You have been chosen to stand next to the bride on her most special day. What an honor and so exciting! However, if we’re going to be totally real with each other, we both know there are many more hats to wear aside from the “ride or die”. You’re going to do an amazing job!! Here are some of our favorite picks to keep the day, and your job, running flawlessly.
#1- Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder – B&B make exceptional hair products. End of story. This dry shampoo/style holder/volumizer was recommended to me by a good friend, and I am thanking god she forgot it at my house! Keeping yesterdays style, while providing a fresh new bounce will be perfect for any bridesmaid (or bride), that love more calm, slept in hair.
#2- Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Crème- Maybe you’re jet lagged, maybe you went out with the ladies last night, whatever the case may be, this incredibly smooth eye cream brightens and de-puffs your eyes. Don’t hide from the wedding pictures this time; your dark circles can do that.
#3- Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes- These are a personal favorite of mine, and I feel a complete necessity when traveling; (also to keep in your bedside table when you are too exhausted to make it to the sink). They smell like magic, take off all dirt and makeup, and aren’t filled with drying chemicals! With all the curling irons and blow dryers, the bridal suite can get sticky. Bring these along to freshen up before makeup!
Want some serious Maid of Honor points?? Pack a bag for the bride with some comfies so she feels right at home.
#4- Honey Bunny’s old T-shirt- We all love sleeping in a guy’s shirt, calm any nerves or re-instate their excitement to be together by bringing along her favorite for the night before, or hair and makeup.
#5- J. Crew Women’s Vintage Sleep Set- I have an infatuation with sleep sets, and J. Crew. These are made from their “Men’s” cotton (to give the feel of vintage men’s starchy sleep sets) and are AMAZING. Guarantee relaxation for her.
#6- Ugg Slippers- Guarantee the MOST comfort for her.
#7 & #8- J. Crew India Lace Bralette and Boy Thong- Whether the bride wants to feel sexy all day (who doesn’t), or her and her new husband are running away together immediately proceeding the wedding; pack her some lingerie! We love this elegant romantic combo from J. Crew.
#9- Anthroplogie Rolling Leather Weekender- You need a killer bag to put this all in! Anthropolgie is on the top of our list for anything from décor, to clothes, to scents. With amazing style and craftsmanship this bag could be an amazing Maid of Honor gift that will remain classic and strong for years to come.
#10- Rhoto Cool Eye Drops- Again, maybe you went out last night, maybe you didn’t. These eye drops will brighten and soothe even the most red and tired eyes. You put these on your “must have” list, and we won’t tell the bride what time you got back to the room.
#11- Sweetriot Dark Chocolate Bar- What’s the one thing you give to a stressed woman, or a thrilled woman, and get the same reaction? Chocolate of course! Or vodka, but this is the next best thing. And the very best of its kind! With all organic ingredients, vegan, dairy, GMO, and gluten free, you can feel good about indulging! As if that isn’t enough? Sweetriot supports fair trade sourcing cacao exclusively in Latin America. Delish!
#12- Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Candle- With scents of Eucalyptus and spearmint, this will fill a jittery room with the perfect calming scents to set the tone.
These are our top picks to keep everyone, (Including yourself!) happy and excited! Other things to consider, asking the planner for a copy of the timeline and protocol, bride and groom’s parent’s cell numbers, umbrellas (for rain or heat), and of course bobby pins!
We know this is a lot to take in, and you are probably feeling a little overwhelmed. If there is one thing we can suggest, stay calm, and remember what an amazing day this is, and what an amazing compliment to you for being chosen.
Although we didn't have the winter of our dreams here in Aspen, we had some pretty incredible powder days and we are thankful. With that being said, we are psyched for spring!! It is just around the corner and although that means a mud pit of a town for the next 2 months, it also means bright blue skies only graying to bring our May flowers. Our homes will get a good spring cleaning and our fleece bed sheets washed and packed away. The tourism will quiet down and the locals will pipe up, leading to outdoor fun and preparation for the sweet summer! We have put together a few items to revamp your home and life for the fresh new season! (We pre-apologize to any men in your life, these things are girly...but it is physically impossible to turn down rain boots with a bow on them).
#1-The Perfect Rain boots- Well we know it's going to rain! Technically these are a necessity...this-exact-pair. Classy while keeping it young. In love.
#2-James Smith Umbrella- Convenient and fashionable in one try. Bring on the weather!
#3-Hello/Goodbye Doormat- I need something to wipe my perfect wet boots on! And how polite?
#4 & #5- Square & Lumbar Pillow- We are loving this new print by Pottery Barn this spring. It is happy, fresh, and just the right amount of whimsical (psst-it also comes as a bed set)!
#6-Wooden Chimes- The sound of wind chimes always reminds us of open windows and doors. Welcome the new breeze with a little song!
#7-Face Vase- We need them all. The unique shape, style, and pastel colors have us trimming all the plants in all the neighbors' garden's.
#8-eRide Rock Crawler's- We figured opening and ending a blog segment with shoes is never a bad idea. THESE shoes however, are amazing; perfect for the wet and slippery terrain everyone's going to be experiencing on the first hikes of the season. These shoes have amazing traction and amazing support for up and downhill. No more smashed toes!
We hope everyone had a joyful, safe winter and we send our cheers' for a gorgeous and adventuresome spring season!
Alright folks, if you are in the midst of planing a wedding, you have a lot going on. You may or may not be shocked at the amount of decisions you have in front of you (really, really fun decisions), but a lot none the less. One of our favorite parts of weddings, and events in general, are the place settings, paper suites, and table design. The host really gets their own personal touch involved and to see what the planners do with it is just amazing. We have been so fortunate to design beautiful table accents and work with amazing photographers! We have taken some of our favorite paper goods, decor accents and table designs, to give you all a little Friday (late) afternoon inspiration.
Classic and elegant, we personally love the added background as opposed to a solo monogram.
We think this in general is an amazing way to keep a particular feel in your wedding, but we also think they would look wonderful sitting in the chairs of special guests such as parents or the wedding party.
This idea is becoming more and more common and we can see why! Adorable and thought provoking. Placing these at each table gives the guests of the wedding an opportunity to give you ideas and well wishes long into your marriage.
We LOVE the creativity behind this, and it's ability to relate. So many couples find adventure and enjoyment in traveling together, seeing the world, and creating amazing memories. Passport stamps help tie the theme into the smallest details.
This isn't a table setting, or really paper goods at all, HOWEVER we love the dark, whimsical, "Alice in Wonderland" feel that got all of our wheels turning. Please someone call us for an "Alice in Wonderland" wedding!
Life is made up of highs and lows, trials and tribulations, failures and successes. It is no secret that our successes fuel our drive and help cope with the many failed attempts that lay behind us. Here at Gold Leaf, we are fortunate enough to see our successes everyday in the happy emails from brides and corporations alike. The "Thank you"'s, "we LOVE it"'s, and "we cannot wait"'s, are fulfilling enough as it is, but recently we reached a very proud moment in our careers when we were chosen as one of Martha Stewart Wedding's Top Wedding Planners. The un-rivaled hard work of owners Chelsea Dillon and Kate Ryan is no secret to any client or company within the industry, thus making this title a humbling, honorable, and much deserved achievement. We have respected and drawn immense inspiration from Martha Stewart Wedding's throughout the years, and are beyond proud to be in a category with such talent.
We put such effort into learning everything we can about the client as one of our first steps in creating an event. We want their day, whether it be a wedding, birthday, anniversary, or major conference, to feel unique and individualized. There are too many "cookie cutter" events and we strive to standout as the opposite. We are incredibly honored and so pleased that our passions show through our work. Congratulations to everyone who has been chosen, we hope one day we get to collaborate!