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.

September 8, 2020

bride and groom hug and laugh at sunset in Indianpaolis for Regions Tower wedding photography

I love this time of year. It’s full of celebration. With August, September, and October being our busiest months, we see so many engaged couples becoming newlyweds and many of our past couples celebrate another year of their marriage. Today we are celebrating Matt & Molly and their Regions Tower wedding anniversary! 2020 has brought […]

August 28, 2020

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bride and groom dance in front of wooden circle and guests at a Bash wedding

Earlier this summer Jenn and I had the privilege of capturing our first wedding after the pandemic started. It was such a relief to get back to some sort of normalcy. Nicole and Jon were married at Bash in Carmel. This wedding meant a lot to us, because Jon is a close friend of mine […]

August 25, 2020

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man in red turban and woman in jewels at their Coxhall Gardens wedding

The tan bricks of the Caxhall Mansion provided some shade as evening drew near. Behnam stood in the shade, his back to the mansion. Hira hugged Behnam from behind, looking lovingly at him. Behnam turned his head slightly toward her and they both smiled. Last week I had the pure joy of capturing this amazing […]

August 13, 2020

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bride and groom look at each other with love and desire during their indianapolis elopement

This year has been crazy with all of the weddings and events that have had to reschedule due to the pandemic. So it was wonderful that this past weekend we were able to capture one of the most amazing and intimate weddings we’ve ever seen. Megan and Wes had an elopement in their backyard with […]

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 27, 2020

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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

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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 […]