Phoebe + Andy ı River Farm ı Alexandria, VA
He Caught a Gazelle!
Andy was looking for a girl who would give him a run for his money; Phoebe is a runner - who happens to be so fast she's often referred to as a gazelle. Since they met, they've run marathons, completed Iron Man challenges, and so much more. These two are fun, energetic, silly, and athletic. Most of all, they are wonderful people who make the rest of us better people for knowing them.
We met Phoebe back when we were photographing for the second or third RunWashington magazine issue we worked on. The title of the article was Something Happened on the Way to Boston and the magazine wanted us to capture several runners who ran into major issues while training for the marathon. She'd been training for the Boston Marathon and had broken her tibia while running. She didn't realize it, so she continued to run on it for quite some time (let's be clear here, we mean that she continued to run on her broken leg for WEEKS, not minutes). Finally, she went to the doctor, who was shocked that she could walk, let alone run.
Phoebe was really disappointed that she couldn't make it to the Boston Marathon, which ended up being quite lucky for us since we may not have met her otherwise. Unable to do any high-impact activities, Phoebe had turned to yoga.
What happened after we photographed her for this article is pretty much the perfect explanation of who Phoebe is: we were told by the editor that we needed to reshoot her portion of the article. Unfortunately, she looked TOO HAPPY.
So, we went back to photograph her again. Before we started, we had to sit her down and explain how to look disappointed or unhappy. No joke! It was a challenge. It's not easy for this positive lady to dwell and it's not natural for her to be upset. She truly does make her own sunshine - and she shares it with everyone around her.
Needless to say we love her. :)
We met Andy a few years later. When you've met Phoebe, it's hard not to be protective of her, so when it came to making a decision about whether or not Andy was worthy of this fantastic lady, one can't help but be a bit skeptical. Within minutes, however, it's impossible not to see how perfect they are together. Their wedding brought tears of joy to our eyes over and over again (which is not the easiest thing to deal with while photographing lol); the editing process sent us through the same rollercoaster of happiness, excitement, laughter, and a few tears of joy!
These two lovebirds (and their pup, Bella, who was so excited that as soon as she saw Phoebe she bounded over in hopes of jumping all over that pretty white gown; sadly - for Bella, that is - Andy was there to protect his new wife lol) opted not to see each other before the ceremony. It was quite difficult - and very entertaining - because they were both VERY committed and enjoyed every bump in the road. Like when Andy decided he needed to move his car at the EXACT SECOND that Phoebe was arriving at River Farm! The ladies laughed as they circled around the bride-to-be to hide her from her future husband. Luckily, one of the groomsmen saw the girls and ran out to move the car for Andy! It was quite funny, though, and we had a good laugh with everyone about it!
After that, we went to great lengths to make sure that doors were closed when either the bride or groom was on the move for photographs, water, drinks - whatever they needed to do before the ceremony! lol
How could anyone not LOVE that smile?! :)
Every aspect of this wedding was just what we'd hoped for - and everyone, including us, had a blast! We hope you all enjoy these photographs as much as we enjoyed taking them! Thank you for including us in such a special day, Phoebe and Andy - and congratulations! We cant wait to see all of the fun adventures that your future holds!
The Iron Man gang - because these newlyweds were doing an Iron Man ONE WEEK after their wedding! - had to do their poses for a photograph at the reception!
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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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