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Marla and Deshawn’s wedding

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Marla and Deshawn were married October 8 and as Marla‘s sister Sarah said, the couple looked like they had just stepped off of a cloud!
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Marla was gorgeous in a short white dress, silver sequin pumps and a sparkly tiara that was fit for a princess. She carried a bouquet of pink roses and white calla lilies that completed her storybook appearance. DeShawn rocked a Pink Paisley tuxedo jacket and pale pink pants and finished off the look with white patent leather shoes and a white fedora. They were a stunning and striking couple and turned many heads while we were in Battery Park for their portrait session prior to the wedding ceremony.karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

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The weekend actually started on Saturday, when the bride-to-be led her last yoga class before becoming MRS. MARLA THOMAS. Her bridesmaids and fellow yogis were onboard as TEAM BRIDE to start celebrating the coming event!

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Marla is the owner of Queen City Bikram yoga studio in South Burlington and I
have been her student for about a year and a half. Marla is larger than life and her love of yoga is almost as great as her love for DeShawn! I can’t begin to describe how beautiful this person is — “bones to skin” and how honored I was to be photographing her wedding!

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At Marla and Deshawn’s home the following morning, it was a buzz of excitement as family spread out to get ready- the talented Heather Leibenguth from O’Briens Salon Essex was onhand doing hair and makeup!

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The portrait session was chaotic but so fun. Both Marla and Deshawn have close and loving families, strong sibling bonds and very special friends. The love was flowing!!

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In the courtyard of the Hilton Burlington, Marla and Deshawn exchanged vows in front of over 200 friends and family members. Sister Sarah became “ordained” for the day so that she could officiate at the ceremony and Marla‘s other sister, Gina, was her maid of honor.
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My heart sings when I see a teary groom…
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Before the couple exchanged rings, Deshawn presented Marla‘s daughter Nica with a gold bracelet and asked her if she would accept him into her family. She gave an enthusiastic YES! Deshawn‘s children, Rianna and Caiden, also accepted Marla into their family! The love fest continued.

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With the ceremony finished, it was time to start the party… and was it ever a party!
The Hilton ballroom was transformed into a pink and white wonderland and Musician and DJ extraordinaire Craig Mitchell was in charge all night. He kept the dance floor busy and he killed it with his Prince impression (Mitchell’s Prince Tribute Band, “Operation Price” is AMAZING!)

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

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I shot this wedding with my dear friend and “second shooter” Jude Domski and together we took about 5000 pictures. After much painful editing, I ended up with just under 1500 images and if you’d like to see them all (or any portion of them) please follow this link and get the password from either Marla or Deshawn!

Marla and Deshawn, thank you for trusting me with your wedding day! I am so moved that I could bare witness to your love and document your celebration. I am deeply happy for you both! xokaren pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

your photo staff:

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Karen Pike

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Jude Domski

Marla and DeShawn’s E Session

Marla and DeShawn are gearing up to their October wedding and I recently did their engagement session down at Oakledge Park (otherwise known as my “outdoor studio”).

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The couple showed up in outfits that were unique unto themselves– Marla looking gorgeous in her summer party dress and DeShawn so damn cute in his cap, Flannel shirt and jeans. Yet, as different as their outfits were, they looked perfect together!

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Of course, sweet Nica also came along and though my attention was mostly on the loving couple, each time I turned around, there was Nica, ready for her “closeup”…a model in the making, for sure.

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We braved the pre storm winds as we walked along the water, there were lots of jokes and silliness, and Marla was her usual theatrical self.   DeShawn was a great sport about the whole thing, though I’m sure that there are many places he’d have rather been at the end of a long day…

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Still, by the way DeShawn and Marla looked at each other, it was obvious to everyone in the park just how much love they feel for each other.
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And Nica, who is beyond excited about the wedding, is pushing the idea of doing cartwheels down the aisle! Yes, she is her mother’s daughter!

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Here’s a video slideshow recapping Marla’s and DeShawn’s Engagement session, set to an Alison Krause tune that seemed appropriate for this beautiful family. Nica steals the show, of course, but all three of them make for some truly lovely moments….

 

Congratulations, Marla and DeShawn. I love you and I’m so looking forward to photographing the wedding!! xo

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from the portrait session, you’ll need to get the password from the couple, and then you can click HERE

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2016 In review

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I have heard from many people that this was a hard year, but I beg to differ! I loved 2016 and I’d like to thank all of my amazing clients (and friends!) for helping to make this year so memorable…I’ll take one minute to gush about being named as the Seven Daysie’s Best Photographer so thank you to everyone who honored me with your vote. It feels really good to know my work is appreciated!

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This is that time of year that I get to post some of my favorite pictures and recognize some phenomenal companies and organizations that I work with. I have definitely shot some awesome events, starting with longtime client BCBSVT
From their yearly ad shoots to all of the amazing events they sponsor, I am definitely kept on my toes..

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My favorite event of the year…
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Another organization I just adore working with is the Vermont Education Health Initiative, a nonprofit health insurance trust for Vermont school employees. This year, they highlighted 30 wellness superstars from around the state and I got to travel to all corners of Vermont to do mini photo stories of the winners for the VEHI website.

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I also document VEHI’s many health programs, culminating with the annual summer wellness institute- like summer camp for teachers and school support staff!

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On the “Health” front, I continue to do the photography for the Vermont Health Dept and this year, we are starting to do some major website redesigns (not unveiled yet!) and new brochures and rack cards. I love all of the final results, including this new campaign for the division for the blind and visually impaired:
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I have new clients this year and have loved building these new relationships. Myfavorite new ad campaign this year has to be Danform Shoes!
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Each year, I do the portraiture for the incoming class of the Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL). The center promotes a
diverse range of entrepreneurial leaders and encourages these young women to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society. I’m IN!!!
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I also continue my work with the New England Dairy Council and one of my fave events to shoot is Breakfast on the Farm, which highlights the best of Vermont’s dairy farms…
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There are so many non profits and charitable orgs. that I work with and they all do noble and necessary work to make Vermont a better place to live. Spectrum Vt, Vt Pride and Comcast Cares Day are the three I highlight below, but they are SO MANY more so please excuse me for not having room to pay homage to all!
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On a very personal level, my absolute new favorite client is Queen City Bikram Yoga Studio. Marla Ceppetelli and her teaching staff have not just turned me into a Bikram enthusiast, I have come to believe that practicing these 26 postures each day, in their glorious 105 degree hot room, makes me feel happier and healthier than I ever have. That said, every picture I shoot for them is straight from the heart!

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Queen City Bikram

Beyond the corporate and business world, the studio is booming and I am busy with portraits all year. I’ve culled some of my favorites together, but I love way too many to post here…
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Of course, it goes without saying that I LOVE MY BRIDAL COUPLES!! Here’s a look back at these beautiful couples and my favorite proposal:
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I never know what to do with those pictures that I take headed to or from an actual job, so I’ve started a greeting card line I call “MY VERMONT” and it seems to be a good outlet. These are this year’s faves:

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While I love Vermont, sometimes, you just need to travel elsewhere. This summer, my wife and I visited Paris and then drove to Normandy. It was a truly magical experience (producing hundreds of images and I cant run this blog post without including some pictures that I adore:
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Sometimes, I miss my old newspaper photojournalist hat, so when there’s an interesting rally or news event, I can often be found there. Trump’s visit to Burlington was too tempting to stay away and I’m glad I went. It was quite the scene and generated a huge discussion on social media, especially the image of the man in a KKK hood..
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After the Orlando shooting, the Pride Center held a vigil and our beloved Bernie Sanders came to pay his respects..Karen Pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait photographer Vermont photographer

I am always asked what is my favorite picture and my answer is always the same…
It’s the one I will take tomorrow.

Peace and Love to you all in 2017.

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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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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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

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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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

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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