SHANNON PAUL (Love letter weddings)

When you dream up your business, and then start the process of creating its image and giving it life through branding, it can be quite a difficult task to trust someone with it! How do you know they will be able to capture the essence of your business and put that into images, text, and stationary? My first meeting with Elephantshoe put those fears aside immediately as Sam was able to understand both the business, and my style with ease. The entire process was outlined from the beginning so I knew exactly what to expect and when, and all the elements were delivered precisely on time. When I first saw the proposed branding I was amazed at how what I had pictured in my mind had suddenly been given life - all the design elements then seamlessly came together and my business had an identity! I could not have imagined anything more perfect, so thank you to Sam & James for being able to translate everything so perfectly. I couldn't have done this without you!


One of the most important (and easiest) decisions Ludo and I made in the early stages of our wedding planning was to ask Sam to design our wedding stationery. As a very special friend from schooldays, I knew Sam to be incredibly creative, talented and hardworking. And she proved this again and again in every step of the design process in the months leading up to the wedding, always taking what we wanted into account, guiding us and explaining everything with enormous patience, no matter how busy she was with her other Elephantshoe projects. Ludo and I knew the look we wanted to create for our wedding and Sam took this and translated it into save the dates, invites, name tags, a seating chart, table names, thank you cards and other details that were the epitome of style and beautiful design. She also knew how to create a perfect balance between the French and South African cultures and bring that through in the wedding stationery to our unique story. So many of our guests commented on this and told us that our save the dates and wedding invitations were the most beautiful and most original that they had ever received.

I especially loved how the day before the wedding, Sam and her husband (and business partner) James came to hand deliver all the stationery that was to be used to decorate the wedding venue. Everything was perfectly presented in gorgeous wrapping paper and tied with rope. As a bride, it’s the little details like this that reassure you that your big day is going to be a huge success. Sam remained a true professional at each step of the wedding planning and was someone I knew I could count on.

So from Ludo and I, un énorme merci à Sam and James for all their hard work, talent and friendship, we will always be grateful to both of you!


I first came across Elephantshoe through our photographer when he directed me to their blog site. The minute I went onto their page I knew that they could assist me with the exact feel I wanted for my wedding. I then set up a meeting with Sam and from the minute I met her she knew exactly what I wanted! Her understanding and creativity is really inspirational! I was originally just looking to get the invites done for my wedding, but once seeing the quality of her work I knew that anything else I tried to DIY would just look silly. I then ended up getting the invites, Name tags and seating plan done with Elephantshoe. It was such a pleasure to work with Sam and her amazing creativity, that I wish I could get married every year just to see what other interesting ideas she will come up with. Thank you Elephantshoe!!


Working with Sam and James from Elephantshoe was a really fantastic experience. We started working with them about a year before our wedding to design our Save the Dates. This was so important to get right as it was our guests' first introduction to our wedding. Meeting with them and seeing their previous work we were so impressed. Sam was full of different ideas, which was great but at the same time took into account what we wanted. When it came time to start working on our actual invites I was so excited as I knew they would be amazing- and they didn't fail to disappoint. Again they had a number of different ideas and guided us through the whole process of choosing the correct paper, ink colour etc. Despite having an overseas wedding and needing to convey a lot of information to our guests I still wanted 'traditional' invitations and Elephantshoe made that possible. The invites were absolutely stunning and they really captured the look and feel we were planning for our wedding. We also had Elephantshoe design all our other stationery aspects - from our menus, to our seating plan, information packs for our guests and our guest book to name a few. Every single element was so carefully thought out and helped tie our wedding together. It was a pleasure to work with Sam and James - they were so excited to work on our stationery - they were also incredibly patient and flexible, even making up some last minute signs, with just 2 days notice. Elephantshoe's designs are so beautifully done, original and in line with international trends that we couldn't imagine choosing anyone else to work with for our big day.


Wow! Once again we are so blown away by the beautiful stationery you have done for our wedding. I can't wait to start setting up and see how everything works together. Elephantshoe has been the most wonderful company to work with, definitely one of the wedding highlights! Regards, Justine 

Fantastic company. I hope Elephantshoe becomes a great South African Brand. Highly recommended. – Meg Fargher (Bride’s mom)


Thank you so much, I loved how everything you did for me was absolutely stunning. Thank you! It has also been a dream to work with you, thank you for being so patient with me, when people could not make up their minds, so thank you so much for understanding. Sam, you are so talented, it is truly amazing the work you do, honestly amazing, well just because I am married now, does not mean, we will not be in touch any more, I love your work, and will still be coming back for more. I can only wish upon for you and the company more and more growth and success.


From the start Sam was just a dream to work with, she listened to all of our crazy ideas and helped us focus on a theme, a colour scheme and a feel for both our save the date props and wedding invitations.  She never ceased to amaze us with her creativity, after all what is a wedding without a beautiful invitation, it sets the tone for the evening ahead and our invite did just that, our friends and family all said that it was the most unique and creative invite that had seen, made us feel really special!

Big thanks to Elephantshoe for creating such a special invitation for us.  A+B


It is AMAZING - absolutely perfect, I love everything! Thank you so much to Sam at Elephantshoe for our wonderful wedding stationery. From when we first met, it was clear that Sam & I were 'on the same page' with regards to the style and feel of the invitations we wanted. Throughout the process, we were presented with professional easy to visualise options and designs. We received so many compliments from guests praising the wonderful stationery – from the invitations, menus, tags & place cards on the day, right through to our thank you cards – Sam hit the nail on the head with them all.  I would not hesitate to recommend Elephantshoe to anyone looking for unique, personal and delightful wedding stationery!  


We just wanted to say, THANK YOU! We love the invites! They look absolutely amazing, no words can explain how excited we where when we received them! Sam, you really, really have done a great job! They look even better in real life than in the magazine! James, thanks so much for keeping us updated and for delivering them to Eugene’s office. We are so glad that you are a part of our wedding, you met more than our expectations.


We absolutely loved working with Elephantshoe! Sam took what I told her about our wedding and brought it to life. It was like she was living inside of my head - she created exactly what I was dreaming of!


When we started to plan our wedding, we wanted to have two very specific requests: an outstanding photographer and beautiful wedding stationery. Perhaps for the reason that the photographs last forever and the stationery sets the tone and expectancy of the whole event. Our fabulous photographer, Christine Meintjies, recommended that we work with Elephantshoe for our second request. And are we ever grateful for that recommendation! I believe one of Sam and James' gifts is that they are able to make you feel completely at peace as you face the "to do's" of planning a wedding. Without any fuss at all (and many changes because of an ever-changing guest list!), Elephantshoe produced the most gorgeous invitations, thank you cards, table seatings and order of ceremony. I was amazed how they captured our personalities through wedding stationery; it is amazing! In life they say the best perspective is retrospective; looking back on our special day, I am so grateful that we were able to work with such a professional, creative and accommodating couple. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Thank you, Elephantshoe :)


Elephantshoe added a very special touch to our wedding with their elegant and unique stationery. From our save the dates, right through to formal invitations, place cards and table seating, all the items followed a common theme and were of the highest quality. Sam and James were great fun to work with, they provided loads of inspiration and weren’t opposed to trying any challenging idea I brought to them. They were very reliable; always delivering beautiful stationery right on time! We wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again.


I met Sam and James of Elephantshoe at the wedding expo and loved their beautiful stand, filled with great stylish designs. I really wanted to use them for our wedding, but at that stage my husband and I decided that he would design the wedding stationery, as he is trained in graphic design. My husband designed the "save the dates", as well as the wedding invites. Three months before the wedding my husband was overworked and didn't have enough time to design the rest of the wedding stationery, it was a no-brainer for me, we needed Elephantshoe! Sam was really great and helpful, she totally understood the direction and feeling of the wedding. She did a mock-up of the designs, I was totally blown away and the designs got me extra excited for the wedding! Elephantshoe was professional and their work is excellent, the stationery really added an extra quirky touch to my wedding!


Sam did our wedding stationery (Wedding invites, menus, dessert table labels, seating plan & labels on our gifts for the guests). Sam’s friendly and warm nature was so much fun to work with, her ability to create an in-between style that both my husband and I liked with completely different tastes speaks tons about her creative flare and professionalism.  Everything was delivered on time and the end result was more exquisite than we expected, she definitely assisted in setting a beautiful tone for our wedding, and I would highly recommend her and her company. Thank you tons Sam!


We are so excited about our new brand identity designed by the insanely talented Samantha Schwikkard from Elephantshoe Stationery Studio. We met Samantha last year when we she booked us to photograph her wedding and from the word go we knew that this wedding wasn’t going to be just any old wedding, and “oh my” did it exceed our wildest expectations! It was filled to the brim with breathtaking details from the amazing stationery to the beautifully styled dessert tables, all of it designed and styled by Mrs. Schwikkard herself. We were obviously thrilled when she agreed to give our brand a little makeover and once again we were just absolutely blown away by her talent. On our first revision round she had me crying tears of joy, what can I say the girl has a beautiful mind!  So thanks Sam we are really thrilled and so excited to show off our new brand, hooray!


We wanted to say thank you very much for the lovely invite created for our wedding! Below are some of the comments made about the digital invite that we sent out this Friday:

 “This is stunning, I love the creativity! Thank u very much for the invite”-Tshegofatso Maphophe

“Aaaaahhhhh Matildatjie, This is Beautiful!!” Nadia de Bruin

“Friend! What a stunning invite…”-Lauren Samaai

“I sooo love these pictures man! Wow…the invite is just too stunning J #excitement galore.”-Itumeleng Nkwana

“I want to cry! This is so beautiful! Wow!”-Keabetswe Mafora

Once again thank you very much for all your hard work, we appreciate it.


Where to start.
Our friends at 1985 put us in touch with Sam and James from Elephantshoe. After our first meeting, we had most things sorted out. The overall feel and design had been grasped and it was off to the creative room for the Elephantshoe team. Soon afterwards the drafts came out, and not much had to be changed. Spending all that time at the first meeting discussing the small details made it easier to explain things over the phone.
Whenever the phone rang early in the mornings, James knew who was on the other end. I must admit, it was easy to get things planned, signed off and delivered as we all understood what we wanted. Our whole celebration was filled with Elephantshoe, from the awesome invites, wine racket seating charts to the huge blackboard vinyl prints!
Having a theme flowing from the start all the way till the last person left the wedding was a highlight for us, Sam and James helped create this!