Karensa and Elliott exchanged vows in the backyard of their gorgeous Boulder home under a custom arch made by a close family friend from natural branches and decorated in soft hued peonies, ranunculas, and stock. Colorful pedicabs whisked the bridal party away to North Boulder Park for photos while guests enjoyed cocktails and artwork at Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery in downtown Boulder overlooking the eclectic Pearl Street. The dinner and reception took place on Rembrandt Yard’s third floor where the room had been draped and uplit with a soft pink light, complimenting both the garden romantic centerpieces and also the suspended clear globes holding delicate rose petals and candles throughout the room. One of our favorite details was the late night snack bar featuring Elliott’s ritual late night snack—an assortment of cereal, complete with milk fountain!
Love the colorful getting ready robes! Great for photos and fun as a bridesmaid gift.
First look from the bride’s perspective:
The first look was an amazing and special moment. We had spent the whole day apart to get ready, and at 3:30 our photographer Frances told us it was time to see each other. She positioned Elliott on the walkway in the front of our house and told him to turn his back to the front door—where I would emerge from, tap his shoulder, and we would see each other for the first time on our wedding day. The moment feels like a dream now–time seemed to stop as I got nearer and nearer to Elliott, who was fidgeting and shifting nervously in anticipation of my arrival. When he finally turned to see me, we both began to cry, and he threw his hands to his face in utter disbelief of what he saw. Then we kissed and held each other, both smiling harder and brighter than perhaps we ever had before.
The soft combination of pink peonies, ranunculas, and astilbe is incredibly feminine, romantic, and a little artsy with touches of curly willow. Great bouquet by Statice Floral.
Thoughts on hosting a wedding ceremony in your own backyard (from Karensa, the bride):
Elliott and I bought our house in Boulder almost two years ago and we came to love it so much, that we knew it would be the most romantic, intimate, and special place for us to get married. I got ready in the house and it was amazing to secretly spy on our family and friends as they came into the backyard below our bedroom window. This house is very much a reflection of our life together, and we couldn’t have imagined any other place to get married. We felt like ourselves there and had a ceremony that was for us—the atmosphere of a lovely Boulder evening filled with laughter and love in our own yard.
This pedicab ride with champagne from the ceremony to North Boulder Park for photos was a unique highlight of the wedding day. There may have even been some dance moves between laughter at the park…captured in an equal spirit of fun by Frances Photography!
The inspiration concept in this design is Romantic with a touch of Warmth. Working with Jessica (JA Special Events), Lori (Statice Floral), and Brian (Pure Energy Events), the concept really comes to life in the soft draping around the room, uplit in just the right hue of pink, lush centerpieces incorporating peonies, ranunculas, astilbe, hydrangea, and stock. Candles reflecting off the mercury glass and navy napkins topped with a custom menu and a sprig of wax flowers added warmth and personality on the tables while clear globes suspended from the ceiling contained LED candles reflecting off rose petals for another romantic “wow” element. Even the food, catered by Footer’s Catering, was artistically displayed, complimenting the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery venue.
The Epic Late Night Snack (some final comments from Karensa):
My most favorite detail of our reception was the late night snack. We wanted to offer something fun, playful, and definitely different. Ever since I have known Elliott, he has loved cereal! When we first started living together, I couldn’t keep a box of cereal in the house longer than three days, yet I never saw him eating it in the morning. Instead right before bed every night, he poured himself a bowl of cereal. Elliott’s nighttime habit was the perfect inspiration for our late night cereal bar with a milk fountain I like to call “icing on the cereal bowl”!
To see more gorgeous photos of this wedding, check out Frances Photography blog!
We’re thrilled to see Karensa & Elliott’s wedding on The Knot: A Rembrandt Yard Wedding in Boulder, Colorado
The Team that made this wedding fabulous:
Coordination and Design: Jessica Adler, JA Special Events | Photography: Frances Photography | Venue: Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery | Flowers: Static Floral | Lighting and Drape: Pure Energy Events | Catering: Footer’s Catering | Music: Fox Street Allstars | Bride’s Dress: Mikaella from Bea’s Bridal Nook | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Bride’s Earrings: Vintage Coco Chanel from Elliott’s grandmother | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan blue suede shoes | Groom’s Bowtie: Vineyard Vines | Invitations: Express Yourself Basalt