Laughing at the altar at Northside UMC

Minister makes bride and groom laugh

Minister makes bride and groom laugh

Here's the second in our series of couples' favorite photos. Taylor and John Pafford chose this photograph taken by Sharon McMahon. Sharon was hiding in a side door behind the altar at Northside United Methodist Church when she saw and snapped this fun moment.

Here's Taylor's explanation of why she and John chose this photo as their favorite.

This is our favorite wedding photo because it captures a genuinely funny moment towards the end of the ceremony. Following our vows, exchanging of the rings, and communion, Dr. Gil (our officiant) spoke to us privately, so that the congregation could not hear. He said how much he loved us and cared for us. He told us that he would pray for us as we began this journey together. Then, he looked at Taylor and said, "You look absolutely stunning." Then, he turned to John and said, "John, you look....well... I know you tried."

We thought that was such a funny moment and were thankful for a moment of humor to begin our lives as husband and wife!

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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.