BOSTON CITY HALL WEDDINGS!
THINKING ABOUT GETTING MARRIED AT CITY HALL?
You’re in great hands. Let me walk you through the whole process!
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.
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!
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 ;)
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
Check out full Boston & Cambridge City Hall weddings below!
Covers ceremony + portraits beyond City Hall Plaza
(Boston Public Garden, The North End, Cambridge, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, etc)
125+ edited photos
Covers ceremony + portraits at City Hall Plaza
75+ edited photos
ALL PACKAGES include and a downloadable online gallery + PRINTING RIGHTS
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!