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!


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…


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!


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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