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Meaghan & Tim: Boston City Hall Elopement

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Some people love puppies.  Some love babies.  Me?  I’m a sucker for a grandparent.  I love to hear their stories and learn about where they came from and what life used to be like.  So when Meaghan told me that she was going to elope at City Hall with a guest list of one, her 94 year-old grandmother, I knew this was going to be a special one.

Fast forward to a very snowy day in April–who would have thought? I met Meaghan and her grandmother outside of Government Center on her very cold wedding day.  Her grandmother was a champ!  Hiked all the way across the plaza with snow smattering in her face and clutching tight to her granddaughter’s hand which was donned with a beautiful ring that was given to her by her other grandmother.  The two slowly made their way to City Hall where we met up with Tim and at least 50 other couples who were all getting married on the same day.  We made our way down the hall to the office of the woman who would marry them.  Gram sat teary eyed as she watched her grandbaby marry the love of her life.  And as I saw her eyes well up, the only thought I had in my mind was what an honor it must be to have a grandchild love you enough to have you as her witness on the biggest day of her life.  This wedding had so many special touches, but not the traditional pomp and circumstance that comes with a larger wedding…but tears were streaming down my cheeks just the same.

I am so happy for my beautiful friend Meg, and the love of her life, Tim.  What an honor it was to be part of this day that focused on the love between a couple and a bond between a grandparent.  I am so glad I was able to capture this day for you.

Grab a few dozen tissues and take a look.

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