Some couples are perfect for each other.  Andy and Phoebe epitomize the “perfect couple” because they are perfect for each other and their romantic and intimate wedding at the River Farm in Alexandria, VA was everything they ever dreamed of.

About Phoebe

Andy was looking for a girl who would give him a run for his money; Phoebe is a runner – who happens to be so fast she’s often referred to as a gazelle. Since they met, they’ve run marathons, completed Iron Man challenges, and so much more. While they both run in the same races and marathons, they never run together.   Phoebe is too fast, which is how she earned her nickname, Gazelle.  These two are fun, energetic, silly, and athletic. Most of all, they are wonderful people who make the rest of us better people for knowing them.

When Phoebe was in elementary school, she was sick on field day, but she insisted that she MUST go to school, explaining to her mother that she had to go “beat all the boys.” When she got home, her mother took her to the doctor to find out she had scarlet fever. All little-girl Phoebe had to say about it? “I beat all the boys.”-

The week after their wedding, this couple was supposed to do an Iron Man (it was canceled because of a hurricane, I believe).  The gang of crazy athletes broke out their Iron Man poses at the reception.-

How we met the bride and groom {From Photos from the Harty}

We met Phoebe back when we were photographing for the second or third RunWashington magazine issue we worked on. The title of the article was Something Happened on the Way to Boston and the magazine wanted us to capture several runners who ran into major issues while training for the marathon.   She’d been training for the Boston Marathon and had broken her tibia while running. She didn’t realize it, so she continued to run on it for quite some time (let’s be clear here, we mean that she continued to run on her broken leg for WEEKS, not minutes).   Finally, she went to the doctor, who was shocked that she could walk, let alone run.   Phoebe was really disappointed that she couldn’t make it to the Boston Marathon, which ended up being quite lucky for us since we may not have met her otherwise.

Unable to do any high-impact activities, Phoebe had turned to yoga. It’s impossible to keep her down.   What happened after we photographed her for this article is pretty much the perfect explanation of who Phoebe is: we were told by the editor that we needed to reshoot her portion of the article.  Unfortunately, she looked TOO HAPPY.  So, we went back to photograph her again. Before we started, we had to sit her down and explain how to look disappointed or unhappy. No joke! It was a challenge. It’s not easy for this positive lady to dwell and it’s not natural for her to be upset. She truly does make her own sunshine – and she shares it with everyone around her.   Needless to say we love her. 🙂

We met Andy a few years later. When you’ve met Phoebe, it’s hard not to be protective of her, so when it came to making a decision about whether or not Andy was worthy of this fantastic lady, one can’t help but be a bit skeptical.   Within minutes, however, it’s impossible not to see how perfect they are together.   Phoebe grew up in Maine and loves the water.    Initially, the plan was to get married in Maine. However, the logistics started to be a bit overwhelming. Phoebe’s only requirement for the day was that she wanted to be near the water.   River Farm was the perfect venue for their wedding.   Their wedding brought tears of joy to our eyes over and over again (which is not the easiest thing to deal with while photographing lol); the editing process sent us through the same rollercoaster of happiness, excitement, laughter, and a few tears of joy!

A few fave memories from their wedding:  These two lovebirds opted not to see each other before the ceremony. It was quite difficult – and very entertaining – because they were both VERY committed to it and enjoyed every bump in the road. One of our fave bumps was when Andy decided he needed to move his car at the EXACT SECOND that Phoebe was arriving at River Farm!

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The ladies laughed as they circled around the bride-to-be to hide her from her future husband. Luckily, one of the groomsmen saw the girls and ran out to move the car for Andy! It was quite funny, though, and we had a good laugh with everyone about it!  After that, we went to great lengths to make sure that doors were closed when either the bride or groom was on the move for photographs, water, drinks – whatever they needed to do before the ceremony!   Their signature drinks were Iron Man and Gazelle. Also, evidently, Andy and his friends have a tradition where they make a pyramid at events. We can find out more about that if you want us to. There’s a funny photograph of it!

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Vendor Collaboration

Photographer:  Photos from the Harty // Jewelry: Blue Nile // Dress Store: Global Bridal Gallery // Personal Stylist: Knot the Guy // Dress Designer: Mori Lee // Other Location: River Farm // Bakery: Shall We Bake // Hair Stylist: Sugar House Spa // Floral Designer: Taffy Floral // Band: The 19th Street Band // Caterer:Windows Catering Company //
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