Why You Should Make a Wedding Album

So, your big day has come and gone. You’ve enjoyed your honeymoon- or your time at home together as a married couple. You wait, excitedly and slightly impatiently, for the wedding photos to come in. You settle into a new routine with your husband. And finally, they come! So what do you do with them? You post them all on Facebook or Instagram, print out your favorites and frame them, and….then they sit there and do nothing.

I’ve always been a scrapbooker, but, for some reason, putting my wedding photos in a scrapbook seemed very daunting. What if I didn’t like how I did it? Should I just put it in a photo albumn with no decorations? What should I do?

After getting half-way through my pregnancy with Caleb, I decided I just had to make a scrapbook. I was going to be so busy with a newborn, who would turn into a toddler, and Lord willing, we would have more children. So, I buckled down and started it.

Because it had almost been a year since our wedding, going through every.single.photo again brought a lot of little memories back. Some I didn’t even remember right after the wedding. Once I had gone through and picked the ones that HAD to be in there, I had only eleminated about 3 photos. Sheesh. I had a lot to do!

Long story {shorter}, I am now just 3 pages from finishing my scrapbook of our wedding and I am so thankful I am going to have it! And it’s so fun to look through all the photos on a hard copy, instead of just on a computer. Luke and I have a grand time talking, and laughing!, about our wedding day.

Why You Should Make a Wedding Album

  1. Scrapbook or Photo Album? This is a good question to ask yourself before getting started. What are your time limitations? It’s much quicker {and easier!} to just slap all the pictures into a photo album. But, your focus is totally on the photos, not any embellisments you add. The choice, my dears, is totally up to you.

  2. Traditional color scheme, or wedding colors? I had this toss up for a while. Although our wedding wasn’t super traditional, I kind of wanted the traditional white/gray look of the album. So, I compromised. Some of the classic pictures have a classic design, and the pictures with our own personalities had it’s own design. Again, it’s solely up to you.

  3. Make it right after the wedding or after a few months? Well, again, what works with your schedule? I see the pros and cons of both. You might forget something if you do it later, but it also may bring a clearer focus on what really was important at your wedding. Because seriously, your wedding was a day, your marriage lasts a life-time!


Have you done a wedding album? Are you going to?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Wedding Wednesday// Behind the Scenes

Happy Wednesday! Today for Wedding Wednesday, I want to share with you some of the “behind the scenes” of our wedding. Believe me….there will be lots of hugs, tears, laughs and memories made.

Behind the Scenes of a Wedding

My very best friend from Indiana drove down to come be in my wedding. It meant SO much to me, and we had such a fun couple of days!

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One of our nephews getting his boutonniere put on.

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And Luke’s….

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and like I said…lots, lots and LOTS of hugs….

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Plus, you’ll get some silly pictures-

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And, of course, some sweet ones, too!

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Did you get any fun or silly “behind the scenes” pictures from your wedding?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Wedding Wednesday // First Look

Happy Wednesday! I am so tired of hearing everyone complaining about their snow….seriously people. There are people here who have not had one good snow this year….and desperately want it. Ugh.

Anyway….

Today I want to share with you Luke’s first look at me on our wedding day– before the ceremony. I also want to share some reasons why it’s good to have a first look before the ceremony.

Why You Should Have A First Look Before the CeremonyFirst off let me say, this is a very personal decision and the best answer to this question is to do what feels best to you.

1 // Nerves. Seeing each other before the ceremony always, always, always calms nerves. Most couples who have a first look say they would recommend it to anyone getting married and also makes your feel more relaxed for the ceremony.

First Look

2 // Alone time. The First Look is designed so that the moment is only shared by you and your photographer. The benefit of the First Look is that you are alone and it’s private. You can actually talk to each other and tell each other how excited you are to get married. You can do whatever feels right. The First Look is often the only alone time you’ll have all day, so it’s a great opportunity for some quiet time together.

Our First Look

// Timeline and portraits. If you decide to see each other before the ceremony, you have the opportunity to take your formal portraits after the First Look. Having a First Look can save you time and money – if you wait to see each other until the ceremony, you’ll likely spend 30-60 additional minutes on portraits. By having all of your portraits completed before the ceremony, your photography timeline will be more streamlined and you can focus more of your photographer’s time on what’s important to such as getting-ready shots, reception coverage or your grand exit.

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4 // Spend more time with your guests. Since you’ve had a First Look and you’ve taken all of your portraits before the ceremony, you can head to the reception immediately after the ceremony. You’ve spent months planning your wedding and a lot of those plans have focused on the reception and celebrating your marriage. By having a First Look, you ensure that you’ll get to spend more time with your guests!

Did you have a “First Look” before your ceremony?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane