding ran behind schedule – what’s new?!) and is extremely talented (check out his website, you’ll see).
During my wedding, Mike was everywhere, even when I didn’t know where he was! He definitely understands how hectic weddings can get! It wasn’t until I got my photos did I realize he had taken photos of my dress, my heels, and my fiancé and I’s wedding bands! While I was busy, he took pictures of my bridesmaids in different areas of the venue, of all my family, the décor, food, guests, EVERYTHING!!! All his pictures are gorgeously staged in our venue and are breathtaking. It was such a relief to look back at all of the pictures Mike took because he took pictures of things I wouldn’t have even remembered to take pictures of, and I’m so grateful that I have those memories to look back on!
But the thing I am MOST grateful for Mike for are the pictures Mike took of my Dog. I had always envisioned my Dog to take part in my wedding. She is my very best friend in the whole world, so when my venue told me they didn’t allow dogs, I was heartbroken. I got married, and it was a fantastic day, but I was sad she wasn’t in any of the pictures. A few months after I got married, Mike reached out to me. He said he knew how much my Dog means to me, and offered to take wedding pictures of me in my wedding dress, my Husband in his suit, and my Dog in her bridal collar! Mike was SOOOOO wonderful with my Dog, and took the most BEAUTIFUL pictures of us!!! Mike is such a caring and generous person!! I will forever be grateful for what he did.
What started out as a last-minute internet find, turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made for my wedding. I honestly don’t know how I got so lucky to find Mike. He’s so good at getting back to you, he’s super professional, a very friendly guy, and his pictures are STUNNING!! I’m happily married now, and can’t wait to call him up again to capture all the other big milestones coming up in our lives! “
− Shan & Tony S.