We’ve been working with Elizna Venter, chief cook and fynbos butcher at Letter Chef Design Studio, for more than a decade.
Over the years she’s consistently delighted our brides with her unusual, pretty work. We thought it was about time we asked her to properly introduce herself to you all.
Tell us a little more about your company and the service that you offer…
I’m a trained graphic designer, and love cooking up a storm in my studio. I find inspiration in nature and love combining plants and flowers with typography to create new meaning, making something unique that stands out from the crowd. Our ‘Fynbos Flenters’ are a unique set of illustrations that feature reconstructed fynbos combined with everyday objects.
How long have you been working in the industry?
Our Letter Chef Kitchen officially opened its doors in 2007, but I’ve been working as a graphic designer since 2005. I guess I have more or less 30 years of experience in the event industry though! My mother arranged flowers and made dresses for special occasions for as long as I can remember. We were practically kept as child labourers, stripping off all the unwanted leaves of the flowers for her arrangements!
What price range is your service?
Each client is different. We have done work ranging from around R500 up to several thousand for a complete wedding stationery set.
How many weddings do you estimate you have been involved in?
More than 100.
What is one of the challenges you face in your industry?
Expectations vs reality – wanting a champagne wedding on a beer budget.
What makes your service unique?
Not too long ago I combined forces with my sister Mariza (a fashion designer) and my mother Riana (floral design ninja) at Mrs. V Atelier. Together we make magic happen.
Tell us about a wedding that you remember and why…
It would be difficult to mention only one, but I remember feedback I received from a bride when my business was only two or three years old, long before WhatsApp even existed. From the start we just clicked. She lived in the Northern Cape. A family friend came to fetch her finished invites and promised to deliver them in one piece. Needless to say I was a bit worried that they might not reach her in perfect condition, but that night I received the most beautiful SMS from her, something along the lines of, “soo baie baie dankie vir my kaartjies, hulle voel soos my kinders – ek weet nie hoe ek hulle ooit sal kan uitdeel nie.” Roughly translated: “thank you so much for my invites – they feel like my children – I don’t know how I will ever give them out”.
What piece of advice would you most like to offer brides and grooms reading this?
Trust your stationery designer. Don’t try and control the design process.
What is your service mission statement?
I live to serve the most delicious graphic design for your business or event. Stress free. Hassle free. And ultimately delectable in every sense of the word!
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