Love is an undeniable force. I feel like I’ve always known that, but it was during the process of working with Fiona and Tony that Whit and I both learned how much that sentiment rings true. It breaks down barriers. From the moment Fiona and Tony reached out, we knew that we had to be a part of their wedding day. Their story hit us right in the heart and we could see just how much these two had been working to overcome. Their story alone is remarkable. To better illuminate their challenges as a couple, below is an excerpt from Fiona’s initial inquiry:

“Antonio and I met when I was studying abroad in the Dominican Republic. He was friends with the professor who ran my program, and we were both invited to a party at my professor’s house. When I first saw Tony, I thought he was the most beautiful thing ever. When he opened his mouth and said that he was a law student who specialized in women’s rights and family violence law, I fell in love. I went up to talk to him immediately and offered him a drink, which was very unusual for a woman to do in the Dominican Republic. We started dating immediately, and after a year, we decided to get married.

However, just before we started to apply for a visa for Tony to come to the United States, the Constitutional Court of his government passed a ruling that denationalized 210,000 children of Haitians who were Dominican citizens, which meant that Tony was now stateless. This became a challenge for us to overcome. Over the next few months, we did everything we could. We even paid bribes. Finally, Tony was able to apply for Haitian citizenship and succeeded. This afforded him the passport he would need to come to the United States. Then we began the very long US visa process which is only now coming to an end. Tony is finally coming to the United States.”

As you can see, it’s been a long and hard process for these two. The important thing is that with love and resilience, they refused to let anything keep them apart. Love can overcome anything. From adversity, to cultural differences, nationalities, race, geographic location, sex, and so much more – If we believe in love and allow it to work, great things are possible.

Their wedding was incredible, too. To see how their family and friends came together to make all of this happen was so special to witness. Fiona’s aunt, an Eastern Mennonite, brought along her daughters who joined in with the wedding party to not only create, but set everything up. For months, she even grew grass in individual pots for table placements. And, as you can see from the details, the focus was on the destinations of North America and the Caribbean.

When I say everything was done in house, I mean that. From the food/catering, which was performed by a close friend from the family’s church, to the florals that were put together right on location by a lifelong friend of the family, all that we witnessed blew our minds. And the home itself? Oh my! There’s so much history to this home. The interior walls are actually the original exterior walls of a Gettysburg barn built during the Civil War era. And to think this is where Fiona and her siblings enjoyed their childhood? Ahh! It would make anyone who’s a kid at heart just a little envious. From the ladders that go all the way from the first floor to the third, to the hideaway beds built into the walls, and more, this place is truly magical. Add in the vast woods and private pond, it’s a dream land.

Another really neat aspect about the wedding was the ceremony. It was held in a meadow on the property, which was a short five minute walk from the house. This is the meadow where both Fiona’s father and grandmother are buried. So, in essence, they were still there with Fiona and Tony. Pretty cool, right? We know!

One of the sweetest aspects of the day happened after the ceremony ended when Fiona and Tony, along with their wedding party, led all the guests back to the house in a parade of song. 75 people marching through the woods, being led by the newlyweds singing “Siyahamba”. Absolute magic!

Last, even though Tony’s family wasn’t able to make it to the US for the event, he was surprised with a very special video of his loved ones sending their well-wishes and congratulations. To see how this struck him, I don’t think there was a dry eye around. This man, he has a lot of love in his heart. It’s so evident, too. And, really, the whole bunch – From Fiona and Tony, to Fiona’s mother, siblings, and all of their friends and family – These people live and thrive off love. We felt it the entire time we were with them. It was just special. That’s the best way to put it at the end of the day. It was… special!

We could very literally go on for hours about how great this day was and what an honor it was to be a part of it, but we know y’all are eager to see the photos, so we will let them take it from here. Thanks again to Fiona, Tony, their friends and family, for a weekend that we will never, ever forget. Congrats you two!

Be sure to leave Fiona and Tony some love in the comments/LIKES section below!

Take care and talk soon!

-Aaron & Whit

  • Ida M Still - Beautiful! I love the washing of the feet! So perfect! Thanks for sharing! Blessings you two!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley B Linebarger - So gorgeous! That story alone made me tear up!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Powers - Dude! SO awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Leah Renee Lumeya - Extraordinary! Thank you so much for sharing these photos and this love.ReplyCancel

  • Bree Brandes-Courtney - So many beautiful photos! Congratulations to the couple and great job Aaron and Whitney! Really really gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Upasana Grugan - Beautiful couple; beautiful wedding and beautiful pictures…blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Thomas Bernard - Beautiful people, beautiful wedding and outstanding pictures!!!ReplyCancel

  • Philonise Jennings - Thank you for sharing such a magical day with us.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Beckstrom - I’m in awe of the love and beauty that these photos so clearly show. This looks like a dream. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

When you have an amazing day with a couple, it’s always difficult to put in words just how great everything was. Enter Mary and Dillon. Our time with them definitely falls into this category. We went to visit these two in Brooklyn, New York, after spending a couple days shooting an incredible wedding in Huntingdon, PA, (more on that soon!).

The kindness and hospitality Mary and Dillon treated us to was out of this world. They hosted us for our first night in town and would have hosted us longer, but we insisted on not inundating their awesome Williamsburg apartment with the copious amounts of luggage, much of which was unnecessary, that we brought along for our trip.

The first moment we pulled up, Mary was outside waiting for us with a big, welcoming hug and an eagerness to show us their neck of the woods. We quickly unloaded our things, cleaned up, and set off to get some dinner at Jimmy’s Diner. Man! It was a delicious dinner, too. After wrapping, we took off to get a couple drinks and went back to their apartment for a little more conversation and bed. Since they have two really awesome cats, we felt right at home.

Once morning came, we didn’t waste any time or opportunities for awesome photos. While it was an engagement session and that was our purpose for the visit, we opted to treat it as any other day. We began with some coffee and convo before retreating back to their bedroom to get some awesome frames of them living their life and snuggling up before starting the day.

From there, these two took us all over Brooklyn and beyond. We had some of the most epic pizza ever for lunch, hit the subways, made it to DUMBO, and, of course, enjoyed oodles of Brooklyn-served coffee all day. After making it back to their apartment, we went to the rooftop to wrap things up. Needless to say, the whole day was an unforgettable journey that we very literally didn’t want to end. That’s how much fun we were having together.

We can safely say that we walked away from our experience with these two and NYC as new people. The best part, we walked away with an amazing new friendship. In fact, we all hit it off so well that we spent our last night in Brooklyn doing one more round of dinner and drinks with Mary and Dillon. There aren’t enough accolades out there to tell you how much we think of them. Saying we are excited for their wedding in Kansas City next month is an understatement of epic proportions.

All of that said, and yes, it was a lot, we will let the pictures take it from here. One last thing, when we say NYC got us with its hooks, we mean it more than we can tell you. We have some really big and exciting things/changes we will be announcing soon enough, so just keep your eyes and ears open. In a vague sense, that really isn’t all that vague, we are ready to dive into that Northeast market!

We hope y’all love what you see. Be sure to leave these two some love in the comments/LIKES section below!

Take care and talk soon!

-Aaron & Whit

  • Hernan Btesh - Wooow every single shot is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Hunt Kenney - Amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Cowles Meeker - Absolutely the best engagement pics I’ve ever seen. They are so creative and you two are so damn cute! Can’t wait to see you in person!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Kovach Fama - I’m speechless. Mary and Dillon, I’m so touched by the love you two share, and moved by the way these photos express that love. Only the best photographers can evoke emotion with every image. Aaron and Whitney, you have brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for such beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Kovach Thomas Wright - These are unbelievable! They capture the essence of their love for each other. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Taylor - Love these!ReplyCancel

  • Kiara Goodwin - These are stunning, intimate and tell a beautiful story frame by frame. Love it.ReplyCancel

It was a very warm first day of August and despite the heat, the day was A-MAZING. Taylor and Jorden are the types of clients that every wedding photographer hopes for. They’re kind, they’re genuine, unique, full of love, up for anything, hilarious, and incredibly fun. We knew after the time we shared shooting their engagements that their wedding would also be one hell of a time. Not surprisingly at all, it was every single bit of that.

Heck, this day was so great that I (Aaron) threw on some shorts and took a reckless plunge into an unfamiliar lake just so we could get some awesome angels of these two. We can definitely say that this wedding will go down as a favorite. It was just that good.

We can’t thank Jorden and Taylor enough for letting us into their lives for one of their most special days. It was a privilege and we will always remember it. I mean, what wedding photographer could forget that he got to take a swim on an extremely hot day DURING a wedding? Haha. It was all so worth it, too. Congrats you guys!

Take care and talk soon!

-Aaron & Whit