February 6, 2017

The Little Nell in Aspen Colorado

At Gold Leaf Event Design & Production we love The Little Nell's choices of event space. The classic Wedding Deck it is one of the best Aspen Wedding Venues for it's gorgeous location, incredible staff and amazing food! The Little Nell embodies all of what we love about weddings in The Rockies!  It is fun to play with the natural colors at any time of year in Aspen; unique design comes easy for weddings at 11,212 feet.     The Wedding Deck One of the most beloved Aspen Wedding Venues is located on the tippy top of Aspen Mountain. With stunning views of the Elk Mountains, the majestic colors and bluebird skies the Wedding Deck’s views do not disappoint no matter which season! With seating and service for 250 guests on a manicured lawn is hard to forget.     The Sundeck 10,000 square feet of indoor & outdoor event space in the mountains is rare. At 11,200 feet The Sundeck can hold a reception for 500 guests, and seat 300 for dinner. The space features an open floor plan with 30 foot ceilings. Guests walk into framed panoramic window views of the great Continental Divide. The Aspen Mountain Club The Aspen Mountain Club is located next door to The Sundeck with views of the Elk Mountain Range. A bit more intimate this 4,400 square foot private club has personality all its own with its antique Austrian tables and hand-woven rugs. Private events are staffed by The Little Nell and can host 250 for a cocktail reception, or 120 in the elegant dining room. The Gondola Plaza The Gondola Plaza is where all the action takes place just outside The Little Nell’s Ajax Tavern. Here you can create using a blank canvas for up to 500, under the open sky, or a tent. It’s an easy walk from anywhere in town and stands right against the bottom of Aspen Mountain.   The Terrace Room A classic event space at The Little Nell is The Terrace Room. Washed in sunlight and overlooking the courtyard and pool. The Terrace Room can accommodate 80 guests seated, or a reception for 135 during the Spring, Summer and Fall. During ski season Chair 9 is a hot après ski bar- ideal for private ski-in, ski-out lunch, or afternoon cocktails.    
February 2, 2017

Slay Winter Like a Boss

What a week! XGames brings the most fun guests from all industries to Aspen to culminate in creative, athletic and media influencers who collaborate for fun events to celebrate winter’s games.   Thanks to Maybelline New York for including Gold Leaf Event Design & Production on creative ways to wow their VIP influencers who slayed winter with the ultimate ski vacation to launch Maybelline’s new collection BIG SHOT MASCARA and Inti-matte Nudes lipstick! Influencers lived LIKE A BOSS, flying to Colorado, spending a few days enjoying Aspen’s winter activities. These influencers were able to jumpstart 2017 by keeping their eyes on the prize and lashes looking boss. Maybelline New York coordinated several boss-themed activities to embody Big Shot moments including:
  • Hit the Slopes Like a Boss: private ski and/or snow boarding lessons
  • Dine Like a Boss: elegant dinners with lush décor
  • Slay Like a Boss: interactive makeup class with an MNY artist
Check out this beautiful welcome “inti-matte” kick off dinner at The Hotel Jerome. The theme and décor complimented the NEW Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes, a collection of gorgeous nude hues enriched with golden undertones. #mylipsbutbetter   Thank you to Bundles Gift Co. for the beautiful inspiration on welcome gifts for the perfect dream getaway with just that extra special touch! Upon arrival, the tastemakers received a welcome basket with the tools they need to be a boss for every activity, from skiing to cozying up by the fire.    
January 30, 2017

Fun ideas for a Mini-Moon   

A long weekend of being the center of attention will leave you and tired, and going back to work on Monday won’t give you much time to process all of it! If you are feeling you cannot afford a lavish honeymoon after wedding expenses and time taken off from work please don’t over look it. It is amazing if you can make a tropical escape happen, but that’s not entirely the point. The point of a mini-moon is taking a few days to be with each other and digest the commitment, sleep in a little bit and not answer emails.  Here are a few fun ideas for a mini-moon from Gold Leaf Event Design & Production. Airbnb A mini-moon you can take in your own backyard.  With Airbnb, there are price points across the board you can rent entire homes or condos for sometimes less than a hotel! With everything provided at your own home means less need to plan your trip and more sitting back and enjoying it. Where it all started Take it back to a special place where you first met, had your first date- something special that you can relive on year after year for your anniversaries to come. Hotel extended stay Couples who have their wedding at a beautiful hotel will some times have a complimentary room included with all the expenses gone into their special event.  It is a nice idea to extend for an extra night or two.  After the Sunday brunch and bid farewell to your last guests go ahead and check back in that you are already VIP in house. Camping Our adventurous Colorado wedding couples who opt to celebrate in the beautiful outdoors enjoy the same feeling of escaping all into your own world on a mini-moon campsite!  
January 24, 2017

Charitable Wedding Celebrations

We’ve all heard the incredible story where a jilted bride whose groom was a no-show ended up donating her entire wedding reception to a local homeless shelter. In the spirit of selflessness and awareness of others we thought it would be nice to focus on gifts that are appreciated most are those that benefit others. Your wedding day is a day you have inevitably thought about how special it will before it actually happens. For many this will be one of the few momentous unforgettable days of your life, focusing entirely on you and your partner. Not many people will have another occasion like it in their life- celebrating a birthday comes every year- a big blow out celebration of your commitment to love is a once-in-a-lifetime experience when all is centered around you. A day centered on your favorite songs, food, champagne, gifts and friends and family all together for one reason. While of course this is a significant occasion where it is ok to be a bit selfish, in the spirit of kindness and awareness many couples find ways to give back, helping others find happiness in your celebration of love. Below are a few ideas to bring your wedding celebration to a charitable level.   Charity wedding registries are great because not only can a couple use their special day to support a cause, but wedding guests often find it rewarding too.     Donate your wedding dress. Along with other accessories please consider donating to a non-profit like The organization will resell them and use the proceeds to help women with cancer.   Ask your bridesmaids to do the same. Beautiful gowns can always be reused, there are plenty of organizations that provide prom dresses for disadvantaged high school girls; The Glass Slipper Project in Chicago is one.  Check out where they list similar charities nationwide. Reuse your flowers. Call a local nursing home or hospital and ask if you can donate your florals after your wedding weekend. So many lovely decorations can be used more than once to spread some cheer. Rent a nonprofit event space. Think of how distinctive your reception would be if it took place at a museum or botanical garden. The site fee would be tax-deductible and you’ll know it’s supporting a cause. Create care packages. Gift bags are an additional touch for out-of-town guests. With bulk orders consider making up some extras for troops overseas—the thought goes very far to think of others who would benefit from your snacks and Chap Stick. Go to for more information. Don’t waste food. Arrange to have any extra food from your reception donated to feed others in your area. Find out more from