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July 1, 2014

Summer Lovin in Aspen

Summer Lovin in Aspen: We have now officially entered the summer season! This is a time for barbecues, pool parties, outdoor weddings, luaus, and more. These are the delightful months when our senses defrost from the harsh winter and the chilled spring. The days lengthen, the evenings linger, and we take it to the outdoors. Celebrations occur all over the world when the summer solstice arrives. Here in Aspen, the saying goes that we come for the winters but we stay for the summers. The snow-packed mountains draw us here in the cold months, but the warm days and brisk nights of summer are where we fall in love. Many of our brides and grooms would agree with this. That is why summer is our busiest time of the year at Gold Leaf. Here are our some of our favorite things about summertime: Summer Lovin' The Sunsets: That last moment of the day when the sun is hanging on for one more picture before it makes its way behind the distant peaks for the night. That’s the time of day we live for at Gold Leaf. It’s where we get the best photographs and the most memorable moments for our clients. Everyone loves a good sunset, but add a blushing bride and a lucky groom in the foreground and you have yourself an image that will last a lifetime. Summer Lovin' The Wildflowers: In the Colorado high country, a breathtaking adornment of summer is the wildflower. Packs of them can be seen almost anywhere. They’re sprinkled on the rolling meadows, situated throughout the Aspen groves, and, if the flowers are not endangered or taken from a national forest, they can be seen filling out bouquets for a bride and her bridesmaids. Summer Lovin' Extended Days: Everyone loves the long days that the summer months bring. With more sunshine, events can start later and last longer. Plus the light provides even more opportunities to capture those special moments. Summer Lovin' Fresh Fruit: A Colorado summer would not be complete without your favorite succulent fruits. Berries, peaches, pears, and mangos are officially in season! But, just like summer, these delicious drupes won’t last long so get them while you can! Summer fruits are splendid to eat on a daily basis for pure enjoyment, but they also make great desserts for events. No one can turn down a homemade peach cobbler or a luscious berry pie. It’s simply an impossible task. Summer Lovin' These are some of our favorite things about the summertime. Make sure to tell us what you like most about this season!
July 23, 2014

Unique Wedding Gifts

The Gold Leaf Guide to Unique Wedding Gifts

unique wedding gifts

The gifts we buy for our favorite couples should reflect their personalities. As each of their relationships and stories are unique, we’ve created a guide to assist guests in making their “perfect present” shopping list. Whether your summer calendar is filled with weddings for your most traditional friends, or you have a wacky wedding to attend, we have fun and imaginative ideas to ensure your gift won’t go forgotten! Enjoy these unique wedding gifts.

Attending weddings has become quite expensive; as it’s rare a guest list only consists of people who live in the place where the wedding is taking place. If you have several friends attending the same wedding, you can suggest going in on what we call a “themed” unique wedding gift. Rather than getting your best bud a spatula that’s left over on their registry, have 11 of your friends purchase gift certificates to their favorite spots to dine! 12 pre-planned date nights lets the newlyweds off the hook for the cost of date night, once a month for the first year of their marriage.   unique wedding giftsWith summer in full swing, and whether the newlyweds are already living together or moving into their new digs, a grill is a hot pick for a summer wedding gift. The cost of a grill and all of its tools can be rather pricey; therefore this is a great idea for a “group” gift. Costco has a variety of options, and a fabulous return and exchange policy… Just in case! Unique Wedding GiftsFor the sporty couple, who already has a complete kitchen (or doesn’t want one)… His and hers golf bags, tennis racquets, bikes, camping gear or hiking shoes make great gifts! Typically the “sporty” couple is also the “nutrition conscience” couple, in which case you can’t go wrong with a Vitamix. unique wedding gifts unique wedding giftsFor our lakeside brides, we found this very rare, super exclusive company called Below the Boat, you can select which lake your friends are getting married near, and Below the Boat creates a work of art out of wood for the couple to hang in their new home. Another intimate and thoughtful gift is a woven photo blanket. With the excessive picture taking and easy access to our friend’s photos, this is a huge hit for the photo-happy couple! Lake Michigan wedding giftWhether you create something personal or buy something expensive, your presences is more important to the couple than your presents and they’re going to be happy you’re spending the most important day of their lives with them!
August 1, 2014

Wedding Blossoms and Blooms

Wedding Flowers

Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid Bouquet, Coursage

[caption id="attachment_1257" align="aligncenter" width="667"]Wedding Blooms and Blossoms Photo by: Kate Holstein Photography[/caption] Picking flowers for the big day is far from a seamless task. There’s the bridal bouquet, the grandmother’s corsage, and don’t even get us started on the centerpieces. To make the flower flurry more manageable, we share with you our Wedding Blossoms and Blooms Guide: Bridal Bouquet: There is certainly no lack of options when it comes to choosing the bride’s bouquet. To narrow down the choices pick a consistent theme and flowers that are in season. That will help narrow down the choices and make your dream bouquet become a reality   Wedding Blooms and Blossoms Some of our bouquet favorites are the cascading and more compact looks. But every bride is different and it’s important that it works for her. Bouquets Bridesmaid Bouquet: The Bridesmaid bouquet is probably the second most important flower arrangement during the ceremony. These bouquets are typically less extravagant; after all, we can’t be stealing attention from the bride. Each bridesmaid can have a different bouquet, similar or completely different to that of the bride’s. Aspen Winter Wedding Boutonniere: Yes…the boys get floral as well. We think it’s best if boutonnieres match the overall floral theme. They can be as modest as a single rose or just some simple greenery. Aspen Wedding But if the groom has a liking for a bit of flare then throw simple greenery out and load the boutonniere up with some color. Boutonnieres can be made out of an array of synthetic material. [caption id="attachment_1259" align="aligncenter" width="814"]Wedding Blooms and Blossoms photo by C2 Photography[/caption] Corsage: We recommend picking one or two prominent flowers from the bouquet to create the corsage. This designates a common theme and color pallet. [caption id="attachment_1275" align="aligncenter" width="614"]Wedding Blossoms and Blooms Photo by Elizabeth Anne Designs[/caption]  Centerpieces: Let’s talk centerpieces. Just like with corsage, an overall theme is important when approaching these floral arrangements. Choose similar colors to that of the other blooms and blossoms. Centerpieces can range from lots of small bud vases to large arrangements in the center of the table. We recommend keeping centerpieces low enough that guests can see over them and not feel as though they are talking through the arrangement to the guests on the other side of the table.   Aspen Florist One new trend we love is hanging centerpieces! Wedding Blooms and Blossoms And…don’t forget, centerpieces can incorporate more than just flowers! Wedding Blooms and Blossoms
August 12, 2014

Say “I Do to” Your Bridal Hair!

Not sure what to do with your hair for the big day? We’re here to help! say i do to your bridal hair When it comes to choosing the perfect hairstyle for your wedding day there are endless possibilities! Prior to any pre-wedding day cuts, it is crucial to keep in mind texture and length. Selecting a style that compliments your face and type of dress is important; as it can completely alter the overall “bridal look” you’re going for.   We love hair accessories! A veil, headband, head wrap or crystal comb will help complete your already flawless ensemble. Regardless of wearing your hair up, down or in-between, take all aspects of your personal style into account so you can say I Do to your bridal hair! say i do to your bridal hair  The formal bride: If the wedding is being held at a more traditional venue such as a synagogue or church it’s likely for women to be more inclined to choose a more elegant and formal look. An up-do, the most traditional hairstyle for women is a great choice for a black tie affair. Up-dos stay in place throughout the entire night (and sometimes bobby-pins can be found for days after). They appeal to women with longer hair and fine texture. If the back of the dress needs to be featured, hair up, and off the neck helps to do just that! say i do to your bridal hair The contemporary bride: Whether your hosting a formal event or a casual soiree, the half up-do is a great mix between sophisticated and feminine. It’s a convenient technique for the bride who would like to keep their hair out of their eyes, while enjoying a refined “completed” style and executing the sexy look of wearing your hair down. say i do to your bridal hair Women with short and long hair can pull off this fun vibe. Including braids, bows or crystal clips is a great way to help complete this contemporary style. say i do to your bridal hair The free-flowing bride: Theless formal the wedding, the freer you should feel to let your hair hang down. Leaving all of your hair down is a great look for outdoor weddings, and less traditional celebrations. Adding waves gives hair dimension, while bringing focus to the front of the wedding dress. If you’d also like to show off the back, a side sweep could also be a great choice for you! This style attracts women who have thick, lengthy hair and is complimented nicely with a floral headpiece. say i do to your bridal hair You can find other great bridal hair blogs on: Style Me Pretty & Tie The Knot