The recently married Cory Staudacher & Bethany Olson enjoy seeking new perspectives together (many times behind the lenses of their cameras). It's no surprise they met on a photo adventure trip in Oregon, where they took their first photo together on a beach in La Push. Cory proposed to Bethany exactly 2 years later in the same spot they met.

As they checked each box on their to-do list leading up to the big day, we asked if we could tag along for some of the ride. Here, we've pulled together five Wedding Guest Book ideas for your best memory-keeper.


Step 1: Gather Your Photos

Between the two of you, friends, and family, we're sure you have more than a handful of photos showcasing your relationship. Our tip: gather the images that make you feel something. They don't always have to have perfect composition, but photos with emotion, experience, and milestones will be welcomed by your guests. Give your friends and family a deadline (they'll be flattered you asked and happy to play a part) to share those photos with you via text, Dropbox, email, or Apple Shared Albums.


Step 2: Designed to be Signed

Balance your images with ample white space for your guests to leave their handwritten notes. If you want to showcase a full page spread on one side, choose a smaller image for the opposite side. The orientation of your photos next to one another plays an integral part in the overall look of your book, but consistency doesn't have to be key. Showing variety within your spreads is sure to make your album feel carefully crafted. Be sure to keep in mind your guest count, and allow enough white space and pages for your whole party to sign.


Step 3: Select a Paper Type

When creating our Wedding Guest Book you've got two options for paper — Mohawk Prophoto and Mohawk Superfine. The ProPhoto paper comes in a lustre finish and the Superfine paper comes with a matte eggshell texture. While we're fans of both options, we've found that the matte finish of the Superfine paper is ideal for both your photos and handwritten notes.


Step 4: Choose a Pen

A fine point pen is going to be your best bet to pair with the Guestbook. We've had great luck with the Slick Writer Pen, as they typically do not bleed. The width of the pen tip also leaves plenty of room for all your guests to pass along their anecdotes, stories, and well-wishes.


Step 5: It's All in the Details

Let the book fill up with treasured messages you can look back on for years to come. You'll want to keep this one on display – filled with notes that will live on well after 'I do'. Feeling inspired for your special day? We'd love to see your Wedding Guest Book creations and how you make it all your own. Share your styled outcome with tag #artifactuprising.

Wedding Guest Book | Fabric: Smoke. Size: 8.5x8.5. Foil: Gold


A huge thank you (and congrats!) to Cory & Bethany for the photography featured here and for letting us ride along as they prepped for their big day. Ready to start your own Wedding Guest Book? Begin here...