Wedding Album Design

Photographers today are not often a one-stop shop. A good photographer will focus on what they do best: Take great pictures. In the past a wedding photographer would take the photos, do the editing, print your prints, and create a wedding album design if you chose to pay for one.

Now, things have changed. Photographers generally deliver you a DVD or a memory stick that has all of the photos that they took. Yes, there are usually hundreds of them.

Wedding albums are even more desirable now in the digital world. Can you imagine pulling out your Ipad with a guest at your house to flip through hundreds of photos from your wedding day?  Talk about boring!

So, there is a strong argument to have a real wedding album designed. You can leave the album on your coffee table and your house guests will not be able to resist the temptation of flipping through and enjoying your wedding story.


If you want a wedding album you should contact someone who specializes in wedding albums. A photographer may take great photos, but they likely cannot design a wedding album as well as a professional wedding album design company.

A great wedding album company will help you choose the images for your album, or will even choose the best images for you for your approval. And it should not take long! Wedding album designers should be able to complete the first draft of your design within a few days to a week.

There are two main styles of wedding album design: Classic and Modern.

Classic Wedding Album Design – This design style uses black or white backgrounds and are similar to traditional wedding albums. Fading and effects are kept to a minimum with this type of wedding album design

Modern Wedding Album Design – The Modern Album Design style uses fading and transitions in order to guide the viewer through the story of the day. Rather than solid backgrounds, many of the pages are designed with image backdrops.

So, first find a great photographer. Then find a great wedding album company to design and make your perfect wedding album.

Set your wedding album out on your coffee table. Your friends will love it!  You will love it! The magic of your wedding day will be relived over and over again.

Wedding Photo

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Repurposing Items for a Wedding

When you start shopping for all the supplies that you’ll need for your wedding, you’ll quickly start to notice that the prices are much higher than when you shop for everyday items. Even paper plates that have wedding related printing on them will go for an arm and a leg, so being creative and finding alternatives is important if you are on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are many great items out there that aren’t actually designed for weddings that will easily look as if they were. By using a little bit of savvy shopping and the patience it takes to look around at all of your local stores, you’ll find that repurposing items for a wedding is actually quite simple and you can even find appropriate items in your very own home.

Centerpiece Vases

Instead of shelling out a ton of money for centerpiece vases, you should consider emptying out your cupboard of old glasses and goblets that will easily do the job for a fraction of the price. Chances are you have way too many glasses that are all mismatched or starting to show their age, so your wedding can be a great opportunity to swap those out by putting some new ones on your gift registry. Even if you want to keep your glasses, you can always take them off the tables and put them back into your cupboard at the end of the night. If you need to buy glasses for this job, you can always check the dollar store where you can find them for really cheap.


Many couples choose to have sparklers at their wedding to use during the send-off line. Buying sparkler specifically for this purpose can be a little expensive, but most people have sparklers left over from the 4th of July sitting in a box in their garage. Overall, the difference between regular sparklers and wedding sparklers is usually only the packaging as long as they have metal wires instead of wooden sticks for their cores. You’ll have to throw away the bright colored packaging that they originally came in, but you can just tie them together with a ribbon for a lovely looking arrangement.

Wedding Sparklers

Wedding Dress

To save money on your wedding dress, you should consider asking your friends and family if they still have their and if you can use it at your wedding. Wedding dresses are one of the most expensive things you’ll need to have, so trimming off that cost can be a massive savings. If you can’t find one that’s available or that fits, you can always check thrift stores and second-hand stores throughout your area. If you look hard enough, you should be able to find something that works perfectly for little or no money.

Recycled Goods

Lastly, recycled goods have become very popular at weddings. Whether they are new items made from old plastics or simply items that are repurposed, this can be a fun and inexpensive way to help you decorate your wedding. One of my favorite items was a gift table made from old plastic water bottles. They simply lined up all the water bottles upright and placed a piece of glass over the top to create a unique statement piece that held all of their gifts perfectly. Best of all, by repurposing the water bottles for their wedding, they were able to construct it for absolutely no money.

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Rustic Chic: Amanda & Joshua By Queen B Photography

A heart felt country wedding! That is how I would describe this adorable rustic, North Carolina wedding.

Amanda & Joshua were married on May 11, 2013 at the bride’s family farm in North Carolina. Mandy, our blushing bride, loves things that have a rustic country vibe. She wanted the wedding to have a rustic feel with lace accents to soften it up. Although this bride looked fit for any black-tie wedding, she didn’t let her southern roots disappear as we can see in her pictures with a jean jacket and cowboy boot wearing bridesmaids.

The wedding had wonderful DIY touches. From the creative use of hay bails for benches to the hand painted turquoise wooden piece used to hold the mason jars at her reception. Each detail was handmade and wonderfully personal. All the flowers were also uniquely created by each bridesmaid, and her wedding turquoise, ruffled wedding cake was certainly a highlight.

Thank you to Queen B Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us and congratulations to the new couple! We wish you all the best.

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Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Queen B Photography || Cake Designer: Bake Me Happy
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Lace, Crystals And Roses Oh My: Gabriella & Ryan By Janet Lanza Photography

Gabriella & Ryan were married in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 26, 2012. The wedding was glamorous, elegant and had the perfect amount of vintage touches to accent their stylish wedding.

This cool toned October wedding combines an edgy, modern style with vintage glamour. The bride was the epitome of glamour with her long blond hair, strong black eyeliner and crystal headpiece. The crystal headpiece, although vintage inspired and reminiscent of the 1920’s, looked fashion forward at the same time. It is a very glamorous look and Gabriella wore it well.

Gabriella’s lace off the shoulder dress was gorgeous and her bridesmaids and flower girl dresses were no exception. I must say, these are the best flower girl dresses I have ever seen! In fact I desperately want one in my size. I think I would have gotten married in one of these dresses.

The bridesmaids also wore lace in a beautiful grey/blue with pale pink heals. The dresses were all different styles, which is something I typically do not like because I think it becomes distracting but these are one of my absolute favorite bridesmaids dresses ever. The color, fit, length and yes, the different necklines! I loved them all.

This wedding is really some eye candy and a great inspiration for style and color palate if you are having a fall wedding but not interested in doing the warm browns and yellow.

Thank you to Janet Lanza Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding with us.

xxoo Dov


Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Janet Lanza Photography || Jewelry: Betsey Johnson & Thomas Knoell Designs || Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Burberry London & The Mens Warehouse || Dress Designer: Christos || Dress Designer: Lazaro & Christos || Floral Designer: Petal Pushers Inc. || Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo & Badgley Mischka || Event Venue: Vie – Cescaphe Event Group

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A Wedding With Elegance And Southern Charm: Elizabeth & Justin By Loren Routhier Photography

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s my favorite day of the week! Woot woot!

I have such a stunning wedding on the blog today! Truly one that will inspire us all.

Elizabeth Allina and Justin Lott were married on April 27, 2013  at Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina.  This wedding is a prime example of why I love Southern weddings so much. With its elegance, charm and idyllic scenery, this wedding takes the cake.

My favorite wedding details:

  • Bride’s gorgeous accessories. Such an elegant and glamorous touch. She reminds me of Grace Kelly in these photos.
  • The view as they exchange their wedding vows. Just perfection. Reminds me of a scene straight from The Notebook.
  • The chandeliers displayed in the reception are phenomenal. The centerpieces, the softness of the wedding colors…. le sigh.
  • The photo of the soft pink rose on a table just sums up the simplicity and elegance of the day.
  • The beauty and pure love shining through the eyes of the Bride and Groom.

Huge congrats to Elizabeth and Justin on their marriage and thank you to Loren Routhier Photography for sharing this amazing wedding with us.

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Vendor Credits:

Caterer:  Duvall Catering || Event Planner:  Duvall Events || Makeup Artist:  Generations of Designs || Event Venue:  Middleton Place

Photographer:  Loren Routhier Photography//Caterer: Duvall Catering//Event Planner: Duvall Events//Makeup Artist:Generations of Designs


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A Colorful Bohemian Vintage Styled Shoot By Our Hearts Photography

I have a wonderfully colorful and lovely Boho and Vintage Styled Shoot to share with you all.

Our Hearts Photography and Sparkles and Vintage teamed up to create this bohemian and vintage styled shoot with the desire to inspire the DIY bride. With the idea to showcase bright colors and inspired by their love for relaxing summer days, they produced this amazing shoot that is not only boho and vintage but also elegant and classy.

They produced a stunning display and their ideas and visions will inspire brides everywhere.

A special thanks to Our Hearts Photography and Sparkles and Vintage for sharing this with us all.
























Photographer:  Our Hearts Photography || DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Sparkles and Vintage
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A Breathtaking & Intimate Wedding: Eddie & Ana By Iris Cinematics

What can I say, this video is just perfection. The cinematography is perfect, camera work is smooth, and editing flawless. This is what you want when you think wedding video, and it doesn’t hurt that this couple is movie star quality.

This gorgeous wedding began with a ceremony at Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken, New Jersey, and I must stop and say, this was a breathtaking ceremony location. Our Lady of Grace really evokes feelings of faith and grandeur; it reminded me a great deal of the royal wedding this past year. The reception followed at Home Studios in the Flatiron District, New York.

Let’s take a second to talk about the prep shots … the preps were done at Mondrian Soho, and wow! The filming was so romantic and beautiful. The bride looked just breathtaking in her lace gown and the romantic and mysterious library and trap door create the perfect backdrop for something out of Beauty and the Beast are every girl’s dream. The romance and love is evident in every part of this video, from the groom’s first look at his bride (which was one of the most genuine and adorable moments ever) to the hand written guest cards written and placed on the tree.

I cannot say enough about this great video, so I will just say thank you to Iris Cinematics. We are very happy to share this video with you all.

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A Bit Of Inspiration: Oh How We Love Stripes!

Oh how we love stripes! I can never get enough! (I should insert a picture of my closet!)

The weekend is almost here and I wanted to spark your creativity and inspire you to create something awesome!

This stunning picture was featured in our wonderful post of Laura and Wes’ wedding by Paige Winn Photo. We love this table decor SO much that we wanted to share it with you all again.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


PS: To see the complete post of Laura & Wes’ wedding, please click here
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Tribeca Rooftop: Kristen And Dave By Kelly Guenther Photography

I love city weddings! Something about the skyline and the energy of the city, juxtaposed with the elegance of a rooftop or Manhattan loft. Perfection.

Kristen and David’s loft wedding is a lovely example of a fun and beautiful Manhattan wedding. Married in a sun lit Tribeca loft at sunset, the bride and groom looked luminous and chic. The groom sported a white tux top and the bride a beautiful silk, mermaid styled dress. The brides fuchsia bouquet was a perfect pop of color.

I cannot say enough about how much I love loft weddings and this one is no exception. Simple, fun and beautiful. Congratulations to Kristen and Dave and thank you to Kelly Guenther Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us!

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How To Wear Your Wedding Shoes All Day, Without Killing Your Feet

heatherchris011-500x3001We have a wonderful guest post today by Jessie Allen of My Glass Slipper. She shares with us today some very useful advice and a issue that unfortunately happens a bit too often. How many times have we’ve been to a wedding and our shoes are off an hour into the event? (I raise my hand) Here are some useful tips to help you looking lovely ALL DAY LONG!

I pass the blog over to Jessie……

The date is set, your dress is gorgeous, and you’re ready to make a statement with your shoes. That doesn’t mean that you must choose between killing your feet and changing into fluffy-bunny slippers for the reception. It’s possible to wear the perfect pair of wedding shoes all day. Here’s how.

Choose Your Shoes Wisely

Who doesn’t want to have great shoes in her wedding ensemble? You can have a great look without sacrificing your feet. Whatever style of shoe you’ve chosen be extra careful to get a perfect fit. If the shoes are slightly tight when you buy them, you’ll be in agony by the time you arrive at your reception. Ultra-chic super-high heels are fine for a day as long as you have time to practice wearing them, but you’ll be more comfortable with the same heel height that you normally wear.

Extra Padding Is Your Friend

Some parts of the foot are more prone to ache if the shoes are not perfect. You probably already know where your problem spots are. When you try your shoes on, try them with some extra padding. If the ball of your foot is likely to cause problems, use a gel insole. These little bits of extra softness are available in “half-insole” shapes for exactly this purpose. If the side of your big toe is going to be the culprit, put on some moleskin. Are you always rubbing your ankle raw? A felt liner or a strip of moleskin will head that problem off at the pass. Anticipating the problem now can prevent pain later. Tucking a couple of pre-cut circles of moleskin into your clutch for the day is a bit of extra protection.

Break Your Shoes In

Hikers know how to take care of their feet. They don’t wear new boots for the first time on a backpacking trip. Instead, they start by wearing them around the house or for walks around the block. Follow their lead. For at least a week before the wedding, wear your wedding shoes around the house like slippers. Start with a few minutes and work up to a couple hours. Practice walking up and down stairways in them. Try out your shoes on different kinds of flooring such as carpet, hardwood, and tile. You don’t want to find out that you have no traction after you’re already on the dance floor.

Short Version?

You can have those to-die-for shoes without killing your feet. Simply make sure the fit is right, add a bit of padding, and break them in. Your feet will thank you, and you’ll have more fun on your big day

Thank you so much to Jessie Allen! If you would like to reach out to Jessie, please contact her via the following:

My Glass Slipper || Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest

Photo by Jacquelyne Mae Photography

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