Helgi & Brittany | Married | Reykjavik, Iceland

The land of Fire and Ice. A place where the people and culture are as essential to the landscape as the moss in the high mountains, and tall grasses of the plains. The birthplace of myth and legend the beauty of Iceland welcomed its son Helgi Runar Olgeirsson and his soon to be bride Brittany Bechtel home with open arms. For one it was a homecoming. For the other, a welcome to a family that extends from sea to sea across the rugged landscape.
We spent a day touring the waterfalls for some ‘engagement’ photos in handcrafted Icelandic wool sweaters. This was followed by one of the most incredible weddings I have ever been a part of. Helgi’s family welcomed Will and I with the familiarity of long lost sons, and from the moment we stepped off our planes, Will from the UK and myself from Canada, we felt as if we too were home. The people of Iceland have that effect on you.
Now, less than a week later, as I stand on a hillside in western Canada, watching the sunset, I think back to the winds of Iceland. The smell of the ocean mingling with the heady scent of loam and earth. I think back to sitting in humbled silence as an entire wedding stood and sung Icelandic songs during the reception, guests from over seven countries uniting in a shared love of Helgi and Brittany.
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Thank you Helgi and Brittany. For the experience of a lifetime in a land lost to time.
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Í landi elds og ísa býr þjóð, þjóð samofin sinni menningu og landslagi eins og mosinn í hrauninu og grasbreiður dalanna. Þetta mikilfenglega land goðsagna bauð velkomin heim son sinn Helga Rúnar Olgeirsson og hans verðandi brúði, Brittany Bechtel. Ekki var einungis um heimkomu að ræða, heldur einnig þing þar sem tvær fjölskyldur, sem undir venjulegum kringumstæðum eru aðskildar, með haf á milli, runnu í eitt.
Við eyddum einum degi á ferð um landið, tókum svokallaðar trúlofunarmyndir þar sem eins litar lopapeysur léku lykilhlutverk. Á eftir kom eitt stórkostlegasta brúðkaup sem ég hef nokkurn tíman tekið þátt í. Fjölskylda Helga tók vel á móti mér og Will líkt og um sína eigin syni væri að ræða, og frá fyrstu skrefum okkar frá flugvellinum þótti okkur, Will frá Bretlandi og mér frá Kanada, eins og við værum komnir heim, gestrisni Íslendinga hefur þessi stórkostlegu áhrif.
Nú ekki nema viku seinna, er ég stend í ónefndri hlíð í vestur Kanada og horfi á sólarlagið er mér hugsað aftur til vinda Íslands, hafgolunnar og kynna minna við landið. Ég mynnist þess að hafa setið hljóður er brúðkaupsgestir sungu með í þekktum Íslenskum lögum þar sem gestir frá fjölda landa komu saman til að deila þeirri ást sem ríkir milli Helga og Brittany.
Takk fyrir Helgi og Brittany, fyrir einstaka upplifun í landi í tíma tíndu.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hagerty Fall Classic 2015 | Oregon – Washington

There is something different about the classiccaradventures events. It’s difficult to put into words. One moment from an event five or six years ago has always stuck with me. At the end of a Saturdays leg of the drive a  driver with a car worth close to half a million dollars was standing next to a young man with a car potentially worth five thousand. One of the drivers was in his late sixties, with decades of driving pedigree, and dozens of classics. The other standing next to his first classic.
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And both of them were smiling, laughing, and talking about the events of the day.They discussed the way their cars handled on the road, asking each other questions and sharing ideas for the next leg of the adventure. They talked about the joys of driving a classic. The shared experience of taking a piece of automotive history across thousands of kilometres of roads in all sorts of weather.
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They talked about giving into the urge that all drivers get when they see a road that catches their eye. That urge that pulls them around that next bend, or over the next crest.
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“I wonder where that road leads”

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It was an incredible moment to witness. And I realized it was just a microcosm of the larger Classic Car Adventures world. With people from all over North America uniting in the passion for great roads, great cars, and spending time with great people.
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This years Hagerty Fall Classic took us from mountain side to mountain side , and across the deserts and forests in-between. With drivers from the Canadian events meeting with our new friends from the Colorado Silver Summit it was a weekend of beautiful weather, amazing roads, and endless moments worthy of mention.
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This is just a small teaser gallery of images summing up the weekend. Drivers can contact me at asnucins@gmail.com to acquire photos, and full galleries will be posted within the next week.

 

 

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Elk Hunt | Sikanni River Valley | British Columbia

I have put together a small sampling of photos taken from this years Elk Hunt. My father, uncle, and family friend Rick spent a few weeks in the Sikanni River Valley north of Ft St John, hunting for pre-rut bull elk. Our efforts were rewarded with a beautiful 6 by 5 taken by my uncle, and despite some close calls with a grizzly, the hunt was perfect, including celebrating my fathers birthday. Can’t wait to go back next year! Enjoy a few sample images from our trip! Nothing was photographed all that seriously, just casual snap shots.

 

 

 

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Greg & Noeleane | Married | Harper Mountain

There is a curious strength of character to the people that choose to live within the mountains. These people form the solid foundations that lifelong friendships, loves, and family are built on. All it takes it a moment spent in silence, watching the type of people they surround themselves with. These people are passionate in every aspect of their lives, and that love exuded from every person at this wedding as vibrant as the sunset outside the ski lodge. I met Greg on the rock, tied at the hip a friendship formed that no matter the distance, or the time spent apart, that feels as strong and permanent as the crags we love to climb. Noeleane and Greg, your wedding was a fairytale day spent with the people closest to you. It was an honour and privilege to not just attend your wedding as the photographer, but as a friend.
Climb On!

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Hair: Sandy Siebel
Makeup: Lucy’s Makeup Artistry

Venue: Harper Mountain

 

 

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Cody & Tiana | Married | Scotch Creek

As we got into the car I glanced across at Cody, checking, as is the wedding photographers prerogative, for signs of nerves. Ready with a distracting story to help calm the groom I was surprised when he, having done the same check, said quietly “Doing alright Andrew?” Thats the type of guy Cody is. On his wedding day, his beautiful wife pregnant with their soon to arrive daughter, he still had the presence of mind to make sure everyone around him was doing ok. I replied, trying to keep the shock out of my voice “Yeah, stressed, but good” he laughed “Me too man” and we drove in companionable silence to do a quick photo session with Tiana. Cody and Tiana became more than clients long ago, with countless phone calls and messages making us feel as close to this wedding as family. And I admit, when Tiana stepped through those doors into the ceremony site and I spun to catch Cody’s reaction, there was a lump in my throat the size of an apple. An amazing day surrounded by passionate people, Cody and Tianas wedding was one I will never forget, and we are blessed that we not only got to spend their day with them, but have gained two incredible friends as well. Cheers Cody and Tiana. You are going to make incredible parents.

 

 

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