Create Gorgeous (And Affordable) Photo Albums With MyPublisher

I would be remiss, dear DIYers, if I did not warn you about the bucket loads of awesome wedding photos coming your way after you say “I Do!”. In this age of ubiquitous smart phones and high-quality digital cameras, nearly all your guests are going to be packing a lens and will be eager to share their favorite shots with you after the big day. Instead of letting those awesome candid shots languish on a hard drive somewhere, why not create a custom photo album to have a keepsake?

Today I’m very excited to introduce you to MyPublisher, a well-established and respected photo book service that allows you to create high-quality customized wedding books from any digital photos.

MyPublisher photo books are created via a free software program you download onto your computer. (Macs and PCs are supported.) The software is very user-friendly and intuitive so, for most users, there isn’t a big learning curve or complex set of instructions to follow.


Getting started with MyPublisher is simple. Launch the MyPublisher application and the home screen will guide to the next step. Create a totally customized (designed by you) book that allows you to any add images or text you’d like. If you’re someone whose short on time or want to simplify things even further, you can chose one of their stylish ready-made template designs.


The next steps are to choose the book size, name your project, select an album style, pick your cover type, and start designing! MyPublisher offers landscape photo books in four sizes. Four different cover options are available for the books: linen, leather, photo finish and dust jackets. And, to even further customize your fabulous book, MyPublisher offers super gloss printing, lay flat pages, and patterned end sheets.


What comes next is the “hard” part: choosing among all of the AWESOME images you have! MyPublisher will automatically search for your photo libraries but you can direct it to wherever your photo stash resides on your hard drive. The interface makes it a snap to select and organize pictures; just double click an image or use the “Add Photo” button. If you ever get stuck during the process, the application has a prominent and well-designed help section to guide you, step-by-step, through the process. Even better? Their customer service staff will be happy to help you out if you need some extra help through the process. Lovely!


Now it’s time to make the book and, friends, it is easy! The MyPublisher application will guide you through the creative process with prompts to add pictures, background images, decorate accents, or text. If there is a problem with your book – such as an incorrect image size – the Book Maker will tell you ahead of time so there’s no chance of random errors in your design.

Of course the MyPublisher application allows you to preview your book before you commit to the print process. Should you change your mind about anything in your book, erasing or changing any element can be done with the click of a mouse.

Let’s talk about price. MyPublisher Photo Books start at $2.99 for a 20 page mini book (which would make a great gift for members of your wedding party) and go up to $59.99 for a Deluxe 15″ x 11.5″ hardcover book. There is a $1.99 per page charge for books over 20 pages which is still affordable and competitive with other services. All books have a maximum capacity of 100 pages. Extra fees apply for upgrades like leather, photo finish, and book jacket covers as well as paper selections, end sheets, and printing upgrades.

MyPublisher also has available boxes and slipcases to help keep your books in tip-top shape and all paper is PH neutral and derived from sustainably-controlled forests ensuring your albums will be preserved for generations to come.

All photo books are handmade and constructed in-house. Their attention to detail is superb, their book quality is excellent, and their level of customer service is top-notch. This is the kind of company I love supporting here at DIY Bride and I know that you’ll love what they have to offer!

Our friends at MyPublisher have extended a very special offer for DIY Bride readers. Save up to 50% on a hardcover photo book by using promo link: . With such a generous discount, there’s no reason not to create your own album!

So, what if you’re not so hands-on and want someone to do the do the design work for you? Or perhaps you’re looking for an album that’s a bit more refined with higher-quality materials? No problem! MyPublisher offers a Premium Album service where their design experts create gorgeous flush-mount photo albums – similar to what a pro photographer would provide for you – based on your personal style preferences. All you have to do is send them your photos and they’ll craft an heirloom-quality album just for you.


Understandably, MyPublisher is very proud of their craftsmanship and services. So much, in fact, that they’re offering all DIY Bride readers an opportunity to win a $300 credit towards one custom-designed Premium Photo Album of your choice! To enter, please fill out the form below by 11:59 pm (PST) on Friday, May 22, 2015. We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 and turn you over to the very capable hands of the MyPublisher design team.


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Spring 2016 Isabelle Armstrong Bridal Collection

This collection has been inspired by the uncompromising magnificence of a diamond. At it’s core, a diamond represents  strength, brilliance and ever lasting beauty. A diamond can be both subtle and extraordinary at the same time. So too is the Spring 2016 Isabelle Armstrong Bridal Collection, complete with subdued embroidery and soft, romantic fabrics and laces. We’ve added just enough to each individual gown to make it a multi-faceted statement piece, whether complex in its geometric play on fabrications or simply gorgeous and understated in its perfect draping. Our collection will prove to be a testament to one of nature’s most outstanding creations.

Jenny Packham 2016 Bridal Collection

Appliqué organza blooms, majestic ostrich feathers, crystal foliage motifs and delicate floral lace celebrate the lavish artistry of nature: opulent velvet bows add texture and hues of soft meadow green evoke the shades of summer. Swarovski crystals dance in the light adding an otherworldly, whimsical grace to a collection inspired by a midsummer dream and a fairy queen. The collection will be available internationally from July with many styles available in petite sizing.

Credits: Creative Direction & Design: Jenny Packham| Production: Blaire McColl | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Make Up: Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier | Nails: Julie Kandalec for Essie | Hair: Kevin Ryan for UNITE | Flowers: Jane Packer.


Carrie & John’s Virginia Beach House Wedding

Sometimes we receive wedding submissions that leave us breathless; they’re not due to any over-the-top theme or new trend of any kind. We’re left breathless because the photos perfectly capture the personalities of the couple and how genuinely, blissfully happy they are on their wedding day. This is one of those weddings, one of those couples. Meet Carrie and John, whose beach house wedding in Virginia provided a gorgeous backdrop for an intimate seaside wedding.
Photographers Andrew & Tianna had this to say about the couple:

Carrie and John couple are pretty awesome. The officiant made a comment that if they were always as fun and silly with each other as much as they were on the wedding day they had already conquered the hardest part of marriage.

Kudos to the photographers for catching how playful and radiant Carrie and John are on this day and a hearty congrats on a beautiful wedding!

Carrie & John
Beach House Wedding
Private Residence, Virginia

Event Date: October, 2014


Officiant : Vicki Harrell –

Creative Catering –

Cupcakes: Shockley’s Sweet Shoppe –

Bouquets: Galleria Florist (in Falls Church, Va) –

Rings: Direct Jewelry Outlet (in Falls Church, Va) –

Beach House: Oceanic Serenade

Photographer:  Andrew & Tianna//Caterer: Creative Catering of Virginia//Floral Designer:Galleria Florist//Bakery: Shockley’s Sweet Shoppe//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Lauren & Justin’s Waterfront DIY Wedding

Trends come and go but sentimental details, the things that have true meaning in a couple’s life, are what make a wedding truly special. Lauren and Justin’s Connecticut wedding was full of  DIY details created with the help of very special family members. The result is a beautiful wedding day full of love, laughter, and style.

From the Lauren:

We really wanted to let the natural beauty of Harkness shine through on our wedding day. In our minds, we wanted the styles to be simple yet elegant – just like Harkness. I’ve been going to Harkness since I was a little girl, and I never get tired of the beautiful views across the lawn out to the ocean. That view became the inspiration for the blue and green color scheme of the wedding. I designed the save the dates and invitations from scratch, working closely with Paper Source to ensure that everything would work together. My mom beautifully wrote our save the dates by hand and I hand painted each one with water colors in a gradient from blue to green. When it came to our invitations, I wanted to incorporate Crane paper as a tribute to the many years that my Grandmother worked for Crane and Co. Our invitation card was printed on Crane paper and our enclosure cards were printed on Paper Source paper, which were then hand painted. One night, I sat around the kitchen table with my Mom and Grandma and we cut out all of the envelope liners and attached them to the envelopes. My Grandma was quality control and even sent a couple to the reject pile that weren’t quite up to par. Shortly after, she passed away, which makes that time together all the more special and more meaningful that she was honored with our invitations.

Instead of doing all the flowers, I decided that we would create bridal party bouquets. Carol Mann from Brambles and Bittersweet took charge of the rest of the flowers- and what an incredible display she created! I wanted my bridesmaids to have their own personalized bouquets. The day before the wedding, my bridesmaids and I picked green Hydrangeas from my Mom’s garden, which we would all have in our bouquets. Centerpieces for the dining tables consisted of collections of vintage bottles, antique glass insulators, and mason jars with glowing candles to add to the ambiance. Carol Mann completed the look by filling each glass bottle with a single stem of flowers creating a simple, yet beautiful display. Antique fishnet floats, handmade glass ornaments, seashells and starfish, sea glass, sea fans, vintage prints, and flickering candles adorned the mantles and bookcases throughout the mansion.

I had hoped that both of my Grandmothers would be well enough to attend our wedding and be our flower girls. Unfortunately, neither could physically be there. So I wrapped my bouquet with a white and blue doily from my Dad’s mom and added a bracelet from my Mom’s mom (who recently passed) for a little bit of sparkle. They were both there in spirit, walking me down the aisle with my flowers.

Over the years, my Godmother had given me a number of beautiful pearls for birthdays and other special occasions, with the intent of one day making them into a necklace. My mom had a collection of various loose vintage pearls and we purchased some fresh water pearls to add some contrast to the round pearls. My mom and I spent a few nights stringing together the 3 different strands of pearls and twisted the 3 strands so they were intertwined.

The Bar: My Grandmother, who passed away in May, was always up for a good time with family and friends. She would have loved this wedding. In her honor, we named the bar after her: “Helen’s Bar, Home of warm friends, cold drinks, and good times”. We decorated the bar with purple flowers – her favorite. My mom handwrote the sign for the bar displaying our signature drinks, including a drink named after each of our dogs – Maizie and Joe.

Guest Book: I was in search of an idea for a non-traditional guest book, since I didn’t want something that would be stashed away in a box, never to be seen again. I found a couple of small dead trees from a local nursery and thought they would be perfect to hang paper cranes on. We asked our guests to write their name and a wish on a crane, which we plan to string together as a garland and hang in our home – as a piece of art and as a remembrance of our wedding day.

Favors: The majority of our guests were traveling some distance to attend our wedding. We wanted to give them a favor that would act as a goodie bag for their travels home. It was also really important to us to use locally sourced products that had some sort of significance to us. Each gable box was wrapped in decorative paper and stuffed with sea salt kettle corn, a lobster lollipop, sea salt caramels (all from Volante Farms in Needham, MA) and salt water taffy from Old Port Candy Co. in Portland, ME.

From Justin:

I wanted to give Lauren something really special as an engagement ring. I also knew that she didn’t want something traditional and “blingy”, so I had the good sense to talk to her about what she liked and disliked. I consulted a friend about ring making classes and talked with her about the ring I wanted to make. Unfortunately, I also discovered that crafting a ring from start to finish could take several months, especially for a complete novice like me. So I did the next best thing – I found an independent designer in NYC – Katrina LaPenne – whose rings were exactly what I had hoped to make for Lauren. I loved that they were unconventional and subtle, yet elegant and stunning (just like the woman I intended to marry.) Even though the wedding is over, I’m still planning to make Lauren that special ring someday.

Lauren & Justin
Thoughtful Waterfront DIY Wedding at Eolia Manion
Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park, Connecticut
Event Date: August, 2014


Photographer:  Katie Slater Photography//Caterer: A Thyme to Cook//Musicians:Allyn Donath//Floral Designer:Brambles and Bittersweet//Makeup Artist: Dana Bartone & Co. Salon andSpa//Reception Venue: Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park//Ring Designer:Katrina LaPenne//Invitation Designer: Paper Source//Other:Raspberry Knoll Farm//Equipment Rentals: Ryan Designs//DJ: Spin Enterprise//Groomsman Attire:The Tie Bar//Dress Designer:Watters//Submitted via Two Bright Lights