My Wedding Album, 4 years later.


I married Ryan 4 years ago. In the past 4 years we have spent most of our time creating beautiful images and designing albums full of amazing memories for other people. Somehow, our wedding got lost along the way. A week after we got back from our honeymoon, we were slammed with work. Thus, our wedding just seemed to lose all importance. Life moved so quickly and our memories disappeared.

I have a lot of regrets concerning how I have treated the photos from my wedding. Everyone wants the high resolution disc of images these days and I was one of them. I romanticized all the things I would do with those images. The reality is that life moves quickly and it moved quite swiftly away from my wedding.

Marriage is tough. Some people have it easier than others and thats wonderful for them but for the others, it’s harder and it’s easy to lose sight of what it’s really all about. This is where the true value of a wedding album comes in. For those couples who seem to have it all together or for the rest of us who feel like a mess all the time, a great wedding album serves as a very tangible reminder of the day we vowed to spend our life together.

It’s not just flipping through images on my computer. I’ve done that and it’s not the same feeling at all. The album the best images of the day properly designed to tell the story of the wedding as you go through the book. It’s not just images anymore, it’s our story and that hold more value.

Through many tough times in my marriage, I wish I would have had this album to look back on. In any full set of wedding photos there will be many that are not favorites. I’ve learned that those cloud the beauty in the good ones when they are all just mixed in together. I really regret not being able to have this book all this time to see my wedding at it’s best. There are many times I wish I could have sat down on my couch and just flipped through the album to remember what that day felt like.

I really love designing wedding albums but didn’t truly realize the value of a well designed album until I designed my own. Doing this 4 years later also made it have a lot of impact for me. I had forgotten so much. Everything feels so different now because life has changed so much. Looking at the book helps me remember the wedding in the best light and I love that. It helps me remember Ryan in the best light as well.

I have a certain set of skills I’ve been cultivating over the past 10 years and I believe designing albums is where it’s at for me. I love design and I love photography and this is where they perfectly meet together. Working on my own book has dramatically changed how I approach work for my clients as well. I’m able to feel more connected because I now truly realize how important a wedding album is on a personal level.

Ryan and I wrote our own vows and I made sure to include them in the album because thats a big part of the story. 4 years of marriage later and through a lot of struggle, having access to those right in our wedding album is the icing on the cake. It’s a great reminder of when life was simple and uncomplicated.

Those vows are the foundation of our marriage and the rest of our life together. No matter how much we may fail through the years, going back to those vows will keep us on track. Going back to those photos, our story, that will keep us going back to those younger versions of ourselves who were deeply in love. That is priceless.

Our wedding album will be printed at the highest quality. I’m still searching for the right cover and will spend whatever necessary for it to be perfect. This album must last for generations. This album is important. It’s important for my family to see how it started, to read our vows, to see how much love there was that day. A cheap book with cheap printing that will fade and fall apart before I’m 60 isn’t showing respect for those photos and our story. Technology changes so much, files get lost or corrupted. Only having photos on a computer is an absolute shame and I know I would be devastated if I lost those images.

I think it’s great to have the full set of high res photos to archive and just to have. However, If I’m being honest…if I HAD to choose between them I would choose a quality printed, thoughtfully designed album any day. As a former bride and as a wife, I realize now that the only images that truly matter to me are the ones in my album.


// Thanks to Amy Malone for shooting our engagement images and to Jen Kroll Photography for our wedding images.//

**Just for the sake of saying it…. it was 4 years ago and we got married in battle creek and thought the graffiti was a good spot for photos. I would choose another location now of course but whats done is done. Don’t judge. :)**

July 7, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Elise - LOVE the photos!!! Miss you guys! Thanks for the reminders of what Marriage really is about :)

July 9, 2012 - 10:06 am

Lauren @ Every Last Detail - What wonderful insight into an album! It’s so very true- having something tangible makes such a huge difference. How many of us sat down and looked at our parents’ or grandparents’ wedding albums growing up? I know I did, and it didn’t even really occur to me until just now. I want my kids to be able to sit down and look through our wedding album (even if I DO hate the design of it). Thank you for sharing this! :)

July 8, 2012 - 9:25 pm

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