DIY Kentucky Wedding by Morgan Marie Photography

Today’s charming real wedding takes us to the beautiful state of Kentucky courtesy of Morgan Marie Photography. Crafty bride Rachel Gossett took a hands-on approach to planning her wedding to groom Nathan Ross. And the details are nothing short of amazing!

As told by Rachel: I’m a DIY type of person so I wanted to be very “hands-on” for my wedding. So with the help of my sister and mom, we made basically everything from the invitations to programs to the candy favor bags and even the decorations. Many of my ideas came from pictures I found on different wedding websites and blogs. The cake stand was actually made by my bother-in-law and was used in his and mysister’s wedding as well. I didn’t have a wedding planner instead, I had a binder full of ideas, tips, tricks, and wedding vendors which I had gathered on my own or were found by my sister. I tried to make my and Nathan’s special day, as special as possible. At the end of the day, I married my best friend and nothing could have topped that.

We love it! It’s sweet photos like this that make us here at the wedding blog totally gush! Thanks again to Morgan Marie and a congrats to Rachel and Nathan!

Vendor Credits:
Ceremony location: First Baptist Church, Morgantown, KY | Reception Venue: Eva J Hawes Community Building Morgantown, KY | Wedding Dress: Galina from David’s Bridal | Suits Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew Flower girl dresses: Target | Ring Barer Outfits: Children’s Place | Hair: Kelly McKinney for Kelly’s Salon | Makeup: Meredith Trabue | Florist: Kathy Deel from Mtown, KY | Wedding Cake: Star Stahl | Reception Catering: Sara Randolph (from Auburn, KY)

Morgan Marie Photography and Head Over Heels are proud editorial partners of Two Bright Lights!

Wedding Trends We Love: Instagram + Animoto for Photo Sharing

If you’re iPhone or Android user, chances are you’ve got downloaded the super cool Instagram app. (And if you haven’t, you should do it…like, now!). The growing mobile social network allows you to add quirky features and effects to simple camera phone-snapped pics, including filters for old-school image rendering and photo frames. And now, they’ve teamed up with the easy-to-use photo-to-video site Animoto, allowing users to create cool slideshows with their camera phone handiwork.

Hundreds of wedding professionals are already using Animoto as a go-to resource for promoting their services, and we see this merger of social media trends as a great tool for brides and grooms to use for photo sharing with friends and loved ones on Facebook or YouTube pages. Check out our :30 video clip we created using both tools:

Try our slideshow creator at Animoto.

Are you already an Animoto or Instagram user? Would you use these products with your wedding or engagement images?

**Images for video courtesy of Weber Photography by Wes + Liz via Two Bright Lights. Images were edited in Instagram for effect. To view photos from this real wedding, click here!

Bonnie + Clyde Themed eShoot by Kelly is Nice Photography

Have we got a smoking hot eShoot for you today! Shot on location at The Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta by the uber talented Kelly Lewis for Kelly Is Nice Photography, Atlanta Falcons Running Back Jason Snelling and his fiancé, Janeese Palmer, took their engagement session to the next level with a Bonnie & Clyde theme, complete with fashionable vintage pieces and props (check out the toy gun, handcuffs and the old school getaway car!). See below for all the gorge details!

Lovely! A special thanks to Kelly Lewis from Kelly is Nice Photography, and a big congrats to Janeese and Jason on their upcoming wedding!

Kelly is Nice Photography and Head Over Heels are proud editorial partners of Two Bright Lights!

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