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 3, 2020

bride and groom stand together on sidewalk for their muncie wedding photography

I had the privilege to interview one of our couples from 2019! Kathryn & Nate were married at Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Muncie, IN. While they planned their wonderful wedding, Kathryn spent a year in Paris and Nate finished up school at Ball State University. Today they celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary and […]

July 31, 2020

A few hours of open dancing is enough to make anyone work up an appetite. Even if that open dancing was preceded by one of the best tasting meals we’ve ever seen at a wedding. But, when the In-N-Out Burger truck pulled up to the reception, not a single person stayed inside to dance. Everyone […]

July 29, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

In between the rows of books it was silent except for the hum of air conditioner. Sitting at the end of one row, smiles on their faces, sat Kevin and Kelsey. They cuddled together, filled with joy, as they flipped through the pages of a large book together. This Central Library engagement session was filled […]

July 27, 2020

FILED IN: Weddings

sunset in front of the Indiana Statehouse during an Indiana Roof Ballroom wedding

What a roller coaster the week leading up to Grace and Nathan’s wedding was with the new restrictions set by Indianapolis’ mayor. But luckily, things worked out in their favor and they didn’t have to move location or make massive cuts to their guest list a day before their wedding. Also, thankfully the thing that […]

July 27, 2020

bride and groom hold hands and look at each other in garden at newfields on wedding day

Bryana & DJ are celebrating their 1 year anniversary! I cannot believe how fast that year went. We are so excited to celebrate with them today. They sent in advice for couples planning that is a must-read. Their wedding was one of our favorites, and I’m sure you can tell by the photos it was […]

July 26, 2020

Having a Winter Wedding or Just Expecting a Rainy Day? Then you probably just came here for a list of locations. So here’s the TLDR of what we think are the best locations for indoor photos in Indianapolis (we’ll post more information about each place later): Indiana Statehouse Indianapolis Central Library Indianapolis Zoo 1899 The […]

July 24, 2020

FILED IN: Weddings

Garment Factory Wedding Photography bride and groom dance in front of window

Hannah & Quinton had a beautiful and emotional wedding that is something we never want to forget. Between her sister getting emotional seeing her come down the aisle and the exciting dance floor, it was apparent people were there to celebrate this amazing couple! It was also apparent they would not have missed this wedding […]

July 23, 2020

FILED IN: Weddings

Crisp autumn leaves lay on the ground, heralding the beginning of fall. The leaves crunched underfoot as Amber and Brandon walked hand in hand down a brick sidewalk. The train of her dress collected a few leaves as she walked, sweeping them along the bricks and through the small town of New Harmony. This New […]

July 22, 2020

FILED IN: Weddings

Trees grew on either side of a cement path in Franklin, Indiana, as the path followed along the winding route of Youngs Creek. It was cold outside, but the water in the creek kept running through the small town. Emily and David walked hand in hand down the cement path. The sun setting behind them […]

July 9, 2020

best masks for photographers collage of steven van elk in different masks in park

If you’re a photographer who has to work or is choosing to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, then you’ve probably been looking for a good mask. I was too. I wanted mask that looked professional and felt comfortable. After doing some Amazon searches, I thought I found one that was perfect. Well, I’ve shot a […]