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.

July 15, 2021


We wanted to take a second to talk about this awesome personalized wine decanter we received recently. I know it’s a bit early to be thinking about Christmas shopping for most people, but we found this and a lot of other gifts on this awesome gift list that Groovy Girl Gifts made. The gifts on […]

June 2, 2020

grandparents of bride and groom sit on wooden bench in newfields during an IMA wedding

My dad has always been on more of the sentimental side. He loves photo gifts and anything that you have to put in thought. This has made it really hard to come up with something 3 times a year for 15 (adult) years. If you’re in the same boat, then here are some of my […]

February 26, 2019

a man and a woman stand in a vineyard drinking glasses of wine in this vineyard publication shoot

I’m so lucky that I was able to reconnect with Jentry, Casey, Stephanie, Grace, and Jordan to shoot these photos last year! I did a small styled shoot for a publication. They wanted to highlight Belgian Horse Winery in Middletown, IN. I asked if any of my past clients and friends wanted to be a […]

September 30, 2018


Back at it again! This time I’m back on the Wedding Photo Hangover podcast because Dustin was unable to make it! This episode was so much fun to record because it was just Steve and I talking about wedding photography and running a business! I love Dustin, but it’s nice to just be able to […]

May 3, 2018

FILED IN: Other, Portraits

Wife Watches While Her Husband Holds up their Baby Girl in the Window Light

I just love it when former wedding clients contact me to do family photos! It was so thrilling when Augusta and Mitch reached out to me to see if I could capture some photos of their family! I love getting the chance to check back in and catch up with past clients, and I especially […]

August 25, 2017


Hendricks gin and hors d’oeuvres were at the ready at the Garfield Park Conservatory, just waiting for a group of Yelp Elites to visit and consume them while learning to make cocktails. The mixology class was held in the beautiful Horticulture Hall. The tables and chairs were surrounded by plants and the roof and walls […]

August 19, 2016


Every picture you shoot tells a story. At a wedding I was shooting with my wife, I headed outside of the reception venue to capture some exterior shots of the venue. While I was shooting, one of the videographers working the wedding approached me and he said, “Sometimes I wish I did photography instead of […]

January 26, 2016

We have a guest blogger! Melissa is sharing the exciting news of how you can give a photography gift or receive a photography gift through GiftStarter. We find a lot of value in photography for our own family, and Giftstarter is a great, new way to help you realize that value with help from your loved ones! […]

April 2, 2015


There were very few positives of being surrounded by brown and gold all through your teen years, but Monroe Central students wore it with pride. Actually, there might only be one real positive, and it’s manna from heaven: Bear Bars. This brown and gold pure sugar treat kept the school high on energy and was […]

March 11, 2014

FILED IN: Other, Published

Before 2013, I always felt like I had a logo and website just because I needed to have one. None of these things ever felt like a good representation of me and certainly not of my husband and me. I found myself frustrated any time I had to showcase them. In the fall of 2012, […]