Farewell Austin, Hello Shanghai!

A Farewell Dinner | The Creative Parasol

(All photos by Kate LeSueur

This is a bittersweet post to write! As the summer comes to a close, Lauren and her family will be moving to Shanghai for an exciting job opportunity and TCP will be closing its doors. We’ve loved working with our wonderful clients over the last three years, and creating invitations and wedding paper goods that we hope will be treasured for many years to come. As we look ahead, we feel so lucky to have been part of so many special weddings.

We threw one last hurrah—a backyard supper under the stars with some of our dearest friends. From invitations to placemats and paper goods, we wanted to make the whole evening one to remember.

A Farewell Dinner | The Creative Parasol

We were thrilled to have the photos featured on Camille Styles—check out the whole party and the details of the evening here!

A Farewell Dinner | The Creative Parasol

So, here’s to new adventures and old friends. Thanks for being part of our journey!

xo, Lauren and Ana



We’re on the hunt for two great graphic design summer interns! Think you or a friend fit the bill? We’re looking for someone who:

•  Is proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
•  Has a portfolio of fun, beautiful design, a great eye for color and is good with patterns and type
•  Skilled with an X-Acto knife and assembly work
•  Has a vehicle
•  Shows great attention to detail, is hard working and eager to learn

Bonus points if you’re proficient in WordPress, familiar with wedding blogs and interested in wedding invitations and paper goods. Daily tasks will include assisting with designs for our Etsy shop and custom orders, assembling product, running errands and organizing the studio.

The TCP summer intern will need to be available 2 days a week from 10am–4pm beginning June 3 and running through mid-August.

Want to apply?
Send your portfolio and resumé to work@thecreativeparasol.com. We can’t wait to meet you!

Now Open: Our Etsy Shop!

The Creative Parasol Readymade Collection

After lots of hard work, the shop is finally up! We are so excited to share these seven distinct and delightful suites with you, from hand-drawn and rustic to romantic and refined. Our goal with the Readymade Wedding Collection is to offer all the charm and quality of our custom invitation suites at a fraction of the price, and we think you’ll love our first round of offerings. Visit the shop over on Etsy or download the catalog here.

We’re also excited to offer a custom address stamp with each of our suites, to be accompany your invitations or à la carte. We think they make the perfect wedding gift, don’t you?

The Creative Parasol Readymade Collection


It’s almost here!

After saying it’s “Coming Soon” for way too long now, we’re so happy to announce that the online shop, with our collection of readymade wedding invitations, will be up and running very soon over on Etsy!

While we’re putting the final touches on a few details, we thought we’d give you a little sneak peak of the collection. Meet the Woodland, Beer Garden and Eleanor invitation sets!

All sets will include coordinating address stamps—awesome to have even if don’t have any impending nuptials!

In addition to our readymade wedding invitation collection and address stamps, the shop will soon feature a collection of prints and other well-designed, fun to use goodies.

Hello, Fall! + What we’ve been up to

We’re back! After one busy summer of non-stop work, we thought we should check in to say to say, Hello, fall!, and share what we’ve been up to. Here’s a super fun save-the-date, complete with a temporary tattoo (!) that we finished recently for Lauren and Chris.

And  Emily and Andy’s navy and gold, olive branch inspired wedding invitations! Check back again, because we’ll be posting lots of other recent projects over the coming weeks.

Secret Garden Shoot

A few weeks ago we designed an invitation for one sweet Secret Garden wedding shoot that Camille Styles put together in collaboration with BHLDN.  We’re kind of obsessed with the gorgeous lemon cake and the beautiful furniture on loan from Loot. And of course the flowers by Ashley of The Byrd Collective were absolutely ethereal. Mel from  She-n-He Photography captured the details just beautifully, and we’re excited to share them with you! Check out the whole post over on TheEverygirl.com (and then check out the rest of this new blog, it’s pretty awesome!).


Neon Wedding Shoot

With neon so on trend this season, a bright photo shoot in Georgetown with some of our favorite vendors felt like the perfect fit for spring. We used clean lines and geometric shapes to create these artsy feeling pieces…perfect for this cool couple’s nuptials. Special thanks to Paige Newton for capturing these gorgeous images along with Sweet Sunday Events for their incredible crafting and coordination. Hair by Erica Rae, confections by Polkadots Cupcake Factory.  For more photos from the shoot, visit Paige’s blog.


Ranch Austin Open House

A few weeks ago we were invited to set up our display at the open house for Ranch Austin, one of Austin’s newest venues. Liv by Design and Royal Fig Catering did a beautiful job of coordinating the event and we had a blast! We had so much fun meeting soon-to-be brides, coordinators and other folks in the industry. Katherine O’Brien got some gorgeous shots of the venue and the TCP booth. Take a look! (And extra thanks to Emily of Bird Dog Wedding for helping us out!)

All photographs by Katherine O’Brien Photography 

Flower Fever


We’ve been browsing vintage floral fabrics for an upcoming project and we’re loving all of the beautiful patterns out there. Here’s a few of our top favorites, clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / heart


Mod Inspiration Shoot

Did you see our mod shoot on 100 Layer Cake last week? We had a blast working on this with Emily of Bird Dog Wedding and lots of other talented ladies (see list below) back in January. Emily definitely knows a thing or two about 60s design, and we think she knocked this shoot out of the park…as did everyone else.

So check out the mod paper goods we came up with! And thanks to all of the wonderful Austin vendors who helped out with this shoot.

Conception and Styling: Bird Dog Wedding
Photography:  Paige Newton Photography
Flowers: The Byrd Collective
Baked Goods: Bake Sale
Makeup: Nisa Nicole
Hair: Erica Rae
Hair Accessories: Lo Boheme
Wardrobe Styling: Trophy Boutique
Paper Goods: Yours truly
Models: Liz Tipps and Colin Wilkes