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A Battery Park proposal

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Alex, who lives in Burlington and Shantal, who lives in Montreal, are in love.
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On This beautiful Fall Thursday evening, Shantal arrived for the weekend from Montreal to visit Alex. At his apartment, she was greeted with a bouquet of flowers, a new dress, and a note telling her that a taxi would pick her up at 5:45 and deliver her to him.
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And while Shantal got ready for her date, Alex anxiously sat in Battery park–a ring in his pocket, sweat on his brow, and ME, lurking in the shadows and ready to photograph this HUGE event.
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The late-day sun glowed on the horizon and the waterfront view was spectacular. As with most nights in Burlington, many gathered at this popular spot to watch the sunset, so I didn’t actually look out of place with two cameras draped around my neck.
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Now, before moving forward, let me tell how Alex and Shantal come to this point in their story…

Shantal‘s best friend Katia and Alex‘s best friend Max met, got married and they moved to Montreal. For the the longest time, they tried to match up Alex and Shantal but neither of them were interested in meeting the other and starting a long distance relationship. After all, Alex lived in Maryland, and Shantal in Quebec. It would never work! Right?

But, after so much time listening to their friends talk about each other, Alex and Shantal finally relented and took a leap of faith.

First, they started to talk on the phone. And talk. And talk. Day after day and night after night, they continued talking.

Then, after countless phone calls, Alex headed to Montreal to meet Shantal.
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It took only a few more visits before it was clear that they wanted to be in each others’ lives forever.
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So, what’s a man to do? Alex moved to Vermont to be closer to his girl and to show her that he meant business.
Every weekend, Alex either went to Montreal or Shantal visited him in Burlington.
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And so, here we were… Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:00 pm, at Battery Park:
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A bewildered Shantal arrived at he stroke of 6 o’clock, and immediately, a nervous Alex got down on one knee, held up the ring box and asked her to be his bride.
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She said YES.
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WOW! It all happened so fast (and I was trying so hard to look casual and NOT like a paparazzi) that I almost missed the whole thing!
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After a short and sweet portrait session, the sun was gone and Alex and Shantal went on to a celebration dinner at the Blue Cat Bistro and then to phone friends and family to tell them the big news.
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Here’s a nice little video recap of the big proposal, set against a song chosen by the newly engaged couple: “Waiting All My Life” by the Rascal Flatts

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Congratulations, Alex and Shantal. I hope I get to photograph the big day!!
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Ashley and Kate’s wedding

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Ashley and Kate were married last month at Camp Common Ground in Starksboro.
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The couple hosted a “wedding weekend” at this family camp, where their guests gathered for an old fashioned summer camp experience, slept in cabins (some with multiple sets of bunk beds), ate in the mess hall, and just enjoyed Vermont in all it’s natural glory. All that and then culminating with a fabulous wedding and party? It doesn’t get much better than that!
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For Ashley and Kate, the big day started with a “little” storm and it didn’t let up for hours. But the wet weather didn’t rain on this wedding’s lively and lovely parade. If anything, the rain and mist added a richness of color to the enchanted surroundings.
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The “getting ready” part of the day always makes such fun pictures. Ashley and Kate dressed separately with help from their own attendants and even their dog had fancy new duds for the event!
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Such a sweet face!
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A First Look at each other brought so much emotion, my heart leapt.
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer
First official Family portrait!
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

The ceremony, held in the hay barn, was magical and emotional. There were many moist eyes (including Ashley’s) throughout the service, which was officiated by a dear friend and included Kate’s sister singing with her father accompanying on guitar.
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

This picture just makes me smile…
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Along with the pronouncement of marriage came clear skies and an opportunity for cocktails and toasts outside the main hall. The brides’ two dads had everyone both giggling and tearing up.
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

The big group shot:
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The mess hall was transformed into a beautiful wedding venue, including all the lovely little details that make for a memorable celebration. The food, provided by Sarah Hipple of Welcome Home Chef Service, was SCRUMPTIOUS, with a variety of stations including the best fish tacos I have ever had!
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It’s not a wedding unless your friends serenade you!
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

First dance as a newly wedded couple:
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Rusty Belle–Absolutely the best wedding band I heard all summer! How can you NOT love a band who uses a washboard and an old coffee can as a symbol…
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…and they kept the crowd dancing all night!
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Fireworks and sparklers added the perfect finishing touch to this super fun wedding!
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If you haven’t seen enough pictures, this slideshow is one of my most favorites from this season and has great music by Brandi Carlile and SHeDAISY ! So, find a computer (Because it’s in FLASH and not IPAD friendly) and enjoy the recap of Ashley and Kate’s wet and wild wedding day:

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If you’d like to see all of Ashley and Kate’s wedding pictures, please ask them for the secret password and then click HERE

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Sadie and Christy’s wedding

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Sadie and Christie were married on a bright August day at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, and the hills were indeed alive with the sound of both music- and- wait for itlove!

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The couple took the traditional path of getting ready for their wedding separately. Sadie quietly dressed, with just some help from her mom, and Christy had close friends with her to assist with the details.

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

There were many smiles when the women had their first look at each other in their wedding clothes. And for good reason–they both looked GORGEOUS!

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The family portraits were festive and one of my favorite moments was when Sadie and Christy gave grandma smooches…
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The wedding ceremony was held in the concert meadow, and Sadie‘s niece and nephew served as flower girl and ring bearer.

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With the broad vistas of Nebraska Valley as its backdrop, about 50 friends and family members witnessed the exchange of marriage vows and rings.

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

And, 15 minutes later, Christy and Sadie were joined in marriage and they sealed this all-important moment with a kiss.
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Then came the barrage hugs and congratulations and, of course, a few happy tears.

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Onto the cocktail hour, held on the patio outside of the Mozart Room…

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…and then inside for a scrumptious dinner.
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Dancing as a married couple…
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So many lovely details…
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And what’s a wedding without a rumba line…
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toasting marshmallows on the patio…
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a final walk in the garden with twilight sky…
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A wonderful night for a moon dance…
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Enjoy this (flash) slideshow, looking back at Sadie and Christy’s mountain wedding, with some musical accompaniment from T.J. McCloud and Bonnie Raitt:


If you’d like to see all of Sadie and Christy‘s wedding pictures, just click HERE (but get the password first from the couple!)

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Meesh and Jill’s Wedding

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“Home, Home on the Grange, where these brides have their FAB Wedding day…”[emoji musical note][emoji multiple musical notes][emoji musical note]

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Meesh and Jill celebrated their wedding weekend with 180 friends and family at the Vermont Grange in Brookfield. They took over the camp (many sleeping in cabins with bunk beds) and had a weekend of laughter and fun, complete with corn hole and camp fires. Of course, it culminated with the Wedding and an awesome reception!

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Jill looked gorgeous in her white dress and Meesh equally so in her grey slacks and vest (and the greatest bow tie ever)! Their matching bouquets pulled the whole look together, along with their bridal party’s grey and purple attire. All of the flower arrangements were designed by Jill’s sister and they were really special!

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

It was a beautiful ceremony, officiated by a close friend, with readings and singing, 180 smiles and, yes, a few (happy) tears.

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

The reception began with lawn games and appetizers, before moving inside the main hall for dinner and dancing.
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Check out this gorgeous cheese board, one of the couple’s wedding gifts !
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This was one of those weddings where the children were all so adorable, I couldn’t keep my camera off them…

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The dinner was catered by Donnell Collins , the amazing executive chef at Leunigs in Burlington. The food was delicious and plentiful, all served family style. Then came the toasts and lots of laugher.

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Instead of wedding cake, the delicious dessert was a selection of A-MA-ZING WHOOPIE PIES provided by TIME OUT FOR WHOOPIE- YUM!
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The party was so much fun, and all of the music was played from an IPOD set up to a sound system with hours of Meesh and Jill‘s favorite songs.

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Here’s a slideshow looking back at this perfect day on the Grange. Enjoy! (But it is in FLASH, so you’ll need to trade your iPad for a laptop to watch it.)

One last one: Funny Foto Bomb!
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If you’d like to see all of Meesh and Jill’s wedding day pictures, just get the password from the couple and then CLICK HERE

Congratulations, Meesh and Jill!!!!

Ashley and Kate’s E session

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Ashley and Kate are getting married next Saturday and we just barely squeaked in an Engagement session.
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Taking portraits of a couple prior to their wedding is so important for me, because it is often the only time I have to get to know them a little and see how comfortable they are in front of the camera. This couple is so cute and was so much fun to photograph during their E session, I can’t wait to point a lens at them again at their wedding!

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I enjoyed seeing how playful Ashley and Kate are with each other. They both have infectious smiles an a great sense of humor!
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It is also obvious that they are truly in love and enjoy each other’s company more than anything.

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Without further ado… Enjoy this oh-so-romantic slide show, set to Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E….


If you’d like to see all of Ashley and Kate‘s Engagement portraits, please click HERE (password protected).

Come back next month to see some glorious wedding pictures of Ashley AND Kate!

James and Rachael’s Wedding

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

James and Rachael were married last month at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Winooski and then had a super fun reception at the Whitcomb Barn in Essex.

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The traditional Catholic ceremony included a full mass and it represented both the couple’s love for each other as well as their mutually deep religious connection.[emoji wedding]

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I love how Rachael looked toward the heavens while being escorted down the aisle by her father.
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James was on the verge of tears when he saw his about-to-be-bride for the first time…

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Presenting Mr. and Mrs….
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Uh Huh! [emoji smiling face with sunglasses]
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On to the party. What view!
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I’m such a sucker for those personal little details…
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Love this!
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This couple can D-A-N-C-E!
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My favorite of the “message hearts” was the one advising to only ever fight NAKED…[emoji kissing face with smiling eyes]

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SO sweet…[emoji couple with heart]
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Here’s a slideshow looking back at this awesome day. Enjoy! (But it is in FLASH, so you’ll need to trade your iPad for a laptop to watch it.)


If you’d like to see all of Rachael and James’ wedding pictures, please click HERE. You will need to get the password, though, in order to enter this gallery. You can get it from Rachael and James.[emoji camera]

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Chris and Christine’s Jay Peak Wedding

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Chris and Christine or (in math terminology), were married last month at the Jay Peak Resort. I had never been to this venue before but I definitely hope I get to go back again soon! The location is awesome and the couple couldn’t have had a more perfect Vermont celebration.

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After some portraits of and the bridal party (against some pretty spectacular views), it was off to a bright and beautifully decorated barn for the ceremony. You would have never known that this little gem, tucked away in the woods just off a tree-lined footpath from the clubhouse was only a few yards from the golf course.

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Such a great moment…
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So Sweet….
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Gotta love bubbles!
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I always say that it’s the details that make a wedding, and this one had it totally nailed down! Everything from the table settings to the flowers to the YUMMY cupcake display was spot on perfect. It was a truly wonderful celebration for this truly wonderful couple!

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Don’t you just love L[emoji black heart suit]VE?

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I hope you enjoy the following slideshow of Chris and Christine’s wedding celebration!!


Definitely a candidate for the season’s cutest couple!
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**If you’d like to see all of Chris and Christine‘s wedding pictures, please click HERE. It is password protected, so you must get the secret word from the couple if you want to enter the gallery.

Congratulations, !![emoji kiss]

Meesh and Jill’s E session

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This is a love story:
Girl meets Girl.[emoji two women holding hands]
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Girl has a creemee with girl.[emoji soft ice cream]
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Girl falls in love with Girl. [emoji heavy black heart]
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Girl gets engaged to girl.[emoji ring]
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Girls have a way fun engagement portrait session [emoji camera] and prepare for the wedding in 2 weeks!![emoji wedding]
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No time for small talk. Just enjoy the video slideshow (in FLASH, however, so you can’t watch on your iPad or iPhone :cry: :

Girls make a home with (3) cats! [emoji grinning cat face with smiling eyes] [emoji cat face with wry smile] [emoji smiling cat face with heart-shaped eyes]
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The family is on their way to living happily ever after…[emoji couple with heart] [emoji grinning cat face with smiling eyes] [emoji cat face with wry smile] [emoji smiling cat face with heart-shaped eyes][emoji house with garden]
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Come back next month to see Meesh and Jill’s Wedding pictures![emoji camera]

And maybe in a few years… [emoji baby symbol]???

If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Meesh and Jill’s Engagement session, please click HERE (and get the secret WORD from the couple so you can enter that password-protected gallery!) [emoji grinning face]

Christy and Sadie’s E Session

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The first time I photographed Christy and Sadie as a couple was in 2010 when I asked them to help me practice some new posing techniques. I posted one of the portraits on my website in the “Engagement” section and it started an avalanche of questions from the couples’ families and friends regarding their apparent secret wedding plans! Oops!

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So, it is with great joy that I am posting their true, honest-to-goodness Engagement portraits here on my blog and am looking forward to photographing their wedding at the end of the month.

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This is a beautiful couple- inside and out- and I believe they really are made for each other. I have loved watching them grow together over the years and know they will have a wonderful life as Mrs. and Mrs…

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Both Sadie and Christy work at FAHC, are active and love to hike and bike and run, and they are VERY competitive with each other (in a fun way!)

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Private and Down-to-earth, Christy and Sadie aren’t big on PDA or lots of drama and I got a kick out of their response to the FREE HUGS lady at the Burlington Farmers Market during our picture session (both Christy and Sadie passed on the offer!)

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They were much more comfortable on a beach all alone, where they were free to express their love and tenderness toward each other.

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Here’s a fun and (dare I say “Sexy”) slideshow from the couple’s E session a few weeks ago:


If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Sadie and Christy‘s E session, just click HERE, and make sure that you have the secret password from the couple to enter the private gallery.

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Erin and April’s Waitsfield Wedding

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Erin and April’s celebration of Marriage was PERFECT!!! A wedding day just doesn’t get any better than this, from the bluebird sky to the fabulous venue and catering (The Inn at The Round Barn in Waitsfield) to an awesome band (The Grift) and then 150 friends and family members overflowing with love for this fabulous couple!

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April and Erin both looked gorgeous and their smiles were infectious!

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Their bridal outfits were beautiful and complimented each other perfectly.

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Erin‘s hair was AMAZING (done by her friend from Germany, Denise Bredtmann)!

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And Their flowers, by Blue Toad Florist, were just big bouquets of HAPPY. I loved them!

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There couldn’t be a prettier setting for a wedding ceremony…

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It was a joyful service, about 25 minutes, and officiated by Dot Brauer, director of LGBTQ at University of Vermont.

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Wahoo! Mrs. and Mrs….(Oh, how I do love the State of Vermont!)

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This wedding reception was all about the details. Every little thing was so personal, from the mason jars filled with Erin’s favorite non-alcoholic drink (A yummy cranberry Spritzer) to corn hole, to an array of food from raw oysters to miniature hamburgers. The day ended with TO GO BOXES so guests to take with them some of the scrumptious deserts made by Sweet Simone’s (yes, I took a couple!!)

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It was all about the love…

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and having fun!

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I hope you enjoy this slideshow recapping Erin and April‘s amazing day! (It is in FLASH, so quickly put down that IPAD and find a laptop to view it on!)

If You’d like to see all of April and Erin‘s wedding pictures, just follow this LINK (but you will need the password from the couple)

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Finally, I need to thank my second shooter, Jennifer Kiewet, for all of her awesome work! We make a good team!!

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