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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
March 4, 2015

A Destination Wedding, Close to the Heart

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.

C Lazy U Ranch-Granby Colorado

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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!

August 2, 2016

Brooke and Ryan

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 11.43.05 AM Brooke and Ryan were married two years ago in the breezy summer air of the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt, Colorado. Now, not only are they celebrating their 2 year anniversary, they also have a baby boy! So we want to celebrate their anniversary and wish them the best of luck! Now lets take a look back at their Aspen wedding day that started them on this amazing adventure of a life together! The Roaring Fork Club is the ideal venue for couples that love gorgeous Aspen views but do not mind a short shuttle ride down to Basalt. We love this venue for it's stunning wedding lawn and the Roaring Fork Club's incredible food and amazing service, that will only impress your guests! Only members at this club can get married in the heart of summer, however non-members can get married when it is not at the peak of the season. br_hl-50Brooke and Ryan 1 Brooke and Ryan 2 Brooke and Ryan 3 Brooke and Ryan 4 Brooke and Ryan 5 Brooke and Ryan 6 Brooke and Ryan 7 Brooke and Ryan 8 Brooke and Ryan 9 Brooke and Ryan 10 Brooke and Ryan 11 Brooke and Ryan 12 Brooke and Ryan 13 Brooke and Ryan 14 Brooke and Ryan 15Brooke and Ryan 17 Brooke and Ryan 18 Brooke and Ryan 19Brooke and Ryan 16Photography by Kate Holstein Photography by Kate Holstein Catering by The Roaring Fork Club Floral/Décor by Carolyn's Flowers AV by Halcyon Productions
January 12, 2017

3 Tips for a Successful Colorado Event

Memorable Colorado events don't just happen, organizing and holding an event in Colorado takes planning. Whether it's a private party, red carpet
event, conference, or a seminar here are 3 tips for planning a successful Colorado event: 1) Getting to know your client- personal interaction and attention to your relationship with your client will ensure you are on the same wavelength so that you fully understand their vision. Gold Leaf Event Design & Production is a destination management company with clients ranging from all over the world who would like to produce an event in Colorado. We work together to build lasting relationships with our clients by creating the most memorable Colorado events. 2) Have fun- A comfortable relationship with our clients will always make the process fun. Planning a memorable event in Colorado is a lot of hard work- so this one will make it easier to spend the next few weeks and months a fun process. If you have fun with your clients planning an event in Colorado will be a breeze! 3) Being realistic- Don’t say yes to everything because you feel the pressure to perform. That will make your job harder when expectations are not met. A successful Colorado event is built around constraints you find ways to work within- that is why clients hire a planner because you are the experts. A Colorado event has the beauty of the mountains, which also present a challenge in logistics, at Gold Leaf Event Design & Production we are aware of all that can be realistically created for a successful Colorado event.