Megan + Tom's Modern Newseum Wedding | Washington, DC
Several years ago, Megan and Tom met at a bar in Washington, DC
(Megan laughingly says, "I know, romantic")
Megan grew up in DC; Tom is Canadian and was in the US for the summer during an internship. They started talking that night and have talked every day since!
Tom spent summer of 2016 in Ghana during graduate school and Megan likes to joke that distance really made the heart grow fonder. He flew back from Africa and had about four days until the couple was leaving for a family vacation, so he had to rush to get the engagement ring in time for the trip.
They first flew to Kansas City for a family wedding, where he asked Megan's parents' permission to propose while the Savary family was at a baseball game (which is perfect for Megan's family because they LOVE baseball, as you will see in this blog).
The next night, Tom caught the garter at a cousin's wedding, which was pretty funny
After the wedding, Tom and Megan flew to Napa, California for a week. Tom woke Megan up from a nap to propose in their hotel room. Megan says that it sounds silly, but it was totally "them". She loved that it was low-key, private, and a total surprise.
There were circles included in almost every aspect of the wedding day. They were inspired by the quote
The universal symbol of a circle represents the notions of totality, wholeness, eternity, and unity.
This perfectly represents Megan and Tom's relationship!
Megan gave her wedding parties customized black-and-white baseball jerseys with the ladies' last name and a number. Megan's jersey was white with black writing; the wedding party had black jerseys with white writing.
When the girls lined up in order, the numbers were 10-8-17 - Megan and Tom's wedding date!
Megan incorporated a pair of her grandma's earrings, and a bracelet she gave Megan when she was 12 around her bouquet. Her grandmother passed away a few years ago, so it was a nice way to have her as a part of the day.
Megan and Tom had been long distance for 95% of their relationship (Megan in DC; Tom in Toronto for graduate school). Finally being in the same place on the wedding day was what Megan was most excited for - it's not surprising that the favorite part of the wedding day was having all of their friends and family in one place!
After 3 years of long distance, finally having everyone in one place was just the greatest
Megan and Tom picked the Newseum because the view encompassed their relationship -- Megan was born in DC, they met in DC, and then obviously the flag at the Canadian Embassy next door. They served poutine to have a little bit of Canada with them in the US.
The script S on the dance floor and end of the aisle runner was the handwriting of the mother of the bride. All of their friends and family recognized that as a "Savary thing"; Megan even has it tattooed behind her ear
Megan and Tom's top five favorite moments of their wedding day were
Their first look (which had the Canadian flag over the embassy blowing in the background), their guests' reaction to the elevator bar (which was incredible), the flashmob during the reception, the poutine (!), and the moment of the night when everything (dinner, speeches, cake, bouquet toss, etc.) was done and it was just time to dance and enjoy the night!
Since their last name is Stark, the couple entered to the Game of Thrones theme song!
Simply Breathe Events | Planning, Coordination
Blushing Blooms Floral Design | Florist
Newseum | Wedding Venue
David Yurman | Ring Designer
Love Bridal Couture | Wedding Gown
The Original Runner Company | Custom Aisle Runner, Dance Floor
Event Revolution | Rentals
DC Rentals | Rentals
Minted | Save-the-Dates, Wedding Invitations, Menus, Programs, Paper Products
Elan Artists | Music
Washington Court Hotel | Hotel Block
Suits | Men's Wearhouse
Viva Booth | Photo Booth
Fair Trade Jewellery Co. | Engagement Ring
Matchbox | Rehearsal Dinner Venue
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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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