In the words of Mindy Weiss, "There is nothing more important about your wedding, than staying true to the two of you." We cannot agree more. For a day that will be cherised for the rest of your lives, it should be unconditionally genuine. To us, the most genuine parts of our relationship's are the memories created together. Often times those memories are created away from home, (not to say the best aren't sometimes created right in the living room; "Hey sweetie, your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are spread out covering spiders. DONT LIFT").
However, home is home. Your everyday, your kitchen and your makeup studio. A wedding should feel like a vacation and a celebration. What better way to clebrate than at your favorite dstination spot. With all the breath taking wedding venues around the world it is nearly impossible to choose, so for our first destination wedding post, we felt it was only right to choose somewhere close to home. Colorado for the win-every time.
The ranch is as beautifully and elegantly rustic as it gets. Beginning nearly 100 years ago this ranch is dedicated to keeping the simple, simple. It is meant to bring families together without the stresses of daily life. What more could you ask for on your wedding day!? This ranch has one copious amounts of awards including Conde Nast Traveler's "31st Best Resort in the World". With a knowledgeable and dedicated crew, they have the amenities and heart to make your day the most memorable. Take a gander, as this is one of our favorite places to visit, we hope you enjoy!
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!
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!
Welcoming your friends, family, and even co-workers to an event is one of the most enjoyable experiences we can think of. Typically it is a time for celebration, happiness, relaxation (sometimes), and experience. The art of the "welcome wagon" is growing to be just that, an absolute art form.
We are featuring, and frankly giving a huge high five to some of our favorite companies around making custom welcome boxes. If you aren't familiar, custom welcome/gift boxes are a beautiful way to welcome your guests to your event. For example: A wedding hosted here in Colorado, guests may expect welcome boxes with a bottle opener to represent (and help consume :)) craft beer, which Colorado is becoming more heavily known for. They may also expect to find, locally sourced beef jerky, or a travel size sunscreen to protect those cheeks from the high altitude sun. So on and so forth, you get the picture. Either way, companies are doing an exceptional job welcoming guests from around the globe. Without further adieu,
Our local Go-To: Bundles Gift Co.
Beautifully and expertly crafted, Bundles keeps it elegant, simple, fun, and valuable. They feature gifts only found in Colorado and exceptional custom calligraphy.
We just discovered this team while attending the Bliss and Bespoke retreat (blog up soon) in Charleston, South Carolina. Absolutely stunning work.
Based out of Vancouver, BC, we love By Broken Arrow for using local products, ready to display floral arrangements, and re-usable items.
Alright folks, with these suggestions you have no excuses! I love wine and chocolate, I will be checking my door step frequently!