Boston City Hall
No frills, just love: that's the essence of a City Hall wedding. Whether it's an elopement in the Public Garden or an officiated ceremony at Boston or Cambridge City Hall, your wedding day is going to be an epic one!
There is no parking at Cambridge or Boston City Hall, so plan to park in a nearby garage or even better - Uber or Lyft between locations. If you're bringing family and friends, a small limo or a large vehicle is also an option. Unless you're into Brutalist architecture, most people find City Hall to be kind of an ugly building! So, we plan on traveling to Boston's most picturesque locations for your photos.
Check the sunset time on your wedding day. You want your ceremony to take place ~3 hours before that if possible. For summer weddings, try to get the latest appointment available (which is around 4pm).
First, you'll check in with the front desk and wait for your appointment time. When you're called, you will head to the back through the offices. The ceremony will take place in Maureen Feeney's office - complete with a gorgeous bookshelf, vintage typewriter, and antiques featuring Boston.
THE FINE PRINT
Go to City Hall to fill out a Marriage Intention form. Check the website here on what you need to provide. Wait 3 days, and you can pick up your marriage license. It's good for 60 days, so you can do this step way ahead of time! Then, on the day of your ceremony at City Hall, give it to the officiant to fill out.
No wedding is complete without a bouquet of flowers, or a colorful scarf, or a matching purse! Try Whole Foods or Trader Joes for last minute arrangements, and remember to dress for the weather if it's cold outside. A white peacoat in the winter is always very bridal chic!
Boston Public Garden
The Public Garden and the Common are two quintessential Boston locations for your wedding portraits. Those romantic willow trees, the pond, the bridge... and you may even see the lovebirds themselves, white swans Romeo & Juliet!
Pop Some Champagne
Bring a bottle of your favorite bubbly with you (and don't forget the glasses!) so we can pop the cork and celebrate your marriage!
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
The Comm Ave Mall is lined with rows of trees and foliage across from the Public Garden. You can take a stroll past the historic brownstones, or hop over one street to Newbury Street and grab some Georgetown Cupcakes to officially cut your cake.
The State House
The Massachusetts State House is a hidden gem when it comes to wedding photos: if you're into regal, Federalist architecture mixed with some serious European flare, this is your place. Entrance is open to the public, and you can take photos on the grand marble staircase inside, or head to the back of the State House for a small garden, Roman arches, and the most gorgeous facade you'll see in Boston.
Another popular location right across from the Public Garden is Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill is the epitome of old world charm, with colored doors, cobblestone streets, and winding hills. Acorn Street is the most photographed street in all of Boston - and usually has a line at the bottom!