colorado wedding planners

September 16, 2015

The Beauty of a Mountain Wedding

When we are little girls, we had a perfect idea of our “dream wedding.” The majority of us envision a beautiful sunny day, a gorgeous long dress, perfect makeup, and a tiara…(hopefully not everyone grew up planning their wedding in the 80’s). Although some elements may change over the years, and passing trends like the tiara (ha), the concept and overall picture of our special day remains quite unchanged. As beautiful of an idea as that is, it just-doesn’t-always-happen. As wedding planners, it is a very hard reality that some things just cannot be controlled, especially for a mountain wedding. We’re talking to you, Mother Nature. We always have a “Plan B” for outdoor ceremonies but let’s face it, we all just want “Plan A”. This June we were fully tested as mountain wedding planners when the “perfect sunny day” was the exact opposite. We fought freezing temperatures, delayed gondolas due to lightning, and 3 ceremony site flips to try and find the perfect one. But, let us tell you, the pictures made it all worth it, and the reception was one for the books.

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September 30, 2015

Local Flowers For the Win

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.

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Wedding Coordination: Gold Leaf Event Design & Production

Venue: The Little Nell-Aspen Mountain Club

Cake: Sugar

Floral: Carolyn's Flowers

Photography: Nine Photography

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.
January 13, 2017

Natural Outdoor Settings

At Gold Leaf Event Design & Production we are based in the Rocky Mountains in Aspen Colorado. We are surrounded in natural outdoor settings and we are inspired daily by the beauty that surrounds us in the mountains. Many couples come to Colorado for the natural outdoor inspiration and whether they find it in Colorado or in other naturally beautiful settings they then use it to encapsulate their wedding day. It gives guests a chance to escape the fast pace of life and enjoy some time outdoors. An outdoor setting can be made into any design or style that you prefer for your wedding. There’s nothing like a beautiful outdoor setting for your wedding. Finding a setting that accommodates guests, flowers, food, and refreshments without adding unneeded stress is a feat on its own! Fortunately Gold Leaf Event Design & Production has experience in all types of beautiful outdoor settings that will compliment your decor for your dream wedding. Make your wedding one to remember with these beautiful outdoor options. Natural Beach Setting Imagine the sound of waves crashing and the picture-perfect background of the ocean while the bride and groom are saying their vows. The beach is a gorgeous natural outdoor setting that is perfect for a warm weather wedding. Keep your wedding designs simple to enjoy the natural beauty of the ocean and the sand. Have your wedding at sunset for stunning and memorable pictures! The Garden Wedding A garden wedding is another perfect natural setting to enjoy beautiful scenery which is also carefully crafted. The beauty of a garden wedding is that it offers flowers, trees and other plants that are controlled for a beautiful appearance. Wooded Background Are you hoping for a Colorado wedding? Then a forest background may be an ideal place to have your natural outdoor wedding. The natural backdrop of trees creates a romantic outdoor setting. The trees, flowers and plants create a picture-perfect image behind the bride and groom. A forest in the background will create a natural and rugged feel that can be enhanced based on your preferences. A Lakeside Wedding A lakeside wedding provides a beautiful natural setting with views of a blue lake in natural environment. Lakeside weddings invoke newlyweds and families to celebrate the occasion with the beauty of natural surroundings. Mountain Top Ceremony Keep it simple so that you and your guests can enjoy the natural beauty and the picture-perfect background of the sun setting over the mountains. A mountain range in the background will create a wild, and natural outdoor setting on top of the world. Have your wedding at an unexpected time to take advantage of the natural light, or lack of light.