MY FAVORITE BOSTON WEDDING VENUES

Going over our 2016 wedding images, I was inspired to share some of my favorite wedding venues in and around Boston.  Most of the outdoor locations are also wonderful for engagement (or any other kind) portrait sessions.  Some of these Boston wedding venues below are perfect for an elopement (like City Hall), some are great for a small(ish) wedding, and some can fit in all the circles of friends.   

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

commander's mansion watertown wedding photography

commander's mansion watertown wedding photography

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

commander's mansion watertown wedding photography

commander's mansion watertown wedding photography

DOWNTOWN OUTDOOR BOSTON WEDDING

POST OFFICE SQUARE

I didn’t actually get to shoot here this year, as the weather had us onto Plan B, but this is a gem. Officially known as Norman Leventhal Park, this green gem sits right in the middle of Boston’s financial district.  The park and the neighborhood around it are very quiet on weekends, which makes it an ideal downtown location for city photographs. We’ll need a permit to take wedding photograph here.  

BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN

boston nature center wedding photography

A classic and beautiful place for a small Boston wedding ceremony.  Weeping willows, gardens, statues and of course the iconic swan boats all add to the atmosphere.  As a City of Boston park, the permit limits you to 60 minutes, under 50 guests, no seating or food and no amplified sound.   

BOSTON NATURE WEDDING VENUES

ARNOLD ARBORETUM

The Arnold Arboretum is available for wedding ceremonies free of charge, but of course as a public space the park will is 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.

BOSTON NATURE CENTER

boston nature center wedding photography

boston wedding photography nature center

If you like a backyard feel, check out 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.

HISTORIC HOMES

We’ve got a lot of them in New England.  These are some of two of favorite spots that I was able to shoot in again last year. 

COMMANDERS MANSION

A magical and elegant little gem just outside the city.  Gorgeous grounds and an opulent interior – it has, as I learned this year, the perfect floors for dancing.  There’s space for either an indoor or outdoor ceremony. 

commander's mansion watertown wedding photographer

commander's mansion watertown wedding photography

commander's mansion watertown wedding photography

LYMAN ESTATE

A National Historic Landmark and beautiful example of a mansion complete with gardens and historic greenhouses. Inside you get an elegant library and ballroom.  It’s a formal setting for an informal wedding – a wedding venue that encourages guests to move organically through the space.  Like most historic homes, the room as on the smaller side. 

lyman estate wedding photography

lyman estate wedding photography

lyman estate wedding photography

lyman estate wedding photography