Jason and Riley's Surprise Proposal | Richmond, VA
She said YES!
This sweet couple met in college and started dating about 3.5 years ago - at this very hotel, The Jefferson Hotel! After casually dating for a bit, Jason introduced Riley to a huge group of people as "his girlfriend." We're fairly certain that their friends already knew that they were dating, but this was the place where Riley was specifically informed that she was his girlfriend. lol
It may not be the fairytale version that you'd expect to read on a wedding blog, but it's just so perfectly them. Riley and Jason pretty much read each other's minds. Details and specifics never really need to be discussed; they just know what the other one wants/is thinking/everything! So, Jason knew that Riley would be expecting to have the "will you be my girlfriend" conversation and decided to throw her off and just announce it to everyone! Needless to say, Riley was VERY surprised - and Jason was thrilled!
It was really quite cute.
So, a few years later, they found themselves staying in that same hotel again. Jason claimed there was a groupon deal, so they just HAD to go. The real reason is that he was planning on proposing to the love of his life. Jason knew that she would say yes, but he decided to actually ask her this time, instead of the alternative approach he took the first time around. ;)
Congratulations, you two lovebirds! We wish you a lifetime of happiness! <3
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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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