Amongst the memories of my early childhood, I can vividly remember sitting down and looking through my parents’ wedding album. (Another is watching the VHS tape my mother recorded of the reunion of General Hospital’s Luke and Laura, when Luke thought she was dead and she returned and he cried. But that’s a whole other blog post!) I’d study the portraits, the image of Pa walking my mom down the aisle, the grandmother I never had the pleasure of knowing. I’d giggle over how young my aunties looked and how long my mom’s hair was then. The album signified a moment in my family’s history that I was able to envision and be a part of so many years later.
While wedding albums themselves have changed significantly over the years, the importance of them has not. They are still a history book. They tell the story of one day, a day that is sometimes years in the making from when a couple first meets. They document not only the love affair of the bride and groom, but their friends and family who support them. The album also speaks for the style of a generation, the fashion, details, even photography trends that were prevalent on this special day. When I look at my parents’ album, from my mother’s long-sleeve dress (that my great aunt made for her), the flipped-up ends of her hair and the trendy pomander bouquets (which I’d love to pay tribute to for my own wedding), I get a sense of the early ’70’s through their eyes, through their style.
Photographs, old or new, have always captured my attention. Shocking, right?! At a flea market, I can look through a box of old, worn photos of people I have never known and sit quietly until I have paged through them all. Sometimes I try to envision the story behind the photograph, other times I am simply sucked into the emotion reflected in a person’s eyes. The appeal of holding a photograph in your hand is one of the many reasons I choose to offer wedding albums and prints through Cyrience. The idea that 80 years from now, someone could be paging through a box of “old” photos and stumble across an image I made, that a child or grandchild can pull an album off the shelf and learn a little bit of the history of their family, is humbling and inspiring at the same time.
I’m not discounting the digital age here. It’s amazing that you can share images so seamlessly over the web with friends and family, near and far. You can take your online galleries with you anywhere, show them off to anyone at anytime. The immediacy to which we can view digital images is wonderful and I wouldn’t want it any other way. But I can’t help but love the timeless nature of the wedding album…
I digress, as this post is also supposed to answer some FAQ’s!!! As wedding albums have changed over the years, so too has the enormity of options out there. I’ve taken quite a bit of time to research print labs, album makers, and types of albums to make the process as easy and painless as possible.
I’ve chosen to offer two very different styles of wedding albums. The first, as you’ve seen pictured above in detail, is the Signature Wedding Album. It’s a traditional, hardcover album, with a variety of fabrics and colors to choose from (leather, silk and linen options are available); thick pages that can have gilded edges for polish; smooth archival paper is flush-mounted as a spread so there is no split in the seam of the pages and lay-flat book-binding for easy viewing. Sizes range from 5×5 to 12×12 inches and from 10 to 50 pages. Pages are counted as a spread, so each page is considered as two sides and can only be added in increments of five.
The second album is what I call the Artist Album. It’s a softcover book with thinner pages that resembles a high quality press book. It’s a little less formal for non-traditional couples or it makes a great addition to the Signature Album as a coffee table book that can be out all the time. Because of its design, the Artist Album can have up to 100-pages, thus allowing you to use more of your beautiful images! Sizes include a 6×8 or 8.25×11 inch portrait-style book.
While many couples are instantly sold on the idea of an album, I also have a lot who ask me about prints and proofs. For this reason, I started offering a full set of print proofs this wedding season. Essentially you get a 4×6 or 5×5 print for every single image delivered to your online gallery. They arrive in a beautiful, customized wooden keepsake box, tied neatly in a satin ribbon. There’s also a space in the box for the personalized USB flash drive that accompanies all of the Cyrience Wedding Collections with a digital file of every image.
Couples can choose to keep the images in the box, which is easy to display on a bookshelf, frame them, or even get creative with their display! None of the images are watermarked and the white border is optional.
I am honored to have partnered with vendors that provide high-quality, beautiful products to my couples. When all is said and done, I can think of nothing better than having a tangible album and photographs to accompany the memories of such a special day, a day when all of your loved ones have gathered to celebrate the love you have found!