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Bruise and BOT’s Wild and wonderful wedding

What a day for Nicole and Jaime (aka Bruise Control and Notorious B.O.T. of Green Mountain Derby Dames fame). I have photographed hundreds of weddings over the years, but I have NEVER shot anything like this wedding.

Nicole wore a vintage black lace dress and Jaime donned a page boy outfit reminiscent of one worn by Pee Wee Herman! The ceremony took place in the middle of Lakeview Cemetary, the J.P. was none other than Burlington drag queen Amber Lemay and half the guests came in costume! How many weddings does one go to where the bridal procession begins with someone dressed up as a sock monkey?

The details were so fun and creative: skulls and skeletons, a bicycle-built-for-two for the bridal couple to ride off on after the ceremony, wedding rings designed with their fingerprints embossed in the bands. The reception, held at a local barn, included a penny candy table, jello shots, fake mustaches for all and Sparklers for the end of the night. And I set up a “Take Your Own Photo” studio for some extra laughs.

I love watching Jaime and Nicole together, how their eyes dance when they look at each other, how they giggle and play together. Their love is infectious, truly. When I meet a couple like this, so meant to be together, I breathe a sigh of relief that we live in a state where marriage is celebrated and embraced for everyone, regardless of their sex.

(Of course, I also curse the federal government for refusing to honor these marriages and I wonder how long it will be until all Americans really have the same rights… but I guess that’s a discussion for another day!)

Congratulations, Bruise and B.O.T., and thanks for including me in your unforgettable day!

I had so much fun making this slideshow. Enjoy…

If you’d like to see all the photos from Jaime and Nicole’s wedding, click HERE. This is a password protected gallery, so you’ll need to get the top secret password from the bridal couple.


  1. Kathleen says:

    What an awesome wedding! I have a thing for cemeteries, so this was totally cool :) Love all the details! And the photo-booth was a hoot :) Bravo Karen!

  2. Bridget Losch says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful photos. You captured the love better than anyone could have! And the slideshow/song choice has moved me to tears! Thank you, sooo much, Karen.
    -Bridget a.k.a Nicole’s Mom

  3. Jaime says:

    Karen, I just wanted to thank you again (for probably the two thousandth time). To take something so important and intrinsic to my identity – such as marrying the love of my life – and being able to capture us, our lives, our loved ones with an intense amount of care, talent, and passion, was worth more than I could have ever paid you.
    You were the best investment for our day.

    I honestly can’t thank you enough, to not have stressed about how our memories would look on film later, to know you would have caught every perfect moment – and with our personalities intact.

    Seriously, I believe without a doubt – you are the best I have ever seen at this. And, I did my research lady… so I know what I’m talkin’ about. :)

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