Lacey leather wedding album

Here is a beautiful wedding album I created using a soft white leather coupled with a pink suede. The leather cover is stitched together using a traditional embroidery stitch called the cross stitch.

The bride wore an elegant ivory lace dress for the wedding so I wanted to incorporate lace into the design. After searching through a lot of lace ribbons, I found a beautiful off-white cotton lace trimming. It has a lovely pattern and also will last longer as a tie than normal lace.

I was also given some memorabilia from the wedding day: lace ribbon and pink chiffon used to decorate the venue, wedding invites and the ceremony booklet. Using my bookbinding standing press, I embossed the pink suede using the lace ribbon, creating a subtle pattern on the surface of the suede which was the first ‘page’ of the wedding album.

The pages of the album are made using a heavyweight ivory 300gsm etching paper. I handtore the pages leaving a deckled edge which adds softness to the album. The couple sent me a file with around 200 photos from the day. I selected 30 of the best photographs which I then had printed on archival paper.

I enjoyed laying out the wedding album – trying to create a flow which captured the feel of the day. Alongside the photographs were the wedding invite, ceremony booklet and other snippets from the day.

As always, I handmade a customised box to store the wedding album. This will protect it from dust and light damage, ensuring that it lasts for decades to come. Using the navy colour from the bridesmaids’ dresses, I created one-of-a-kind paste paper which lines the inside of the box. This handmade wedding album measures 35 x 25 x 4 cms.