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, […]

November 12, 2022

FILED IN: Video, Weddings

man in gray suit hugs woman in white dress with faux fur shawl from behind in meadow in autumn during their charming carmel wedding

The air was cool and crisp in the middle of a meadow. A slight breeze moved through the stalks of the wildflowers, still standing after having lost their flowers in fall. In the middle of the grass and plants, David hugged Allison and kept her warm. Behind them the red leaves still clinging to a […]

November 11, 2022

FILED IN: Weddings

in a corner of a bar a bride adjusts her groom's boutonniere while bathed in window light during their garment factory events wedding

The corner of the bar had two windows filtering the sunlight from outside as it entered the room. In between these windows, Jeremy stood waiting for Megan to approach him. When she did, he turned and his whole face burst out into a giant smile. It was a magical first look with the exact kind […]

November 10, 2022

FILED IN: Weddings

man in suit and woman in white dress with lace kiss in the middle of a field of wildflowers during this White Willow Farms Wedding

A slight breeze rustled the plants growing in the meadow, causing the wildflowers to sway back and forth. Sophia and Bryce walked out into the the fauna together holding hands. The plants were wet because a small storm had popped up and drizzled on the farmland. The overcast sky still held gray clouds over the […]

November 4, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man in jean jacket and woman in sweater sit on picnic bench in front of lake and lots of fall foliage during their brown county engagement session

The leaves on the trees were all changing, from greens too yellows and oranges and reds. Those colors were reflected off the surface of Lake Ogle, providing a beautiful backdrop for photos. After hiking around the lake, Kendall and Connor paused to sit on a picnic table and admire the spectacular view. It was just […]

November 3, 2022

FILED IN: Weddings

bride and groom kiss in front of red barn at night during their charming lindley farmstead wedding

The music from the reception drifted out the open doors of the barn and dispersed across the grass outside. The night sky was full of stars, looking down as the revelry of the reception spilled outside. Katie and Peter were standing next to the pond, the barn in the background, taking a brief moment away […]

October 31, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

viewed through a gap in the leaves of a bush, a man and a woman kiss during their Artisan Acres Estate engagement

A small gap in the leaves let the light shine down on the clearing next to the Little Grand Barn. Standing in the clearing, surrounded by the forest, Katie and Peter hugged and kissed. This was just one of the many sweet moments from their Artisan Acres Estate engagement session. Scroll down to see pictures […]

October 22, 2022

FILED IN: Weddings

man and woman kiss while backlit by flash in front of lights of theater marquee during their fountain square theatre wedding

The tungsten bulbs hanging from the theater marquee gave off a lovely orange glow. Under the marquee, and in focus, Nick and Erin embraced and kissed. Outside of the marquee there was a slight drizzle as the overcast sky let loose some precipitation. It was just one beautiful moment from this gorgeous Fountain Square Theatre […]

October 21, 2022

FILED IN: Weddings

a man in a tux hugs a woman in a white dress holding a clear umbrella on a rainy day during their Artisan Acres Estate wedding

The sky was overcast with a sheet of light gray clouds. A slight drizzle escaped the clouds and sprinkled down on the earth below. Little beads of water formed on Molly’s clear umbrella as she held it over her head while kissing her groom, Jordan, in front of the Artisan Acres flower garden. After kissing […]

October 20, 2022

FILED IN: Weddings

man and woman on their wedding day hugging and smiling during their Indiana University wedding

An overcast sky let loose a few drops of rain, hardly enough to be considered a drizzle. Taking cover under an overhang of Beck Chapel, Hillary and Nick hugged as they waited for the rain to pass. Moments earlier they had gotten married inside the chapel, and now they were doing photos outside. They laughed, […]

October 18, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

a man in a flannel shirt and a blonde woman kneel down with their dogs during their wonderful eagle creek engagement session

The dogs were a bit a energetic at this engagement session. Erin and Nick had to kneel down to pet them several times, to calm them down for photos. Which honestly made for some of our favorite photos from the session. We could tell these two loved their dogs, and it was wonderful to get […]