Here at Gold Leaf Event Design and Production we absolutely adore an elegant Aspen Chaparral wedding, and Kate and Ben’s Wedding was absolutely no exception. From the morning’s pre-ceremony festivities to the midnight surrounded evening, the entire day was unbelievably beautiful. The bride’s corridors were surrounded by excitement, mimosas, and mismatching airy bridesmaid dresses. The ceremony and cocktail hour’s magical backdrop of one of Aspen’s most beautiful views. All the way into the late evening reception festivities included dinner, speakings, and star-lit dancing, each moment of Kate and Ben’s Wedding was extremely unique!
Photography by Olivia Rae
Catering and Dessert by Caribou ClubFloral and Décor by Carolyn's Flowers
Let's get real, when it comes to picking bridesmaid dresses a bride can find herself a little lost. What color looks good on everyone? Will my maid of honor kill me for putting her in this dress cut? How come this gown looks completely different online?! Well, we are here to help you "hack" the dress selection process by revealing some of our absolute favorite online stores for finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses!
We adore Love for Lemons, there custom made dresses are designed like nothing else. Whether you're crushing on their blush pink lace or lovin' on their embroidered floor length dresses you will not be disappointed. These elegant and flirty dresses will make your wedding stand out in the crowd.
Reformation, is known for their mission statement, "We make killer clothes that don’t kill the environment." By uses sustainable fabrics and vintage clothing they are able to design completely stunning dresses for reasonable prices. These dresses posses a romantic vibe while keeping it classic. Their flowing floor length gowns come in a plethora of different colors, materials, and patterns that will match the atmosphere of any wedding venue.
Lucy in the Sky is an extremely cute and trendy site that won't break the bank. Their effortless summer pastel dresses are easy to fall head over heals for and make the bridesmaid dress shopping process a lot more fun!
Our April showers may be coming in May, and changing to snow...but we are still ever thankful for the moisture (we are gearing up for river season after all)! With Mother Nature and all her splendor bringing these May flowers and making us increasingly more excited for a gorgeous summer, it makes us think about this breath taking earth! We have to keep it safe (no, this is not another Earth Day post), but it is 5 ways to have a sustainable wedding! Often times a wedding is so much to think about and plan we often overlook our carbon footprint! Here are a few manageable ways to keep your wedding green.
Keeping it Small
No, you do not have to invite the weird neighbor kid that used to have a crush on you, just..no. Keeping a wedding small is difficult, we understand entirely. We absolutely want all of your loved ones to be there on this big day, but keep the effects in mind, such as: more miles traveled, more food consumed, a bigger venue, and more waste when it's all over. Destination wedding? Maybe consider a small intimate ceremony, and have a big reception closer to home. A "welcome party" if you will.
Look What's Right Under Your Nose
Thankfully sourcing locally is becoming easier by the day! Food and drinks are going to be the perfect, and easiest place to start. Living here in Colorado we have local breweries by the plentiful, but look into farms, co-ops, or wineries for other local favorites! Above our bride and groom Kali and Jonathan, had reusable welcome bags filled with local kettle corn, local chocolate, and growlers made and filled by Aspen Brewing Company! Another great addition is local flowers and foliage. Talk to your florist about where and how to get local favorites to diminish transportation!
The Goods, Made Better
We know (nor do we expect) that a bride will rent her dress, however gentleman, renting a tux is a wonderful way to cut down on unnecessary materials. Unless of course you think you will wear it often, have you and your buddies find a store near you to rent from. Our groom Steve and his groomsmen showing how perfectly tailored and fashionable they look. Along with renting suits and shoes, and equally as popular, renting your glassware, table linens, and decor also cuts down exponentially on the manufacturing of these same products. Lots of couples love to give away sweet treats in welcome bags or farewell cards, check to be sure you are using Fair Trade Certified treats to ensure equality to farmers when purchasing.
Our Favorite Kind of Invitation
Your invitations are going to be the first thing anyone sees regarding your wedding. We want them to look amazing. One of the newest improvements we are loving are biodegradable invites! Made with soy ink these invitations prove that there will be no compromise in design. Our latest obsession is here, plantable invitations! Genius!
Gifts that keep on giving
Giving a thank you gift is a wonderful gesture on your part. As everyone wants their wedding to stand out, give a gift that will be remembered and treasured. There are many companies now that make clothing, decor, jewelry, food, you name it, sustainably and with a conscience heart. Check out our past blog to get a few ideas, and also check out our personal favorite for gorgeous jewelry and accessories.
With a little searching, anyone can make a more green impact on their wedding day. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
We aren't going to say "no" to squeezing into your suitcase, but we feel it will be less hassle for you, if we simply come along as your wedding planners.
Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular among newlyweds, and there is no question as to why! Countries around the globe are sucking couples in due to their outrageous views, romantic serenity, and adventurous allure. Not to mention, many couples have their most treasured memories outside the mainland's border.
Ok, we promise to stay far from your suitcases and car trunks...but we will provide you with the most sought after, top 10 destination wedding locations according to Conde Naste Traveler.
The Bahamas[caption id="attachment_2184" align="aligncenter" width="646"] http://www.grandlucayan.com/photo-gallery/weddings[/caption]
These islands are breath taking. They are white, turquoise, green and bursting at the seams with life and energy. There are direct flights from 12 U.S. Cities, and numerous connections through Miami; keeping this destination far enough to make it unforgettable, but close enough to see all of your friendly faces.
Mexico[caption id="attachment_2185" align="aligncenter" width="644"] http://www.rockypointmexico.com/weddings/[/caption]
One of the best parts of having your wedding in Mexico is the location, closely followed by it's relatability. Mexico has been such a popular vacation spot for Americans for so long as it doesn't present the same hesitations as a far away land. A large majority of the population speaks english, the currency is very easy to pick up, and the weather is extremely mild, making the transition efficient and painless; and gorgeous.
Hawaii[caption id="attachment_2186" align="aligncenter" width="644"] http://modernweddingshawaii.com/hawaiian-jungle-inspired-style-shoot/[/caption]
I like to say that Hawaii is only related to the U.S. "technically". It is of another world. The landscape leaves us in utter disbelief every time. The mountains rise straight from the ground. The moss and vines twist and turn like something out of a book. The locals are friendly and the fish tacos are friendlier. For your guests there are endless amounts of activities and the history is wonderfully overwhelming. One of us will marry you, please just let us have it in Hawaii.
Jamaica[caption id="attachment_2187" align="aligncenter" width="644"] http://www.jetfeteblog.com/caribbean/montego-bay-jamaica-destination[/caption]
Jamaica is quickly becoming the most popular wedding destination in the Caribbean. The venues are endless, food is outstanding, and the architecture is a beautiful secret. One thing to keep in mind, many of the top beaches do charge a fee! No gentleman, a speedo will not pass as payment.
Anguilla[caption id="attachment_2188" align="aligncenter" width="644"] http://www.keithcephus.com/blog/viceroy-anguilla-wedding-photographer-marzi-and-brians-pre-wedding-photoshoot-sneak-peek/[/caption]
"Known for being equal parts friendly and beautiful, this British territory has become one of the most searched destination wedding spots. You’ll have to fly to St. Maarten to get there, and then take a short flight or a ferry ride to the island—making this destination best for smaller parties".(CNT).
Las Vegas[caption id="attachment_2189" align="aligncenter" width="643"] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wedding_chapels_Las_Vegas.jpg[/caption]
You wont lose your friend on top of a building, you wont have a tiger in your bathroom, and we pray there isn't a baby in your closet. But we get it, map quest takes people on crazy routes. All jokes aside, Las Vegas is still one of the most popular places to say "I do". We will admit, the first thing that comes to mind is neon lights, lots of martinis, and maybe a few dice (see above photo) but there is an ultra luxurious side to Vegas that can get drowned out in the Bellagio Fountains. Just about any amenity can be taken care of for your guests, and they will surely never be bored.
Italy[caption id="attachment_2190" align="aligncenter" width="643"] http://rochellecheever.com/2013/10/28/italy-wedding-photographer-rome-anniversary/[/caption]
"Couples are throwing destination weddings in Europe at twice the rate they were just a few years ago, and Italy is topping their lists. If you’re inviting guests, forget Capri and host your wedding in scenic but easier-to-get-to places like Venice, Portofino, or in the Tuscan countryside near Florence, so guests won’t have to take four modes of transportation to get there". (CNT).
Costa Rica[caption id="attachment_2191" align="aligncenter" width="643"] http://www.luxurydirectorycostarica.com/sylviaguardia.htm[/caption]
"Central and South America have yet to attract much attention from wedding seekers, but Costa Rica is an exception. Adventurous couples love it for its surfing, volcano hiking, and ziplining—activities that their wedding guests will certainly want to test out. Not all areas are easily accessible, so keep that in mind when looking for venues". (CNT). Let us not forget, it is a fairly painless flight!
Florida Keys[caption id="attachment_2192" align="aligncenter" width="644"] http://news.keylimesailingclub.com/florida-keys-wedding-get-married-in-paradise/[/caption]
Florida is one of the most beautiful states in our country. (Push all of the plastic flamingos aside). You will give yourself and guests that far off, luxury feel, without the hassle of customs. Vendors are plentiful and the sights are even more so.
Bermuda[caption id="attachment_2193" align="aligncenter" width="644"] http://thinkingofbermuda.com/2013/09/26/wedding-planner-says-i-do-to-bermuda/[/caption]
"Between its pink-sand beaches, limestone arches (otherwise known as “Moongates”), crystal caves, and UNESCO World Heritage site that just so happens to be the remains of a church, you’ll have plenty of ceremony location options to choose from on this gorgeous, accessible island". (CNT).
Well ladies and gentleman, if there is anything we have all learned today, it's come to the mountains! My goodness we feel as though we should have been wearing SPF this whole time! Maybe 2015 will show us a whole lot more winter weddings! :)