Boston City Hall Weekday Wedding

BOSTON CITY HALL WEDDING

Are you in? Or are you in? With these two questions, a love story was born.  

boston city hall wedding bride and groom 

With parents who were meeting each other for the first time in tow, Casey and Greg said their marriage vows at Boston City Hall, exchanged their engraved wedding rings and made it all legal and official.  They were all in!   

Boston City Hall Wedding layered architectural history of the city  

civil wedding ceremony at Boston City Hall

Not quite an elopement, Casey and Greg chose to keep things simple.  They paired their wedding down to their essentials: family, food, love. Opting for an intimate City Hall wedding ceremony with just their parents for the first day. On the following day, they hosted their siblings and extended families for a dinner and celebration at one of their favorite waterfront spots, Babbo.  

Boston City Hall Clerk's Office for Getting Married

getting a marriage license at Boston City Hall

Boston City Hall marriage license on wedding day

City Hall wedding ceremonies are quick.  After the actual ceremony, we spend some time wandering through the city and capturing portraits of the newlyweds and their parents using beautiful Boston as an integral part of the visual story.  

city clerk's office Boston City Hall wedding photography

rings ready for their Boston City Hall wedding

saying vows at Boston City Hall wedding city clerk's office

vows Boston City Hall wedding - loved that on the clerk's desk was his own wedding photo! 

getting married at Boston City Hall

exchanging rings at Boston City Hall wedding ceremony

Boston City Hall civil wedding ceremony

getting married at the Boston City Hall with parents

Boston City Hall Wedding tears

getting married at Boston City Hall

An awesome ultra-Boston moment when the assistant city clerk and the father of the groom started talking what Greek villages their families had immigrated from. 

hugs after Boston City Hall wedding

family portrait Boston City Hall Wedding

WEDDING PORTRAITS IN BOSTON

After the City Hall ceremony, we walked through the city winding our way through the Boston Common, the Public Garden and into Copley Square where the couple had dinner reservations.  

downtown Boston wedding

boston wedding bride in lace pink bouquet

downtown summer Boston Wedding

Boston Public Garden wedding

Boston Public Garden wedding willows

 swam boats at Boston Public Garden wedding

reflections pond Boston Public Garden wedding

Boston back bay wedding portrait

Boston back bay wedding portrait kiss

Boston back bay wedding portrait church

Loved seeing the beaming bride clasp hands with her mother as they walked together. 

All three couples, enjoying the mall on Commonwealth Avenue. 
All three couples, enjoying the mall on Commonwealth Avenue. 
We parted ways at Precinct, where the couple toasted their nuptials with thier parents before heading off to dinner. 
We parted ways at Precinct, where the couple toasted their nuptials with thier parents before heading off to dinner. 

boston wedding photography ring inscription

Detail of the gorgeous engagement and wedding rings.  The interior of the wedding bands were engraved with the words that began everything: "Are you in or are you in?"  "I'm in!"

While Saturdays are the most popular wedding day and much of my calendar dates for the year are filled with weekend weddings, I adore photographing small intimate weekday weddings like this Boston City Hall wedding.  All the joy and excitement is distilled into an intoxicatingly pure form.  

My weekday wedding and intimate wedding coverage includes photographing the ceremony as well as an extended portrait session to complete coverage.  The portraits can be formal and informal, but importantly they tell the story of your day.  

Curious about getting married at Boston City Hall?  It's fairly easy. And certainly fun!  You'll both head down to City Hall (M-F 9-4) with $50 to fill out the Marriage Intention Form at the Registry Division.  Make sure you do that at least three days before your wedding date.   Then you can return to City Hall and pick up your marriage license and get married!  

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


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. 

Checking the shirt collar
Checking the shirt collar

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 | Boston City Hall Elopement

A small wedding doesn't mean a wedding with any less romance, any less glamour, any less love, any less fun.  Sometimes an intimate wedding, a small wedding, a two person micro wedding, is just perfect. 

An elopement is romantic - its all about keeping things simple.  You have each other, and you get legally united and then you acknowledge it with a two person celebration.  It's a wedding stripped down to the essentials.  There is a romantic component to being all the other person need for this major life milestone.

Planning a wedding can stress people out.  Negotiating what you want and what your families expect isn't necessarily easy.  Sometimes you just can't wait any longer to marry the love of your life.  I've known couples who, in the middle of planning a big wedding, decide to elope and keep it to themselves. And then have the big party anyway - keeping their elopement as a secret between them. 

Micro-weddings or City Hall elopements do require some etiquette.  Even if you value keeping things small, you won't want anyone to feel excluded. This calls for a joyful announcement made that evening or the next morning.  Either with paper mail or by email or by social media post.  

In this case, I was booked a few months in advance and the couple planned out how they wanted their wedding day to unfold. A New Year's Eve City Hall ceremony and then the night at the Fairmont Copley, a beautiful and historic hotel overlooking Copley Square.  I was sworn to secrecy.  Their plan was to announce the marriage to family and friends in with emails and phone calls the next day.  Both families live out of state and this couple wanted to share their joy the following morning, on New Year's Day.  A pretty romantic and meaningful time to wed, at the final moments of one year awaiting the next. 

The bride wore a tailored gold brocade dress and kitten heels - and this amazing vintage faux tiger coat.  The groom wore a grey suit paired with a light purple shirt with tuxedo collar.  After the Boston City Hall civil ceremony, we picked up their rescue dog (one handsome, if skittish French bulldog who wore his bowtie like a champ) before we made some portraits at the Copley Fairmont.  I love this dog friendly hotel - their lobby and staircases were a warm and lovely space in which to make portraits.  And the light coming in from Copley Square, purple and pink, worked to set the stage for a dramatic and colorful portrait in their luxury suite. 

Boston makes a great destination for an elopement.  We have a beautiful, if postage sized, city that is rich with history and beautiful architecture. Yes, I'm even talking about our concrete beast of a City Hall.  Within a short walk you can hit the waterfront, the Boston Common, find cobblestone streets and wonderful views of the skyline.  

There are still, of course, a zillion reasons to have a giant awesome party.  There's something to be said for the unforgettable experience of being surrounded by your friends and families and reveling in all the togetherness (and perhaps unwinding after a months long planning process).  Maybe you can do both. :)