I love our wedding album. It’s actually more of a vacation/wedding/honeymoon album, but its perfect. The pictures and spreads here are going to be some of my favorite parts from the beginning of the album. Most of the pictures are in chronological order, and if they are not its because they fit best with another group (like all of the pictures of our hotel room – most were taken at the end of the trip, but they just fit better near the start of our stay). And like I have said before about my Project Life albums that I am working on from the past, I am not so concerned with “in order” and more concerned with “in the album and done” than anything. But with this I wanted to spend a little bit more time with journaling and adding embellishments than I did with the end of 2012 because well, this album is more important to me. On to the spreads! On October 9th, 2012, we flew to Denver and stayed a night in a cheap hotel about 40 minutes from the airport. We had both had a long day (I worked from 7:00am-4:00pm that day and still had to get home to pack before our flight at 7:30pm) so we picked up a pizza on our way to the hotel and tucked in for the night. The big page protector divider thing has a sky blue acrylic on it (its my favor method for jazzing up the dividers). The die cute white Colorado and the green highway 70 sign is are both from a little scrapbooking store I found in Breckenridge. I included pictures from the airport and then pictures from our first full day in this spread with a little journaling and an October flair button from Ormolu. The next day we woke up, packed up our tiny rental care and hit the road to the Garden of the Gods. There are actually quite a few more pages dedicated to Garden of the Gods, but there are just a bunch of 4×6 pictures of the rock formations, and truly the pictures do not do them justice (and neither would my picture of pictures). For each of the “big” things that we did I included a divider, covered in silver acrylic pant with the name of the place in white maple thickers (my favorite ever – I used 4 or 5 packs just to complete this album and I buy them whenever I am at the good old HL). I cut off the top tab on all of the divider except for the wedding one, which you’ll see in a few pictures. I included any maps we were given into each of the spreads. Also any wood veneers that you see through out this album are from Freckled Fawn. After Garden of the Gods, we drove past Pikes Peak, it takes quite a bit of time to drive up and down the mountain, we didn’t want to pay to take the train, someone is afraid of heights, and we really wanted to get to Breck. The brown die cut Breckenridge is from that same scrap shop where I found the other die cuts at the beginning of the album. I then included two of the post cards we bought in Breck in a 5×7 page protector, the check in information from out hotel (The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge), and the local bus system map. The opening spread has pictures of the outside of the hotel, it was a gorgeous cabin type hotel, very rustic and exactly what we wanted. I then included some instax and a picture of our favorite morning spot, the giant table checkers near a fire place in the lobby of the hotel. The rest of the pictures are from our hotel room and the lobby. There are 2 more spread of only pictures behind this. We had originally booked a forest view king for the cheaper price and with any type of vacation we thought, how much time would we really be spending in the room? When we arrived at the hotel we went up to our room which was located inside of the main building and we were definitely underwhelmed. Our room looked out into the parking lot and was just the bed, t.v., and the bathroom, and barely any kind of light. It was nice of course but unimpressive. We went back downstairs and started to load in our stuff and as we walked by the receptionist we asked how much it would cost to upgrade, it wasn’t much and we said we would take it. I was struggling to hold my giant Davids Bridal dress bag and she asked us if we were getting married and we explained that yes, we were eloping. She upgraded us to a Mountain View King suite (with no charge – there were hugs and tears). We were ecstatic, and the view was absolutely breathtaking, one of the best decisions of the trip. Obvoiusly my favorite part of the album. The wedding. I took all of the pictures that day on my canon t3i with a tripod and a clicker. We were eloping to save money and spending $1000+ for a photographer just did not make sense. For this part I added another divider with white acrylic paint and silver glitter thickers. I messed up the bottom of the divider (its fixed now though). The white maple thickers appear here again and I included my favorite pictures from the beginning of the day here. The kraft card stock was stamped with a Paper Source heart stamp with versamark water mark ink and a Kelly Purkey October stamp (which is now sold out) in the brilliance white ink I talked about in this post. The picture in the top right was what we used for our announcements – I made the banner that we’re holding and it says “Mr. and Mrs.” on it. I also included a screen shot from my Iphone of when we changed our facebook status to married (it was adorable and fun to do it together – we truly eloped, only a hand full of people knew, it all came together so very quickly after we had spoken to both of our families that we did not have time to call everyone, so it was nice to be able to share with everyone our news quickly through social media).
Next week I will share the last spread from our wedding and the rest of my favorite spreads from the trip, which I just finished most of last night. Our trip took up an entire White Project Life album (which I snagged on clearance right before they sold out) and we were only there for a week!
*I loved using PL for this special occasion. It was easy to put almost every single picture we took into this album. I couldn’t imagine doing a wedding, vacation/honeymoon, and iphone album – trying to figure out what pictures to put where – and really, it just never would have happened. The pictures would have lived and died on my hard drive. So again, thank you Becky for this wonderful system!!