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.
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.
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.
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.
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!