Emily and Tommy’s Wedding Art (plus a peek into my art design process)
Emily and Tommy were married last October at Gale Woods Farm on a day with the most beautiful, peak fall colors. As I worked with them before their wedding and we talked about what was important to them in their wedding day, two themes kept emerging: nature and community. They loved the connection their venue had to nature, especially the striking vista that looked out over their ceremony space. They viewed their day as something special for the two of them to experience amidst the broader warmth and connection of their circles of community.
Emily and Tommy were excited to create printed art with their wedding photos from the very beginning. I set them up with my wedding photography gift registry so wedding guests had the opportunity to contribute with gift certificates to their vision of photography art in their home. The registry makes it simple for guests to gift photography art-- from a heirloom wedding album telling their wedding day story, to a collection of favorite portraits to hang on the wall.
Planning Albums and Portrait Artwork
My art design process begins way before the wedding day. When beginning to work with a couple, I visit their home for an art planning meeting, and bring with me examples of all my different frames, canvases, and albums.
For couples who are interested in hanging art on the wall, we talk about their home and where in their space they want to see their portraits. The right locations are different for everyone but generally I encourage couples to choose places where they’ll get to appreciate their art every day.
We’ll then look at their actual walls, I’ll photograph them to use with my wall art design software later. With this tool we can see different frame or canvas sizes to scale on their real walls! We also talk about their decor style and what they like to surround themselves with. Then we’ll look through my frame and canvas options and find which styles they love, highlighting the colors and textures they are drawn to.
If the couple is interested in an album, we’ll go through album sizes and the beautiful linen and leather cover options. The albums are made in the Midwest with super thick pages; every material used is archival and acid free, so they are rated to last for hundreds of years.
By the end of this art planning meeting, the couple has found some favorite ideas for wall art or album styles. , From there, I work with them to create their unique photography gift registry or note their preferences for when they will see their pictures at their Wedding Reveal.
See your pictures two weeks after your wedding
Just two weeks after their wedding day couples come to my home office for the reveal of their wedding pictures. We have coffee or champagne and go through a slideshow of all of their final, edited wedding pictures. It’s magical to relive the day and look through all of the special moments!
When I show them their wedding pictures I have also created designs for their art or albums. If couples are interested in art for the wall, I also have already prepared some wall gallery designs based on their interests during our art consultation. If couples are interested in an album, I’ve created a mockup album design for them. In either case, we go through the design together, make any tweaks they like, and finalize their order together.
Albums arrive just a couple weeks later, so couples can be holding their wedding album in their hands just one month after their wedding day. Art arrives within a month or two, and I offer professional art installation with my partner Tyler (who used to install galleries at an art museum).
By end of their Wedding Reveal, we have laughed and cried and re-lived their wedding day, and planned out all of their final wedding art. I love collaborating with my couples to make this process as simple and effortless as I can.
Emily and Tommy’s Art
A year ago we did a winter engagement session and Emily and Tommy chose a pair of dark, espresso-colored wood frames with white mats to house two favorite portraits from their session. See Emily and Tommy’s engagement gallery and six tips for hanging photo artwork.
They have a curated, eclectic style in their home that pairs so well with the dark, wood frames. We carried that same frame choice over to their wedding pictures, creating a series of three wedding photos for above their bed. These portraits are from a similar space outside beneath glowing orange and golden trees. Emily and Tommy loved letting nature be a focal point as much as they were in the photos, which lead them to choose expansive photos that brought them back to some beautiful, emotional moments from the day.
To tell the story of their wedding, we created a large rectangular, 50-page wedding album. They chose an earthy warm brown leather with an etching of leaves on it that fits with the natural woodland elements from their day.