Storm's a Brewin' at Mississippi Beach Wedding


Early in May we were lucky enough to be invited to photograph the wedding of Michelle and Allen. One of Michelle's best friends from high school, Becka, was one of my students when I taught photojournalism at the University of southern Mississippi. Becka told Michelle she should hire us to photograph her wedding. Thanks Becka! What a fun wedding ... well, I should say two weddings. The first ceremony--a Persian Aghd--took place on Friday night.

The next day everyone headed for the sand in Long Beach, Mississippi where a storm was trying to blow in. It was actually rather nice to have the cloud cover for the wedding -- both for the cooling effect and for the quality of light created. Before the wedding began, the bride hid behind a cover of parasols. (You can see it from both angles above and below.) The grooms wore khaki pants and casual white shirts with sand dollar boutonniere.

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the day.

And I'm honored to report that this photograph of the kiss at the end of the ceremony won a Wedding Photojournalist Association award.


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.