About East Elm

Romantic. Joyful. Timeless.

These are what we strive to make every image encompass. Your wedding photos are the only investment from your wedding that will increase in value over time. After the vows have been said and the final toasts have been given, all you will have left are your memories and your photographs.

The imagery from your wedding will become family heirlooms. As you look back at them with your children and grandchildren, you’ll remember the laughter, tears, and the warmth of the love & joy that you felt in your heart.

We are a husband & wife photography team based in Madison, Wisconsin. We met on a blind date nearly two decades ago and have been married for 15 years. We have two amazing sons and two pretty cute Aussies.

We have photographed over 700 weddings near & far. From intimate backyard weddings, to elegant black tie celebrations, to an elopement in the Dolomites!

Our own love, and the love of our family is our inspiration for everything. It is an absolute honor to be able to capture love and we are forever grateful.

We are Aaron & Melissa, and we hope to tell your love story.


We are so excited to be apart of your day!


We look forward to creating images that you will cherish for years to come!


Saturday Wedding Collections
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Friday & Sunday Wedding Collections begin at


Off-Season Wedding Collections begin at $2,895


A La Carte Collections


Engagement $595
Maternity/Newborn $595
Family $595
Senior $595
Mini $295




Katie & Trevor

Melissa and Aaron from East Elm were a PHENOMENAL choice for our NYE wedding. Not only is their photography style beautiful, but they are amazing people as well. Their communication and flexibility were excellent throughout the year with scheduling our engagement photos as well as changes to our chaotic wedding day timeline. Our entire wedding party raved about how kind they both were, bringing a calm and positive energy to the day and doing things like offering to hold purses/wraps during photos as we were running around Chicago. Our photos are absolutely stunning and I get raves from our families and friends all the time with how beautiful they are. They did such an incredible job capturing the energy and aesthetic of the day, I will cherish the moments they captured always. We can’t wait to work with Melissa and Aaron again in the future for our next major life event. We love you guys!

Bianca & Nate

We are so happy with our wedding photos and we are so glad that we chose East Elm Photography. We looked through a lot of options before choosing a photographer and we thought that East Elm's collections of photos were by far the most unique and the most high quality out of all the photographers in the area. We are so glad that we made the choice to work with them for our wedding becuase our photos were incredible. Melissa was our photographer and she was wonderful to work with. She knew exactly how to capture all the right moments. We would recommend East Elm Photography to anyone that is looking for an outstanding wedding photographer.

Abby & Kyle

We would highly recommend Aaron & Melissa of East Elm Photography! We loved having two photographers for our wedding. Aaron and Melissa are extremely personal and friendly yet professional and reliable. They were great answering all my questions and quick to respond to emails. The shots that Aaron & Melissa captured are truly breathtaking and the quality of the photogaphs is amazing. Aaron and Melissa knew exactly which pictures to take throughout the day and were very pleased with the pictures that they took and are so appreciative of their talent and hard work! Our family and friends love the pictures as well! Thank you, Aaron & Melissa for taking our wedding photographs! We are going to cherish these for a lifetime!

Kacy & Ryan

My Husband & I are so happy we chose East Elm Photography! To me, photos are such an important part of a wedding as they capture and preserve the moments you will look back on for the rest of your life and the photos we received from East Elm went above and beyond our expectations. Our wedding was in January and I loved that Aaron & Melissa were just as eager as we were to get outside and capture the beauty of a winter wedding. Not only were we blown away by the photos, but Aaron & Melissa were both wonderful to work with. They made the whole process from planning, engagement & final wedding day so easy and comfortable. Both my husband and I were a bit nervous about feeling awkward in front of the camera, but that was not the case at all! They guided us through each session to capture the most beautiful photos and made the whole process feel effortless. 100% recommend!

Rachelle & Jason

East Elm was a perfect fit for our wedding day! Aaron & Melissa are very responsive and very friendly to work with. We had the option to have one or both of them, we selected just one of them to shoot our wedding day. We can't say enough great things about Aaron and his photography - he is truly talented! We have breathtaking photos!!! Aaron was so unobtrusive and extremely easygoing and effecient at our wedding, and he managed to get so many perfect shots! From posed shots to candids to just the decor - all the photos were so amazing! Looking back at our wedding photos, they just capture our day perfectly, and they just put a huge smile on my face!

Trisha & Josh

My now husband and I felt that one of the most important decisions we needed to make for our wedding was the perfect photographer. Those amazing memories we made that day captured in photos were something we did not want to make any compromises on. Since meeting Aaron & Melissa of East Elm Photography, we knew that we were all on the same page as to the style of photos we love and the importance of our portraits. We both felt so at ease and relaxed with them on our wedding day. They both have such a calming, kind personality that made the day that much more enjoyable. We are beyond excited of how the photos from the day turned out! They are so talented and passionate about what they do and it shows in their beautiful images!




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