Treasure Book

From photo selection to layout to binding, the process of creating a wedding album can be overwhelming. Alyssa Almeida Duncan, owner of Alyssa Almeida Duncan Photography in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, advises couples not to get wrapped up in family politics when selecting images. “Choose the images you love, because this is an album the two of you will be looking at for years to come,” she says.

Laura Pineda and Tiffany White, cofounders of Alternate Angles in Newport, agree that an album should reflect the taste of the couple. Many of their clients are choosing flush collage-style albums. In fact, the style has become so popular, Pineda and White added a graphic designer to their team. “We create each page of the album using one piece of photographic paper, which can allow for more images on the page and graphic elements in the background,” Pineda says.

In an effort to truly tell a story, Megan Jones, owner of Newburyport-based Megan Jones Photography, encourages couples to choose their favorite images first, and then fill in others to capture the whole event. “I like the images to be in chronological order for the most part,” Jones says, “so as you view the album, the story unfolds.”

Unsatisfied with the photo albums on the market, Jones designs her own, which are hand-crafted by a book binder using exquisite fabrics and archival papers. “They are museum quality, one-of-a-kind art books that are best left out on the coffee table where they can be enjoyed—not tucked away, out of sight,” Jones says.