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.

September 28, 2010

FILED IN: Weddings

                   Heidi and Kyle got hitched on June 19th.  It was very hot but it didn’t keep anyone from having a blast.  The wedding was held in a Mennonite church near Shipshewana, IN.  Heidi’s family attended the church for years and it became a very sentimental place […]

September 21, 2010

FILED IN: Portraits

I was contacted by an old friend to shoot portraits of her baby, Cooper.  It had been a while since we had seen each other and it was the first time I had met her son.  I have never seen red hair like that on a baby!  I was overwhelmed with cuteness.  While catching up […]

July 28, 2010


After much rest caused by a pretty tough first trimester, I’m back on my feet ready to work! My blog has fallen pretty far behind but I have frequently updated my facebook page. To see recent work please visit: Link to Facebook Thanks for visiting!

June 4, 2010

FILED IN: Engagements

Sarah and Bob are extremely friendly people.  It felt less like a shoot and more like we were just hanging out.  Both were very loving to one another, but the shoot was more goofy than romantic, which I love.  I was told that the majority of pictures they have of each other, at least one […]

May 25, 2010

FILED IN: Weddings

I had the privilege to shoot with Joel Cookston, who is an amazing wedding photographer.  Here are a few I shot from Morgan and Chad’s special day! To see some of Joel’s work visit

May 11, 2010

FILED IN: The Van Elks

I traveled down to Gulf Shores, AL with my husband and in-laws this past April.  Gulf Shores has been the vacation spot for the Van Elks for many spring breaks.  It happened to workout that both my husband, Steven, and I were able to tag along.  The weather was great and so was the food […]

May 1, 2010

FILED IN: Engagements

I’ve had the privilege to know Ben and Emily for a while now and I feel I can say one thing that all their friends can agree on: they are a blast to be around. I feel so blessed with the opportunity to shoot both their engagement and wedding (September 18, 2010).  Like most experiences […]

April 20, 2010

FILED IN: Engagements

Amy and Deron are the type of people that you always have so much fun around. Bubbly. Goofy. Loving. They are definitely the type of people you want to see together. Thankfully, they met and plan to spend the rest of their lives together!Amy and Deron met through mutual friends. They attended separate high schools […]

April 14, 2010

FILED IN: Weddings

Who could take a love for the Beatles, mix it with love for another, and make it into a beautiful wedding? Meet Josh and Theresa. If any wedding was transformed to look like a couple this would be it. Theresa’s idea for the entire wedding was to take their favorite band, the Beatles, and make […]

March 31, 2010

My very first networking event, by myself, 5 hours from home.  I was really proud of myself. I’m a very sociable person but since I had no idea what to expect, I was terrified. I like to know what I’m getting myself into.  Also, because I was unsure what I was doing, I followed the […]