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.

October 22, 2022

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man and woman kiss while backlit by flash in front of lights of theater marquee during their fountain square theatre wedding

The tungsten bulbs hanging from the theater marquee gave off a lovely orange glow. Under the marquee, and in focus, Nick and Erin embraced and kissed. Outside of the marquee there was a slight drizzle as the overcast sky let loose some precipitation. It was just one beautiful moment from this gorgeous Fountain Square Theatre […]

August 2, 2022

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a woman hugs another woman from behind in front of bokeh during their lockerbie engagement session

A set of fairy lights twinkled softly on a small tree as the sun slowly descended toward the horizon. On the sidewalk in front of the tree, Danielle and Erin hugged and laughed. Because of the pandemic, these two moved their wedding ceremony with friends and family from the bay area to Indiana. I think […]

July 30, 2022

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man and woman dance outside at sunset with indy skyline behind them during their charming mavris wedding

The setting sun shined through the red tree leaves at the Mavris before dipping behind the Indianapolis skyline. Katelyn took Jacob’s hand and pulled him in to dance with her on the grass, the last rays of sunshine backlighting the two of them. This was just on of the many fantastic moments from this charming […]

July 29, 2022

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man and woman hug on top of star floor at bottom of circular stairs during their bottleworks engagement session

A set of circular stairs follows the wall in a foyer at Bottleworks Hotel. The room has beautiful stone walls with golden tones. Rob took Kristen by the hand and led her down the steps. At the bottom of the stairs, they danced in the circular room below. We love this beautiful Bottleworks engagement session […]

June 27, 2022

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groom in blue suit dips bride in white dress and kisses her at sunset at their Indianapolis Hawaiian Jewish wedding

The setting sun reflected off the windows of buildings in downtown Indianapolis. Standing on the terrace of Regions Tower, Riane and Jacob and were backlit by the light. They danced and Jacob dipped Riane, practicing for when they would do their first dance later in the evening. They kissed while dipping and it was magical. […]

June 7, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

The Indiana State Government building is next to the Indiana Statehouse and the canal in downtown Indianapolis. It has a large, gorgeous overhang that looks stunning in photos. I took Barb and Keith there seeking a little shade on this hot day last summer while shooting their engagement photos. I asked them to hold hands […]

April 25, 2022

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man and woman in front of beautiful graffiti mural on the Indy Canal during this downtown indy engagement session

This wonderful Indianapolis engagement with Sarah and Jeffrey went all over downtown. We started at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Monument Circle. After getting some shots around the monument and in front of the fountains, we headed down the cobblestone street toward the Indiana Statehouse. We hit the Statehouse grounds during golden hour and […]

March 9, 2022

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bride and groom hug in front of brown background during their indy canal wedding

Sunlight fell through the open window of Canal 337. Tyler stood near the window, the sunlight gracing his face, as Anna walked up behind him and gave him a hug. They both smiled. This was just one of the moments we created together during their portraits. Scroll down to see all of the amazing moments […]

July 18, 2021

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bride and groom walking hand in hand at their Indiana Statehouse Elopement

The warm tungsten light emanated from the elegant lighting fixtures in the Indiana State House. Cool blue light streamed into the building through the sky lights mixing with the warmer light inside. The result was that everything inside had a slightly golden hue in the shadows. Walking down a hall, under the warm lights, were […]

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 […]