This is the second post in a two-part series sharing the wedding album I made for Dustin & Becca using the Southern Weddings Core Kit from Project Life as a gift for their one-year Wedding Anniversary. If you missed it, go back and read it here first and then come back and read this post!
Today I pick up where we left off yesterday–layouts showcasing the wedding ceremony and reception:
"Divider." I used this spread as an introduction to the ceremony and reception. Mainly because, as you'll see in the next spread, I wanted the wedding processional to a cover double-page spread that contain all vertical pictures. These photos are of wedding details such as flowers, the program, favors and table decor.
Wedding Party Processional. See what I mean? The photos are in order of how everyone walked down the aisle going across the entire top row first and then second row (I hope that makes sense!).
Bride & Groom. I used the prompts on the journal cards "How I felt when I first saw my bride/groom" as the topic for this spread. Just like I did on some of the pages in yesterday's post, I did make a flippy card on this page.
Ceremony/Vows. One of the first things Becca said to me after the ceremony was "Did you see Ryley crying???" Actually, more than one person mentioned that to me. The photographer captured that moment and I thought the "Tears of Joy" filler card was perfect and placed it right above his head. On the right side of the spread there are journal cards for "Favorite Lines From His/Her Vows."
Rings/First Kiss. I didn't have any vertical photos to place in the pockets on the left so I used two 4x6 filler cards that have lace on them. I think it makes a nice border. The "First Kiss" 4x6 filler cards is actually digital Southern Weddings 4x4 Card that I printed on 4x6 double-sided matte photo paper.
Introducing the new Mr. & Mrs. Sill/Bridal Party Photos. The Mr. & Mrs. card with the two bows on the left is from the Southern Weddings Specialty Card pack (silver foil <3). The photo in the top left corner on the right is of Dustin, Becca and their officiant. The journal card below prompts them to write why they chose her.
Family Photos. No vertical photos here so I inserted 3x4 cards of the same pattern into those pockets.
Cocktails on the Green. After the ceremony while the Bride & Groom were having their photos taken with the photographer, their guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers on the lawn in front of the Inn. Like I mentioned in yesterday's post, Becca's sister can use her artistic skills to pen the title on the title card.
Reception: Introduction of Wedding Party. My favorite patterned paper in the Southern Wedding's Core Kit is the one with the gray background and strings of lights. It's so light, airy and romantic to me!
Best Man/Maid of Honor Speeches. The Southern Weddings Edition of Project Life does a fantastic job of providing journal cards for every aspect of the wedding you can think of. But there is one exception: The Best Man and Maid of Honor Speeches! I was really surprised that I didn't find a card that touched on that subject! But no worries as there are PLENTY of other journal cards that can be used to document this part of the reception.
Bouquet/Garter Toss. The above layout and some of the following may be out of sync as far as the order of events went at the reception. It was the orientation of the photos that was making things go a little out of order. No worries though! At least each event at the reception is being documented, right? And by the way, the bouquet/garter toss is another topic not covered in a journal card.
First Dance. Swoon.
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance & Cake Cutting. Becca is a manatee fanatic. Her sister sculpted a bride & groom manatee cake topper! (I love the wedding cake chipboard sticker!)
Dancing. The album contains several double-page spreads of family & friends having a good time on the dance floor. I'm not sharing all of them here, but know that I alternated between Design A and Design C protectors for these photos. The only journaling cards in this section (there are about four double-page spreads of dancing) are the ones you see here. There is no need need to journal on every single dancing page, but I did send Becca & Dustin lots of extra journal cards just in case they wanted to remove some photos and add some of their own thoughts instead.
Professional Photos. This spread contains some of my favorite photos the photographer took! Just so you know the page protector on the left hand side (Design D) is taped to the previous page (Design C). The orientation of the photos were not going to work on the back side of Design C, so I just taped the two pages together using double-stick tape. Worked like a charm.
Last Page. Just like on the first page, I used a card from the Southern Weddings Specialty Card pack. I printed the patterned cards on double-sided matte papers using the patterned paper from the digital version of the Southern Weddings Core kit. I love this picture of them.
At the back of the album I did include several empty page protectors for Dustin and Becca to insert honeymoon photos. I also included 2 large envelope pages for them to place cards and other memorabilia in!
And that's it. What do you think?
I can't even begin to express how much I enjoyed using the Southern Wedding Edition of Project Life to create this album. It makes me want to go back and do one for my own wedding! Are you considering making an album with this kit for you or a loved one? If so, here are a few helpful hints:
1) Before you go off printing photos, sift through all of the journal cards, separating them into their various topics. Granted the kit is full of generic journal cards, but there are many in the kit that are theme-specific such as dating, engagement, wedding planning details, etc.
2) Once you have the cards divided up, put small sticky notes on them noting what section they are for.
3) Lay their individual piles in the order in which you want you pages to flow.
4) After you do the above steps, then go through your photos and choose the ones you want to place in the book and print them.
5) Do not, I repeat, DO NOT get hung up on embellishments!!! Let the photos and journaling speak for themselves. Those who view your album should be ooooing and ahhhing over the bride's beautiful gown, not the sticker you placed on the page.
6) If the pocket configuration on the right hand side of the page doesn't work with the photos when you flip the page, just tape a pocket page protector of one that will work to the back of it!
7) If you creating a physical album, but savvy with Photoshop I highly recommend purchasing the digital version of the kit! I found that the 6x6 pad of paper didn't have enough of the same papers that I liked. It was so easy to print extra paper or journal cards from the digital kit and insert them into the protector!
Questions? comments? I'd love to hear from you! Thanks for reading!