I’ve been spending a lot of time this winter designing and building wedding albums. I really love the time spent building these not just because it is a welcome break from computer work but it is such a different type of work. Whether it is tearing and scoring 100+ album pages, building hinged covers, or the hundreds of other small detailed steps in constructing one of our heirloom albums, I find the process of building beautiful things by hand immensely fulfilling. More important than my own personal satisfaction in building our albums is the gratification that comes from making something beautiful for someone else. For many of our wedding couples their album is their first family heirloom and the thought of it being passed down to children and grandchildren drives me to make every one as timeless and beautiful as possible.
Becky and Ryan‘s wedding at Bluebell Farm last Spring was one of the highlights of the year. For their Heirloom Wedding Album we used a distressed leather cover with a hemp-leaf Japanese binding. The end sheets are lokta paper with a gold filigree pattern that echoes the font used on the title page. The pages are printed on a natural white archival rag paper with several gatefold spreads highlighting key photographs. I especially like the Japanese style book box with its simple waxed lokta exterior that opens up to reveal the leather-covered album resting in a richly patterned gold interior.
For us photographing a wedding is never complete until the album is finished and delivered. We have never shot a wedding that didn’t include an album and I don’t foresee ever doing so.