Gushing waterfalls, rolling mountains as far as the eye can see, and a bride and groom that were game for anything.

It was a dream come true for Calgary wedding photographer Gabe McClintock.

The bride-to-be, Sarah Walk, a skilled photographer in her own right, had followed his work for sometime prior to her big day and hired him to venture to Ohio to snap wedding shots at a family ranch.

But McClintock said she and husband Josh weren’t thrilled with planning a big wedding and made a last-minute decision to elope in Reykjavik, Iceland in early June. Gabe and one of his close friends got to come along to capture the adventure.

“We knew we wanted to see some waterfalls — obviously — but we didn’t have any locations picked out,” the SAIT Polytechnic grad said of planning his multi-day photo shoot.

But the scenery turned out to be unlike anything he could imagine. The Walks ventured across some lush terrain south of the Icelandic capital, with dramatic clouds rolling overhead. McClintock followed closely behind, a smile strewn across his face.

“‘Holy s–t’ — That went through my head a lot,” he said. “I don’t really think it could have gotten any better.”

The newly married couple posted the photos online upon returning home to Ohio and they instantly garnered reaction from around the world. McClintock’s work recently ended up on Yahoo’s front page and stories have been done by European outlets and others across North America.

McClintock, meanwhile, has been fielding an “astronomical” number of inquiries from other brides in Russia, Singapore and elsewhere.

For the full collection of McClintock’s photos, click here.

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