Artemis & Doug

I really loved this day. Super chill wedding, really sweet people, ninja turtle cufflinks and amazing family. Thanks to the Martin event center for playing host and to the couple for trusting me with the day.

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So, Artemis’ parents are from Greece, and they’re pretty awesome. Her dad is a tailor by trade, and no-one was safe from his tie inspections for the day. But you could see how much he deeply cared- about his trade, about his daughter, about his new son in law and about the day being perfect. His authenticity and emotion were beautiful.

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Doug’s mom isn’t typically a big fan of photos. but she worked hard to give me a good smile when I pointed the camera her way and we soon became pretty good friends, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This next set of photos, the dad seeing his daughter in her dress for the first time… I DARE you to look through them closely w/out a tear…

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It was a beautiful, tiny ceremony with only the closest family. The reception later served as the giant party for EVERYONE to come to. I loved the setup of the day- it flowed really nicely.

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Someone had trouble sitting still. but that’s ok.

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They let me take part in the toast! Now that’s hospitality. Thanks guys.

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The dad insisted I take a photo with the couple. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Doug made this ring box himself. He had to make up a lie and make it up quick when Artemis noticed the bandaids after Doug had been secretly working on it…

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We lucked out and had a train go by while we were shooting.

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The wedding venue was just down the road from a local brewery, which graciously allowed us to come in and get some shots in their facilities.

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There’s no story here. Airstreams are fun. That’s all.

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The Martin event space has a sweet hidden speakeasy hangout downstairs. I’m in love with that jukebox.

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turtle cake. His reaction to it later is priceless.

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It was a classy affair!

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One of the employees remarked this was the first super classy wedding he’d seen that had a pizza buffet as the dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚

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this is my GAME.

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These two were running around snapping their own pics the whole night. I’m being directed here and it cracks me up.

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Seeing the turtle cake for the first time.

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This is the couple with Caitlin & Phil, whose wedding I shot almost exactly a year ago. Without Caitlin and Phil, I wouldn’t have been at this wedding- and I’m so very glad to have been there for both days. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This man was afraid of neither the camera nor the dance floor.

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Some traditional Greek music was played, and these older fellas got out and showed us the moves. It was amazing.

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So these two have been best friends for 70 years. They immigrated to the states together. I’d love to shoot a documentary of these guys!

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This sweet couple did a traditional Argentian waltz. You’re never too old, guys.

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Katie & Caleb

Meet Katie & Caleb. I do few weddings these days, and I’m so very glad that these two were one of the sweet couples I got to capture a day for.

Surrounded by so many friends, the Boydstons are obviously very loved, and for good reason. Hope you enjoy walking through the day via a slice of time here and there…

-Mark

 

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Cory & Kate wedding:: July 2017

Cory, Kate, & their two adorable kids have been regulars at the 9art Photobooth for some time. Like many of my photobooth regulars, they got to know me and my work well enough to trust me with something a little bigger. ย In fact, they told me they wouldn’t have trusted anyone else- and that, my friends, means the world to me.

Some couples only want the beautiful pictures; the perfect looking ones. What I love about these two is that they’re a little crazy and they WANTED that craziness reflected in their photos. Humor and transparency is so important to them- to not capture a kiddo crying or the wedding party doing something ridiculous would do them a disservice.

This is life. Crazy, funny, emotional, and yes, still beautiful. I hope I did well in capturing every part of their day and personalities in a way that honors them.

Oh, and these incredibly sweet and funny kids of theirs… what a pleasure to photograph them for the day.

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Caitlin & Phil

It was a cold, cold day. The kind of day that required everyone to scrape down their windshields before they could drive from the ceremony to the reception. But there was plenty warmth inside and among the cast and crew of this big day.

Caitlin & Phil were the sweetest couple surrounded by the sweetest people. So glad to have been there, and to have had this amazing historic church as the backdrop in Carthage, MO.

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this could be the most nervous I’ve ever seen a couple before the first sight. It was pretty cute.

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sneaky sneaky.

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really loved shooting in this old church.

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when you see a gold radiator, you gotta use it.

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an impromptu tissue paper bouquet.

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I love unplanned moments that line up symmetrically.

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yep. I want this car REAL bad.

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yes, he is in fact 10 feet tall.

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They did a fantastic job transforming the gym into a winter wonderland.

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hot cocoa bar!

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Bethany + Ian wedding

I think the last time I posted on here was about 6 months ago and I said something about how I was closing down this blog…

The reason for that was that most of my posts are now commercial-photography related, and I feature those over at my other site… marknphoto.com.

However, I do still shoot a wedding every now and again, and I just shot a beautiful dayย with some beautiful people (inside and out)… the 9art blog is still the best spot to feature it. I had to do it more justice than just throwing these out on facebook!

I’ve known Bethany’s family for a long time- her sister Tara is married to my best friend, and she was a little girl at the first wedding I shot for the Balu family. Suddenly it’s a few years later and she’s really tall now (along with her goofy brother Micah) and going to the local college here in Joplin and she’s babysitting MY kids.

Everyone, myself included, were so incredibly happy to see such a great guy like Ian come alongside her these past couple of years. These two love Jesus and are already serving in ministry together, and I know the fruits of that will be tremendous.

Congrats to the couple and to the whole clan of OCC students and Balu & Johnson families. It was a fun day in historic Fort Scott Kansas… I hope you enjoy looking t

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