April 18, 2014

Wedding Rings For Men

Choosing a wedding ring is quite the process especially when you are a guy who has never worn any jewelry before. Choosing a wedding ring is just like choosing to be branded for life. We have noticed that there is a growing appeal of non-traditional wedding rings for men. wedding Ring for men Most of the men we know, hang out with, and marry, tend to be very active. They are always skiing, mountain biking, building, working construction, or going to the gym. None of these activities are the most conducive to wearing a large wedding ring or thick band. At Gold Leaf, we believe that the “now” trend should not usurp control over the wishes and dreams of the couple. For some, the idea of tattooed wedding bands may resonate, while others may be rushing to the jewelry store in desire of a more traditional route with diamonds and precious metals. However, there are many other options for wedding rings for men including:
  • - Wooden Rings
  • - Cement Rings
  • - Titanium Rings
  • - Deer Antler Rings
  The choice is entirely up to you…

Antler wedding ring

These are just a few of the many options that are an alternative to the classic wedding rings and bands available for men.

Tattooed wedding ring

Wedding band tattoos have gained popularity in the last few years and are a great alternative for wedding rings for men. Wedding tattoos rid shoppers over the common anxieties that arise when picking a jewel or band for their betrothed. Questions like: White gold or platinum? How many carats? What cut? How much of my annual income should I spend? No longer exist. For some couples, a tattoo ring helps signify the permanency of their love and devotion to one another. Because, although it may fade, a tattoo lasts a lifetime.

Those who have a history of losing jewelry or who work in a trade where it’s hard to wear a large rock or band on their finger may find a wedding ring tattoo more acquiescent to their lifestyle. The design is completely customizable with endless variations for each couple. The tattoo does not necessarily have to wrap around the wedding finger like a ring. It can be an initial, date, or symbol placed on the finger or palm. What is your favorite wedding ring for men? Read our blog post on how to let your personality Shine through on your wedding day. Read our blog post about Pintrest perfect event planning here.
May 8, 2014

How To: Make Two Families Become One on Your Wedding Day

How To: Make Two Families Become One on Your Wedding Day

Photo by: Kate Holstein Making two families become one on your wedding day can be quite a task. You may both come from very different backgrounds and places, your families may even speak different languages, but there is one thing in common - they are all here to celebrate with you! Many brides and grooms lose sleep and stress about bringing so many different people together at their wedding so here are a few tips on how to make two families become one on your wedding day: 1. Tell your photographer to take a variety of group shots. This will help diminish any awkwardness by pulling guests' attention to the camera. Plus, it'll be a memorable image when you flip back through your photo album and see an image of the groom's husband chatting up the bride's grandma. Two families become one on wedding day 2. If your ceremony is religion-based, make sure to incorporate members from both sides of the family and not just those that are closely related or in the wedding party. Include those friends or distant relatives that mean something to you in the day's festivities. Have a few people do a reading at the ceremony.   3. Brides, don't be shy on the dance floor. Grab the groom's uncle, grandfather, godfather, or another important male in his life and go for a spin on the dance floor! It may take the groom’s relative by surprise, but he will remember the thoughtful gesture forever! Two families become one on wedding day 4. Say hello to EVERYONE. Yes, this is a daunting task, but a necessary one. Let your photographer know you will be on the move and so he/she can capture the moments when you and your newly wedded partner greet each table or group.   5. Employ your more outgoing wedding party participants, particularly your fearless friends, to pay attention to the guests who may need a little TLC. Perhaps it's a friend of your mother's or an out-of-town guest of the groom's parents, or an old work colleague that feels slightly out of place. A small conversation or gesture of inclusion may help make the event feel more personal and memorable for that guest that does't quite feel like they belong. Two families become one on wedding day Read our Latest Post about Wedding Rings for Men
August 1, 2014

Wedding Blossoms and Blooms

Wedding Flowers

Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid Bouquet, Coursage

[caption id="attachment_1257" align="aligncenter" width="667"]Wedding Blooms and Blossoms Photo by: Kate Holstein Photography[/caption] Picking flowers for the big day is far from a seamless task. There’s the bridal bouquet, the grandmother’s corsage, and don’t even get us started on the centerpieces. To make the flower flurry more manageable, we share with you our Wedding Blossoms and Blooms Guide: Bridal Bouquet: There is certainly no lack of options when it comes to choosing the bride’s bouquet. To narrow down the choices pick a consistent theme and flowers that are in season. That will help narrow down the choices and make your dream bouquet become a reality   Wedding Blooms and Blossoms Some of our bouquet favorites are the cascading and more compact looks. But every bride is different and it’s important that it works for her. Bouquets Bridesmaid Bouquet: The Bridesmaid bouquet is probably the second most important flower arrangement during the ceremony. These bouquets are typically less extravagant; after all, we can’t be stealing attention from the bride. Each bridesmaid can have a different bouquet, similar or completely different to that of the bride’s. Aspen Winter Wedding Boutonniere: Yes…the boys get floral as well. We think it’s best if boutonnieres match the overall floral theme. They can be as modest as a single rose or just some simple greenery. Aspen Wedding But if the groom has a liking for a bit of flare then throw simple greenery out and load the boutonniere up with some color. Boutonnieres can be made out of an array of synthetic material. [caption id="attachment_1259" align="aligncenter" width="814"]Wedding Blooms and Blossoms photo by C2 Photography[/caption] Corsage: We recommend picking one or two prominent flowers from the bouquet to create the corsage. This designates a common theme and color pallet. [caption id="attachment_1275" align="aligncenter" width="614"]Wedding Blossoms and Blooms Photo by Elizabeth Anne Designs[/caption]  Centerpieces: Let’s talk centerpieces. Just like with corsage, an overall theme is important when approaching these floral arrangements. Choose similar colors to that of the other blooms and blossoms. Centerpieces can range from lots of small bud vases to large arrangements in the center of the table. We recommend keeping centerpieces low enough that guests can see over them and not feel as though they are talking through the arrangement to the guests on the other side of the table.   Aspen Florist One new trend we love is hanging centerpieces! Wedding Blooms and Blossoms And…don’t forget, centerpieces can incorporate more than just flowers! Wedding Blooms and Blossoms
September 14, 2016

Kiss Kiss

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Ancient lovers believed a kiss would literally unite their souls because the spirit was said to be carried in one’s breath.  Our favorite part after "I do!" is the one special kiss as a married couple. Here at Gold Leaf we are complete suckers for a love story and lucky for us we are in the perfect position to watch those stories blossom into happily-ever-after before our eyes. We wanted to share some of the beautiful endings we have witnessed, sealed with a kiss.???? Kiss Bride Photo 1 & 2Photo by Scott Clark  •••••••••••• Photo by Olivia Rae

Kiss the Bride 2

Photo by Lara Rios •••••••••••• Photo by David Knutson

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 Photo by Ashley Sawtelle •••••••••••• Photo by Lisa Anne

Tiffany + Tom by Adonye Jaja •••••••••••• Photo by Adonye Jaja ••••••••••••

We love being a part of these couple's happily-ever-after memories.  Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this; some people search forever for that one special kiss.

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