These are a few of my favorite places in and around Boston.  Most of the outdoor locations are also wonderful for engagement portrait sessions.  Some of the venues below are perfect for an elopement, some are great for a small(ish) wedding, some can fit all your circles of friends if you need them to.   

CITY HALL WEDDINGS

Boston City Hall

The concrete giant.  I love shooting here, the modernist minimalism of the building is great for framing portraits.  Our City Clerk is wonderful.  And there are so many places to do portraits within a few blocks of Boston City Hall.  Get Married at Boston City Hall

Cambridge City Hall

You can choose to get married on the lawn, or in chambers.  Both are beautiful, as is the building.  Get Married at Cambridge City Hall

 

DOWNTOWN OUTDOOR BOSTON WEDDING

Post Office Square

Officially known as the Norman Leventhal Park, this green gem sits right in the middle of Boston’s financial district.  You’ ll also need a permit to take wedding photograph here.  

Boston Public Garden

 As a City of Boston park, the permit limits you to 60 minutes, under 50 guests, no seating or food and no amplified sound.   

Christopher Columbus Park

This park is right on the waterfront, and in Boston’s North End.  Part of the Rose Kennedy greenway, you’ve got a beautiful trellis and the carousel as well as the harbor.  As a City of Boston park, your park permit limits your ceremony to 60 minutes, 50 guests, no seating or food and no amplified sound.   

BOSTON WATERFRONT WEDDING

Boston by boat is one of my favorite view of the city.  During hot summer months, this is where you can cool down and enjoy the brine-y wind against your face.  And it’s by boat when you realize how small distances as by water. 

a beautiful place to watch the sunset, over Boston's skyline
a beautiful place to watch the sunset, over Boston’s skyline

BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS

George’s, Spectacle and Thompson Island are available for private events. You’ll need a recreational use permit, and of course be organized enough to make sure you catch a boat there and back.  

WORLD’S END, HINGHAM

Part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area, this peaceful park offers with views of Boston’s skyline is a beautiful location for an outdoor wedding on Boston Harbor. 

PIERS PARK, EAST BOSTON

Arguably one of the best view of the Boston skyline, Piers Park is right in Jeffries Point in East Boston, Piers Park gives you an urban waterfront settings for a ceremony. 

MARINA BAY, QUINCY

There are a few restaurants at Quincy’s Marina Bay with gorgeous views of the Boston harbor and skyline. 

BOSTON NATURE WEDDING VENUES

Butterfly Place Wedding
Butterfly Place Wedding

ARNOLD ARBORETUM

The Arnold Arboretum is available for wedding ceremonies free of charge, but keep in mind the park will still be open to the public,   Your guest count should be under 40.  No seating or food is allowed.   This could be a beautiful ceremony location, then walk to your wedding restaurant reception directly from the Arboretum.

Rose Garden in the Fens

The Kelleher Rose Garden is in the middle of the Fenway, enclosed by shrubs it is an enclosed space is a beautiful ceremony location with a capacity of 50.  Full of different types of roses, it’s a bit of a secret garden, tucked away in the city.  Like other City of Boston parks, the permit limits you to 60 minutes, no seating or food and no amplified sound is allowed.   

BUTTERFLY PLACE

Wedding ceremonies at The Butterfly Place are held either before or after opening hours.  You can rent the butterfly flight area (yay butterflies!) for an hour and fit up to 100 people.  The site coordinator is also a justice of the peace, which makes this an especially beautiful and convenient spot to elope. 

BOSTON NATURE CENTER

If you want a backyard feel the Boston Nature Center, a community urban sanctuary, has an outdoor ceremony garden, a patio and sprawling lawn for the reception.  A Mass Audubon Sanctuary, the Boston Nature Center is a green option for a Boston wedding venue and your event fees support environmental education.

CHAPELS & CHURCHES

Swedenborg Chapel in Cambridge
Swedenborg Chapel in Cambridge

SWEDENBORG CHAPEL

The Swedenborg is a little English Gothic chapel unexpectedly tucked behind the Harvard School of Design just outside of Harvard Square in Cambridge.  I love this place.  They offer candlelit ceremonies and have an organist included in some of their wedding packages.  Wedding services reflect your personal stories, incorporating your traditions and wishes. This is a great option for interfaith services. 

Old South Meeting House

You’ll find this landmark meeting house in the heart of downtown Boston and it’s a beautiful venue for wedding ceremony.

Simple and elegant, the interior of the meeting house takes you back to 18th century Boston.  After the ceremony, you are a within walking distance to many restaurants. 

OLD NORTH CHURCH

There’s no onsite parking, but as Old North Church is in the North End of Boston there are plenty of parking garages and public transit options.   Old North is an Episcopal church.  They are an open and affirming congregations, which means that all couples are welcome and guest clergy are welcome to assist in the ceremony. Though at least one of you must be a baptized Christian.   Weddings are only held at or after 6:00 pm, by candlelight.   

MIT CHAPEL

This beautiful chapel is only available for MIT community members (students, staff, faculty, alumni and children of alumni) for religious services when school is not in session.