Today’s vintage barn wedding from Lukas & Suzy VanDyke is a stunner! Not only does this couple have an amazing love story (they fell in love while the bride was on a mission trip to South Africa), but they incorporated some sweet and meaningful details into their day too. I love the heirloom bible the bride tied to her bouquet that has been carried by the women in her family for generations. And, of course her gown and bouquet are gorgeous!

My husband and I had a long distance relationship. I met him while volunteering in South Africa at a baby home. We met fell in love and were engaged 5 months after we met. For the next 6 months we would be planning our wedding from two separate continents. The most important thing to me while planning our wedding was to make sure his culture was represented as well. I wanted our  wedding to show two different people becoming one person, two families joining. I was moving with him to South Africa right after the wedding so it was important to me that we united everything together. That is why my main flower was the Protea, its the national flower of South Africa.

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

vintage hankies for gifts | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

stunning Monique Lhuillier gown | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

blush lace bridesmaids | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

protea bouquet| Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

blush lace bridesmaids | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

pink elephant bowties | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

Camarillo Ranch was the perfect venue for our Rustic sheek wedding. The wedding day was perfect . We were on time for everything and all of our ideas flowed together perfectly. We had family come from Canada (my dads side of the family) and from South Africa which was my husbands family. To see the support of our family and friends was amazing.

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

wedding signage | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

pick a seat | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

Some of my favorite parts of that day were walking down that aisle to see my husband to be. I will never forget that moment that those doors opened. I can still remember how nervous I was before hand and how that just all melted away the minute I saw him. our ceremony was short and sweet. We did both the traditional vows and our own personal vows and his were beautiful.

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

protea bouquet | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

vintage barn wedding | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

Most things in our wedding were homemade or had some family significance to us. The doors I walked through were made by my father, and I had my two brothers open it for me to help show that it really was my whole family giving me away not just my Dad.  Our favors were all made by my mother, it was a mixture of home made caramels (a secret Doerbecker family recipe) and Pecans from Michaels farm in South Africa. Even that to me was the perfect touch to pull everything together. My next favorite moment was my father daughter dance. I am close to me Dad and a little girl looks forward to that day her entire life. It was like time stopped for us and I was 12 again just dancing with my Daddy not thinking of the goodbyes that were to come. I almost didn’t want the music to stop.

happily ever after | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

escort cards | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

birdcage centerpieces | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

bow place settings | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

sweetheart table | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

dessert table | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

dessert table | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

quote cake | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

My last favorite moment was my wonderful groom. Its traditional in South African culture for the Groom to make a speech, and Michael had the best speech. It was sweet and caring and made me look forward to our lives together. I still carry it around with me to this day. Over all I enjoyed every moment of that day. It was a special day that will be burned in my mind for years to come. Not just because I was in a wonderful dress or the flowers turned out beautiful but because thats the day I got to marry my best friend and the love of my life and I get to spend the rest of my life with him. 

sparkler exit | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Venue | Camarillo Ranch | Planner and Florist | Soiree to Remember | Gown | Monique Lhuillier | Makeup | Lindsay Stratton | Hair | Samara Ortiz | DJ | Apollo DJ and Lighting

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  1. Suzy VanDyke
    September 11, 2014 1:26 pm

    Aww! Reading through these wedding details brought such a smile to my face. It was so fun being a part of Kathryn and Michael's wedding! They are such an amazing couple and it was so sweet to see all the family involvement and love. And WHAT gorgeous bouquets right?! Thank you so much for featuring us on your lovely blog!
  2. Shafonne | Pretty Pear Bride
    September 11, 2014 2:23 pm

    Yep, what to say about a wedding so gorgeous? Nothing, no words can describe! Amazing!!!
  3. Christie O. {Mountainside Bride}
    September 16, 2014 11:14 am

    So many sweet details! I love that vintage china and the gorgeous bouquets1
  4. a Soiree to Remember
    December 31, 2014 11:28 pm

    Like Suzy VanDyke, photographer extraordinaire, I too, smile when I look back at so many special touches that made this, one of the most romantic weddings we have ever planned and executed.
    My smile quickly turns into a giggle, as I recall pacing around the Flower District, waiting for my Proteas to arrive! They were hand couriered {same day}, to avoid damage from the early January frost. Worth the wait! They were gorgeous, our bride was thrilled, and it brought so much honor to the groom's family to see their native flower as the center of such gorgeous festivities.
    We are elated to be featured in the charming pages of your blog! Thank you!
  5. Kirby
    May 25, 2015 12:14 pm

    my best friend is getting married and wants the same window art. Is it stickers or by hand?
  6. a Soiree to Remember
    May 30, 2015 10:39 pm

    Dear @Kirby The window art was done in-house by the very artistic hand of our awesome graphic designer, Luci.
    Contact us to get her info. www,asoireetoremember.com
    Congratulations to your friend!
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