How To Design Your Own Wedding Photo Album

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I’m not very good at DIY… actually, scrap that, I’m bloody terrible at it. I just don’t have the patience, plus I have the finesse of an elephant when wielding a glue gun. So when Mixbook approached me, promising that their photo album making process was quick and easy, I was pretty skeptical.

We got an album as part of our wedding photography package, but I always promised myself I’d take the rest of our prints and create something fabulous. Did I? Did I heck. Eight years later and they’re still shoved in a dusty box on a shelf in my office.

But Mixbook challenged me to give their system a go, promising that it wouldn’t be at all tedious, and you know what, they were actually right!

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Full disclaimer, the photos I used for this aren’t from our actual wedding. We had a photographer who shot film and only provided prints, so I don’t have any digital images, bar a few that I’ve scanned (sob!). Instead I’ve used photos from this shoot we did with Lisa Devlin a few years ago.

So the truly great thing for the artistically challenged amongst you, is that Mixbook have ready to go album templates. They’re not cheesy either, they’re actually really rad. I designed our album using the ‘Industrial Chic’ layout, which I love. All the text and quotes can be edited quickly using their software too.

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Their page templates make things super, duper easy. You literally just drag and drop your images in. If you’re the creative type, you can design your own from scratch as well. The albums come in different sizes and dimensions and they start from an unbelievable £15.99! They come as standard with 20 pages and you can add more for just 99p each.

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Handmade, Thrifty and Locally-Sourced Wedding

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Alex and Steve’s wedding was all about being thrifty but also not being wasteful. They had a £3000 budget, had their reception at a community hall and the bride wore a dress made by her mum from organic cotton an bamboo. The flowers were all picked on the day and the cake was made by the mother of the groom.

“Our inspiration was our friends, their creativity, and nature”, began the bride. “Most of the decoration was made by friends and family. Our ‘theme’ was handmade, simplicity and local. Steve’s mum crocheted over 100 flowers that were on guests’ plates to wear as corsages. We organised a day of willow weaving (run by a friend) in the run up to the wedding to make the willow hearts and flowers. Alex’s niece and nephew collected and painted stones from the beach for the place names.”

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“All the food was local: we got the meat from a local organic small holding, the veg was grown by friends who run an organic veg box scheme, the rest was bought at our local independent health food shop. Alex’s Dad made a barrel of homemade cider, and a friend brewed two barrels of ale for us. We made a big batch of elderflower champagne for guests as they arrived at the hall. Alex’s school friends brought a dessert each to share with everyone. The night before about 20 friends and family helped us set up the hall, and more came in the morning helping us do the final touches. It was a lovely way for people to meet each other and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

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Feathers, Bears and Mountaintop Views

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British-born Aisling and Australian Jeremiah met in Vancouver. Although they now live in Australia, they wanted to go back to where they first met to be married. “Our wedding theme was ‘Two Worlds Collided’, began the bride. “The INXS song of the same name was how it all began it was our song from the day we met. It suits us because our personalities and tastes are very different. We are from two different countries. We had two different wedding locations and I ended up with two wedding outfits.”

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They were married on Grouse Mountain and had their reception at at the Clough Club in Vancouver. The bride’s ceremony dress was vintage and she bought on a trip home to the UK. “I never wanted to get married in white, too traditional, I wanted gold and glitter”, Aisling explained, “but when I tried on this white dress (cliché but the first one) my aunties and mum fell in love. I still couldn’t wrap my head around a white dress though, so we kept looking and that’s why we ended up with two dresses one white and one gold! I couldn’t let go of the white dress so it became my ceremony dress. It was gorgeous, simple, bright white and it fitted so perfectly. My evening outfit was vintage gold culottes which I had altered into a strappy number perfect for a Vancouver summer wedding. It was the perfect dancing outfit.”

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Minimalist Wedding at an Arts Warehouse

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I think Shannon and Jordy’s summer wedding might just be one of the prettiest I’ve ever featured. They kept things relatively simple, but it made for a really beautifully styled day.

“Jordy proposed on a surprise trip to Montreal with a beautiful custom ring that perfectly suits my minimalist aesthetic”, Shannon said. “Our wedding was intimate, industrial and a bit mid-century. We decorated the venue like we would decorate our home, and we ended up using some of our own furniture to set the tone.”

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The day was held at Frame Arts Warehouse Winnipeg “Our inspiration was the beautiful warehouse buildings in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, which were originally built to store merchant goods during a boom period in the early 1900s. We work in the neighbourhood and we were excited to share one of it’s special spaces with our families. The exposed brick, heavy timber framing, high ceilings and big windows in the venue spoke for themselves and didn’t need much embellishment.”

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One Small Favour: Ending Child Marriage with Plan UK

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If you’ve picked up a copy of Rock n Roll Bride magazine this month, you will have seen that nestled in between the wedding prettiness and awesome advice, is a photo shoot for a campaign that I’m working on with Plan UK. The global children’s charity have created these wedding ring favours to help raise money and awareness for making child marriage a thing of the past.

Did you know that 1 in 3 girls in the developing world are married by their 18th birthday? That’s 41,000 girls that are forced into marriage every single day.

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This shoot features Charley, who, at 13 years old, is the same age as a lot of girls who are forced into marriage. We decided to set it at a school to highlight the fact that this is where children should be, not walking down an aisle.

Clearly, I am an advocate for weddings and marriage, but working with Plan UK to support their ‘Because I am a Girl campaign’ has been a stark reminder to me that there are thousands of young girls around the world who don’t have any choice about getting married or who their husband might be.

Child marriage robs girls of their childhood and often their chance of an education but it increases the risk of girls experiencing violence and abuse. I was especially moved by the story of Amrita from Nepal.

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Alice in Wonderland Themed Wedding

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Alice in Wonderland has always been an obsession for Vicky, so when she married Mark in September there was only one theme she wanted for their wedding!

“Alice in Wonderland was my favourite childhood book and I have always loved and been fascinated by it”, said the bride. “I love all its quirkiness so I wanted to use it as the theme for the wedding because it would make the day not only special but also unique. We also had touches of Scotland.”

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The day was held at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. “The venue added to our wedding being different because it was held in a nature reserve”, she continued. “A particularly special element of our wedding was that our son Jacob carried our wedding bands on the Alice in Wonderland book that my dad used to read to me when I was a little girl.”

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