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My partner and I recently started a small home business called ‘Vennu’, specialising in personalised architectural models of popular wedding venues around Scotland.

The idea for our business came about when we were searching for a unique and personal gift for a family wedding last summer. Whilst there were many options available for personalised drawings and artworks, we noticed a gap in the market for tangible architectural models of wedding venues. We firmly believe that our models not only serve as beautiful display pieces but also act as timeless keepsakes, capturing the essence of special moments and the stunning venues that provide the backdrop.

I am a recently qualified architect based in Edinburgh, whilst my partner is a final year social work student. Combining our skills and expertise, we meticulously create each model using a combination of photographs, sketches, and drone footage. We utilise 3D printing and casting techniques to bring the models to life, using Jesmonite—a sustainable and safe alternative to resin or plaster. The models are then mounted on Birch plywood bases and accompanied by a specially engraved copper plaque, all carefully crafted in our Edinburgh flat.

On our website, which will serve as the primary sales platform, we have incorporated a ‘Monthly Fundraising Feature.’ This initiative involves donating all profits from the featured model to charity. As part of our commitment to supporting mental health causes, we have chosen to split the proceeds between the Scottish Association for Mental Health and Mind, two charities that hold great importance to us.

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