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

FILED IN: Weddings

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 […]

October 17, 2022

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a man and woman in wedding clothes kiss at sunset during their mustard seed wedding

The setting sun bathed Analisa and Charles in golden light. They were newly married and just minutes away from their reception in the barn at Mustard Seed Gardens. They danced slowly in the sunlight, Charles dipping and kissing Analisa while the wind blew her veil. This portrait session after Analisa and Charle’s Mustard Seed wedding […]

September 29, 2022

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bride and groom dance under a ton of stringlights during their mavris reception

String lights and chandeliers provided mood lighting as the guests took their seats at the Mavris. Then, from the stairwell, Maggie and Tyler entered the reception space to massive applause from their friends and family. Immediately after they entered the space, music swelled and they danced their first dance in the middle of the tables […]

August 9, 2022

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a bride and groom eat hot dogs from a hot dog cart before their scottish rite cathedral wedding

A hot dog stand stood in the middle of White River State Park, next to the canal. When Ali and Eric saw the stand, Ali immediately asked if we had time to get hot dogs. For the bride, of course. We loved the spontaneity and also we just love when couples do something they enjoy […]

August 4, 2022

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bride and groom dance outside Allison Mansion/Riverdale during their Marian University Wedding

The gardens around Allison Mansion were filled with trees, providing a lot of shad even at noon. Mat stood in the shade, as Abby walked up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder. He tuned around and looked astonished at the sight of her. Then they hugged and kissed and danced in the shade […]

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 […]

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 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 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 2, 2022

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sullivans steakhouse captured at an angle on a cloudy day during a sullivans steakhouse wedding

On a lovely day in autumn last year we traveled down to Sullivan’s Steakhouse to capture a wedding. This is the first wedding that I’ve captured at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, and I loved this place. It had a cool old fashioned feel to it with modern flairs. It felt classic yet current at the same time. […]