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Marj Merges

Marj Merges | A Practical Wedding
  • Longmont, CO
  • $1700 - $1700

Travel Policy

No travel fees to Portland, OR.

Why do you want to work with APW Couples?

You’d think this would be a super easy question. I mean I’ve been reading APW since January 2010 when I somehow found it looking around the internet for wedding blogs. It felt then and still does like a sort of refuge. A place of calm in the realm of weddings. A place where there’s space to reflect on aspects of the wedding beyond the surface details. But saying I love APW and recommend it to everyone I can doesn’t really explain why I want to work with APW couples.

Or maybe it does. Because the folks reading APW are going to get me as a photographer and as a person. They’re going to want awesome pictures but in no way will the pictures become more important than the wedding. Just like the wedding pales in comparison to the marriage. And their weddings will embody this philosophy no matter the couple. This philosophy of marriage trumping all else. A philosophy that will mean these are couples I truly and honestly want to meet. Couples who will remain friends and pieces of my life long after the wedding is over. And I will be honored to do so.

Describe your artistic approach to weddings?

I love the little moments.  The gentle touches that silently communicate thoughts between a couple.  The kiss stolen behind a half closed door.  The in-between moments.

I strive to capture those moments.  Those beautiful shots that say so much.

What are your non-work-related hobbies?

My life these days is mostly consumed by an adorable, extremely energetic, and smiley toddler.  We still do many of the things we loved to do before we had her, but differently, and sharing those experiences with a little person (which mostly makes them all the more special except when she’s screaming).

Camping looks mostly the same minus sitting. Backpacking actually happened once this year without a middle of the night freak-out so we’re hopeful we’re moving away from the car and into the woods.  Biking is wonderful and just involves a little more work going uphill and a little bit more selectiveness on which roads to ride.  Skiing has changed from going down fast to going flat pretty slowly but it’s still pretty.  Mostly things just involve more stopping and more gear and also more joy.

What’s your favorite book?

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. To be honest I don’t quite know why it’s my favorite book. I read it in high school and loved it. Since at this point I’ve forgotten most of it I think it’s about the lingering feeling I was left with after reading it.

If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?

Daniella by John Butler Trio. My husband and I have had many a car dancing party to that song. I love how he talks in the song about wanting her to meet his parents and also acknowledges just how much he wants to get her into bed.

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