"When Kerri and I got together, we immediately knew it was forever. Kerri proposed at a romantic bed and breakfast in the White Mountains. She called me outside one night where I found a glow in the dark proposal written on rocks she had collected from all of our adventures. It was one of the happiest moments of our lives. Another amazing moment came at our City Hall wedding on May 17th, 2013. As if the day wasn’t already perfect enough, we were surprised to find out upon arrival that it was also the ninth anniversary of gay marriage in Massachusetts!"

— Katie


Before the City issued 3,829 marriage certificates, there was this. Flashback to May, 2004: The first same-sex wedding at City Hall


Ashley and Brandon met as first-year students at Clark University in 2004 and began dating in 2005. They were married at Boston City Hall on May 17, 2013 and had a large party to celebrate with family and friends in July of 2013. They live in Dorchester with their dog and cat.

Married in Boston

It’s a story familiar to anyone who works at City Hall. You’re waiting for the elevator, the doors open, and a beautiful, modest couple is standing there. They’re nervous. A bouquet in hand, a beautiful dress, a suit. Or maybe just suits.

They’re about to have one of the most important moments of their lives on the sixth floor of City Hall. They’re getting married.

We had an idea to document and share these moments with the help of a makeshift photobooth. Starting on the ninth anniversary of marriage equality, we set up a backdrop, some lights, and a camera. And everyone — the couples, the families, the folks in the City Clerk’s office — was excited with the results.

We’re calling it Married in Boston. We hope you enjoy it. (You can submit your own images here, too.)

P.S. We also hope you enjoy the trailer we made for the project:

City Hall Weddings via