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    Gayle & Aaron Rustic Verdant Sophistication

    Wedding Details

    Setting Farms & Barns
    3 Loves

    Gayle & Aaron's wedding day was rustic, romantic, and sophisticated. The pair perfectly combined their farmhouse venue with antique touches, and it gave their big day major charm! We love the sunflower florals of the ceremony and the abundant greenery of the sophisticated reception. The major appeal of this rustic wedding came in the attention to small detail like the perfectly decorated armoire honoring their families and the s'more station for their guests to enjoy. Take a moment to check out this charming farmhouse day captured gorgeously by Jared Ladia Photography.

    From the photographer...

    They went with a rustic-chic look — big beautiful barn for the ceremony, lace wedding dress, blush bridesmaids, earth/neutral tones, wooden farmhouse tables, lots of greenery, and lots of DIY.

    The Couple


    Aaron is originally from Houghton, New York. He went to Houghton College where he studied English and Education. He moved to Washington D.C for a fresh start after teaching in New York.


    Gayle is originally from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. She went to college at the University of Michigan where she studied Political Science and Spanish. She moved to Washington D.C for a fresh start.


    They both love to travel and explore. In fact, they backpacked Honduras together. They are also very active and train for many running events including marathons. They're both teachers and love teaching.

    Our Love Story

    We first met in 2012, working together at an international development nonprofit in Alexandria, VA. Gayle was recently back in the states from a year teaching fifth grade in Honduras, while Aaron had recently moved to DC after spending a year teaching high school English in Buffalo. Both were looking for a fresh start. As two of the only people who weren't our parents' age in the office, we became quick friends, bonding over stories of failed attempts at classroom discipline, a mutual love for travel, the Avett Brothers, and a good quesadilla. A work trip took us to Sierra Leone in the summer of 2013 where our friendship deepened over mangos and malaria pills, and soon after, we were dating. From there, we only grew closer as we explored DC, trained for a marathon, met each other's families, backpacked Honduras, changed jobs, and moved into the city. We were sure we were meant to be together forever, and we got engaged in February 2015 on the banks of the Potomac in Alexandria.

    What's Next

    Later this year, Gayle received a dream opportunity — a Fulbright Scholarship to Mexico. So, with much excitement, nerves, and overwhelming possibility, we'll be moving to Mexico just a few short weeks after the wedding where we'll begin our new life together. We're managing to squeeze in a South American honeymoon, where we'll finish off our trip visiting Aaron's brother, Devon, in Peru.

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