Esther and Alex's North Georgia Wedding

In preparation for every wedding, I ask couples to tell me how they envision their ideal wedding.

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Here's what Esther had to say about getting ready. "I'm with my bridesmaids at the room upstairs at the venue, my friends/bridesmaids and I are laughing and listening to fun 90's music while we get ready. It is magically not hot and I'm never sweaty. The room is decorated with cute make-shift bridal touches and we are having little drinks and singing Britney Spears, Mulan and other Disney hits."

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Esther's ideal ceremony: "Short, because I know people appreciate that, but with a sacred feeling and touching uniting of Alex and me. Hopefully the weather is nice, but if not, hope to at least get some really funny moments out of any craziness that that causes." 

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Esther's idea of the perfect reception- "Everyone gets rowdy and has a good time, the music is awesome and we are all dancing the night away, the toasts are fun, the ending feel is that people are sad it's over, but it was just the right length and people are going to bed with a smile." 

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Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.