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As promised, this is the final installment in the series of blog posts dedicated to the shootout event from Colorado. I have to say, this Colorado Rocky Mountain Wedding styled shoot may have just topped my list of epic shoots. It’s hard to beat a herd of elk wandering through their namesake space, Elk Meadow Open Space! But more on that in a minute.

A Colorado mountain engagement session at Elk Meadow Open Space in Evergreen.

This sweet couple was one of two engagement session couples that participated in the model call. We started out their session with a casual look, hanging out in the tall grass of the big, open meadow. They nuzzled and snuggled in together as myself and a few other photographers posed and worked with them. The sun was low on the horizon and the heavy clouds that threatened to rain out the shoot began to clear. As I stood the couple up out of the grass I noticed a herd of elk making their way into the meadow directly behind us! Seriously, my heart skipped a beat and I was in total awe of this moment. Growing up in Colorado, I remember seeing elk all over. Now that I’m in Oregon, I don’t see them as much, so it really made my day. The elk were obviously used to humans and didn’t seem to mind that we were photographing so close to them.

A herd of Rocky Mountain elk wanders through this Colorado mountain engagement session in Evergreen.

Um, guys, take a look behind you!

A herd of elk wanders through this Colorado Rocky Mountain Wedding Styled Shoot in Evergreen. 

As this was the last couple of the day, they asked if she could take a quick moment to change into her wedding gown she brought. The sun was getting ready to set and the elk were happily grazing in the meadow, so I mean, how could we say no to that? She changed into her beautiful white gown and we headed back out to the meadow to capture the last of the evening light. It was truly a magical experience to photograph this styled wedding shoot in an epic Rocky Mountain location, with a herd of elk in the background. Yes, this is the stuff my dreams are made of and Colorado sure knows how to deliver!

A gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountain wedding styled shoot featuring a herd of elk wandering through Elk Meadow Open Space park in Evergreen.

I love working with real couples on styled shoots!

A gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountain wedding styled shoot in Evergreen by Bend, OR wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

A gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountain wedding styled shoot in Evergreen.

A wedding couple kisses in the meadow as a herd of elk grazes behind them at this Colorado Rocky Mountain wedding styled shoot in Evergreen.

All the feels with this one….

A stunning black and white series from a styled Colorado wedding photography session in the Rocky Mountains by Bend, OR photographer Erica Swantek.

I’m a sucker for black and white and the feel it evokes.

The mountains of Colorado are the perfect place to get married, and if you’re lucky, you just might stumble across a herd of elk during your photo shoot!

It really doesn’t get better than this! Standing in a gorgeous meadow with elk grazing behind you truly makes for some special memories, for both the couple and for me. Colorado is beautiful and filled with so many great places to have your outdoor mountain wedding!

A beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain wedding featuring a live herd of elk wandering through this couple's wedding photo shoot in Evergreen.

The beauty of the Colorado mountains is hard to beat on your wedding day!

Be sure to check out the other three blogs from this styled shoot series! A Colorado free-spirited wedding, A Colorado Rocky Mountain engagement session, and an Evergreen, CO Photographer Shootout. They were all such great couples to work with and I am grateful for their time. I had such an amazing time at this shootout event, meeting fellow photographers and honing in on my craft. Also, it goes without saying, but thanks to the Denver Photo Betties for making this shootout happen!

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Hey, I’m Erica, a lifestyle wedding photographer for sentimental, free-spirited and natural couples that love celebrating outdoors. I’m based out of Bend, OR., but I am always willing to travel to Colorado for love. After all, I do still call it home. If you are planning a Colorado Rocky Mountain wedding, I would love to chat with you! Drop me a note and let’s talk!

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Last August I participated in a shoot out event that was hosted by an amazing group of female photographers I am fortunate enough to be a part of. We had use of Polly, the cutest blue VW bus, which really created the most perfect Colorado free-spirited wedding feel. Katie, the bride, is also a phenomenal wedding photographer, but had the chance to step behind the lens and play in her wedding dress with her groom. This real life couple was super fun to work with and I’m so excited to finally blog these images, which is part three of my four part series of blog posts dedicated to this shoot out. Feel free to check out part one and part two in the series!

I just love VW vans and this converted photobooth makes for a great prop on your wedding day! 

We were lucky enough to have this great VW van to use as a prop during the shoot. I just love the bright blue color, especially with his suit!

A blue VW van converted into a photo booth makes for the perfect prop for this Colorado free-spirited wedding styled shoot in Evergreen by Bend, Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek.

This is the cutest photo booth I have ever seen!

A free-spirited, easy going couples poses on their wedding day in front of a blue VW van in Evegreen, Colorado.

If a VW van doesn’t say free-spirited, I don’t know what else would!

Next, we headed to a big open meadow, where these two had some fun!

I just love when couples have fun together. Even though this was a styled shoot, these two are a real married couple and so in love. They walked through the tall, late summer grasses as the skies overhead were filling with heavy storm clouds.

Storm clouds above made for some dramatic skies at this Colorado free-spirited wedding styled shoot in Evergreen, CO.

Look at those skies!

Gorgeous tall, late summer, wheat colored grasses filled Elk Meadow Open Space Park in Evegreen, CO for this wedding couple.

I just love the tall, late summer, wheat colored grasses that filled Elk Meadow Open Space Park in Evergreen, CO.

A gorgeous Colorado free-spirited wedding couple kisses below some dramatic looking skies in Evergreen!

A gorgeous Colorado free-spirited wedding couple!

A groom dips his bride as he kisses her in the open space of Elk Meadow at this Evergreen Colorado free-spirited wedding styled shoot.

Wow, look at that dip!

The sun was playing peek-a-boo behind the clouds during this session. I just love how it was providing the most perfect rim lighting on their hair. This always makes my heart skip a beat when I get lighting like this!

A gorgeous bride and groom spinning around a mountain meadow in Evergreen, CO.

I just love the twirl in this wedding dress, gorgeous!

A Colorado free-spirited wedding shoot in Elk Meadow Open Space Park

The mountains are my favorite place in the world to be. I just love everything about this gorgeous open space park in Evergreen, CO.

A gorgeous Colorado free-spirited wedding styled shoot in Evergreen.

A gorgeous Colorado free-spirited wedding styled shoot in Evergreen.

Timeless black and white wedding photography in the Colorado mountains.

Timeless….

A stunning blue suit worn by this indie groom at his Colorado free-spirited wedding styled shoot.

This blue suit though, I seriously love everything about it!

A stunning bride in her Evergreen, Colorado free-spirited wedding styled shoot.

Katie is stunning in her wedding dress!

Such a gorgeous free-spirited wedding couple!

These two… all the feels!

A bride that wears her boots and isn’t afraid to get the bottom of her dress dirty is my kind of bride!

This Colorado mountain bride wears her boots and isn't afraid to get her dress dirty!

A bride in boots for the win!

I truly had a great time working with this couple and feel so fortunate to have been a part of this amazing Colorado free-spirited wedding styled shoot event! I deeply value educational opportunities which help me grow as a photographer.

Thank you to these amazing vendors/contributors who helped make this shoot possible:

Hair & makeup: Kim J. Beauty

Flowers: Prive Events

Polly, the VW bus: Blue Bus Booth

Organizer: Denver Photo Betties

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Hey, I’m Erica, a lifestyle wedding photographer based out of Bend, OR. I love working with sentimental, free-spirited and natural couples who want to celebrate outdoors. I am always willing to travel for love and Colorado is my second home. If you are getting married, let’s chat. I still have a few dates open in 2017 and I’m now booking 2018 weddings.

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I’m part of wonderful group of female professional photographers in the Denver area, which organized this gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountain styled engagement shoot as part of shootout event last August. They picked real couples to model for small groups of 4-5 photographers, each of us getting a chance to pose and photograph the couples. I had such a rad time meeting so many photographers that I mostly know online in our little Facebook group. It was also a blast working with real couples, not professional models, as I had to pose and prompt them just like I do with my real clients. This is a the second part in a series of blog posts dedicated to the event. Check out the first part in the series here.

This sweet couple had such a great, unique style and totally fit with the free-spirited couples I love working with! As their engagement session got going, the skies grew dark and overcast, lending to a super moody vibe. I really couldn’t have asked for a better feeling with these two!

A gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountain engagement shoot with an indie dressed couple posing in the mountain meadows of Elk Meadow Park in Evergreen, CO under dark skies.

Something about those dark, moody skies makes this engagement session perfect!

Haven’t you always wanted to run through a mountain meadow hand in hand? 

A Colorado Rocky Mountain styled engagement shoot featuring a tattooed couple wearing black and running through a mountain meadow in Evergreen.

This gorgeous couple was game for anything at their Colorado Rocky Mountain styled engagement shoot.

Timeless black and white photography of this moody styled engagement session in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with photographer Erica Swantek.

Black and white photographs are so timeless.

The love between these two was easy to see. They both have a deep connection to their faith, their beautiful state of Colorado and each other.

These free-spirited, tattooed, lovers are snuggling into each other during their Colorado Rocky Mountain styled engagement shoot in Evergreen.

Lovers snuggling into each other is always one of my favorite things to see.

A gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountain styled engagement shoot at Elk Meadow Open Space Park in Evergreen.

Awesome Colorado stormy skies during this indie couple's engagement photo shoot in Evergreen, CO.

The stormy skies couldn’t cool the heat between these two!

The trail winding through the meadow among the pine trees was beautiful. We walked it for a while and found a spot with views of the mountains behind them.

A gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountain styled engagement shoot at Elk Meadow Open Space in Evergreen, CO.

A gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountain styled engagement shoot at Elk Meadow Open Space in Evergreen, CO.

A couple has a steamy kiss at their Colorado Rocky Mountain engagement shoot in Evergreen.

These two are fire!

As we headed back to the main meeting point to switch up the couples for the shoot, I got a chance to have a few photos of these two in front of Polly, The Blue Bus Booth. I mean, I just can’t not take a photo of a couple in front of this epic VW bus! I seriously love them so much. It’s a good thing I don’t have a big yard, or I might have a collection. One is enough! 🙂

A free-spirited, indie couple holds hands in front of a vintage blue VW bus at their Colorado Rocky Mountain styled engagement shoot in Evergreen.

No free-spirited engagement session is complete without a VW bus!

I had such a great time working with this awesome couple! They had such a fun vibe and were so in love. It was seriously the perfect Colorado Rocky Mountain styled engagement shoot as part of the shootout event! If you liked this shoot, you should check out the previous blog post to see one of styled wedding shoots as well.

Thanks to these vendors for making this shoot happen:

Hair & Makeup: Kim J Beauty

Polly, the VW Photo Bus: Blue Bus Booth

Organizer: Denver Photo Betties

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Hey, I’m Erica a sentimental wedding photographer for free-spirited and natural couples that love celebrating outdoors! I am based out of gorgeous Bend, OR, but I love to travel and I’m always looking for an excuse to get back home to CO! I still have some 2017 dates available, so if you are getting married, I would love to chat. Engagement sessions are included in most wedding collections, but I am also available to shoot engagement sessions without a wedding collection. Shoot me a message and let’s talk!

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