Other than the fact that they're wicked fun, destination weddings are extra special because we get to shoot for a few days! Shelly & Daniel recently got married in Estes Park, and the next day, we headed to Rocky Mountain National Park for a fun day after / trash the dress session. I realized how spoiled I was when we were driving through the park and hit a traffic jam on the narrow, windy mountain road. Huge black thunderclouds threatened in the distance, we hadn't started shooting yet, and I was getting a little frustrated. I knew if we didn't hurry, we were going to get dumped on. So, we're crawling along, we pass some elk on the road, and then traffic sort of let up. It took me a few minutes before I realized that traffic was stopped FOR the elk - everyone was taking pictures out their windows and ooh-ing and aah-ing. Me, I'm just like, "Elk, whatever, let's go." People from all over the world come to Rocky Mountain National Park probably just to see the elk, and I see them so regularly that I don't care unless they're about to hit my car :)We finally found the perfect spot and pulled off the road and started shooting. Within minutes, people were honking and waving and yelling congratulations from their windows. One older German guy was cracking us up, shouting things like, (to Shelly) "You are ze best animal in ze park!" and (to Daniel) "You are ze best hunter I have met!" Which... you know... was a little awkward. But made us laugh. So there's that.
Anyway. Here's to timberline, marshy fields of wildflowers, and knowing what the elk feel like in front of the tourists.
Then it got all dark & stormy & awesome.