Within 30 days following your wedding you’ll come home to find a small cardboard box from me on your doorstep.* I expect you’ll take it in, grab some scissors, and carve it up. Inside the mailing box will be another box. In that box will be a case. Within the case are two DVDs. (On the DVDs are all these little bumps...) And on those are your wedding photos.
Why all this fuss for images that you could just download? Because they’re worth it. Packaging should reflect the quality and investment of the item inside. Imagine opening a mailing envelope and out slides a DVD labeled with a marker stuffed into a plastic sleeve. How would you feel about your wedding images then?
Obviously I won’t be giving you a plain disc with your name scrawled on it. But what you will get is a very beautiful, archival box and case. The raw material is from the lokta plant found in Nepal. A farming cooperative there harvests the plants by hand and process them into paper. The U.S. workshop I partner with chose this co-op because of their sustainable harvesting methods and worker treatment. The lokta paper is imported and then crafted into boxes and other goods here in the southeast U.S.
THE BOX AND CASE ARE MADE FROM THE BARK OF THE LOKTA PLANT, WHICH FULLY REGENERATES IN 4-5 YEARS.
RURAL NEPALESE VILLAGERS, OFTEN WOMEN, PICK THE PLANT. THEY'RE PAID A FAIR WAGE, AND SOME RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SCHOOLING.
THE PAPER IS ACID-FREE SO IT WON'T HARM PRINTS OR OTHER SENSITIVE ITEMS.
IT IS MILDEW- AND BUG-RESISTANT. LOKTA PAPER DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN FOUND THAT ARE 500+ YEARS OLD.
YOUR BOX AND CASE ARE HANDMADE IN THE SOUTH BY SKILLED ARTISTS.
What I love about these is that they’re both functional and gorgeous. The box is a display piece, and it protects your images. It’s something you can keep on the coffee table. And the discs are custom made with photos from your wedding day. They’re exact copies, so if you lose or scratch one, your images will still be safe.
Your wedding photos should be in your life. They celebrate your beginning and will stay with you through your marriage. You can hold, share, even pass them down. Why shouldn’t what they came in be the same?
* If I shoot your wedding of course. I don’t just send boxes to random newlyweds. ;)