Town hall wedding shows marriage in its purest, simplest formBy Lannan M. O’Brien | Photos and video by Bethany Prendergast
To an outside observer, Sunday, October 1, may have seemed like a run-of-the-mill day as Meagan MacLeod and Tom Mylchreest got ready together in their Brookline, Massachusetts apartment. But something made this day different from the rest: he was wearing a suit, and she was wearing a white dress with a simple bouquet in hand.
Two years ago, the two met while serving in their friends’ wedding, and sparks flew. What many would perceive as an unmeetable challenge–that Tom is from the United Kingdom–didn’t stop them from maintaining a long-distance relationship, and ultimately, deciding to make a lifelong commitment. Tom recently obtained a fiancé visa (or K-1 nonimmigrant visa), allowing him to stay in the US for 90 days so he and Meagan could be married. With only 90 days, Meagan says, planning an international wedding was simply out of the question. “But it’s not really ‘us’ anyway to do a big wedding,” she says.
So they took a walk to Brookline Town Hall, followed by Meagan’s former classmate, Bethany Prendergast, who captured the wedding on camera. “The whole thing took only ten minutes,” says Meagan. But even minus the pomp and circumstance, there was no lack of emotion or tears shed. “I’ve catered hundreds of [big] weddings, and to me, it always felt like it was about everyone else and their happiness, not about the couple. On Sunday, it was all about us,” she says.
Afterward, she and Tom went out for a pancake breakfast, and that night, they dined at Boston’s Top of the Hub. One highlight of the day: after dinner, the newlyweds wandered through the Public Garden, where a street performer happened to be playing their favorite James Taylor songs. There, they had their “first dance”– and unbeknownst to them, a few passersby had captured the moment.
Prendergast surprised them with the following wedding video, which was completely candid (the couple didn’t even know she was taking it!). On Facebook, she referred to it as a “tiny little wedding video” for a “tiny little wedding.”
Moments from their ‘tiny little wedding’: