Doing My Own Wedding Photo Albumby Alexis Ventura
The first custom book I made was back in 2016. I compiled pictures of my then-boyfriend and myself, telling our love story and giving it as my Valentine’s Day gift. Fast forward to today, now that I’m married and with a baby, I am determined to document all these little milestones!
My “biggest” custom book project to date is our wedding album. We decided on getting the basic packaging without an album, so I can make it myself and have control over the details and photos. It also turns out cheaper based on what I wanted to achieve — I wanted 100 pages, whereas usual wedding pages just have 40 pages. I also wanted 2 more-economical copies for our parents.
I personalize all our book covers with handwritten digitized calligraphy.
Good high-res photos is key. Thank you to our photographer, Ian Santillan. He shot for my older brother and soon for my younger sister!
I incorporated the speeches made during our wedding. They were truly the highlight of the night!
I realize that I still am a fan of “hard copies” because I can easily get the book from a shelf and start browsing. On the flip side, I personally wouldn’t appreciate the photos as much if I had to search for them on my phone, laptop, or Facebook.
In case we’ll feel like reminiscing (or need reminding), we could also easily read our vows again!
Here’s the beauty of a layflat format. Every page is a “centerfold”
I wanted to include all the faces of those who attended our wedding. Surely, these pictures wouldn’t make the cut if I only had 40 pages. Hehe
Our entourage details and names were also incorporated in the layout.
I also included a verse from Proverbs.
Not in photos: I also included the links to our videos that day. I uploaded our Wedding VLOG, Same Day Edit, Full cinematic highlights video on Youtube, a typed it in the album for easy reference.
Our own layflat copy turned out to be triple in thickness than our usual photobooks.
Overall, we did spend a lot for this album but got more value for our money. As you can see above, I’m on a documenting spree!
Up next, our albums from honeymoon, Christmas and documenting our life here in Singapore.
Thank you Lord for these luxuries! To God be the glory!