Boston City Hall Elopement : Natalie + Tim

What can be more romantic than running off to city hall to marry your best friend on your anniversary?!

Natalie and Tim decided to marry on their third anniversary at Boston City Hall. They each invited a friend to celebrate with them and spent the day enjoying the city and and visiting some of their favorite spots for photos.

Enjoy these photos of their day and some extra info from the couple below!

Photography: CityLux Studios

Location: Boston City Hall

Flowers: Rouvalis Flowers

Hair & Makeup: Mayfair on the Hill

His Ring and Her Earrings Jewelry Designer : Rebekah Brooks 

Her Ring: Grace Lee

Bridal Dress: Marchesa Notte from ShopBop

How they met

Tim is from Austin and I’m from Atlanta originally, though we’ve both lived all over (him for college/Army commitments and me for college/medical school/training). We both moved to Boston in 2015—he started a PhD in Economics at MIT and I began a five year surgical residency. We both swiped right on Bumble and agreed to meet a few days later, on May 24, 2016. We ended up at 21st Amendment in Beacon Hill (now a favorite for Sunday night trivia). Afterwards, we walked through the Public Garden and down Commonwealth Avenue, where we shared our first kiss. Tim later proposed to me in the same spot!

How they decided to elope

We were thinking about getting married on May 24, 2020 (our four year anniversary, on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). But the time, planning, and expense to throw the event we wanted felt overwhelming and not very joyful. We were far more excited about living our life together, traveling, and spending time with our families in smaller, intimate settings. We realized a few months ago that our anniversary this year—May 24, 2019— fell on a weekday, which meant that we could get married at Boston City Hall. We booked a date—it felt decisive and practical, yet spontaneous and fun.

The wedding day

We got married on a Friday. I had spent the night at the hospital on call for a 25 hour shift so that I could have the day off. I took a quick nap and then got my hair and makeup done around the corner from my house. We dressed, picked up my flowers, and headed to the courthouse. My best friend from residency and Tim’s best friend from West Point both live in Boston, and they met us at City Hall. We had some time before the 3:00 ceremony to take photos in City Hall. Afterwards, we rode the T a few stops and a woman named Moira gave us $100 for celebratory champagne! Then we took some photos in the Public Garden, including one on the bench where we had sat and talked on our first date. Then we went out for Sushi and ate wedding cake at home.