What we do at Elephantshoe

James and I are often asked, "What do you do at Elephantshoe?" I thought today I would write a small post to share the different sections of our Ellieshoe business. Please feel free to contact us if you perhaps have any questions. 

At Elephantshoe we specialise in stationery design, branding, styling and stocking products that lead to a life more lovely. Whether customising your home or business or commissioning something special for an event, we would love to help. From ideas to branding to styling and design, our passion lies with simple, beautiful and honest solutions. “To life” we say as we raise our glasses, would you like some flags, place cards or bunting with that?

PAPERIE :  Event, Wedding and Personal Stationery

From weddings to corporate events we design all the event stationery that you may need. Save the dates, menus, invitations, seating charts, table numbers or even a tag that says “I came to dance”, whatever will add a bit of shine, a bit of smile and a lot of best day ever, we would love to do. Take a look at our portfolio here

 Wedding Invitations design and printed for Lauren & Royston | Photo by : Blackframe Photography

Wedding Invitations design and printed for Lauren & Royston | Photo by : Blackframe Photography

BRANDING : Logos, Icons and Corporate Identity

This is our fancy business voice – would you like a Corporate Identity sir or madam? If you’re just starting out, or feel like something new or find your business growing up a little, a logo and business card or two may be in order. We don’t have anything against the big chaps but we do love to bring a little bit of you into what we do, after all it’s your baby, so off you go to that big meeting and we’ll do the rest. Take a look at our portfolio here

 Logo Design for a new lifestyle store in Durban, South Africa

Logo Design for a new lifestyle store in Durban, South Africa

STYLING : Photo Shoots, Dessert and Candy Tables

There’s the photographer who takes the beautiful pictures and then there’s the stylist that makes sure the stuff in the picture is beautiful. We aren’t photographers. But we do like to style both corporate and wedding photo shoots, including the sourcing of props, creating complementary stationery and not forgetting the sweeter things in life, we do scrumptious dessert and candy tables for weddings, christenings and birthdays. Take a look at our portfolio here

 Props and Styling for a La Dolce Vita Engagement shoot  |  Photo by : Blackframe Photography

Props and Styling for a La Dolce Vita Engagement shoot  | Photo by : Blackframe Photography

SHOPPE : Goodies, gifts and wonderful stuff

Brown paper packages tied up with string, browse online and find our favourite things. Envelopes, stickers, paper straws and tags, bespoke invitations and fabulous bags. If it’s sweet treats, perfect parcels or a dessert feast, we’ll bring the lovely, you bring the lively. Whether paper, a jar or piece of chalk, if it’s design with heart and a bit of quirk. Objects that you can you make your own, whether you want to enhance your home or work space or add the “ooh” and “aah” to your special event. It’s our online shop and we invite you to explore the things we have in store and of course feel free to ask us to order more. Visit our shoppe www.elephantshoe.com

 Paper Straws from the Elephantshoe Shoppe |  Photo By : Blackframe Photography

Paper Straws from the Elephantshoe Shoppe | Photo By : Blackframe Photography

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Neo & Ayanda's Styled Engagement Shoot

I am beyond chuffed to finally share Neo & Ayanda's Styled Engagement Shoot with you today.

We met Neo for the first time at this years Wedding Expo, she was visiting Jozi all the way from Sun City where she works and lives. She loved our vintage stand and we immediatly clicked. Since that day we have conceptualised and styled Ayanda & Neo's Engagement Shoot together with our friends over at Blackframe Photography. We've also designed their Save the Dates, Invitations, all their Wedding Stationery for example, Menus, Seating Plan, Gifting etc and we also had loads of fun creating the yummy Candy & Dessert Table for their special day. We have loads of photos and memories to share with you from all these elements however first up is their Shoot. 

Neo & Ayanda were just the perfect couple to work with and best of all we have become friends through the creative process. {Did I mention how stylish they are?}.

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Neo & Ayanda's wedding date was set for the Twenty Second of September, Twenty Twelve.

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Love, Love, Love Neo's coral nailpolish.

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How cute are the electric purple rain boots.

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"Always kiss me goodnight" 

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"Save the Date" - We used this image to create their digital Save the Date.

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In love with the flare from the incredible sun set.

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Strawberry Steri Stumpie - yummy.

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One of my absolute favourites from the whole shoot. 

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Red Riding Hood, “In the Forest, Hide & Seek”

Remember the super cool competition we were running this year at the wedding expo, "Win an engagement shoot styled by Elephantshoe and photographed by Blackframe Photography"?

Well, Natasha & Chris were the lucky winners of the prize with their killer idea centered around the fairytale Red Riding Hood. We absolutely loved putting together the concepts and styling for each shot with our besties Blackframe. 

RED "Natasha" is an incredible makeup artist & THE WOLF "Chris" is a talented film Director, they will be saying I do on the 23rd of March 2013. We all met up early one Sunday morning in Newtown Johannesburg to begin this unbelievable shoot. Take a look here.

ONCE UPON A TIME . . .

There was a girl who lived near the forest. Whenever she went out she wore a red riding cloak and everyone called her Little Red Riding Hood.

“SO THEY PACKED A NICE BASKET FOR LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD TO TAKE TO HER GRANDMOTHER”

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“DON’T DAWDLE ALONG THE WAY AND PLEASE DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS!  THE WOODS ARE DANGEROUS”

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“WHENEVER SHE WENT OUT SHE WORE A RED RIDING CLOAK”

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“SHE DIDN’T NOTICE A DARK SHADOW APPROACHING OUT OF THE FOREST BEHIND HER...”

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“WHAT ARE YOU DOING OUT HERE, LITTLE GIRL?” THE WOLF ASKED IN A VOICE AS FRIENDLY AS HE COULD MUSTER”

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“ THE WOLF, IN THE MEANTIME, TOOK A SHORTCUT...”

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“LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD NOTICED SOME LOVELY FLOWERS IN THE WOODS, SHE FORGOT HER PROMISE TO HER MOTHER.  SHE PICKED A FEW”

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“WHAT BIG EYES YOU HAVE.” SAID THE WOLF

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“SUDDENLY, THE WOLF APPEARED BESIDE HER”

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“THERE WAS A GIRL WHO LIVED NEAR THE FOREST”

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“DON’T WORRY, MOMMY,” SAID LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, “I’LL BE CAREFUL.”

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If you LOVE this post and would like to have your own engagement/couple shoot then please contact us or Blackframe Photography. 

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