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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
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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