How to Order Your Destination Wedding Album

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Today we’re chatting with our friends over at Indigo Album Design, who create custom wedding albums for couples, using your photos and their local artisan partners who together, design, print, and bound a beautiful keepsake from your big day!  Not all couples opt to get their wedding album from their photographer, and those who don’t will love this affordable option to take your digital files and turn them into a family heirloom you will enjoy for decades!  We asked the team over at Indigo Album Design to tell us a little about doing it on your own, what to expect, and what to know before you book!  Oh, and they’ve even brought along a big discount to our friends and travelers too!  Keep reading…

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JF: Do couples need to include an album when they book a photography package, especially when planning a destination wedding?

IAD: Nowadays we find more and more couples are opting to receive their wedding photos by download or DVD and some photographers also prefer to go the electronic route and bow out of the album game. It can be a bit of a hassle for destination wedding couples to coordinate a wedding album with their on-location photographers, so we find that many of them forgo the album with their photography package. However, as long as you receive printing rights and high-res images you can absolutely create a professional quality album and for a more affordable price!

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JF: How do you recommend couples go about getting their wedding album made?

IAD: Many professional quality album companies only work with professional photographers and do not work directly with the couple. Our company works with both industry professionals as well as couples who are interested in making an album. We pair each client with a graphic designer who drafts the album design based on the couple’s input. This allows couples to truly customize the look of their album, so that it represents their personal style as well as the overall look and feel of their wedding.

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JF: Any tips and tricks to designing a professional looking album and layout once you commit to it?

IAD: The most important and most difficult part of the album design process is narrowing down the photo selection. Most couples will receive hundreds of photos from their wedding photographer, so it can be quite a challenge to pick only 100-150 images. We suggest saving the images to a new folder on your desktop and then going through and eliminating the images that don’t make the cut. In addition to selecting the photos that best represent the sequence of the day, it is also important to include detail shots that help embellish and fill out the album. Once you have your album images ready to go, the rest of the album process should be pretty easy as your graphic designer should handle the rest.

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JF: Why do couples even need an album in today’s digital era?

IAD: Yes, in the world of iPads and Facebook, one might question the need for a traditional wedding album. However, wedding albums have come a long way and our albums are by no means your grandma’s wedding album! We try to maintain some vintage aspects, but add a modern twist with graphic end paper options and thick high quality prints. Call us sentimental, but we find the wedding album to be a timeless keepsake and it is always nice to have a tangible memento in your home that you can share with family, friends, children and grandchildren for years to come!

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Indigo Album Design is offering all Jet Fete readers a 20% discount for the month of July (use code: JULY2015) and for those who have yet to receive their photos, feel free to email them regarding future promotions info@indigoalbumdesign.com.

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For more information on creating a beautiful, custom, unique wedding album, be sure to check out Indigo Album Design!  And mention Jet Fete this month for 20% off your order!

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Cancun Wedding Location: Nizuc Resort & Spa

 

beach resorts cancunThanks to the amazing team at Engage!15, a luxury wedding business summit (which we’ll be chatting more about next week), I recently got to stay at one spectacular property that, even weeks later, I still can’t stop gushing about.  Pay attention – this one is the perfect spot for your honeymoon or destination wedding away!

If you want to wow your man (or gal too), you can be sure his jaw will drop when you step foot on property at Nizuc Resort and Spa, located just outside of Cancun, Mexico (a quick and easy trip to get to an incredibly modern and oh-so sexy beach oasis). Set on two bays, this fairly massive resort still manages to feel small and private at every turn. And when staying in one of their garden villa suites, you are almost in a hotel all your own (a must do when booking your stay).  I was lucky enough to call a garden villa home for a few days and it was painful to depart!

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You know a hotel room is worth revisiting when a Facetime tour is on the agenda to show friends and family your new home. That’s what one gentleman did during our group’s visit to this stunning place. My room was larger than most single-family homes, and complete with a spectacular outdoor shower, sexy plunge pool with waterfall, a cozy outdoor living space, high ceilings, beds you won’t ever want to get out of, and a large staff of butlers, gardeners, people everywhere to keep your pool perfectly pristine – no detail forgotten. Really, you might never leave your room. It’s a true honeymoon hideout with the best of everything at your fingertips and plenty of staff to cater to your every request.

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But should you finally venture outside your front door, you’ll find an incredible infinity pool overlooking the ocean complete with swim up bar, a children’s pool and play area for the ring bearers and flower girls in your life, and adult pool for some quiet time, beaches to stroll the sand, coral reef to tour underwater, and plenty of dining options for every kind of cuisine and mood you might find yourself in. This is no small property – you’ll get around by butler-driven golf carts but that also gives you all the options your group could want and all the privacy from your guests that you may be seeking once your destination wedding is done.

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Should you choose to wed here, those options include everything from saying I do on a deck overlooking one of their infinity edge water installations to a ballroom and conference center for indoor rain plans, and chic restaurant spaces already designed to perfection so you don’t have to do much to dress them up!

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If you want a sexy honeymoon he’ll love, a luxury resort you can fit all your friends and family in for a destination wedding, and the beauty of Cancun without the big city at your door step, then call Nizuc home for your destination I do. You won’t be disappointed. I truly cannot say enough great things about this property – the food, the decor, and the villas, oh the villas!!!  Just don’t forget to take a dip in that private plunge pool once the big day is done!

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Photographers: Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Love Life Images, John Cain Photography, Tammy Swales Studio 

Hotel Room Photos from: Nizuc

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Happy Independence Day U.S.A!

Congrats to all the couples who are getting married during this celebratory weekend full of love and freedom! Have fun and be safe out there.

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{Photos: Chair + Bouquet: Rebecca Keeling Studios via Rustic Wedding Chic, Flag Building: Karly Jo Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic, Cherry Table Number: Millie Holloman via Wedding Chicks, American Flag Socks: Brooke Courtney Photography via SMP, Soda Station: Kristyn Hogan via Wedding Chicks, Watermelon: Kristyn Hogan via Wedding Chicks, Car: Phillip Van Nostrand via Wedding Chicks}

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Snowy Wedding in the Canadian Rockies

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Elaine and Christie said I do during a snowy day in Banff, Canada where an intimate group of friends and family gathered to celebrate their union. Getting married in the Canadian Rockies was just what this couple dreamed of, a pair who shares a love of the outdoors. But what a treat when they discovered snow on their wedding day in September!

We asked the newlyweds to share with us the story of their big day and how it came to be. “We were inspired by the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. We were inspired by the beauty and simplicity of nature itself. We love hiking and boating, just being in nature makes us happy and that’s why we decided to go with a nature theme and with nature colors.”

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“The first time we saw each other in our dresses standing out among the beautiful trees all of our worries about weather or anything else just melted away. Everything you envision how the first look would be can’t compare to the emotions you feel the first time you see the love of your life standing in front of you. It is a rush, an energy, breath taking moment, sensory overload and overwhelming love! In that split second it reaffirms that feeling you have in your soul that this is the person I want to spend my days with. My soul mate!”

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“Our absolute favorite wedding day detail was the surprise snow! We were expecting rain and it turned into something very magical.”

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“Being surrounded by close family and friends in such an intimate gathering could not have been more perfect,” shared Christie. “It was an overwhelming feeling of emotions!”

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“The reception decorations were stunning and really fit our outdoorsy style.”

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 We often ask couples if they experienced any challenges planning a wedding away and of course, the weather was part of this story! On the day of the wedding, Elaina got up and headed back to the Banff house and I waited for my parents to arrive. We woke up to a very cold and rainy morning. It actually wasn’t the rain that worried us the most though; it was the fact that it was so foggy you couldn’t see anything! This meant no beautiful mountain/lake backdrop. I’m getting calls from Elaina who’s been in touch with Postcard Weddings on other contingency plans because it started to sleet! The makeup artist and stylist did their magic on us and we felt beautiful and ready to meet our soon to be wife. The weather started to change and the forecast for the day was looking like several inches of snow! Our planners again went into action mode and reorganized all the wedding teams to have the wedding at the Rimrock Hotel. There is no way all the pieces would have fit together as perfectly as they did if we didn’t have them working their magic in the background. Elaina and I were able to enjoy each moment and it totally took all the pressure of the re-arrangements off our shoulders. We got in our cars and headed to the first photo shoot.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Julie Williams Photography

Wedding Vendors: Intimate Wedding Management: Postcard Weddings, Celebrant: Threshold Ceremonies, Stationery: Pink Umbrella Designs, Ceremony Location + Accommodations: The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Reception location: Sage Bistro & Wine Lounge, Accommodations: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Videographer: Mountain Wedding Videos, Ceremony guitarist: Andrew Ibanez, Hair: JK Hair Designs, Makeup: Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry, Florals: Willow Flower Co., Rentals: Special Event Rentals

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Honeymoon Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico: Viceroy

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Viceroy Riviera Maya is unlike any place I’ve ever been before. Imagine a secluded spot where the jungle meets the beach and luxury meets the rustic elements of nature. Viceroy Riviera Maya is perfect for the couple who wants privacy, laid back creature comforts of home, and the feeling of being at one with nature all while getting to relax on a white sand beach as you sway from your four poster beach bed and the wind rocks you to sleep.

A true culturally-inspired getaway, you’ll be greeted by the property’s resident Mayan Shaman who offers you an energy clearing to send you into a state of pure relaxation to start off your experience right.

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Then you’ll head to your private villa with patio, sunbathing deck and lounge, outdoor day bed, and plunge pool. Honeymooners can expect rose petal turndown service at night, a soap concierge by day, and outdoor showers anytime you choose.

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The two restaurants on property offer a relaxed atmosphere for some excellent cuisine (don’t miss the ahi tuna stuffed peppers). But I think it’s the staff at this location that brings it home for honeymooners – every single person you meet has an energy that welcomes you home (something they actually say when you arrive).

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If you’d love to immerse yourself in the local culture even further, then you’re in luck – Viceroy embraces it all. For your destination wedding, consider having your union blessed by the Shaman. For the spa lovers, opt for a couples experience in the sweat lodge. Even indulge in local chocolates and customs from the ancient civilization that was once there before us. Or take a tour of their ruins only about 40 minutes away! You’ll feel the Mayan spirit all around you as the property embraces it in more ways than one.

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With only 41 rooms, this boutique hotel is perfect for a destination wedding buyout. Most opt to wed on the beach, but when you take over the Viceroy, the options are all yours! And with many resorts in the corridor nearby, you can always opt to hotel hop to get a bit more privacy from your guests for just the two of you when the big day is done.

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For more information on this fabulous place, be sure to check out Viceroy Riviera Maya.  And if you’re looking to register for your honeymoon to be gifted experiences on location or cash towards your hotel stay, check out Newlywish’s Honeymoons Registry where you can find Viceroy Riviera Maya waiting to be gifted to you by your friends and family!

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