BEHIND THE COFFEE TABLE BOOK — OUR STORY
“OUR approach has always been to create ALBUMS & PHOTO books that WE would LOVE TURNING THE PAGES OFF. WE ENJOY TELLING STORIES AND CREATING A KEEPSAKE THAT COUPLE'S CAN SHARE with THEIR LOVED ONES.”
One of the best things about The Coffee Table Book's service is the convenience of having us take care of everything. From curating your photos, designing page layouts that tell a story, having your album or book printed to professional high quality standards including delivery to your door. All you need to focus on is enjoying turning the pages when it arrives and for many years to come.
The Coffee Table Book was established back in 2006 when digital photography took over the world and professional wedding photographers began delivering wedding photos as digital files on CDs. Making us the first Australian business to offer professional quality wedding albums direct to the general public.
With all these CDs containing digital wedding photos being handed out, The Coffee Table Book was born out of a need for married couples to have access to quality photo albums without having to go through their photographer.
Wedding photography has evolved over the years since digital cameras made their way into the professional photography arena. We saw digital files being delivered via CD/DVD, then USB and now digital delivery through Cloud storage services or online photo galleries.
It’s a tragedy when precious memories from milestone events, like your special day, along with your hard-earned money spent on hiring the best wedding photographer, for the photos to end up sitting in Cloud storage or on a media device thrown in a drawer gathering dust.
While the delivery of your wedding photos has changed, the need to print your photos in a photo album has not.
Wedding photo albums have also evolved over the years! No more slip-in or stick-in albums. Our digitally printed Fine Art Wedding Albums are coffee-table worthy! We think of them more like a limited edition art book but with your photos!
Our professional quality photo albums use the lay-flat binding technique and with a matte finish the fine art paper makes viewing photos a true delight. The lay-flat style also allows for uninterrupted photos spread across the double-page panoramic spread for a real WOW.
We turn your wedding photos into beautiful handmade heirloom albums to last a lifetime. Forget the traditional albums your parents and grandparents had that get hidden away in the cupboard because they are too big and bulky. We stand by our albums easily being the best wedding photo albums in Australia with the appearance of a modern art book create a showstopper for your coffee table.
The Coffee Table Book
has a long history in Australia (since 2006) as wedding album designers and supplying couples with the legacy of their first family photo album — a wedding album.
The Coffee Table Book were the first Australian business to print a custom designed editorial-style wedding magazine for couples back in 2013!
The photographer in me thought wouldn’t it be great if my couples could tell their wedding day story in a way that was more meaningful than just the photos laid out on a page as seen in a traditional wedding album. We wanted to produce a softcover magazine with photos and words — to include stories about the couple, capture their relationships with loved ones and their big day to visually show the day unfolding. Then through written words, include their vows, lyrics from the songs they walked down the aisle and danced too, speeches by loved ones, the wedding party and credit vendors that were a big part of making the day happen. The couple’s own magazine editorial.
Basically a tangible keepsake that couple’s could leave on their coffee table to enjoy like a newsagent magazine like Vogue, Peppermint, Frankie, Together Journal and Hello May Magazine, etc. except all about the couple's big day.
The concept of the Wedding Magazine was visualised in 2013 after attending a trade show in the USA and seeing a softcover photo book that could be printed in short-runs that delighted our hearts. We had been in love with photo books since they first popped on the scene around 2005 — and the entire reason around why The Coffee Table Book even began.
Lauren & Derek were our first couple to receive a Wedding Magazine back in 2013. They had no idea what to expect and we just asked them to trust us. Thankfully they did and now years later the Wedding Magazine is a popular alternative to the traditional wedding album.
We are proud to say that our Wedding Magazines are printed on home soil here in Australia.
How is the Wedding Magazine different to our Wedding Albums?
The first main difference is the magazine has a softcover in a thick paper stock with a beautiful photo on the cover compared to the albums having a much thicker sturdy cover wrapped in either leather, fabric or photo-wrapped.
The second main difference is the thickness of the internal pages. The magazines are printed on lightweight paper stock whereas the albums are a heavy-weight paper stock that can’t bend or be folded.
Due to the different materials and manufacturing process used to produce the Wedding Magazine, they cost less to produce therefore an alternative wedding album option and why we can offer them at a more affordable price than the Fine Art Album.
The albums are also designed to display 100-250 of the best images from the wedding day. Whereas the magazine can hold hundreds of photos as well as include words – from song lyrics to stories about the couple, and their personal vows.
The hardest part will be deciding if you want 1 copy or multiple copies so that you can share your special day with your parents, grandparents and bridal party! Oh and make sure you keep a spare for safekeeping.
The Coffee Table Book was the first to introduce the Wedding Magazine to Australian couples back in 2013. Since then it has grown in popularity as an alternative to the traditional wedding album. A magazine style photo book laid out in an editorial format to include photographs and written words to tell a more colourful version of your love story.
Explore our products
Choose from a selection of cover materials — Leather, Linen, Silk & Velvet — with a variety of colours as well as full photo-wrap covers.
Also personalise your cover with your names and wedding date or poetic words.
Your love story told through beautifully printed photo albums and wedding magazines.
Custom designed Wedding Magazine featuring hundreds of your favourite wedding photos plus words to tell the full wedding day story.