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 5, 2022

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man and woman dance at night for their first dance at their Richmond Indiana wedding.

The sun had set and the air was just starting to cool off on this hot summer day. The dance floor was cleared, and Miranda and Wade stepped out into the center. They held each other close and danced slow, as their friends and family made a circle around them to watch. We loved this […]

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 […]

December 19, 2019

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a newly married couple hugs in front of a field of soy beans at this zyntango farm wedding

The sun set over fields of soy and corn out in Whitestown, Indiana. The soybeans had lost their vibrant green hue as they neared the harvest, and turned brown as if to signal they were ready for the harvest. Ready for the next phase in their life cycle. Standing on a patch of grass in […]

September 23, 2019

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bride and groom kiss at sunset at mustard seed gardens with orange tones for Noblesville Wedding Photography

The golden light of the sun shone through the thin cloud coverage in the sky. After an overcast and slightly drizzly day, it was a blessing to have some warm orange tones and beautiful light. Sara and Sean stood in the damp grass with the sun backlighting them. Sean wrapped one arm around Sara and […]

September 17, 2018

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bride and groom dance in barn while guests on dance floor and in balcony look on at this Lindley Farmstead wedding

The guests in the balcony all stood up from their tables and crowded along the railing, looking down at the dance floor below. Since there wasn’t enough room along the railing, some of the guests walked over to the stairs and stood on the stairs so they could have a better view of what was […]

August 22, 2017

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On a warm summer day in June, a few a grey clouds hung over the gazebo at Mustard Seed Gardens. The forecast hadn’t called for rain, but with each passing moment leading up to Kendra and Sam’s outside ceremony the sky turned darker. As Kendra walked down the aisle toward Sam, a few little rain […]

June 28, 2016

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The forest was dense, and the setting sun was only visible as two little dots of orange light poking through the verdant leaves. As twilight approached, Dean hugged Shelby, his strong arms wrapping around her shoulders and clutching her hands to her chest. Their new rings had a slight shine to them, even though they were fully […]

June 7, 2016

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With a crackle and pop the first sparkler burst into life. The fire burned bright and hissed as it shot out sparkling white light. Then, all down the line, other sparklers burst into life, shooting out brilliant little flames as they burned. Suddenly the pathway from the barn to the getaway car was transformed from […]

October 21, 2015

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Linsey & Nate wed on a gorgeous day at Marian Hills Farm located in Fort Wayne, IN.