It has been a CRAZY busy month and a half, and I have utterly neglected my poor blog. So I will have to churn out a bunch of catch up posts about all of the amazing adventures and clients my business has brought me the last while. Starting with this beautiful spring elopement yesterday!
When Leah reached out to me a few months back, I was so excited to be part of her marriage to Charlie. I really, genuinely love photographing elopements. It is such an incredible honor to be the person whom a couple invites in to document this important day no matter what, but when a couple makes a conscious choice to elope, it is even more intimate. As the only other person with them throughout this momentous occasion, I feel such a connection and responsibility to capture the magic of it all.
Now, in an unexpected turn of events, I sprained my foot at my daughter's gym class the day before I was set to photograph their elopement, so I was hobbling around in an orthopedic boot, a tan wedge, and my work trouser and blazers. Styling to the max!
When I met Leah and Charlie at City Hall, Leah texted me that she would be hard to miss, and it was true! dressed in a stunning lace mermaid gown in the middle of Boston's City Hall lobby, I knew immediately who I was there to meet. We headed up to the City Clerk's office and waited to get these two married!
City Hall ceremonies are, predictably, short and sweet. I really enjoy how the most important parts of a wedding are distilled down the basics, and then, like that, the couple who walked in as individuals walk out a married couple.
After their ceremony, we took some photos around City Hall Plaza where we discovered a new huge wooden Boston sign installed. We stopped there first, because to me, city hall elopements are something of a love letter to the city. The city is your venue, the city is your officiant, the city is your guest. The city is an integral part of your wedding day when you choose this way to elope.
Leah carried a bouquet of tulips and roses. Roses for her mother who passed away when she was young, and tulips because, as she so poetically put it, they are a wise flower, and back in her home state of Minnesota, their emergence truly signifies the start of spring. You never know that winter is over until the tulips come.
Afterward, we headed over to the Boston Public Garden, because it was right near there that Leah and Charlie met on Leah's first day in Boston. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping. It was a bit windy and brisk, but spring renewal was all around.
We then went for a wander around Boston, heading to the Mall on Commonwealth Ave and Marlborough Street, two of Charlie's favorite spots in the city. We walked toward Copley Plaza with the hope of getting some photos at the Boston Public Library and by Trinity Church, but unfortunately, there was some kind of fair or festival happening, so we decided to skip it. We found a beautiful old church with arches and ivy climbing up the walls, and lots of other classic Boston charm, though! At one point as we walked back, a busker playing the saxophone serenaded them, because Boston knows how to celebrate its inhabitants with beautiful moments of kismet.
By the end, we were chatting and hugging like old friends. I'm so excited for these two lovely people to start their life together, a life full of caring, consideration, and laughs no doubt.
Congratulations, Leah and Charlie!