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A wedding photographer says he offers discounts if the couple goes to marriage counseling....
Jason Mundie says quite frankly the divorce statistics flat out shocked him- especially when he spends so much time with couples on the happiest day of their life.
Mundie says while he can't change the divorce statistic alone- he can do his part to help his clients who also become friends.
It's an exciting time in a couple's life...and wedding photographer Jason Mundie gets to share those special moments almost every week.
Jason Mundie says, “I love capturing moments especially weddings because you get to capture people on their happiest day of their life.”
It's also one of the most expensive days in a couple's life -
According to Forbes.com the average wedding costs just over 27 thousand dollars
But it's another fact that disturbs Mundie -
Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce.
Mundie says, “That is just completely baffling to me considering how happy they are on their wedding day.”
So he wanted to do something about it - to preserve the couple's memories... And their marriage
Mundie found pre-marital counseling can cut chances for divorce by 30 percent.
So for every one hour of premarital counseling- Mundie offers a one percent discount- up to ten percent.
Mundie says, “It can take quite a big chunk off of their wedding day price so it is well worth it to them not only financially but also in their marriage.”
Counselor Andy Garner thinks Mundie is on to something.
Andy Garner says “We spend a lot of time on conflict resolution talk about family of origin and background we even go into sexual history we do some personality profiling and things like that.”
The discount didn't exist when Mundie shot Claire Gibson's wedding but she says the idea gets to the very basics of a wedding's importance....
Claire Gibson says, “I think it is really honorable that he is kind of putting his own financial success on the back burner for peoples' relationships success.”
Mundie says he has offered the discount for almost two years
He says 80 to 90 percent of his clients take advantage of the discount.
Tuesday, August 28 2012, 07:44 AM CDT
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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