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Meesh and Jill’s E session

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This is a love story:
Girl meets Girl.[emoji two women holding hands]
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Girl has a creemee with girl.[emoji soft ice cream]
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Girl falls in love with Girl. [emoji heavy black heart]
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Girl gets engaged to girl.[emoji ring]
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Girls have a way fun engagement portrait session [emoji camera] and prepare for the wedding in 2 weeks!![emoji wedding]
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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 😥 :

Girls make a home with (3) cats! [emoji grinning cat face with smiling eyes] [emoji cat face with wry smile] [emoji smiling cat face with heart-shaped eyes]
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The family is on their way to living happily ever after…[emoji couple with heart] [emoji grinning cat face with smiling eyes] [emoji cat face with wry smile] [emoji smiling cat face with heart-shaped eyes][emoji house with garden]
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Come back next month to see Meesh and Jill’s Wedding pictures![emoji camera]

And maybe in a few years… [emoji baby symbol]???

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!) [emoji grinning face]

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:


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!)

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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Nancy and Stacey’s 40’s inspired wedding

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I continue to be honored by same sex couples from around the country who travel to Vermont to be married and trust me to document their momentous celebrations. I mean, how better to spend a Tuesday morning than with two awesome women from Kentucky and photograph the ceremony that, after a 22-year-long relationship, allows them to legally wed!

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Nancy and Stacey met way back when they both had husbands and were parenting kids who went to school together. after years of friendship and helping each other navigate the joys and pitfalls of life and raising children, they both divorced and eventually shared their true feelings for each other.

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.. and the rest, they say, is HERstory. ♥♥♥

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So, with Stacey’s parents as their witnesses, they stood together by a Charlotte creek…
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and shared their wedding vows.
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They exchanged rings and lots of smiles…
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And then, Justice of the Peace extraordinaire Kathryn Blume
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pronounced them…
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legally wed! Wahoo!
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We had a a whole lot of fun with the portrait session. I LOVED the 40’s inspired wedding outfits, which they originally bought to wear at the annual Bowling Green Humane Society Fur Ball.

Here are a few “vintage styled” pictures…

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

I adored the Saddle shoes!
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.. not to mention the matching Father and Daughter Fedoras!
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Congratulations, Nancy and Stacey, and, in the words of Lord Byron,

“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined.”
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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Nancy and Stacey‘s wedding day, please follow this LINK (but you’ll need the password from the happy couple!)

Deb and Lisa’s Marathon weekend Wedding

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Deb and Lisa came to Vermont so Lisa could run the 26th annual KeyBank Vt City Marathon on May 25th.

Oh, but while they were here, they thought they’d get MARRIED!
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“After being together 14 years, we already feel married, ” Deb told me when we met at Oakledge Park for their intimate ceremony on the rocks near Lake Champlain.
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The wonderful Kathryn Blume officiated and the Burlington skyline was in the distance, almost glowing though the cloudy overcast sky.
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In matching floral blouses, white pants and shiny white spats, the two Pennsylvania women exchanged marriage vows and rings and became officially, and FEDERALLY LEGALLY, wed.
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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
The only guests at the ceremony were a family of geese, who passed by in time to witness the event.
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Wahoo!!!
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Legally married in Both Vermont AND Pennsylvania. Same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania became legal on May 20, 2014.
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After the ceremony, we took some time for portraits, and I was able to show Lisa the part of the marathon route that went through the park along the bike path.
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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer
I even made the couple do a “warm up lap” for a picture! Deb said that was about as far as she was willing to run that weekend!
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I was so happy to see both Deb and Lisa along the marathon route on Sunday, so I could also capture that part of their weekend for them in a few pictures. As it turned out, Lisa places THIRD in the master class (over 40?) and even won $300!! Go Lisa!

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If you’d like to see all of Deb and Lisa’s Wedding pictures please click HERE (but you’ll need to get the secret password from the bridal couple to enter the picture gallery!)
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Congratulations to a WINNIG couple!!!

Dawn and Barbie’s wedding

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It was a glorious day and Dawn and Barbie celebrated their 4-year romance by exchanging vows and wedding bands at the Burlington Waterfront.
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The couple came from North Carolina to be legally married in Vermont and Barbie‘s Brother and sister-n-law also drove up to witness the event, bringing with them two very important members of the wedding party–the BRIDESMUTTS! Barbie and Dawn‘s Miniature Yorkie, Chloe, and her canine cousin, Scout, were so cute in their Bridesmutt’s dresses that they completely upstaged the Brides (Sorry, ladies!)

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I met the couple at the Courtyard Marriott for some preliminary pictures and then we headed to the Fishing Pier for some romantic portraits before the ceremony (With Chloe, of course!)

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In the middle of doing portraits, Dawn reached down and picked a 4-leaf clover! Barbie laughed and said that Dawn finds them all of the time! I just loved this! I mean, what a perfect sign from Mother Earth for a couple to receive right before their wedding!

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The wonderful and amazing Reverend Roddy O’Neil Cleary officiated the intimate service, bringing with her an amazing spirit and her Tibetan Singing bowl.

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The rich blend of the prayer bowl’s harmonic tones immediately centered the couple and created a perfect environment for their ceremony.

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Yay, Mommies!

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And with the power vested in Rev. Cleary by the State of Vermont, Dawn and Barbie were declared spouses for Life! And the kissed. Ahhh….
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Let them eat cake! (Especially when it’s a Creme Brûlée Cake made by Mirabelles! Yum!!)
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Here’s To LOVE!!

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If you’d like to see all of Dawn and Barbie’s‘s wedding pictures, please click Here (but you need to get the secret password from the couple!)

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Chastity and Lenore’s Oakledge Park Wedding

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After 15 years together, Chastity and Lenore tied the knot! They came all the way from Jacksonville, Florida to Burlington, Vermont to share their vows and exchange rings and I had the privilege of being there to take their wedding pictures.

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Kathryn Blume, JP extraordinaire, officiated the ceremony at Oakledge Park on Lake Champlain, overlooking the Burlington skyline to the east and the Adirondack Mountains to the west.

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As nearby students sunbathed and swam with their dogs, Chastity and Lenore held hands and vowed to love and support each other all the days of their lives.

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

The couple brought along a bottle of champagne and two plastic glasses (made for them by their niece) to toast their nuptials. The wedding cake was delivered to them at the park from Bright Eyes Bakery and it looked as yummy as it tasted (though I only got to sample the frosting!)

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The wet weather held off just long enough for the ceremony and a little time for portraits, but soon the raindrops began so the newly married couple took their double chocolate cake and champagne and headed off to a celebration dinner at EB Strong’s Steak House on Church Street.

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Congratulations, Chastity and Lenore!!! And may the state of Florida some day soon recognize your beautiful and FEDERALLY LEGAL marriage!!!

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To see all of Chastity and Lenore’s wedding pictures, please click HERE (and make sure you get the password from the couple to enter the gallery)!

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A very THEATRICAL proposal

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It was magical, lyrical and heartfelt and if this were really a theatrical performance, below would be the Playbill Cover:

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Rick had set the scene for his big proposal to Chris, who he met and subsequently fell in love with two years ago while both involved with Lyric Theatre’s “Titanic.

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Yup. At 10:30 Friday night, just as Lyric Theatre crew members were wrapping up initial light checks for their upcoming musical, Les Miserables, another- more intimate- show was just about to begin.

The audience was ready, the cameras were set, the stage was miked and Myra Flynn was waiting for her cue.

Right on schedule, Chris showed up to meet Rick, unaware of what waited for him inside. He was immediate whisked on stage and into the spotlight. Rick welcomed him and told him he loved him.

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Then Myra Flynn entered stage left. Her keyboard was ready and Chris was shocked. Rick told him that he wanted to do something special for their anniversary, so Myra was there to perform for them their “song”, her original ballad, “For The Record”, off her album of the same name.

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They Danced. She sang.

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Rick proposed.

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Chris said YES.

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Everyone cheered!
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AND, if that just isn’t enough LOVE for you, watch this slideshow, synced to Myra Flynn’s gorgeous song:

I can’t wait for the wedding!!!

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Rick and Chris’s VERY THEATRICAL PROPOSAL, please click HERE (password needed)

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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)

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:


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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