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 24, 2022

FILED IN: Weddings

bride and groom kiss on balcony of alexander hotel with puffy clouds in the background before a Newfields Garden Wedding

White cumulus clouds hung in the air over Indianapolis. Rashad stood on the balcony of the Alexander Hotel looking out at the city as Kathleen walked up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around to see her, a smile crossing his face. They embraced and kissed as the a gentle breeze […]

August 7, 2020

Man and Woman sit in boat in one of the Best Indianapolis Engagement Photo Locations

Throughout Indianapolis, there are lots of hidden gems when it comes to portrait session locations. Whether it be the outdoors, with beautiful foliage, or an urban setting with colorful walls, it’s hard to go wrong in Indy. If you’re looking for a place to do your engagement session but don’t already have something in mind, […]

July 27, 2020

bride and groom hold hands and look at each other in garden at newfields on wedding day

Bryana & DJ are celebrating their 1 year anniversary! I cannot believe how fast that year went. We are so excited to celebrate with them today. They sent in advice for couples planning that is a must-read. Their wedding was one of our favorites, and I’m sure you can tell by the photos it was […]

June 30, 2020

FILED IN: Anniversary

bride rests head on groom's shoulder under white, wooden, lattice archway at their IMA wedding at Newfields

Happy Anniversary Danielle & Alex! Danielle & Alex had a gorgeous Newfields wedding located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Their day started off at Danielle’s beautiful home located in Lockerbie. Weirdly enough I’ve captured engagement photos right in front of their home on several occasions. It’s one of the most beautiful cobblestone roads in […]

February 3, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

Can anyone believe we are already into month 2 of 2020! How is this possible? I’ve been going through galleries of 2019 the past few days and I can’t tell you how hard it was to narrow it down to a reasonable amount. We just adore our couples and everything they do is just photo […]

November 4, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman sit on rock at sunset during their IMA engagement session

A large rock sat on the ground under a canopy of tree leaves. The underbrush had been cleared out and grass had been planted, causing a quasi clearing in the grounds at Newfields. Emily and David sat on the rock with the sun setting behind. The sun’s rays cut through the trees and leaves, illuminating […]

August 15, 2019

FILED IN: Weddings

bride and groom hold hands and look at each other in garden at newfields on wedding day

The warm sun shined down through the humidity, backlighting Bryana and Darnel. They stood holding hands in the Four Seasons Garden at Newfields, after their ceremony had ended. Their bridal party and guests had all walked back to the reception in the Deer Zink Pavilion, and they were enjoying a few moments alone in the […]

August 9, 2019

FILED IN: Portraits

a large family stands posed under a terrace during their Newfields family photos

The Johnson parents surrounded themselves with their children and their spouses for this fun family shoot! I love it when I get to meet families this large (five kids and 4 spouses) and see everyone loving on each other! We did a lot of photos around the Lilly House at Newfields during this shoot and […]

August 8, 2019

FILED IN: Portraits

a boy kisses his younger brother on the cheek while hugging on slide art during their ndianapolis family photography session

The other day I had the opportunity to walk around the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres with the Hoover family! The Hoovers are friends from college and it was great to get to reconnect with them and capture some adorable moments! My favorite moment was when their two boys were sitting […]

July 29, 2019

FILED IN: Weddings

bride rests head on groom's shoulder under white, wooden, lattice archway at their IMA wedding at Newfields

The setting sun backlit the white, lattice archway. Green leaves from the surrounding plants grew up and wove through the wood. Standing underneath the archway, Danielle rested her head on Alex’s shoulder. Alex turned his head toward her, smiling. This was just one of the many amazing moments we were lucky enough to capture at […]