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.

December 29, 2020

FILED IN: Video, Weddings

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 […]

December 18, 2018

FILED IN: Weddings

The white tent stood resolute against the encroaching darkness of the night. Inside, Bri and Jason’s friends and families danced and sang. Outside, Bri and Jason took a little walk through the lawn. Away from the hustle and bustle of their lovely reception, they paused to spend a few moments alone.  This was a such […]

November 21, 2017

FILED IN: Weddings

The light of the setting sun was just starting to wink out of existence and the white hydrangeas were fading to mere shadows. Ben held Zoe close to him, foreheads together and eyes closed in front of the hydrangeas. The two of them looked entangled no matter where they were or what they were doing, […]

July 9, 2014

FILED IN: Engagements

I met Brittany a few years ago. We bonded over our love for photography. When she asked Steve and I to be her wedding photographers, I was beyond ecstatic. Brittany is not only gorgeous, but she is also a very talented photographer. It’s such a great compliment when one of my peers loves my work […]

June 9, 2014

FILED IN: Engagements

Alicia & Stephen’s engagement was full of laughter and smiles. It was such a privilege to capture their engagement, at Alicia’s new home. The home in which they will start their family together. Chevy, Alicia’s adorable poodle, greeted me with lots of excitement, and I instantly fell in love. Their not-so-little pup even made a […]

June 4, 2014

FILED IN: Weddings

There are some weddings we shoot that make a positive lasting impression on us, and this is one of them. Emily and Michael are an amazing couple. Although they have gone through quite a bit of hardship between their engagement shoot and their wedding, their sweet personalities did not change one bit. There were three […]

May 1, 2014

FILED IN: Weddings

2013 was a wonderful year to get married! Congratulations to all our beautiful couples!