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Barcelona Wine Bar Wedding

His mom handed him a few coins and pushed him toward the bride, whispering something in his ear.  He sheepishly shuffled over and waited for a break in the adult conversation.  "Here." he said and handed her the coins "For Luck."

This image, and the little moments like it, that punctuate and capture the true story of the wedding day are what my job as a wedding photographer are all about.  And if seeing this image and hearing its context doesn’t explain why a long shot list makes my role as a wedding photographer more challenging, I'm not sure what more I can tell you.

The shot lists that are prevalent in wedding planning blogs are shots that a seasoned professional will already be getting. They are the routine and standard highlights to any wedding day. What makes for the amazing photographs of your wedding day (the ones that you really want!) are the unscripted moments.  Like these below!

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newton massachusetts city hall wedding civil ceremony outdoor

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newton massachusetts city hall wedding civil ceremony outdoor

newton massachusetts city hall wedding civil ceremony outdoor

newton massachusetts city hall wedding civil ceremony outdoor

newton massachusetts city hall wedding civil ceremony outdoor

newton massachusetts city hall wedding civil ceremony outdoor

newton massachusetts city hall wedding civil ceremony outdoor

newton massachusetts city hall wedding civil ceremony outdoor

newton massachusetts city hall wedding civil ceremony outdoor
I often say to clients during an initial consult, that the majority of the day I am responding to what is happening with my camera rather than directing the day.  And I will always prefer to be alert looking my viewfinder than looking down at a piece of paper. Ultimately, if we are looking at a list we are not watching what is unfolding and happening organically and authentically around us.

It all comes down to trust. And it is with gratitude that I accept the trust that clients give me.

This small wedding was split in two.  A Friday civil ceremony at Newton City Hall (images above), which a handful of friends in addition to parents and siblings.  Then a Spanish lunch following a ring exchange and toasts at Barcelona Wine Bar in Brookline (images below).  A relaxed and flowing day filled with hugs and laughter and plates and plates of food.

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barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

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barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

barcelona wine bar brookline wedding fall afternoon reception

The best advice I can give after 15 years of photographing weddings it to get to know your photographer and let your photographer truly know who you are. A great photographer will be able to get a sense of who you are as a couple, how you interact with your family and friends, and be able to intuit moments because they’re paying attention to them. Understanding who you are as unique individuals is critical to capturing the real story of your wedding.

 


Boston City Hall Wedding

BOSTON CITY HALL WEDDING

I love photographing civil ceremonies at Boston City Hall! I have a few lined up this fall, and I realized I had not yet shared these beautiful images of Beatrix and Géza's Boston City Hall wedding. The weather did not look promising at all for their date  - with thunderstorms and 100% chance of rain.  But, as they say, a wet knot holds.

After the ceremony we used Boston City Hall itself as a background and then we popped over to the Union Oyster House for a celebratory drink while we waited for the shower to pass.  Then a stroll through Boston Common and the Public Garden.

One of the many reasons I love photographing weddings at Boston City Hall is that there are so many indoor places where we can take pictures, in case we cannot go outside due to weather.

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civil ceremony at boston city hall wedding elopement photos

civil ceremony at boston city hall wedding elopement photos

civil ceremony at boston city hall wedding elopement photos

civil ceremony at boston city hall wedding elopement photos

civil ceremony at boston city hall wedding elopement photos

civil ceremony at boston city hall wedding elopement photos

civil ceremony at boston city hall wedding elopement photos

civil ceremony at boston city hall wedding elopement photos


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Commonwealth Cambridge Wedding

You may have read (if you follow my work) that I love intimate weddings.  And I also love parties.  So this is a good way to split the difference.   Deciding between a big wedding or a small one?  Why not have both?  Go intimate for the ceremony and invite just the inner circle.  And then when you are ready invite the rest of the people to dinner.  Or in this case a Sunday afternoon feast.

I met Rosie, the bride, a few years ago when she asked me to update her headshots (she's an opera singer). A few years later she reached out about photographing her Cambridge City Hall wedding.  And again when they had that she consistently referred to it as "the party" and a party it was.

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cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

Family and friends gathered for food and music.  I'll qualify that as great food and great music on a Sunday afternoon at Commonwealth Cambridge.  To say that this couple does things their own way would be an understatement.

Modern and food focused venue tucked away just a few blocks outside of Kendall Square, their Sunday lunch was incredible.  And Sara Bielanski was there. Singing. Beautifully.  (oh and yes! I photographed her for her album!)

 

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cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

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cambridge commonwealth wedding reception


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Cambridge City Hall Wedding

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Cambridge City Hall Wedding Ceremony

After checking in with the City Clerk's office, we walked up to Sullivan Chambers for the civil ceremony.   You don't have to be residents on Cambridge to get married here - you just both need to show up and say I do.

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cambridge city hall wedding photos elopement photography boston

cambridge city hall wedding photos elopement photography boston

cambridge city hall wedding photos elopement photography boston

cambridge city hall wedding photos elopement photography boston

Cambridge City Hall Wedding Photos

After the civil wedding ceremony in Sullivan Chamber, we had access to the Mayor's Reception Room for more portraits of the bride and groom.  It's beautiful in there with gorgeous window light.  We had a rainy morning so we made the most of it inside.

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cambridge city hall wedding photos elopement photography boston

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Cambridge City Hall Wedding Cost

So you want to get married at Cambridge City Hall?  There is a 10 person limit to your guest list (a big higher than Boston City Hall weddings). To book your civil ceremony at Cambridge City Hall, you can call the City Clerk's or drop by in person.

As this is a functional municipal building, the Sullivan Chamber (where the City Council meets and where this couple was married) is only available if there is not city business.

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cambridge city hall wedding photos elopement photography boston

Cambridge City Hall Wedding Photography Packages

When I photograph city hall weddings and small intimate wedding like this one, we usually shoot for up to two hours. That will cover the moments before the civil ceremony, the civil ceremony itself and leave time for location portraits. In this case the beautiful building of Cambridge City Hall itself.  Which was great because we had a drizzly and grey day. 

I love photographing intimate wedding like this one at Cambridge City Hall - creating beautiful and authentic images of this turning point in your relationship. Thinking about eloping? Let's chat.  

 

 


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Boston City Hall Wedding

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GETTING MARRIED AT BOSTON CITY HALL

We had such fun!  On our planning phone call we discussed ways to extend the celebrations after the City Hall wedding.  I suggested champagne. He thought they should pair it with cake! And that is a pretty good combo.  They decided on Carrie Nation - the gm graciously let us shoot in the back room and pop a bottle of champagne there. 

Behind the red velvet curtains, they cut into a red velvet cake! So we basically had a mini private reception and I loved the scene. If you haven’t been in the back room there - it’s well worth a look. And a lovely way to keep out of the unpredictable Boston weather.

After photographing dozens of wedding up at the City Clerk’s office this was my first time photographing on the second floor (which if you know City Hall is the floor below the entrance just to make it extra confusing).  We walked through the record room - volumes upon volumes of marriage and birth records. It was an amazing glimpse into history. I even ran into my friend and neighbor registering his son’s birth.

This couple is originally from the west coast and were happy to have some brick and snow in their photographs  - things they didn’t grow up with and are now a part of their east coast lives.

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ELOPING AT BOSTON CITY HALL

Considering eloping in Boston? What are the reasons to just elope?  Each of the couples I have photographed at Boston City Hall have different reasons that they are choosing a smaller wedding ceremony; budget, pressure, speed, not wanting to be the center of attention in a big party. As a photographer in downtown Boston, I love photographing elopements at Boston City Hall.  They have just as much excitement and romance as a big Saturday wedding just on a small and sweet scale.

Sidestep the pageant - and get back to the basics. You are in love. You want to be married. The rest of it is not as important. And if you scale down your wedding you can choose other things - like putting more down on a home or like a fantastic honeymoon with unforgettable meals.

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How to Tell Your Parents You Want to Elope

Elopements means you aren’t required to invite anyone. Though this might mean that some important people in your life might feel excluded. Part of the fun of eloping is that nearly all of the obligations are easy to address. Want to execute this tearlessly?

Tell them in ahead of time.

  • Explain your why and be sympathetic to how they’re feeling without backing down on your plans. If they are disappointed, acknowledge that.  Being heard is important - even to parents. Just how far in advance to tell them is up to you.

Make sure your parents know it's not about them.

  • Though let’s be honest - sometimes it can be just a little about them.  But there are reasons you and your fiance decided to have an intimate wedding and you’ve probably already talked out the why between you two.  Explain your reasoning to your parents. Firmly. Without hesitation. Remind them that you love them and tell them the ways that they can share joy and excitement with you.

Find ways to include them.

  • From choosing flowers for a small bouquet or facetiming them just after or just before the ceremony to suggesting that a formal dinner with them later - there are ways to make them feel like they are part of the event even if they aren’t present during the ceremony itself. You never know, they might even not mind your decision.  

Share the Excitement

  • You are celebrating - and photographs that set the scene and tell the story of your wedding day are a wonderful way to share (and that’s the key part making sure your family feels included) the love and joy of your elopement.  This bride and groom called their parents before the ceremony began and then kept them on silent speakerphone so they could hear the ceremony in live time.  

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HOW TO CELEBRATE AFTER ELOPING

I suggest a glass of champagne and a dessert or a fancy lunch at your favorite restaurants of course.  

You can also plan a celebration with your inner circle and family either that night or another day. An after party can be a lovely way to share your vows and include people. And of course you get to wear your wedding clothes again. Or wear whatever you like.

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SHOULD YOU STILL HAVE A PHOTOGRAPHER IF YOU ELOPE?

Obviously, I’m biased.  I feel deeply that photography, specifically documenting your life milestones (and w wedding, even if it’s at City Hall counts) is important part of your shared history.  I LOVE photographing small wedding, like Boston City Hall weddings, Cambridge City Hall weddings and elopements. It’s the essentials of the wedding day, and even paired down it is a thrilling and awesome way to begin a new chapter in your lives.

You can use the images from your Boston elopement photographer in your announcements and holiday cards and of course on instagram.

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BOSTON MA ELOPEMENT PACKAGES

When I photograph elopements, or city hall weddings, most clients book me for two hours. This covers the moments before the ceremony, the ceremony itself, and we have time for location portraits in and around Boston or Cambridge.

It’s more of an investment that a typical portrait session.  Why? The equipment we use is the same, the time invested in processing time is the same and the end product is the same caliber.  Even if it’s untraditional it’s still a wedding and a one time event. I photograph elopements with the same attention and care that I would a large wedding.  

Boston Elopement Photographer

I love photographing elopements in Boston, creating beautiful and honest images of this moment in their lives. Get in touch for more ideas about your Boston City Hall wedding! 


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Maine Coast Elopement Nubble Point

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What does a bride wear to elope on thanksgiving morning at Nubble Point in York, Maine? Insulated Carhartt overalls & white cape, obviously. I slipped out in the morning to meet these two lovebirds at Nubble Point in York.  It was a windy, beautiful, cold and ultimately quick little ceremony that culminated in a champagne in the back seat of the truck.

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A week before Thanksgiving, I received a facebook message from Melissa asking me what I was up to Thanksgiving morning.  She had remembered that we were to be in Portland, Maine with family that week.  She and her long time love had decided to elope!  They love Maine and were just wondering if I might be able to come down to document their ceremony.  Sounds fun, I thought. Then I looked at the weather. Yikes.

A few years ago at a family session in December, I realized that my poor fingers weren't that useful when the weather dipped below 20.  And I made a note to that I did not want to schedule any more outdoor shoots when it was that cold.  But Thanksgiving morning in Maine was slated to be 8 degrees, negative 6 in the wind chill.

How could I take pictures if I couldn't properly hold my gear?  Carhartt Sherpa Mitts to the rescue!  I bought these amazing mitts - and figured out all my settings before I got out of the car so I could operate everything with my fingers still inside.

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It was a quick and lovely ceremony.  While the weather was indeed bracing, I kept warm enough nestled in my down coat.  The bride also wore Carhartt - a pair of insulated bib overalls completed by heels and white fur trimmed cape and muff.  It was perfectly Melissa.  A friend of the couple married them and then we all hopped in the back of their truck for a champagne toast before we went to our respective Thanksgiving dinners.

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