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Weekday Wedding Ceremony at City Hall

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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!


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A Very Small Downtown Boston Wedding

It's been a very long roll out to Spring.  We've all been feeling it.   Earlier this month I had the pleasure of photographing  a very small downtown Boston wedding.  So small that the only people in attendance were a brother and their amazing little dog.  Which really makes for a guest list of one human, one canine.

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The newlyweds will plan a larger reception with their families later, but I understood completely when they told me that they really just wanted to be married and with their out of sync work schedules that they decided to get married on the day they were both off, which happened to be a Wednesday.  And there's no reason a Wednesday isn't as good a day as a Saturday or a Sunday to get married.

It was windy.  And you may remember if you've been in our fair city this "spring," that the brisk breezes have most definitely been blowing.

We met at their apartment and then connected with the officiant.  The brides wanted to get married across the street from their apartment, at the fountain behind the Prudential center.  It was a beautiful civil ceremony, each bride reading their own vows.

I'm sure you have been to, or perhaps even had, a big wedding.  There is something to be said for doing it up.  But there is also something beautiful about pairing everything down to the moist essential.  Your fiance.  Your brother. Your dog.  The city where you met and fell in love.   These kind of intimate celebrations are wonderful, immediate and emotional.

 

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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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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 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!


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BOSTON CITY HALL WEDDING

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

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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!   

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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.  

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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.  

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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!