Christie + Andrew's Wedding at Celebrations at the Bay | Pasadena, MD
Ahhh, these two... What do we even say about these two!? Let's start from the beginning — and we're talking the VERY beginning
A little background info: Andrew is Katie's older brother. That's probably the first thing we should throw out there. And, Sara is an honorary Lingan, just like Katie is an honorary Hartenstine/Alepin. We spend so much time together and we know so much about each other's families, lives - everything! - that we feel very connected to the important people in the other's life.
This was even more personal than the average wedding - and certainly a unique situation!
Christie and Andrew - they are just so adorable (like all Lingans are)
When Katie was a baby, before she even had teeth, Andrew tried to feed her crackers. Obviously, their parents stopped him and explained that Katie couldn’t chew and not to do that anymore. But, all he was trying to do was be a good brother. He thought if there was even a slight chance that Katie wanted a cracker, that she should have a cracker.
As irrelevant as that story may seem to a blog about Andrew and Christie's wedding, it’s important to know that Andrew's always been that kind of guy; the guy that wants to make sure his loved ones get exactly what they want.
When Christie came into the picture, everyone knew she wouldn’t be leaving. She not only fit into their family right away, but she brought out parts of Andrew that no one had never seen before. Katie immediately grew close to Christie, but even more surprisingly, she grew closer to her brother.
When Christie and Andrew got engaged, there wasn't a question what Katie wanted to give them as their wedding gifts: an engagement session in Owego, NY, where Christie grew up.
Christie has made a home in the Washington DC area, but still feels very connected to Owego and her family. Katie was beyond excited to photograph her brother and soon-to-be sister there. After all, Christie's brothers and their spouses have wedding bands - and most also have engagement rings - from the same small town shop in Owego, Van Horn Jewelers.
Because Fall is very important to the couple, everyone jumped through hoops to find a weekend where heading to upstate New York was an option. They left on a Friday, returning on a Sunday; staying with Christie's family, being surrounded by the lush Fall colors, enjoying the tiny town of Owego, and eating Momma Testa's cooking was only minor perks of this destination engagement session. The engagement session itself could not have been more fun or filled with more laughter!
Soon afterward, Andrew and Christie decided that they wanted a Fall wedding with beautiful golds, oranges, reds, purples, crimson, and all the colors that Christie associated with growing up in Owego during the Fall. However, Andrew met Christie at Virginia Tech and they did NOT want their wedding to look like it was Hokie-themed. While they love VT, they didn't want their wedding to be a big celebration of their college; Christie and Andrew wanted it to be about the two of them. The only thing that was related to VT was Christie’s garter.
The wedding was exactly what Christie and Andrew had hoped for: tasteful, beautiful, elegant, and surrounded by loved ones
Christie’s grandmother was very important to her and she knew she wanted to have a piece of her grandma with her on her wedding day. She decided to wear her grandma’s pearl necklace, and got Van Horn Jewelers to custom make a matching bracelet for and all the bridesmaids.
A few weeks after the wedding at a family gathering, someone asked, “If you could do the whole thing over, would you do anything differently?” Christie and Andrew both responded, “Nope. It was perfect.”
We know Andrew and Christie have many, many long, happy years ahead - and we know that whenever Christie needs a cracker, Andrew will be sure to have one ready for her! :)
Photography: Photos from the Harty
Additional Photographer: Chris Langford Photography
Venue: Celebrations at the Bay
Catering: Catering by Uptown
DJ: Bela Sono
Florals: Blushing Blooms Floral Design
Makeup: Rachel Lane Makeup Artistry
Signs / Hand Lettering: Painted Palettes
Suits: Men's Warehouse
Engagement Ring: Blue Nile Diamond
Wedding Bands / Bridesmaid Bracelets: Van Horn Jewelers
Wedding Favors / Truffles: Fuddy Duddy's Fudge Factory
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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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