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Becky and Kathleen’s wedding

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Becky and Kathleen were married on a crisp,clear day September day at Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent, NY.

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The brides each wore white- accompanied by matching silver chucks.

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They each carried bouquets of gorgeous calla lillies. But, the flowers they ordered were coming from Florida and didn’t get to New York because of the hurricane. So, what do two level headed brides do? Go to Price chopper, buy more flowers and, with the help of friends, put together centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres themselves.

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Kathleen and Becky got ready at a house on the lake…

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…under the watchful eye of their dog, Libby (the CUTEST dog in New York!)

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We made a pit stop at Kathleen‘s childhood home and made some beautiful portraits. Then it was on to the venue.

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The ceremony was so full of love, and everyone, including the brides bounced between laughter and tears throughout the celebration.

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Everyone reacted when Kathleen went to soothe Becky, who kept crying while trying to read her vows. It was such a tender moment and I just felt enormous happiness for them!

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Whoot Whoot! We’re MARRIED!!

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There were so many personal little details at the reception, from the centerpieces to the baskets of apples, to the table of cupcakes (which everyone wanted to dive into even before dinner!)

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One of so many loving moments- this one during Becky and Kathleen‘s first dance…

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Lots of celebrity dancing…
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and fun photo opps!
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Becky’s sons, Alex, 19, and Noah,14, couldn’t resist taking one of the golf carts out for a spin:
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Like sons, like Mothers! Becky and Kathleen did the same!
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There are SO many pictures that I want to show, so here’s 140 of my favorites set to the music of the Indigo Girls (a favorite of the brides!) Put down your iPhone and go get a laptop so you can watch this wonderful FLASH slideshow recapping Becky and Kathleen‘s love-filled day:

If you’d like to see all 1200 pictures from this memorable wedding, then follow this link (but you need to have the password from the brides)

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Congratulations, you two!!!! Love lives!!

PS thanks to my amazing second shooter, Jude Domski, for both her talent and company.
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Kelly and Jen’s wedding

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Jen and Kelly were married in September and I am thrilled to finally have their wedding pictures ready so I can blog about there awesomeness!

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This is one of those weddings that you just have to let the pictures tell the story because every image shows both their love for each other and the love they have for their family and friends.

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The venue was ALMOST as gorgeous as the brides- Headwaters Farm in Rochester, complete with a beautiful barn for the reception, a pond as a setting for portraits  and a view of the mountains as a backdrop for the ceremony.

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The ceremony was heartfelt and emotional. And it began with guests entering the ceremony area by walking through a DOORWAY created by the brides. Over the doorway read, “As soon as I saw you, I knew a Grand Adventure was about to happen!” ( a quote by AA Milne from Winnie The Pooh)

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From there, everything was magical:
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The reception was equally as fun and festive and full of personal touches…

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Many toasts…
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Adorable children..
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Great friends… (who officiate, act as MC, DJ and anything else brides could need)
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edible love!
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DANCING the night away..
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Bonfires Rock!
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Feeling the love…
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And if you want to see any more, you need to watch this slideshow, which really showcases Jen and Kelly’s amazing day! So, put down your iPhone and go get a lap top- you’ll need FLASH in order to watch, but it’s worth it!


Congratulations, Kelly and Jen! Enjoy your GRAND ADVENTURE TOGETHER!

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If you’d like to see all of Jen and Kelly’s wedding pictures, get the password from the couple and then follow this link

Becky and Kathleen

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Becky and Kathleen found each other in Vermont but are now living across the lake and planning their October wedding at Harmony Golf Course in Port Kent.
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This love connection is a long time in the making, and both women admit that it took many years into their adult lives to finally find their “soul mate.”
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Isak Dinesen wrote, “Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk; it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine.”

Well, then this couple is like a fine bordeaux and they are savoring each other with every luscious sip!

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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I had such a good time with Becky and Kathleen at their Engagement session and I cant wait to photograph their wedding. Love will be ever present and my heart is already singing for them!

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Here’s a fun recap of Becky and Kathleen‘s E season, set to the sexy Tegan And Sara song, “Closer”:

Congratulations, Becky and Kathleen!! See you in October!
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Jen and Kelly (are getting married!)

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There’s nothing more fun than photographing an Engagement session with a couple’s dog! So, when Jen and Kelly asked to bring along their sweet adopted baby boy, I was all excited!

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And what a beautiful family!!
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It was a day of HUGE smiles, lots of laughter and a great hat!
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And there is no more beautiful a spot for a romantic shoot than Shelburne Farms!
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Jen and Kelly are getting married in September at Headwaters/Food Medicine Farm and I’m looking forward to being at a new venue for me.

karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait It was lovely evening and it was so nice to spend time with this amazingly sweet couple and get to know them a little better.  Not to mention, they cant take a bad picture!
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I hope you enjoy this slideshow, set to Brandi Carlile‘s gorgeous cover of the Beach Boy’s “God Only Knows”.
(PS It’s in flash so unavailable to watch on an iPhone. Sorry)


Congratulations, Jen and Kelly. You are both beautiful-inside and out- and I’m so looking forward to photographing your wedding!!

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Rose and Jodi’s E session

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My dear friends, Rose and Jodi are gearing up for their wedding next month and we finally got some time last week to do a short and sweet Engagement session at Oakledge Park.

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This was an appropriate place to do the session, as it was where I first took a picture of Rose about 8 years ago. Back then, I told her she needed a great portrait on her Facebook page so her potential Future Wife could find her and fall in love. Yup, It was a great picture and I’m sure Jodi fell hard when she saw it (haha)!

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Eight years later, I was thrilled to be photographing them together and to be looking toward their wedding in September at Mary’s Inn at Baldwin Creek

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It is so fun to be around them and to watch how they interact…

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Everything about their relationship feels easy, like a warm breeze on a Sunday afternoon. karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait
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Jodi and Rose prove that LOVE is worth the wait.
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CONGRATULATIONS, My friends!! Now on to the wedding!!!!!!!

Chris and Rick’s Wedding

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Every once and awhile, I photograph a wedding that is so spectacular, I literally have trouble editing the pictures down to a manageable number and an even harder time creating a blogpost and slideshow. THIS IS THAT WEDDING!. Between me and my (fabulously talented) second shooter Jen Kiewit, we shot close to 4000 pictures!

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Chris and Rick were married on September 26 at the breathtakingly gorgeous Bliss Ridge in Moretown, Vt. The couple got ready at Sugarbush Resort’s Clay Brook Hotel and they looked stunning in their matching grey custom Indochino suits. Of course, their hairstylist was good friend and “stylist to the stars” Don O’Connell of O’m Studio in Burlington.

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This was such a tender moment when Rick and Chris exchanged wedding gifts at the hotel. Rick definitely got weepy when Chris gave him a Daniel Wellington watch with the inscription,“Forever 11:11” (11s have played a big part in their relationship). Chris gave Rick a framed picture was the lyrics to Myra Flynn’s “For The Record” – the song Rick proposed to and that they would later that day have Myra playing for them  as they walk down the aisle.

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The whole day was like something out of the movies–from the jaw-dropping mountain vista that served as the backdrop for the ceremony, to Myra Flynn serenading the couple and their guests on a baby grand piano, to the YUMMY food (catered by Misery Loves Company), gorgeous flowers by Emily von Trapp and every playful, joyous detail of the decor. Really, all I can say is, “WOW”!
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The Amazing Myra Flynn
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I love all of these fun and personal signs …
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Chris‘s nephew: The cutest ring bearer ever!
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Guests stroll up from the barn to the ceremony site…
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And Chris and Rick are escorted by their parents…
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When they reach the front, Fashionista Chris adjusts Rick’s bowtie😀
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The grooms’ officients were their two good friends and Fellow Phish enthusiasts, Jason Durant & Garrin Benfield .
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And their sisters shared in the reading of “I Like You”, a children’s book which was Chris’ first gift to Rick while dating.
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Next, Rick and Chris collected stones (and wishes) from all of their guests…
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The VOWS:
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The presentation of the rings:
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You may kiss!!!!!👄
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Presenting… Mr and Mr!!!
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We’re Married!!!
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💜💛❤️💚💙
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It was a Feast for both the eyes and tastebuds…
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How lucky we all were to hear Myra Flynn entertain during the cocktail hour.
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The “unofficial” first dance…
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A BIG group portrait before heading inside the barn for dinner…
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So handsome, and so happy!!
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The “official” First Dance:
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The feeding of the mousse (no cake!)
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Cheers to the grooms!
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Yup, I AGREE!
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What a party! The band, The Real Deal, was awesome, fiends and family danced the night away and all in all, it was an Epic celebration!
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The night ended with sparklers lighting up the night. Let Love Shine!
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Here’s a 10-minute slideshow, looking back at this fabulous and memorable day! The show is in FLASH, so to view it, put down your iPhone and go get on a laptop…


To view all 1500 or so pictures from Chris and Rick’s wedding celebration, please CLICK HERE (but be sure to get the password from the couple or you wont be able to enter the gallery).

Bridget and Karen’s Wedding

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Karen and Bridget are hands down, one of the most lovely and loving couples I have ever had the privilege of photographing.
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Their wedding day was nothing short of EPIC and from the minute I arrived at the venue off a dirt road in Jeffersonville, I knew it was going to be a spectacular day.  Both the old fashioned bicycle at the entrance of  Sterling Ridge resort  and the sweet sleepy dog by the welcome sign, brought a huge smile to my face and it just grew wider by the hour.

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As the saying goes, it’s all in the DETAILS! And there were so many amazing, creative, fun and loving little details. The Tandem Bicycle theme was perfect and so much played off this throughout the event–from the invitations to the wedding cake topper and so much more in between. Most important, it represented perfectly how “in tandem” Bridget and Karen are in life. In fact, that’s what’s inscribed in their wedding bands!!

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The brides both wore white gowns and carried bouquets which highlighted big, happy yellow sunflowers. Their hair and makeup were done by friends and they both looked exquisite from head to toe (Karen in sneakers, and Bridget in flat slippers!)

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The wedding took place by a pond, with the mountains as a backdrop. It couldn’t have been prettier. The bridal procession was like a parade- dozens of friends and family lead the way first down the aisle, and then came Bridget and Karen, each escorted by their parents.

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The ceremony was officiated by a close friend and Love was free flowing from the first reading to the final I DO’s!

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Oh, and lots of laughter, too!

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You may now kiss!

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Introducing Mrs. and Mrs...

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And how about this fun processional from the ceremony site to the reception site!!

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In love and IN TANDEM (on a “bicycle built for two” by Bridget’s Dad!)
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The brides enjoy their first dance as a married couple…
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Cupcakes for all!
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So, now comes the super special 10-minute video slideshow recapping this epic day to a medley including Bridget and Karen’s gorgeous First Dance song, Brandi Carlile‘s “I Belong To You”, and a couple of other surprises. This is pretty special, so go find a laptop or a computer that allows you to see FLASH (I curse Steve Jobs for not allowing that on an iPhone!)


If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Bridget and Karen’s wedding, please click HERE(and don’t forget to ask the Brides for the password, so you can login.)

Finally, A huge shout out goes to the following folks from Bridget and Karen:

Have Your Cake Catering — Nealy, Leah & Co. for the delicious meal and all of the beautiful presentation and place settings!

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Reverend Ben Donovan & the Congregation — the band for providing rocking tunes to dance to!

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Sterling Ridge Resort — for the gorgeous venue & accommodations!

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Stray Cat Flower Farm — for providing the flowers and all of our family and friends that helped create the arrangements and bouquets!

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Connie Coleman Studio — for creating our beautiful rings!

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Smuggler’s Notch Resort — for getting everyone home safe (shuttle) and accommodations

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Meghann & Amanda — our phenomenal bartenders!

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Sabrina & Elise — our awesome hair and make-up stylists, respectively

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Celebration Rentals — for the tent and lights!

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Working Dog Septic — for the pristine “outdoor plumbing”

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AND,  Thanks to my awesome and talented second shooter Ali Johnson for all of her help!

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Rick and Chris

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Rick and Chris are gearing up for their wedding next month so I recently spent some time with them doing their long awaited engagement portrait session.

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I first blogged about this super sweet couple in March 2014, when Rick proposed to Chris on stage at the Flynn Theater, and I was there to photograph the event. It was all very theatrical and romantic and I knew then the wedding would be nothing short of magical. Next month, on September 26, I will be ready with cameras in hand to document the celebration!

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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Here’s a sweet little slideshow recapping Chris and Rick’s E session. The show is in FLASH so you’ll need to watch it on a laptop (not an iPad or iPhone)…

If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Chris and Rick’s E session, please CLICK HERE (and make sure you get the password from the couple).

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!