A county fair photo puzzle for Jen and Brett

Here’s another fun photo puzzle.

Jen and Brett selected an image from their engagement photo session at the 2011 San Diego County Fair.

Ferris wheels, photo booths, (and that spinning swing ride whose name I don’t know and have never had the courage to ride)…it’s obvious they had a fun photo session.

You can see more of their engagement photos on the Narrative Images blog.

Jen’s two top choices for her photo puzzle were the ferris wheel photo you see below and one with a swing spinning in the background.

The swing photo is my favorite of the series (What? You haven’t checked those you yet? Get over there!) but the busy nature of that photo didn’t leave a lot of space for adding any shaped puzzle pieces.

Jen and I both wanted those pieces to show up clearly, so together we decided to use the photo from the ferris wheel.

The blue space at the right of the photo was perfect for writing the wedding date vertically. The juicy red of the ferris wheel cab was ideal for a heart-shaped puzzle piece.

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Rick Unis and Bernadette Johnston of San Diego’s Narrative Images Photography were recently voted one of the top 3 photography studios in San Diego. They are dedicated to a docu-narrative-journalism style of photography.

“It is our intention to provide authentic images that are derived from real moments, and in this light, we feel photography allows us to translate life into art. When you look at your photos, we want you to see nothing other than who you are, reflected back to you.”

Rick and Bernadette do a lot of wedding photography but they also do celebrity work (hello, Kevin Bacon!), commercial photography, and documentary projects. They seem to do work all around the country, so if you like what you see on their site and you’re shopping for a photographer keep them in mind.

They will be shooting Jen and Brett’s wedding next month.

Best wishes for a fun and beautiful wedding, Jen and Brett. It was a treat to work with you.

Lara

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PHOTO puzzle guest book for Will & Tehia

Tehia and Will chose photographer Matt Alberts for their engagement photos. Then they asked me to create a puzzle guest book for them with this relaxed and happy shot. The puzzle has their names carved into it as puzzle pieces, plus two silhouettes: an aspen leaf and a heart. The finished puzzle had 85 pieces for signing plus the smaller letter-shaped pieces.

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You can see more photos from their e-session with Matt Alberts Photography. This e-session was shot in downtown Denver, CO. Matt Alberts works out of Vail, CO and works destination weddings worldwide. Clients rave about his one week turnaround time.

Want a photo puzzle guest book of your own? Check out the range of sizes and prices here. Bella Puzzles makes many styles of puzzle guest books. Check them all out!

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WOOD puzzle guest book – Olga & Carlos

Olga and Carlos had an interesting idea for their wood puzzle guest book.

“We would like to order a custom made puzzle of a beach sunset with some palm trees and we would like to include two of the following options for our special pieces:
Two names: Olga & Carlos
Our Wedding Date:  20 Aug 2011

[This] would be truly personal and special for us.”

I drafted three versions of the idea for them. They wanted three personalizations options, which is more than usual.

Design sketches for a wood puzzle guest book

Olga chose design #1 and asked for some refinements. We settled on this:

Final sketch for custom WOOD puzzle guest book for a wedding

The finished puzzle has over 70 pieces and looks like this:

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My best wishes to Olga and Carlos. I hope it’s a destination wedding!

I’ll create puzzles in the shape of cowboy boots, Alaska, a vehicle, a bird, a tree, and more. Contact me if you’d like to talk about a uniquely shaped WOOD puzzle guest book. You’ll find them in the Bella Puzzles shop.

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PHOTO puzzle guest book – Michelle & Brant

Michelle and Brant hired Minneapolis photographer Erin Johnson to take their engagement photos. I love the image M & B selected for their photo puzzle guest book.

One of my favorite things about it is the custom logo their designer or photographer added in the lower right corner of their photo. It fits the image so well.

Michelle and Brant asked that this circle be the only shaped piece in the puzzle. The rest of the puzzle is my standard cutting style.

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More of the photos from this e-session are posted on Erin’s blog. If you’re in Minneapolis, look up Erin Johnson Photography. She does great work and has been featured in The Knot bridal magazine and in Bridal Guide. She does terrific family photo sessions as well.

My best wishes to Michelle and Brant.

Lara Braithwaite / BELLA PUZZLES

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10 places to use a puzzle guest book

Most of my clients plan to use their puzzle guest books at weddings, but there are many occasions for which a puzzle would make an interesting guest book, activity, and heirloom.

  1. wedding
  2. christening
  3. bridal shower
  4. baby shower
  5. birthday party
  6. bar mitzvah / bat mitzvah
  7. anniversary party
  8. family reunion
  9. retirement party
  10. sweet sixteen party

Can you think of any other places to use one? List them in the comments.

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Figure pieces in a puzzle guest book by Bella Puzzles

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