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.

March 6, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman drinking beer in biergarten during their Rathskeller engagement

Condensation dripped off the outside of two glass beer mugs on a hot summer day. The beer mugs were in the hands of Meg and Kevin as they sat on a stage in the biergarten at the Rathskeller. The sound of their laughter as they talked echoed off the hard wood of the stage floor […]

September 10, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

young couple dances in front of blue wall during their downtown indianapolis engagement photos

In downtown Indianapolis there’s a beautiful building across from the Indiana War Memorial that has brilliant blue, pink, and yellow walls. In front of the blue wall, I asked Kara and Nick to dance. Usually couples get together and slow dance when I give this prompt. But Kara and Nick took it up another notch. […]

October 6, 2016

FILED IN: Engagements

The door was open and the sunlight was pouring into the parking garage, just to be soaked up by the dark walls and ceiling. Mikey stood in the parking garage, looking out the door toward the beautiful Alexander Hotel. Taylor walked up behind Mikey and held him. Her delicate hands and beautiful engagement ring resting on […]

September 15, 2016

FILED IN: Engagements

The summer was not quite over, but some of the trees in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres had already started shedding some leaves. The fallen leaves littered the pathways of the woodland park. With the sun at their backs, Kim and Alex took a walk down one of the paths with […]

July 8, 2016

FILED IN: Engagements

On the sidewalk in front their house, the house they looked at together the day they got engaged, the house they live in now, with the sun’s golden rays beating a path to down to the earth through the leaves of the trees, they embraced. It was a gentle embrace, but powerful. Holding their love, […]

June 10, 2016

FILED IN: Engagements

She looked out across the grass with poise. The sun came out from behind the sparse clouds, highlighting Laura’s brilliant hair. Loose strands seemed to be set ablaze by the golden light. Her fiancé, Zach, held her with a steely strength, anchoring her to the ground and to this world. The look on his face […]

June 9, 2016

FILED IN: Engagements

A cool breeze blew off the river and ruffled Melissa’s hair as she stood holding hands with her fiancé, Riad. They were standing on the brick pathway of the White River Trail, with the sun at their back. The sun’s golden light was shimmering on the surface of the river behind them. The trees foliage blocked most […]

December 3, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

It was early afternoon, past lunch time but too early for the post work crowd to have gathered at Tow Yard Brewing Company on a dreary Monday in November. Nestled together at the bar, Jen and Dave spoke in hushed tones, casually flirting with one another as they indulged in some beers. Before they took their first sip, […]

November 23, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

Walking past the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis, Eric looked down at Britt and smiled. They were holding hands, but that smile of absolute love betrayed that they were holding more than just hands. They were holding each others souls. I absolutely love capturing moments like this between two people in love. It […]

November 19, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

The low rumble of car tires moving slowly over cobblestone built in the background as cars began to drive up Market Street. Japinder and Gurleen walked down the middle of Market Street, hand-in-hand, unconcerned by the slow trudge of the oncoming traffic. With the Indiana Statehouse at their backs, and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in […]