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Masonic Temple Wedding: Rachel & Drew

5.21.19 - weddings by Courtney

GAH!! So, this was the best possible wedding to kick off my 2019 season. The bride, groom, venue, friends, and family could not be more incredible. I seriously wanted to join the family right then and there. Rachel and Drew's wedding day was filled with beauty, fun, and laughter....seriously. So. Much. Laughter.

We began their day getting ready at the Masonic Temple. I couldn't get over all the gorgeous details (check out the ceiling where the ladies got ready) of this building. But, the most important was the gorgeous bride and groom. Rachel looked absolutely stunning in her gown and (sigh) cathedral length veil. Drew's face lit up as soon as he heard the 'ding' of the elevator as Rachel stepped out for their first look. Her smile matched his as she saw how handsome he looked in his grey suit (love this). And, I loved the reaction from their parents and bridal party.... the cheers for the happy couple lasted from this moment well into the night.

A party bus took us to a few stops around Detroit for photos. The first was Belt Ally where the subtle colors of the bridal party were a nice contrast to the colorful murals. I don't think anyone stopped smiling the entire time....their joy is undeniable. We made one other stop on one of my favorite side streets before making our way back to the Masonic for their beautifully intimate ceremony. Their ceremony was officiated by their uncle which just added such a sentimental value to the day. With the expert guidance of Katy Haley at Bridal Bliss, the ceremony flowed into a cocktail hour where the bridal party viewed a private cake cutting (and tasting of course) and straight into the reception.

The reception was decorated with simple and elegant floral arrangements done by MK Carroll Designs. Such thoughtful speeches were given, a delightful dinner conversation (and yummy meal) and a night filled with dancing. I couldn't imagine a more perfect day.

Thank you, Rachel and Drew, for allowing me to be apart and capture your special day. I'm all in for matching PJs at Christmas this year! I wish you the very best.

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