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Ryan and Bethany

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Ryan and Bethany came up from South Carolina to Vermont for a ski weekend-and while they didn’t get to do much skiing, Ryan DID manage to squeeze in a very romantic marriage proposal!

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After Bethany said YES and I came out from hiding, I congratulated the happy couple and we started a fun Engagement session and a TASTY tour of Burlington!

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Of course, we started with some romantic portraits at Waterfront Park.

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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To warm up a bit, We made a short stop back at Ryan and Bethany‘s hotel, the Courtyard Burlington Harbor Marriott, for a post-proposal beer!

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Then it was on to the Church Street Marketplace
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We embraced the misty rain and the couple did their best impression of a “Gene Kelly umbrella dance.”

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I love to take coffee-loving couples to Uncommon Grounds for a LOVERS LATTE (my name, not theirs!)

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We ended our day at the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory for some delicious sweets…
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Here’s a SUPER FUN recap of Ryan and Bethany’s romantic Burlington, Vt Proposal and Engagement Session, and because the slideshow is made in flash (with great music by Josh Ritter and Meghan Trainor) you need to view it on a laptop, not your iPad or iPhone. Sorry!)

Congratulations, Ryan and Bethany and take care of one another. As Robert Browning wrote almost two centuries ago,
“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be…”

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Bethany and Ryan’s day, you need to get the password from them and then you can click HERE!

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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

Next, Rick and Chris collected stones (and wishes) from all of their guests…
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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 pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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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

karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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).

Whitney an Ryan Get Married!

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

Whitney and Ryan were married last month in Portland, Oregon, and I was thrilled to be asked to fly out from Vermont and photograph this celebration. The bride’s mother (Mimi) is a dear old friend and I had already shot the wedding of her oldest daughter, Helen, in 2009. When Mimi told me that Whitney was going to “Jump The Broom” with Ryan, I couldn’t wait to document the big event.

I love this picture of Mimi and Mimi’s mother, Mops, looking at Whitney after getting into her wedding dress:

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Whitney looked like a princess in her gown and floor length veil. And Ryan was equally gorgeous in his 3-piece grey suit and the purple checked tie!

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The couple’s FIRST LOOK at each other took place near their apartment at Laurelhurst Park.

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And as lovely as the surroundings were, it paled in comparison to Whitney and Ryan’s love-soaked and happy faces when they held each other!

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Now, this is LOVE!

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and BEAUTY!

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We made one last stop before heading to the wedding venue to show off both the couple AND city of Portland!

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The wedding was being held downtown at the Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom. We did all of the family and bridal party portraits right nearby at Pioneer Courthouse Square, affectionately known as Portland’s living room, and home of the iconic bronze Umbrella Man statue named “ALLOW ME” (Thanks, Mimi, for educating me about this!)

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How Fun!

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Now, onto the wedding!

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It just doesn’t get prettier than this! Proud Dad (Peter) walks his little girl down the aisle…

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The ceremony was officiated by Ryan’s Grandmother. So sweet!

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You may now kiss!

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Wahoo!! An exuberant MARRIED couple leads the recessional…

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Presenting Mr. and Mrs….

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Whitney and Ryan take the floor for their first dance..

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OK, dad’s turn…

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And a very tender moment as Ryan dances with his mother’s best friend. His mom is no longer living, but her loving presence in the room was honored with a long stem white rose, which was placed on a front row seat during the ceremony.

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I love the origins of the wedding cake ritual. In medieval England, if a bride tasted the cake before the wedding, it meant the loss of the husband’s love, while a piece of cake after the ceremony ensured his fidelity! HAHA!
Furthermore, every guest must eat a small piece to ensure that the happy couple are blessed with children. BON APETITE, EVERYONE!

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I had never seen this before… The Shoe Game. The bride and Groom sat back to back, each holding one of their own shoes and one of their new spouse’s shoes. the DJ asked a series of questions, and the couple then raised the correct shoe of who they each thought fit the answers best. Of course, it turned into a hilarious he-said, she-said kind of thing. VERY FUN!

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What could be more fun than a CANDY TABLE, all purple of course, to match the color scheme of the wedding!

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And it isn’t really a party until there’s a rumba line!

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Lots of dancing and lots of kissing. I love weddings!

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The party ends with Whitney and Ryan exiting through a tunnel of love…

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This amazing celebration began on Friday evening with a super fun rehearsal dinner at a local park. Family and out-of-town guests gathered for great food and loads of laughter and there were so many nice pictures from the night that I had to create a slideshow just for that event! Take a look-or go right to the wedding slideshow, but note that both slideshows are in FLASH so you must watch it on a laptop as it’s not viewable to an IPHONE or IPAD (Thanks alot, Steve Jobs!)

REHEARSAL DINNER:

THE WEDDING slideshow is the largest I ever made-aout 12 minutes and over 200 images! I honestly couldn’t edit it down to less than that because the night was filled with so many extraordinary moments!
But I urge you to watch it, so sit back and relax and enjoy the show!

If you’d like to see all 1600 of Whitney and Ryan’s Wedding weekend pictures, please click HERE (and make sure to get the secret password from the bridal couple)

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Jason and Larissa Get Engaged

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Jason is British and lives outside of Boston. Larissa is Canadian and lives in Ottawa. And this multi-national couple chose Burlington, Vermont to become Officially engaged to marry.

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Jason contacted me about two weeks earlier, and told me that he was planning to propose to Larissa on December 14, when they were to meet in Burlington for the weekend. He explained that Vermont had become special to them both, as it is about half way between their two homes and their most frequent rendezvous spot since becoming a couple about a year ago.

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And while Larissa had already picked out a ring with Jason and it was being made, Jason decided to surprise his bride-to-be with the Dec 14 proposal and a “promise ring” and then further surprise her with a party back in Ottawa on the following night. In Jason’s words, he thought the proposal might be the only part of the wedding that he’d be allowed to plan, so he wanted it to be fun and special.

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The waterfront was Jason’s preferred location for the big event and since unpredictable winter weather needed to be factored into the plan, I suggested to him to do the actual “proposal” inside ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and then we could continue the photo session outside on the boardwalk.

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The pressure was on Jason to get Larissa to visit the science center. Once there, I would follow them at a distance until Jason was ready to make his move. After the couple arrived, however, Jason was so nervous that he just discreetly took the “promise ring” from his pocket and practically whispered the proposal to Larissa. I barely saw it happen, as the couple was turned away from me, facing a large picture window!

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After making some pictures from a distance, I approached the couple and gave Larissa quite a surprise. We had a great time working our way around the museum taking pictures, including some really fun portraits inside the Exhibit: Coffee: The World in Your Cup. As it turns out, the couple spends a great deal of time visiting coffee shops and cafes together.

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The temperature was fairly mild that Sunday morning, so I was able to make additional portraits of Jason and Larissa along the Burlington waterfront. We ended the Engagement session at their favorite breakfast spot, Penny Cluse.

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The following slideshow is set to Basia Bulat‘s The Shore, a favorite song of Jason and Lariissa.


Congratulations, Jason and Larissa! Have a great time planning your wedding!

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Emilie and Cory

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Emilie and Cory traveled from Quebec to Vermont to see the mountains, enjoy the outdoors AND to have an engagement portrait session while they were here. They told me that they had no Vermont connection other than they thought it would be a fun place to have pictures done.

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So, since they said that they love the outdoors and beautiful views, I took them on a whirlwind tour of some of my favorite local photo spots, starting with Oakledge Park Beach and ending at dusk at All Souls Gathering in Shelburne for a spectacular view of Lake Champlain.

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In between, we had some fun with hay bales, a barn (and a surprise Equus Photobomber) and one of Vermont’s many special covered bridges.

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Here’s a a fun recap of my afternoon with Emilie and Cory, set to MadnessIt must be Love:

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OK, Emilie and Cory, are you ready for a Vermont wedding? CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement!

Note: If you’d like to see all of Emilie and cory’s E session pictures, please click HERE (NOTE: you’ll need to get the secret password from the couple in order to enter the gallery)

A Battery Park proposal

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Alex, who lives in Burlington and Shantal, who lives in Montreal, are in love.
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On This beautiful Fall Thursday evening, Shantal arrived for the weekend from Montreal to visit Alex. At his apartment, she was greeted with a bouquet of flowers, a new dress, and a note telling her that a taxi would pick her up at 5:45 and deliver her to him.
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And while Shantal got ready for her date, Alex anxiously sat in Battery park–a ring in his pocket, sweat on his brow, and ME, lurking in the shadows and ready to photograph this HUGE event.
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The late-day sun glowed on the horizon and the waterfront view was spectacular. As with most nights in Burlington, many gathered at this popular spot to watch the sunset, so I didn’t actually look out of place with two cameras draped around my neck.
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Now, before moving forward, let me tell how Alex and Shantal come to this point in their story…

Shantal‘s best friend Katia and Alex‘s best friend Max met, got married and they moved to Montreal. For the the longest time, they tried to match up Alex and Shantal but neither of them were interested in meeting the other and starting a long distance relationship. After all, Alex lived in Maryland, and Shantal in Quebec. It would never work! Right?

But, after so much time listening to their friends talk about each other, Alex and Shantal finally relented and took a leap of faith.

First, they started to talk on the phone. And talk. And talk. Day after day and night after night, they continued talking.

Then, after countless phone calls, Alex headed to Montreal to meet Shantal.
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It took only a few more visits before it was clear that they wanted to be in each others’ lives forever.
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So, what’s a man to do? Alex moved to Vermont to be closer to his girl and to show her that he meant business.
Every weekend, Alex either went to Montreal or Shantal visited him in Burlington.
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And so, here we were… Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:00 pm, at Battery Park:
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A bewildered Shantal arrived at he stroke of 6 o’clock, and immediately, a nervous Alex got down on one knee, held up the ring box and asked her to be his bride.
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She said YES.
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WOW! It all happened so fast (and I was trying so hard to look casual and NOT like a paparazzi) that I almost missed the whole thing!
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After a short and sweet portrait session, the sun was gone and Alex and Shantal went on to a celebration dinner at the Blue Cat Bistro and then to phone friends and family to tell them the big news.
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Here’s a nice little video recap of the big proposal, set against a song chosen by the newly engaged couple: “Waiting All My Life” by the Rascal Flatts

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Congratulations, Alex and Shantal. I hope I get to photograph the big day!!
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Ashley and Kate’s wedding

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Ashley and Kate were married last month at Camp Common Ground in Starksboro.
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The couple hosted a “wedding weekend” at this family camp, where their guests gathered for an old fashioned summer camp experience, slept in cabins (some with multiple sets of bunk beds), ate in the mess hall, and just enjoyed Vermont in all it’s natural glory. All that and then culminating with a fabulous wedding and party? It doesn’t get much better than that!
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For Ashley and Kate, the big day started with a “little” storm and it didn’t let up for hours. But the wet weather didn’t rain on this wedding’s lively and lovely parade. If anything, the rain and mist added a richness of color to the enchanted surroundings.
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The “getting ready” part of the day always makes such fun pictures. Ashley and Kate dressed separately with help from their own attendants and even their dog had fancy new duds for the event!
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Such a sweet face!
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A First Look at each other brought so much emotion, my heart leapt.
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First official Family portrait!
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

The ceremony, held in the hay barn, was magical and emotional. There were many moist eyes (including Ashley’s) throughout the service, which was officiated by a dear friend and included Kate’s sister singing with her father accompanying on guitar.
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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

This picture just makes me smile…
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Along with the pronouncement of marriage came clear skies and an opportunity for cocktails and toasts outside the main hall. The brides’ two dads had everyone both giggling and tearing up.
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The big group shot:
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The mess hall was transformed into a beautiful wedding venue, including all the lovely little details that make for a memorable celebration. The food, provided by Sarah Hipple of Welcome Home Chef Service, was SCRUMPTIOUS, with a variety of stations including the best fish tacos I have ever had!
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It’s not a wedding unless your friends serenade you!
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First dance as a newly wedded couple:
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Rusty Belle–Absolutely the best wedding band I heard all summer! How can you NOT love a band who uses a washboard and an old coffee can as a symbol…
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…and they kept the crowd dancing all night!
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Fireworks and sparklers added the perfect finishing touch to this super fun wedding!
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If you haven’t seen enough pictures, this slideshow is one of my most favorites from this season and has great music by Brandi Carlile and SHeDAISY ! So, find a computer (Because it’s in FLASH and not IPAD friendly) and enjoy the recap of Ashley and Kate’s wet and wild wedding day:

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If you’d like to see all of Ashley and Kate’s wedding pictures, please ask them for the secret password and then click HERE

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