Tying the Knot Save the Dates from Basic Invite | Rustic Country Wood

Wedding Planning + Save the Dates

Tying the Knot with Basic Invite


As a Basic Invite partner since early 2018, I was excited to start offering my clients an option to add Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations to their photography + video packages. I myself have ordered foil business cards from them and get endless compliments when giving them out at events and networking meetings! In another life, I would probably ask to be a wedding designer since I love seeing all the intricate details come to life!

In the past, I worked with several other companies and have to say that Basic Invite is truly one of a kind… as they offer incredible customization for any style of Save the Dates, unique surfaces (such as rustic wood, contemporary clear and foil!), state of the art laser engraving, an option to add your photo and also excellent customer service via email and their online chat.

tying the knot save the dates 


In addition to Save the Dates, Basic Invite also features complimentary wedding websites, address collection services and also wedding coasters! (More about their full-service offerings below). My clients have been very pleased with the variety of options they can choose from and always thank me for referring them to Basic Invite.

Rustic Country Wood - Save the Dates

I ordered a sample of the Rustic Country Wood Save the Dates via the Basic Invite website for its natural, organic feel and earthy touches. These cards feature real cherry wood veneer mounted on heavy cardstock for extra support. Each card is slightly different and unique in its own way. This is the perfect invitation suite for a dreamy wedding under the string lights of a beautiful garden overlooking the mountains (and perhaps even the ocean)! After customizing the text and design, I was able to easily place my order via their website and contacted customer support via chat when I needed something clarified.


The Save the Dates arrived within 10 business days after I ordered, packaged nicely in a sturdy envelope and paper wrapping. I also loved the option to add a return address to the envelopes. The wood was high quality and VERY sturdy, the white laser floral designs and engraving immaculate. I showed this invitation suite to perspective brides at a Wedding Expo recently and everyone commented on the unique design!


Need more reasons to check out Basic Invite for yourself?

Here is a sampling of their key offerings:


Free Wedding Websites - Basic Invite’s modern and chic wedding websites are completely customizable! Not only are they mobile friendly and easy to use, but they also allow you to upload your wedding details, images and even a map with directions onto the site. You can choose from over 180 customer colors and designs that perfectly match your wedding invitation suite.

Nearly Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you to choose almost unlimited colors and grants instant previews online. Once you select a design, you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180+ different color options! The option to customize your card to the last minute detail is what makes Basic Invite such a great company for Save the Dates!

Custom Samples - Want to not only look but FEEL what your Save the Date will look like before committing to ordering for all your guests? Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation to see HOW it will print before placing their final order. As visual people, we need to be able to look and TOUCH the final product before committing and Basic Invite does just that. This is also a step towards being a good steward of the environment instead of throwing out over 100+ invitations that did not meet your standard.

Basic Invite Save the Dates + Wedding Invites from a 2018 #LaurentinaPhotoBride for their Woodlands at Algonkian Wedding in Sterling, VA.

Basic Invite Save the Dates + Wedding Invites from a 2018 #LaurentinaPhotoBride for their Woodlands at Algonkian Wedding in Sterling, VA.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Colors, colors and more colors! Basic Invite stands out in this way and allows you to choose colors to match your wedding for your envelopes. Since your envelopes will be the first thing your guests receive in their hands, you want to make sure the colors stand out to make a positive impression. Not to mention, all of Basic Invite’s envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed!

 Over 900 Wedding Invitation Sets - Each of our wedding invitations is part of a curated wedding set. So, you You will be able to find wedding programs, escort cards and even matching thank you cards to ensure authenticity and flow in your overall wedding branding.

 Free Address Collection Service - My clients are so grateful for this option and know that it is a life-saver when you are planning a wedding! You can use Basic Invite’s free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps: share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing, every single time!


Seal & Send Wedding Invitations - Our Seal & Send Wedding Invitations are an all-in-one wedding invitation with a tear-off RSVP postcard included! The Seal & Send lin is our newest collection and brides and LOVING them! Currently, we offer them in over 30 designs including our ever-popular foil options and like our other products are customizable. What's extra special about our Seal & Sends is that guest's addresses are printed on the front of each invitation which means no envelope necessary! All you have to do is share a link, collect guest addresses, and upload them onto your design, instantly. Once you receive your order all you have to do is add postage, fold your invites, and secure them with a sticker! Simple, easy, and super trendy.

Printed Wedding Coasters - Ahhh, how fun are these? You can choose from over 90 professionally desigs that can be personalized instantly to match your wedding colors. Since there are no limitations, you can make changes at no additional cost. Each coaster is printed using the latest print technology and on a premium 200lb matte cardstock, which means your coasters will have crisp, clean letters, photos, and graphics!

I hope this blog post has helped you make an informed decision about why I highly recommend BasicInvite.com for your wedding Save the Dates!

Please reach out if you have any questions or would like a referral code for 20% off your total order!

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All photos styled and curated by Laurentina Photography + Video except for the Mobile We

Best Engagement Session Locations in RVA

Richmond, Virginia is one of my favorite East Coast cities.

A true gem in the heart of the Old Dominion.

The city reminds me SO much of Austin, Texas... and vibrates with funky murals, culture, tattoo parlors, great food, live music and an overall laid-back atmosphere. It is the perfect escape from the hustle of Washington, DC and all points North. 


When Sarah & Elliott decided on their current hometown for their engagement portraits, I jumped on the opportunity to travel down to RVA for their session. As a DC and Destination Photographer, I love exploring not only new locations... but also locations that are known by locals and definitely "off the beaten path". 

These two adventurous, cat-adoring lovebirds + kitty parents rocked their portrait session and showed me the best of what Richmond has to offer. Not to mention: Elliott hates cilantro and Sarah could live off peanut butter. 


Here are some of my favorite locations for an engagement session in the River City!

Pipeline Overlook Footbridge

From Sarah: "We went to this new footbridge they put up over the James, because it was a beautiful day. I was getting hangry so I thought we should get some dinner. I started walking back, and turned around because Elliot wasn't next to me. He was down on one knee with the sunset behind him."


This new footbridge is the ultimate concrete nature walk and goes through the James River Park. This walk is NOT for the faint of heart and is a beautiful way to capture your couple surrounded by the power of the rapids, flowing from the James River.  Don't forget to inhale and exhale as the water sweeps below you. The Pipeline Walkway can be accessed from either Brown's Island or down a ladder from 14th Street. More details HERE


Canal Walk Murals

As one Yelper so aptly state, "It doesn't get more Richmond than this!" Industrial brick and steel beams frame the many colorful murals in this walk. For this photo shoot, we focused on a few of the murals closer to the river and even used a rustic Richmond sign with its coordinates on it, to celebrate Sarah & Elliott's love for their favorite city and current (possibly forever) hometown!


I mean... it doesn't get any better than this! No wonder these two VCU graduates love this city and are staying here for LIFE!


Pedestrian Bridge to Brown's Island

T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge is an amazing spot to soak up the sunset after a fun-filled day in the city. There are even benches you can sit on to take in the views and plenty of opportunities for people-watching. All of us were elated with the epic sunset that we witnessed at the very end of the engagement session. It made us fall in love with RVA all over again! 


I hope you enjoyed this blog post, featuring my favorite engagement session locations in Richmond and also the ever awesome Sarah & Elliott! Two weeks from now, they will be official "Mrs. and Mr." and I can't wait to document their April 29th, 2018 WEDDING! 

Alison & Sam | Sis & Co @ Petaling Jaya | Malaysia Engagement Photography

A Foodie Engagement Photo Session

Sis & Co | Petaling Jaya | Malaysia

As an international destination photographer based in the DC Area, it warms my heart to meet couples from all over the world, document their love stories and also learn about the wedding industry in that particular country.

Last month, I was visiting my sister in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (a suburb of the capital city Kuala Lumpur) and had the opportunity to meet Alison and Sam. They are getting married in just a couple of months... May! We met for brunch at one of their favorite date spots: Sis & Co, a warehouse cafe secretly nested in an industrial area, full of natural light, tantilizing flavors and great energy.

Throughout the photo shoot, I had so much fun getting to know Alison and Sam's humor, quirks and love for Tiger beer + chicken wings! It was also a plus that our session took place during the Lunar New Year, so the restaurant was decorated with red lanterns, festive green garland and sparkly lights. 

Here is a recap of some of my favorite shots from Alison and Sam's engagement session! It was such an honor to get to you know through the lens and best of luck as you plan your wedding day celebration! 

#EngagementPhotoTip: When deciding on locations for your photo shoot, choose a location that is meaningful and a part of your love story! 

***To learn more about engagement sessions with Laurentina Photography, send us an email at laurentinaphotography@gmail.com!