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.

June 29, 2011

FILED IN: Weddings

Bethany and Gary’s shoot was definitely a very emotional one.  Tears flowed from the father-, mother-, and sister-of the bride during the ceremony.  It was an apparent that this couple is loved.  Their bridal party was filled with excited friends and family members that smiled genuinely as they walked down the aisle. Their reception was […]

June 28, 2011

FILED IN: Engagements

Heather contacted me about her September wedding a few months ago.  We didn’t get an opportunity to meet before the engagement so I was anxious to put a face to the voice behind the phone.  Heather greeted me with a bubbly hello.   I knew from the start I would just love being around them both.  […]

June 21, 2011

FILED IN: Weddings

Molly and Ben’s wedding was an adventure.  A little before 3:30pm, right as Molly is about to slip the ring on Ben’s finger, the power goes out.   I quickly turned on my flash and continued with pictures, but I saw my husband running down then stairs to grab his.  This was definitely a first. The […]

June 17, 2011

FILED IN: Engagements

Allison and Kenny both played soccer, went to the same high school, graduated from the same class, but never really knew each other. It wasn’t until college that they started hanging out.  They realized they had a lot in common and started to date.  Now, Allison and Kenny are planning for a August wedding. Allison […]

June 16, 2011

1.  Nice hanger Yes, maybe not the most important one on the list but one of the most simple.  This helps the photographer get really great shots of the dress(es) or suit(es) before the wedding. 2.  Find venues with natural light This isn’t always easy in a small city, like the one in which I […]

June 14, 2011

FILED IN: Weddings

I met Erin when I shot Ashley and Ross (2)’s wedding.  Erin was one of Ashley’s many bridesmaids.  She was engaged and Ashley insisted that I gave her one of my business cards.  I knew from the start I would just love Erin.  She’s really laid back and very kind.  I met Jeff briefly at […]

June 1, 2011

FILED IN: Engagements

It’s hard to trick us, guys. We know what’s going on. So, when you actually catch us off guard, we know the plan must have been a well thought out one. The proposal David has been living Texas since graduation.  So when Meg saw him at the top of the hill at Notre Dame, she […]

May 19, 2011

FILED IN: Engagements

Ashley and Davin are a very sweet couple.  They met in Denver at a cattle showing, only to find out they were both from Ohio.  After many dates and a couple of years, Davin popped the question at Ashley’s childhood farm. Since showing cattle is how they met and is still a big part of […]

May 17, 2011

FILED IN: Engagements

I ask Bethany and Gary  how they met and they responded that they met through mutual friends but had no interest in each other.  When stories start off like this I’m always curious very curious to what makes two people fall?  Well, Bethany and Gary’s story starts off in a football stadium.  Something just clicked.  […]

May 11, 2011

FILED IN: Weddings

Becca and James had a traditional wedding at the Pendleton First United Methodist Church. They anxiously waited for each other until the ceremony started. When Becca walked down the isle James shouted “YES! Beautiful.” When the worship started, It was a very emotional time for couple and their guest. Becca shed a few tears but […]