Holy Moly Matrimony: Wedding Albums and Photos

When Mr. Mole and I were planning our wedding, we spent a considerable amount of time thinking about photography: how much we wanted to pay, what type of package we needed and who we would hire. Now that we are three months into our marriage, we need to start thinking about what exactly we are going to do with the hundreds of photos that we received.

We decided to start by making albums using an online publisher. Our photographer in Vegas offered a professional album as part of a package, but we decided to go the DIY route for a number of reasons. First, we needed our album to be comprehensive and include photos both from our Vegas ceremony and reception and our Milwaukee party. Second, we wanted to have editorial control over the narrative story of the album. Third, we knew that a “consumer album”—as opposed to a professional one—would fit all of our needs/wants at a lower price point. Fourth, we could make multiple copies of the albums and give them to our parents as thank you presents.

Honestly, the fact that Mother’s Day was quickly approaching is what gave me the kick in the behind to design a set of albums for our parents. After reading a variety of online reviews, I decided to go through Adoramapix. (The fact that I found a 30% off code for all square-shaped albums also helped me make my decision.) For our parents, we designed 10”³x10”³ books with 26 pages in the “Lustre” finish. We just received the books on Saturday, and they are better than I imagined.

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Front Cover

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Back Cover

We went with a custom cover and chose the “Collage” theme. The process was incredibly easy: you upload photos and arrange them into a variety of layout templates. I have to admit that I spent many hours arranging and rearranging the photos until I was happy.

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Uploading images

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Arranging images

You can choose between single page layouts or spreads, which cover both pages. The pages of the book are designed to lay flat, so you can arrange pictures over the center binding.

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In the Preview Screen

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In print

We were pleased to see that the images were clear and sharp in both small and large sizes. (You can blame my own photography skills for any blurriness in the photos that follow!)

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Spread with two photos

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Spread with eight photos

Adoramapix uses archival quality photo paper—Kodak Lustre or Fujifilm HD paper—in all of their books, so the pages have a nice weight and thickness to them.

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Pages

The total price per book was around $42, after the 30% coupon code. For the price, we are incredibly happy with the quality! We will eventually make a larger, 76 page album for ourselves.

We also want to print a series of our favorite wedding photos and frame them. To avoid our entire house screaming, “HEY WE GOT MARRIED,” I think that we might decorate one small hallway wall with five or six of these photos.

Image via Crate and Barrel

Image via Apartment Therapy

http://www.weddingbee.com/

Image via Apartment Therapy / From the Picture Wall Company

Of course, I’ve also displayed the photos in more modern ways: on Weddingbee, on Facebook and on our wedding blog.

What are you going to be doing with your wedding photos? How will you be displaying them?

Did you miss a Mole recap?

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Mrs. Mole

Location:
Los Angeles/Las Vegas
Wedding Date:
January 2012
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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:43 am

    I love that book! It looks so nice.

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:53 am

    Gorgeous album! I too am trying to avoid the house screaming “we got hitched!”

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    kayakgirl73 2593 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:05 am

    Wow. Great job on the photo books. I still need to do something with our honeymoon pics and the pics from the first two years of marriage.

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:17 am

    I LOVE the album! I said I was going to get ours done by Christmas, then by Mother’s Day, and nada! Still! You’ve just inspired me to get back on the bandwagon!!! LOVE yours!

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    pinkpandabear 931 posts, Busy bee @ 6:17 am

    Beautiful album! I’m definitely going to check out this site – I’ve been dragging my feet on creating our wedding album but I think this post has just inspired me to get cracking.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:20 am

    I love how crisp and clean the pages look!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:21 am

    Your album is so beautiful! I’m hoping to make photo books as thank you presents as well, so it’s very helpful to see your review and photos. Thanks Mrs. Mole!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:23 am

    Love adorama books, and yours is gorgeous! I think you inspired me to work on some for gifts!

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    S157947 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:44 am

    That book looks great. I always use shutterfly because they give great discounts and have cute layouts. I’ll have to check out adornapix. Your book is beautiful!!!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:14 am

    Glad to hear that you had a good experience with Adoramapix. We opted not to go with an album with our photographer, so I’ve been researching DIY albums. Thanks!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:25 am

    That cover is gorgeous!

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:04 am

    That album’s amazing and at such a good price.. profesional albums here can go from 1000 to 2000 pesos which is like 150 dollars, IMO that’s an amazing price.

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    misspine 1494 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:45 am

    Beautiful albums and a fantastic price – love the arrangement of the photos you chose!

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    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 2:46 pm

    The album looks gorgeous!

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    kcdkar 10 posts, Newbee @ 8:52 pm

    Do you remember what the coupon code was? I’d love to see if it still works :-)

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:53 pm

    Thanks everyone!

    @kcdkar: Oh man, I just found an even better code! PXGD1010 is supposedly 35% off 10×10 books. Expires 5/23.

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