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Friday, December 12, 2008

Elsje designs for Stephanie and Gerhard

Sweets for the sweethearts!

We love this fun and festive table of sweets that we found on the Style me Pretty blog recently - guests will love picking their favourites!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

At Elsje Designs, Christmas is also a time for giving back to the community of Kayalitsha. Beginning of December we were priviledged to be part of a Christmas party which was celebrated at St Michaels Primary School in Harare. It was attended by 400 children from St Michaels Primary, Sophumelela Pre-School, Illitha and orphaned children of the Simameleni Child Abuse program. It was a life changing experience to hand out cool drinks to keep the children energized for the the jumping castle, face painting, hockey, hoola hoops, skipping and just to be able to spend the day with Father Christmas. It was arranged by one of Elsje’s friends, Ellen Odendaal. Our main aim was to spread the festive cheer and goodwill to those who are less fortunate.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Annemie's Surprise Birthday Party

For Annemie's surprise birthday party we chose a navy and red theme! We had breakfast together in Elsje Designs's newly landscaped garden and celebrated Annemie's last birthday as a unmarried woman! Hope you had a super fun day Annemie!

"1001 Reasons to Love Christmas" - Woolworths Campaign

We are very excited about having participated with highly talented stylist, Tina-Marie Malherbe from Visi Magazine (Pica Winner 2008), in the Woolworths “1001 reasons to love Christmas” 2008 festive season campaign. Geo Parkes & Sons from Knysna supplied us with the most gorgeous yellow wood, from which we cut NOEL decorative lettering, which is featured in the photograph below. This campaign is a true reflection of what it means to celebrate a traditional hearty Christmas in South Africa!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuine en Tossels

Elsje Designs at FAB Expo 2008

This years Spring FAB expo was one of our favourites! Media24 invited us to join them on their stand. We joined forces with the best suppliers in the industry, Jo-Lize from Floral Affair, Aleit Weddings and Flowers in the Foyer and created this awesome stand together! We loved it!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Something Different!

We fell in love with these invitations and theme by CeciNewYork! Wow, this is inspiring and something so different!

Monday, November 24, 2008

E-mail Save-the-Dates

First impressions do matter: Give your guests something to talk about by e-mailing save-the-date notices that pop off the screen! This doesn't mean your e-mail can't be simple and sophisticated, but they should have an added touch of something uniquely you, something seasonal, or something off-the-cuff that makes the e-mail so remarkable and memorable that your guests cannot possibly forget to save that date.

An e-mail Save the Date for your wedding is a brilliant way of communication especially for guests who may need to make long-distance travel plans. Keep in mind that you should only send them to people you are sure will be on the final invitation list. We have an awesome range of digital Save the Dates to choose from – an inexpensive way to get the word out and for your guests to start saving for your big day!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Idees/Ideas Magazine Shoot

We love these photo's by the Ideas Magazine of the Elsje Designs team. We will feature in the January issue!

Vanessa and Jonathan: Wedding by Marius

We made this opulent and super stylish wedding invitation this morning for Weddings by Marius, the most innovative wedding planner in the Garden Route!

This personalized invitation is printed onto stone grey metallic paper and wrapped in an ornate semitransparent silver paper, tied with a warm grey silky ribbon.

Marius wrote the following about this unique and stunning wedding:
Venessa and Jonathan will be getting married on Bollard Bay followed by Dinner at Lush. Lush is lavish and extravagantly opulent with richly embellished interiors celebrated in ruby hues, velvet textures and dramatic objects d’arts. Mirrors, mosaics, crystal chandeliers, giant candelabra, leather studded walls, suede and vinyl finishes and fibre-optic lights create a seductive background for the exciting menu. The menu is designed to create an exquisite dining experience. Food is thoughtfully presented - an immersive theatrical experience!

Vanessa and Jonathan love texture and contrast and would like the stationery, décor and floral design for their wedding to portray some of these elements. For the décor and flowers they would like to incorporate elements from the Knysna area like driftwood and indigenous flowers. We will follow a very intuitive approach with the floral design to make it really special and unique.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Annemie's Wedding Update

Annemie had a final dress fitting with Karen Termorshuizen from Lunar on Monday - and had to shed a tear of joy at how perfect it is! A little out of the ordinary, but exactly what she has always dreamed of...

The invites are out and all the guests are raving! All conventions flew out the window when we were designing these cards, as we were combining many different textures and papers, and some unexpected bursts of colour, for a truly personal look and feel. The most favourite little extra among guests is definitely the childhood love letters that the couple has included.

Elisma & Jimmy - Invitation in the making

Elisma & Jimmy has white & black theme! We hope thy love their invites!

Georgia & Clinton - Invitation in progress

Georgia & Clinton invitations will be in a vintage style! We can't wait to see what they choose and how the end result will look!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Vintage Monogrammes

We fell in love with these antique chairs – contact the Elsje Designs studio as we have a whole range of vintage artwork available. And also see the antique monogrammes to match perfectly to this Parisienne style.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ideas Magazine - Profile with Elsje

Idees/Ideas magazine will be profiling Elsje Designs soon in their Entrepeneur edition – it was a lot of fun to work with Jan Ras and the Ideas team. Look out for the latest Ideas Magazine soon!

Monday, November 3, 2008

FAB Bridal Expo - CTICC

We had so much fun with the new PhotoBooth at the recent FAB Bridal Expo! We were delighted with this new concept: The photobooth is sure to add fun and excitement to any event. Your guests just press a button and the booth automatically takes high quality digital photos printed in just seconds. What a delightful way to create excitement and instant memories! This is the only photo booth rental company in SA – contact them for more information

Friday, October 31, 2008

Meet Lynette, our new Graphic Designer

Meet Lynette, the newest member to our team! Lynette is an amazing young graphic designer and we are very excited to have her as part of our team! We look forward to her fresh and new ideas! Keep checking this space for her full profile!

Boxes and Container Catalogue

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Have a look at our latest Boxes and Container catalogue. Turn your wedding into something extra special with these unique boxes and containers to either fill with confetti or small gifts. E-mail Annemie at for more information or to receive the full catalogue.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

SA Wedding Album Shoot

We had our SA Wedding Album Shoot yesterday and had so much fun! The themes was so fresh and different and we loved designing for these themes. To see all our ideas and the exciting themes, keep a look-out for the magazine!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Must see blog!

Go see for yourselves this stunning blog, The Bride's Cafe with totally new ideas and real life weddings! We love it!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Table Seating Idea

What a lovely new idea for your table seating! Hang these beautiful ornate cards from a velvet chandelier, adorned with small black crystals at the bottom. Something different and creative to intrigue your guests.
Wedding Co-Ordinator - Karla from Absolute Weddings
Photographer - Joe Dreyer

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

PASELLA - Trou so...

Besoek PASELLA se webblad vir die uittreksel:

Trou so...

Die eerste van drie spogfunksies, is in ʼn solderwoonstel in die Kaapse middestad. Aleit dek elke keer een tafel om die styl te demonstreer – in hierdie geval ʼn minimalistiese, gesofistikeerde onthaal. Die kleure is swart en wit met skoon lyne. Die tafel is gedek met baie glas en die borde is vierkantig om ʼn meer moderne gevoel te gee.

Die man in beheer van die blomme, is Alwyn Burger van OKASIE Events. Hy meen ʼn tafel soos dié een vra vir blomme wat byna ongesiens aanvul en nie oorneem nie. Hy gebruik ligblou lampskerms en pak dit vol met varkore. ʼn Orgidee in die middel gee kleur en aksent.

Sarah Malgas van Elsje Designs wat allerlei pragtige papier- en ander detail vir troues en funksies maak. Sy het ʼn perspex kandelaar persoonlikheid gegee deur die name van gaste uit perspex te sny en daaraan op te hang met ʼn boksie onderaan as geskenk. In die boksie is ʼn perspexring vir die dames en ʼn tradisionele silwer amandel vir mans.

Kanya-Cilla Hunt van The Hunt House Kitchen het ʼn tweelaagkoek gemaak van dekadente donkersjokolade onder en wortel en amandels bo. Die twee lae word met bande sjokolade wat geel gekleur is versier en met spinsuiker afgerond.

Voorbeeld nommer twee se tema is ‘local is lekker’.
Die idee met hierdie een is dat jy ʼn onkonvensionele, baie informele en aardse troue hou. Ons het by Lucky Store restaurant in Stellenbosch ingeval omdat jy hier voel asof jy in ouma se kombuis kuier. Aleit het ʼn vrolike, amper lawwe tafel gedek wat ons land se gesellige atmosfeer en reënboog-gevoel naboots. Verskillende kleure en teksture is gebruik vir dié een.

Sarah was weer met papier doenig en hierdie keer maak sy horingkies om wegneem lekkergoed in te sit.

Vir die blomme het Alwyn ʼn houtplank met etniese materiaal oorgetrek en rooi lint daarop vasgekram. In die lint word kleurvolle blomme gedruk en dit word teen ʼn muur opgesit om plek op die tafel te bespaar.

Die koek is gemaak deur Alex Biess van Charly’s Bakery in Kaapstad. Prettig is beslis ʼn goeie woord om die Deense nageregstyl sjokoladekoek te beskryf met sy helder Afrika-rooi, oranje en pienk versiering. Woorde wat met liefde geassosieer word is op die middelste laag geskryf en hartjies en madeliefies van fondant rond dit af. Deesdae weer in die mode is bruid-en-bruidegompoppies, maar hulle is beslis meer funky as voorheen.

Die derde styl het ʼn outydse, klassieke gevoel en word gehou by Hawksmoor Huis. Dis ʼn lieflike Kaaps-Hollandse gastehuis op die plaas Matjieskuil naby Stellenbosch. Maar, die plan is eintlik dat jy dit net sowel in jou eie huis of jou ma s’n kan hou. By hierdie een word al die stoppe uitgeruk vir ʼn oordadige stylvolheid.

Die tafel kreun onder kristalglase, antieke eetgerei, borde en kraffies. Met hierdie soort tafel hoef alles nie noodwendig pasmaats te wees nie. Outydse vonkelwynglase bring bietjie nostalgie en lang kerse in kandelare gee hoogte en trek die oog na die pragtige glaskandelare bokant die tafel.

Wade van der Merwe van Cakes by Wade was die man wat ʼn klassieke dog romantiese koek moes konsepsualiseer en maak. Die koek is wit met swart patrone op. Hy draai ʼn lint om om dit ʼn regte antieke gevoel te gee en rond dit af met eetbare blinkers.

Alwyn se blomme is onkonvensioneel met ʼn sagte gevoel. Hy het ʼn verskeidenheid antieke & nuwe silwer houers gebruik waarin dit half terloops gerangskik word. Papierdetail behels antieke waaiers en pragtige boksies met ʼn geskenkie in. Trou of tuisonthaal – beslis blink planne en goeie rede om ʼn klomp kuiers te reël.

The Aleit Group
T/F: 021 887 4448E-pos:
T/F: 021 887 9904E-pos:
Elsje Designs
T/F: 021 976 7111E-pos:
The Hunt House Kitchen
Tel: 021 553 0440E-pos:
Charly’s Bakery
Tel: 021 461 5181E-pos:
Cakes by Wade
Tel: 021 531 5179E-pos:
Amazing Spaces
Tel: 021 447 1902E-pos:
The Lucky Store
T: 021 887 2746E-pos:
Hawksmoor House
T: 021 884 4815E-pos:
Sel: 082 458 9916E-pos:

Friday, October 17, 2008

Meet the Dream Team

What would we be without our amazing team! Keep a lookout for their personal profiles and get to meet them up close and personal! Thanks girls for making Elsje Designs so much fun!

Latest Gift Catalogue

Have a look at our favourite favours! Your guests will love these fun and different gifts, something to remind them of your special day. Go to our gift website for more ideas! Or e-mail Annemie, to receive this catalogue via e-mail.

BREAKING NEWS: Our New Rental Range!!!

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We just launced our new rental range! So please contact the studio or e-mail for more information! Turn your wedding into something spectacular with these unique and special items!