20 Jul

#5: Create a wedding album – 30 before 30 list

pez dispenser bride and groom wedding cake toppers

Best cake toppers of all time!
The PEZ bride and groom.

The worst procrastination of my adult life? Creating a custom photo album from my wedding. Comma Mister and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary this year. And still, no wedding album… even though the project has appeared on my New Year’s resolutions (I prefer to call them goals) list EVERY year. For the past eight years.

You’d think that since I was able to make time to, oh let’s say, run a marathon, complete a master’s degree and spend countless hours researching crap on the internet, I’d have a day or so of my life to put together a wedding album. Nope. Not me. Until now! I committed to tackling this project for my 30 before 30 list. And I’m happy to say I finished it with almost a year to spare.

Comma Mister and I were married in a time before digital photography, or at least before it was good enough to actually use for anything. We also got married on the cheap, so our barely there budget was just enough for a photographer but not for the wedding album. We walked away from the agreement with 200 proofs and 10 enlargements.

Six months later I had sketched out the photo sequence and layout on a piece of notebook paper, along with my plan for which book and matting pages to purchase from a photo supply company in Seattle.

Fast forward five years and I still hadn’t touched the project. Plus, I had decided it would be better to have a printed photo book, so the first task was scanning and editing all 200 photos. After that tiring job, I was so weary I didn’t go back to the project for three years. Seriously, what is my problem? πŸ™‚

Finally, I had a day to myself and knocked out the whole project in about four hours!* Wedding album at last.

So without further I do ado, I present, the wedding album.

wedding album herbie love bug

Our get-away car was a vintage Herbie the Love Bug
- a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle

* I used Photoworks for the layout and printing. I’ve previously created photo books with Photoworks, Shutterfly, MyPublisher and Snapfish, but I think I like Photoworks the best. While their web-based layout software is painfully slow and sometimes the photo quality or vibrancy could be better, I really like the variety of custom templates and book finishes. (It would be fun to do a comparison with the same order, as it’s difficult to measure projects that are so different.) Photoworks has a special 25% off photo books in July with coupon code JULYBOOKS. (No, I don’t get a referral.)


  • Yay for checking another thing off your list!! Would love to see more pix from the wedding!

  • Yay!! Congrats for checking this off. What a huge project!! You should be proud πŸ™‚
    We also got married i before digital photography was the way to go (what a difference 7 years makes, geez…) It would be soo much easier these days πŸ™‚

    I love the getaway car – adorable!

So, what do you think?