Boston City Hall and BC Club Wedding Photography

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We began the day at the Hilton Boston Downtown, and jumped right into a first look in the first floor library.  We ended up taking over the room for the family portraits and the ketubah signing with the rabbi before we moved over to Boston City Hall for the wedding ceremony. 

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This superbly fun wedding began by rolling with Plan B, keeping us indoors for the first half of the day.  Originally planned for Post Office Square, the wedding ceremony was moved to Boston City Hall.  Plan B also involved draping the interior courtyard of Boston City Hall, notorious for it sterile concrete Brutalist architecture with lovely white banners and lights to form a soft backdrop for their birch chuppah.  

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Here's an architectural rendering of the space - and I suspect that the original vision did not include this space being used for nuptials.   I found this sketch of the interior on Brutally Awesome Architecture: Boston City Hall

Boston City Hall Wedding Ceremony Venue

It's unusual for Boston City Hall to have a Saturday wedding - and it ended up being a dramatic and stunning space for a ceremony, and one large enough to handle all the standing guests.  

If you, like me, are fascinated by architecture and design, I recommend reading this article and listening to this 99% Invisible podcast about our indomitable City Hall. 

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After the beautifully choreographed and well executed first dance, the band moved into the horah - one of my favorite parts of the celebrations to photograph at a Jewish wedding.  

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It's always fun when the wedding toasts, by parents and by best friends and siblings, provide a glimpse into the love and quirks, the longevity and depth, the nature and the nurture of the couple.  There was much laughter and only a few sheepish grimaces in several well given speeches.  

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Taking a break from a dance set, the couple honored their parents with Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances.  No cake, but an ice cream bar! 

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This was a wedding that was extravagant in joy, with very little fuss.  Pretty much a perfect party. Congratulations to Sarah and Julius! 

Vendor Love

Thanks to the Event Director, Chelsea, at Boston College Club for running a smooth reception.

Flowers by Barbara at Stow Greenhouses
Dance floor joy provided by Joey Scott and The Connection 
Strapless wedding dress by Vows
Gorgeous wedding updo by Mary Ellen at M Beauty Lounge
The purple sparkle shoes by SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker collection, custom made for the bride
Dance Lessons by Greg Coles