Sneak Peek: Lydia + Carl's Wedding ı Friends Meeting House of Washington
Congratulations to Lydia + Carl!
These two lovebirds had a beautiful, private wedding at Friends Meeting House of Washington. Because it's the custom for Quaker weddings, the ceremony was not photographed - by anyone, including us. This was actually our first wedding where this was the case. It went against everything that has been ingrained in us as photographers; however, we couldn't help but love it! No distractions, not a lot of fanfare, and everyone truly present in the moment. We found the ceremony to be very beautiful; here are a few basic details about these very personal ceremonies.
Quaker weddings differ from what we think of as the "traditional" ceremony in several ways, in addition to photography not being allowed. There is no officiant and there is a long period of silent, open worship. Afterward, the guests are allowed speak on the couple's behalf.
They had a lovely little cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony where the adults gathered and the children played. Later that evening, they hosted their reception at Eastern Market. Each guest received a card with another guests' name. They were instructed to befriend this person by the end of the reception. What a sweet idea!
We loved this wedding and will share more details of Lydia and Carl's big day when we share the rest of the photographs!
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Photos from the Harty, a team of lifestyle, wedding, and event photographers, was founded by Sara (Hartenstine) Alepin in 2005 after she graduated with a BA in Art Studio & Education and began working on her MFA in Photography & Digital Imaging. After years of working together, Katie Lingan officially joined the team as lead photographer in 2013.
Over the years, we've learned a lot from capturing - and being a part of - all types of special moments, especially weddings. One thing that has really stuck with us: it's not only important that you love our images - you must also love your photographer. You will spend more time with us on your wedding day than anyone else. So, it's important that you enjoy being around us on your big day!
So, keep reading to get to know us better. If you like what you read and like what you see, please reach out to us. We look forward to meeting you!
xo, Sara + Katie
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