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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     
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.

wedding design

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

wedding gift

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.

wedding table

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.

wedding table

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!

April 29, 2015

The Iconic Kentucky Derby Cocktail

Ladies and gentleman, it's here again.  The time of year when you pull out your classiest. When the men are covered in seersucker, navy, and forest green, while the ladies peek out from their large brims with black thick lashes and pastel lips matching a pastel dress: the Kentucky Derby.

 We pick our favorite horses, and quickly switch to favorite outfits.  We chat with friends and are overcome with excitement of beautiful weather and a 12 second race.  There's nothing better!

 The hors d'oeuvres have been planned for months, while the cocktails are remaining classic and iconic. What cocktail says Kentucky Derby, like a mint julep!?  NONE.  We have brought you the easiest, tastiest and biggest crowd pleaser today:

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

3 Sprigs Mint 2 oz Oyo Bourbon (or any favorite, that's just ours) .5 oz Simple Syrup Crushed Ice

In a julep cup (or a highball glass) muddle 2 sprigs of mint with the simple syrup. Fill cup 3/4 full with crushed ice. Add bourbon. Stir. Fill remaining glass with crushed ice and a sprig of mint.

Serve to friends and family, and find a good seat!

Mint Julep

June 10, 2015

Our FAVORITE Top 3 Grill Recipes

Finally.  It FINALLY feels like summer!  First Tuesday Cruise Day in the books, first sunburn, and first grill out have been checked off the list with this gorgeous beaming sunshine!  We cannot be more excited for this upcoming wedding season, and upcoming camping season!  We have brought you our favorite top 3 grill recipes for the next few months.  (And hey, grill these up in the winter when you are missing summer, just make sure your significant other dresses warm ;)).

Here at Gold Leaf, we have roots in Chicago (Go Hawks!!) and the east coast, so hot dogs, are something we know.  We know them well.  We absolutely love this SUPER easy marinated and grilled hot dog recipe.


  • 8 hot dogs (we used Hebrew National, but if you can get Vienna Beef, for the sake of all of us, do)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil

Make slits in your dogs, either vertically or horizontally and in a Ziploc bag combine: ketchup, garlic, Worcestershire Sauce, and oil.  Place all dogs inside and let marinate for 25 minutes.  Pop them on the grill for 3-5 and enjoy and all American classic.

This next one is a personal favorite of mine.  I get this DELICIOUS chicken club here in town and it's made with grilled pineapple, guacamole, and bacon.  Incredible.  However I make mine with a Hamburger instead!  We eat so much chicken I'm afraid we are going to grow feathers.

grill recipes

(Bacon is still in the oven).  We love to make our own patties, well maybe not love.  Combine: Hamburger meat, oregano, salt, pepper and SOMETIMES, a little shredded pepper jack.  Mix everything together and form your patties.  Place on a medium-hot grill for about 10-15 (I don't do the grilling, I'm the brains behind the execution).  While the burgers are grilling, make your favorite guacamole: avocados, cilantro, lime, red onion, throw a little bit of everything in there (I like to incorporate my vegetables into the guacamole, these burgers tend to tower pretty high so the less you can stack on top the better).  Bake your bacon in the oven (keeps it nice and crispy), and with about 3-5 minutes left on the burgers, place your pineapple slices (horizontally sliced) on the grill and get the perfect tangy sweetness out of them.  Pile all together and dig-in.  If you have read our recipes before, I have an obsession with arugula, so pile that on as well!

We LOVE salmon.  Grilling it is a little on the tougher side but the end result is so worth it.  This incredible recipe is thanks to Honeybear Lane, and we are forever thankful.

grill recipes

 1-3 salmon fillets, depending on size

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅛ cup water
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic

Place all ingredients into a plastic bag, add your fish and marinate for up to 3 hours.  1 at least.  When ready, make a foil dish with the sides rolled up, place the fish in and on the grill and cook for 20 minutes.  Serve with a side of broccoli and good company :)