I first met Hannah and Ashton at the Rembrandt Yard wedding showcase in January last year. We hit it off immediately, and I was so excited when they booked me to photograph their winter wedding at Rembrandt Yard in December.
We had such a fun time hiking around in Rocky Mountain National Park last spring, and had stayed in touch via Instagram over the year leading up to their big day. So by the time their Rembrandt Yard wedding came around, it truly felt like showing up to photograph my close friends. We started the day with getting ready photos of the women at the Hotel Boulderado, before heading over to Rembrandt Yard for the rest.
Hannah and Ashton decided to do a first look and their portraits before the ceremony, since sunset is so early in December. I’m always a huge fan of first looks, since they allow the couple to spend more of their wedding day together instead of nervously waiting separately until the ceremony! There are so many pretty spots within easy walking distance from the Rembrandt Yard wedding venue, and despite the freezing wind that day the couple kept laughing through the cold.
I love how photographing weddings lets me into cultures and traditions that are different from my own, and Jewish weddings are truly special when it comes to rich old traditions! Before the ceremony, we did family photos under the beautifully decorated Chuppah. Then the couple and their closest family gathered to sign the Ketubah, which was originally considered a marriage contract. Hannah and Ashton had put so much thought into choosing a design and words that spoke to their relationship!
The Rembrandt Yard wedding ceremony incorporated more Jewish wedding traditions, like the reading of the seven wedding blessings, the bride and groom circling each other, and of course the breaking of the glass. And before the amazing reception dinner, Hannah gave a meal blessing over challah bread.
Having lived in Boulder for over nine years now, I’m always so happy to photograph weddings at Rembrandt Yard, because it’s truly one of the best venues in Boulder. Their staff are so friendly and helpful, and the art makes it such a beautiful setting. Hannah and Ashton got married in front of an abstract painting in shades of blue (their wedding color!), and at the reception their bridesmaids and close family surprised them by having bought that painting for them as a wedding gift!
If you are looking for a Rembrandt Yard wedding photographer, I would absolutely love to chat with you about capturing your big day. Contact me and let’s make it happen!
What made you choose a Rembrandt Yard wedding?
We wanted to see the mountains during our ceremony (while there’s still light) but not freeze in December. We liked how open the space is and the cool artwork that they feature. Once the sun sets, we’ll get a cool view of downtown Boulder still decorated for the holidays. The space feels light and fun!
What was your wedding planning inspiration?
We wanted a classic and elegant evening that’s also warm, inviting, and cozy at the same time. We were excited to get dressed up and have the decor be simple and elegant but wanted it to be a family atmosphere.
What personal details or traditions did you incorporate in your wedding day?
We’re incorporating some of the Jewish traditions but we’re also incorporating the color blue because it’s both of our favorite color, mac ‘n’ cheese because we love it, charcuterie boards with dinner because we make those a lot for ourselves and love them (can you tell we love to cook and eat together?).
Rembrandt Yard wedding vendor credits
Wedding Planner: The Styled Soirée
Videographer: Christian DaCosta
Venue: Rembrandt Yard
Florist: MJM Designs
Officiant: Rabbi Jessica Marshall
Hair and Makeup: Beauty on Location
Catering: Footers Catering
Cake + desserts: Ruby Jean Patisserie
Band: Wash Park Band
Ceremony musicians: Red Rocks String Quartet
Stationery: Shine Invitations
Bride’s Dress: Augusta Jones, bought at White Magnolia
Groom’s Tux: Ted’s Clothier
Bridesmaid Dresses: Theia Couture
Hannah and Ashton also left me the sweetest review after their Rembrandt Yard wedding!
We absolutely LOVED working with Nina of Larsen Photo Co! I can’t recommend her enough! Now that I’ve gotten to a break in my schedule I have to take the time to tell the world how much we loved her! We purchased a package through Nina to do both our engagement photos and our wedding day. We had so much fun taking engagement pictures in Rocky Mountain National Park with Nina and our pup. The photos came out beautifully and our family loved them. When we got back together with Nina for our wedding day, we definitely felt like we were spending the day with an old friend. It was so great to see her and so much fun to work with her throughout our big day. She braved a pretty cold and windy day with us to run around Boulder for some couple portraits and then moved through the family portraits quickly and efficiently. We had SO much fun with Nina that we ventured up to the Ice Castles in Dillon, CO to take even more pictures about a week after our wedding! My husband and I threw on our wedding day attire and got the most amazing pictures from Nina!! It was magical! Aside from loving all of the pictures we’ve received from Nina and how much fun we had working with her – she’s great at sticking to her deadlines and getting pictures back to you on time, if not early. We have absolutely LOVED working with Nina and can’t recommend her enough. Go adventuring with one of the sweetest people in the whole world and get some amazing pictures out it!
About Nina Larsen Reed
Nina is an elopement photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. She plans and captures adventure elopements and micro-weddings across the Rocky Mountains, and loves getting to share the mountains she calls home with couples who want a different wedding experience.