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, […]

March 19, 2021

device in pocket of everyday tote for wedding party gifts

We’ve been using a new site recently to find great gifts for the girls in our life and we think it’d be great for your wedding party gifts. Specifically, Groovy Girl Gifts. This site is related to Groovy Guy Gifts, which we’ve written about before. Like Groovy Guy Gifts, Groovy Girl Gifts is full of […]

March 9, 2021

FILED IN: Weddings

groom dips bride and kisses her at sunset on an overcast day at a Franklin Barn Wedding

The first words I heard after walking into the bridal suite were, “You know he’s an amazing photographer, because I’m a photographer and I picked him to shoot my wedding.” It was one of the nicest things I’ve ever heard a bride say, especially within moments of first meeting in person. Charrie is a great […]

March 8, 2021

FILED IN: Weddings

first dance with lots of bokeh at this woolery mill wedding

String lights hung overhead, casting a little illumination on the ground below but mostly creating a beautiful ambience in the venue. Under the lights, Evan and Megan swayed back and forth to the sound of Dave Matthews Band. Their first dance was lovely and magical. We hope you love this Woolery Mill wedding with Megan […]

March 7, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

a young couple dance on a trail in the woods at sunset during their Arbuckle Acres engagement session

Light filtered through the leaves of the trees, leaving the trail below dappled with sunlight and shadows. On the trail, Landen and Christine danced slowly. Landen took Christine by the arm and twirled her on the trail, her dress swooshing around her as she spun. This was just one of the great moments from Christine […]

March 6, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman drinking beer in biergarten during their Rathskeller engagement

Condensation dripped off the outside of two glass beer mugs on a hot summer day. The beer mugs were in the hands of Meg and Kevin as they sat on a stage in the biergarten at the Rathskeller. The sound of their laughter as they talked echoed off the hard wood of the stage floor […]

March 5, 2021

FILED IN: Portraits

family of four with mom, dad, and two daughters on blanket for their farmland family photography

The swing swayed gently back and forth on the front porch. The swing made a rhythmic creaking noise as it moved. On the swing, the De La Vegas sat with their daughters, reading books as the sun set. This was just one of the amazing moments from the lifestyle shoot we did with the De […]

March 4, 2021

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bride and groom under weeping willow trees in white river state park before their 1899 wedding reception

The leaves of the weeping willows hung down low to the earth, idly swaying in the breeze. Underneath the trees, Kara and Nick stood hugging each other. Nick lifted his head and kissed Kara on the side of the cheek. This was just one amazing moment from our portrait session with Kara and Nick before […]

March 2, 2021

FILED IN: Weddings

bride and groom standing on steps and looking into each other's eyes at a mill top wedding in noblesville

The sun light filtered through the sky light over the stairs. Laura and Bob stood on the stairs, just moments after their first look, backlight by the light. Laura grabbed Bob’s jacket and pulled him close for a hug. This was just one of the amazing moments we captured during Laura and Bob’s portraits. We […]

February 15, 2021

We had the privilege to interview one of our past couples about their Pelican Hill wedding. Lauren and Campbell were married last year at the Resort at Pelican Hill on the day after Valentine’s Day. Which means today is their first anniversary! Happy anniversary Lauren and Campbell! What were the 3 most important things for […]

January 26, 2021

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bride and groom hold hands and walk away from the Indiana Statehouse during their Indiana Roof Ballroom wedding

The sunlight streamed in a slant across the grass of the Indiana Statehouse. Some of the higher rays bounced off the glass face of a nearby building and reflected back down across the grass from the opposite direction. Grace and Nathan walked across the grass, holding hands, showered in the warm sunlight streaming from two […]