destination wedding

March 13, 2015

Table Design to Inspire

Alright folks, if you are in the midst of planing a wedding, you have a lot going on.  You may or may not be shocked at the amount of decisions you have in front of you (really, really fun decisions), but a lot none the less.  One of our favorite parts of weddings, and events in general, are the place settings, paper suites, and table design.  The host really gets their own personal touch involved and to see what the planners do with it is just amazing.  We have been so fortunate to design beautiful table accents and work with amazing photographers!  We have taken some of our favorite paper goods, decor accents and table designs, to give you all a little Friday (late) afternoon inspiration.

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 Classic and elegant, we personally love the added background as opposed to a solo monogram.

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We think this in general is an amazing way to keep a particular feel in your wedding, but we also think they would look wonderful sitting in the chairs of special guests such as parents or the wedding party.

wedding design Absolutely stunning regardless, but again this is a beautifully creative way to keep  theme relevant and unique.

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This idea is becoming more and more common and we can see why!  Adorable and thought provoking. Placing these at each table gives the guests of the wedding an opportunity to give you ideas and well wishes long into your marriage.

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We LOVE the creativity behind this, and it's ability to relate.  So many couples find adventure and enjoyment in traveling together, seeing the world, and creating amazing memories.  Passport stamps help tie the theme into the smallest details.

alice in wonderland wedding

This isn't a table setting, or really paper goods at all, HOWEVER we love the dark, whimsical, "Alice in Wonderland" feel that got all of our wheels turning.  Please someone call us for an "Alice in Wonderland" wedding!

March 18, 2015

Martha Stewart Wedding’s

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.

martha stewart wedding   Martha Stewart Weddings Top Wedding Planners

 To be recognized among so many incredible companies is amazing in its own right, but what makes it even better is being recognized for our main focus in all events; making the client feel unique. martha stewart weddings

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!

April 1, 2015

Bliss & Bespoke Retreat

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.

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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.

With speakers such as Lynn Easton, and Mindy Rice, we were continuously learning the in's and out's of the business.

bliss and bespoke We were always welcomed by sophisticated yet warm table scapes and design.

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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.

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Bliss and Bespoke

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.

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An exquisite venue, complete with modern English luxury, while still promising the old Southern charm lakeside, and moss hanging from oak branches.

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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!

April 15, 2015

Top 10 Destination Wedding Locations

We aren't going to say "no" to squeezing into your suitcase, but we feel it will be less hassle for you, if we simply come along as your wedding planners.

Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular among newlyweds, and there is no question as to why!  Countries around the globe are sucking couples in due to their outrageous views, romantic serenity, and adventurous allure.  Not to mention, many couples have their most treasured memories outside the mainland's border.

Ok, we promise to stay far from your suitcases and car trunks...but we will provide you with the most sought after, top 10 destination wedding locations according to Conde Naste Traveler.

 The Bahamas

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These islands are breath taking.  They are white, turquoise, green and bursting at the seams with life and energy.  There are direct flights from 12 U.S. Cities, and numerous connections through Miami; keeping this destination far enough to make it unforgettable, but close enough to see all of your friendly faces.

Mexico

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One of the best parts of having your wedding in Mexico is the location, closely followed by it's relatability.  Mexico has been such a popular vacation spot for Americans for so long as it doesn't present the same hesitations as a far away land.  A large majority of the population speaks english, the currency is very easy to pick up, and the weather is extremely mild, making the transition efficient and painless; and gorgeous.

Hawaii

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I like to say that Hawaii is only related to the U.S. "technically".  It is of another world.  The landscape leaves us in utter disbelief every time.  The mountains rise straight from the ground.  The moss and vines twist and turn like something out of a book.  The locals are friendly and the fish tacos are friendlier.  For your guests there are endless amounts of activities and the history is wonderfully overwhelming.  One of us will marry you, please just let us have it in Hawaii.

Jamaica

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Jamaica is quickly becoming the most popular wedding destination in the Caribbean.  The venues are endless, food is outstanding, and the architecture is a beautiful secret.  One thing to keep in mind, many of the top beaches do charge a fee!  No gentleman, a speedo will not pass as payment.

Anguilla

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"Known for being equal parts friendly and beautiful, this British territory has become one of the most searched destination wedding spots. You’ll have to fly to St. Maarten to get there, and then take a short flight or a ferry ride to the island—making this destination best for smaller parties".(CNT).

Las Vegas

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You wont lose your friend on top of a building, you wont have a tiger in your bathroom, and we pray there isn't a baby in your closet.  But we get it, map quest takes people on crazy routes.  All jokes aside, Las Vegas is still one of the most popular places to say "I do".  We will admit, the first thing that comes to mind is neon lights, lots of martinis, and maybe a few dice (see above photo) but there is an ultra luxurious side to Vegas that can get drowned out in the Bellagio Fountains.  Just about any amenity can be taken care of for your guests, and they will surely never be bored.

Italy

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"Couples are throwing destination weddings in Europe at twice the rate they were just a few years ago, and Italy is topping their lists. If you’re inviting guests, forget Capri and host your wedding in scenic but easier-to-get-to places like Venice, Portofino, or in the Tuscan countryside near Florence, so guests won’t have to take four modes of transportation to get there". (CNT).

Costa Rica

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"Central and South America have yet to attract much attention from wedding seekers, but Costa Rica is an exception. Adventurous couples love it for its surfing, volcano hiking, and ziplining—activities that their wedding guests will certainly want to test out. Not all areas are easily accessible, so keep that in mind when looking for venues". (CNT).  Let us not forget, it is a fairly painless flight!

Florida Keys

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Florida is one of the most beautiful states in our country.  (Push all of the plastic flamingos aside).  You will give yourself and guests that far off, luxury feel, without the hassle of customs.  Vendors are plentiful and the sights are even more so.

Bermuda

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"Between its pink-sand beaches, limestone arches (otherwise known as “Moongates”), crystal caves, and UNESCO World Heritage site that just so happens to be the remains of a church, you’ll have plenty of ceremony location options to choose from on this gorgeous, accessible island". (CNT).

Well ladies and gentleman, if there is anything we have all learned today, it's come to the mountains!  My goodness we feel as though we should have been wearing SPF this whole time!  Maybe 2015 will show us a whole lot more winter weddings! :)