AF­TER ‘I DO’

Bal­ti­more wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers travel coun­try, col­lect­ing sto­ries from mar­ried cou­ples from 50 states

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE - By Brit­tany Britto

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As wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers, it was Liz and Ryan Bower’s job to cap­ture the fun and ex­cite­ment of ev­ery union. They saw how much em­pha­sis was put into the day of, but while com­ing to terms with Liz’s par­ents’ di­vorce, the Rem­ing­ton mar­ried cou­ple won­dered — how much em­pha­sis was put on the mar­riage?

“There just didn’t seem to be that ex­cite­ment and en­ergy from the in­dus­try and on the in­ter­net for the mar­riage af­ter, which re­ally was what we felt was the most im­por­tant,” Ryan Bower, 33, said.

From that seed grew a project that re­sulted in the cou­ple mak­ing a cross-coun­try odyssey and writ­ing a just-re­leased book, “Amaz­ing Life To­gether,” that col­lects the tales of 76 cou­ples — at least one from ev­ery state — whose mar­ried lives ranged from two

The Bow­ers vis­ited all 50 states, log­ging 41,983 miles and con­duct­ing 98 in­ter­views as they gath­ered ma­te­rial for their book.

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