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Sometimes things just line up perfectly. Not because they actually are perfect, but because the people involved make it that way. For some people, no matter what you throw at them, they take it in stride and remain positive, enthusiastic, and grounded. Some people just have a way of keeping things in beautiful perspective.

It could be the most gorgeous day ever on your wedding day, or it could down pour for 24 hours straight. But its not about the weather (or really anything else for that matter), its about two people in love who are committing their lives to each other.

A wedding day is a different start to the memory making cycle that all of us are in. We can choose to be upset about the little things that don’t work in our favor, or we can embrace life’s imperfections, and still make thing perfect. I’m pretty sure Rachel and Mike are happy that it rained on their wedding day…….actually, I’m pretty sure they are happy that it down poured. Won’t that be an awesome memory to tell (and show) the future generations of their family?

We can’t thank Rachel and Mike enough for being amazing and getting drenched with us in a vineyard….at 11:oo PM on a chilly night…..without an umbrella:)

Steve

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  • Dennis Pike - April 9, 2014

    Holy hell this is amazing. Calling this epic would be like calling the Grand Canyon a ditch. Insane.ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Campbell - April 9, 2014

    Awesome, awesome wedding. I wish it would rain here more so we could get awesome rain shots like those! You guys did fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Elissa - April 9, 2014

    Holy sh!t, y’all, WHAT! This is ridiculousssss!!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Johnson - April 10, 2014

    I’m friends with your florist and followed this to see her work but feel in love with your pictures. You made the best out of the rain and got great shots which shows anything goes and the day is what you make it. Have an amazing life and hands up to the photographer I will pass their name on for sure.
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  • Stephanie Abner Roque - April 10, 2014

    once again … amazing!!! you guys just blow me away every time. LOVEthese ! ReplyCancel

  • damian burcher - April 10, 2014

    Great photographs, you caught so many happy ones of them.ReplyCancel

  • bryan - April 11, 2014

    wait. those photos in the rain? WHAT?!ReplyCancel

  • lisa lacroix - April 11, 2014

    what a ridiculously fabulous wedding!!!ReplyCancel

  • ayesha - April 11, 2014

    OH YOU GUYS STOP. this is insane… i thought all the in-the-rain photos were perfection until i got to the one where they actually let themselves get soaked. these are the best memories ever. so much love and joy between them just radiant in every image. you guys are amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Matthew Mead - April 11, 2014

    First image! Mind blown!!!

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  • caroline - April 11, 2014

    HOW. AWESOME. IS. THIS. COUPLE. Seriously! I mean, good on them for having joyful spirits (it shows in the photos) through adverse weather. Incredible photos you guys. You guys did an amazing job taking something like rain and creative something dramatic and moving.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Palmer - April 12, 2014

    A serious high 5.. you rocked that rain!
    amazing wedding coverage.ReplyCancel

  • Becky Young - April 12, 2014

    WOW! What an amazing set of photographs you have here, these are truly exceptional!ReplyCancel

  • Mark Pacura - April 13, 2014

    Really love your work, and the black and whites are really amazing. Great story telling!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Schilling - April 13, 2014

    What an awesome couple! I love all the umbrella portraits and how cool they were about being photographed in the rain. You can tell by the smiles on their faces that this was the best day ever and nothing could change that!ReplyCancel

  • damian burcher - April 15, 2014

    Great set of photographs, really stylish, great processing.ReplyCancel

Mid-Century Modern Home Office by The Markows

After closing on our house just two weeks ago, we’ve already finished our office! Yes, we’re proud, in fact, I think we deserve some applause because it was really hard work.

but seriously, check out the final result, complete with our cute dog eating a bone…

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A little background, we put in an offer on our house January 9th, and we closed February 28th, thanks to our kick ass realtor, Diana Brunner… have you ever heard of such a fast and on time closing before?

Since we purchased a 1960s ranch (beautifully updated and waiting for us,) we figured it was appropriate to run with the mid-century theme, at least with the office, so that’s just what we did.

We started with the clock… actually, I started with the clock while we were still in our apartment. I obviously couldn’t get my vision for the office out of my head…

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Here is a link to the tutorial I used:)

Once the clock was finished, we moved on to painting, well, Steve moved on to painting, turns out, I’m too short to evenly paint a wall, but luckily Steve is an advantageous 6’3. (please forgive the camera phone quality of these next few images;))

We used Behr paint, “Window Pane.”

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and while the paint was drying, We were in the garage sanding and lacquering our desk top…

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

as for the desk top its self, we ordered an unfinished butcher’s block workbench from Home Depot for $290.

Then we lacquered it and screwed in some hairpin legs that Steve found on etsy. Overall, the 60×30″ desk cost us $387, not bad.

We decided that we needed a table for our printer since we didn’t want it taking up space on our desk, so we repurposed an old end table from our apartment by sanding it down and priming and painting it…

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

it fits the room perfectly and serves its purpose, all for the cost of four cans of paint… about $20.

Then we decided to add some post card shelves…

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

We followed this awesome tutorial from Young House Love. Since the former owner left us the white trim paint, the total cost of these was about $9, the cost of the 4, 4 foot pieces of pine board:)

As for the 5×7 throw rug, we found one that we really liked at Bed Bath and Beyond for $100, then when we went back the second time, it was on sale for $75, SCORE!!

And then we found two desk chairs that we loved at Staples for $150 each…

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

We found this light that we love at Home Depot for $60.

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

And then we stole the piano and TV from Steve’s parents:)(always great to have awesome in-laws;))

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Clock: $80

Paint: $40

Desk: $375

Polyurethane: $12

Printer table: $20

Postcard shelves: $9

Office chairs: $300

Area rug: $75

TV bracket: $50

Light fixture: $60

Framed photo order (obviously a priority;)): $300. We wanted to keep it to personal photos, some we’ve taken on vacation in the Florida Keys, or while we were working, and the two framed photos of us were taken during sessions by our friends and talented photographers, Dennis Pike and Ryan Brenizer.

In the end, our office cost us just over $1,300. I’d say that’s pretty good for my favorite room ever, and the most important room in our new home. It also felt amazing too see my vision come together in a space where we’ll be spending most of our time during wedding season…

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Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

  • Julie Simeone - March 16, 2014

    I love it. ReplyCancel

NYC Engagement and Wedding Photographers | The Manhattan rooftop engagement session of Kaitlin and Ben

Kaitlin and Ben: I don’t know where we should do our engagement photos… we have roof access at our apartment in Manhattan…

Us: YES! just tell us when.

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  • Elissa - March 6, 2014

    Dream come true! I wish I could shoot on a NYC rooftop :) This is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Mathew - March 23, 2014

    Incredible! I love the night city look, and you shot it flawlessly!ReplyCancel

NJ Wedding Photographers | The Mill at Spring Lake Wedding of Mandy and Chris

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What a great way to start off 2014! We knew going into Mandy and Chris’s wedding that it would be an awesome day. We went to high school with Mandy, and she is also our hairstylist, and we got to hang out with her and Chris when we did their  engagement session at Carton Brewing. They are two of the most fun, relaxed people we’ve ever met. Its hard to be around either of them without constantly laughing.

They got married at Allaire State Park, and like most weddings, things ran a little late….We were running out of time to do portraits because the park was closing. Julianne remembered that there was a spot we could take some photos down the road. With Mandy willing to trek through a field in her dress and some amazing January sunlight, everything lined up perfectly:)

Aside from how much fun we had, one of my favorite things about their wedding was the favors. Homemade beer that they brewed themselves, complete with photos from their engagement session as labels on the bottles. How cool is that?

And if you’re ever in the Howell/Jackson area, check out Mandy’s salon, Salon 202, its where Steve’s hair is made perfect and Julianne’s is made blue:)

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  • Donna Fonseca - February 3, 2014

    these pics are fabulous—Deanna your daughter looked gorgeous:::
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  • Dennis Pike - February 3, 2014

    Crazy bad ass awesome! I wish I was a guest at that wedding. LOVE the portraits in the field!ReplyCancel

  • Marti Perry - February 3, 2014

    the pictures are AMAZING!
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  • Laura Gormley Scalley - February 4, 2014

    Amazing and so beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Romaine Kennedy Schaeffer - February 4, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful photos. You did an amazing job capturing that wonderful day. They are such an amazing couple.ReplyCancel

  • Tyler Hansen - February 4, 2014

    So sick!!! This is the coolest ReplyCancel

  • Jakob - February 6, 2014

    Beautiful use of light, well done.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Kolotylo - February 6, 2014

    You guys captured some fantastic candid moments, such a awesome job!! The shoes with the ferret = the best.ReplyCancel

  • brie - February 6, 2014

    Wow, killer wedding! I absolutely love the portraits in the field, that light is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Tim Kelly - February 7, 2014

    Wow what a crazy awesome looking wedding. Some magic dancing photos in there. Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Darren Gair - February 7, 2014

    Great work capuring their day so well….ReplyCancel

  • brett - February 7, 2014

    these are all so great. love all the animal shots too. haha! but those shots in the field are just sooo good!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Champa Jennings - February 7, 2014

    Two thumbs up for the killer double exposure. Good stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Schilling - February 8, 2014

    So many cute pets! So many gorgeous tattoos! So many smiles and laughs! This looks like such a fun wedding and I love their style and your style capturing all of it!ReplyCancel

  • Jouni - February 8, 2014

    These are awesome! I had to look at that DE photo a few times to get what was happening there. Very nice job guys!ReplyCancel

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