Katie and Ken's Blue Mountain Wedding | Whitehall Manor, VA
Katie and Ken... oh these two. You would think they jumped right out of a fairytale book into real life. Seriously.
Everything about this wedding, from the venue, to the details of Katie's dress was nothing short of elegant. She had the jacket custom-made to compliment her dress. The wedding had a sunflower theme because they are Katie's favorite flower; her engagement ring is designed like a sunflower and their engagement session took place on a sunflower farm!
Katie met Ken at George Mason University where Katie was on the dance team. Katie's "big sister" just so happened to be Ken's younger sister! See? Fairytale book, right!?
We also met Katie in college, and as she was gearing up to graduate, we all knew that the engagement was going to come soon, but we had no idea how soon (and neither did she)! Ken's original plan was to wait to propose until Katie graduated, but one day a few months before graduation, he realized he couldn't wait any longer! They were engaged before Katie finished college, and it was totally fitting. They were so in love then, and are clearly even more in love now.
We have never met two people who are more excited to be together. First, Ken spontaneously proposes one day, surprising everyone including himself, because he's too excited. Fast forward to their wedding, Ken's impatience to propose was matched by Katie when she practically RAN down the isle. Okay, maybe she didn't run... but she walked faster than any bride I've seen, and her facial expressions just screamed, "LET ME MARRY HIM ALREADY." The moment Ken saw his gorgeous bride, he was in tears and so was everyone else. Katie was just ready to be pronounced as husband and wife which was evident by the determination in her eyes as she walked down the aisle and throughout the ceremony.
One day, a few months before their wedding, we were talking to Katie about the details of her wedding day, and what details mattered the most to her in terms of being photographed. We melted when we heard her response: "I don't care. I just want to marry Ken!"
Now they have a new home for their cute little family and their adorable rescue dog, Daisy!
Enjoy the photographs from this stunning wedding! We loved them and love reliving the day each time we look at the images!
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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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