Paperie : Wedding Stationery {Ilse & Aleks}

While James and I have been redesigning the Elephantshoe blog and putting together our new shoppe we decided not to post up our recent portfolio pieces onto the old blog. {It's strange but, it's a little like not wanting to wear your brand new shoes with an older pair of socks.} Now that the new site is up, I am feeling so excited that I can start to share with you the projects we have been working on over this last year. I will be posting them up weekly so stay tuned.

After spending this past long weekend in the quaint little town of Greyton in the Western Cape I thought that this post from Ilse & Aleks wedding would be fitting. They were married on the Third of November 2012 at The Oaks Estate set at the foot of the Zonderend Mountains.

We were blessed with the wonderful task of designing their wedding invitations and stationery for their farm chic celebration. Thank you Ilse, Aleks and Antoinette (Ilse's lovely mom) for working so closely with us to get every piece just right.

Their wedding day was photographed by Catherine Mac Photography. Cath captured every detail and it is a real treat for me to share them here on the blog.  

A BIG thank you to Andre and Maritsa from Blackframe Photography for taking and editing the rich and beautiful photos of our stationery also seen in the post below.  

Ilse's silk wedding gown was designed by Marianne Fassler, isn't it just perfection?


We used their venue in Greyton and their elegant navy and cotton colours as inspiration. The iconic oak tree on the farm was a meaningful symbol to the couple and was perfect to use in developing their wedding logo. The victorian inspired, Cape Dutch, natural feel prompted us to go for their letterpress, silk screened kraft invitations with all the activity cards with information for the weekend ahead neatly stacked in a stitched pocket. 

Enjoy scrolling through their stationery goodness. 


We illustrated their digital Save the Date shown above by hand using lead and navy pencils. 

The classic Delft décor set the tone for the design of the A-frame name cards, placemats and table numbers.  


It feels like my Birthday or Christmas perhaps

Here I sit, beyond excited to receive my purple package from the Letterpress Company in the post tomorrow. YEY YEY YEY. It really seems like it could be my Birthday or Christmas perhaps. I remember this feeling as a child the night before I opened my gifts. 

Letterpress truely is a gift, the process is so beautiful and the quality so rich.

I designed my business cards a few weeks ago and I am so pleased to have them printed in this ancient art form. The typography almost looks like it is carved into the paper and the texture of the stationery is so luxurious. Once I receive mine, i promise to post it up. 

But for now, if you are interested in letterpress , here is a link to learn more