Monday, May 24, 2010

DIY Detail: B&W Photos in Distressed Picture Frames

Incorporating photographs of the bride and groom into a wedding reception is an important detail for just about all couples. Some go with the inevitable slide show, some use framed photographs as table numbers and so on.

Using our amazing engagement photos in our reception decor was important for Jonathon and me so one of the ways we went about this was through the guest book table. In addition to our engagement photos, we incorporated a few childhood pictures and an old photograph of the two of us from prom!

Picking the frames was the fun part. Luckily we had an Aaron Brothers near us that was having an awesome "Buy a Frame and Get the Next for a Penny" sale. We didn't have a particular style in mind but we knew we wanted something not too perfect looking. They have such a great selection, I recommend checking them out if there's one near you.

Next we gathered the photographs we wanted to use and matched them up with one of our new frames. Although our engagement photos in particular have brilliant color we opted to go with all black and white to create consistency with all of the mismatched frames. In addition to working with weddings or parties, this would be an easy way to personalize or just jazz up a forgotten wall or console table in any home.

Our finished product! I think this would have looked even better with more frames or flanked on both sides with some bougainvillea branches in vases but it doesn't look too shabby as it stands. And the best part is, we now have ready made home decorations that double as keepsakes from our wedding! Aaron Brothers carries these various frames in larger sizes as well, so our next project is to frame our new wedding portraits in (mis)matching frames.

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