Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Our Wedding Album

We all know that I love lists, so it probably comes as no surprise that I have a long list of things to-do before baby girl arrives. The tasks range from the mundane (organizing the filing cabinet) to the major (you know... finding a house.) A few weeks ago, I decided to knock one of the larger projects off that list: our wedding album.

Chris and I have been married for nearly three years and up until now, I had yet to do anything with our photos... they're not even up on Facebook! Honestly, I was a little overwhelmed. Our photographer (the talented and wonderful Amanda Fales Photography) had given us over 4,000 images of the big day, and sorting through them was a major task in itself (a task that I had started two years ago, in hopes of giving the album to Chris as a first anniversary present... ahem.)

Once we had all the photos narrowed down to our favorites, I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to design the actual book. In the end, I decided to keep things simple and let the photos shine. Every now and then, I used typography as a design element and pulled special lyrics from our wedding soundtrack (that's right, we had a soundtrack) for a little something extra. I'm so happy with how it turned out!

For printing, I decided to go with a tried and true favorite, Blurb. The whole process was super simple: I used one of their templates for InDesign, saved my final file as a print-quality PDF, and uploaded it to their website. Three weeks later, I receive the book in the mail, easy peasy. I highly recommend Blurb if you're ever in the market for a photo book (plus they have coupon deals running all the time -- I used a 25% off coupon!) I also upgraded to the ImageWrap hardcover and the premium matte paper. I've never used their basic stock paper so I can't compare the quality, but I think the matte paper looks great. It has a nice weight and a subtle shine without being too glossy.

Now that I have the actual album in hand (all 134 pages!) I can't believe it took me so long to finish it. Having a hard copy of the photos is so much nicer than the digital files. It's such a great keepsake of our wedding that we'll cherish for years to come, and I know our daughter (and future babies) will love seeing her parents on their wedding day.


katie said...

this is so gorgeous! <3

Kate said...

Oh my goodness... may have to pester you to let me see this in person! Abby tells me all the time it was the BEST wedding ever. Ever. Hands down. I don't doubt it for one minute :) Beautiful!

Cal said...

This is so beautiful! You did an awesome job. I've been meaning to make a wedding and honeymoon album for the last 2.5 years, haha. You're not alone!

Sharon Telschow said...

How beautiful! Way to go Kitty. I'd say that one is a homerun. It is perfectly gorgeous and matches your and Christopher's big day to a T.

Katherine Ross said...

@Kate - oh shucks! Maybe I'll whip it out next time we're together... I am pretty proud of it ;)

@Cal - Hah, I'm glad I'm not alone! I want to do a honeymoon album, too, and eventually I'd like to make smaller albums for every year we've been married... but that's just a dream right now.

@Sharon - Thanks! Did you see your face in that last picture? I LOVE it so much :)

Carrie said...

I love it! I've been needing to do the same with our wedding photos. I've heard a lot of good things about blurb.

Pink Ronnie said...

It is beautiful, Katherine.
Ronnie xo