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.

February 3, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

Can anyone believe we are already into month 2 of 2020! How is this possible? I’ve been going through galleries of 2019 the past few days and I can’t tell you how hard it was to narrow it down to a reasonable amount. We just adore our couples and everything they do is just photo […]

February 3, 2020

FILED IN: Weddings

Some of our best work in 2019. Grab a box of tissues and keep it handy! We had some amazing couples last year who were madly in love and couldn’t hold back the emotion! Those couples also had amazing families that were overwhelmed with emotions too! We only cried a little bit selecting these photos […]

February 2, 2020

FILED IN: Wedding Tip

Deck of cards wedding favor

I want to take a moment on the blog today to talk about gifts for your guests. Not every wedding has gifts for their guests, but if you are thinking about it I thought I could help with some cool ideas. Steve and I have been going through Forever Wedding Favors and looking at some […]

January 9, 2020

wedding vows with tanya pushkine of the vow whisperer

This week on our podcast, Wedded, we talk with Tanya Pushkine of the Vow Whisperer. We talk about why vows are so important and the ideal length for vows. We also talk about presentation and how to hold your self while speaking. If you’re struggling to think of what wedding vows you want to make […]

January 6, 2020

FILED IN: Weddings

bride and groom touch foreheads at balmoral house wedding

The water was still on the surface of the small pond. In the reflection on the water, the leaves of the trees swayed in a slight breeze. Standing on the grass in front of the water, Aunjalee and Joe faced each other smiling. They hugged and their noses touched. We had so much fun capturing […]

December 19, 2019

FILED IN: Weddings

a newly married couple hugs in front of a field of soy beans at this zyntango farm wedding

The sun set over fields of soy and corn out in Whitestown, Indiana. The soybeans had lost their vibrant green hue as they neared the harvest, and turned brown as if to signal they were ready for the harvest. Ready for the next phase in their life cycle. Standing on a patch of grass in […]

December 16, 2019

FILED IN: Weddings

bride and groom stand laughing on brick walkway at white river state park

Standing on the brick walkway next to the canal, Adriana and Luke laughed on a warm autumn day. It isn’t common to see the walkway through White River State Park so empty. It felt almost magical, like it had been cleared out just for the two of them. We are so excited to share all […]

November 12, 2019

FILED IN: Weddings

man and woman hug under trees in a clearing in a park during their Bel Air Kokomo wedding

On a sunny day at the beginning of October, it felt almost too hot to be autumn. The sun shone down on Jackson Morrow Park, and in a clearing betwixt the trees, Lindsey and Sam hugged. They were both dressed in white, her in her wedding dress and him in his full dress Navy uniform. […]

November 7, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman stand under wine club sign for their Louies Wine Dive engagement portraits

Big tungsten bulbs lit up a sign that read, “Wine Club” on the wall of Louie’s Wine Dive. Standing under the sign, and under a chandelier made of empty wine bottle, Ali and Eric stood with glasses in hand. They were sharing a drink at one of their favorite places in Indianapolis. I had so […]

November 4, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman sit on rock at sunset during their IMA engagement session

A large rock sat on the ground under a canopy of tree leaves. The underbrush had been cleared out and grass had been planted, causing a quasi clearing in the grounds at Newfields. Emily and David sat on the rock with the sun setting behind. The sun’s rays cut through the trees and leaves, illuminating […]