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Krissy and Andrew’s Alexandria Wedding

Krissy and Andrew were married in Alexandria, VA towards the end of October, on a perfect Autumn Day. My good friend Stephanie of BabySnap Photography joined me for the wedding, and we had a blast documenting the day together. After getting ready at The Westin, Krissy travelled in style to the Alexandria Waterfront in a classic ’52 Bentley. After an emotional ceremony, Krissy and Andrew took a relaxed walk around Old Town to create some gorgeous portraits. From there it was back to the Carlyle Club for a celebration Gatsby would have been proud of. Congratulations Krissy and Andrew! A special thanks to Courtney Batt of Without a Hitch events for making everything run smoothly on the day of the wedding!

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My and Jeff’s Luray Wedding

My and Jeff were married this past September at one of my favorite venues in the state of Virgina. I shot my first wedding at Khimaira Farm in Luray back in 2008, and have been a frequent visitor ever since.

My and Jeff had the perfect September day in Luray. Jeff and his groomsmen had planned ahead, and brought freezer packs to tuck into their suit jackets, but they lucked out, and didn’t need them at all. While the gentlemen got ready at the farm, the ladies had a cabin nearby. I spent a relaxed morning hopping between the two locations. The morning was filled with laughter and joy, but after Jeff spotted My for the first time as she walked down the aisle, the rest of the day was filled with pure elation. Congrats!

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Wendi and Clint’s Stratford Hall Wedding

Wendi and Clint were married this past August at the historic Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County, VA. Having lived in King George, I had often heard about Stratford Hall, but had never been there before the day of the wedding. Call me a convert, because after Wendi and Clint’s gorgeous wedding, I’m convinced that Stratford Hall is one of the best kept secrets in Virginia. Even though the park was open to visitors, as I wandered around the grounds with Wendi and Clint, it felt as if we had the whole plantation to ourselves. The setting made for a truly magical day for Wendi and Clint. From the historic cabins the ladies got ready in, to the ceremony on the steps of the mansion, the romantic stroll through the garden for portraits, and the gorgeously appointed space that Wendi envisioned for the reception, Wendi and Clint’s wedding couldn’t have been any more perfect!

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Kory and Mel at Woodend, Chevy Chase, MD

After Mel and Kory saw their wedding photos, they sent me a touching note, welcoming me to their family for life. It was a small gesture, but it meant a lot to me, mostly because I already felt like I was family! Kory and Mel have that way about them. As soon as I arrived at the Helix hotel, Mel welcomed me with a hug, and invited me in as if I was her fourth bridesmaid. The day only got better from there, as we traveled to Mel and Kory’s favorite street in DC for a joy-filled first look, and then on to Woodend Nature Sanctuary for their gorgeous ceremony and reception. I could go on and on about Mel and Kory’s wedding, but I’d rather let the pictures do the talking. A special thanks to Kelly Lynn Hrncir for being an awesome second photographer.

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Jenny and Chris

When Jenny asked me to photograph her engagement to Chris, and then her wedding, I was touched. Not only is Jen a driving force behind one of the most successful wedding and event venues in Virginia (Stevenson Ridge), but her family has almost become a second family to me over the course of my photography career. Six years ago now, before Stevenson Ridge was officially doing weddings, Jenny hired me to photograph her brother’s wedding, and three years later, her sister’s. I’ve even had the privilege of creating some adorable portraits of one of their faithful dogs! I always have a great time at Stevenson Ridge, but after Jenny and Chris’ engagement session, I knew that their wedding was going to be such a beautiful reflection of the couple and their families, and I was not disappointed!

We start with a gorgeous ceremony site, hand built for Chris and Jenny, in the beautiful forest behind the Riddick House. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Jenny and Chris were banned from the ceremony site, and didn’t get to see it until their first look!  The vintage beams made a gorgeous altar, and once Amanda Apple of Anthomanic put her finishing touches on the site, it was truly magical. While Jenny was getting done up by the talented Teddi of Bobby Pins and Blush, I could tell that she was anxious to see the love of her life, and the spot where they would say their vows. She didn’t have long to wait, as we quickly ushered her off to her first look with Chris, where I got to witness them take in the beauty of the day, and the site, and each other. I’ve said it before, but the first look is one of my favorite moments of the day. The ceremony itself was a beautiful, and intimate family affair. Chris’ son acted as his best man, and his daughter, one of Jenny’s maids of honor. Jenny’s brother walked her down the aisle, and her sister offered a reading. After portraits, we partied in the basement of the Riddick house, and enjoyed some delicious food provided by the catering crew at Stevenson Ridge, and wonderful entertainment by Richard Green.

But the best part about this wedding? Is that I get to see this happy couple and their families every time I shoot a wedding at Stevenson Ridge. Congratulations Jenny and Chris!

Engagement Photos at Spotsylvania Battlefield

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Stevenson Ridge

Stevenson Ridge

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Stevenson Ridge Wedding

Stevenson Ridge Wedding

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Flowers by Anthomanic

Flowers by Anthomanic

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Richard Green - Beautiful images of an incredible day! This post took me right back to that day! Great job Aaron!

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