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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

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

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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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Emilie and Cory

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Emilie and Cory traveled from Quebec to Vermont to see the mountains, enjoy the outdoors AND to have an engagement portrait session while they were here. They told me that they had no Vermont connection other than they thought it would be a fun place to have pictures done.

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So, since they said that they love the outdoors and beautiful views, I took them on a whirlwind tour of some of my favorite local photo spots, starting with Oakledge Park Beach and ending at dusk at All Souls Gathering in Shelburne for a spectacular view of Lake Champlain.

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In between, we had some fun with hay bales, a barn (and a surprise Equus Photobomber) and one of Vermont’s many special covered bridges.

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Here’s a a fun recap of my afternoon with Emilie and Cory, set to MadnessIt must be Love:

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OK, Emilie and Cory, are you ready for a Vermont wedding? CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement!

Note: If you’d like to see all of Emilie and cory’s E session pictures, please click HERE (NOTE: you’ll need to get the secret password from the couple in order to enter the gallery)

(A Proposal) On Top of Mount Philo

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Charlie and Whitney got engaged Sunday morning on top of Mount Philo. Now, for Whitney, this was a HUGE surprise. For Charlie, though, the event was weeks in the making. He had bought the ring, had talked with Whitney‘s parents and he had just moved himself and all of his belongings up to Vermont from Texas, so to be closer to Whitney (who lives in Louden, NH).
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Charlie called me a couple of weeks ago to see if I was available to document this life-changing event and I was thrilled to say yes. The plan was for him to hike the trail with Whitney and reach the top of Mt. Philo about 10 am. I had expected to drive up the access road, but when I arrived, it was closed! I threw my camera over my shoulder and practically ran the whole way to the to the top so I wouldn’t be late- Thankfully, Charlie and Whitney were running behind also and I had a few minutes to catch my breath before they arrived!

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It was crowded on the mountaintop and I blended right in– pretending to be just another tourist enjoying the view! I followed liesurely behind as Charlie led Whitney by the hand toward a more private spot. After a couple of minutes, Charlie discretely reached into the pocket of his fleece and then, just like that, he was down on one knee, holding the ring box open and up toward his confused and nervous girlfriend.

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And as I pressed my shutter button, I heard Whitney blurt out, “What the F-CK are you doing?!?!” and Charlie laughed.

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Whitney was definitely overwhelmed and I think it took her a moment or two to grasp what was happening. Charlie rose back up, slid the ring on Whitney’s ringer and then they embraced. I was about 50 feet away, shooting pictures with a 200mm telephoto lens, and though I couldn’t hear Whitney say much more, I presumed that, through her tears and laughter, her answer was “YES”.

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The ring was gorgeous, like something from the 1940’s Hollywood glam period. It had that feel of old estate jewelry, even though Charlie had the ring custom made. It fit perfectly, because Charlie had solicited help from Whitney‘s sister to find out her ring size-Good job, Charlie!

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After Whitney‘s shock subsided a bit, I introduced myself and I made some fun pictures of the couple. I loved that Whitney was so comfortable with this, even though her hair was up in a pony tail, and she wasn’t exactly dressed for a “portrait session”. Of course, she looked gorgeous (and happy) in every frame!

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We were about to head back down and I laughed as Whitney kept her left arm raised while walking, joking that she was afraid to damage the ring!

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I made pictures of the newly engaged couple all along the walk down and Charlie had fun telling Whitney about all of the little things that he had done in recent months and how he was afraid that she would figure out his plan.

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The final straw, Charlie told her, was that she had met him in Vermont this weekend and forgot her hiking shoes at home. He insisted that they go shopping for new shoes so that they could go up Philo on Sunday as planned. Whitney laughed, and said that in retrospect, she couldn’t understand why he cared that much about the hike OR that her new shoes then didn’t match her old jacket and that Charlie felt it necessary to buy her a new jacket also! Bonus!

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Here’s a video recap of the surprise mountaintop proposal, set against the appropriate song “Marry Me” by Bruno Mars:

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from this romantic morning on Mt. Philo, then you need to get the password from the newly engaged couple and then follow this link:WHITNEY AND CHARLIE’S GALLERY

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And the wedding?? Stay tuned…

A Timeless Wedding

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It started off for me like any other crazy Friday, but For ten minutes in the late afternoon, it was as if Time stood Still.

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Chris and Genevra were married at Burlington City Hall and aside from a few modern details (like a computer on the desk of the clerk’s window), it could have been 1960, 1970 or any other year in the last 5 decades.

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The groom wore his Vt. Air Guard dress uniform. The bride wore a white A-line dress, a (fake) fur collared shawl and her mothers wedding gloves from 30+ years ago. She carried a bouquet of flowers from their garden, ones that magically still bloomed, in spite of a recent frost. (The whole look was very Jacquie Kennedy!)

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It is just what the couple wanted- a short-maybe 3 minute-ceremony, consisting of a couple of “I DO‘s… and then sealed with a kiss.

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Then they waited for the marriage license..

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Did a little celebratory dance…

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And they were on their way!

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Congratulations, Chris and Genevra! May you live happily ever after!

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