Navy Blue Navy Yard Engagement Session | Washington, DC

March 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We met this adorable couple through a good friend of ours a few years before they got engaged

When Justin and Lauren got engaged, we couldn't have been more excited - until they asked us to photograph their engagement session and then we just about died of happiness!

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Sarah Campbell, the co-founder of District Bliss and owner of Pollyanna Events, introduced us to Justin and Lauren a few years ago on Saint Patrick's Day. We had a blast listening to stories, telling stories, and just laughing together. Sarah and Rory brought together a great group of friends and we were thrilled to be there.

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During that time period, Lauren and Justin were pounding the pavement in the political arena, which, despite living in the Washington, DC area, is something we dont really talk about or get involved in.

After working on a campaign and hustling hard for their candidate, they fell in love. And, it is BIG love. Lauren's smile lights up the room and her laugh is contagious; when Justin looks at her, you can just see the love. Being with them is always a hoot!

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The proposal

When Justin makes a decision, he runs with it. The day he decided he was ready to ask Lauren to marry him, he started shopping for rings. As soon as he had the ring, he couldn't wait to propose

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They'd planned to go out for a romantic dinner after Lauren came home from work. She was standing in the closet, selecting an outfit when she turned around to Justin on one knee with this gorgeous ring in his hand

Lauren was completely stunned and beyond thrilled! We can imagine the laughing and happy tears that immediately followed - and it makes us every time we think about it. Of course, their sweet puppy, Kyrie, was also over the moon (which she certainly shared during the wedding ceremony, but more on that later ;))

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So, how were the Cleveland Cavaliers involved in this proposal?

Justin said that he knew he was ready to get ready to get married when the Cavs won the championship

After a few minutes of laughing, he explained to us that it was the first day he really felt like he could really see his future. We just loved it, though! They are just the funniest and we cant get enough!

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Congratulations to these two amazing people and stay tuned for their GORGEOUS wedding!


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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

Photos from the Harty is a partnership with Katie Lingan Photography