Same-Sex Marriage / Wedding Officiant in Winchester, VA

Court-licensed wedding officiant and professional photographer serving Winchester, VA who also serves same-sex couples in need of a marriage commissioner.

I am often asked if I perform same-sex marriages for Winchester, VA and the surrounding area. The answer is YES…of course I do!

In Virginia, same-sex marriage has been legally recognized since October 6, 2014. All you need as a couple is your marriage license from any court in Virginia (which is super easy to get), and I can marry you on the same-day!

Gay and lesbian couples will often choose Winchester, Virginia to elope or get married due to how effortless it is to get your marriage license! All you need to do is stop by the Frederick County or Winchester City courthouse (both located at 5 N Kent St, Winchester, VA 22601), show your IDs and pay a small fee and you are ready to get married!

I can then perform a quick marriage ceremony for you at any location you like. You can get married right outside the courthouse, on the Old Town walking mall, at a nearby park or where ever you like! Then, if you like, I can spend some time taking photographs of you to commemorate and document your special day!

After that I immediately file your completed marriage license with the courthouse and you are able to receive a certified copy immediately! Easy, quick and 100% legal!

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Janelle and Madeline

My wife and I both wanted to elope in the Shenandoah valley. After researching, I knew that I wanted to go with Aaron. I loved the fact that his site was easy to use, had great reviews, offered different options, and was LGBTQ friendly. Aaron did a great job and was very patient with us and our dog, Chester. The pictures turned out amazing and overall, couldn’t ask for any better. I would highly recommend him! Thank you again, Aaron, for the awesome experience!

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Chassidy and Sydney

Aaron is a professional and very accommodating! He makes you feel very comfortable taking pictures if it is not something you do regularly. The pictures he takes are beautiful! He also makes the actual wedding process easy as pie…we loved the entire experience!

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Tacie and Stacy

He made our special day so simple and easy! Highly recommend! Also get the photo package he is an amazing photographer! Not one negative thing to say…definite perfection!!!

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Michele and Samantha

Aaron was incredible! Easy, quick, and efficient. Exactly what we were looking for! His property was beautiful and he was so friendly. So was Zoe the wedding cat!

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Amy and Darlene

Thank you Aaron for officiating and photographing our wedding. The quiet, beautiful surroundings, along with your guidance and direction made this a very special day, and exceeded our expectations. We’re so glad you liked our Wheaten Terrier, and you were so good at designing photos and then positioning her in them. Of course we’ll remember this day, but we will also remember how you put us at ease, so that we could truly enjoy it!

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Eric and Jacob

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!!!!

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John C.

We could not be happier with our wedding package from Aaron Riddle! We had a wonderful ceremony with just us and one guest and everything was smooth and easy. We had opted to have our ceremony at Blandy State Arboretum and Aaron was very knowledgeable of the grounds and was able to suggest great locations for the ceremony. He handled the ceremony with professionalism and great consideration to us. We had the Essential Photography Package which includes a 60-minute photography session following the ceremony. Our wedding was an unseasonably hot day in October, and Aaron did a wonderful job of directing us to some thankfully shady and cool places for each photo. He listened to any feedback and ideas we had for taking photos and worked with us to make them possible! The pictures all turned out wonderfully as well! We would definitely recommend Aaron Riddle to anybody who wants a small wedding ceremony and amazing photos!

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