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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)

Journey On: My New Year’s Eve Photo Booth!

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

Gillian and Karen usher in the new year!

Each New Years Eve, friends gather at our home for food, fun and my annual FOTO BOOTH. It is always like a big arts and crafts project, trying to come up with something new and different. This year, I decided to pay homage to the “journey”…

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The most fun was creating bumper stickers to represent some of the highlights from 2013 for our group:
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I’m already thinking about what the photo booth will be next year, but here are some of my faves from this year’s party:

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Peace on, sister!


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Road Rage!

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

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AND MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SEQUENCE FROM THE NIGHT:

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Was it Good for you?

Happy New Year and may you all enjoy the JOURNEY! xoxo

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Happy Holidays to all

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

Greta, Winnie and Sadie in their holiday best!

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Santa visits hospital

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Is it possible to walk by Santa arriving at the hospital by Fire truck and NOT TAKE PICTURES?? Of course not!

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I was at FAHC yesterday working on a photo project for their wellness campaign, when all of a sudden I heard fire truck sirens and a lot of activity brewing in the main lobby. Being the forever curious photojournalist, I went to see what was happening and learned that Santa Clause was making a visit to the hospital to drop off hundreds of toys to the pediatric patients who can’t be home for Christmas this year. He was assisted by some friendly elves and a few dozen members of the Vermont State Police, area firefighters and other Chittenden county police officers.

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It is hard not to believe in the miracles of the season when you see Santa plowing through the revolving doors of a hospital to the delight and enthusiasm of awaiting pediatric patients.

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For this brief moment in time, these kids forgot that they were tethered to IVs and so weak that they couldn’t get out of their wheel chairs. All they cared about was seeing Santa and hearing from him about how things were going back at the North Pole.

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

And, really, do you ever get too old to feel that joy at seeing Father Clause? I think not.

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Happy Holidays, Santa. And THANK YOU for keeping the magic alive at FAHC yesterday. I believe.

Emma L’s Bat Mitzvah

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

Emma is the third Lieberman B’nai Mitzvah I have photographed over the past decade and I cannot get over how beautiful and bright and talented she has become. I was practically in tears as she chanted her Torah portion on the day of her portrait session. I mean, Emma was just a peanut when I first met her at her brother Andrew’s Bar Mitzvah and now, before me, stood this lovely 13-year-old girl who appeared ready to take on the world!

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Of course, she is still the “baby sister” to her big brothers and I loved watching the three kids–and her parents– all goof around and laugh together. Mitch and Bethany definitely both know how to play and have fun, and the “apples”, as they say, don’t fall far from the tree!

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Check out the socks on the guys…

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The evening reception was held at the Barn at Lang Farm in Essex and catered by the A-MA-ZING Cloud 9 Caterers. The decor was gorgeous, the food was mouth watering.

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I loved all of the little details, and especially the desert table, which included cake pops and mini cupcakes, cotton candy, single serving bottles of milk (with straws!) and a never-ending supply of color coordinated and specially monogrammed m&m’s. YUM!

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And what’s a party without a photo booth? So, Green Mountain PhotoBooth was set up to capture the fun! The props, I should add, were supplied by Bethany and it was the best variety of novelty props I’ve ever seen!

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karen pike photography vermont photographer

There were many special moments throughout the night, but certainly one of the highlights was the dancing of the HORA and lifting the Bat Mitzvah up in a chair while family and friends cheered her on.

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DJ Mike from Supersounds kept the party fun and festive all night with great music, limbo and favorite games like “Coke-Pepsi” and Musical Chairs…

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GANGNAM STYLE

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GO, EMMA!

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Below is a slideshow of 100 images that recaps Emma’s Bat Mitzvah day, with a fun musical mashup of Cat Stevens and Avril Lavigne to accompany the pictures. The show is in FLASH, so if you’re reading this blog post on an iPad or iPhone, you’ll need to switch over to a laptop to view the slideshow (sorry, but blame Steve Jobs and APPLE!)

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Emma’s awesome celebration, just follow this LINK (and get the password from the family).

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Your Party Pros…

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Andrea and Kerry’s wedding

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Ohio couple Kerry and Andrea were married this month at the Courtyard Marriott and it was a destination event for them and their 40 guests.

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I met Andrea and Kerry exactly one year earlier, when they were in Vermont to scout their wedding and set up all of the details for their celebration. Then, it was back to Michigan for the long tax season (Andrea is an accountant!)

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So, I was excited to see them both again and witness how all of their planning had come together. Of course, everything was perfect!

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From their gorgeous ketuba to all of the Fall decorations and details, the couple put so much of themselves into the event and it definitely showed.

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

One really nice touch was that the canopy for the wedding Chuppah (like an arch) incorporated the talit (Jewish prayer shawls) belonging to Andrea’s grandfathers. Very cool!

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The “Jew-ISH” ceremony (as Andreea called it) was officiated by the wonderful JP Kathryn Blume and included traditional hebrew blessings and breaking the glass at the the conclusion of the service.

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

so sweet…

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There was one unexpected turn for Andrea, when her mother’s health declined and she was unable to attend the wedding. So, the couple did the next best thing: they skyped the wedding ceremony and most of the reception from an IPAD and Andrea’s mom was able to “attend” via satellite from her hospital room!

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Guests, throughout the day, visited with Andrea’s mother on the iPad and I know how happy it made the family, and especially the couple, that they could still share their celebration with her. It really made me smile! I especially loved watching Andrea’s father most of the day as he carried around the iPad like his date!

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Enjoy this 4- minute look back at Andrea and Kerry’s wonderful day:
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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Kerry and Andrea’s wedding, please CLICK HERE (but you’ll need to get the secret password from the family!

Mazel Tov to the very happy couple!!!!!

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Chris and Christine are engaged!

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Chris and Christine are getting married next July and I recently took them and their sweet little dog to Clifford Pond in Starksboro for an an engagement session.

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Clifford Pond is a magical place and a perfect location to do romantic portraits. I love bringing couples there for the first time and I always hope that they will find it as special as I do. So, on this perfect Fall afternoon, I encouraged Chris and Christine to bring along a blanket, some wine and cheese and just to breath in the beauty of their surroundings.

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And they did.

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And their dog was very grateful to be there, too!

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I’m really looking forward to photographing Chris and Christine’s wedding next summer in Jay Peak, another gorgeous location that just adds to their magic!

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I hope you enjoy this slideshow recapping the gorgeous afternoon at Clifford Pond….

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If you’d like o see all of the pictures from Chris and Christine’s E session, please click HERE (but you’ll need to get the password from the couple).

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Anne and Wilma’s Creek-side wedding

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Since the momentous June 26, 2013 ruling in the Windsor v. United States and the first step in ending the days of the Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA), I have photographed dozens of same sex couples coming to Vermont to be legally married. It’s been a joy and an honor to witness all of these loving unions and Anne and Wilma’s wedding was no exception.

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The Ohio-based couple has been together for 18 years, and because Wilma is originally from Holland, she has struggled with the Federal government over her VISA rights for the length of their relationship. Since she was never before allowed to marry her sweetheart, she has had to return to Holland every two years and remain there for weeks or months, before re-entering the United States. And, of course, there was always the fear that her work visa would not be enough to allow her back to the country! Can you even imagine?

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So, while Anne and Wilma will return to Ohio and nothing may change for them regarding their state rights, they NOW will be recognized as married on a Federal level and Wilma can apply for a new married visa!!! I’m so excited for them, I could bust!

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The ceremony took place at one of my favorite “venues”– the creek and covered bridge on Roscoe Road in Charlotte, near the home of Justice-of-the-Peace-Extraordinaire Kathryn Blume.

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Instead of traditional diamond rings, the simple “bling free” couple had their gold rings made in diamond-shape!

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It was a lovely morning with Anne and Wilma and I always love working with Kathryn. I’ll be blogging about another of our “Demise of DOMA” Creekside wedding ceremonies in the coming days so check back.
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If you’d like to see all of the images from Anne and Wilma‘s intimate Creek-side wedding, just click HERE (but you’ll need to get the password from the couple)

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Jenn and Abby

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
Yup, they are definitely a contender for the cutest couple on earth!

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Jenn and Abby came to Vermont a couple of weeks ago for an intimate and private wedding- not even their trigger-happy photographer was invited! But I did spend a couple of hours with them the day before the ceremony doing an oh-so-fun engagement session!

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It was, yet again, one of those picture perfect Fall days and the colors were popping. I had just been to a couple of my favorite spots around Shelburne that weekend with Kelsey and Jevin, so I knew how pretty it was looking. It made sense to revisit these picture-perfect places and see how differently they would appear to me with this new couple’s energy.

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AS I knew it would, each old location took on new energy with Jenn and Abby‘s personalities and their love for each other. We started in Shelburne over by the All Souls Interfaith Gathering, then worked our way to Shelburne Orchards, and ended up on the beach at Shelburne Farms. I mean, why try and improve on a perfect recipe!

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It was so much fun and I loved learning about Jenn and Abby‘s life together in Florida and their hopes and dreams for the future.

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And, while we picked and ate apples (and cider donuts, of course!) they relayed to me the story of Abby’s proposal to Jenn and the YouTube video of that proposal that I couldnt wait to watch…

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As if they could get ANY CUTER by showing me this video…

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OMG. They DID get even cuter!

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It is the SWEETEST proposal I have ever seen!

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Abby, who works at a small private college, orchestrated a whole phony concert with some very talented students, had them sing all of Jenn‘s favorite songs, filled the entire auditorium with a fake audience and THEN, at the end, of the concert, a video played on stage.
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Don’t worry. I’m going to show you that video. I’m just insuring that you look at all of my pictures first!

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And, the event was also videotaped, so you’ll see Jenn‘s reaction at the end of the proposal.

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OK, if you are now here, then you’ve definitely earned the right to see this (I may have cried!).

Congratulations, Jenn and Abby!! Come back and visit!!

If you’d like to see all of Jenn and Abby’s E session pictures (and you’ll need to get the password from them!), just follow this link

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