Wedding Advice & Photography

Two things we are confident in: Wedding Planning & photography. Van Elk & Co is made up of a team of photographers who love to create portraits of love & happiness and share advice for wedding couples.

This isn't your typical photography blog. We share useful info for couples who are getting married and those who are heading that direction. Let us show you pretty things while you fill your head with all things wedding planning.

August 7, 2020

Man and Woman sit in boat in one of the Best Indianapolis Engagement Photo Locations

Throughout Indianapolis, there are lots of hidden gems when it comes to portrait session locations. Whether it be the outdoors, with beautiful foliage, or an urban setting with colorful walls, it’s hard to go wrong in Indy. If you’re looking for a place to do your engagement session but don’t already have something in mind, […]

December 29, 2021

FILED IN: Weddings

couple kisses in barn with lots of string lights during their traders point creamery elopement

The barn was warm and full of fairy lights. It was the perfect place to hide out for a few moments after a chilly first look outside. Todd and Kelly stood in the middle of the barn, hugging for warmth and they kissed. This was just one of the magical moments from their Traders Point […]

December 13, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

couple sits at table and cuddles at sunset during their Fountain Square Engagement Photos

The light of the setting sun was golden and lovely. It backlit Priscilla and Sam as they sat at table outside a cafe cuddling into each other. They looked so cozy just sitting there snuggling into each other. This was just one of the amazing moments from Priscilla and Sam’s gorgeous Fountain Square engagement photos. […]

December 10, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man in vest whispers into blonde woman's ear while sitting in field of tall grass during their Noblesville park engagement session

The light of the setting sun lit up the grass in the field. It turned the brown blades of tall grass into gorgeous golden blades, like Rumpelstiltskin with a spinning wheel and a room full of hay. Miranda and Wade sat in the grass chatting and laughing together. We had so much fun capturing these […]

December 8, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man with beard kisses woman on head on snowy day during their mustard seed gardens engagement photos

String lights hung in the air their light barely visible as the sun was just starting to set on a cloudy winter day. Under the shade of an old tree, a bit of snow still clung to the ground. Analisa and Matt stood in the snow, hugging to help keep each other warm. They looked […]

December 7, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

young engaged couple in field with tall grass captured by their Noblesville Photographer

The tall grass swayed as a gentle breeze slipped over the field. In the middle of the field, Molly and Jordan hugged. Smiles lit up their faces at the warmth of the embrace on a chilly winter day. This Noblesville photographer had so much fun capturing these early winter photos with Molly and Jordan! I […]

December 6, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man holds woman in passionate embrace on the shore of Lake Michigan during their Indiana Dunes engagement photos

The water on Lake Michigan was still. No waves were washing ashore, not even a ripple. Standing on the shore, shoes touching the water, Elena and Ross stood hugging as the sunset behind them. The golden hue of the setting sun reflected off the lake, backlighting them as they kissed. This was just one magical […]

December 5, 2021

FILED IN: Portraits

parents smile at kids under ivy covered trellis at indianapolis art center ARTSPARK for broad ripple family photos

Ivy grew up and over a trellis at the ARTSPARK at the Indianapolis Art Center. The sunlight filtering through the leaves taking on a pale green hue. In the shade of the trellis the Rinckers stood, parents holding their kids, laughing and smiling. These Broad Ripple family photos were so much fun to capture! Did […]

December 4, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

young couple holds hands at a table outside of Noble Coffee and Tea Company in Noblesville

Two coffees rested on a table outside, cooling in the crisp autumn air. Next to the coffees two sets of hands clasped each other in the middle of the table. Madelyn and Justin looked deep into each other’s eyes as they held hands and chatted. They smiled at each other during a break in the […]

December 3, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man hugs woman in front of autumnal background during their downtown zionsville engagement session

Orange leaves were spread on the sidewalk. A gentle breeze sent more leaves fluttering from the tree branches above. The breeze blew some of the leaves on the sidewalk, sending them skittering in a white picket fence which held them still. Hannah and Cole held hands and walked down the side walk through the fallen […]

December 2, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

blonde woman in blue dress sits with man on driftwood in this eagle creek photo session

On the shore of the Eagle Creek reservoir several logs lay on the ground. They had been pulled from the water and set aside to dry. Katelyn and Jacob sat on one of these pieces of driftwood on a warm autumn day. The light of the setting sun illuminating their faces while they embraced. This […]