• Tamara Merri

Cambridge City Hall Elopement | Dylan & Dominika

Updated: Sep 7


boston public garden elopement photos

I first connected with Dominika when she emailed me asking for an engagement shoot for the very next day! I'm so grateful I checked my email that day and didn't miss the opportunity to work with her and Dylan.


Not only are they one of the most in love couples I've had the opportunity to photograph, but they really value photography and incorporated tons of Polish traditions in their wedding day! They said "I do" at The Cambridge City Hall, celebrated at College Club of Boston, then had a private driver tour us around Boston for their portraits. Their elopement vision was elegant, classy, and traditional.


Before we go any further with details of their day, I need to credit all their amazing vendors!!


Hair: Parya spa

MU: Glamsquad

Florist: Winston Flowers

Venue(s): Cambridge City Hall + The College Club of Boston

Desserts: Yummy Bunnies Cakery

Dress: Marry Me- House of Brides in Gdańsk, Poland

Tux: Keezer's Classic Clothing

Pianist: Murray Hill Talent

Rolls Royce: Boston Limousine

Private Driver: Signature Rides


Okeeeyyyyy yay wedding story time!!!


Meet Dominika:



Meet Dylan:


Pre-Wedding


I started their wedding day with Dylan and his family at his hotel. As tradition says, it is customary for Dylan's family to "send him off" to his bride with her bouquet. They rented a vintage Rolls Royce for the day which was SO freaking classy!! I love these photos of Dylan's family saying goodbye to him before they'll meet up a little later at City Hall.


groom in a white tux getting into a vintage rolls royce on wedding day

mom giving son the bridal bouquet as he leaves for his first look

groom inside vintage rolls royce

groom's family saying goodbye to him

groom waving goodbye to family from inside car

We then went to D+D's home where Dylan saw her for the first time and presented her with her with her bouquet. Then Domi's family performed a Polish blessing ceremony over the couple. The blessing ceremony was so emotional and beautiful - every moment of their day was so intentional and meaningful.


pressing button in elevator to go meet bride

groom knocking on bride's door to pick her up for the wedding

first look

polish blessing ceremony before wedding

polish blessing ceremony before wedding

polish blessing ceremony before wedding


couple's traditional wedding portrait


Cambridge City Hall Wedding Ceremony


After the blessing ceremony it was time for us to head to Cambridge City Hall!! I asked them why they chose City Hall and they said "We both believe that 'classics are classics for a reason'. We both live in Cambridge MA and what could be more traditional than a civil wedding in a city hall?".


Domi shared that while they will be having a traditional Polish wedding later on, they had the mindset of treating this wedding as an independent celebration. It’s not something to ‘get out of the way’ before a future, big wedding. I LOVE THAT SO MUCH.


When they arrived their family was waiting to greet them outside before heading into the ceremony. Their wedding was September of 2021 so covid protocols were still in place which limited where I was allowed to stand in the ceremony room as well as requiring everyone to wear masks the whole time. Their ceremony was short and sweet, although they did share their own personal vows.


groom helping bride out of a vintage rolls royce

bride and groom arrive to family outside of Cambridge city hall

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candid photo bride showing off bling

groom's father and father in law meeting

Another Polish tradition is to have Domi's grandmother throw rice over them while they walk out of City Hall. We were picking rice out of their hair all day hahaha. While it makes for a fun photo and experience, please make sure to read rules and guidelines for where you get married to see if this is allowed.


throwing rice on couple as they exit cambridge city hall wedding in boston

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throwing rice on couple as they exit cambridge city hall wedding in boston

family photo outside cambridge city hall


couple's wedding portrait outside Cambridge city hall

More vintage Rolls Royce moments YUUUSSS PLEASE.


After we left City Hall we met their families outside of the The College Club of Boston.


Here is when another Polish tradition was performed. Domi's mom has bread with salt and her father has two shots of vodka. The bread represents their wish that the couple never go hungry while the salt symbolizes that things are not always easy. For the vodka they have to drink it in one gulp and throw the shot glasses over their shoulder to break. If the glasses break it means the couple will have a long and happy life together. Fortunately, D+D's shot glasses broke!!


polish wedding tradition of bread and salt and vodka

polish wedding tradition of bread and salt and vodka
polish wedding tradition of bread and salt and vodka

polish wedding tradition of bread and salt and vodka