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October 11, 2016

Favorite Fall Traditions and Treats

Favorite Fall Traditions and Treats   As the days get shorter and begin to catch a nip in the air we turn our thoughts to colorful fall days and favorite fall activities that coincide. The spectacular temperatures and natural golden palette of colors all around us remind us to enjoy the lingering sunny days and celebrate with favorite fall treats that embody that wonderful feeling of fall!   Each year we take advantage of the traditional fall activities brought with traditional fall treats that invoke memories year after year. warm-spiced-apple-cider favorite-fall-activities   A favorite fall tradition spent picking apples in the orchard and dipping into caramel for homemade caramel apples to ring in the season. Don’t forget to grab some spiced warm apple cider and fresh baked apple pie! homemade-caramel-apples apple-picking   Keep warm as the weather turns cooler with favorite fall treats made with traditional flavors and spices. On sunny fall afternoons gather with friends to watch the leaves change color while enjoying warm cinnamon coffees and chai tea at a brisk outdoor café. View More: warm-coffee-drinks Another favorite fall tradition on sunny fall afternoons to gather with friends and family at the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins to carve on Halloween. Savor sweet sugary candy corn and roast the seeds over the fire. As trick-o-treaters come to the door enjoy rich chocolate pies and mulled red wine spiced with cinnamon. View More:   friends-and-family Take a leaf peeping hike on a colorful day while the blue skies and changing leaves provide a beautiful natural golden palette with apricot beers. Rake up the leaves and jump sip on hot cocoas and celebrate your inner child as your listen to the crunchy leaves.   aspen-meadows-pumpkin-patch View More: By the time Thanksgiving comes around it is pumpkin spice everything with cinnamon coffees, squash salads and pumpkin pie!! The longer nights around the fire spent with family and friends reminds us these favorite fall traditions will always invoke wonderful memories year after year. family-and-friends   View More:   Judith Rae Photography
January 10, 2017

A White Winter Wedding in Aspen!

Happy 2017! Winter has arrived in our mountain town and it adds a wonderful cast as we reflect on the holiday season passed. As we settle back into our daily routines we remember fun-filled celebrations and quality time spent with friends and family, no wonder it is dubbed “engagement season.” With many guests visiting Aspen’s winter wonderland in the mountains they begin to envision a white winter wedding in Aspen! white-winter-wonderland-wedding-in-aspen   aspen-winter-wedding-ceremony-2   At Gold Leaf Event Design & Production we had the pleasure to bring a white winter wedding celebration for Phyllis and Chris’ nearest and dearest to life! We transformed The Sundeck Patio and The Aspen Mountain Club into an unforgettable snow globe at 11,200 feet! aspen-white-winter-wedding white-winter-wonderland-wedding   aspen-gondola-wedding   One of the most beloved Aspen wedding venues is located on top of Aspen Mountain. With stunning views of the Elk Mountains, the majestic colors and starry skies; The Sundeck’s views do not disappoint no matter which season! Phyllis and Chris’ vision embodied all that we love about winter weddings in The Rockies!  We enjoy working with the natural colors winter brings to Aspen; unique design comes easy for weddings during the darkest days of the year.  Take a look at how to incorporate classic winter white and cheery red for Phyllis and Chris’ White Winter Aspen Mountain wedding! winter-wedding-in-the-mountains   aspen-mountain-winter-wedding-floral At Gold Leaf Event Design & Production we find The Sundeck is one of the best Aspen wedding venues for it's gorgeous location, incredible staff and amazing food! With any season your guests will not forget the romantic atmosphere on top of the world!  We would love to help plan your perfect White Winter Wedding on Aspen Mountain. aspen-winter-wedding-planner-decor aspen-winter-wedding-ceremony aspen-mountain-sundeck-winter-wedding   From the morning’s pre-ceremony festivities that went on past the starry winter evening, the entire day was unbelievably beautiful. The bride’s corridors were surrounded by excitement, mimosas, fuzzy robes and furry bridesmaid stoles.  The ceremony and cocktail hour’s magical backdrop of one of Aspen’s most beautiful views encapsulated the perfect winter Aspen Mountain wedding. The snow globe feel of The Aspen Mountain Club carried the evening’s festivities which included dinner, toasts, and dancing at the top of the world on their White Winter Wedding in Aspen. Each moment of Phyllis and Chris’ winter Aspen Mountain wedding was extremely unique! fuzzy-winter-wedding aspen-mountain-winter-wedding snow-globe-winter-wedding   aspen-mountain-winter-wedding-sundeck  
January 24, 2017

Charitable Wedding Celebrations

We’ve all heard the incredible story where a jilted bride whose groom was a no-show ended up donating her entire wedding reception to a local homeless shelter. In the spirit of selflessness and awareness of others we thought it would be nice to focus on gifts that are appreciated most are those that benefit others. Your wedding day is a day you have inevitably thought about how special it will before it actually happens. For many this will be one of the few momentous unforgettable days of your life, focusing entirely on you and your partner. Not many people will have another occasion like it in their life- celebrating a birthday comes every year- a big blow out celebration of your commitment to love is a once-in-a-lifetime experience when all is centered around you. A day centered on your favorite songs, food, champagne, gifts and friends and family all together for one reason. While of course this is a significant occasion where it is ok to be a bit selfish, in the spirit of kindness and awareness many couples find ways to give back, helping others find happiness in your celebration of love. Below are a few ideas to bring your wedding celebration to a charitable level.   Charity wedding registries are great because not only can a couple use their special day to support a cause, but wedding guests often find it rewarding too.     Donate your wedding dress. Along with other accessories please consider donating to a non-profit like The organization will resell them and use the proceeds to help women with cancer.   Ask your bridesmaids to do the same. Beautiful gowns can always be reused, there are plenty of organizations that provide prom dresses for disadvantaged high school girls; The Glass Slipper Project in Chicago is one.  Check out where they list similar charities nationwide. Reuse your flowers. Call a local nursing home or hospital and ask if you can donate your florals after your wedding weekend. So many lovely decorations can be used more than once to spread some cheer. Rent a nonprofit event space. Think of how distinctive your reception would be if it took place at a museum or botanical garden. The site fee would be tax-deductible and you’ll know it’s supporting a cause. Create care packages. Gift bags are an additional touch for out-of-town guests. With bulk orders consider making up some extras for troops overseas—the thought goes very far to think of others who would benefit from your snacks and Chap Stick. Go to for more information. Don’t waste food. Arrange to have any extra food from your reception donated to feed others in your area. Find out more from