With spring collections quickly nudging themselves onto racks everywhere, we are dying to see what 2015 brides will be wearing! Last year was subtle, and lacy; giving the "Good Witch" style (Wizard of Oz...got it?), a much needed breather. Both looks are exceptional in their own right but we are really hoping for more laid back, au naturale bridal looks. As we patiently wait for this years wedding dress trends and styles to present themselves, we have taken a look at a few of our trend setting 2014 Gold Leaf brides. These three dresses bring a uniqueness and ever classic look to the table. We feel we will see a lot more of these themes in the proceeding months.
The stripes on this dress give such a whimsical feel without being over the top. It remains feminine and flowing with a gathered back. Absolutely in love.
This 20's inspired dress is effortlessly elegant. With subtle front and precise stitching detail, the dress fits and falls perfectly.
Our bride Brooke wears the most breath taking vintage lace gown for her wedding. The back buttons continue all the way down the train which we LOVE. The lace fabric in conjunction with the ultra romantic veil makes all of his absolutely stunning.
How is a girl to decide!? Well this is just a little inspo. Have fun and choose whatever makes you comfortable and feeling amazing. Those qualities are sure to shine.
In an industry that revolves around creativity, beauty and detail, the opportunity and desire to learn is never ending. Just a few weeks ago we were fortunate enough to attend Bliss & Bespoke, a luxury retreat for wedding planers located in Charleston, South Carolina. Not only was the retreat located in one of the most beautiful places in the country, our itinerary was packed with a wealth of information, friendly industry faces, and yes..beauty.
We began each day with a breakfast to socialize, network, and enjoy amazing food. Our days were compiled of meet and greets, classes, workshops, discussions, and more..amazing food.
We attended a floral design class directed by the ever talented Mindy Weiss. Here are very own Kate Ryan takes her new talents to a vibrantly gorgeous level.
Cannot get more beautiful.
Among the many thank you's we have to extend a great one to the River Oaks team for providing exceptional hospitality.
An exquisite venue, complete with modern English luxury, while still promising the old Southern charm lakeside, and moss hanging from oak branches.
This retreat comes highly recommended by the Gold Leaf girls, as we experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity, and are forever thankful for the experience and knowledge soaked in from all who attended. Until next time, Charleston!
Here in Aspen, we feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing florists! Flowers are easily one of the most impactful details in a wedding and we are always bursting with anticipation to see what our florists will create. At Cody and Jennifer’s wedding this past June, we had the beautiful opportunity to work with flower extraordinaire Carolyn Riley of Carolyn’s Flowers. The team at Carolyn’s Flowers put together the most gorgeous arrangements, keeping it simple, yet elegant, with fuchsia and white peonies, green sprigs in bud vases, and large green leaves to add subtle drama to the bridesmaid’s bouquets.
Carolyn’s Flowers put so much thought into each piece and where it would live for the evening; contrasting the bright pinks against the dark brown of the groom’s cake, placing fluffy, vibrant white peonies on their structured, simple cream wedding cake, and keeping the dining tables decorative, yet simple for conversation with small whimsical arrangements. The bride and groom had a neutral color palette demonstrated in the stunning beige bridesmaids dresses, brown paper gift bags, and clean white tablecloths, making it the perfect canvas.
Wedding Coordination: Gold Leaf Event Design & Production
Floral: Carolyn's Flowers
Photography: Nine Photography
Here at Gold Leaf Event we absolutely adore exploration so when we had the opportunity to see Monteverdi, Tuscany we were there in a heart beat! So we wanted to share some of our memories from our Italian adventure with you all!
After a long day of traveling from Florence, we found ourselves driving down a winding road. On either side of us we could see an abundance of lush greenery spilling over the hillsides.
When we arrived at Hotel Monteverdi in Tuscany we were checked in and met in the enoteca (wine repository) for Prosecco and refreshments. Doesn't this look like the ideal Italian wedding venue!
After, we were whisked away on a guided tour of Castiglioncello Del Trinoro, the medieval village where Monteverdi is located. Afterwards we enjoyed sunset cocktails at the Monteverdi Library. The food was served buffet-style at one of Monteverdi’s stunning villas . Later we returned to our cozy six-bedroom Villa Muri Antichi, we couldn’t wait to see what tomorrow had in store for us!
That next day we woke to the stunning views of Val d’ Orcia and were instantly filled with excitement! We had a light breakfast and a refreshing yoga class. We then had a blast learning how to make pasta at a cooking class with a lunch and wine to follow. It was absolutely incredible to learn some of the Italian cooking secrets from such talented chefs! Luckily for us there was another wine tasting to follow at the Castel di Brolio. This led to the Relais La Suvera for a Tuscan Bites catered dinner which was the perfect way to end the day.
The next morning we departed Monteverdi for La Foce and enjoyed a tour of their home and gardens of Villa La Foce. The vila had been restored to it’s original beauty and the English gardens were impeccably manicured. This is another ideal location for an Italian Wedding in Tuscany.
After the tour we eagerly made our way to dinner. We arrived at the Castiglioncello Church at Hotel Monteverdi for a real treat of incredible live music. Later, we enjoyed cocktails and pizza, along with a romantic concert and a formal dinner at for the last night. The late night show of Cararet in Muri Antichi is a performance that we will never forget!
Our Tuscany adventure was such a wonderful and whimsical weekend that truly captured our hearts forever. Thanks so much to our hosts David Beahm and Christina Matteucci, along with Hotel Monteverdi! We were able to form wonderful new friendships across the globe which left us with unforgettable ideas for our future events to come! If you are ever interested in an Italian wedding we know the perfect location!
Mr. David Beahm
Founder: David Beahm Experiences
Ms. Christina Matteucci Executive Director David Beahm Destinations
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