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August 25, 2014

15 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Wedding in Palm Beach

Here are 15 reasons why you should have your wedding in Palm Beach!

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  1. Sun, surf, sand…The trifecta that makes even the most opinionated family and friends psyched about the idea of a ‘destination wedding’, when they had been pushing for something more ‘low-key’, and near by.15 reasons you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  2. Palm Beach is so romantic. Walk along the ocean, or walk along Worth Avenue, and though the price tags might be alarming, the beautiful old world styled buildings and perfectly manicured palm trees set the perfect mood for a wedding away.15 reasons you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  3. Palm Beach is close to 3 easily accessible airports for all of your your of town guests to arrive at. Palm Beach International airport is minutes away, Ft. Lauderdale International is 45 minutes south, and Miami International Airport offers so many flight options that the hour and a half drive may be well worth it if the price is right.15 reasons why you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  4. Palm Beach has hosted some of the world’s most decadent, fabulous, stunning, gorgeous (you get it) weddings for some of the most swoon worthy celeb couples. To name just a few, Donald and Melania Trump tied the knot in 2005 at the famed Mar-a-Lago on the island. Michael Jordan chose to marry his wife Yvette on the island in 2013. Both New York Yankee, Nick Swisher and talk show host Rush Limbaugh set there sites on the island for when they said ‘I do’, and The Breakers hosted them both.15 reasons why you should plan you wedding in palm beach
  5. Number 5 is The Breakers. This resort features the best of all worlds and if you have the budget to accomodate the price tag, some might say, choosing this local for your wedding is a no brainer. The structure is reminiscent of old world europe, while the option to get married on the atlantic ocean is a major plus. The food, rooms, staff and food are all rave worthy, as are their grounds for pictures, pictures, pictures!15 reasons you should plan you wedding in palm beach
  6. West Palm Beach is just a bridge away. West Palm Beach sits just to the west of Palm Beach Island and offers more low key, affordable and fantastic dining and hotel accommodations. The night life is more Florida-casual and can also be a little rowdier for guests looking to hit a few local bars the weekend of the wedding.12 reasons why you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  7. Cucina dell Arte is a fine italian dining experience the whole family can not just enjoy but savor. And then…the lights go down and the tables are moved to make way for a dance floor that will be jam packed from 11 pm until 2 in the morning on any given night during season (November-April). Patrons of all ages dance, drink and enjoy what regulars have come to expect from Cucina, an intimate yet lively night spot within a mile of the breakers and situated right on one of the main boulevards on the island.15 reasons you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  8. The world class shopping along Worth Avenue would make any shopping enthusiast swoon. Anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue and speckled with superb high end designer boutiques, jewelers, and little restaurants up and down the street, Worth Avenue is an experience in and of itself even if window shopping is all you would like to accomplish.15 reasons why you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  9. Service, service, service. The Palm Beach community expects nothing short of 5 star service. And you too, will realize that service is an important factor when hosting an event such as a wedding. You and your guests will feel completely taken care of.15 reasons why you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  10. Palm Beach has the luxury of being close to a multitude of entertainment hubs. Miami, Orlando and the smaller cities in between are hosts to various acts and entertainment experts who are readily available for special occasions. If its fire dancers, synchronized swimmers, a firework show, a Miami DJ, or even a celebrity appearance, you are in the right location!15 reasons why you shold plan your wedding in palm beach
  11. Cultural diversity abounds in southeast Florida and Palm Beah sits in a central location. Get creative or cater to family and friends coming to celebrate from afar by offering authentic Cuban, Islander, South American, Spanish, Italian, and French cuisine. Florida really is a melting pot and hosting a wedding in a place like Palm Beach feels so natural to those from near and far.15 reasons why you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  12. If boating is your thing, look no further! Catamarans, yachts, fishing boats, dinner cruises and more are all available from local and nearby charters and marinas. Your guests could dance the night away atop a three story yacht cruise while celebrating your rehearsal dinner. These excursions are customizable and the perfect way to begin or end a wedding weekend.15 reasons you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  13. For the arts obsessed couple, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a stunning venue that hosts performances from ballet, classical music, Broadway productions, and more and would provide an incredible night of theater and cultural emersion for any bride and groom looking to treat their wedding party to an upscale and sophisticated evening just over the bridge from Palm Beach in West Palm Beach.15 reasons you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  14. Polo’s premier international location gets every Polo enthusiasts heart pumping from January through May. Wellington, which is west of Palm Beach hosts polo matches continuously during these months with the world’s best riders taking the field. A fabulous twist on a farewell brunch would be to host your guests at a brunch and polo match on Sunday afternoon!15 reasons why you should plan your wedding in palm beach
  15. You truly can’t go wrong in choosing to celebrate your marriage in Palm Beach, Florida! The possibilities are endless and in finding a location that really ‘has it all’there aren’t many others like Palm Beach. The 15th reason you should host your wedding here, is because Gold Leaf Event and Production is here, and your wish is our command. We know and love the area and are always thrilled when a bride and groom decide this is the local for them! We are at your service to answer questions and inquiries and hope you will contact us soon to learn more about the fabulous offerings of beautiful Palm Beach!15 reasons why you should plan your wedding in palm beach
September 5, 2014

Top 15 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen

Deciding where to plan your wedding? Look no further!

Here are the top 15 reasons to have your wedding in Aspen:

  1. Mountains are the defining landscape feature of Aspen, Colorado and they provide a breathtaking backdrop to any wedding ceremony. One great option is to ride the Silver Queen gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain, and get married on top of the world (or what feels like the top of the world) with the Elk Mountains in the background and we are sure you will feel Aspen was the right place for your wedding within seconds.Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  2. The incredible local cuisine and fine dining options in Aspen offer your guests an opportunity to experience a fabulous meal, in a picturesque town, while still feeling intimate and cozy. Matsuhisa Aspen is a wonderful example of this. Every foodie knows Nobu, and this is his fabulous Aspen outpost.HarknessWeddTop 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspening_Reception_034-2791216565-O
  3. Mountain Elegance: Aspen can’t look bad. She is a town that allows you to chose just about any month of the year (avoid April and November - these months mark the end of the ski and summer seasons and many local places shut down to regroup for the next season’s guests) to host your wedding and you are always promised fabulous photos, and wonderful Colorado weather. The summers are warm but not humid, the winters provide a white blanket of snow at all times and the fall produces color changes on the trees that are overwhelmingly beautiful.Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  4. Aspen has 5 star lodging accommodations as well as charming, quaint and budget friendly hotel options. Every end of your guest spectrum will be happy with the accessibility to the downtown area as well as the range in pricing they can chose from while staying in Aspen.Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  5. We’ve made it to number 5 without stating the obvious, and now it shall be: For the Outdoors activities! Your guests will have options that range from skiing, snowboarding, river rafting, hiking, biking, walking, pool lounging, outdoor dining, and more, to indulge in their free time. The landscape is so beautiful, that even those less active guests, sitting outside enjoying the view, in the summer or winter (most places accommodate outdoor seating even in the winter with heat lamps) will be a complete treat and something they will enjoy.0548HalWilliams2012-997789-4
  6. Aspen is the playground for the rich and famous, so if you have a cousin, friend or guest you know who loves people watching and celeb spotting Aspen will not disappoint! The likes of Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, the Hilton sisters, Rhianna, Goldie Hawn etc etc etc etc are constantly seen coming off the chair lifts, enjoying an apres drink outside of the local eateries and shopping about town. You will feel like a star yourself just being in Aspen!Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  7. Have you given some thought to hosting an eco- friendly wedding? Aspen event planners and venues receive this request often and are happy to oblige. From biodegradable and eco friendly decor, minimizing products that will end up in a landfill and providing options for floral and decor from the natural elements easily obtained in Aspen, a green-minded bride can feel happy she is doing her part for the environment while inviting guests to a memorable and beautiful event.Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  8. Aspen has numerous venues that provide a wonderful and memorable ambiance for smaller parties. If a small, intimate wedding is something you are dreaming of, there are so many options for where to host this event. Your party will not feel overwhelmed by an event space, and will feel like the event space you chose was custom built to suit the needs of a smaller party.Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  9. Large parties have their choice of fabulous venues as well. There are different locations within Aspen’s city limits and just beyond that can host very large parties that still have an intimate feel. No one knows this better than the Gold Leaf team, as they are continuously producing events for 400+ people without service, decor, or production value suffering.Top 15 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  10. You can tastefully incorporate the natural elements. Even if you are not the outdoorsy type, it is a natural and beautiful thing when the natural elements of the surroundings are incorporated into the wedding venue. The Aspen trees translate beautifully onto items like paper goods, table decor and even the food! Check out this beautiful Aspen tree inspired wedding cake (you’re getting the idea now):Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  11. Ever felt like taking a ski run in a wedding gown? Aspen is a wedding locale that can accommodate special requests such as this (and we have seen this done)! Fireworks displays, horse and carriage rides, and partying over 11,000 feet up a mountain with your guests are all possible when you chose to have your wedding in Aspen!Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  12. The international vibe in Aspen is undeniable. People come from all over the world to experience the splendors of this mountain town. Many of your guests will be quick to recognize that the people they are sharing the lift with may be speaking another language. And if your guests are from outside of the country, this may make them feel all that more at ease. This international mix provides for something different than your average out-west ski town. The influx of international guests influences the level of service you will enjoy in Aspen as well as the continued effort of the town and establishments within it to always work to provide a memorable and lasting experience. We want to make a good impression after all!Top 15 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  13. Aspen has a nightlife! This is somewhat unusual for mountain ski towns, but Aspen is the exception at most of what it provides. From night clubs with DJs and bartenders ready to get you on the dance floor, to comedy shows, and bars with more of an out-west feel, your guests will not have to tuck in when the lights go out. The party is just getting started!Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  14. The shopping in Aspen is a draw for some and just an added perk for others. Aspen is home to high-end boutiques such as Gorsuch, Christian Dior, Prada, Gucci, Moncler and more. Small boutiques are a plenty as well, with specialty shops and art galleries spotting the downtown area. An afternoon could easily be spent strolling in and out of these store fronts or just enjoying the fresh air while window shopping.Top 15 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  15. Gold Leaf Event Design & Production first opened its doors in Aspen! We love our home base and are always thrilled when a bride and groom decide this is where they would like to get married. Aspen is a beautiful location for any event but especially a wedding and the planning process starts by giving us a call! If you haven’t made your mind up yet, we would love to provide you with information to further help you in your wedding planning process!Top 15 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
September 17, 2014

Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

Every woman loves to be a bridesmaid, however very few of them like being pushed into wearing and often times purchasing an unflattering dress. Your bridesmaids should be excited about their wedding wear on your big day, and with Gold Leaf’s quick and easy tips on bridesmaids’ dresses, we can help guide you to picking the perfect dress for your best buds! Here three rules on picking the perfect bridesmaid dress: Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress 1). First off, it’s always crucial to keep in mind your bridesmaids’ body types and color pallets. Not all dresses compliment every body type. Not to worry though, there are several cuts to choose from such as the long elegant dress, the short and sassy number, a strapless beauty or a more conservative look, just to name a few. Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress 2) If one dress cannot be decided on for all of the girls, due to different body types or tastes, there’s always the option to mix and match! Some women can sport a long, flowing dress whilst others compliment short and flirty ones. Some girls may prefer strapless while others want the extra support. All of these are visually pleasing as long as you are consistent with a color palette and theme. Let them choose what makes them more comfortable. Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress 3) How do you pick a eye appealing palette and theme? It’s important to choose a color palette that is prominent in your wedding. Do not feel limited to one color. You can have multiple shades of the same color or a combination of ombréd colors. Mismatched patterns within the same color pallet work as well! This is a unique way to set your wedding attire apart from others. Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress There are endless ways to deck out your bridesmaids in stylish dresses. The key is to keep consistency throughout all of them. And, of course, to enure they don’t upstage the bride! Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress Note: Make sure to be sensitive to your bridal party’s finances when it comes to picking a dress. If there are a few different styles the ladies can choose from, having a lower budget dress in the mix is ideal! Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress      
December 10, 2014

An International Engagement story; from Michigan to Paris!

 At Gold Leaf Event Design & Production, we love a good proposal story!  Claire and Eduardo's engagement has all of our hearts throbbing!  Hear the story from directly from the groom here! From the Groom: As I think back on our international engagement story, I am not sure what I have done to deserve all the blessings I have gotten in life; I could argue that life has been unfairly kind to me. Of those blessings, the biggest one has been meeting the love of my life, my wife Claire.   2010_1120_Clare and Kiks_102 2010_1120_Clare and Kiks_103 2010_1120_Clare and Kiks_138 Everything in life seems to follow a natural process, the so called circle of life – a caterpillar turns into a cocoon, and eventually into a beautiful butterfly, two people meet, date, get engaged and get married- . For me, having spent two and a half enchanting years dating Claire did not seem to follow the natural process, after having known her for just a couple of weeks, I knew this was the woman I wanted to marry. 2010_1120_Clare and Kiks_180 Our relationship had flourished into a beautiful bond, filled with joy, romance, adventure, and excitement. One of our favorite activities is exploring a foreign place; being immersed in the foreign culture, a romantic adventure. I thought that her love for romance, elegance, and culture would make Paris the ideal place to propose to her. I wanted to do something different than the “traditional” locations in the city, so I got in contact with the Louvre about getting access to the Crown Jewels room and setting up the engagement ring with the rest of the jewels. For insurance reasons they were unable to do so, but that they would gladly accommodate the room so that I could propose there. 2010_1120_Clare and Kiks_043 After a few months of planning, and with the help of the best consultant, Gold Leaf Event Design & Production we planned a trip to Paris in November with the excuse to go to a ball. The day came and I asked her if she wanted to go to the museum with me, the crown jewels were being exhibited, and I knew how much she liked ancient and vintage jewels. I did not expect so many people to be at the exhibition so we had to wait for a while before the room emptied out. I tried to discretely ask the guard to take a photo while I proposed, but I guess my French was somewhat rustier than I thought. Finally, I approached her and talked to her a little bit about the history of the Jewels and what they each represented, and when we were about to finish the exhibition and she was looking inside the glass, I kneeled down –extremely nervous because there was a group of tourists just entering the room- and asked her to make me the happiest and luckiest man on earth. Let it be known that the best photos are probably in the other tourists’ cameras, the security guard did not do such a good job of capturing the moment and the pictures came out blurry. 2010_1120_Clare and Kiks_224 2010_1120_Clare and Kiks_266 She said "yes", we called both of our families to share the joy of our enchanting day.