These adorable invitations for Lauren and Andrew Venell’s wedding are creative and fun, but to find out that they were a DIY project was truly a dream! The invitations were used to invite guests to their wedding among the redwoods. Their wedding had such natural beauty and simple sophistication that we just had to check out the entire event. We were thrilled to find out that the wedding was chock full of DIY goodies!
The invitations make a statement in and of themselves with the arrow pointing at the category and the window answering the age old questions of who, what and where. The invitation is a perfect way to beckon guests to a forest celebration, and a template for these invitations can be purchased through Lauren’s Etsy store, Burning House Design.
Guests were asked to submit recipes along with their RSVP cards, and Lauren compiled the recipes into a wonderful keepsake book for the attendees. What a great and useful idea!!
Redwood trees made a breathtaking backdrop for the ceremony, and the great outdoors can provide beauty like nothing else.
Lauren took eucalyptus branches and cut discs with a mitre saw. The names were then printed on clear labels and used as place cards displayed in a tray of moss. What a cute little keepsake for the guests!
Andrew enjoys art, and he used his creativity to make small scale “disaster” sculptures. Lauren says, “We thought it would be funny if each table was represented by a typical California disaster rather than a boring old number. This is the sinkhole table but we also had things like ‘Wildfire’, ‘Tidal Wave’ and ‘Mountain Lion’. Sadly, most of the sculptures were pilfered or ravaged for their toy pieces (like this car).” Even the idea of ditching traditional table numbers for something different adds a bit of fun to the reception and makes a great conversation piece (and obviously a keepsake in Lauren’s case!).
Lauren even had her gown commissioned by a dressmaker because she wanted an original design that expressed her personality. She describes it as “40’s Style Goddess”, and we agree! Special thanks goes out to Lauren and Andrew for sharing their special day with us, and please view their personal DIY wedding gallery.