Cambridge City Hall Wedding | Center Street Cafe Luncheon

Breakfast of cinnamon rolls and prosecco. A little FKA twigs on the turn table, an impossibly fluffy cat and the critical few in attendance - we are ready for a Friday morning wedding at Cambridge City Hall.

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CAMBRIDGE MASSACHUSETTS CITY HALL WEDDING

Black leather jacket - the perfect look for a casual weekday wedding at City Hall Black leather jacket - the perfect look for a casual weekday wedding at City Hall

Wedding ceremony was held in Cambridge City Hall Chambers.  There were quite a number of folk getting married that morning, we saw wedding couples as we came in and as we left.

Winter still has a hold on April in Boston, and while it seemed the sun wanted to come out, it only flirted with us for a few moments before ducking back behind a curtain of grey clouds.  We kept most of their portraits indoors.

They chose not to purchase anything new for the wedding, and forewent flowers as well.  The bride wore one of her favorite dresses, and the groom paired a collared shirt with a tie and donned a leather sport coat.  They each wore sunglasses and with the bride’s trench coat they looked a little like a pair of detectives who had slipped away for a lunchtime elopement.

This is one of my favorite images from their wedding day.  A gentle gesture of caring from wife to husband, as he receives and reads a card from his aunt.  A portrait of the groom's mother, who passed away, is on the mantle figuratively and literally watching over him on his wedding day.    This is one of my favorite images from their wedding day.  A gentle gesture of caring from wife to husband, as he receives and reads a card from his aunt.  A portrait of the groom's mother, who passed away, is on the mantle figuratively and literally watching over him on his wedding day.

CENTER STREET CAFE WEDDING LUNCHEON

After their City Hall wedding, Jamaica Plain’s Center Street Cafe was the destination for their wedding luncheon.  A local Italian food favorite, Center Street Cafe is committed to locally sourced ingredients.  Working with the staff there, the bride and groom created a menu to cater to all their guests dietary needs.  We were welcomed  into their open dining room, and had a long family style table laid out with customized event menus.

Excessive food photos follow - as it was amazing. Cafe delicious menu for the bride and groom.

First course of sunchoke and fennel soup with fried herbs and parsley oil First course of sunchoke and fennel soup with fried herbs and parsley oil meatballs, tomato sauce and ricotta salata meatballs, tomato sauce and ricotta salata bucatini with tomato sauce, guanciale, pecorino and stracciatelle bucatini with tomato sauce, guanciale, pecorino and stracciatelle

Lemon and raspberry wedding cake from Flour Lemon and raspberry wedding cake from Flour Wedding cake brought in from FlourBakery served with Center Street Cafe's cannoli.  Check out the legs on that glass of port! Wedding cake brought in from FlourBakery served with Center Street Cafe's cannoli.  Check out the legs on that glass of port!

SQUISH THE CAT

For the cat lovers . . . this is Squish. Resident fluffball.

Love this cat cuddle, with brand new wedding rings. Love this cat cuddle, with brand new wedding rings.

I love this couple’s commitment to zero fuss.  This bride is kind and caring - and she shies away from being center of attention so they came up with a way to commemorate their union in a way that speaks about who they are as individuals and as a team.  Congratulations on your wedding!


Micro Wedding | Cambridge City Hall

Here's another beautiful little two person (plus me the wedding photographer and the officiant which I guess technically makes it four persons) from City Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I've photographed weddings here before, but usually in the kinder gentler weather that takes us outside. We asked if chambers was available.  We were so happy o learn that it was!

Y. and J. met in a French language class years ago. Though they both left China for jobs in other countries they found their way together again.  After long distance love for another few years, they are both in Boston, and enjoying their life here. Together, finally!

They chose to be married in a civil ceremony here first and then they will have a larger and traditional Chinese celebration when they are home with their families.

They were so excited to get married - giggles and adorable bouncing to get it going. It was obvious that they weren't able to wait any longer to marry the love of their life. I arrived early and they were already there - nearly trembling with excitement.

Their city hall elopement was romantic - and kept things simple.  They have each other, and a two person celebration.  A wedding paired down to it's bare bones that has no less less romance,  love, or fun that a big celebration.  In this case, a two person micro wedding, was ideal.

I love photographing micro-weddings like this.  City Hall weddings are treated like an extended portrait session.  Coverage of the civil ceremony in the City Hall, or courthouse, followed by a location portrait session.