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We're story telling wedding photographers based in Indianapolis, IN.  Our husband and wife team focuses on candids and romantic portraits, to help tell the story of two people in love.

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Wedding Blog

A husband & wife lifestyle wedding photography blog, highlighting the sessions captured by the team. Located in Indianapolis and South Bend.

Plum Creek Golf Course Wedding | Indianapolis Photographers | Rachel & Ian

Jennifer Van Elk

Rachel and Ian are married! I'm so excited to be sharing their wonderful day with everyone!

Rachel & Ian were married at the Centennial Bible Church in Westfield, IN. The bride, the mothers, and the bridesmaids enjoyed their morning getting ready at The Beauty Lounge, located in Carmel. We've captured getting ready wedding pictures here before, including when Rachel was a bridesmaid for her sister-in-law's wedding. This is definitely one of my favorite salons!

Rachel and Ian had a revealing in the Kawachinagano Japanese Garden in Carmel, IN, right off the Monon Trail. This is the park in which Ian proposed to Rachel. It was incredibly touching that that they chose to have their revealing in the same place that they became engaged. This is an incredibly romantic location for a first look. It was such an honor to witness Ian seeing his bride for the first time, as well as seeing Rachel's face light up when she saw his reaction.

After the ceremony, the new Mr. and Mrs. made their exit through bubbles, with beautifully crafted get-a-way decor. They headed to the Plum Creek Golf Course to kick off their wedding celebration. It was a packed reception, with guests who were anxious to celebrate the happy couple, and lots of delicious food catered by Sahm's.

I say this a lot, but we seriously have the best couples. Ian & Rachel were just fabulous, and they come from two wonderful families. We had such a wonderful time capturing their portraits and working with them through the planning. They have been nothing but sweethearts. It's always a little bittersweet finishing up these weddings, but we have lasting memories of their wonderful day that we will cherish for a long time!

On a side note, congratulations to Ian as the new kicker for the Purdue University football team! Good luck with your season. We'll be cheering on the Boilermakers for sure!!!

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Ceremony Location: Centennial Bible Church
Reception Location: Plum Creek Golf Course                                                                          Catering: Sahm's
Wedding Colors: Coral, Gold, Champaign
Officiant: Pastor Terry Thompson
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Suits: Vera Wang
Hair Stylist: The Beauty Lounge
Florist: Oberer's Flowers
Cake Designer: Classic Cakes
Entertainment: Shawn Liller, Grasshopper Entertainment                                                            Shoes: Converse

Muncie Alliance Church | Indianapolis Wedding Photographer | Autumn & Ryan

Jennifer Van Elk

Autumn & Ryan have spent the past several years growing in love with one another, sometimes hundreds of miles away from each other. Recently they decided to start the rest of their lives together.

I've had the privilege to know them both for a while now. As Autumn walked down the aisle, I couldn't hold back the tears (many other guests had the same issue). They were happy tears! I'm so grateful to have had the honor to spend the day with them!

Autumn & Ryan surrounded themselves with details full of life and fun! We had such a wonderful time capturing their wedding party, who kept us laughing the entire time. They planned a wedding with purple details, but with a few pops of mint. I loved it!

They made sure to create their own traditions within their ceremony & reception, which was held at the Muncie Alliance Church. During the ceremony their unity sand was poured into a transparent picture frame. It is a wonderful idea for a wedding day keepsake. Ryan, who's a huge Packers fan, threw the garter wrapped around a Packer's football. A great twist on the typical garter toss since it's particularly hard to get garters to fly as far as one would hope. The cake was designed by Autumn's grandmother, and it was a huge hit at the wedding.

I'm so excited to see these two as Mr & Mrs Howell!

See their engagement session here!

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Ceremony & Reception Location: Muncie Alliance Church                                                   Catering: Pete's Duck Inn
Honeymoon: Siesta Key, FL
Wedding Colors: Purple, lavender, gray, cream, aqua mint
Officiant: Pastor Rob Butler
Wedding Dress: Saturday's, Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
Bridesmaid Dresses:Lucy's Bridal, Bill Levkoff
Suits: Jim's Formal Wear
Hair Stylist: Shine Salon, Annie Anderson | Winchester
Florist: Country Cottage | Lynn, IN
Videographer: Sara Rust & Brandon Fribley                                                                                    Veil: Saturday's                                                                                                                                    Shoes: Bandolino

Shadowland Ballroom Wedding | St Joe Wedding Photography | Lane & Michael

Jennifer Van Elk

All through our lives, Lane and I have continued to bump into each other. She was a few years younger than me in elementary school. After I moved, we were assigned in the same cabin in summer church camp.  After Steve and I were married, we became a member of a church small group, that Lane's parents led. There are very few weddings I'd want to shoot on my birthday. It's sort of a special day in the Van Elk family. I mean, I was born on that day. All joking aside, I was ecstatic when they wanted to book with us. I really looked forward to this wedding all year, and it did not disappoint.

Lane & Michael met at a Notre Dame tailgate. Soon after they started dating, Lane just knew Michael was the one. So, she packed her belongings up and moved from Indy to South Bend, the home of the Fighting Irish.

Their wedding was held at the John E. N. Howard Bandshell, which has a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. Lane walked in to the ceremony to John Legends "All of Me", while tears flowed down Michael's face and many of the guests' faces too.

After pictures on Silver Beach, we headed to their fabulous party at Shadowland Ballroom. Guests danced through the night, and the new Mr. & Mrs. Deek were able to catch up with family and friends. It was a fabulous wedding, and we had a so much fun capturing it!

It's always better to view pictures with a little music. Start the slideshow for the music and scroll at your pace or view the highlight we put together!

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Ceremony Location: The John E. N. Howard Bandshell
Reception Location & Catering: Shadowland Ballroom
Honeymoon: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Wedding Colors: Grey & Pink
Officiant: William Magrath
Wedding Dress: David's Bridal
Hair Stylist: Affinity Salon
Florist: Martins Supermarket
Cake Designer: Margaret Potuck owner of Happy Dance Cupcakes
Entertainment: Matthew Cole, AudioBahn
Videographer: Josh Long Videography
Veil: Bridal Boutique by Peg Ann
Shoes: LuLu Townsend
Program Designers: Whimsical Stationery from Etsy
Invite designers: Bride
Transportation: Sunset Coast Trolley
Rhinestone studded silver sash from Davids Bridal

Amish Acres Wedding | Laura & Sam

Jennifer Van Elk

Laura and Sam had a beautiful wedding at the Culver Academy's Chapel. They decided to wait to see each other until their ceremony but were able to pray together behind the gorgeous chapel doors.

The ceremony was gorgeous. Sam's eyes widened and a smile grew on his face as Laura approached the alter. They shared vows, exchanged rings, and walked down the aisle hand and hand as Mr. & Mrs.

The reception tables were full but not for long. The Endless Summer Band really knew how to get people on the dance floor. Their reception was filled with colorful chairs and decor. By the end of the night it was hard not to join in while the music continued. No one could deny that it was a fabulous night.

My opinion is that pictures are always better with music. Start the slideshow. If you want to go at your own pace, just scroll through the images below. The blog has more images and details. The slideshow highlights the story.

Ceremony Location: Culver Academies Chapel
Reception Location: Amish Acres
Wedding Colors: Bright Colors
Officiant: Bill Kummer
Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Suits: Men's Wearhouse
Hair Stylist: Jessi Knepp
Make-up Artist: Morgan Wright
Florist: ASK for Flowers
Cake Designer: Mrs. T's
Entertainment: Endless Summer Band                                                                                              Invite & Program designer: Abigail Berger