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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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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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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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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).