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.

June 22, 2022

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bride and groom under chuppah at their charming coxhall gardens wedding

The leaves of the weeping willow were blown slowly back and forth by a light breeze, adding a little movement behind the Chuppah during the ceremony. Under the Chuppah, Shayna and Aaron stood holding hands as Aaron prepared to break the glass. When the time came, he stomped so hard his yarmulke flew off his […]

June 6, 2022

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bride and groom hold hands and walk through West Clay with their wedding party before their Carmel backyard wedding

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 […]

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 […]

November 17, 2017

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On the balcony of the Palladium, Laura and John stood overlooking Carmel. The sun was setting, and its last fading rays provided a lovely romantic glow. They stood there, holding each other snug. The care and affection the two of them had for one another was amazing. I just loved watching the way they doted […]

February 4, 2017

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The guests at the wedding not already on the dance floor all stood up from their tables and rushed to the dance floor, confetti in hand and Happy New Year hats on their heads. 10… 9… 8… Aly and Andy met each other on the dance floor and turned to watch the clock as it counted […]

September 13, 2016

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Lights were strung up on the balcony of the River Glen Country Club overlooking the golf course. The warm glow of their tungsten bulbs looked beautiful under the shadow of the overhang. Wendy stepped out of her reception and onto the long wood planks of the balcony. As she stood looking out at the rain soaked […]

November 11, 2015

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Sitting on the broad limestone steps of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Indianapolis, Megan leaned into her groom, Bill, and rested her head gently on his shoulder. In a few hours Monument Circle would be crawling with happy party goers, dressed in costume for Halloween, but at this moment it was calm and unpopulated. […]