Someone I know got married a year and a half ago on the same weekend in October I had gotten married on several years before (Anniversary Twinsies!). When she was all a flutter about planning the wedding and soon about to leave Seattle for the big event, I made sure to mention how much I love wedding photos and I hoped to see the whole gorgeous lot of them when she got back.
I think she forgot because she recently confessed to me that her wedding pictures have been living on a thumb drive in a bowl (a wedding gift, of course) on her kitchen table. The photos were not backed up to her laptop and she had not had any prints made yet. That was just too sad! She needed to get these important photos organized from her big special day and back into her life.
I am happy she turned to me for help.
First things first, we made sure to backup the wedding photos from the thumb drive onto her computer and onto a cloud-based service. I carefully went through the 450 wedding photos and selected the best of the best images. I tried to pull the photos where the bride and groom looked their best as well as the photos that really captured all the special moments from the day. I was able to drill the original batch down to about 100 photos after a little back and forth to make sure I had included all the photos the couple wanted in the final book.
After I became pretty familiar with her wedding photos and got a solid sense of the couple’s style, I laid out the wedding book design. I focused on telling the story of the special day in a linear way that highlighted the couple’s modern and nontraditional style. I was inspired by the bride’s playful blue shoes (“…something borrowed, something blue…”) and used a striking slate teal blue throughout the book as a unifying theme.
The hardcover book was ultimately printed on real archival-quality photo paper and bound in a seamless, lay-flat spine so no portion of any photos would be folded or hidden by a “gutter”. Once the book arrived for the bride to see she exclaimed the book had turned out even better than she had imagined. The happy couple also had copies made for their mothers and gifted them on Mother’s Day this past weekend. This special wedding photo book is making not just one couple happy but three at the same time and isn’t that so much better than a thumb drive sitting in a bowl?