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.
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!
Welcoming your friends, family, and even co-workers to an event is one of the most enjoyable experiences we can think of. Typically it is a time for celebration, happiness, relaxation (sometimes), and experience. The art of the "welcome wagon" is growing to be just that, an absolute art form.
We are featuring, and frankly giving a huge high five to some of our favorite companies around making custom welcome boxes. If you aren't familiar, custom welcome/gift boxes are a beautiful way to welcome your guests to your event. For example: A wedding hosted here in Colorado, guests may expect welcome boxes with a bottle opener to represent (and help consume :)) craft beer, which Colorado is becoming more heavily known for. They may also expect to find, locally sourced beef jerky, or a travel size sunscreen to protect those cheeks from the high altitude sun. So on and so forth, you get the picture. Either way, companies are doing an exceptional job welcoming guests from around the globe. Without further adieu,
Our local Go-To: Bundles Gift Co.
Beautifully and expertly crafted, Bundles keeps it elegant, simple, fun, and valuable. They feature gifts only found in Colorado and exceptional custom calligraphy.
We just discovered this team while attending the Bliss and Bespoke retreat (blog up soon) in Charleston, South Carolina. Absolutely stunning work.
Based out of Vancouver, BC, we love By Broken Arrow for using local products, ready to display floral arrangements, and re-usable items.
Alright folks, with these suggestions you have no excuses! I love wine and chocolate, I will be checking my door step frequently!
Our April showers may be coming in May, and changing to snow...but we are still ever thankful for the moisture (we are gearing up for river season after all)! With Mother Nature and all her splendor bringing these May flowers and making us increasingly more excited for a gorgeous summer, it makes us think about this breath taking earth! We have to keep it safe (no, this is not another Earth Day post), but it is 5 ways to have a sustainable wedding! Often times a wedding is so much to think about and plan we often overlook our carbon footprint! Here are a few manageable ways to keep your wedding green.
Keeping it Small
No, you do not have to invite the weird neighbor kid that used to have a crush on you, just..no. Keeping a wedding small is difficult, we understand entirely. We absolutely want all of your loved ones to be there on this big day, but keep the effects in mind, such as: more miles traveled, more food consumed, a bigger venue, and more waste when it's all over. Destination wedding? Maybe consider a small intimate ceremony, and have a big reception closer to home. A "welcome party" if you will.
Look What's Right Under Your Nose
Thankfully sourcing locally is becoming easier by the day! Food and drinks are going to be the perfect, and easiest place to start. Living here in Colorado we have local breweries by the plentiful, but look into farms, co-ops, or wineries for other local favorites! Above our bride and groom Kali and Jonathan, had reusable welcome bags filled with local kettle corn, local chocolate, and growlers made and filled by Aspen Brewing Company! Another great addition is local flowers and foliage. Talk to your florist about where and how to get local favorites to diminish transportation!
The Goods, Made Better
We know (nor do we expect) that a bride will rent her dress, however gentleman, renting a tux is a wonderful way to cut down on unnecessary materials. Unless of course you think you will wear it often, have you and your buddies find a store near you to rent from. Our groom Steve and his groomsmen showing how perfectly tailored and fashionable they look. Along with renting suits and shoes, and equally as popular, renting your glassware, table linens, and decor also cuts down exponentially on the manufacturing of these same products. Lots of couples love to give away sweet treats in welcome bags or farewell cards, check to be sure you are using Fair Trade Certified treats to ensure equality to farmers when purchasing.
Our Favorite Kind of Invitation
Your invitations are going to be the first thing anyone sees regarding your wedding. We want them to look amazing. One of the newest improvements we are loving are biodegradable invites! Made with soy ink these invitations prove that there will be no compromise in design. Our latest obsession is here, plantable invitations! Genius!
Gifts that keep on giving
Giving a thank you gift is a wonderful gesture on your part. As everyone wants their wedding to stand out, give a gift that will be remembered and treasured. There are many companies now that make clothing, decor, jewelry, food, you name it, sustainably and with a conscience heart. Check out our past blog to get a few ideas, and also check out our personal favorite for gorgeous jewelry and accessories.
With a little searching, anyone can make a more green impact on their wedding day. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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.
Wedding Coordination: Gold Leaf Event Design & Production
Floral: Carolyn's Flowers
Photography: Nine Photography