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 12, 2022

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two brides take a shot with their officiant during their martinsville wedding ceremony

The sun shone down between the leaves, creating a dappled pattern of highlights on the grass below. In this grassy area in the woods, Danielle and Erin stood with their backs to each other. Then they turned to see each other for the first look. It was a stunning moment. We hope you loved this […]

July 31, 2022

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bride and groom sit on rocks in front off pond with small chapel in background during their five willows wedding

The sun had just dipped behind the tree line and the air was starting to cool off. Barb and Keith sat on a group of rocks in front of a large pond, smiling and chatting with each other. In the background there was a large weeping willow tree, one of five on the property, as […]

June 24, 2022

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bride and groom dance under overhang after their first look at their sand creek wedding

The overhand outside the Sand Creek Country Club provided a nice respite from the sun on a hot day. Under that overhang, Shanelle walked toward Phil as they prepared to see each other for the first time on their wedding day. After lots of hugs and few kisses and some chatting, Phil took Shanelle by […]

March 9, 2021

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groom dips bride and kisses her at sunset on an overcast day at a Franklin Barn Wedding

The first words I heard after walking into the bridal suite were, “You know he’s an amazing photographer, because I’m a photographer and I picked him to shoot my wedding.” It was one of the nicest things I’ve ever heard a bride say, especially within moments of first meeting in person. Charrie is a great […]

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 […]

November 12, 2019

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man and woman hug under trees in a clearing in a park during their Bel Air Kokomo wedding

On a sunny day at the beginning of October, it felt almost too hot to be autumn. The sun shone down on Jackson Morrow Park, and in a clearing betwixt the trees, Lindsey and Sam hugged. They were both dressed in white, her in her wedding dress and him in his full dress Navy uniform. […]

September 3, 2019

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bride and groom hug at sunset on roof of regions tower during indianapolis wedding photography

The orange light of the setting sun shone through the gaps in the buildings in downtown Indianapolis. The light reflected off the windows of the surrounding buildings and filled the entirety of the evening air with an orange glow. On the deck of the Regions Tower, Molly and Matt hugged. They held each other close, […]

August 13, 2019

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man and woman stand for wedding photos at indianapolis art center before their indiana landmarks wedding

The green leaves of the trees soaked up the warm sunlight on a beautiful day in July. It was a little hot, but the Indianapolis Art Center grounds looked beautiful in the midday sun. Sigal walked up behind Ben and tapped him on the shoulder. He turned to look at her for the very first […]

August 9, 2019

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groom kisses bride on the head at sunset at the end of their Tinker House Wedding

The warm glow of the setting sun illuminated the green tree leaves. The leaves turned from a dark green to a lovely golden color. Under the tree, Bertram hugged Jylian and kissed her gently on the side of her head. We loved capturing this whimsical Tinker House wedding! This wedding was so much fun to […]

June 27, 2019

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bride and groom walking and laughing at sunset at norris estate wedding

The sun was setting over the pond and a cool breeze was gently rustling the cattails. Heather and Jay walked, holding hands away from the pond and the beautiful sunset. They were smiling and laughing as they went to rejoin their friends and family at the reception after a brief round of sunset photos. I […]