Wedding Season

February 5, 2015

Top 5 2015 Wedding Colors

The bold & bright will forever be classic, uplifting, and convey all the happiness you’re feeling at your wedding. However, we are so excited on the recent release of Pantone’s 2015 Color Trend Report. “En Plein Aire”, which in French translates to “in the open air”, is a combination of earthy neutrals, and airy, calming hues, to envelope everything from décor, to floral, to bridesmaids dresses with an effortlessly elegant look and feel. The collection has a plethora of colors to be inspired by, but these are our top 5 favorites for 2015 wedding colors.


 Tangerine is the perfect pop of color to be incorporated in floral.  It will subtly and pleasantly, warm up your wedding. We would love to see it used in décor or (for the more daring bride), fabrics!


Shades of gray will forever be sophisticated and elegant. It is such a versatile color that can be used as a canvas and accentuated by contrasting colors; or used on it’s own to create a modern yet comfortable look.


Marsala was named Pantone’s color of the year for 2015, and there is no question as to why. This color dominates in every form, from décor, to floral, to wearable fashion. Men and women both look stunning in this color as it really compliments any skin tone, (but I wasn’t passing on a photo of Ryan…you’re welcome).


 We ADORE Toasted Almond, (and the backless beauty being worn by our very own Gold Leaf Girl, Chelsea)! This color is such a beautiful neutral and can be paired and complimented by almost any hue. We love it with Dusk Blue!


 To close out our top 5, we have the effortless perfection of Classic Blue. It photographs beautifully, wears confidently, and will never go out of style.

Take a look at all of Pantone’s newest collection. We are positive you will fall in love, (again), and may even make a few tweaks for the big day! Just do us a favor, and don’t tell your planner we told you!

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 :)