Boston City Hall Wedding :: Elopement Photographer :: Julia + Scott

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello! Happy Thursday! I took a little break from shooting (deliberately) so I could catch up on all of the editing from my crazy May/June/July and the end is nearly in sight! I have two more elopements to share and a couple of engagement shoots and then it's a week of album edits before part II of my season kicks off on August 9th for a wedding at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Anyway, enough about me, let's get straight to Julia & Scott's Boston City Hall Wedding Pictures!

Most weekends you can find me photographing huge weddings with hundreds of guests but during the week I'm always happy to have the chance to photograph more intimate affairs. My elopement or petite wedding packages include coverage of the ceremony plus an additional hour of pictures (perfect for some "just married" pictures or maybe a few photographs with immediate family).

Julia & Scott's wedding ceremony was scheduled at 11:30am followed by a wonderful lunch with their immediate families on Newbury Street. As noon is probably the worst possible time to take pictures (harsh overhead sunlight) we decided to take all of the pictures earlier in the morning before the ceremony.

Most of these pictures were taken in Post Office Square also known as Norman B Leventhal Park - remember that most parks in Boston require a permit to take wedding pictures! Luckily we had our permit when asked!

Julia and Scott were the perfect mix of excited and nervous for the wedding, I loved this quiet little moment.


The financial district is pretty busy in the morning with people getting to work but we managed to find a few people-free spots

Julia and Scott met in high school even going to prom together!

After pictures of the almost-newlyweds we met up with Julia's parents and grandmother and Scott's parents. Big hugs for Julia from her dad David:

We took some relaxed family pictures in the park and then everyone hung out for a little bit before walking to Boston City Hall for the wedding! 

Julia was overjoyed that her grandmother Geri was able to make it to the wedding: 

If you're wondering "How to get married at Boston City Hall" it's remarkably simple. You file a marriage intention (in person) and then there's a three day waiting period before you can pick up your marriage license/get married. You arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time and Maureen Feeney, Boston's City Clark, marries you in her office. There's *just* about room for 2-4 guests if you want to bring immediate family or a couple of friends. Wedding ceremonies take place from 10:00-11:30am and then again 2:30-3:30pm on weekdays only except for Wednesday. If you plan on taking professional pictures afterwards it's a good idea to check with your photographer about the best time of the day with regards to light and schedule your ceremony accordingly.

Julia and Scott waiting for their names to be called:

Once in the office there's a little paperwork to be done. 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 somehow manages to make very short ceremonies still feel very personal and meaningful (not to mention there's a thoughtful box of tissues on hand):

Scott surprised Julia with pictures of them from way back when! Rings were exchanged and then Scott & Julis were pronounced husband and wife!

Big hugs for Scott from his dad Steve.

Julia's grandmother Geri was so happy:

The "recessional":

I'm not sure that Julia and Scott could look happier!

Geri checking out the wedding rings: 

We all hopped into some Uber cars to make our way over to the restaurant on Newbury Street:

Champagne toasts followed and I left everyone alone to enjoy their lunch! 

Julia & Scott - congratulations!!!! It was lovely getting to know you both and photographing your wedding ceremony and your wonderful families! Wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter, health & happiness!

If you'd like to see more smaller weddings and elopements check out these links:
Boston City Hall Wedding Photographs - Sonja & Jonathan
Wedding Pictures at Boston City Hall - Ellie & Joey
Boston Elopement Pictures in the Public Gardens - Kari & Debbie

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