Some thoughts on this wedding at the Masonic Temple Detroit..

Eric and Scott got married at the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit. We met up at the Masonic, they got ready in one of the little rooms off to the side. Watching the two of them help each other get ready was such a beautiful experience. There was a gentleness and a kindness they shared toward one another that was palpable.

Around downtown Detroit…
Patrick Abel wedding photograph
Patrick A. Photographer

We all jumped on a party bus and headed out into the city. The Cornerstone Barrel House is a place they enjoyed going to in the past, so of course, it was going to be a stopping off point for us to get some pictures. They ordered a round of cocktails for their friends and some heart felt toasts were raised to the couple. The light coming through the windows was absolutely beautiful and we took a moment or two to try to capture that. Right around the corner was the Z-Lot.  The lighting in the lot was so interesting and the group spent a little time there.

We walked around for a while enjoying the city and the beautiful space. Everyone made it over to Tiger Stadium and then we headed to a couple of other bars.  We enjoyed our time in the city before heading back over to the Masonic temple.

The service in the Masonic Temple Church…

As the guests arrived and took their seats, the excitement in the room began to rise.  I was introduced to a few of the family members that we would be photographing after the service. It struck me that they had both come from lovely and deeply caring families.

Everyone enjoyed watching Scott and Eric seal their vows. A short receiving line followed as a few of the guests made their way down for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The staff at the Masonic were great and hustled us up to the roof to catch the last glimmers of the sun setting.  Some really neat pictures came from that quick but beautiful session.  The family shots took us about 15 or 20 minutes then we all made our way down to the main banquet room.

The reception in the Grand ballroom…

The tables were set, the flowers were arranged, and the centerpieces were gorgeous.  It was a stunning room! As they were introduced, a thunderous applause erupted and they made their way toward the cake table.

After a well presented and delicious dinner, the couple took to the dance floor.  The lighting in this room is particularly interesting and our goal was to try to show off those beautiful chandeliers and the glow of the up lighting on the columns.  I think we achieved some beautiful shots. It was priceless to watch them dance for the first time.  Each of them shared a dance with their moms and there was hardly a dry eye in the room.

Night shots and au revoir…

Later on in the evening we went outside for some beautiful moments in front of the Masonic and back in the lobby. It was a beautiful nightcap for us.  We said goodbye and I headed back toward the studio to get the files backed up on the server.  It was a fabulous evening and such an honor to be able to capture this event for Scot and Eric. We wish them the very best life has to offer.  Also, we wish their families the best and hope they enjoy the photos as well.

We can’t wait for our next wedding at the Masonic Temple Detroit!

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Wedding at the Masonic Temple Detroit MI
Street Shots:  Downtown Detroit,  Z Lot,  Cornerstone Barrel House

Reception:  Masonic Detroit Crystal Ballroom
Photographers:  Patrick A.  &  Photojournalist

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