I love elopements. No, wait, I LOVE elopements. I’ve only had the privilege to photograph a few of them, but those few have been spectacular. That definitely can be said for my most recent one, which was a Cambridge City Hall wedding. There’s just something so magical when two people say, “to hell with what everyone else wants us to do, let’s go and do this OUR WAY!”
Josh and Denise had that spirit. They had a few friends and their very close family join them in Cambridge at the City Hall for a quick, intimate ceremony. Quick side note: this was my first City Hall wedding, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the lighting in Cambridge’s City Hall was AMAZING!! Following the ceremony, we went for a stroll through nearby Beacon Hill in Boston, stopping at Tatte Bakery & Cafe. Inside the cafe Josh & Denise grabbed some coffee and desserts. When a customer seated nearby saw what was happening, she ran over and insisted on paying for their treats. The counter staff were touched by what was happening. The magical feeling inside the cafe was palpable, and as a spectator I was so excited to be there. Thinking that Josh & Denise were celebrities, a passerby asked me, “Who are they??” It was amazing.
After spending some more time in Beacon Hill, we went back to Cambridge to Lamplighter Brewing Company where Josh & Denise’s friends were waiting for them. After a beer they cut a cute little cake and shared it with their family. Everyone had such a great time. From what I could tell, no one was under any stress, which is in contrast to the enormous stress I see at many traditional weddings.
Josh & Denise, congratulations! You two were so amazing to work with, and I wish you the absolute best!