Oct 29, 2015

Andrey & Maria. Portraits & Elopement in Iceland.

At some point during the morning of the elopement, I asked Andrey if he knew what Maria had selected for her wedding dress. He replied “I have not, but I am excited to see.” After the ceremony, we were driving back to their suite and I asked Andrey what he thought about her dress. Andrey smiled and said “Honestly, I didn’t even think about it. All that matters is I love her, now we are married, and everything is perfect.”

I can’t even begin to tell you what this day has meant to me. This was my first opportunity to photograph an elopement and having Iceland as the backdrop was a blessing. When you’re the only other person with the couple on such an important day in their lives, you become a very intimate part of the experience. By the end of the day it felt like we had all grown so close. When I left, we all exchanged hugs and I felt like I was leaving friends that I have known all my life.

I’m grateful to have shared all these special memories and moments with these two. Here is how our time together unfolded…

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DAY 1: Portraits in Landmannalaugar

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DAY 2: Wedding in Vik

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Music by Silence of Siberia.

Wedding Tours provided by: Aurora Tours

notes
  1. Daniel Lopez Perez

    So amazing and epic. Each of them is just perfect. Congratulations!!

  2. CHRISTINA D

    Strikingly beautiful as always, Nirav.

  3. Whitney Justesen

    Your photos leave me speechless every single time, and the music you pair along with them is always unbelievably perfect. You have quickly climbed the ranks to become one of my favorite photographers, and I get so excited every time you post something new. These photos of Iceland make me miss that beautiful country so much, and I hope to return someday soon. Your work is just absolutely gorgeous–I hope you know that.

  4. Ben Blood

    Uggggh. Those locations. Some of the best stuff to come out of Iceland. Stellar job, Nirav.

  5. Monika

    wow. im speechless. amazing.

  6. Urška Majer

    This post in simply amazing!

  7. Calen Rhome

    This was simply moving and emotionally beautiful. Your color grade is so stunning for the landscapes and couple. The song choice was just as perfect and beautiful. So epic!

  8. Roseann

    Unbelievable. My favorite group of images are the ones in front of the ink black lake with the red cliff face. The contrast and colors are incredible.

  9. Amari Kenoly

    I don’t know how you do it man…….never cease to amaze.

  10. Boots

    Nirav, you are so talented. There is a lot of intentionality in your work. Well done brother.

  11. Kathleen L Chou

    Just re-visited this post with the music on. The emotion and beauty of it all literally just gave me goosebumps. Love, love, love these <3

  12. Hunaid

    Awesome and inspirational, as always, Nirav.

  13. Thierry Joubert

    … <3 …

  14. Micheal Beaulieu

    this is insane, and then some.

  15. Jamie Solorio

    Breathtaking.

  16. Annie

    Yep. Goosebumps, for real. If I were ever to marry Tom again, I’d do it like this, and be sure to have you there again. Can’t understand how you are so good! Keep it up man. Mindblowing, for real.

  17. brandt

    Excellent set! Well done

  18. Dan O'Day

    beautiful amigo….

  19. Alberto del Toro

    Beautiful.

  20. Kismet Nakai

    Yes, all that matters is love and it’s totally evident from these photographs.

  21. Girish

    Beautiful pictures Nirav.

  22. amy

    beautiful and poignant images. iceland is an amazing place and you’ve done an incredible job in capturing it’s otherworldly essence. i think i need to schedule another trip there.

  23. rohith rao

    Amazing work Nirav, each and every picture is so so beautiful. I haven’t seen anything this beautiful in a long time, such painterly and intimate pictures. Congratulations!!

  24. Kerstin Weidinger

    I’m speechless. Beautiful pictures.

  25. caitlin

    Well that’s it! I’m getting married in Iceland and you’re taking the photos! Consider my jaw dropped.

  26. Tara

    absolutely beautiful. I feel you in these pictures. I feel this place and I feel their love. Just so incredibly beautiful. Thank you for your work <3

  27. Jean-laurent

    Gorgeous my friend!

  28. Bethany Small

    I am obsessed with your photography! You are SO talented!

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  31. Delaina Graff

    I just wanted to tell you how stunning your work is. I was in tears listening to this song and scrolling through these breathtaking images. I am a photographer. I’m still trying to find my way, perfect my skills, and make money to support myself. Sometimes I wonder if this is the right field for me, then I see work like yours. I know that if I keep at it I will be able to make beautiful and truthful images. I constantly look at your work, its so inspiring to me. Thank you for perfecting your skills and sharing them with the world.
    Sincerely,
    Delaina Graff

  32. isaiah

    next time take me in your suitcase…ok but really these are unreal nirav. seriously

  33. Justyna

    I have no words… pure beauty…

  34. Malou

    What is Iceland a great country! Stunning photo’s. By the way it looks very cold…

  35. Adams

    Amazing photos. Love your work Nirav!

  36. Mark Pool

    Fab set of photographs. These are epic.