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Elise and Brad’s Wedding

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Brad and Elise were married during peak foliage this fall at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond. It was my last wedding of the season and what a way to end! It was an amaaaaazing day!

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We started the day with a first look for the bride and groom and it almost brought tears to my eyes. They were both so excited to see each other in their wedding outfits!

Elise approached…
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Brad reacted…
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Elise reacted…
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AND THEY MET!
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So sweet!
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Then came the lovely ceremony , officiated by Brad‘s father!
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All eyes were on the Elise, who was glowing as her dad escorted her down the aisle…
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A few tears and giggle…
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…and the couple is officially HUSBAND AND WIFE!
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WAHOO!!
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The flower girl celebrated!
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The reception was super fun and, of course, the food was SOOOO YUMMY because it was catered by the most awesome Catering By Dale
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Add some fun oversized lawn games and a VW Bus Photo booth and it’s a party!

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

The bridal Party posed for portrait before dinner…karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

The party continued with dinner and the Top Hat DJ kept everyone on the dance floor with great music throughout the night!

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Dessert was unbelievable- Caramel and candy apples and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!!! A perfect end to a perfect meal!
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At the end of the night, Brad and Elise escaped for some private time (but I followed them!)
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It was was such a memorable day and I created a love-filled slide show to the music of Vermont’s own Kat Wright– So, go find a laptop to watch this (because it’s made in FLASH and wont run on your iPhone or iPad-sorry!)


If you’d like to see all 1400 pictures from this grand celebration, then get the password from the couple and follow this LINK

Congratulations to this wonderful couple!!! xoxo
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And a Special thanks to my uber amazing second Shooter, Jude Domski

Becky and Kathleen’s wedding

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Becky and Kathleen were married on a crisp,clear day September day at Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent, NY.

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The brides each wore white- accompanied by matching silver chucks.

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They each carried bouquets of gorgeous calla lillies. But, the flowers they ordered were coming from Florida and didn’t get to New York because of the hurricane. So, what do two level headed brides do? Go to Price chopper, buy more flowers and, with the help of friends, put together centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres themselves.

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Kathleen and Becky got ready at a house on the lake…

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…under the watchful eye of their dog, Libby (the CUTEST dog in New York!)

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We made a pit stop at Kathleen‘s childhood home and made some beautiful portraits. Then it was on to the venue.

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The ceremony was so full of love, and everyone, including the brides bounced between laughter and tears throughout the celebration.

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Everyone reacted when Kathleen went to soothe Becky, who kept crying while trying to read her vows. It was such a tender moment and I just felt enormous happiness for them!

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Whoot Whoot! We’re MARRIED!!

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There were so many personal little details at the reception, from the centerpieces to the baskets of apples, to the table of cupcakes (which everyone wanted to dive into even before dinner!)

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One of so many loving moments- this one during Becky and Kathleen‘s first dance…

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Lots of celebrity dancing…
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and fun photo opps!
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Becky’s sons, Alex, 19, and Noah,14, couldn’t resist taking one of the golf carts out for a spin:
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Like sons, like Mothers! Becky and Kathleen did the same!
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There are SO many pictures that I want to show, so here’s 140 of my favorites set to the music of the Indigo Girls (a favorite of the brides!) Put down your iPhone and go get a laptop so you can watch this wonderful FLASH slideshow recapping Becky and Kathleen‘s love-filled day:

If you’d like to see all 1200 pictures from this memorable wedding, then follow this link (but you need to have the password from the brides)

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Congratulations, you two!!!! Love lives!!

PS thanks to my amazing second shooter, Jude Domski, for both her talent and company.
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Kelly and Jen’s wedding

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Jen and Kelly were married in September and I am thrilled to finally have their wedding pictures ready so I can blog about there awesomeness!

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This is one of those weddings that you just have to let the pictures tell the story because every image shows both their love for each other and the love they have for their family and friends.

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The venue was ALMOST as gorgeous as the brides- Headwaters Farm in Rochester, complete with a beautiful barn for the reception, a pond as a setting for portraits  and a view of the mountains as a backdrop for the ceremony.

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The ceremony was heartfelt and emotional. And it began with guests entering the ceremony area by walking through a DOORWAY created by the brides. Over the doorway read, “As soon as I saw you, I knew a Grand Adventure was about to happen!” ( a quote by AA Milne from Winnie The Pooh)

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From there, everything was magical:
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The reception was equally as fun and festive and full of personal touches…

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Many toasts…
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Adorable children..
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Great friends… (who officiate, act as MC, DJ and anything else brides could need)
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edible love!
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DANCING the night away..
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Bonfires Rock!
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Feeling the love…
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And if you want to see any more, you need to watch this slideshow, which really showcases Jen and Kelly’s amazing day! So, put down your iPhone and go get a lap top- you’ll need FLASH in order to watch, but it’s worth it!


Congratulations, Kelly and Jen! Enjoy your GRAND ADVENTURE TOGETHER!

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If you’d like to see all of Jen and Kelly’s wedding pictures, get the password from the couple and then follow this link

Will and Ruth’s “Lady Chapel” wedding

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Ruth Rebecca Jackson and William M. Graves Jr. were married Aug. 6 at the Lady Chapel, a log cabin chapel on the Graves family property in Grand Isle.

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The property is beautiful… and quite old. The bible in the chapel dates back to Will’s ancestor, John Henry Hopkins (January 30, 1792 – January 9, 1868), who was the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and was the eighth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Pretty impressive!

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The couple met in 2009 at Rollins college in Florida, where Ruth is the administrative assistant in the modern languages and literatures department. Will received his MBA from Rollins and is a longtime supporter.

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But academia took a backseat to LOVE on this beautiful Saturday morning, and family and friends gathered at this perfect little chapel to watch Will and Ruth exchange marriage vows and seal their wedding by signing the family bible.
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Then it was onto the “Wedding Bells” Bungalo to cut the cake. This was a very special cottage on the property which housed many sacred and historic family items, including the Chickering piano where Will’s uncle, John Henry Hopkins, III composed the music for “I Sing A Song of the Saints of God.” In the hymnal, the music is called “Grand Isle” because he originally named the tune that in honor of his home there.

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…Seal it with a kiss!
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Ruth’s special cake topper was a great way to show off the wedding bands.
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So sweet…
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The reception was held on the property, overlooking Lake Champlain and included a scrumptious lunch with lots of fun, toasts and hugs!
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Team Bride…
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Team Groom…
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And a special gift for the bride– some fancy new monogrammed sandals!
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Here’s a fun slideshow, looking back at the celebration, with music by John Legend. The show is in FLASH, though, so put down your iPhone and go find a laptop so you watch it!

Congratulations, Will and Ruth!!!

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Ruth and Will’s wedding day, you’ll need to get the password from the bridal couple and then you can click HERE

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Becky and Kathleen

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Becky and Kathleen found each other in Vermont but are now living across the lake and planning their October wedding at Harmony Golf Course in Port Kent.
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This love connection is a long time in the making, and both women admit that it took many years into their adult lives to finally find their “soul mate.”
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Isak Dinesen wrote, “Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk; it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine.”

Well, then this couple is like a fine bordeaux and they are savoring each other with every luscious sip!

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I had such a good time with Becky and Kathleen at their Engagement session and I cant wait to photograph their wedding. Love will be ever present and my heart is already singing for them!

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Here’s a fun recap of Becky and Kathleen‘s E season, set to the sexy Tegan And Sara song, “Closer”:

Congratulations, Becky and Kathleen!! See you in October!
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Jen and Kelly (are getting married!)

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There’s nothing more fun than photographing an Engagement session with a couple’s dog! So, when Jen and Kelly asked to bring along their sweet adopted baby boy, I was all excited!

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And what a beautiful family!!
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It was a day of HUGE smiles, lots of laughter and a great hat!
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And there is no more beautiful a spot for a romantic shoot than Shelburne Farms!
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Jen and Kelly are getting married in September at Headwaters/Food Medicine Farm and I’m looking forward to being at a new venue for me.

karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait It was lovely evening and it was so nice to spend time with this amazingly sweet couple and get to know them a little better.  Not to mention, they cant take a bad picture!
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I hope you enjoy this slideshow, set to Brandi Carlile‘s gorgeous cover of the Beach Boy’s “God Only Knows”.
(PS It’s in flash so unavailable to watch on an iPhone. Sorry)


Congratulations, Jen and Kelly. You are both beautiful-inside and out- and I’m so looking forward to photographing your wedding!!

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Rose and Jodi’s E session

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My dear friends, Rose and Jodi are gearing up for their wedding next month and we finally got some time last week to do a short and sweet Engagement session at Oakledge Park.

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This was an appropriate place to do the session, as it was where I first took a picture of Rose about 8 years ago. Back then, I told her she needed a great portrait on her Facebook page so her potential Future Wife could find her and fall in love. Yup, It was a great picture and I’m sure Jodi fell hard when she saw it (haha)!

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Eight years later, I was thrilled to be photographing them together and to be looking toward their wedding in September at Mary’s Inn at Baldwin Creek

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It is so fun to be around them and to watch how they interact…

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Everything about their relationship feels easy, like a warm breeze on a Sunday afternoon. karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait
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Jodi and Rose prove that LOVE is worth the wait.
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CONGRATULATIONS, My friends!! Now on to the wedding!!!!!!!

Elise and Brad

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Elise and Brad are gearing up for their wedding in September and a few weeks ago, we met at the picturesque Shelburne Farms for their Engagement portrait session.
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Shelburne Farms is a special place for Elise, where she worked for a summer and where she has visited time and again since she was a little girl.
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I’ve watched Elise grow from a child into a beautiful woman… And I really cant believe that it’s been six years since I did her high school senior portraits! That’s crazy!
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It was so great meeting Brad and getting to know him. And The first thing I noticed about this “groom-to-be” is his beautiful smiling eyes and how much he adores his finance. I loved seeing this couple together and documenting their loving relationship with some romantic images!
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So, without further ado, I introduce… the future “Mr. and Mrs.” !!! The show is in FLASH, so drop your iPhone and go view this on a laptop. It’s worth it!


Congratulations, Elise and Brad! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding!
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Jaden’s Bat Mitzvah

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Jaden‘s Bat Mitzvah was last month and it was a beautiful celebration of faith and family.
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The service was held at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, where Jaden‘s friends and family members gathered to hear her chant from the Torah.
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The day was years in the making, including class after class in religious and Hebrew study.
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It truly was a family MITZVAH!
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The celebration continued later that evening with a party at The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
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Shannon Bushey and the folks at DIGITAL DJ rocked the house- complete with their super fun photo booth and DJ KermiTT spinning awesome tunes.
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Jaden had a ball and everyone followed her lead:
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Including Dad…
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And, of course, all of Jaden‘s friends!
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Heres a fun slideshow recapping Jaden‘s Big Day, with some great musical accompaniment! (in FLASH, so not available to view on an iPhone!)


If you’d like to see all of Jaden‘s Bat Mitzvah pictures, CLICK HERE (but first you’ll need to get the password from the family). MAZEL TOV, Jaden!!!
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PS: Kudos to the great vendors:
DJ Josh Kerman KermiTT, MC Shannon Bushey, Videographer Bill Kett and Photo Booth operator Michelle Teston Bushey
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Finally, a big shout out to the folks at POCKETWIZARD! When I need to light up a dance floor and have multiple studio lights working, POCKETWIZARD is the radio remote I completely trust to do the job! The new plus IV lets me go back and forth seamlessly between my on-camera flash and my larger White Lightening and Alien Bees studio lights, turning on and off each light independently so that I always have the look that I need. It makes for a NO STRESS night-allowing me to make beautifully lit pictures throughout the celebration. POCKETWIZARD,I am your Number One FAN!
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Rachel B’s Bat Mitzvah

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Mazel Tov to Rachel and her family on becoming a Bat Mitzvah June 5 at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS)!

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It was a beautiful service, led by Rabbi David Fainsilber, and then a day of celebration.

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I love this moment, after the Torah service, when the new Bat Mitzvah gets showered with candy by the congregation!

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After the luncheon at JCOGS Rachel and her friends cooled off with a pool party at Smuggler’s Notch

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…and then everyone (parents and kids) gathered again that evening under a tent at the resort for dinner and dancing.

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The food was amazing and Music and entertainment by DJ Mike Toomey of Supersounds kept everyone partying and happy throughout the night.

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Here is a fun video slideshow recapping this celebratory day! (It is in FASH so you cant see it on an IPHONE OR IPAD- Sorry! Blame Steve Jobs!)


If you want to see all of the pictures from Rachel’s big day, please get the password from the family ( or my email to you) and then CLICK HERE

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