Celebrating the Journey to the Altar with Photos

Before we get to the actual post for this week’s blog, I want to say a special thank you to Michelle Nahom who wrote it for us. Thank you so much for all these wonderfully creative ideas on what to do with our pictures.

You’re getting married!  After the excitement of sharing your news with friends and family, you’ve got quite a bit of planning in front of you.  You’ve probably spent many hours poring over the details of your wedding.  Putting your own special stamp on your day is so important.  Being true to what inspires you will help make your special day unique!

Photos play an important part of our wedding day.  The photos taken the day of your wedding are a wonderful remembrance and the start of your life with your loved one.

However, the photos I am going to talk about represent the journey of your life, the memories and experiences that have shaped your very being.  Working with a photo manager can help you create unique photo momentos and displays for your wedding that will allow you to re-live those good times with your loved ones who are sharing your special day with you.

A wedding guest photobook is an original and fun way to record your guests’ well wishes.  Your guest book can include pictures; quotes; or even journaling of special memories together, such as how you met, funny stories, the moment you knew he was THE ONE, or the proposal.  You might also consider posing questions to the guests such as “when did you know we were right for each other?” or “what is your favorite memory with us?”  Provide a pen for your guests to write in the book…a guest book of stories like this is sure to be fun to look back on!

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(photos courtesy of Doris St. Pierre)

Set a frame on an easel at the reception.  Friends and family can sign the mat during the reception.  Add your favorite wedding photo afterwards and custom finish with glass for a wonderful remembrance of your special day!

You may want to incorporate photos into your table displays.  Create a display with a table number that corresponds to pictures with the bride and groom’s ages.  For example, Table 6 would have a picture of the bride on one side and the groom on another, each at age 6.  Sweet Shoppe Designs.Com shows some great ways to use glass block frames, which are available at craft stores.  Although the ideas shown don’t show a wedding theme, they could easily be adapted!  Another option is clear magnetic frames from the Canetti Design Group.  You could use these with engagement photos as part of your head table centerpiece.

Honor your parents and grandparents by displaying their wedding photos at your wedding.  At a more vintage event, you might consider placing photos in glass jars.  Take a look at this tutorial from Rikki Hibbert Photography on reusing, recycling, and repurposing glass jars as photo frames. 

If you would like to honor the memory of a loved one, check out this wonderful “In Memory Of” chair from the Mr. and Ms. Adams blog.  This is a lovely way to remember a special person. 

Another idea is to take your favorite photo of the two of you and have it printed on a canvas alongside of a quote.  In fact, the word art concept could be used on all sorts of materials you might consider printing your photos on, such as wood, slate, metal or even acrylic.  Here’s a beautiful canvas from GeeZees Custom Canvas.

If you love the idea of using custom photo projects to add a unique twist to your wedding, but are short on time or creativity, help is available.  A photo manager can help you tell your story through photos and journaling, and offers services such as scanning, photo organization, video creation, and custom design of albums, momentos and other artistic options.  


Michelle_Nahom_picMichelle Nahom has been helping people tell their family stories and create legacies for their families since 2003. As the owner of Creative Photo Solutions, LLC, she combines her love of photography with her passion for stories, offering photo management services to her clients.  She is a member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (Appo) and the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and has mentored others in the same industry, helping many women and men build successful photo organizing businesses.  In 2008, she was privileged to work on site at the ABC-TV Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, creating traditional and digital photo albums for the family featured, and she has been a featured speaker on photo organizing in a number of venues.   You can follow her on her blog, A Dish of Daily Life, on Twitter at @dishofdailylife or @CPhotoSolns, or on Facebook or Pinterest.



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