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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.

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

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!

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

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.

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

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!

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

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.

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

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!

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

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

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

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Chris and Christine are engaged!

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

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

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

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And they did.

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

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

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

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

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Kelsey and Jevin

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
Kelsey and Jevin are getting married next summer and this E session was a gift from Kelsey’s mom. The couple grew up in Vermont and they are high school sweethearts. Since they dont get home very often, they really wanted the location of their engagement pictures to represent some of what’s special about Vermont. We decided on Shelburne Orhards and Shelburne Farms. I mean, you can’t get more special than that!

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We had a ball at the Orchard, ate cider donuts and all left with a bag of crisp, tart McCouns and Macs. Then, it was on to Shelburne Farms to visit the animals and enjoy the peak color of foliage season.

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The day wasn’t complete, until we found some remaining hay bales to play on….
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It was a really nice afternoon and I hope Kelsey and Jevin love their pictures as much as I do. Here’s a fun recap of their E session, accomplanied by an old favorite of mine, “Happy Together” by the Turtles.:

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If you’d like to see all of the images from Kelsey and Jevin’s E session, please click HERE (but you need to get the password from the couple to enter the picture gallery)

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Kate and Jan

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

It was truly a storybook wedding for Kate and Jan, who were married August 10 at Shelburne Farms, at the home of Kate’s dad and step mom. The sun was shining, cello music filled the air (talented friends of the bridal couple) and guests were greeted with cold lemonade as they made their way to the ceremony site facing Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Even some ducklings paddled in to watch the event.

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Both Kate and Jan are concert violinists living in Los Angeles, and many of their musician friends flew to Vermont to be part of the celebration. On top of that, Jan is from the Netherlands so his best man, his sister and her husband had to hop the pond to get here! So, needless to say, it was an eclectic group of talented and fascinating people in attendance.

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Still, the most important guest at the wedding was Kate and Jan’s love child, a 9-lb Chihuahua/Jack Russell rescue with a very big personality!

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Dutch wedding trivia: the first bridal shower took place in Holland in the 16th century. When a father would not produce a dowry to recognize his daughter’s engagement, villagers got together and showered the couple with gifts to help them set up housekeeping.

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I wish I had the opportunity to spend more time with Kate and Jan prior to their celebration. I only met them two days prior to the wedding, where we snuck in a small E session, just so I could get a feel for how best to photograph them. Of course, they are both gorgeous, so it really wasn’t hard to capture their beauty, both separately and together!

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I’m not sure what’s prettier- the bride or the staircase!
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Picture Perfect setting…
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What a stunning couple!!!
karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

It was a beautiful ceremony (though a bit bright!) and I love when an “international” wedding includes some element or tradition in the wedding that comes from the other country. For Kate and Jan, this was a wine-drinking custom at the end of the ceremony, introduced by Jan’s sister (though I’m still not clear of the significance, Jan and Kate seemed to enjoy it!).

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

A joyous and love-filled reception followed the ceremony, with yummy food by Catering by Dale and rockin’ music provided by Daren Cassani from Top Hat Entertainment. Of course, there were also wonderful performances by several of the talented classical musicians. Why not? I had a “team” of almost 20 photographers shoot my wedding, all friends in the business who wanted to do for me what they did best!

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Loads of smiles.
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Lots of hugs.
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Friends.
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Family.
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Words really can’t do this wedding justice, so I invite you to sit back for the next 8 minutes, listen to some gorgeous music and watch this slideshow that recaps what a wonderful and memorable day it was for all. (music: “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” performed by The Piano Guys and Sara Bareilles singing “I choose You” off her latest amazing disc “The Blessed Unrest”)
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If you’d like to see all 1500plus pictures from Kate and Jan’s celebration, please click HERE (and make sure that you have the FULL GALLERY password from the bridal couple!)

BELOW:
Your hard working photographers, Karen (me) and my UBER TALENTED second photographer, Jennifer Kiewet, get on the other side of the lens, while Kate’s (step) mother Kyla takes control of the camera!

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Katie and Lauren’s Weddiing!

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
Lauren and Katie, married last month at the OLD LANTERN in Charlotte, are so cute together that they should have their own UNI-NAME-like “Branjelina” and “Beniffer”. I hereby dubb them “Katren” (or maybe “Lautie”)

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One of my favorite parts of a wedding, is when the couple gets that first look at each other in their bridal clothes. Whether each has seen their partner’s outfit before that day or not, it’s a WHOLE different thing to view it ON their betrothed and ON the wedding day!

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Katie wore a gorgeous strapless champagne-colored gown and completed the look with fun and unconventional accessories– Her basketball-themed shoes were custom made TOMS (an homage to Lauren), her bouquet of white roses was made from wood (as were all of the other bouquets and boutonnieres) and her purse was, if you can believe it, a Rubber Chicken! So perfect, and SO Katie!

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Lauren looked sharp in her black slacks and vest over a champagne blouse, but the most special part of her outfit was a pin made by Katie, showing a picture of Lauren’s deceased mother. And when Katie gave this to Lauren, the tears started flowing (from me, too!)

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There were so many wonderful little touches, from the candy table to all of cute banners hanging to the personalized menu board and seating chart. It filled the room with warmth and charm.

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

OK, this was too funny…

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
The ceremony, officiated by JP Greg Trulson, had special significance, as the wedding came just 2 days after the Supreme Court ruled to overturn DOMA. So, for Katie and Lauren, their wedding would not only be legal in Vermont but will also be recognized on a federal level!! Wahoo!!!!!!

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

The reception was F-U-N!!! Everyone had such a great time, the food was amazing (thank you Chef Roland Gaujac!!!!), and there was so much joy and laughter, that if its essence could just be bottled, it could bring peace to the middle east!

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Yum? Hmmm…
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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Oh, you just never know where that wedding Gnome will show up next…

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Yup, we love our “mobile photo booth”:

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

I had so much fun shooting this wedding with Jennifer Kiewit, my awesome co-pilot: so much so, that it has taken me over two weeks to get through all of our pictures and edit the album down to a somewhat manageable number. It also made creating a slideshow difficult, because I couldn’t decide what to use and whether to highlight the dozens of sweet and lovely moments or to concentrate on the often comical and outrageous stuff going on throughout the day. Since everyone knows I am a sentimental mush ball, it’s an easy guess which way I leaned… so, Here is a tribute to Katie and Lauren’s wonderful celebration, to the Tracy Chapman soundtrack, “The Promise.” :

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If you’d like to see all of the 1100+ pictures from Katie and Lauren’s wedding, please click HERE, but you will need to get the secret password from the couple in order to enter the gallery.

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And, YES, this is a real, honest to goodness rainbow- totally appropriate for their wedding day– and Lauren and Katie were not Photoshopped into the picture! Mazel Tov, you two!!! xoxo

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The photo staff hard at work:
karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Lisa and Peter’s Mountain Meadows Wedding

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Lisa and Peter got married last month at Mountain Meadows Lodge in Killington. I have blogged about this wonderful venue before, as it is the home of Alice, the huge Pot Bellied who struts around the property like she owns the place. Alice and her farm friends usually entertain wedding guests during the cocktail hour, milling about, looking for appetizers that might have fallen to the ground.

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Since it was a wet and mostly rainy day (As was every Saturday in June this summer!), the cocktail hour was held indoors and the animals weren’t allowed. But, it didn’t keep Lisa and Peter inside all day, and we had a wonderful romantic portrait session around the grounds both before the ceremony and later in the day.

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
This was an intimate wedding of under 30 guests, made up of immediate family and a few close friends. It was the second time around for both Lisa and Peter, and their children were thrilled to see their parents find YOUNG LOVE in middle age. Along with their kids were also Lisa’s parents and her grand daughter, making the wedding a 4-generational celebration!

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

The ceremony was held under the tent, last just long enough for the couples to exchange vows, rings and and a big kiss. Then it was champagne toasts and a family-style dinner. Both the bride and the groom had their own cake, and the groom’s was paired with a beautiful tawny port.

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After their destination wedding in Vermont, Lisa and Peter were heading home to Bermuda (where Vermonters would go for their destination weddings). But before going, they wanted to leave a message to all:

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Here’s a slideshow recapping Lisa and Peter’s Mountain Meadows wedding. 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 Lisa and Peter’s wedding day, you’ll need the password from the couple and then you can click HERE!
karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Arshad and Abbott’s Stowe, Vt. Wedding

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
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!

karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

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!!


karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

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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karen Pike Photography Vermont  photographer

karen Pike Photography Vermont  photographer

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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karen Pike Photography Vermont  photographer

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

karen pike photography vermont wedding photography

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.

karen pike photography vermont wedding photography

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!

karen pike photography vermont wedding photography

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.

karen pike photography vermont wedding photography

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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karen pike photography vermont wedding photography

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.

karen pike photography vermont wedding photography

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!)