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Ashley and Kate’s E session

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Ashley and Kate are getting married next Saturday and we just barely squeaked in an Engagement session.
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Taking portraits of a couple prior to their wedding is so important for me, because it is often the only time I have to get to know them a little and see how comfortable they are in front of the camera. This couple is so cute and was so much fun to photograph during their E session, I can’t wait to point a lens at them again at their wedding!

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I enjoyed seeing how playful Ashley and Kate are with each other. They both have infectious smiles an a great sense of humor!
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It is also obvious that they are truly in love and enjoy each other’s company more than anything.

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Without further ado… Enjoy this oh-so-romantic slide show, set to Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E….

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If you’d like to see all of Ashley and Kate‘s Engagement portraits, please click HERE (password protected).

Come back next month to see some glorious wedding pictures of Ashley AND Kate!

James and Rachael’s Wedding

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

James and Rachael were married last month at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Winooski and then had a super fun reception at the Whitcomb Barn in Essex.

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The traditional Catholic ceremony included a full mass and it represented both the couple’s love for each other as well as their mutually deep religious connection.πŸ’’

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I love how Rachael looked toward the heavens while being escorted down the aisle by her father.
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James was on the verge of tears when he saw his about-to-be-bride for the first time…

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Presenting Mr. and Mrs….
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Uh Huh! 😎
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On to the party. What view!
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I’m such a sucker for those personal little details…
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Love this!
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This couple can D-A-N-C-E!
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My favorite of the “message hearts” was the one advising to only ever fight NAKED…πŸ˜™

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SO sweet…πŸ’‘
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Here’s a slideshow looking back at this awesome day. Enjoy! (But it is in FLASH, so you’ll need to trade your iPad for a laptop to watch it.)

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If you’d like to see all of Rachael and James’ wedding pictures, please click HERE. You will need to get the password, though, in order to enter this gallery. You can get it from Rachael and James.πŸ“·

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Meesh and Jill’s E session

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This is a love story:
Girl meets Girl.πŸ‘­
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Girl has a creemee with girl.🍦
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Girl falls in love with Girl. ❀
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Girl gets engaged to girl.πŸ’
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Girls have a way fun engagement portrait session πŸ“· and prepare for the wedding in 2 weeks!!πŸ’’
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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! 😸 😼 😻
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The family is on their way to living happily ever after…πŸ’‘ 😸 😼 😻🏑
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Come back next month to see Meesh and Jill’s Wedding pictures!πŸ“·

And maybe in a few years… 🚼???

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!) πŸ˜€

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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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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karen pike photography vermont photographer

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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

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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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Dennis and Mike’s New Year’s Day wedding

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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)

Emma L’s Bat Mitzvah

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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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