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Scott and Jess’s Chicago Wedding

Back in March I travelled to Chicago to photograph Scott and Jess’ gorgeous winter wedding. Yes, March still counts as the winter in Chicago! I’ve known Scott’s family for a long time, having grown up as neighbors through our high school years, and I was honored to be a part of the wedding and to get to know Jess’ side of the family. It was a warm March day in Chicago (32 degrees), so we got to spend some quality time outside for their first look and portraits. After that it was back inside for a touching ceremony and an awesome celebration. I know these two have been loving the last three months of married life. Here’s to many more to come!

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Marsha Wallen - Dear Aaron,

Your mom told me about your blog today! Beautiful! Every time I look at these pictures, I see something that I missed on previous viewings. That must be part of your magic, Aaron. We are seriously thrilled with your photographs and are so happy you said yes! With great appreciation and admiration, Marsha Wallen

Fly Fishing with Orvis Woodbridge

I’ve been a passionate angler for most of my life, but it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve discovered fly fishing. It didn’t take much to turn me into a life-long convert, and most of that was thanks to the folks at Orvis Woodbridge, my go to spot for gear and an insane wealth of knowledge. Over the course of the last year I’ve developed a pretty good relationship with the staff there. Their free Fly Fishing 101 course gave me more insight into the world of fly fishing in a couple hours than I could’ve ever hoped for. Since then, I’ve been out with the group twice to photograph their fishing exploits. Recently, they contacted me to document their beginner trout school that’s held at Rose River Farm in Syria, VA. I, myself, was a student in the school last November, and can’t recommend the experience enough. For those of you more experienced anglers,¬†Rose River Farm is a beautifully manicured private fly fishing water available for booking. If you haven’t fished the farm yet, you really owe it to yourself. Once the calendar opens up, don’t hesitate. It’s likely the most popular private farm in central VA. And for good reason. The owner, Douglas Dear, is an avid fisherman, conservationist and advocate for the sport. Rose River Farm is also host to numerous Project Healing Waters events throughout the year.

The trout school is run by Orvis Woodbridge’s store manager, and fly-fishing guide extraordinaire Capt. Duber Winters. The morning starts off by dressing out for wading, and is followed by an entomology lesson and fly-casting demonstration. After that, the group splits up with guides Mark, Will, Mike and Duber, and it’s off to fish for the morning and afternoon. I spent the day creating promotional images, and having a blast doing it. Of course, towards the end of the day when everyone was heading home, I stuck around with Mark and Will for a little after hours fishing. Looking forward to heading out with them again soon!

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Scott and Olivia’s Lost Creek Winery Wedding

Olivia and Scott were married last summer at the Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek. They’re a relatively new wedding venue, and I was excited to get the chance to shoot a wedding there. I am happy to report that it was the perfect venue and the perfect day for Scott and Olivia!

One of the things that I loved about Scott and Olivia’s wedding is that¬†even though they chose to do a first look before the ceremony, you can tell that all the magic is still there as Olivia walks down the aisle towards Scott. No real surprise here, as Scott and Olivia were all smiles all day long. Congrats Scott and Olivia, and thanks for letting me be a part of your wedding!

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Amy and Conor

During the busy wedding season I don’t get to spend a lot of time blogging engagements (or weddings for that matter), so it’s nice to be able to come back to some of the work I did in 2014.

Amy and Conor’s wedding is just around the corner, to be held at Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania, VA this summer. We got together in the early fall in Fredericksburg last year, and created some stunning engagement photos together. These two have great chemistry together and I can’t wait for the wedding!

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