You said your vows, you’ve got the photographer—so now make use of Boston’s beautiful scenery. If you’re looking to underscore a romance that blossomed in Beantown, be sure to snap some wedding day pics at some of the city’s most scenic landmarks. Here, five classic Boston locations to snap a pic at on your big day:
Acorn Street in Beacon Hill
Considered one of America’s most picturesque and most photographed streets, Acorn Street has it all: mossy cobblestones, flowering window boxes, and American flags waving. Swing by for a quick kiss to add an undeniably quaint—and über Bostonian—wedding shot to your album.
A 17-mile stretch along the banks of the Charles River, you’ll be sure to get stunning shots of your big day at The Esplanade. With the cityscape looming in the distance just beyond the water, if you can get there at sunset with MIT/Harvard in the background, your photos will look magical. A few other great spots on The Esplanade: The pedestrian bridge at the end of Charles Street or snap a few pics in front of the famous Hatch Shell, where the Boston Pops play during the summer.
Are you or your groom die-hard Red Sox fans? You can actually take your wedding photos at legendary Fenway Park. Iconic spots within the ballpark—the dugout, the stands, and even on the field—create beautiful images as well as a lasting memory. Just be sure to book your photoshoot in advance (email email@example.com). Tip: If you actually want to have a Fenway wedding ceremony or reception, check out the EMC Club, State Street Pavilion, and Right Field Roof Deck, which all provide gorgeous views and easy access to the park.
The Public Garden
It may be obvious, but getting some wedding photos with The Public Garden as your backdrop is quintessentially Boston. Beautifully manicured green space, meandering pathways, and world-famous swan boats make for beautiful pics. Just be sure to time it well: During the spring and summer, it’s a very popular tourist destination. PS: There’s no fee for taking pictures, but if you want to hold your actual ceremony in the Garden, you’ll have to pay.
The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard
Head out to Cambridge to snag some hilltop images with views of downtown. Although it’s technically a private space, The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University allows the public to conduct small ceremonies and take photos for free. But notify them of your timing and plans ahead of time (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cari Wira Dineen is a Boston-based freelance lifestyle writer, editor, and content strategist. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Weight Watchers, Health, Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, TheKnot.com, The New York Post, and Shape.com among others. Most recently, she was an editor at John Brown Media where she created custom, branded content for digital and print publications as well as websites and social media platforms. A former senior editor at Redbook and Woman’s Day, she loves writing about travel, beauty, and wellness.