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.

March 9, 2021

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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

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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 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

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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 […]

January 25, 2021

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bride cries as she looks at groom in front of woods in fall at their 3 Fat Labs wedding

A few red and orange leaves still clutched to the branches of the trees, but most of their kin had already taken flight, drifting on the winds and eventually gracing the ground. Fall was fading, but it wasn’t winter yet. Walking along a deck in front of this wooded wonderland of colors hanging high and […]

January 15, 2021

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bride and groom sit on wooden steps during their traders point creamery wedding

Next to small pond, a the Beach Porch bustled with activity. On the steps of the porch, Abby and James sat next to each other. They were taking a moment to themselves, cuddling up to each other, as their guests took their seats on the porch behind them. As they sat there, heads resting against […]

January 14, 2021

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man and woman in wedding attire hold hands and walk along edge of building during their regions tower wedding celebration

The warm glow of the setting sun illuminated the sky at dusk in downtown Indy. Katelyn and Nick, holding hands, walked along the edge of Regions Tower with the setting sun behind them. This was just one of the beautiful moments from this gorgeous wedding day that Hannah and Monette captured, and we loved the […]

December 29, 2020

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bride and groom hug and kiss in open field at sunset during their Carmel Backyard Wedding

The sun was slowly dipping below the tree line. In the last few minutes before it winked out of site, its dim rays seemed to be traveling across the earth instead shining down on it. In a field of grass, Katie and Aaron danced in the light and their shadows seemed to grow and move […]