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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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Mom (in the middle!)…karen pike photography Vermont bar mitzvah photographer Vermont portrait  bat mitzvah photographer
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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Ryan and Bethany

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Ryan and Bethany came up from South Carolina to Vermont for a ski weekend-and while they didn’t get to do much skiing, Ryan DID manage to squeeze in a very romantic marriage proposal!

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After Bethany said YES and I came out from hiding, I congratulated the happy couple and we started a fun Engagement session and a TASTY tour of Burlington!

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Of course, we started with some romantic portraits at Waterfront Park.

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To warm up a bit, We made a short stop back at Ryan and Bethany‘s hotel, the Courtyard Burlington Harbor Marriott, for a post-proposal beer!

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Then it was on to the Church Street Marketplace
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We embraced the misty rain and the couple did their best impression of a “Gene Kelly umbrella dance.”

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I love to take coffee-loving couples to Uncommon Grounds for a LOVERS LATTE (my name, not theirs!)

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We ended our day at the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory for some delicious sweets…
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Here’s a SUPER FUN recap of Ryan and Bethany’s romantic Burlington, Vt Proposal and Engagement Session, and because the slideshow is made in flash (with great music by Josh Ritter and Meghan Trainor) you need to view it on a laptop, not your iPad or iPhone. Sorry!)

Congratulations, Ryan and Bethany and take care of one another. As Robert Browning wrote almost two centuries ago,
“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be…”

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Bethany and Ryan’s day, you need to get the password from them and then you can click HERE!

Kayla and Jess are Engaged!

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Yup, Kayla proposed and Jess said yes!!!

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The big event took place at about 8:30 last Monday morning, on what seemed to Jess to be the start of a fun 3-day ski vacation. Little did she know what was burning a hole in Kayla’s pocket!

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So sweet!
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And check out the bling! (along with the finger Jess burnt while cooking over the weekend. Oops! Bad timing!)

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The two pharmacists drove about five hours from Maine, arriving Sunday night, ready to ski the next day at Bolton Resort.

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Which they did…

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But then they also got in a fun Engagement portrait session with me that afternoon back in Burlington..

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Here’s a nice slideshow recapping Kayla and Jess‘s big Proposal Day, set to the gorgeous Brandi Carlile song, The Story(Slideshow in FLASH so it wont show on your iPhone. Sorry!)


Congratulations, Jess and kayla!

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Chris and Rick’s Wedding

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Every once and awhile, I photograph a wedding that is so spectacular, I literally have trouble editing the pictures down to a manageable number and an even harder time creating a blogpost and slideshow. THIS IS THAT WEDDING!. Between me and my (fabulously talented) second shooter Jen Kiewit, we shot close to 4000 pictures!

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Chris and Rick were married on September 26 at the breathtakingly gorgeous Bliss Ridge in Moretown, Vt. The couple got ready at Sugarbush Resort’s Clay Brook Hotel and they looked stunning in their matching grey custom Indochino suits. Of course, their hairstylist was good friend and “stylist to the stars” Don O’Connell of O’m Studio in Burlington.

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This was such a tender moment when Rick and Chris exchanged wedding gifts at the hotel. Rick definitely got weepy when Chris gave him a Daniel Wellington watch with the inscription,“Forever 11:11” (11s have played a big part in their relationship). Chris gave Rick a framed picture was the lyrics to Myra Flynn’s “For The Record” – the song Rick proposed to and that they would later that day have Myra playing for them  as they walk down the aisle.

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The whole day was like something out of the movies–from the jaw-dropping mountain vista that served as the backdrop for the ceremony, to Myra Flynn serenading the couple and their guests on a baby grand piano, to the YUMMY food (catered by Misery Loves Company), gorgeous flowers by Emily von Trapp and every playful, joyous detail of the decor. Really, all I can say is, “WOW”!
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The Amazing Myra Flynn
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I love all of these fun and personal signs …
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Chris‘s nephew: The cutest ring bearer ever!
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Guests stroll up from the barn to the ceremony site…
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And Chris and Rick are escorted by their parents…
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When they reach the front, Fashionista Chris adjusts Rick’s bowtie😀
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The grooms’ officients were their two good friends and Fellow Phish enthusiasts, Jason Durant & Garrin Benfield .
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And their sisters shared in the reading of “I Like You”, a children’s book which was Chris’ first gift to Rick while dating.
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Next, Rick and Chris collected stones (and wishes) from all of their guests…
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The VOWS:
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The presentation of the rings:
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You may kiss!!!!!👄
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Presenting… Mr and Mr!!!
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We’re Married!!!
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💜💛❤️💚💙
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It was a Feast for both the eyes and tastebuds…
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How lucky we all were to hear Myra Flynn entertain during the cocktail hour.
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The “unofficial” first dance…
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A BIG group portrait before heading inside the barn for dinner…
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So handsome, and so happy!!
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The “official” First Dance:
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The feeding of the mousse (no cake!)
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Cheers to the grooms!
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Yup, I AGREE!
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What a party! The band, The Real Deal, was awesome, fiends and family danced the night away and all in all, it was an Epic celebration!
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The night ended with sparklers lighting up the night. Let Love Shine!
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Here’s a 10-minute slideshow, looking back at this fabulous and memorable day! The show is in FLASH, so to view it, put down your iPhone and go get on a laptop…


To view all 1500 or so pictures from Chris and Rick’s wedding celebration, please CLICK HERE (but be sure to get the password from the couple or you wont be able to enter the gallery).

Bridget and Karen’s Wedding

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Karen and Bridget are hands down, one of the most lovely and loving couples I have ever had the privilege of photographing.
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Their wedding day was nothing short of EPIC and from the minute I arrived at the venue off a dirt road in Jeffersonville, I knew it was going to be a spectacular day.  Both the old fashioned bicycle at the entrance of  Sterling Ridge resort  and the sweet sleepy dog by the welcome sign, brought a huge smile to my face and it just grew wider by the hour.

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As the saying goes, it’s all in the DETAILS! And there were so many amazing, creative, fun and loving little details. The Tandem Bicycle theme was perfect and so much played off this throughout the event–from the invitations to the wedding cake topper and so much more in between. Most important, it represented perfectly how “in tandem” Bridget and Karen are in life. In fact, that’s what’s inscribed in their wedding bands!!

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The brides both wore white gowns and carried bouquets which highlighted big, happy yellow sunflowers. Their hair and makeup were done by friends and they both looked exquisite from head to toe (Karen in sneakers, and Bridget in flat slippers!)

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The wedding took place by a pond, with the mountains as a backdrop. It couldn’t have been prettier. The bridal procession was like a parade- dozens of friends and family lead the way first down the aisle, and then came Bridget and Karen, each escorted by their parents.

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The ceremony was officiated by a close friend and Love was free flowing from the first reading to the final I DO’s!

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Oh, and lots of laughter, too!

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You may now kiss!

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Introducing Mrs. and Mrs...

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And how about this fun processional from the ceremony site to the reception site!!

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In love and IN TANDEM (on a “bicycle built for two” by Bridget’s Dad!)
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The brides enjoy their first dance as a married couple…
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Cupcakes for all!
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So, now comes the super special 10-minute video slideshow recapping this epic day to a medley including Bridget and Karen’s gorgeous First Dance song, Brandi Carlile‘s “I Belong To You”, and a couple of other surprises. This is pretty special, so go find a laptop or a computer that allows you to see FLASH (I curse Steve Jobs for not allowing that on an iPhone!)


If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Bridget and Karen’s wedding, please click HERE(and don’t forget to ask the Brides for the password, so you can login.)

Finally, A huge shout out goes to the following folks from Bridget and Karen:

Have Your Cake Catering — Nealy, Leah & Co. for the delicious meal and all of the beautiful presentation and place settings!

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Reverend Ben Donovan & the Congregation — the band for providing rocking tunes to dance to!

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Sterling Ridge Resort — for the gorgeous venue & accommodations!

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Stray Cat Flower Farm — for providing the flowers and all of our family and friends that helped create the arrangements and bouquets!

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Connie Coleman Studio — for creating our beautiful rings!

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Smuggler’s Notch Resort — for getting everyone home safe (shuttle) and accommodations

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Meghann & Amanda — our phenomenal bartenders!

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Sabrina & Elise — our awesome hair and make-up stylists, respectively

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Celebration Rentals — for the tent and lights!

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Working Dog Septic — for the pristine “outdoor plumbing”

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AND,  Thanks to my awesome and talented second shooter Ali Johnson for all of her help!

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Jean and Bob’s Wedding

What do you get when you take a gorgeous couple in love, add in a slew of adorable toddlers in tuxedos and party dresses and top it off with a perfect summer day?

Bob and Jean were married on August 29 at The Vermont National County Club in South Burlington and it was nothing short of magical!

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Corralling this energetic bridal party together for a portrait was no small task!
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Both the bride and groom looked gorgeous in their eloquent wedding clothes and I loved Bob’s little flash of ORANGE whimsy along with his formal tux and tails:
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It was so fun making portraits of this love struck couple.
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Many giggles from the crowd watching this bridal procession…
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…And so touching to watch Jean‘s son escort her down the aisle and “give away” the bride!
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SO cute!
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quite the celebratory kiss ❤️
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The whole event was just beautiful, from the flowers to the food to the personal details like pictures of Bob and Jean’s children at the entrance table. Their wedding bible was a gift from Bob‘s aunt, who officiated the ceremony.
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The first dance as husband and wife..

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And a “grandpa boogie” for Bob and his groomsmen!
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A perfect moment for “grandma” Jean and one of her bridesmaids!
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A little fun on the golf course with that magic light before sunset!
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Here’s a fun slideshow recapping Bob and Jean’s beautiful wedding day, timed to the song they shared their first dance together, Ed Sheeran‘s Thinking Out Loud. The slideshow is in FLASH, so you need to watch this on a laptop or computer (Blame Steve Jobs for not allowing it to be viewed on your iPhone!)


If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Bob and Jean’s amazing wedding celebration, please click HERE.
(but it’s password protected so you’ll need to get the password from the bridal couple!)

Congratulations Bob and Jean! I’m so happy for you!!

PS: Thanks to my amazing second shooter, Jennifer Kiewit for all of her help and talent. You rock!!

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Rick and Chris

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Rick and Chris are gearing up for their wedding next month so I recently spent some time with them doing their long awaited engagement portrait session.

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I first blogged about this super sweet couple in March 2014, when Rick proposed to Chris on stage at the Flynn Theater, and I was there to photograph the event. It was all very theatrical and romantic and I knew then the wedding would be nothing short of magical. Next month, on September 26, I will be ready with cameras in hand to document the celebration!

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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Here’s a sweet little slideshow recapping Chris and Rick’s E session. The show is in FLASH so you’ll need to watch it on a laptop (not an iPad or iPhone)…

If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Chris and Rick’s E session, please CLICK HERE (and make sure you get the password from the couple).