On our wedding anniversary I decided to pull out our wedding album to show Evan. It was the cutest thing to watch him flip through the pages pointing out everyone he knew “hey there’s Nana and Papa, Grandma and Grandpa….Mommy and daddy and mommy’s new shoes!” Explaining to a 3 year old what a wedding is all about and what it means is a bit difficult though, he wanted to know “where’s Evan and Jacob” in all of the pictures. But what makes me the happiest is to know that our wedding album will be passed down in our family, as our kids get older they can enjoy flipping through the pages and eventually showing their kids grandma and grandpa’s wedding album. I would give anything to have my grandparents’ wedding album, flipping through the pages trying to imagine what life and a wedding was like in those days.
One of the last times we visited my in-laws I asked them to show me their wedding album, and though their pictures were starting to turn yellow, falling out of the album and also had some water damage from being stored over time it was so much fun to look through all of the pictures. I decided to sneak their album away and re-do it, taking pictures of their pictures, fixing them in Photoshop and then designing a modern day wedding album that will last a very long time. I surprised them with it on their anniversary last year and told them that of course I did this for them but also for me, I want my boys to be able to enjoy their album when they’re grown. Albums become a family heirloom and although doing an album through Shutterfly, Snapfish or any other similar company, the quality will not last. The difference and quality between those albums and professional grade albums are unmatched. The albums I offer to all of my clients have very thick pages that cannot be torn and each spread is sprayed with a UV coating to ensure that it will not fade or discolor over time. The cover material is also very durable, I am very rough with my sample albums and I have some from 7 years ago that still look great, plus my own wedding album is now 6 years old and still looks new although I keep it in it’s box and in our fireproof safe.
So please, get your images off your computer and into an album that you will be able to enjoy and then pass down to your family.