My apologies to all the single ladies, but this post has been in the works for weeks now. It also requires very little words from me, as the pictures could really do all the talking, but then you wouldn’t know firsthand how amazing this album really is. Of all the items I have been honored to review on this blog, my Libby James wedding album is the most dear to my heart.
You see, when we got married, there were too many expenses for us to worry about ordering a wedding album. Until you get married, you have no idea what these things cost. I was looking at $1,500 as the starting point for an album. It was also the beginning of the Great Recession. Enough said.
We decided that we wouldn’t do an album. It just cost too much money.
Fast forward five years of marriage. All we had was a store-bought album with plastic sleeves holding all 400 of our 4 x 6 proofs, and the CD holding all of them. Yes, I would have treasured the proofs forever, but there’s something to be said about having a seamless album holding your most treasured memories in a way that tells the story of that special day.
When Libby James contacted me to write up a review + giveaway for one of their DIY wedding albums I was slightly confused.
I can make my own wedding album? Exactly as I wanted it to look? Down to the tiniest of details? And it won’t cost an arm and a leg?
My inner DIY-bride awoke from her slumber and immediately said, “I do.” I did everything myself for our wedding. Even the centerpieces.
Libby’s albums are made from 100-year fade-resistant photographic paper, thick, durable pages, top-quality leather, and handcrafted bindings. They use the same contemporary designs used by professional photographers at a fraction of the price. For as little as $146 you can have a beautiful, premium-leather flush mount album, delivered in fewer than two weeks.
Pinterest didn’t exist when we got married. In fact, it launched exactly one year after we got married. All you brides today are spoiled! I had to search the interwebs all on my own for vendors, and I repeatedly crash my browser with hundreds of bookmarks. (By the way, Libby James is an excellent source for wedding ideas on Pinterest).
This is how Libby James works: you download the software, pick which album you want, and you start uploading your treasured photographs in their amazing templates. Libby James provides excellent tips on how to choose the best album images. The software is pretty easy to use, but if you get tripped up, their Tips + Tricks quickly put you back on track.
I created my own 10 x 10 Diamond album and opted to have pictures on both covers (back cover not pictured). This was important to me as I had a wedding monogram created for our invitations and I really wanted to display it on the front cover. Using Photoshop, I was able to create a PNG image with a transparent background using our monogram. I added a picture box on the front cover and uploaded the modified monogram as an overlay to the existing photograph.
When I received this package in the mail, I was speechless. As I slowly slid the album out of its protective black pouch, the tears started to pour out of me.
It. Is. Gorgeous. I slowly re-lived that special day, beginning to end, page by page. I silently (and awkwardly) walked over to my husband and the only words that I could utter were “This is a really nice album!” If I said anything else, I would have sobbed.
I slowly inspected every nook and cranny of the finished product and, like any incredulous consumer after hearing about an alternative to anything expensive, I was expecting to find flaws.
There were none. I mean, look at this binding:
That’s professional-grade archival binding right there! I’ve seen the modern wedding albums that many of my friends have paid $1,000 (and more) for, and I just can’t justify paying the higher price! With Libby James those companies have some fierce competition!
There are so many page templates to choose from. There are also many backgrounds and motifs to personalize your album. You’re only limited by your own imagination.
We had a large wedding party and I wanted to capture as much of the action as possible in the hair salon. I found this one spread available to me in the software. So not only was I able to squeeze as many pictures as possible into a collage style, but it also didn’t look too cluttered. Score.
One of the things I loved about the Libby James software is that, if you have images large enough, you can use them as the background for a spread. When my photographer shot this gorgeous snippet of my makeup artists’ eyeshadow palette I knew I couldn’t leave it off the table. The Libby James software is capable of stretching it across the middle binding, without any of the image cutting off. The level of professionalism is in the details!
Our gorgeous church, St. Michael’s in Fells Point in Baltimore. It was used in the filming of Ladder 49. The Libby James software helped capture its vaulted ceilings when I used the same spread layout as the one of my makeup artist’s eyeshadow palette.
I somehow managed to end this review coherently. I was such a blubbery mess when I received the album that I wasn’t sure if I could verbalize how I feel about this album. Thank you Libby James! This was an amazing 5th Wedding Anniversary present and I could not be more grateful for this beautiful album. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Libby James has been gracious enough to giveaway one 10×10 Diamond Album to La La Lisette readers, which covers 10 spreads + shipping. That’s a retail value of over $275!
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