I’m up late prepping for another double-shoot day this weekend, wrapping up 2 from Friday, ready to kick the weekend into high gear! Today’s celebration with Joy & David, here’s the first inning of the custom wedding guest book from a rather great proposal that might just make you shout “Holy cow!” Harry Caray style.
Proposal via Wrigley Field scoreboard? I’m as green as that scoreboard with envy!
Lots more Cubs baseball, Army memories, golf rounds, and wedding day celebration ahead!
Get a reminder when the photos are ready here – enjoy!
I was pretty excited when this Wedding Guest Book arrived so I grabbed the video camera and started rambling recording. Here’s a preview of the Custom Guest Books included in our Memoirs Photography Package and available for all weddings!
I’ve got to brag on the couple, the idea for the themed shoot was totally theirs. At our first meeting, the bride Caroline mentioned her fiance Josh was in the Navy and she wanted to shoot a 1945 themed engagement session in tribute to the famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square. (Note for couples looking for photographers – throwing creative, fun ideas at us will really make the brainstorms take off!) It was all downhill from there.
Update – see more of the session’s photos here.
I’m thrilled with the hinged paper construction that lets guests write right up to the middle of the book, no bending down the pages to add your wishes near the middle of the book!
Closeup of the hinged paper wedding guest book design
Another added bonus was the thicker paper used for this design. One concern was that a pen would make indentations on the next page’s photos, but the thicker paper and using fine tipped Sharpie markers did more than enough to prevent this concern.
Tips on Guest Books from photographer and designer Eric Bucholtz –
- – Personalize! Anything personalized to your clients’ engagement and wedding story will always be a hit! The engagement session is entirely about the Soonlyweds to have a relaxing shoot away from wedding planning while getting a preview of your work to let them know they’ve made a great choice including your photography in their upcoming wedding day.
- – Album Design: Backgrounds. Unless your design concept is for an all white, black or solid page background, personalize your photography even further in the design process by including complimenting colors and textures on album backgrounds. For this vintage book light paper, sand, and other complimenting textures were used to give a freshly printed book a little age to match the feel of the session.
- – Sunset shooting. Especially out on the beach, stick around after sunset. Dusk is a colorful time full of sunset colors without fighting with the sun at the horizon. This means fewer silhouettes against the sun, less high power fill flash, and more available light photos with that great dusk coloring. Aside from the photographic technicalities, especially when the subjects are having fun, there’s no need to hurry and pack up as soon as the sun sets below the horizon.
Specs & Links
This 10×10″ book features photography and design by Eric Bucholtz, 1945 hairstyling by Genna Bucholtz. White House Custom Color printed the hinged paper / lay flat construction.
Ever since I began including an Engagement Session in the Memoirs Photography Packages it’s been a busy summer snapping on location with my awesome couples. I’ve had too much fun to limit it to just one package so now ALL my Wedding Photography Packages INCLUDE an Engagement Session!
I’d like to sidetrack for a sec – a COMPLIMENTARY ENGAGEMENT SESSION!?! You got it!
During shoots I have been having a blast getting to hang out with my “Soonlyweds” engaged couples. Trips to the beach, strolls around Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campuses, parks… and did I mention FUN? Take a break from all the hard work you’re putting into planning your big day and just let it out. Want to shout, laugh, run in the waves, play in the park or just dance to leave your planning behind and hang out with your photographers? Go for it!
Something NEW I’ll be offering is a Custom Guestbook chock full of the photos from your relaxing and fun Engagement Session. Instead of just a plain page for your guests to sign a book you will tuck away somewhere, why not show off your photos too?! Keep those names in a book you’ll look at over and over again!
So for the FIRST EVER design of this kind from eB Photography… feast your wedding planning, photo loving eyes on this page-turner put together from Jaclyn and Tim’s engagement shoot. Enjoy!