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Arshad and Abbott’s Stowe, Vt. Wedding

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Arshad and Abbott were married at the Stowe Mountain Lodge on June 1 and this is one of those amazing weddings that is just so fabulous and visual and emotional and dramatic (and everything else!) that I’ve been chomping at the bit to get the blog post done, just so I can share the experience with other people!

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I shot so many pictures that day, along with my trusty second shooter (the fabulous Jennifer Kiewit) that the editing process has taken a LONG time (and I still couldn’t get the final gallery down to less than about 1300 images (plus an OUTTAKES folder of another 600!)
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Every detail at this wedding sang for a picture- from the invitations, to the guests’ seat holders (sunglasses in all the colors of the rainbow), to the handmade purple silk flowered boutonnieres and bouquets!

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

The ceremony was gorgeous, officiated by their friend, Vermont state representative Kesha Ram. The mountains served as a stunning backdrop, guests all joined together in singing “You Are My Sunshine” (which made me cry) and, after the couple sealed their vows with a kiss, they “pranced” off down the aisle into the world of holy matrimony!

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The reception was a love fest and Jenn and I couldn’t have wished for better subjects to photograph throughout the afternoon and evening. The food was fantastic (and beautiful to look at), from the appetizers and signature cocktails (a Dark and Stormy and a non-alcoholic ginger sparkling lemonade ), right through dinner and into a mouth-watering medley of desserts that included rainbow-colored whoopee pies! You really can’t get much better than that!!


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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer same sex marriage

karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer same sex marriage

The most touching and unforgettable moments of the day came during the toasts before dinner. Neither of the grooms’ fathers were expected to give a toast. Arshad’s parents had been opposed to Arshad marrying a man, and his mother chose not to attend the event. Arshad was just thrilled that his father decided to make the trip north for the wedding, in spite of his cultural and religious views on gay marriage.

So… after both the groom’s brothers and two of their close friends gave toasts, Abbott’s father took the microphone and gave his blessing. Then, to everyone’s surprise, Arshad’s dad rose and he also gave a toast to his son and Abbott. The guests were on their feet applauding, Arshad was crying and then, he rose and practically ran across the floor and into his father’s arms for a hug that seemed to never end. It was one of the most heartfelt moments I have ever witnessed at any wedding. Even Yahoo News ended up running a story about it and a slideshow of my pictures (because of the impending Supreme Court decision coming down on Prop 8 and DOMA)

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For Father’s Day, 18 million Rising, an organization representing the approximately 18 million Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, ran my pictures on their website ( see below).

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I love this slideshow SO MUCH-it really captures how extraordinary a ay it was, and I included a perfect mashup of songs that just makes me happy! NOTE: The show is in FLASH, so you’ll need to either download a flash browser for your Ipad (try Puffin in the app store. (Its Free) or watch the slideshow on a laptop. (Please send all complaints to APPLE CUSTOMER SERVICE).

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Arshad and Abbott’s feel good, awesome wedding day, please click HERE (but you’ll still need the password from the bridal couple!)
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NOTE ABOUT SLIDESHOW:I’ve received several emails from clients and followers lately, telling me that they cant get the music to play on any of my blog slideshows. UGH!

In researching this, I discovered that Adobe has an active bug report listed on their site for their latest version of FLASH PLAYER (version 11.7) and they will hopefully fix the issue shortly.

So, while we wait for Adobe to fix Flash Player with a NEW update, the only option, if you are using version 11.7, is to revert to Flash Player 11.6, which you can download HERE.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Girls On The Run 2013

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It was all about the mustache!
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Girls On The Run this year had me smiling ear to ear. Hundreds (or thousands?) of girls, all in their pink shirts (courtesy of BCBSVT), with their mustache-painted faces (or something equally as fun), multicolored hair, ribbons, rainbow socks, crowns and Cookie monster headbands! It seemed to be as much about creating a “look” as it was about running a 5K.

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I photograph this event every year for BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT, as they are one of the major sponsors and, I should say, also responsible for alot of the crazy face paint (they set up a tent with a slew of volunteers to create the artwork!) Even Kevin Goddard, BCBSVT Vice President of External Affairs (below), comes out to show support (and to take a picture of the Mega Girl Power from the stage with his IPHONE!)

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The wet weather didn’t appear to dampen anyone’s spirit. The raindrops and countless puddles just added to the story of the day! Besides, I loved all the little kids in all their cute rain gear!
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At this event, Every runner is #1 and every finisher gets a blue ribbon! BCBSVT’s Beth Esmond, below, was right there at the finish line, handing out medals, along with a crew of others.

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And the best part, is seeing all the proud and happy faces on these kids (and their moms, dads, coaches and teachers!) as they cross the finish line.

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Here’s a fun slideshow recapping the day, to the soundtrack, Run The World (Girls) by Beyonce The show is in FLASH, so you’ll need to put down the Ipad or IPHONE and find a laptop. (Please send all complaints to APPLE CUSTOMER SERVICE).

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If you’d like to see all the pictures from this event,or order reprints, please CLICK HERE
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NOTE ABOUT SLIDESHOW:I’ve received several emails from clients and followers lately, telling me that they cant get the music to play on any of my blog slideshows. UGH!

After doing some research, I found out that Adobe has an active bug report listed on their site for their latest version of FLASH PLAYER (version 11.7) and they will hopefully fix the issue shortly.

So, while we wait for Adobe to fix Flash Player with a NEW update, the only option, if you are using version 11.7, is to revert to Flash Player 11.6, which you can download HERE.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

April & Erin

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photography

April and Erin are getting married in just about one year, but they were excited to get their wedding buzz started so I recently met them at their home in montpelier to do their engagement portrait session. My favorite E sessions are when I get to tell some of their love story- including pictures from where they live and places they enjoy being together.

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It’s particularly fun for me to snoop around a couples’ home and photograph some of the telling little details that help narrate their lives together. With April and Erin, I learned their horoscopes, that they like to cook and love drinking coffee together in bed, that Erin loves fireflies and being barefoot, and that April likes bridges and always leaves her sox on!

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For Erin and April, a perfect day together might include a walk downtown with a stop at Capitol Grounds, followed by a visit to one of their favorite parks or some time on the bike path. I loved spending the afternoon with them as they introduced me to some of their special places.

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But the best part of doing an E session is just getting to know the couple and how they are together. Erin and April are both easy going and affectionate. They both have amazing smiles, particularly when they look at each other, so it was easy to make sweet and loving portraits. They start to nuzzle as soon as they get next to each other! Getting memorable pictures of them next June should be a piece of (wedding) cake!

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Here’s a fun slideshow recapping my afternoon with April and Erin. It IS in FLASH, so you’ll need to either download a flash browser for your Ipad (try Puffin in the app store. (Its Free) or watch the slideshow on a laptop. (Please send all complaints to APPLE CUSTOMER SERVICE).

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NOTE ABOUT SLIDESHOW:I’ve received several emails from clients and followers lately, telling me that they cant get the music to play on any of my blog slideshows. UGH!

After doing some research, I found out that Adobe has an active bug report listed on their site for their latest version of FLASH PLAYER (version 11.7) and they will hopefully fix the issue shortly.

So, while we wait for Adobe to fix Flash Player with a NEW update, the only option, if you are using version 11.7, is to revert to Flash Player 11.6, which you can download HERE.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from April and Erin’s E session, please click HERE (but you’ll still need the password from the couple!)

Allie and Jake’s Wedding

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Now, I love EVERY wedding I photograph, but there are definitely some weddings that just keep me smiling for weeks after it’s over–and this is one of those weddings!
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Jake and Allie were married on May 11 at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. This venue is absolutely one of my favorite places to photograph a wedding- the view of the mountains and Lake Champlain is breathtakingly beautiful, and the chapel itself is almost as pretty!

Regardless of the on-and-off rain, there were plenty of opportunities to make gorgeous portraits outside of the happy couple, and inside, the festive and celebratory energy made for wonderful pictures throughout the day!
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Jake and Allie incorporated so many creative and personal touches and this made the day even more special. Every table number, for example, was a number that had meaning to the couple (Table #11: Their wedding date; table #27: The day in March that they met; table #802: Vt’s area code; And, of course, table # , because their Love is infinite!).

Outside the chapel, was a table set up for guests to write messages to the couple. Instructions were to put the notes in various numbered canisters, designated to be opened by Jake and Allie on the corresponding anniversaries (1st yr, 5th yr, 10th yr and 25th yr). I loved this and, yes, of course I had to leave my own notes for them to read in future years!

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The flowers, by Alison Ellis at Floral Artistry were simple and gorgeous. I always love Alison’s work so it was fun to see her working on the Chupah before the wedding(below):

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Chef Liane Mendez of Let’s Pretend Catering provided amazing food. Their presentation is always gorgeous and everything was beyond yummy, from the creative appetizers, to their homemade pickles to Rootbeer floats for dessert!

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There were Horseshoes and hula hoops, board games and bingo! This wedding was all about having fun:
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I’m so happy for Allie and Jake. They are both so kind and so nice and they make a perfect couple. I hope I know them for years to come!

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I hope you enjoy this slideshow recapping this beautiful day. The show is in FLASH, so you’ll need to either download a flash browser for your Ipad (try Puffin in the app store. (Its Free) or watch the slideshow on a laptop. (Please send all complaints to APPLE CUSTOMER SERVICE).

If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Allie and Jake’s amazing wedding, please click HERE (but you’ll still need the password from the bridal couple!)

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NOTE ABOUT SLIDESHOW:I’ve received several emails from clients and followers lately, telling me that they cant get the music to play on any of my blog slideshows. UGH!

After doing some research, I found out that Adobe has an active bug report listed on their site for their latest version of FLASH PLAYER (version 11.7) and they will hopefully fix the issue shortly.

So, while we wait for Adobe to fix Flash Player with a NEW update, the only option, if you are using version 11.7, is to revert to Flash Player 11.6, which you can download HERE.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Keybank Vermont City Marathon 2013

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The 25th anniversary Keybank Vermont City marathon was held in Burlington Sunday and there were as many umbrellas as there were running shoes!

Security was a little tighter, a moment of silence was held to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon, and the crazy weather added a bit of drama to the event, but all in all, it was an awesome, amazing, inspiring and unforgettable day and the rain didn’t dampen the spirirts of either the runners or the crowd cheering them on!!!

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I really need to get a huge plug in here for RunVermont, not only because they are my client, but also because they are an amazing group of people who do amazing things for the Vermont running community. Started in 1989 as Vermont City Marathon, Inc., RunVermont has grown into a year round organization that holds many events and programs including the Run, the Ready, Set, Run! youth program, a Sport & Fitness Expo, the Half Unplugged and much more. So, THANK YOU RunVERMONT for all that you do to promote healthy living in our state!

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I was able to get along the course in ways I hadn’t in the past because I had the help of a true (or crazy) friend, Erik Freeman, and his trusty motorcycle.The result is an album for RunVermont that includes pictures from the North end to the south end, the bike Path, Church Street and then onto the finish line.

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I’ve put together a fun slideshow that recaps the day with lots of great moments. The soundtrack? What else could I choose but “Who’ll Stop The Rain”. Enjoy the show, which is in FLASH, so you’ll need to put down the Ipad or IPHONE and find a laptop. (Please send all complaints to APPLE CUSTOMER SERVICE).

If you’d like to see all the photos from Sunday’s marathon , as well as pictures from all of the RunVermont hosted events held throughout the weekend, please CLICK HERE. All pictures are available for order- both prints and digital downloads.

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NOTE ABOUT SLIDESHOW:I’ve received several emails from clients and followers lately, telling me that they cant get the music to play on any of my blog slideshows. UGH!

After doing some research, I found out that Adobe has an active bug report listed on their site for their latest version of FLASH PLAYER (version 11.7) and they will hopefully fix the issue shortly.

So, while we wait for Adobe to fix Flash Player with a NEW update, the only option, if you are using version 11.7, is to revert to Flash Player 11.6, which you can download HERE.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Erik and I on his bike, maneuvering our way along the marathon course

UNITED: Abbott & Arshad’s love story

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Arshad and Abbott are getting married NEXT SATURDAY and while they booked me a year ago to photograph their wedding, last Sunday was the first opportunity that they had to do their E session with me. This is not due to lack of me trying to pin them down. I have honestly never met a couple who are, both together and individually, so busy that I couldn’t find an open day when they were even in Vermont at the same time, let alone not already committed to something else!

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When I did finally get them together for an afternoon, we had a ball moving around Burlington, documenting pieces of their wonderful love story! Both GQ handsome, they fit together like two puzzle pieces. Arshad is small and dark, Abbott is tall and light. They are similar in many ways, and their differences also compliment each other beautifully. For example, one likes coffee, the other likes tea– so they like to compromise by sharing a special Dirty Chai at Uncommon Grounds on Church Street.

Gotta love the heart-shaped crema!

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Arshad is an executive director at Democracy for America so of course we had to make a stop at the wonderful DEMOCRACY statue in Courthouse Plaza. The puzzle-piece shaped monument is, again, another reminder of how well certain things –and certain people– just FIT TOGETHER.

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The power couple spends so much time traveling for their respective jobs that I decided the most appropriate location for their E Session was the airport! This is funny, but also really symbolic of their love story. Friends had wanted to fix them up for the longest time, but either one or the other was perpetually out o town. Their meeting was meant to be, however, and they finally met while both in Las Vegas– at two different conferences!

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The pair are trying to “nest” these days prior to the wedding in their recently purchased and renovated downtown home. Just steps away from the Salvation Army (which they love to joke about), Arshad and Abbott are enjoying mornings together at the breakfast bar with their dueling laptops, cuddling in the den, and watching movies or playing board games with friends.

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I am so excited to document Arshad and Abbott’s BIG DAY and am just happy we got this fun and beautiful slideshow online before they become “Mr. and Mr.” I dare you not to smile and giggle as you watch this video! (which is in FLASH, by the way, so you cant see it on Ipads and iPhones. Please send all complaints to APPLE CUSTOMER SERVICE.)

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If you’d like to see all 285 pictures from Abbott and Arshad’s fun E session, please click HERE (but you’ll need to get the secret password from the couple to gain access to the full gallery)

NOTE ABOUT SLIDESHOW:I’ve received several emails from clients and followers lately, telling me that they cant get the music to play on any of my blog slideshows. UGH!

After doing some research, I found out that Adobe has an active bug report listed on their site for their latest version of FLASH PLAYER (version 11.7) and they will hopefully fix the issue shortly.

So, while we wait for Adobe to fix Flash Player with a NEW update, the only option, if you are using version 11.7, is to revert to Flash Player 11.6, which you can download HERE.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Scout: A Dog’s Life

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I lost a family member today and I need to pay homage to her in some way, so this blog post and slideshow is in honor of my dear loving Scout, our Bernese Mountain Dog/Newfie mix who turned 12 years old today- and then passed on to that great Dog Heaven we all know must exist.

She will no longer feel pain, no longer ache from chronic hip problems, or moan because her body is riddled with arthritis, or itch from persistent allergies to EVERYTHING from food to her own saliva. She is now at peace, happily resting on a snow mound somewhere in the spirit world, watching over us.

I want her back. I know it’s selfish, but I miss her so much already and I can’t imagine my life without her. She has been through so much with our family- and has even been immortalized as a cartoon by the great Marc Brown, author of the Arthur and Postcards from Buster series’ and books.

Our three other canine babies, Sadie, Greta and Winnie, will also miss her- miss licking her face, miss nibbling at her ears, miss stealing food from her bowl. Our three grown children- James, Emma and David- will miss her sweet, gentle ways and her insatiable need for loving strokes and tummy rubs. And we will all miss her “Galumph” of a face and her “Eeyore”-like demeanor that made us giggle every day.

Rest in Peace, my dear friend. You have taken a piece of my heart with you- wherever you are.

Gillian and Scout: 5 weeks old:
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Postcards from Buster by Marc Brown: 2006
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Looking into the eyes of an Angel: May 2013
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A video tribute to one of the world’s best dogs (NOTE: This video slideshow is in FLASH so it cannot be viewed on an IPAD or IPHONE. Also, If you cant her the music, you are probably using the latest FLASHPLAYER download and there is a huge bug with the latest FLASH player. Read more if you want to learn how to fix the problem.

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The Pike-Pieper-Brown beloved Brood: Summer 2011
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ADOBE FLASH PLAYER 11.7 causing havoc with my slideshows!

I’ve received several emails from clients and followers lately, telling me that they cant get the music to play on any of my blog slideshows. UGH!

After doing some research, I found out that Adobe has an active bug report listed on their site and they will hopefully fix the issue shortly.

So, while we wait for Adobe to fix Flash Player with a NEW update, the only option, if you are using version 11.7, is to revert to Flash Player 11.6, which you can download HERE.

Since I LOVE all of music I choose for my slideshows and I want everyone visiting my site to enjoy the shows synchronized to the music I pick, I encourage you all to revert to FLASH Player 11.6! The bug is not just messing with my slideshows, by the way. It is a apparently affecting a much larger base of flash users.

Sorry for the inconvenience but, as my daughter likes to say, “Put it in perspective; This is such a 1st world problem!”

Amen. Have a great day!

Peter and Lisa’s E session

Peter and Lisa cozy up for a portrait session at Oakledge Beach in BUrlington, Vermont

Peter and Lisa cozy up for a portrait session at Oakledge Beach in BUrlington, Vermont

Lisa and Peter are gearing up for their wedding in June, being held at one of my most favorite places in the world for an event, Mountain Meadows Lodge in Killington. I have blogged before about the super adorable Alice the pot-bellied pig, and how she and her fellow farm animals wander around the property during the cocktail hour at weddings so they can visit with guests.

Needless to say, I am looking forward to photographing Lisa and Peter’s upcoming nuptials and all the fun that is sure to be included in the celebration. This beautiful couple has been planning their Vermont destination wedding from their home in Bermuda. Actually, Peter is English and Lisa is from Texas, and their guests are coming from every direction to attend the ceremony. A highlight for me will be making pictures of Lisa and Peter on their wedding day, surrounded by their children, Lisa’s mother and Lisa’s 1-hr-old grand daughter- Four generations all together. Really, This is the kind of event that already has me grinning ear to ear, and it’s still two months away.

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I was able to spend some time with Peter and Lisa on their recent trip to Vermont to meet with vendors. It was one of those rainy, but warm March days and after doing some portraits in the studio, the skies cleared so we headed down to the Burlington waterfront to do some gorgeous, romantic pictures.

The couple enjoys a warm March day at the Burlington Waterfront

The couple enjoys a warm March day at the Burlington Waterfront

On the way back to the studio, we stopped at one of my favorite haunts, Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, one of the coolest of cool antique warehouses in Vermont. After poking around and exploring some great things, Peter presented his bride-to-be with the best souvenir! It perfectly completed the afternoon and we went back to the studio so Peter and Lisa could get on their way.

What an awesome find at Vintage Inspired near Karen's studio.

What an awesome find at Vintage Inspired near Karen’s studio.

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I hope you enjoy Lisa and Peter‘s slideshow, accompanied by the sexy Lou Rawls and Dianne Reeves rendition of “At Last“: (note: the slideshow is made in FLASH, so you cant see it on your IPHONE or IPAD. Please send all complaints to APPLE CUSTOMER SERVICE.)

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Peter and Lisa’s engagement portrait session, ask the couple for the secret gallery password and then click HERE

Jake & Allie’s E Session

After almost two years engaged, Jake and Allie are finally getting married this May and I am thrilled to be the lucky photographer for this awesome and long awaited celebration.

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I first met this super sweet couple in my role as “chick clicker”, photographing for the Green Mountain Derby Dames. Their neighbors Bruise and Bot” were both Derby skaters and Jake and Allie were supportive fans, so I’d see them at every bout.

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Recently, on a kinda-sorta-cold March Saturday, we spent a few hours together, and I got to know them better as a couple. We started at their apartment in Burlington, where they live with their dog and 2 cats and hundreds of books ( so many that their main book shelf reminded me of the Leaning Tower of Pisa!)

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Animal crazy as I am, I had to keep my attention on the engaged couple, but I couldn’t help incorporating the furry babies into at least a few pictures…

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We later visited a few of their favorite haunts–the waterfront, Fletcher Free library and Speeder and Earl’s on Pine Street, and I love the pictures I took of them along the way.

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Here’s a totally fun slideshow recapping my afternoon with Jake and Allie, accompanied by the equally-as-fun tune, Uh Oh, I’m Falling , by Shelley Fraley. Since the slideshow is in FLASH, you’ll need to leave your IPAD and find a laptop so you can view it (sorry! Im working on it!!)
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If you’d like to see all of the photos from Jake and Allie‘s E session, grab the secret password from the couple and THEN you can just click HERE

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