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PCC User Conference 2014

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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. ♥♥♥

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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

karen pike photography vermont photographer

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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Deb and Lisa’s Marathon weekend Wedding

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Deb and Lisa came to Vermont so Lisa could run the 26th annual KeyBank Vt City Marathon on May 25th.

Oh, but while they were here, they thought they’d get MARRIED!
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“After being together 14 years, we already feel married, ” Deb told me when we met at Oakledge Park for their intimate ceremony on the rocks near Lake Champlain.
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The wonderful Kathryn Blume officiated and the Burlington skyline was in the distance, almost glowing though the cloudy overcast sky.
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In matching floral blouses, white pants and shiny white spats, the two Pennsylvania women exchanged marriage vows and rings and became officially, and FEDERALLY LEGALLY, wed.
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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
The only guests at the ceremony were a family of geese, who passed by in time to witness the event.
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Wahoo!!!
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Legally married in Both Vermont AND Pennsylvania. Same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania became legal on May 20, 2014.
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After the ceremony, we took some time for portraits, and I was able to show Lisa the part of the marathon route that went through the park along the bike path.
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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
I even made the couple do a “warm up lap” for a picture! Deb said that was about as far as she was willing to run that weekend!
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I was so happy to see both Deb and Lisa along the marathon route on Sunday, so I could also capture that part of their weekend for them in a few pictures. As it turned out, Lisa places THIRD in the master class (over 40?) and even won $300!! Go Lisa!

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If you’d like to see all of Deb and Lisa’s Wedding pictures please click HERE (but you’ll need to get the secret password from the bridal couple to enter the picture gallery!)
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Congratulations to a WINNIG couple!!!

Dawn and Barbie’s wedding

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It was a glorious day and Dawn and Barbie celebrated their 4-year romance by exchanging vows and wedding bands at the Burlington Waterfront.
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The couple came from North Carolina to be legally married in Vermont and Barbie‘s Brother and sister-n-law also drove up to witness the event, bringing with them two very important members of the wedding party–the BRIDESMUTTS! Barbie and Dawn‘s Miniature Yorkie, Chloe, and her canine cousin, Scout, were so cute in their Bridesmutt’s dresses that they completely upstaged the Brides (Sorry, ladies!)

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I met the couple at the Courtyard Marriott for some preliminary pictures and then we headed to the Fishing Pier for some romantic portraits before the ceremony (With Chloe, of course!)

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In the middle of doing portraits, Dawn reached down and picked a 4-leaf clover! Barbie laughed and said that Dawn finds them all of the time! I just loved this! I mean, what a perfect sign from Mother Earth for a couple to receive right before their wedding!

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The wonderful and amazing Reverend Roddy O’Neil Cleary officiated the intimate service, bringing with her an amazing spirit and her Tibetan Singing bowl.

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The rich blend of the prayer bowl’s harmonic tones immediately centered the couple and created a perfect environment for their ceremony.

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Yay, Mommies!

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And with the power vested in Rev. Cleary by the State of Vermont, Dawn and Barbie were declared spouses for Life! And the kissed. Ahhh….
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Let them eat cake! (Especially when it’s a Creme Brûlée Cake made by Mirabelles! Yum!!)
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Here’s To LOVE!!

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If you’d like to see all of Dawn and Barbie’s‘s wedding pictures, please click Here (but you need to get the secret password from the couple!)

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Vt City Marathon 2014!

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What a day!!!! Thank you, RUNVERMONT , for hiring me every year to cover this incredible event for you!

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The weather was perfect, the runners were all inspiring and the crowds did a perfect job of cheering on both their loved ones and total strangers!

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

And, I would be completely remiss if I didn’t mention the hundreds of both staff and volunteers that it takes to pull off a race like this! This group has it DOWW, from the security detail, to the place setters, right down to the kids handing out water and sweeping up trash, it is a well oiled machine that deserves major thanks from us all!!!

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

And with thousands of runners, come thousands of stories. I wish I knew them all, but one that stood out was a Finish Line proposal! So sweet! The couple came from Massacusetts to both run, but they have much more than their medals to show off when they go back home:

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There are always lots of characters to look for in the crowd. My personal favorite was the HOT DOG, but I loved Capt. America and Darth Vader also!

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Of course, there are THE BEST T SHIRTS…

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

And fun signs…

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

But I can’t believe this guy was CHARGING for hugS!! Even parking is free on marathon day!
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And those moments that make you want to both smile and cheer even harder…

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karen pike photography vermont photographerWOW!

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And if you want to see all of the photos from the weekend’s events, please click HERE. No password is needed and all pictures are available for to order (prints or high res downloads).

Also, check out my Karen Pike Photography Facebook page where I posted a gallery of over 150 images.

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A huge Thanks to my motorcycle course escort Erik Freeman, who made the day so easy and so much fun!!!

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Rachael and James’ E session

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Rachel and James are getting married in July and we had a chance to do some engagement portraits last week at my favorite outdoor studio! It was a big weekend for the couple, as Rachael was also graduating from UVM! We had to make due with less time than I normally like, but this couple is so cute and so in love, that is was certainly not difficult to make sweet and loving pictures!

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E sessions are filled with lots of smooches and cuddles! (That’s why it’s so fun!)

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I love James‘ tattoo – kind of “bad ass” and yet, it pays homage to Mother Mary. How beautiful is that!

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James has a playful streak and Rachael is the more shy and reserved of the two, but together, their personalities blend into a perfect union and they balance each other nicely!

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It’s hard to turn down an opportunity to play with a hula hoop! At a nearby picnic, James tests his skills for the first time with a borrowed hoop. He did awesome!

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I’m so looking forward to photographing their wedding this summer. Enjoy these last weeks of planning, James sand Rachael. Your big day is soooo close…

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If you’d like to see all of James and Rachael‘s engagement portraits, please click HERE (but you need to get the secret password from the couple!)

Chastity and Lenore’s Oakledge Park Wedding

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After 15 years together, Chastity and Lenore tied the knot! They came all the way from Jacksonville, Florida to Burlington, Vermont to share their vows and exchange rings and I had the privilege of being there to take their wedding pictures.

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Kathryn Blume, JP extraordinaire, officiated the ceremony at Oakledge Park on Lake Champlain, overlooking the Burlington skyline to the east and the Adirondack Mountains to the west.

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As nearby students sunbathed and swam with their dogs, Chastity and Lenore held hands and vowed to love and support each other all the days of their lives.

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

The couple brought along a bottle of champagne and two plastic glasses (made for them by their niece) to toast their nuptials. The wedding cake was delivered to them at the park from Bright Eyes Bakery and it looked as yummy as it tasted (though I only got to sample the frosting!)

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The wet weather held off just long enough for the ceremony and a little time for portraits, but soon the raindrops began so the newly married couple took their double chocolate cake and champagne and headed off to a celebration dinner at EB Strong’s Steak House on Church Street.

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Congratulations, Chastity and Lenore!!! And may the state of Florida some day soon recognize your beautiful and FEDERALLY LEGAL marriage!!!

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To see all of Chastity and Lenore’s wedding pictures, please click HERE (and make sure you get the password from the couple to enter the gallery)!

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A very THEATRICAL proposal

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It was magical, lyrical and heartfelt and if this were really a theatrical performance, below would be the Playbill Cover:

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Rick had set the scene for his big proposal to Chris, who he met and subsequently fell in love with two years ago while both involved with Lyric Theatre’s “Titanic.

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Yup. At 10:30 Friday night, just as Lyric Theatre crew members were wrapping up initial light checks for their upcoming musical, Les Miserables, another- more intimate- show was just about to begin.

The audience was ready, the cameras were set, the stage was miked and Myra Flynn was waiting for her cue.

Right on schedule, Chris showed up to meet Rick, unaware of what waited for him inside. He was immediate whisked on stage and into the spotlight. Rick welcomed him and told him he loved him.

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Then Myra Flynn entered stage left. Her keyboard was ready and Chris was shocked. Rick told him that he wanted to do something special for their anniversary, so Myra was there to perform for them their “song”, her original ballad, “For The Record”, off her album of the same name.

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They Danced. She sang.

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Rick proposed.

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Chris said YES.

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Everyone cheered!
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AND, if that just isn’t enough LOVE for you, watch this slideshow, synced to Myra Flynn’s gorgeous song:

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I can’t wait for the wedding!!!

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Rick and Chris’s VERY THEATRICAL PROPOSAL, please click HERE (password needed)

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Dennis and Mike’s New Year’s Day wedding

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Dennis and Mike called me on the morning of December 31 and asked me if I was free the following afternoon, New Year’s Day, to photograph their wedding– a celebration that they decided on, choreographed and executed in less than a week.

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I first met the couple last summer, where they were guests at another wedding I photographed. They were already talking then about “when they get married…” so I wasn’t surprised to get the call. I was amused, though, that they chose to jump in and start the year off by share their vows, with only days to plan the event. Dennis said that he wanted to make sure that Mike would always remember their anniversary date!

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The wedding was held at the Williston Federated Church and was attended by about a dozen close friends and Mike’s two sons.
The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Joan Newton O’Gorman.

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After the lovely 15-minute service, guests toasted the new couple with Sparkling cider and ate yummy Red Velvet cupcakes from Burlington’s My Little Cupcake.

Here’s a 4-minute slideshow, recapping Mike and Dennis‘s smile-filled, love-filled day with family and friends. The soundtrack is one of favorite Billy Joel songs, “You’re My Home,” and the lyrics are perfect for this beautiful couple. (This slideshow is in FLASH, so you may need to switch from your iPad to a laptop in order to watch it):

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Happy New Year and Congratulations, Mike and Dennis– May you always feed each other’s souls!

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If you’d like to see all of Mike and Dennis’s wedding pictures, please click HERE (and have the password from the couple to enter the gallery)