Love your wedding photos but didn't get an album made yet?

A beautifully made wedding album is more than a book it's a family heirloom that will last a lifetime and even into future generations to enjoy and remember you by. Regardless of who shot your wedding photos, we can design and produce a custom lay-flat made-in-Italy wedding album for you using your images. Read how below.

We have several different studio album samples to show you here. Each video is 5-6 minutes long but you can see the entire album from start to finish! The closed captioning explains some of our design process. See the next video by clicking the dots navigation on the bottom. There are city and country weddings to choose from. Our favorite materials are leather, real wood and deep mat paper.

Most couples have a hard time choosing which photos to put in their album. And we know how busy life gets after the wedding. All too often this means the album keeps getting put off.

We’ve been making custom lay-flat albums for our couples since we started in 2013 and we have a simple and easy process to get a custom designed lay-flat album you love into your hands 8-12 weeks from today.

Here are the steps to getting your album

  1. Fill out the album registration form below.
  2. We will send a design service agreement and a request for a $500 deposit.
  3. Then we will send you a link to upload your digitals.
  4. Then we will schedule a phone call to discuss your family and the relationships you want to feature.
  5. We will then choose the most beautiful, emotional and fun photos that tell your story.
  6. As soon your design is ready we will invite you to visit our Logan Square studio to see and finalize the order.  Or, if you prefer, we can finalize via online screen sharing.
  7. 8-12 weeks later your wedding album will be shipped directly to your home from Italy.

Our albums are custom boxed luxury lay-flat models made-in-Italy by Graphistudio. Albums start at 25 spreads priced @ $100 each. Our albums and the company behind them are the best in the industry. We’ve been partnered with Graphi for years and have a dedicated local rep to help us get your order right.

Ready to get started?

Fill out the registration form below, or read some common questions other couples have had, or just give us a call at 312-927-5253 to discuss the project with us. We take calls from 10am to 7pm seven days a week.

“ Our wedding album is an extremely high quality product with beautiful thick pages and vivid colors. Every surface from the leather box and album coverings to the pages has a luxurious feel and is a pleasure to touch. Our album is something we are proud to share with our family and friends and we will cherish it forever. ”

– Petr & YiChen

Q&A

Here are some common questions other couples had. If you think of a question we haven't answered please let us know.

We will schedule a time to talk with you by phone to discover which relationships and family members you want featured. We’ve designed over 100 albums since 2010 and our couples absolutely adore their  albums which you can read about on our Google reviews page. We will use the most attractive, emotional (good cry faces only though!) most interesting, most exciting and most beautifully lit storytelling photos. You will also have the opportunity to make design changes if desired once we finalize your design in-person or via screen share.

It doesn’t matter if we were your photographer as long as you get permission to print. Most digital-only studios are happy to furnish a print release for personal use on-request. Many are also happy to furnish you with higher resolution files in case you didn’t get those after the wedding.

Files should be in JPG format and not watermarked. Ideally they should not be cropped or compressed or have weird filters on them. Usually this means about 8-10 mb per file.  If you are unsure of the quality send a test JPG to hello@friendsfirstphoto.com

We design for the spread which is two facing pages inside a layflat design. You are looking at a spread in the top image of this page. We design the spreads as a moments like scenes from a movie. So bride getting ready, first look, ceremonies, creative portraits, speeches, dances are all moments that we use to tell your story as it unfolds.

We’ve found that the best designs do not cram photos into a spread but leave lots of breathing room. Albums can range up to 50 spreads which will hold about 130 photos. If you want to stay with the minimum album then half that.

The easiest way to do this is to email us a list of the file names that you’d like to see in your design but we still want to see all of your images.

We can also build you a temporary proofing website so you can favorite photos online and make retouching requests on each photo. There is no charge for this extra feature but we do ask for an additional deposit of $500 which will be applied towards your album.

Retouching is $75 per photo. Some examples of retouching we can do are removal of facial blemishes, eye and teeth whitening, color and exposure adjustments, nip/tuck and removal of distracting elements like exit signs and such.

From experience we’ve found that 25 spreads is the minimum we need to tell a wedding story.  At your ordering appointment we will show you up to 50 spreads priced at $100 each. You are under no obligation to purchase more than the minimum and most couples end-up somewhere in the middle. Luxury coverings like leather and linen, eco-friendly inks and deep matte paper are all available too.

Most people get very excited when they see their wedding designed into a book and want to make it happen even if it’s a stretch. We will work with you to make a payment plan that fits your budget.

We take Paypal and credit cards. You can also do a Chase Quickpay if you prefer. After you register we will send you a link so that you can pay online.

When you hire us you are getting all of our experience in making these albums for our own brides plus the final tangible product. Friends First Photo and Graphistudio stand behind our product 100% from material defects in quality and workmanship. If there is any kind of flaw in the album just send us a quick photo. We will repair or replace the album at no charge to you.

We are partnered with Graphistudio who are one of the best album makers in the business. We also have a dedicated rep based in Minneapolis to help get your wedding album 100% perfect.