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Weddings

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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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!

James and Rachael’s Wedding

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

James and Rachael were married last month at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Winooski and then had a super fun reception at the Whitcomb Barn in Essex.

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The traditional Catholic ceremony included a full mass and it represented both the couple’s love for each other as well as their mutually deep religious connection.[emoji wedding]

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I love how Rachael looked toward the heavens while being escorted down the aisle by her father.
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James was on the verge of tears when he saw his about-to-be-bride for the first time…

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Presenting Mr. and Mrs….
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Uh Huh! [emoji smiling face with sunglasses]
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On to the party. What view!
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I’m such a sucker for those personal little details…
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Love this!
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This couple can D-A-N-C-E!
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My favorite of the “message hearts” was the one advising to only ever fight NAKED…[emoji kissing face with smiling eyes]

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SO sweet…[emoji couple with heart]
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Here’s a slideshow looking back at this awesome day. Enjoy! (But it is in FLASH, so you’ll need to trade your iPad for a laptop to watch it.)


If you’d like to see all of Rachael and James’ wedding pictures, please click HERE. You will need to get the password, though, in order to enter this gallery. You can get it from Rachael and James.[emoji camera]

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Chris and Christine’s Jay Peak Wedding

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Chris and Christine or (in math terminology), were married last month at the Jay Peak Resort. I had never been to this venue before but I definitely hope I get to go back again soon! The location is awesome and the couple couldn’t have had a more perfect Vermont celebration.

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After some portraits of and the bridal party (against some pretty spectacular views), it was off to a bright and beautifully decorated barn for the ceremony. You would have never known that this little gem, tucked away in the woods just off a tree-lined footpath from the clubhouse was only a few yards from the golf course.

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karen pike photography vermont wedding photographer

Such a great moment…
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So Sweet….
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Gotta love bubbles!
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I always say that it’s the details that make a wedding, and this one had it totally nailed down! Everything from the table settings to the flowers to the YUMMY cupcake display was spot on perfect. It was a truly wonderful celebration for this truly wonderful couple!

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Don’t you just love L[emoji black heart suit]VE?

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I hope you enjoy the following slideshow of Chris and Christine’s wedding celebration!!


Definitely a candidate for the season’s cutest couple!
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**If you’d like to see all of Chris and Christine‘s wedding pictures, please click HERE. It is password protected, so you must get the secret word from the couple if you want to enter the gallery.

Congratulations, !![emoji kiss]

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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