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Miss me?! I was so excited when the original BSB Jessica reached out to me for this guest post! Life as a newlywed has been quite busy — Matt and I left our beloved New York City only two weeks after our wedding in favor of opportunities south of the Mason Dixon line! We relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina only a few months ago, and while we will always have much love for the city that brought us together, Raleigh has been an exciting new adventure!

One of the final items to check off of the wedding to-dos (post-move) was to create our wedding album. Our photos turned our absolutely amazing, thanks to my good friend Adena at Studio A Images, and I've been eager to put together an album that tells the story of our memorable/fun/crazy/hot day.

Enter my new friends at Libby James. Their mission is right up my alley — helping DIY brides to create stunning, professional wedding albums. As someone who knows what she likes, but doesn't always know how to do that herself, the Libby James site and software gave me excellent direction on creating a high-end album that reflected the personal, modern style of our wedding day.

How to Create a Wedding Album

After downloading the software, I chose a template to work from, as was recommended for a seamless experience. I'm super happy I took their advice because it made the first few steps of the design process incredibly easy for me (despite knowing my way around Photoshop and other such programs, too many options would have completely overwhelmed me!). I selected the ‘modern I' template, then imported the photos from my computer that I'd chosen and let Libby James do the heavy lifting. Even when using the template, I was able to change up the positioning for the look that I wanted, and could edit the photos directly in the Libby James program to crop as needed just by double clicking on the image when it’s been placed on a spread.


The Libby James program made it easy to customize each page to include all of the photos I wanted to, and allowed the design to remain cohesive.
The Libby James program made it easy to customize each page to include all of the photos I wanted to, and allowed the design to remain cohesive.


It was incredibly hard to choose my favorite photos, so I actually used the design template to dictate some of my selections. In the instances when several of my favorites were very similar (or depicted the same event during the wedding), I spent some time swapping the images in and out on the page to determine the overall look that I liked best, and allowed me to tell a cohesive story through the photos. I also took advantage of the customizable backgrounds feature. Since our wedding was heavy on the fun, I wanted our album to showcase that while still looking classy. I loved that the backgrounds, page styles and scrapbook options were all drag and drop, so I didn't feel like I was spending hours on a layout that I wasn't going to end up liking when it was finished.


This is a page layout that I would have never tried on my own, but I absolutely adore the way it showcases the first part of our reception.
This is a page layout that I would have never tried on my own, but I absolutely adore the way it showcases the first part of our reception.


After I put all of the photos in place (and watched the preview of the pages about 7,000 times!) and was certain I would love what I created, I started the order process and left it in the hands of the experts at Libby James. With just a few clicks, my album traveled through cyberspace and into their capable printers and I could not wait to see the finished product!

Our Wedding Album

The Libby James turnaround time was very quick, and in less than a week (I chose the Diamond photo cover, which takes less time for process because, ahem, I could not wait!), my masterpiece arrived… Behold…


Gorgeous cover by Libby James
Gorgeous cover by Libby James


The finished project turned out better than I even hoped that it would! The album is sturdy, so I know it will last, and the photo quality is truly impressive. To be able to create this myself so easily and it look so professional on a budget is awesome! Thank you, Libby James!


I love the unique layout and how the bright summer sun pops against the classic gray background.
I love the unique layout and how the bright summer sun pops against the classic gray background.


One of the great layouts in the modern I template.
One of the great layouts in the modern I template.



Win A Wedding Album!

The folks at Libby James are offering up one of their albums to a lucky BSB reader!
Here's the deets:


libby james wedding albums

  • one 10×10 Diamond Album
  • 10 extra spreads, so a total of 20 spreads are included in this prize
  • Free shipping

$388.95 value!!

Use the widget below to enter the giveaway!




Libby James is also offering an EXCLUSIVE coupon code just for BSB readers!

Use coupon code BUDGETSAVVY20 to get 20% off any album – valid through January 31, 2014 at midnight.



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About Ashley

I'm Ashley, a 31 year old witty, sarcastic New Yorker planning a wedding on a studio apartment-sized budget in one of the most expensive cities in the world. I consider myself a Brooklyn girl, and I fell in love with a Queens boy, who I will marry on July 5, 2013. He's as witty and sarcastic as I am, and he's awesome.

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  • Dana

    WOW! This is a great idea! We’re having a family member photograph our wedding, so we’ll certainly need a DIY album!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    My wedding date will be sometime June 2015 and my fave album product is actually the diamond albums-so gorgeous!

  • Stephanie

    I would love to win one for our wedding album!

  • stephanie

    I am getting married June 28th 2014 and would love to have the Diamond album to showcase my pictures! I love the cover of the album – how it is just a large wrapped image!

  • Cassie Dexter

    My favorite Libby James album product is the Diamond Album! The possibilities are endless with the image cover. Love it! Our wedding date is October 11th, 2014 🙂

  • Ellen

    As blogger Ashley’s mother-in-law, I can vouch for the beauty of her wedding album! I’d love to win one for another son’s upcoming wedding!

  • Andrea

    My wedding date is June 13, 2015 and winning the diamond wedding album would be absolutely amazing!

  • Jen Razz

    Loving the contemporary albums! My wedding date is March 7 2015.

  • Tiffany

    I would love to win the diamond album! My wedding will be on April 25, 2014.

  • Jennifer S

    My wedding was on 8/15/09, but I have yet to make an album, so this would be perfect! I love the Diamond 🙂

  • Kelis

    Oooooo I will use for my engagement session! Can’t wait to try out the software and display my engagement images at my wedding!! Thank you for the 20% off!!

  • Britta

    I love the diamond album – I can’t wait to show off our fabulous photos! Our wedding date is September 20, 2014.

  • Juliet morgan

    i LOVE YOUR ALBUM!! It looks so classy but still fun, like you wanted! I would love to have an album for our May 31, 2015 wedding!

  • Stephanie O.

    I absolutely love all the Libby James products, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be the diamond album! The one thing my fiance and I are allowing ourselves to splurge on for our budget wedding is the photography and winning this give-a-way would be the perfect way to display our beautiful photos! Our wedding date is August 2, 2014. 🙂

  • Sarah

    The diamond album is cute! My wedding date is October 18, 2014.

  • SSM

    I love the forest green and ivory premium albums! Our wedding date is March 29, 2014!

  • Emilie

    My wedding date is 8-22-2014 and the diamond album is my favorite!

  • Meghan V

    Wedding albums are crazy expensive… this would be such an amazing prize to win!!

  • Celina

    I would love to win this. Wedding is May 2014

  • Kathryn

    My wedding date will be October 4, 2014. I love the diamond album!

  • Noor

    Would be awesome to win this album, I really want it!

  • Alicia Rodriguez

    I love the platinum wedding album and my weeding date is October 25, 2014.

  • Rebecca

    We opted out of the wedding album in our photo package in order to save money. Being able to semi-DIY one after the wedding would be a great idea though.

  • Eileen L

    Great albums for beautiful photos! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  • Terri

    The diamond albums are gorgeous. I got married in April of this year and still haven’t been able to get a photo book. This would be perfect for us!

  • Alesha Dittmer

    Our wedding will be June 14, 2014 and it would be such a blessing to win! The Diamond wedding album is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Natasha

    What an incredible giveaway! Our wedding photos from this past June are looking for a home 🙂

  • Stephanie O.

    Yay! Thank you Budget Savvy Bride and Libby James! 🙂

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