Client Reviews of Aaron Riddle - Virginia Marriage Commissioner
I could not be happier. My husband and I decided on a weekend weeding at Aaron’s home followed by a 20 minute photography session. We were both blown away of how beautiful and intimate the service was (just how I envisioned). What I appreciated the most was the vow exchanging. We decided to write our own vows and Aaron didn’t put a time or word limit. He allowed us to be in our moment. His pictures… BEAUTIFUL!!! He’s professional and personable and responsive. For those who live a little further away thinking about the drive… DON’T! His services are well worth it and speaks for itself. Look no further…please consider. Thank you again Aaron, for capturing our special moment! – Grace Nunez
Aaron Riddle made us feel completely at ease on our small yet “Big Day”! We are from the Delaware area and while looking for another state to elope in that would be quick and simple. I found Virginia’s marriage laws to be just what we were looking for and then stumbled upon Aaron’s site. Every picture I looked at on his site was beautiful and couples ranged from causal or traditional. I will admit, eloping in the woods on Aaron’s property, when I wasn’t from the area did have me a bit nervous… but at the court house in Winchester they immediately recognized his name and said Aaron knew what he was doing. It was everything we could hope for and more; simple, quick, and we even got to pet & take pictures with some pigs! We did purchase an extra 20 minutes of photos and I am so happy we did… I can barley pick a favorite they are all so great! (I usually hate all my photos) I would and have already started recommending Aaron to everyone who wants to hear our elopement & Halloween Party/surprise reception story! We kept it simple, about us and our love, Aaron helped us every step of our very special journey. – Shari C.
I cannot recommend Aaron Riddle enough. I’ve always hated the idea of having a wedding: wearing a dress, being the center of attention, spending all that money, etc. Ew, no thanks! However, at the same time, I wanted something special. Aaron’s website exactly describes what he offers. He made the entire process SO easy; he was always quick to respond to my questions, and I had no worries. My husband and I picked his Woodland package. We married privately at Aaron’s beautiful home, outside in the woods. Aaron gently led us through all the photo poses, since I had none in mind. He also asked if there were any photos I wanted, ensuring that our elopement was about us. He truly did make my day special and perfect. Bonus? I got to meet his cute pet pigs! My husband jokes that I was more excited to meet the pigs than marrying him, lol. If you’re looking for a quiet, stress-free ceremony, please contact Aaron. I also recommend Winchester, VA! It’s a great town for a weekend getaway and to elope. – Maria L.
We wanted a small ceremony with a beautiful backdrop and a low-key, professional officiant. We got all of that, plus more, when we found Aaron. He was accommodating and responsive to our last minute request and demonstrated great professionalism from start to finish. He knew Blandy Farm very well and made great recommendations for the ceremony and picture locations. I appreciated how he even included our family in some of the wedding pictures. We are so happy with how all of the pictures turned out – there are at least 5 different backdrops, many different poses, some in black and white, and overall they look great! He mailed our marriage certificate to the courthouse, delivered our USB with pictures, and mailed us additional information about our wedding package very timely. Thank you, Aaron, for helping to make our wedding day enjoyable and memorable! – Caitlin and Pete
We wanted a simple, private wedding as soon as possible. That seemed like an overwhelming feat until I found Aaron Riddle. From my first correspondence with Aaron, I felt he was the right person to perform our wedding ceremony. His website provided us with all the information we needed as well as examples of his creativity. As an older couple, we really appreciated how efficient and thoughtful he was, filing our marriage license and providing us with a beautiful signed Certificate of Marriage afterwards. He made the photos available to us immediately. I am NOT photogenic, but we both LOVED the photos, and our friends and family commented on how wonderful and happy we looked. If we had known about Aaron before this, we would have done this sooner! We highly recommend Aaron for your wedding; you won’t be disappointed. – Joe and Grace S.
Best decision we made! We absolutely love our photos. Aaron made it easy to plan our ceremony, completely stress free from start to finish. He is professional, kind and makes you feel very comfortable. Beautiful and intimate ceremony just like we wanted. We highly recommend his services to everyone and couldn’t be happier! – Samantha R.
Jesse and I wanted to thank you so much for marrying us and for our beautiful pictures! We are so happy that we came across your website and that you made it possible for us to have a beautiful wedding day without having to spend a fortune. From the beginning you were very professional and on our wedding day you made it fun when we took our pictures. Everything went perfectly! I also would like to thank you for how quickly we received our photos back. We were impressed and very happy! Thank you! – Kayla I.
Aaron Riddle is simply amazing. We wanted a quiet, simple, quick and beautiful wedding, and Aaron provided just that. He suggested Jim Barnett Park as a location, and it was beyond perfect. We hoped for at least one good photo of our day, and have so many amazing shots that now we can’t decide which one we love the most. Professional and a pleasure all the way around. Thanks so much for everything! Would recommend to everyone we know! – Karen S.
We couldn’t have asked for more. The woodland package was just what we wanted for our elopement. My new hubby and I are very grateful. We decided to change into our wedding clothes once we arrived and never felt rushed by Aaron. He was very kind, patient, and did an amazing job. He was even kind enough to offer to read bible scriptures per our request and took his time. We absolutely love the photos he took and my husband had asked for a very specific photo and he was able to capture that for us. Without any hesitation we will recommend Aaron time and time again. – Debi W.
Dear Aaron – We just got home and are very pleased with your services from start to finish! Beginning with your website, it was very easy to see what services you offer and learn about the steps required to get married. I also want to comment that I personally liked how you addressed the same-sex marriage situation. I liked that you had a dedicated page addressing the question and included some very discreet pictures in some places as well. In the southern accent of Blanche Devereaux (from the Golden Girls), “it was tastefully done!” Your communication was very clear and I appreciated the different acknowledgments and instructions. You are literally a “reserve and just show up” kind of shop. You provided good guidance today and both the simple ceremony and pictures were great! Please, feel free to use us as references in the future, particularly for other LGBT couples. Finally, I really like the pictures and appreciate you including a few of them in both color and black and white. You do beautiful work!!!! Thanks again and much success in your business. – Eric & Jacob
If I could rate Aaron 100 stars, I would. From the first time I contacted him, until receiving our pictures, the process could not be any easier and smooth. Not only are our pictures beautiful, but our elopement ceremony was absolutely perfect. He is very thorough, and communication was perfect- so we knew exactly what to expect and how to pull off our elopement in just 2 weeks. Aaron- THANK YOU. You’re awesome! – Lindsay W.
This was one of the best days of my life. I was expecting everything to be complicated, a lot of planning, you name it, but it was so easy and Aaron was very responsive, pleasant, and easy to work with. His wife even made us hot chocolate…it was a cold day! The ceremony was sweet, the pictures are beautiful, and I just couldn’t be happier. Someone asked me a few days later how the wedding was, and I said, ‘Perfect.’ There are no other words. There was no stress about anything, and I’ll never forget my sweet husband’s smile as he said his vows to me. Those are the things you want to remember. THANK YOU! – Melissa W.
Aaron Riddle is one of the most professional and artistic people I’ve met. From first contact to the last email, Aaron exudes class in all ways. He is easy to work with, very reasonable in pricing and what you get far exceeds your expectations. Thank you Aaron our wedding was exactly what we wanted and the photos were as beautiful as we hoped. We only wish you lived closer so we could call on you for future events. – Marina F.
Aaron provides an excellent service. Our ceremony was very small but Aaron’s advice and fantastic photography made it a perfect experience and lent an air of quality that we really appreciate as we reflect upon the moment. This was our family’s second go around with Aaron as my daughter and son-in-law used him previously. Aaron more than lived up to their recommendation and we are very satisfied. Thank you Aaron! – Tim and Debra M.
We couldn’t be happier with our elopement experience. We chose the Woodland package with a 20 minute photo session add-on. It was perfect for us…romantic, simple, and no pressure. We were even able to change our ceremony time when an emergency came up (with a small rescheduling fee). This was exactly what my husband and I were looking for, and I’m very thankful we trusted Aaron Riddle with this extremely important day. Photography was excellent as well! – Brittany N.
From first contact to delivery of our photos, Aaron was great to work with. He gave us some recommendations based on our ideas for what we wanted. When the weather unexpectedly turned to single digits and snow, he helped us figure out a back up plan that was just perfect. Our ceremony was private, simple, and sincere. How photos exceed all of our expectations. Thank you, Aaron! Our day was wonderful. – Monica B.
We were so happy with our wedding and photo session with Aaron! He was so easy to communicate with when we were planning it and he was so nice about making changes when we changed up our plans on him after booking. He helped us make our wedding day special when we just wanted a small private ceremony. He filed our marriage license immediately and got the pictures to us very quickly. The pictures he took were amazing!! We definitely recommend Aaron’s services. – Julie F.
Aaron was so easy to work with. He made every step simple, and effortless. We couldn’t be happier with his services! Definitely would recommend to any couple planning to get married in Virginia; from a simple elopement; like ours, or to a larger ceremony. Aaron relieves stress and anxiety, making sure everything is ready for your vows! – Sheila L.
You really did an awesome job! The pictures came out great and the officiant service was simple and sweet–just what we wanted! I was also told by the woman working at the courthouse that you are the only officiant to type up a nice certificate. That is such an awesome touch! Thank you for everything! – Katie P.
Aaron approaches his work with an extremely high level of professionalism and passion. He walked us through every step of the process. The photographs were amazing. If you are considering an elopement, no need to look any further. This is the person you need to hire. Thank you Aaron. You made our wedding the best day ever. – Jerry and Kristen R.
We are looking now after getting home from Charlottesville today and the photos Aaron took are gorgeous! We are so happy with how they look. He did a wonderful job. Thank you so much again to Aaron for helping us have such wonderful memories of our elopement day! He will have a special place in our life memories :)” – Matthew and Michelle B.
I would highly recommend Aaron for anyone looking for high quality, beautiful photography. Our wedding photos were stunning and turnaround time was exceptional. Thank you, Aaron, for making our wedding so perfect! – Heath and Jennifer H.
Aaron is amazing! He is very prompt and helpful. He made the whole experience speedy, but still special. His services really came in handy for us. I highly recommend. Thank you again, Aaron! – Daniel D.
Aaron made our day wonderful! He was professional and made us feel very comfortable, like he was an old friend. We both hate having our pictures taken but Aaron made it enjoyable. Our wedding day and pictures were great, and Aaron was a big part of that! – Paige C.
Aaron did an outstanding job with our service. We could not have been happier with how smoothly everything went and how professionally we were handled. He responded quickly to any questions we had leading up to the ceremony and spent extra time after our wedding to make sure he got the photos we would all be happy with. I cannot recommend his services enough. – Bobby & Yuliia
We stumbled upon Aaron on Google when looking at ways to get married in Winchester, VA. Had a great social media presence, which displayed his work and services. We were able to arrange a very intimate wedding at the Arboretum, which met our expectations. The photo shoot after resulted in amazing photographs and memories on that cold November afternoon. We would recommend Aaron to anyone reading this. – Daniel M.
Aaron was so accommodating to our last minute request. We did the Woodland Package and it was a beautiful, calm, quiet setting. Aaron made us feel comfortable and sent our pictures out extremely fast. Thank you! – Lauren R.
Aaron was awesome! He made everything so simple and answered all of my questions. The pictures turned out amazing as well. I now have dozens of memories of our elopement. I would recommend his services to anyone inquiring about elopements and photography. – Deserei D.
If I could give Aaron 10 stars, I would! Couldn’t have asked for any better professionalism, personality and talent! – Brittany O.
Thank you again for helping us perform our secret elopement. Your kindness helped to put us both at ease for the ceremony and the pictures. There are so many great photos!– Sam and Teresa
Excellent work! The services we received are exactly what we wanted. We are very pleased with how everything turned out. We absolutely love the photos he captured on our day! – Tracy H.
Good, likable guy. We were able to get married within a week. He makes everything simple and the process easy to understand. We eloped thanks to Aaron! 🙂 – Matthew A.
We could not be happier with Aaron. He is friendly and the Woodland package was the perfect setting for my husband and I. We are very pleased with the photos and have received compliments from everyone who has looked at them. Thank you so much the awesome job! – Desiree R.
We are SO impressed with Aaron’s professionalism and talent! We LOVE the photos of our winter elopement at the Nancy Shepard House. The experience was everything we were hoping for and more! I would recommend Aaron to anyone. He was very efficient and we received our photos much quicker than expected and they will be cherished forever! Thank you, Aaron! – Chris and Kristina
We had a simple ceremony our parents and siblings in Shenandoah National Park. The overlook suggested by Aaron and the photos he took were beautiful. The experience was low stress and relaxed, and exceeded our expectations. – Joel and Emily
Aaron is a talented photographer. Just what we wanted for a quiet ceremony for just the two of us with beautiful pictures to capture the day and memories for a lifetime. He was very helpful and always responded promptly. – Everett and Cathy
We had a perfect day. I would never change anything about today, and thank Aaron for officiating and such beautiful photography. I feel so blessed that he did our wedding. Everything was perfection. – David and Nicole
If I could give Aaron 10 stars, I would! Couldn’t have asked for any better professionalism, personality and talent! – Brittney O.
Extremely satisfied with Aaron’s services! Very timely with arrival and filing the marriage license. Definitely recommend using Aaron for officiating your ceremony – very easy to set everything up which made things so much less stressful for me! – Tristan F.
Aaron was very professional and kind. He came out on Christmas Eve to perform our ceremony. We loved all the pictures as well! – Deborah S.
We thought everything was perfect! Aaron was very professional, kind, and really went above and beyond with the portraits, etc. We have been raving to friends and family about it all week! We could not have asked for a more perfect elopement. – Nina M.
Amazing officiant! We wanted a quiet quickie wedding and he made it fantastic. Thank you for the great memories! – Angela M.
I thought Aaron did an awesome job. We were very pleased with the marriage service he performed for us and we would recommend Mr. Riddle to anyone that are getting married. – Forrest A.