Very Classy People @ Elite Events

I was scheduled to be an exhibitor at the August 2nd Cobb Galleria Georgia Bridal Show. I paid for a booth and was planning the decorations for the booth when my Dad became ill and had to be admitted to the hospital. ga_bridal

As his hospital stay lengthened from days to weeks and the time for the show came closer, I decided to call Elite Events (the creators of the show) to see if there would be any way for me to transfer my reservation and payment for a booth from the August show to a later show. When I called to ask for a reprieve to spend time with my Dad, Tommy Vaughn, the owner of Elite Events answered the phone. I told him what was happening in my life and asked once if I could move to the September 13th show at Gwinnett Center. Without hesitation he told me that I could switch to whatever date/location I preferred. This reprieve made my life so much easier when times were difficult.

My Dad died yesterday morning at Piedmont Hospital. My Mom and I were holding his hand when he died. I was able to spend many extra hours with him during the final weeks of his life, thanks to the kind folks at Elite Events.

Thanks again, Tommy.


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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.