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North Carolina Fall Wedding Album design for July Photo

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Today's featured album design that we created for Julianne Key of July Photo -- a North Carolina wedding photographer -- is a beauty! This wedding looks like it was so intimate and FUN! Julianne did an amazing job capturing this couples' story and we were honored to lay it out for them and create a one-of-a-kind heirloom for her clients! 
Julianne used our Hands-off Service so we communicated directly with her clients throughout the revision process -- which was very speedy in this case! The design was approved with ZERO changes and was wrapped up in just over a week from start to finish! Julianne also had the album printed through us and delivered an Align Legacy Book to her clients that I'm sure they will cherish for generations to come! 
Here are a few of our favorite spreads from this sweet design:

To see the design in full, click through the slideshow: 
Thank you, Julianne, for trusting us to be a part of your team!
Design by: Rachel (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill

My 2022 Family Yearbook Album

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This post is long-overdue since I've had this album in-hand since FEBRUARY, but I'm so excited to share with you my very own family yearbook album! I've been getting one of these to commemorate a year in the life of our family for the last 4 years now and the series of albums that sit on the shelves of our living room is seriously one of my most cherished possessions. Beau, our four year old, often asks to look at the one with "Beau in mama's belly" and we will almost weekly sit down and look through one of them together talking about all of our memories. 
This year I opted to design my own album, which I haven't done in YEARS, but I actually really enjoyed it. These are our press-printed albums that we offer to consumers and they come in various linen cover options. I get a different color each year and this year I opted for the Pebble linen. It has a really pretty texture to it. The majority of images in this album were taken on an iPhone (the best camera is the one you have with you!) and since we do 8x8 albums for these, I like to keep the pages fairly minimal and simple.  
Here are a few of my favorite spreads:

We live in Huntsville, Alabama and have like ONE day of snow each winter. We of course have to drop everything when that happens and have a snow day!

Balloon festival!

Bruce graduated from seminary with his Master's! So proud!

One of two professional sessions we had last year (so I can be in some photos) with Valerie Callan Photography.

Beach trip!

Beau's first college football game!

Christmas in our home with self-timer matching PJ portraits! 
And here is the shelf where our family yearbook albums live! Couldn't love them more!

To see the design in full, click through the slideshow: 
Design by: Melissa Jill (View More) // Design style: Simple (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill

Virginia Align Legacy Book design for Arli Quinn Photography

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We are so thrilled today to share a stunning album design that we created for Virginia based wedding photographer Arli Quinn. We just started working with Arli last year but we are already obsessed with her photography, her beautiful red hair, and her cute pup who makes appearances on Instagram. We feel so honored that Arli has entrusted us with a portion of her workflow. For this particular wedding, we designed a total of three albums -- this album for the couple and two separate parent albums from independent sets of images. This is just one of the ways we can go about creating parent albums. Click here to see all of the various parent album strategies we offer! 
Not only did we design this album, we also printed it! Arli's client sent a short video of the 10x10 Align Legacy Book with thin pages and our linen Pebble cover with silver foil debossing. Just scroll down to see it!  
Here are a few of our favorite spreads from this beautiful design: 

To see the full design, click through the slideshow: 
Thank you, Arli, for allowing us to work with your beautiful images!
Design by: Denise (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill

Strawberry Arizona Wedding Album Design for Marquette LaRee

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The story behind today's featured album is very touching. I'm going to let Arizona-based wedding photographer Marquette LaRee tell it in her own words:  
"This couple and wedding will always hold a special spot in my heart. The week of Austin and Tatum's engagement session was the week I went to be with my 55 year old mom in the ICU in New Mexico. My Dad needed to be able to go back to work, and we didn't want her there alone as they tried to figure out what was going on. The plan was for me to be there Monday-Wednesday with her and then go back home to do Austin and Tatum's engagement photos. Wednesday the doctors were finally able to figure out what was going on and the news was grim; they asked for a family meeting the next day. I immediately got in touch with Austin and Tatum to let them know what was going on. They were so gracious and understanding, and encouraged me to be there with my family. There was no hesitation, no "but you owe us!", no hassle from them as we cancelled their engagement session (knowing we likely wouldn't be able to reschedule it with how quickly their wedding was coming up afterwards).  
In the end the exact time that we'd originally set up to meet for their engagement session ended up being the exact time we got the call to head to the hospital for a final visit with mom. I wouldn't have been able to make it had I not already been in New Mexico. Because of their grace and kindness, I could be there with my family and my mom and not worry about how to fix any business drama.  
Their wedding was the first wedding on my schedule after my mom's death. It made me hyper-aware of family interactions and special moments. I got one of my favorite mother-daughter shots I've taken, and while it made me tear up I felt so grateful that I could be there to capture that moment for them and to know how much of a treasure that photo will be through the years. The wedding planner, Stasha Barlow, was incredible. She took such amazing care of the couple and their families, showed incredible grace, patience, and kindness when another vendor was incredibly late due to staffing shortages from Covid and tourist clogged forest roads, and she kept checking on me making sure I was doing ok (as she knew of my mother's passing). My second shooter lost her mother too young the year before to a fast and aggressive cancer, so she was also hyper aware of family moments and was ready to step in and take charge if I needed a moment to collect my wits (thankfully I didn't, but she was ready and willing and I'm so grateful). So it was a hard wedding, but an incredibly beautiful one not just visually but for the love, grace, and kindness that was shown in so many ways to so many people." 
Marquette loved how this wedding turned out so much that she decided to have us design and print a sample album using the images from it so she could show it off to potential clients. It is SO SMART to create sample albums from your best work! In fact, we believe it's the number one key to selling albums!  
This Align Legacy Book is a 10x10 album with thick pages bound in our striking Auburn leather. It includes 10 spreads and has rose gold foil debossing in our Cardo font on the cover. Marquette was so kind to take these images of the finished printed album and send them to us! Gorgeous!

Here are a few of our favorite spreads from this beautiful design:

Click through the slideshow to see the design in full: 
Thank you, Marquette, for allowing us to work with your beautiful images and create this sample album for you!
Design by: Kari (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More)

Downtown Louisville Wedding album design for Katie Gallagher Photography

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Not only did we have the pleasure of designing today's featured album, but we printed it as well! Pictured here is a 10x10 Align Legacy Book covered in our Eight Ball leather with thin pages. Kentucky-based wedding photographer Katie Gallagher took these amazing images of the finished album and was so kind to share them with us!  
A couple items of note regarding this album: 
Katie did such an amazing job capturing this couple's downtown Louisville wedding! We adore how this album turned out and are so excited to share it with you today! Here are a few of our favorite spreads: 

To see the design in full, click through the slideshow: 
Thank you Katie for allowing us to work with your beautiful images!
Design by: Kari (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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