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!

Get this book: “Planning Your Wedding Sucks!”


 I love my fellow wedding authors. We’re a close bunch here in wedding world…not competitive at all, because we share the same goal — helping you have a great wedding, without any BS or money-wasting. So when Elena Donovan Mauer (who I’ve long admired in her work as editor and fab magazine writer) told me about her new book, I had to get it. And I LOVE it.


Here’s my review that I posted to Amazon:


Elena Donovan Mauer and Joanne Kimes have written a fabulous guide in Planning Your Wedding Sucks! The #1 thing that brides need as they maneuver through all of the tricky spots in wedding planning – those etiquette minefields and temptations to ‘over-do it’ with their wedding elements – is a sense of humor. And Elena and Joanne deliver that perfect mix of essential advice and witty comments that keep the bride’s feet on the ground. All so that their wedding planning won’t suck…for them or for their grooms.


I absolutely love how they get right to the important message: wedding stress can hurt your relationship with the groom. So the tips in this book really do help the bride keep her perspective, and avoid planning mistakes that will surely lead to regret (and wasted money!) One of the most brilliant sections in this book – among the many! – is “10 Questions to Ask Before You DIY,” which will open a bride’s eyes about what’s realistic to take on, and what really should be entrusted to a wedding professional.


I found myself laughing through and loving this book…it’s such a breath of fresh air for any bride who wants to enjoy the wedding planning process. And it’s going to be really appreciated by everyone around the bride, who can also use the fabulous advice within these pages.


Get it here:, and on Amazon, and wherever books are sold!



And hey, great news: Elena’s promised to share those “10 Questions to Ask Before You DIY” here on my blog coming up soon!


~Sharon Naylor

Author of over 35 wedding books, including Your Wedding, Your Way and Bridesmaid on a Budget,

Be in Destination I Do magazine!

I just love Destination I Do magazine! My articles have been featured in this gorgeous glossy, and the magazine’s editor is spectacular! They’re inviting you to submit your wedding story and photos for possible appearance in an upcoming issue, so I thought I’d share the details with you! Here’s their announcement from a post at the @antibride site—

For those of you who have kindly run out and picked up our latest issue, you probably noticed a new addition to the magazine in the form of our Real Readers section. We’ve found a way to give back to our readers while showing potential destination brides the ways in which Destination I Do can help. The section showcases real Destination I Do readers as they share their story of how our magazine has helped them.

Our next issue is rapidly approaching and we’re now looking for more real readers. So, attention all you dedicated followers out there! Are you currently planning a destination wedding or planned one in the past with the help of Destination I Do? If so, share your story with us and you might just find yourself gracing the pages of Destination I Do’s Spring/Summer 2011 issue.

Check out our Winter issue – just hit the stands!

If you’re interested in being featured in our Spring/Summer 2011 Real Readers sections send the following things to by December 17.

Submission List:

-A jpg image of yourself with an issue of the magazine (it doesn’t have to be the most recent issue.)

-An explanation of how Destination I Do has helped you.

-What you did/plan to do for your destination wedding or where you went for your honeymoon. (If the location was featured in Destination I Do.)

-Your name and email address.

We look forward to seeing all of your wonderful submissions. Thanks in advance and spread the word if you know someone else who has been helped by Destination I Do Magazine. Also, don’t forget to have your materials to us by December 17.