Who we are

Since she was a little girl, Owner and Creative Director Jolindi van der Merwe’s passion for pretty things and matching sets inspired her to explore the creative possibilities locked up in the world of paper, colours, textures and styles. The dream was birthed in her grandmother, whose love for special events and stylish table settings led to her career as décor and florist specialist. Jolindi’s mother, Nanette, fanned the flame in her young daughter’s life with her attention to detail and love for personalised stationery and calligraphy. 

Jolindi completed her Honours Degree in BA Fine Arts (University of Pretoria). She also graduated from The Open Window School of Visual Communication with a degree in Visual Communication specializing in Communication Design for Packaging and Stationery Branding. 

Chrystalace Wedding Stationery found its roots in previous owner Christiaan David, renowned SA wedding photographer, who identified a need for stationery amongst clients with a discerning eye for quality and style. It was here, working as project manager and main designer, that Jolindi discovered the perfect way to express her love for the wedding industry combined with all elements of stationery.

It was in 2014 that the destined encounter between talented Lezanne Wessels and Jolindi occurred. Lezanne’s attention to detail and meticulous eye adds a sophisticated element to the stationery produced at Chrystalace. Prior to her journey here, she accrued invaluable knowledge through her studies in Visual Communication (honours) and further studies in Los Angeles. With her experience in textile and illustration and, her passion for the involvement in the whole process, from design to the intricate technicalities of printing itself Lezanne adds to the quality offered at Chrystalace. The collaborative effect of Jolindi’s vintage, romantic style combined with Lezanne’s modern-come-quirky taste enhances every piece of stationery, perfectly chosen and custom designed to meet your unique needs.

our philosophy

At Chrystalace, we take delight in exploring your unique style, using it as a starting point for the stationery design, and translating it into a magical experience of elegance, quirkiness and “you-ness”. We are passionate about each couple’s dream day and the intrigue that your personality holds. It is our firm belief that design is a wonderful medium that allows your unique dreams to come to life on paper or even in digital format. We hand pick our suppliers and in collaboration with our expert designers, we take special care in selecting the best paper stock, fine art printing and quality finishing to provide you with a professional, quality product.

what makes us unique

We place a high priority on putting ourselves in the shoes of every bride and couple that we meet; diversity is key. We cater for a vast range of tastes and styles. Whether you prefer a low-key sense of simplicity or the luxury of extravagance, we strive to meet you at the point of your personal needs. Every piece of stationery is designed and created at our studio in Pretoria at Studio On Club. We take special care in assembling every item to ensure that it reaches you in perfect condition.

our services

As we highly value consistency in design for your wedding, event or business, we offer the following stationery services:

bespoke wedding stationery

Save the date design, invitation design (including digital format – interactive invitations, animation videos, stop motion videos and styled invitation shoot videos), wedding monogram design, reception stationery design (including thank you cards, guest book, menus, seating plan, place cards, order of service programs, cake toppers, favour bags, boxes and tags, laser cut table names and numbers, printed serviettes, wine labels, badges, signage and candy station stationery), thank you cards (including digital format) and website design (including basic website design, template design and custom website design and implementation).

corporate branding

Corporate identity design, logo design, business card design, email signatures, letterhead and envelope design, marketing material and packaging solutions (including booklets, brochures, flyers, newsletters, magazines, fill-in forms etc.) and website design as well as the implementation thereof.

other

We also cater for corporate events and special occasions such as birthdays, baby showers and Christening ceremonies.

finishing

Digital printing, fine art printing, large format printing, textile printing, die cutting (including pockets and custom envelopes), hot foiling, laser cutting and engraving (paper, wood and perspex), embossing, letterpress and silkscreen printing, hand stitching for hand stitched booklets and custom fabric pockets, printing on vinyl sticker (including vinyl cutting in custom shapes for stationery and display), custom stamps, buttons and signage.

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