Printing My Wedding Photos

21st February 2017
My wedding photos

It’s been nine months since we tied the knot. Yet I only printed our wedding photos a few weeks ago. Aaron’s suit still isn’t dry cleaned and the fluffy white bolero I wore is still shoved unceremoniously in a recycling bag.

A wedding is a culmination of months -often years- of hard work and planning. The stress leading up to the big day is palpable. I sometimes look back on that time and wonder how we did it. After the wedding was finished, I found myself longing to go back in time and live it all again. It was without a doubt the best day of my life.

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With that said, I will happily admit to breathing a big sigh of relief when it was pulled off. The weeks of sleepless nights, wondering if everyone would get there ok. Thinking about scenarios where things could go wrong. Catastrophizing. Those worries were no longer a part of my life and with that came a certain freedom (a freedom with no room for dry cleaning!).

Months later, I revisited the idea of printing our wedding photos. I couldn’t be happier with how our photos turned out. The photos were a huge part of the wedding, as I love to document everything. I had a style in mind I wanted and knew the conditions would be difficult. My Mother-in-law is a professional photographer, specialising in landscape photography. She hates having her photo taken as much as I do so I knew she would totally ‘get’ what we were trying to achieve.

Our Photos

Without being able to visit the location before hand and having to take all her heavy camera gear in hand luggage, this wasn’t your typical wedding shoot. The weather in Iceland can change so quickly, we accepted a long time before the wedding we had no control over it. As it transpired, we were blessed with rainbows and beautiful sun. My Mother-in-law captured it all perfectly, giving us the most amazing momento of our special day.

my wedding photos

The photos were perfect in camera and required no corrective editing. I got to go through the hundreds of photos and pick the ones we used, then edit them myself to give them the matte style I had in mind.

We knew we wanted to print an album for my in-laws for Christmas. To say thank you for accompanying us all that way and at such short notice. For photographing our wedding and giving us the wedding photos I could only dream about whilst planning.

My parents also didn’t have any of the photos and I knew would love an album. They were so supportive and we couldn’t have done it without them. We don’t have many photos of us together as a family and now the wedding has been successfully pulled off, we often marvel at the adventure of it all.

Printing my wedding photos

Books VS Albums

Very little about our wedding was traditional. Our photographs were taken in a documentary style and so I knew a photo album wouldn’t do them justice. I knew a photo book would suit our photos better and allow us to visually tell the story of the day.

Printing My Wedding Photos With Blurb

I had seen another wedding book made using Blurb therefore went straight to them. They offer high quality printing with a variety of paper coatings, weights and colours. I opted for a hardcover book with an image wrap cover. I love the look of uncoated stock and knew it would work well for our wedding photos. I chose the Proline uncoated paper which is a high quality stock from Mohawk Fine Papers. We paid a little extra to remove the Blurb logo and I added many extra pages.

Printing my wedding photos

Blurb offer Indesign templates or their own software for arranging your book. Their templates offer a lot of flexibility.

The books were delivered promptly and I was over the moon with how well they turned out. The printing quality was impeccable. I gifted the books to our parents for Christmas and they both really loved them.

If you’re looking to print photos for a wedding, occasion or even portfolio I would definitely out Blurb.

Now I’ve conquered printing our photos, it’s probably time to think about dry cleaning. I think I deserve some sort of laziness reward for planning our 1 year anniversary before getting that done. Oops!

  • Gemma (Miss Makeup Magpie)
    21st February 2017 at 10:40 am

    I love the idea of a book, I never like albums as they’re so delicate and cumbersome! Yours is so unique xx

    • Amy
      21st February 2017 at 11:42 am

      Thanks Gemma x

  • Natasha Todd
    21st February 2017 at 11:17 am

    Oh wow Amy this is beautiful, what a great present to give to your parents too! A book is such a gorgeous way of keeping your memories, much prefer this idea to an album!! xx

    Tash |

    • Amy
      21st February 2017 at 11:42 am

      Thanks Tash! x

  • Allure La Vie
    21st February 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Ah these books are gorgeous. Your wedding sounded truly amazing.

    • Amy
      23rd February 2017 at 11:32 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Roxie Ferguson
    21st February 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I love the idea of displaying your photos in a book instead of an album. I still have so many I need to print but I fell pregnant pretty soon after getting married and didn’t get the chance to print & organise most of my photos. I hate to think what state my wedding dress is in as it was shoved straight into the attic!

    • Amy
      23rd February 2017 at 11:33 am

      It takes so long, I put it off for ages! Mine is in it’s bag under a bed, I decided not to try clean it as I’m never going to sell it or wear it again and the volcanic black mud kind of adds to it haha.

  • Mammafulzo
    21st February 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I have just been back through and read your wedding posts, your wedding sounds and looked so beautiful and you looked stunning. I love the thought of a book rather than a traditional album, if we ever get round to it I will be having a book too xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

    • Amy
      23rd February 2017 at 11:33 am

      Aw thanks so much Zoe!! I wish we could go back and live the day again. I think they’ll be a lot easier to keep over the years. <3

  • Gem
    21st February 2017 at 6:35 pm

    This left me wanting to see more photos! The one’s you’ve included look amazing though, and very unique

    Gemma x |

    • Amy
      23rd February 2017 at 11:33 am

      Ah thanks Gemma! x

  • Makeup Musings
    21st February 2017 at 6:49 pm

    It must be so nice being able to revisit your special day. Must make you want to do it all over again ☺️

    Annie xx |

    • Amy
      23rd February 2017 at 11:34 am

      It really does! I can’t believe it’s been 9 months already! x

  • Karen Williams
    21st February 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Awe. This is such a cute idea. Love it.

    Karen x
    JinksyBeauty x

    • Amy
      23rd February 2017 at 11:34 am

      Thanks Karen xx

  • Kenzie Harvey
    21st February 2017 at 8:34 pm

    What a lovely idea, really different but so lovely!

    Kenzie x
    Kenzie | LemonaidLies – Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

    • Amy
      23rd February 2017 at 11:34 am

      Thanks Kenzie! x

  • Sophie
    21st February 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Your photos are stunning – i love the idea of a book. We are having something similar made for ours with the uncoated stock option too! 🙂 x


    • Amy
      23rd February 2017 at 11:35 am

      Thanks Sophie! Ah amazing, I think it makes the photos look really nice. Not sure if you’ll share any online but looking forward to seeing if so! Loving your wedding planning posts x

  • Cassandra Myee
    22nd February 2017 at 7:28 am

    This book looks stunning and such fab quality too! What a special thing to have now.

    Cass | CassandraMyee

    • Amy
      23rd February 2017 at 11:35 am

      Thank you Cass! x

  • Amy
    23rd February 2017 at 11:32 am

    Ah I hope you post about yours, I’d love to see how you put it together and more about the cool personalisation you did with illustrations. I’m so impressed with them, definitely want to print more books of travels etc x

  • Laura
    23rd February 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Ah this is lovely! I need to do this xx

    • Amy
      26th February 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Laura x

  • Jacquard Flower
    26th February 2017 at 4:24 pm

    The book is such a nice way to have your photos printed! Gemma x

    • Amy
      28th February 2017 at 9:27 am

      Thank you Gemma x

  • Rebecca Lacey
    28th February 2017 at 11:47 am

    Oh wow how lovely, there’s something more special about having photos in physical form!

    Rebecca Coco

    • Amy
      1st March 2017 at 11:28 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Laura Louise
    1st March 2017 at 11:24 am

    I need to do this! Great idea – I still just have them all on my laptop somewhere! I keep meaning to put them into an album or something xx

    • Amy
      1st March 2017 at 11:28 am

      It’s easy to put off! x

  • Georgia Hathaway
    1st March 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Oh this is so lovely! You can’t beat a proper photo album!

    Georgia x