Golden Memories

04 Nov 2013

Golden Memories

The importance of a wedding album by Belle Momenti Photography

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This week it was my parent’s Golden Wedding Anniversary – a huge marital milestone – where we gathered as a family to celebrate and toast their 50 special years together. We placed a large, mounted photograph of them and their guests, taken back in 1963, on an easel for everyone to look at; to giggle at Granny (mother of the bride) wearing a real fox fur, remark on how tiny our other Granny (mother of the groom) was, tease certain gentlemen about their bouffant hair and to enjoy all the styles of the 60s. Inside the room where we were having lunch was a beautifully designed cake, with a photograph of mum and dad proudly signing the register on the top tier, and their wedding album was also out on display.

As wedding photographers, we understand the importance of the printed image and ‘get’ how nothing quite beats the look, feel and smell of a beautifully handcrafted or printed album of images (photographs somehow never look as good online as they do in print). However, as we chatted and listened to various family members, excitedly pointing out all of the people they knew in the photo – each one with an accompanying anecdote (well, we are an Irish family after all!) – it suddenly stuck us that this is something that many new couples may never experience. Wedding albums, as we see it, are collections of memories and the special moments of a couples’ wedding day; the first record of their unique bond and in essence, their first family heirloom.

In today’s fast-paced society, where everything is available (and generally expected) immediately online, and with improved technology being released just when you’ve become familiar with the latest version, there is a danger that the printed product is gradually becoming devalued.

We understand that, given the current economic climate, most brides and grooms will want to shop around to get the best possible deals. However, in doing so they should be aware that technology changes – rapidly – and it is likely that DVDs and CDs will be replaced by another medium in 20 years’ time. Sadly, what seemed like a good idea at the time, to pay a little less for a photographer to capture their special day and provide all the photos digitally, is something they may regret in the future when they sit down with their grandchildren (and even great grand-children) to talk about their wedding day – with nothing printed for them to look at and hold. We believe that those couples who decide (for financial or other reasons) to go for a digital-only photography package should seriously consider having a wedding album designed and printed in their first year of marriage – to look back on as a reminder of their special day but also to be able to share with future generations. With resurgence in vintage-themed weddings, we anticipate that this will mean a return to the printed product, which let’s face it, can easily last a good 50 years or so (if not more)!

At Belle Momenti Photography, our clients can choose between a modern Italian-style storybook album or a more traditional/vintage leather-bound album with mounted photographs.

Please contact us for more details of our wedding photography packages and albums,, email, or call 01462 416369).

While we are located in Hitchin, we are very privileged to be able to photograph weddings throughout the UK and also destination weddings, in addition to those in the Herts/Beds/Cambs region.

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