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Meesh and Jill’s E session

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This is a love story:
Girl meets Girl.๐Ÿ‘ญ
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Girl has a creemee with girl.๐Ÿฆ
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Girl falls in love with Girl. โค
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Girl gets engaged to girl.๐Ÿ’
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Girls have a way fun engagement portrait session ๐Ÿ“ท and prepare for the wedding in 2 weeks!!๐Ÿ’’
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No time for small talk. Just enjoy the video slideshow (in FLASH, however, so you can’t watch on your iPad or iPhone :cry: :

Girls make a home with (3) cats! ๐Ÿ˜ธ ๐Ÿ˜ผ ๐Ÿ˜ป
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The family is on their way to living happily ever after…๐Ÿ’‘ ๐Ÿ˜ธ ๐Ÿ˜ผ ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿก
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Come back next month to see Meesh and Jill’s Wedding pictures!๐Ÿ“ท

And maybe in a few years… ๐Ÿšผ???

If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Meesh and Jill’s Engagement session, please click HERE (and get the secret WORD from the couple so you can enter that password-protected gallery!) ๐Ÿ˜€

Christy and Sadie’s E Session

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The first time I photographed Christy and Sadie as a couple was in 2010 when I asked them to help me practice some new posing techniques. I posted one of the portraits on my website in the “Engagement” section and it started an avalanche of questions from the couples’ families and friends regarding their apparent secret wedding plans! Oops!

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So, it is with great joy that I am posting their true, honest-to-goodness Engagement portraits here on my blog and am looking forward to photographing their wedding at the end of the month.

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This is a beautiful couple- inside and out- and I believe they really are made for each other. I have loved watching them grow together over the years and know they will have a wonderful life as Mrs. and Mrs…

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Both Sadie and Christy work at FAHC, are active and love to hike and bike and run, and they are VERY competitive with each other (in a fun way!)

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Private and Down-to-earth, Christy and Sadie aren’t big on PDA or lots of drama and I got a kick out of their response to the FREE HUGS lady at the Burlington Farmers Market during our picture session (both Christy and Sadie passed on the offer!)

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They were much more comfortable on a beach all alone, where they were free to express their love and tenderness toward each other.

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Here’s a fun and (dare I say “Sexy”) slideshow from the couple’s E session a few weeks ago:

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Sadie and Christy‘s E session, just click HERE, and make sure that you have the secret password from the couple to enter the private gallery.

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Erin and April’s Waitsfield Wedding

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Erin and April’s celebration of Marriage was PERFECT!!! A wedding day just doesn’t get any better than this, from the bluebird sky to the fabulous venue and catering (The Inn at The Round Barn in Waitsfield) to an awesome band (The Grift) and then 150 friends and family members overflowing with love for this fabulous couple!

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April and Erin both looked gorgeous and their smiles were infectious!

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Their bridal outfits were beautiful and complimented each other perfectly.

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Erin‘s hair was AMAZING (done by her friend from Germany, Denise Bredtmann)!

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And Their flowers, by Blue Toad Florist, were just big bouquets of HAPPY. I loved them!

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There couldn’t be a prettier setting for a wedding ceremony…

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It was a joyful service, about 25 minutes, and officiated by Dot Brauer, director of LGBTQ at University of Vermont.

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Wahoo! Mrs. and Mrs….(Oh, how I do love the State of Vermont!)

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This wedding reception was all about the details. Every little thing was so personal, from the mason jars filled with Erin’s favorite non-alcoholic drink (A yummy cranberry Spritzer) to corn hole, to an array of food from raw oysters to miniature hamburgers. The day ended with TO GO BOXES so guests to take with them some of the scrumptious deserts made by Sweet Simone’s (yes, I took a couple!!)

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It was all about the love…

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and having fun!

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I hope you enjoy this slideshow recapping Erin and April‘s amazing day! (It is in FLASH, so quickly put down that IPAD and find a laptop to view it on!)

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If You’d like to see all of April and Erin‘s wedding pictures, just follow this LINK (but you will need the password from the couple)

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Finally, I need to thank my second shooter, Jennifer Kiewet, for all of her awesome work! We make a good team!!

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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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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. โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

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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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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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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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And, boy, do they have fun!!

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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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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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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 Brรปlรฉe 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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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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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!)