I just checked out both of your websites and they are both pretty. I am more attracted to the look of the first one (with the red background) because it is easier to read.
There are two impressions I wanted to share.
1. I really like the slide show background of the first website. On the second website, I'm curious why you didn't have a full screen slide show instead of the smaller one. In the smaller slide show, the web page underneath it, to me, distracts the eye from focusing on the photos. Just a thought.
2. The pages were slow to come up. Did you downsize your photos? I'm on a Mac which has a tendency to load faster than a PC. It might be something you might want to take a look at.
Good luck in your upcoming events!