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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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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).

Whitney an Ryan Get Married!

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Whitney and Ryan were married last month in Portland, Oregon, and I was thrilled to be asked to fly out from Vermont and photograph this celebration. The bride’s mother (Mimi) is a dear old friend and I had already shot the wedding of her oldest daughter, Helen, in 2009. When Mimi told me that Whitney was going to “Jump The Broom” with Ryan, I couldn’t wait to document the big event.

I love this picture of Mimi and Mimi’s mother, Mops, looking at Whitney after getting into her wedding dress:

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Whitney looked like a princess in her gown and floor length veil. And Ryan was equally gorgeous in his 3-piece grey suit and the purple checked tie!

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The couple’s FIRST LOOK at each other took place near their apartment at Laurelhurst Park.

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And as lovely as the surroundings were, it paled in comparison to Whitney and Ryan’s love-soaked and happy faces when they held each other!

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Now, this is LOVE!

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and BEAUTY!

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We made one last stop before heading to the wedding venue to show off both the couple AND city of Portland!

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The wedding was being held downtown at the Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom. We did all of the family and bridal party portraits right nearby at Pioneer Courthouse Square, affectionately known as Portland’s living room, and home of the iconic bronze Umbrella Man statue named “ALLOW ME” (Thanks, Mimi, for educating me about this!)

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How Fun!

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Now, onto the wedding!

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It just doesn’t get prettier than this! Proud Dad (Peter) walks his little girl down the aisle…

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The ceremony was officiated by Ryan’s Grandmother. So sweet!

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You may now kiss!

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Wahoo!! An exuberant MARRIED couple leads the recessional…

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Presenting Mr. and Mrs….

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Whitney and Ryan take the floor for their first dance..

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OK, dad’s turn…

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And a very tender moment as Ryan dances with his mother’s best friend. His mom is no longer living, but her loving presence in the room was honored with a long stem white rose, which was placed on a front row seat during the ceremony.

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I love the origins of the wedding cake ritual. In medieval England, if a bride tasted the cake before the wedding, it meant the loss of the husband’s love, while a piece of cake after the ceremony ensured his fidelity! HAHA!
Furthermore, every guest must eat a small piece to ensure that the happy couple are blessed with children. BON APETITE, EVERYONE!

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I had never seen this before… The Shoe Game. The bride and Groom sat back to back, each holding one of their own shoes and one of their new spouse’s shoes. the DJ asked a series of questions, and the couple then raised the correct shoe of who they each thought fit the answers best. Of course, it turned into a hilarious he-said, she-said kind of thing. VERY FUN!

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What could be more fun than a CANDY TABLE, all purple of course, to match the color scheme of the wedding!

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And it isn’t really a party until there’s a rumba line!

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Lots of dancing and lots of kissing. I love weddings!

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The party ends with Whitney and Ryan exiting through a tunnel of love…

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This amazing celebration began on Friday evening with a super fun rehearsal dinner at a local park. Family and out-of-town guests gathered for great food and loads of laughter and there were so many nice pictures from the night that I had to create a slideshow just for that event! Take a look-or go right to the wedding slideshow, but note that both slideshows are in FLASH so you must watch it on a laptop as it’s not viewable to an IPHONE or IPAD (Thanks alot, Steve Jobs!)

REHEARSAL DINNER:

THE WEDDING slideshow is the largest I ever made-aout 12 minutes and over 200 images! I honestly couldn’t edit it down to less than that because the night was filled with so many extraordinary moments!
But I urge you to watch it, so sit back and relax and enjoy the show!

If you’d like to see all 1600 of Whitney and Ryan’s Wedding weekend pictures, please click HERE (and make sure to get the secret password from the bridal couple)

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Bob and Jean

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Soulmates are people who bring out the best in each other. They are not perfect but are perfect for each other.

That’s Bob and Jean.
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Bob and Jean have found love a second time around. And I mean L-O-V-E, big time LOVE.

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This is not a love that came easy.

This is a love that came after a lot of hardship and sadness,
after battling health and suffering loss,
after working through many difficult years.

But Then,
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Bob and Jean

found

each

other.
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And the magic began.

Jean is the Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont (and the author of The EatingWell Diet: Introducing the VTrim Weight-Loss Program.)
Bob is an Army and Air Guard veteran and an information technologies specialist.

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What do they have in common? Well, LOVE, for one thing!

Oh, and they both adore coffee! See the his and hers machines below in their kitchen?
☕️☕️

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And their first date? It was at Muddy Waters on Main Street.

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Here’s a great little slideshow highlighting my afternoon with Bob and Jean, and when you watch it, you can actually see their love story “brew” like a good cup of French Roast! (The slideshow is in FLASH, so get off your iPhone and quickly go find a laptop to view the show!)


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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Bob and Jean’s Engagement session, please follow this link (but you’ll need the secret password from the couple to get into the gallery).

Congratulations, Bob and Jean. I cant wait for the wedding!
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Bridget and Karen are Getting Married!

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Bridget and Karen are getting married in September! SO, I spent time with them recently to do an Engagement portrait session and get to know them a little better.

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They are definitely in the running for the CUTEST COUPLE OF THE YEAR. And, honestly, I’m not sure who has the better smile, because they are both killer!

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And, as if they could be any cuter, along comes their dog, “Lucky”, a rescue with a checkered past and a neurological disorder that makes it difficult for him to hold his head up and walk straight. But, really, who needs a straight dog, anyway!?

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Lucky is adorable, and fits in perfectly with this beautiful and loving couple! And I felt LUCKY just to spend the afternoon with them all!

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There is no doubt that Karen and Bridget‘s wedding will be full of love and I can’t wait to document their day for them.

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Here’s a fun slideshow recapping Karen and Bridget‘s Engagement session, guest starring “Lucky The Dog”. The music track starts with one of my faves by Sara Bareilles (I choose You) and, in celebration of the recent SCOTUS ruling in favor of Marriage Equality, it ends with “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups.
(Sorry, but it’s in FLASH so you need to view it on a laptop, not your IPHONE or IPAD)

If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Karen and Bridget‘s Engagement session, please follow this link (but you’ll need the secret password from the couple to get into the gallery).

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SEE YOU AT THE WEDDING!

Kendall’s Bat Mitzvah

TITLE SLIDE

To KENDALL on the eve of her Bat Mitzvah (one of my NEICES who I love to pieces)…

FINAL SLIDE
Congratulations!!!
Love,
Aunt Karen

Protected: Kendal and CJ

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Kate & Bobby’s New Year’s weekend wedding

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Bobby and Kate were married two days after the start of 2015. It was a lovely and memorable celebration, though a bit CHILLY.

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I had done some portrait work for Bobby’s dad (Bob Sr), so I was thrilled to be the photographer for this intimate family event. It started with everyone getting ready at the Burlington Hilton:

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Such a sweet image of father and son…

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While Bobby lives in Vermont, he has, as Billy Joel once sung, that “New York State of Mind.” Bobby’s brothers and grandmother also traveled from N.Y. to Burlington to see him exchange wedding vows with Kate.

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Purple was the color of the day (Kate‘s favorite):

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Though Bob Sr. forgot his purple socks at home! Oops!

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Over in Kates‘ hotel room, the color continued to inspire the dress code…

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Kate’s other accessories included her grandmother’s bracelet (something old) and her mother’s rosary (something borrowed):

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Here Comes The Bride…

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And looking like a princess!

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Of course, you can never have too many moms!

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Kate‘s Dad walked her down the aisle and her dear friend officiated the ceremony, which was held at The Ice House Restaurant on Battery Street.

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It was 15 minutes of love and joy and some sweet and funny moments…

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Bob Sr. took no chances with the video portion of the ceremony coverage. He used both the handheld method as well as a secondary camera-on-tripod!

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Wahoo! By the power vested by the State of Vermont, Kate and Bobby are declared married!

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After the ceremony, the couple wanted portraits on the pier at the Burlington waterfront. My fingers were completely freezing after only a few minutes, but Kate happily took off her coat to pose with her new husband!

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It was sooooo cold!

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Boy, these Canadian women sure are hardy!

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Back inside the warmth of the Ice House, I let my fingers defrost and Kate and Bobby celebrated with their family…

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A picture with the cake…

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…and the cutest ever cake topper! (Bobby is a cycling enthusiast)

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Clink the glasses, kiss the bride!

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We ended with a quick trip up to Church Street to capture that twinkly holiday feeling- and then it started snowing! Ah, the magic of love!!!

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Congratulations, Bobby and Kate, and have an extraordinary 2015!!!!
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If you’d like to see all of Kate and Bobby’s wedding day pictures, you’ll need to get the secret password from the couple, and then you can follow this LINK TO THEIR FULL PHOTO GALLERY.

2014: A Look Back

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A summer of weddings,

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And dogs wearing bow ties.

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Secret proposals,

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And babies with bright eyes.

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family portraits,

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And mountains galore.

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These are a few of the things I adore.

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Blue Cross events

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Dragon Boat Festival 2014

and Marathon week.

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Vt City Marathon 2014

The PCC conference

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Physician’s Computer Company
2014 Conference

And VBR Speak(ers).

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Vt Business Roundtable
Executive Leadership Breakfastt

My corporate assignments are too vast to measure,

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New England Dairy Board

So many great clients that bring me such pleasure.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont/ 2014 wellness campaign

Non profit functions where I volunteer,

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Humane Society of Chittenden County
Walk For The Animals

Such worthy causes that all make me cheer.

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American Heart Association’s
Go Red For Women

Kids making FASHION,

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The ONE Fashion Event

And a big EMPTY BOWL.

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Spectrum Family Services: Empty Bowl Dinner

These are the things that do feed my soul.

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Boys and Girls Club of Burlington

So thank you to all who made work so rewarding,

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Rosie’s Girls
Vermont Works For Women

Too many to name but you keep my heart soaring.

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(Clockwise, L-R) BCBSVT; Ladies First/Vt.Dept of Health; PATH/VEHI; Babson College/WIN; Synergy Fitness; UVM Medical Center/Employee Wellness; Vt. Theater Community

I enter the new year renewed and refreshed

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Vt. Dept of Health/ WIC

And ready to tackle all photo requests!

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Photo by Rob Swanson
(Marathon 2014)

Happy 2015 to all-
(if you need some photography, please give me a call!)

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My dogs: Greta, Sadie and Winnie

John and Julie’s Post-Christmas wedding

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Julie and John extended the holiday spirit with a “Day-After-Christmas” wedding in Grand Isle. It was an intimate celebration; just immediate family, and with Julie‘s brother officiating the short and sweet ceremony.

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The couple got ready at the house John is building for them. Though the structure is completed, the interior still looked like a construction zone.

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Their home-to-be was easily made festive for the occassion with the addition of a Christmas tree, a few ornaments and decorations– and some beverages to drink while getting ready! The parents were all on-hand also to help John and Julie prepare.

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Fun portraits in front of the tree…

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Then off to friends’s barn for the ceremony.

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This was no ordinary barn, though, but more like a carriage house. It included a spiral staircase up to a loft and lookout tower, and a vintage red Beetle parked just inside the entrance. It looked magical under the night sky and the glow of a crescent moon.

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The ceremony lasted less than five minutes.

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John read to Julie.

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Julie read to John.

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And then they kissed.

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Oh, and then they did a Happy Dance!

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Congratulations, John and Julie! May you always celebrate the holidays with memories of your beautiful wedding!

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PS: I love your dad’s Photo Bomb!!!

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Jason and Larissa Get Engaged

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Jason is British and lives outside of Boston. Larissa is Canadian and lives in Ottawa. And this multi-national couple chose Burlington, Vermont to become Officially engaged to marry.

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Jason contacted me about two weeks earlier, and told me that he was planning to propose to Larissa on December 14, when they were to meet in Burlington for the weekend. He explained that Vermont had become special to them both, as it is about half way between their two homes and their most frequent rendezvous spot since becoming a couple about a year ago.

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And while Larissa had already picked out a ring with Jason and it was being made, Jason decided to surprise his bride-to-be with the Dec 14 proposal and a “promise ring” and then further surprise her with a party back in Ottawa on the following night. In Jason’s words, he thought the proposal might be the only part of the wedding that he’d be allowed to plan, so he wanted it to be fun and special.

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The waterfront was Jason’s preferred location for the big event and since unpredictable winter weather needed to be factored into the plan, I suggested to him to do the actual “proposal” inside ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and then we could continue the photo session outside on the boardwalk.

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The pressure was on Jason to get Larissa to visit the science center. Once there, I would follow them at a distance until Jason was ready to make his move. After the couple arrived, however, Jason was so nervous that he just discreetly took the “promise ring” from his pocket and practically whispered the proposal to Larissa. I barely saw it happen, as the couple was turned away from me, facing a large picture window!

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After making some pictures from a distance, I approached the couple and gave Larissa quite a surprise. We had a great time working our way around the museum taking pictures, including some really fun portraits inside the Exhibit: Coffee: The World in Your Cup. As it turns out, the couple spends a great deal of time visiting coffee shops and cafes together.

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The temperature was fairly mild that Sunday morning, so I was able to make additional portraits of Jason and Larissa along the Burlington waterfront. We ended the Engagement session at their favorite breakfast spot, Penny Cluse.

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The following slideshow is set to Basia Bulat‘s The Shore, a favorite song of Jason and Lariissa.


Congratulations, Jason and Larissa! Have a great time planning your wedding!

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