Karina & Armandt

At an intimate wedding among family and close friends in the heart of Stellenbosch is where Karina and Armandt promised their love to each other. We had the honour of doing the décor and flowers on this special day.

Their colour scheme consisted of neutrals, greenery and a dash of silver. The guesthouse is decorated in rich Eastern colours, so we opted for fresh fruits in silver bowls on the table as part of the décor – the perfect combination to the Pantone 2017 Colour Trend.

Vendors:
Décor & Flowers: Mrs V
Photography: Mrs V

Wedding Trends 2017 – Harvest Festival

During 2016 we were approached by this amazing photographer to do a styled shoot with her for some 2017 trends – and WOW! This lady, Terri Dee Brown, is absolutely gifted when it comes to photography! We are so thankful that she has shared these photos with us.

Vendors:
Wedding Cake: Mrs V
Flowers, Décor & Styling: Mrs V
Stationery: Letter Chef @ Mrs V
Photographer: Terri Dee Brown – http://tdbphotography.co.za/
Makeup & Hair: Cecilia Fourie
Venue: Nooitgedacht Wine Estate, Stellenbsoch
Model: Shannon from Topco Models Intl.

Information Series: The Perfect Cake

Choosing the perfect cake for your event can be quite daunting, there are so many flavours; Red Velvet, Classic Vanilla, Lemon Madeira, Fruit Cake, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, cake, cake, cake! Since we have been baking cakes and shooting them for our website this week, we figured we could lend some advice as to how to choose The Perfect Cake.

Photography: Mrs V
Cakes: Mrs V

Red Velvet Cake:
This cake contains buttermilk, baking soda and vinegar – which, if you went to primary school and ever built a volcano for a science class, you would know causes large amounts of smooth, soft bubbles – the cake’s smooth, velvety texture is a result of this combination. Together with large amounts of red food colouring (nope, no chemical reaction to cause that vivid colour, sorry!) is where the name of the cake comes from. This is a delicious classic, and is usually served with a cream cheese frosting. Ideal for the classic cake lover, who would love some chocolate undertones combined with a soft, fluffy texture.

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Cheesecake:
A variety of recipes exist for this cake, with the only things in common being cheese and sugar. And LOTS of it! This scrumptious cake is thought to have originated in Ancient Greece or Rome, and was used as an offering at temples and to Olympic athletes. In general, cheesecake should have a soft, smooth yet firm texture. The predominant, classic flavour should be sweetened cheese (anything from ricotta to cream cheese and cottage cheese), with a hint of vanilla. Sometimes hints of lemon, orange, berries (or other fruits) or even chocolate is added for that extra special twist! This cake is definitely not recommended to someone who does not think cheese and cake can go together in one sentence.

Lemon Madeira:
This delicious cake is featured in our… well… “featured image” and should not be confused with the traditional Portuguese Bolo de Mel cake. Rather, this cake is of English origin, and was often enjoyed with Madeira wine – from there the Portuguese name. In older cook books, this cake is referred to as a “sand cake” or “pound cake” – which is an accurate description of both texture and recipe. The cake is much heavier than sponge cake and the texture is often quite crumbly, with the bits towards the centre being almost sticky and smooth (when pressed together, it forms a dough – not because it isn’t cooked through and through, but rather because it contains “a pound of butter”). It is a lovely golden colour, and can be flavoured with almost anything – of which the most popular is vanilla, lemon, sherry or brandy. The Lemon Madeira can stay fresh for up to two weeks, which makes it an ideal wedding cake. However, if you are a lover of soft, fluffy, super moist cake, then stay away from this one!

Chocolate Cake:
If you have heard of Devil’s Food Cake, and you still don’t know what it is, well… this is it! Good-old, traditional chocolate cake. This cake has such an extensive history, also with a variety of recipes – chocolate, cacao and sugar included in all of them. It really needs no introduction or fancy words to describe it, but in my opinion a chocolate cake should be fresh, soft and squishy and really, really moist. Almost to the point where it becomes a dough, dripping with flavour. It is often topped with ganache, caramel, or traditional chocolate-flavoured buttercream icing, and sometimes a cream filling or berry jam. Definitely a smashing hit for any event.

Carrot Cake:
It is believed that this delightful dessert originated from the carrot and pumpkin puddings consumed in the Middle Ages, when sugars and sweeteners were hard to come by. This cake is not favoured by all, I often hear people complain that vegetables and cake should never be mentioned in the same conversation. Yet, if the flavour and texture is just right, and if it is topped with the perfect cream cheese frosting, this too can be a delicious serving of sugar. This cake should have a semi-soft, solid and relatively moist texture (due to the copious amounts of carrots and walnuts), with a hints of vanilla and spicy nutmeg and cinnamon, always in the correct relation to one another. This cake was underestimated for a long time, but is definitely making a comeback at weddings and other special events.

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Vanilla Cake:
Vanilla sponge cake is a classic at school events – it was often bought by parents in a desperate attempt to feed an entire class in the event of a child’s birthday. Today, this classic cake is somewhat reinvented. The traditional texture was soft, spongy and moderately dry, but not crumbly, with a strong vanilla flavour. Today, so many flavours are added to this cake in order to make it a bit more exciting and memorable, such as coffee, toffee, caramel, berries and fruits. Yet the traditional vanilla and buttercream frosting still remains a favourite in many South African households.

Fruit Cake:
Last, but not least: The Classic Fruit Cake. A favourite at many weddings, and at Christmas, filled with glazed fruits and flavoured with brandy, loved by many… er… who am I kidding? There is only one place where this cake belongs and that, my dear people, is in a bin! Sorry Dad 😉

A First Birthday – African Style!

So we have been very quiet lately, busy with some amazing projects. But in between all of this, we managed to do a beautiful First Birthday party!

The theme was vintage Africa, with a touch of bunnies and gold. This sweet little girl celebrated this special birthday surrounded by close friends and family, drinking old-fashioned tea and eating cake. The vintage way, with a touch of Africa.

A romantic autumn colour-scheme with a touch of gold brought warmth to a very cold and rainy April day. The birthday cake was a big cupcake with a star candle…and since this little girl loves chocolate more than Cake, we just had to add a little Lindt Bunny or two to the decorations!

Our African touch was visible through the use of the South African national flower, the Protea, and the traditional Xhosa Shwe-Shwe fabric used to make a tutu-dress especially for the birthday girl.

Birtday Cakes and Bakes: Mrs V
Flowers/Décor: Mrs V
Birthday Dress: Mrs V
Photography: Mrs V
Stationery/Birthday Invitation: Letter Chef @ Mrs V

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Invite

Die Goorgomgaai (The Gruffalo)

This lovely birthday party had the theme of “Die Goorgomgaai en Die Neutbruin Haas” or The Gruffalo and the Hazel Bunny” (Actually it is the bunny from Guess how much I love you) – crafted to the beautifully creative mind of a four-year-old girl. As part of the fun activities, the little girls had flowers to pick from and create their own little arrangements to take home. The table were covered in brown paper and there was an endless supply of crayons and chalk to draw with. To make this event even more special, the day was perfect, filled with sunshine and barely any wind – ideal for a birthday that was supposed to take place in the forest.

Photography: Mrs V
Stationery: Letterchef @ Mrs V
Food and snack bags: Letterchef @ Mrs V
Cake and cupcakes: Mrs V (Gruffalo and Bunnies by Letterchef @ Mrs V)
Owl Cookies: Alida from Soete Goete
Décor: Letterchef @ Mrs V

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So… This is us!

Finally we have a chance to introduce our team. Team, this is World. World… This is Team Mrs V!

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Mariza van der Merwe

Mariza studied Fashion Design while occasionally free-lancing as a Graphic Design Assistant and Photographer’s Assistant. In her final year of fashion, she started her BA Communication Science degree. After fashion school graduation, Mariza wanted to take a year to gather her thoughts on her career and further studies. That idea did not last very long. She started as a Fashion Lecturer at an exquisite private university in Cape Town while working on her Communication Science degree. She taught Pattern Drafting, Design History, Technical Drawing and the occasional important lessons of “Do not eat in my classroom” and “If you spill that coffee, I will poke you with the scissors.” It is here that the nickname “Miss V” was born from her students (her surname still being van der Walt at the time. Now she is van der Merwe – aka “Mrs V”). After three years of lecturing and many wedding dresses and birthday cakes, Mariza started toying with the idea of her own business…

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Elizna Venter (Owner of Letterchef CC)

Elizna travelled Germany and Europe for a year, while working as an Au-Pair in Germany. She came back to South Africa, adamant to study Art (also, she returned with a brain full of rich European Art History). Elizna studied BA Fine Arts: Graphic Design at the University of Stellenbosch and decided that drawing 24/7 and pulling all-nighters did not give her enough of an adrenaline kick, so she started her own Graphic Design company, called Letterchef. This “Mrs V” has a passion for Typography (as can be seen in the image above. Oh, maybe not ‘that’ specific kind…), she also loves photography and art (and her two cute daughters). She doesn’t just love these arty-things, she is also really good at working with them. And she doesn’t mind doing couture flower arrangements and bouquets for weddings either. In the end, it didn’t hurt at all that she married a “Mr V”, in order to become another “Mrs V” – we are just too happy to have her on board!

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Riana van der Walt

The original “Mrs V”, also the mother of Mariza and Elizna – the person who doesn’t need a bio, because the proof is in the pudding. Every single event, be it a wedding or a birthday, has a touch of this lady that is so significant, it can be spotted from a mile away. She is the person who will pull the event together when the rest of us are fretting about the tiniest of silly details. She does flowers and décor, and will occasionally jump in for a wedding dress or a cake. But most importantly, she is our expert and when we have any questions, she always has the answer.

Jean-Mari & Johan

These two beautiful people got married in Langebaan in 2013, and what a wedding it was! From a very exciting fly-by of the Silver Falcons (arranged as a surprise by the venue, Boesmanland Plaaskombuis), to a beautiful sunset on the beach – the perfect ending to a lovely day! This is definitely one of our favourites.

Photography: Jana Jonsson
Make-Up & Hair: Jana Jonsson
Bouquets & Buttonières: Mrs V
Wedding Dress: Mrs V
Wedding Cake: Mrs V
Stationery: Letter Chef @ Mrs V

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Mariza & Louis

This might be our first post about a wedding that we have done, but many more will follow! Feast your eyes on the beautiful wedding of one of our own, Mariza and her husband, Louis.

Photography by Just Judy Photography
Stationery by Letter Chef @ Mrs. V
Flowers by Mrs. V
Cake by Mrs. V
Dress by Mrs. V
Wedding decor by Mrs. V
Make-Up & Hairby Hair Styling, Make-Up & Eyelash Extensions by Almari

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