Creating an Extra-Special Wedding Photo Album

After your wedding, all of your friends and family will send you links to the photos they took at your wedding, and you’ll have all the prints and disks of your guest table cameras, too. No one wants to see those pretty pix stuffed into shoeboxes and hidden in your closet…especially if you have photos in that collection of a very dear relative or friend who’s no longer with you.

A few months after my wedding, my Dad’s brave battle against cancer ended, and he was at peace. He’d been so sick for so long, so gray and tired at my rehearsal dinner, that I wondered if he’d make it to our wedding at all. But on the big day, there he was looking healthier and strong, eating, dancing, laughing with relatives, walking me down the aisle and kinda holding me together. It was the greatest of gifts.

And when my husband and I created our pro photo album, we had an image or two of me with my Dad included in our 48 shots…but I saw that within the photos from our guests and table camera shots, we had great pictures of my Dad from the last great day of his life. [I’m not kidding…it was a fast downward spiral after that…he fought and held on to make it to our wedding. Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about that.]

So when I heard about KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections’ innovative program where you send in your own digital images, and their designers lay out an album for you, I knew we had to have one of those. Now, you know that I’m Kodak’s wedding spokesperson — that’s why I have all these cameras I’ve been giving away — but I’m really impressed with how the album came together so easily and quickly, in great materials, giving me a great collection of gorgeous images of me and my Dad within other wedding photos that we received from our friends.

Here’s a look at what I saw when the album layout proof came to me…

Find out more about KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections album-creation, and know that it’s never too late to give those extra photos a pretty and protected home!

“I Still Do!” Renewing Your Wedding Vows

It’s summer, and that means wedding season! While everyone loves the cake, the great food, the dancing, the chance to dress up in Gucci or Chanel and wow their partners, it’s the *relationship* that is at the center of the day. It means the world to the wedding couple, and if you’re married, you may be thinking about your own wedding day and your own relationship right now…perhaps moreso with each wedding you attend.

Just look at Tori & Dean…they planned the wedding for the guncles and then another wedding for Tori’s friend…and they really started to focus on how career and parenthood and motorcycles were putting some distance between them. Long story short, they put their relationship first, and they renewed their wedding vows, bringing their kids into the celebration.

Heidi Klum and Seal renew their vows every year, and this year had all of their guests dressing up like brides and grooms.

As fun as these celebrity vow renewals are, with their parties and the kids and the cameras and the themes, I’m thinking about a wonderful couple who renewed their vows alone on a mountaintop, in the quiet of nature, just wanting to express their *gratitude* for one another. That’s it. No themes. No cake. No Chanel.

They’re among the couples featured in my book Renewing Your Wedding Vows, and their story will inspire you if you wish to skip the big, fancy wedding re-do and just walk outside today to renew your vows under the tree in your front yard. I wish I could tell you that that couple was married for 75 years. They loved each other enough to be married that long. But Craig passed away recently, leaving Susanne without him now…comforted by the memories of their annual vow renewals and the words of love they took the time to speak to one another.

So it doesn’t matter how you do it. It doesn’t matter if you book the Plaza or climb a mountain to be alone. Just say the words. I have tons of inspiration here in my book, lots of quotes and ideas on how you can make Renewing Your Vows a meaningful part of your relationship, a refresher each year.

And if you’re not yet married, tell your parents and your married friends about it, about how simple it is to renew your vows and just ‘have a moment’ together, or re-do the wedding they never got to have — maybe a couple’s getaway for a tropical vow renewal, or a trip to Vegas…or a walk out to that tree in the front yard. With nobody looking on. And an Entenman’s cupcake to celebrate.