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City Hall Wedding | Boston

Weekday Wedding Ceremony at City Hall

And she brought the balloons.

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Tis the season of getting married at City Hall!  I seem to be heading to Boston's Government Center a fair amount in April and May. In fact, I am pretty sure I did a wedding there the last time we had a Friday the 13th in April.

I was in SF when this mother-to-be/bride first called to ask about wedding photography for a Boston City Hall wedding.  WE hit it off on the phone, and ended up chatting second semester stories.  As Boston is such a small city, we had more than a few things in common.

Getting Married at Boston City Hall

I adore photographing around Government Center and Boston City Hall - the layers of Boston's history are everywhere.  From any viewpoint, you can spot different architectural eras, development and style.

There’s a lovely quiet excitement at City Hall weddings.  I offer weekday wedding coverage that includes photographing the ceremony and a fun portrait session with our fair city as the backdrop.

Interested getting married at Boston City Hall?  It’s easy.  Go to Boston City Hall at least three days before your wedding and complete the Marriage Intention Form at the Registrar’s Office.  When you can return to City Hall, you can pick up your marriage license and tie the knot!

Want to learn more about our Boston City Hall Wedding packages?  Let's Connect!


Eloping at Boston City Hall

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ELOPMENT AT BOSTON CITY HALL 

A small wedding. So small it was just the bride and groom.  Just the two of them and their love for each other was all they needed. Meeting up with family later in the evening for a fancy dinner to celebrate.  We had a great afternoon (perfect weather!) to shoot the quick civil ceremony and then do some portraits featuring the architecture of Boston.   

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BOSTON CITY HALL WEDDING

Boston City Hall is a building about which people have strong opinions.  This couple was into the concrete.  And into the geometric interiors.  So we spend a few minutes shooting inside City Hall before heading up to the City Clerk's office. 

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A CIVIL CEREMONY AT THE CITY CLERK'S

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FANEUIL HALL WEDDING PORTRAITS

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Of course with Ortiz's jersey front and center, we had to commemorate the doubly important day. 

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One of the many reasons I love photographing in and around City Hall and Government Center is the layers of building that speak to the history of the city itself.  In most views you can see different architectural styles and waves of development.  I'm also digging the new Government Center train station and the baby trees that are now dotting the moat of brick that surrounds the building. 

GETTING MARRIED AT BOSTON CITY HALL

There's a lovely quiet excitement at City Hall weddings.  I offer weekday wedding coverage that includes photographing the ceremony and a fun portrait session with our fair city as the backdrop.  

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Are you interested getting married at Boston City Hall?  It's easy.  Go to Boston City Hall at least three days before your wedding with $50 and complete the Marriage Intention Form at the Registrar’s Office.  When you can return to City Hall, you can pick up your marriage license and get married!  
Interested in learning more about our Boston City Hall Wedding packages?  Email me now!


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ELOPING IN BOSTON

The original plan was just the two of them.  But when parent's were notified, they decided to fly to to witness and celebrate. And a few more friends joined in for good measure.   

BAY VILLAGE BOSTON WEDDING PORTRAITS

Granted a brief pass from active duty to come up to Boston to get married.  We met up on the stoop of his first Boston apartment.  P was living there in a tiny studio apartment when he and V met.  

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BOSTON CITY HALL WEDDING

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Presided over by City Clerk Maureen Feeney, the ceremony was held in her office, which just about fit the group gathered.  Feeney was, as always, a delightful officiant.  Explaining the paper work before bringing the couple up in front of her bookcase to say their vows.  

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Boston City Hall is a great, and architecturally fascinating, place to have a civil ceremony in Boston.  After the ceremony,  the North End, Faneuil Hall, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Boston Public Garden, and Beacon Hill are all just a short walk away.  

WEDDING PORTRAITS IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON

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In our initial conversation, it was decided that, as they met in the city ad are now leaving, the bride and groom wanted to incorporate a Boston feel to the environmental portraits.  We took a few moments in the Blackstone Block and then Post Office Square before parting ways.  They went off to celebrate at JM Curley's with their parents and friends.  Congratulations!  Wishing you both the best as you set off on new chapters, professionally and personally!  

GETTING MARRIED AT BOSTON CITY HALL

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I love the distilled excitement of intimate weekday weddings.  Ars Magna offers weekday wedding coverage that includes photographing the ceremony and a fun portrait session with our fair city as the backdrop.  

Are you interested getting married at Boston City Hall?  It's easy.  Go to Boston City Hall at least three days before your wedding with $50 and complete the Marriage Intention Form at the Registrar’s Office.  When you can return to City Hall, you can pick up your marriage license and get married!  

Interested in learning more about our City Hall Wedding packages?  Email me now!


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WEDDING CEREMONY AT BOSTON CITY HALL

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It was an afternoon of quiet excitement at Boston City Hall.  I met X and P, and both sets of parents, at the clerk's office a few minutes before their assigned wedding ceremony time.  They met a party at hosted by a mutual friend and found each other so easy to talk to and now here they are taking this big step to joining their lives together. 

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BOSTON WEDDING PORTRAITS 

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The sun was rapidly setting, as it does this time of year.  We followed the light and walked over to the Boston Common to do some family and couple portraits.  They mentioned that they were nervous having their picture taken, but I think they did a great job.  The excitement of getting married and the beautiful late fall weather definitely made them more comfortable.  

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X and P chose to do their civil ceremony at Boston City Hall the day before their reception.  Inviting just their respective parents to join them for the wedding ceremony, their siblings came joined for a dinner later at Oceanaire.

Weekday ceremonies are a great option for small weddings.  We offer weekday wedding and intimate wedding coverage which includes covering the ceremony and an extended portrait session after the wedding ceremony.  There are both historic and modern places to do portraits right within walking distance of Boston City Hall.  

Are you interested about getting married at Boston City Hall?  Go down to Boston City Hall at least three days before your wedding with $50 and complete the Marriage Intention Form at the Registrar’s Office.  When you can return to City Hall, you can pick up your marriage license and get married!  

Interested in learning more about our City Hall Wedding packages?  Email me now!


One of my favorites - where city clerk Maureen Feeney did a bit of my job. :)

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Boston City Hall and BC Club Wedding Photography

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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BOSTON CITY HALL WEDDING CEREMONY

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

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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BC CLUB BOSTON WEDDING

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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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WEDDING TOASTS GET PERSONAL

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  


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BOSTON WEDDING

Some of my favorite weddings every year are civil ceremonies at City Hall.  Joanne and Johnny wanted an intimate City Hall wedding ceremony with just their son, so they decided to get married at Boston City Hall  last week.  With the new school year underway, and a new home purchase in process - they decided to forego a big wedding and have a small wedding instead.

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CIVIL CEREMONY

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This wedding was a small intimate wedding with just the three key people: bride, groom and their son who acted as ring bearer. I love small weddings like this one.  The love, the joy; the excitement is all bundled into a small intimate time frame.Boston City Clerk, Maureen Feeney, who is one of my favorite Boston wedding officiants, presided over their civil ceremony in her office at Boston City Hall.  She was wonderful with their son, giving him detailed instructions to how to hold their rings, where to stand, and when to give them to his parents.  He sat every patiently waiting for his moment, and putting the rings on his fingers.

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WEDDING PORTRAITS

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We were ahead of the rain on Friday, so we went outside onto City Hall Plaza (the part that has been softened from the sea of brick to trees) to make some family portraits commemorating this special day in all of their lives.

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The bride stunned in a white jumpsuit and sparkly heels.  The groom looked so dapper in his three piece grey suit complete with pink and grey tie and pink pocket square. 

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GETTING MARRIED AT BOSTON CITY HALL

Most wedding are scheduled on weekends, I love the excitement that happens in small intimate weekday weddings.  I offer weekday wedding and intimate wedding coverage includes photographing the ceremony and a relaxed portrait session after the ceremony for complete narrative coverage.  There are so many little spots close to Government Center to take portraits that show Boston, both historic and modern.

interested about getting married at Boston City Hall?  It's easy.  Go to Boston City Hall at least three days before your wedding with $50 and complete the Marriage Intention Form at the Registrar’s Office.  When you can return to City Hall, you can pick up your marriage license and get married!  
Interested in learning more about our City Hall Wedding packages?  Email me now!