After 1 year of trials and ordering various photo books with different companies (and spent quite a bit of $$$$$ that could have probably gone into a nice trip), I can now finally see I found a photo book company that ticks off all my requirements:
* Sturdy and well-padded packaging for mailing
* Simple yet classy presentation box
* No gutter!
* No spotty ink dots (common in press-printed books)
* High quality paper that resembles that of high-end Taschen books I've been longing for, or thick, substantial photo paper
--- but first and foremost, best print quality with colours true to what are on my computer screen.
I could not contain my happiness as I opened the box. A year was not a short time for photo book hunting. Every time I got a photo book, my excitement quickly evaporated as I saw the inferior printing quality, the flimsy pages, and just the overall cheap look. I was looking for a photo book that would not cost thousands of dollars, but would not look cheap. Inexpensive is not the same as cheap. Cheap is actually expensive because you spend money for something you will regret later on. After the wedding cake is eaten and the champagne is popped, really, your only tangible souvenir from the big day is your photography. I am ecstatic to say that I've finally found a photo book that reflects my brand; something that I'm proud of when I deliver it to my clients.
Without further ado, here are some shots of the photo book: