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Rick and Chris

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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

karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer Vermont portrait

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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer
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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

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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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

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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Sadie and Christy’s wedding

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Sadie and Christie were married on a bright August day at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, and the hills were indeed alive with the sound of both music- and- wait for itlove!

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The couple took the traditional path of getting ready for their wedding separately. Sadie quietly dressed, with just some help from her mom, and Christy had close friends with her to assist with the details.

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

There were many smiles when the women had their first look at each other in their wedding clothes. And for good reason–they both looked GORGEOUS!

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The family portraits were festive and one of my favorite moments was when Sadie and Christy gave grandma smooches…
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The wedding ceremony was held in the concert meadow, and Sadie‘s niece and nephew served as flower girl and ring bearer.

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With the broad vistas of Nebraska Valley as its backdrop, about 50 friends and family members witnessed the exchange of marriage vows and rings.

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

And, 15 minutes later, Christy and Sadie were joined in marriage and they sealed this all-important moment with a kiss.
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Then came the barrage hugs and congratulations and, of course, a few happy tears.

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Onto the cocktail hour, held on the patio outside of the Mozart Room…

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…and then inside for a scrumptious dinner.
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Dancing as a married couple…
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So many lovely details…
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And what’s a wedding without a rumba line…
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toasting marshmallows on the patio…
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a final walk in the garden with twilight sky…
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A wonderful night for a moon dance…
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Enjoy this (flash) slideshow, looking back at Sadie and Christy’s mountain wedding, with some musical accompaniment from T.J. McCloud and Bonnie Raitt:


If you’d like to see all of Sadie and Christy‘s wedding pictures, just click HERE (but get the password first from the couple!)

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Meesh and Jill’s Wedding

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“Home, Home on the Grange, where these brides have their FAB Wedding day…”🎵🎶🎵

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Meesh and Jill celebrated their wedding weekend with 180 friends and family at the Vermont Grange in Brookfield. They took over the camp (many sleeping in cabins with bunk beds) and had a weekend of laughter and fun, complete with corn hole and camp fires. Of course, it culminated with the Wedding and an awesome reception!

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Jill looked gorgeous in her white dress and Meesh equally so in her grey slacks and vest (and the greatest bow tie ever)! Their matching bouquets pulled the whole look together, along with their bridal party’s grey and purple attire. All of the flower arrangements were designed by Jill’s sister and they were really special!

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

It was a beautiful ceremony, officiated by a close friend, with readings and singing, 180 smiles and, yes, a few (happy) tears.

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

The reception began with lawn games and appetizers, before moving inside the main hall for dinner and dancing.
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Check out this gorgeous cheese board, one of the couple’s wedding gifts !
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This was one of those weddings where the children were all so adorable, I couldn’t keep my camera off them…

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The dinner was catered by Donnell Collins , the amazing executive chef at Leunigs in Burlington. The food was delicious and plentiful, all served family style. Then came the toasts and lots of laugher.

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Instead of wedding cake, the delicious dessert was a selection of A-MA-ZING WHOOPIE PIES provided by TIME OUT FOR WHOOPIE– YUM!
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The party was so much fun, and all of the music was played from an IPOD set up to a sound system with hours of Meesh and Jill‘s favorite songs.

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Here’s a slideshow looking back at this perfect day on the Grange. Enjoy! (But it is in FLASH, so you’ll need to trade your iPad for a laptop to watch it.)

One last one: Funny Foto Bomb!
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If you’d like to see all of Meesh and Jill’s wedding day pictures, just get the password from the couple and then CLICK HERE

Congratulations, Meesh and Jill!!!!

Ashley and Kate’s E session

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karen pike photography Vermont wedding photographer

Ashley and Kate are getting married next Saturday and we just barely squeaked in an Engagement session.
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Taking portraits of a couple prior to their wedding is so important for me, because it is often the only time I have to get to know them a little and see how comfortable they are in front of the camera. This couple is so cute and was so much fun to photograph during their E session, I can’t wait to point a lens at them again at their wedding!

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I enjoyed seeing how playful Ashley and Kate are with each other. They both have infectious smiles an a great sense of humor!
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It is also obvious that they are truly in love and enjoy each other’s company more than anything.

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Without further ado… Enjoy this oh-so-romantic slide show, set to Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E….


If you’d like to see all of Ashley and Kate‘s Engagement portraits, please click HERE (password protected).

Come back next month to see some glorious wedding pictures of Ashley AND Kate!