BOSTON CITY HALL WEDDINGS!

 
Boston City Hall Wedding Photographer

HEY BABE!

THINKING ABOUT GETTING MARRIED AT CITY HALL?

You’re in great hands. Let me walk you through the whole process!

 
My husband and I hate being the center of attention, but working with Lena made walking through Boston in a wedding dress on a Monday afternoon seem like a totally normal, everyday occurrence.

We’re pretty awkward in front of a camera, but Lena’s energy is so infectious and enthusiastic you can’t help but relax, have fun, and laugh.

If we had to do this all over again, we’d pick Lena to photograph our day every time.
— Anna & Matt, Boston City Hall, July 2019
 
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GETTING THERE

There is no dedicated parking at Cambridge or Boston City Hall, so plan to park in a nearby garage (my favorite is SpotHero) 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. Plan on traveling to Boston's most picturesque locations for your photos.

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SCHEDULING

Ceremonies take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in Boston and daily in Cambridge (but only until 12pm on Fridays in Cambridge vs 3pm in Boston). For the best light, you want your ceremony to take place around 3 hours before sunset. For summer weddings, try to get the latest appointment available, which is around 3pm. For winter weddings, try a morning ceremony!

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THE CEREMONY

First, you'll check into the City Clerk’s office on the 6th floor 15 minutes before your ceremony time, pay the fee, and get your paperwork squared away. They’ll come and call you into the office when it’s time! The ceremony will take place in Maureen Feeney or Alex Geourntas’ office - the blue room or the bookshelf room! You can read your own vows or go with the standard ones. You can bring 4 guests + me, sometimes up to 8 if everyone is in good spirits that day ;)

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THE FINE PRINT

Go to City Hall to fill out a Marriage Intention form. This can be done in any Massachusetts town, not just Boston! 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 review for any errors then sign. Don’t forget your $75 fee - cash only!

If you’re looking for an upbeat photographer who can bring out the best in you as a couple - Lena is the one.

She’s the ultimate hype-woman and every single photo she takes looks like it could be featured in a magazine. She has an amazing eye and is a joy to work with - she’s totally committed to making your day and photos special.
— Ashley & Alex, Boston City Hall, August 2019
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ACCESSORIES

No wedding is complete without a bouquet of flowers, a colorful scarf, or a matching purse! Call my girl Jackie at Central Square Florist right next to Cambridge City Hall for the perfect bouquet, or if you’re flying by the seat of your pants, stop by Whole Foods or Trader Joes for last minute arrangements. Many of my brides get their hair done at Drybar or DIY it. If you want the full look, have my girl Shannon Elaine come to YOU to get your wedding day glam on!

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Boston Public Garden

The Public Garden is the most romantic, quintessential Boston location for your wedding portraits. Those sweeping willow trees, the frog pond, the historic bridge... and you may even see the famous lovebirds themselves, two white swans named Romeo & Juliet!

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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! More of a beer or bourbon drinker? Let’s stop at your favorite bar and have a toast.

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CoPLEY SQUARE

Copley is a quick trip on the green line from City Hall. The facade of the Boston Public Library is stunning, the Commonwealth Ave Mall is lined with rows of trees and foliage and adorable, historic brownstones. Hop over one street to the famous Newbury Street and grab some Georgetown Cupcakes to officially cut your cake.

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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 until 5pm, 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.

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Beacon Hill

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 - no wonder!

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After researching a number of elopement photographers in the Boston area, I knew Lena was our lady the minute I saw her photos! She had a positive attitude, lugged my accessories around town, and captured all of the important details.

As an international couple, it was important for us to photograph this day for our family on the other side of the world, and Lena managed to do so with such ease. She really knows her stuff.

We’re still getting messages from friends and family about how amazing our photographs are!
— Aimee & Bruce, Brookline Town Hall, April 2019
 
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WHY LENA?

Hey! I’m Lena, the only photographer in Boston who specializes in City Hall weddings.

They’re my jam. I photograph twice as many elopements as traditional weddings each year. And fall in love with every single couple I meet!

I’m a proud Bostonian - yes, a city girl who actually does live here (victim of the MBTA) and walk these streets every day. I’ve photographed hundreds of Boston sessions and elopements, and know all the secret spots and hidden gem locations in Boston: where to grab the best post-wedding cupcake or latte (or beer), where to catch a rooftop skyline view, and how to time the traffic lights for those epic middle-of-the-street shots. Need an expert? I’m here.

I’m a professional hype-girl, so I’m there to make you laugh, lift you up, and melt away any awkwardness for even the most camera shy couples.

As my bride Anna said, “Lena is a pro at pinning on boutonnieres, wrangling large amounts of people for quick family portraits, and getting real smiles out of everyone.” Rain or shine, I’ll help make bring your wedding day vision to life.

Also… I’m a master of Photoshopping gum spots off of the pavement and making tourists disappear. Above + beyond is the only way we roll here.

If you don’t want to have fun on your wedding day, we probably shouldn’t work together! I mean, take it from these guys…

I organized our wedding from abroad and didn’t quite know where to start. From the moment we discovered Lena’s website and Instagram, we were sold.

When we met her on the day itself, it felt like we were meeting a friend we had known for a long time! Our wedding day was such a joy, and was made even more so by our experience of having Lena share the day with us and capture all the laughs and all the serious moments.

We are blown away completely by the images - she has far surpassed our expectations! We feel so privileged to have these gorgeous photographs as a memento of our wonderful day, and it’s all down to Lena.
— Elaine & Conor, Boston Public Garden, August 2019

GALLERY

Check out full Boston & Cambridge City Hall weddings below!

From the time we started planning our wedding we knew we wanted a photographer who had experience shooting Boston elopements. After doing some research we discovered Lena’s page and quickly realized she was the perfect match for us.

Lena had high energy and was supportive throughout the whole session. She even helped my wife carry some of her stuff which made it super easy for her to just focus on being relaxed and comfortable for her pictures.

The day flies by but Lena captures all the perfect moments. To top things off, she was able to send us a couple shots only two hours after our session! Like, who does that? Lena was the absolute best!
— Nichole & Kass, Boston City Hall, May 2019
 
 

2 HOURS

2295

Covers ceremony + portraits beyond City Hall Plaza

(Boston Public Garden, The North End, Cambridge, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, etc)

125+ edited photos

1 HOUR

1895

Covers ceremony + portraits at City Hall Plaza

75+ edited photos

ALL PACKAGES include and a downloadable online gallery + PRINTING RIGHTS

 
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WHERE DO WE EVEN START?

Slide into my inbox baby! I want to hear all the awesome plans for your wedding day! Make sure to include your date and the location of your elopement.

HOW MANY PICTURES DO I GET? AND HOW LONG WILL I WAIT FOR THEM?

You can expect between 75-125+ photos depending on your package in 14-18 days. There will be sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram, so you'll never be without a gorgeous wedding photo in the meantime. Then, you'll be delivered a full gallery online with all of your beautiful memories.

ARE THE PHOTOS EDITED?

All photos are hand edited by yours truly in my bright, joyful, colorful signature style. I believe in above + beyond editing, through - if you wake up with acne on your wedding day, have a weird bruise or bug bite… it’s all taken care of! NO STRESS! I even edit out flyaway hairs, trash on the sidewalk, and the occasional tourist or two. You worked extra hard to look this great, and your photos will be something to be proud of for decades to come!

CAN I PRINT / POST OUR PHOTOS?

They're YOUR wedding photos: you have the freedom to post online, make your own album, print your own prints, order announcement cards with your photos on them, or even have your mom put your faces on a coffee mug. Family is more than welcome to share in the love!

can i bring family?

Yes you can! 4 guests (and me!) can attend the actual ceremony, then you’re welcome to invite all your friends and family for the portrait session afterwards. If you’re inviting more than 5 people, consider going with the 2 hour package to make sure you have enough time for your couple portraits as well, but I’ve photographed 25+ guests at City Hall Plaza after a ceremony, so you’re probably good!

OK, WE DEFINITELY WANT YOU TO CAPTURE OUR DAY. HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?

We celebrate! You found your wedding photographer, yay! First, I send you a contract online to sign online, fill out an awesome questionnaire all about you, then pay a $500 retainer that reserves me for your day online via credit card. The rest is due the week of the wedding. Let the good times roll!

 
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Lena is everything and more we could’ve hoped for in a photographer! When we actually met her in person at City Hall on our wedding day, it didn’t feel like we were meeting her for the first time. She was like a really great friend who was super excited for us.

We, including our family and friends, were blown away by not only the quick turnaround time but also the high quality of the photos! We highly recommend Lena; she’s an amazing photographer and person!
— Cathy & Evan, Boston City Hall, July 2019