Andrey & Maria. An Icelandic Elopement.

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…

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

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

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