I just finished turning the photographic fabric panels and muslin from one of my best friend’s chuppah into a hardcover book for them to have forever. Let me begin by saying this gorgeous wedding book wasn’t my idea, I was merely the craftsman in this post, but I always love sharing a beautiful idea. As you can see from the photos, Sarah and Ryan’s chuppah was a stunning combination of branches, unbleached cotton muslin and white fabric panels printed with photos of their story, from their ancestors to their childhoods to their own new family together. You could certainly make a quilt out of the panels as a keepsake, but I loved the book idea because it will last a lot longer.
First, I embroidered a piece of the unbleached muslin for the cover with their wedding date and used dark t-shirt transfer paper for the photo on the front and the photos on the back. I embroidered a separate fabric opening page with their names and then bound the photographic panels between the two hard covers, similar to a Kolo Newport album. For a basic tutorial on hard covering books, click here. I didn’t do a step by step how-to on this book because it’s very specific to their wedding, but I hope it inspires some brides out there to find new ways to hold onto or display those wedding keepsakes after the big day!