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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…”🎡🎢🎡

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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.)

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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….

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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.πŸ’’

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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! 😎
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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…πŸ˜™

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SO sweet…πŸ’‘
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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.)

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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.πŸ“·

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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 CΒ² (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 CΒ² 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 Lβ™₯VE?

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

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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, CΒ² !!πŸ’

Meesh and Jill’s E session

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This is a love story:
Girl meets Girl.πŸ‘­
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Girl has a creemee with girl.🍦
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Girl falls in love with Girl. ❀
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Girl gets engaged to girl.πŸ’
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Girls have a way fun engagement portrait session πŸ“· and prepare for the wedding in 2 weeks!!πŸ’’
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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! 😸 😼 😻
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The family is on their way to living happily ever after…πŸ’‘ 😸 😼 😻🏑
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Come back next month to see Meesh and Jill’s Wedding pictures!πŸ“·

And maybe in a few years… 🚼???

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!) πŸ˜€

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:

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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!)

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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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PCC User Conference 2014

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karen pike photography vermont photographer
Who would have thought that one of my favorite work weeks of the year would be covering a Users Conference for a pediatric office management software company. I know, right?

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But my client, PCC (Physicians Computer Company), based in the Champlain Mill is, without a doubt, one of the coolest companies I’ve ever worked with and the staff is fun and smart and so great to be around.

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SO, for the second straight year, I covered their 3-day Users Conference, where over 250 Pediatric Doctors, office managers, nurse practitioners, billing and schedulers gathered from all over the country to both network and to learn the latest in “EHR Solutions” and the PCC software programs that they use to run their practices.

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

An impromptu “7th-inning Stretch” on Day 1 due to a fire alarm going off in the Sheraton:
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This group seems more like a large extended family and PCC runs the yearly conference like a big Family Reunion.

…with many photo bombs…

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…and bunny ears…

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And, While there were lots of education-based workshops and hands-on learning, there was also ALOT of laughing, playing, eating chocolate, socializing after classes and, of course, a mobile portrait studio, where I photographed most everyone over the three days.

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A WAY fun night for all after Day 2 at The ECHO Center:

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

Now, I am sure that many of my blog followers who are reading this think that there is absolutely no reason to watch the following slideshow recapping this event, but It really is a ton of fun, especially the studio portraits (and, of course, the great music!) So, if you have 6-7 minutes to spare, enjoy the show (in flash, so not viewable on an iPad- sorry!)
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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from the Conference, just follow this LINK (and contact the good folks at PCC for the password).

PCC President and LEGO enthusiastJohn Canning:

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Nancy and Stacey’s 40′s inspired wedding

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I continue to be honored by same sex couples from around the country who travel to Vermont to be married and trust me to document their momentous celebrations. I mean, how better to spend a Tuesday morning than with two awesome women from Kentucky and photograph the ceremony that, after a 22-year-long relationship, allows them to legally wed!

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Nancy and Stacey met way back when they both had husbands and were parenting kids who went to school together. after years of friendship and helping each other navigate the joys and pitfalls of life and raising children, they both divorced and eventually shared their true feelings for each other.

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.. and the rest, they say, is HERstory. β™₯β™₯β™₯

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So, with Stacey’s parents as their witnesses, they stood together by a Charlotte creek…
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and shared their wedding vows.
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They exchanged rings and lots of smiles…
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And then, Justice of the Peace extraordinaire Kathryn Blume
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pronounced them…
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legally wed! Wahoo!
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We had a a whole lot of fun with the portrait session. I LOVED the 40′s inspired wedding outfits, which they originally bought to wear at the annual Bowling Green Humane Society Fur Ball.

Here are a few “vintage styled” pictures…

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

I adored the Saddle shoes!
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.. not to mention the matching Father and Daughter Fedoras!
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Congratulations, Nancy and Stacey, and, in the words of Lord Byron,

“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined.”
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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Nancy and Stacey‘s wedding day, please follow this LINK (but you’ll need the password from the happy couple!)

PATH June Institute: Music Is the Key

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karen pike photography vermont photographer
I spent an amazing week photographing the Wellness Leadership conference in Stratton last week for the Vermont Education Health Innitiative (VEHI) and it was a picture mecca! VEHI is the awesome organization that does all the wellness, disease prevention and health education for the Vermont School community, making sure that everyone stays healthy- from our teachers to the bus drivers, from members of the school board to our schools’ cafeteria workers.

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So, every June, VEHI’s PATH Program (Planned Action Toward Health) assembles health ambassadors from schools around the state to spend a week at wellness leadership camp, so that they can return to their school districts and pass on all of the great knowledge they gained while away.

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

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And, boy, do they have fun!!

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

karen pike photography vermont photographer

karen pike photography vermont photographer

Besides all of the amazing educational workshops, they participate in everything from yoga, kickboxing and Zumba to paddleboarding, cardio tennis and golf.

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

karen pike photography vermont photographer

karen pike photography vermont photographer

karen pike photography vermont photographer

This year’s theme was “Music is the Key” and it definitely was the key the having a good time. Below is a 12 minute slide show (to some fun and appropriate music, of course) recapping the jam-packed three days of activities and fun. (The slideshow is in FLASH, so you wont be able to see it on your IPAD, so definitely go find a computer to watch it because it will definitely make you smile)

If you’d like to see hundreds more pictures from the VEHI Leadership week, please visit my Facebook Page or the PATH Facebook page and check out the full album of images.

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Thanks,VEHI, for taking me out of my daily comfort zone and allowing me to “make beautiful music” with you all!
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