With thousands of pictures snapped on our big day, it was no easy task for our photographer to narrow the deliverable selection down to the very best of the best. But with that daunting first task finally behind her, Amanda quickly put her fabulous editing skills to work and meticulously made each photo look positively timeless. It was important to me that we got the photos perfected as soon as possible because I had my heart set on creating photo albums as a Christmas-gift surprise for each of my bridesmaids and our parents. With little time to spare, I got right to work once I had a CD copy of all the images in hand. I then spent the next four days on Shutterfly designing page layouts, cropping photos, and organizing the day’s memories in chronological order within a 42-page book for the parents. From there, I made 21-page mini books that were tailored more toward the Maids. While I didn’t keep an actual time log of how many hours I spent creating the albums, I can guess that it was in the ballpark of 20 hours, and the night that I ordered them, I was making final tweaks until 5 am… during the work week! I just knew I had to get them ordered in time for all nine books to be printed and shipped to me, and then I would need time to ship them up to St. Louis so they would each make it under the tree by Christmas Eve. Talk about a time crunch! I’m happy to report that every single book reached its destination yesterday, so now I just anxiously await this weekend when everyone will get to open their books once and for all. So far I’ve been able to keep it a secret that I even have the wedding photos in my possession, so I know it will be a huge surprise when everyone opens their Christmas package. I only wish I could be there in person to witness their reactions!
Check out the bridesmaid books… (If you happen to notice the little yellow icons on any pages, just ignore, as those were notifications for printing purposes.)
And the parent albums…
The books were far from cheap, but I did get a discount on them by searching the internet for coupon codes. The books turned out beautifully and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience using Shutterfly’s services. I would highly recommend them for ordering your own wedding album or wedding photo gifts!
(All Photos by Amanda Forbes Photography; www.amandaforbes.com)