Engagement Pictures at Assembly Row :: Christine + Dan

Friday, March 27, 2015

Christine & Dan suggested we meet at Assembly Row in Somerville, MA for their winter engagement pictures and as I drove in I couldn't believe I hadn't been there before! Restaurants, bars and shops galore! Anyway, enough about my excitement finding a new awesome place to hang out, let's get to Christine & Dan! 

Christine and I shared just a handful of emails before she booked me for her wedding to Dan so I was very excited to meet them both in person. I was immediately struck by how much comfortable and happy these two were with each other, Dan frequently made Christine laugh out loud during our shoot.

Christine had suggested Assembly Row as they'd ended quite a few of their early dates at JP Licks, so it seemed only right that we'd stop there for an ice cream.

True story - I left Christine & Dan to enjoy their ice cream and thought I'd head outside to see if I could photograph them through the window. I was snapping away when I hear "Hey! Hey you! What are you doing? Do you know them?", I turned to find a very stern police office coming toward me. After I'd explained that I was there for an engagement session luckily he didn't arrest me and instead started picking my brains about his new camera :) 

But let's rewind from the dates and the ice cream. Christine & Dan actually worked together for a few years before they even started dating. They both thought that they had nothing in common so although they'd occasionally go out in a group setting nothing ever happened. And then they found themselves on a non-date.

What's a non-date you ask? Well, it's where you try to to do very non-romantic things like maybe go to Target because you need to pick up some stuff but then buy oreos and mils and you accidentally end up sitting together by a firepit by the swimming pool as the sun goes down :) Non-dates turned into discussions about not dating and then dating and then actual dates! 

A good test for a new relationship is taking a 4-day cross-country trip together. Dan packed some audio books just in case but didn't have to use them as the conversation didn't run out! 

The pictures above and below were taken at the River Bar, they very kindly let us use their cozy patio and firepits for these pictures. It seemed only polite to take a "let's warm up" break in their bar with some mulled wine and spiked hot chocolate:
Last December on a very cold and rainy day Dan insisted that Christine join him for ice cream at JP Licks. Christine thought it was a strange kind of day to get ice cream. Dan suggested they walk down to the water and sit for a while on this very bench. Despite just having had ACL surgery, that didn't stop Dan and he still got down on one knee to propose to Christine. 

Christine & Dan - thanks for introducing me to the wonders of Assembly Row and for being such good company and good sports on a chilly 28 degree Monday! I can't wait for your summer wedding at the Hyatt Harborside! 

How to get married at Boston City Hall :: Boston City Hall Wedding Photographer

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I was recently contacted by The Improper Bostonian to see if I could help with a feature they were writing about getting married at Boston City Hall. As a frequent Boston City Hall Wedding Photographer I was happy to provide images and contact details for some of the couples I've photographed at City Hall - pick up a copy of the Improper to check them out:

My image of Julia and Scott walking up the steps to City Hall was used as the opening page of the feature all about having your wedding ceremony at Boston City Hall:

And then Julia & Scott and John & Erick were interviewed for the article:

There was also a great interview with City Clerk Maureen Feeney (who has always been absolutely lovely at all of the City Hall weddings I've photographed. Maureen makes the brief ceremony as personal and meaningful as possible and she's super awesome about allowing photography)

If you're wondering how to get married at Boston City Hall then here's the scoop. And because all blog posts are better with pictures I'll illustrate this info with various weddings I've photographed at City Hall:


Official Requirements
1. Both parties must be at least 18 years of age.
2. Both parties must show valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license, state ID or passport) plus you have to know your social security number
3. You'll need to supply the following information - legal first, middle and last names (and also what surnames will be used after marriage), dates of birth, occupations, any previous marriage status (second marriage, widowed etc), birth places and parent's name and marital status at the time of birth
4. There are no residency requirement for either party, and you are not required to live in Massachusetts or the United States.

Pre-Ceremony Process
1. You must both be present to apply for & file a Marriage Intention Form with the City's Registry Division (you can't do this through the mail). This will cost $50.
2. After filing a Marriage Intention, there is a three (3) day waiting period before you can pick up your Marriage License.
3. Once you have your license, you must make an appointment for your ceremony and bring the license with you.

1700 marriages took place at Boston City Hall last year! Here's Sonja and Jonathan waiting for their names to be called:


Head up to room 601 (you'll have to go through security just like in the airport), sign in and then you'll make your way into the City Clerk's office:

- It's a fairly tight space so I'd personally recommend a maximum of 2 guests!
- Your ceremony will cost $60 with a service fee of $15 (cash only)
- Boston City Hall Weddings take place Monday through Friday (excluding Wednesday) 10-11:30am and 2-3:30pm
- The ceremony is fairly brief, maybe 10 minutes including paperwork (although you can bring your own vows if you'd like to)and it'll take place in the City Clerk's office , you don't need to memorize your vows!

You'll be seated and go through the official paperwork confirming names and other details. Here's John and Erick in the office:


The ceremony usually takes place in front of the bookcase and even a brief ceremony can get emotional!

If you have a cute nephew you can bring him as your ring bearer!


Let's look at some of Julia and Scott's pictures, Julia was alternating between giggles and happy tears already:  

Julia and Scott chose to write letters/personal vows to each other to read out before the standard marriage vows and it all got a little emotional:

City Clark Maureen Feeney always makes very short ceremonies still feel very personal and meaningful (not to mention there's a thoughtful box of tissues on hand):

There's just about enough room for a couple of guests - in this case Julia's parents


Julia's grandmother Geri was so happy:

The "recessional":

If you're looking for a Boston City Hall Wedding Photographer then get in touch to find out more about my mid-week elopement and petite wedding collections. You'll get photography coverage of your Boston City Hall wedding plus an hour for post-ceremony pictures. Perfect for some happy "just married!" pictures of the two of you and if you have any family or friends present. We can head to the Boston Public Gardens: 

Or we can stop by the library perhaps:


Or the financial district and Post Office Square is close by:

Get in touch if you're planning your own Boston City Hall wedding! And check back in tomorrow for an EPIC recently published wedding....

Boston Public Library Wedding Photographer :: Published in The Knot

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hello! Did you miss me? I've been enjoying the wedding off-season with all sorts of travel, photography education, house renovation, catching up with friends and family and lots of cooking, drinking and eating fun!

We're about to enter early spring engagement season and I can't wait for this snow to be gone and to see some green in the trees! Lots of engagement pictures coming up very soon and then the 2015 wedding season starts in earnest on May 2nd!

Before the snow melts let's remind ourselves of a beautiful winter wedding that was just published in The Knot magazine, New England. I simply adore being a Boston Public Library Wedding Photographer, it's such a unique, historic and visually stunning wedding. When you have a winter wedding at the Boston Public Library and your couple is as great (not to mention beautiful and handsome) as Katherine and Greg then it's a photographer's dream!


Pick up a copy of the magazine to check out all sorts of fun articles and to see LOTS of wedding inspiration! Katherine & Greg hired an amazing team of vendors including:

Flowers by Petalena incorporating paper flowers made from the pages of Pride & Prejudice

Amazing hair and make up by Dani Wagener and Lindsay Griffin:

After a wonderful ceremony at Old South Church, guests made their way to the wedding reception at the Boston Public Library (hugest thanks to Jessica and The Catered Affair team). Check out these wedding pictures in the Guastovino Room - the textured silver linens - so amazing! 
Boston Public Library Guastavino Room




This was one of my very favorite pictures from the day:


You can see the full blog post of Katherine & Greg's wedding with LOTS more pictures here: Winter Wedding at the Boston Public Library :: Boston Public Library Wedding Photographer

And check out the wedding film from the inimitable Long Haul Films (you're looking for video? Quick! Book them!)


Come back tomorrow, I have more lovely published weddings to share with you!

A bunch of adorable little newborn babies! :: Maine and Boston Newborn Photographer

Monday, December 15, 2014

If you're a regular blog reader then you'll know that 95% of my posts are weddings and engagement pictures. Once in a while I like to surprise you all with some super cute babies! I thought I'd recap some of the baby pictures I've taken recently.

I'll start with Katie and John. They were married at Wollaston Golf Club and just welcomed baby Maeve to their family. Maeve made the cutest little squeaking noises throughout our mini photo session! 

A couple of weeks ago I visited with LeeAnne and Josh in Wells, Maine. I was their Laudholm Farm Wedding Photographer and it was a blast to see them all settled in their new home and meet baby Benjamin

And then just last week I made my way to Hingham to meet up with Jo-Ann and Ben whose wedding I photographed at Glen Magna Farms. This time it was time to meet baby Josephine.  Newborn babies are obviously fairly unpredictable so when Josephine decided it was time for lunch I played with the cats :)

I hope that satisfied any cravings you might have had for cute baby pictures! If you'd like to schedule your own newborn or family photoshoot then email me at leah@leahhaydock.com for pricing and other information!

Next up will be some rather exciting "Best Of" posts!

And one last housekeeping announcement, if you're procrastinating on ordering any professional prints  then WEDNESDAY DEC 18th is the last day if you'd like them to arrive in time for the holidays!