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Unique Lodge Wedding – Justin & Rachel

There are SO many things to love about this lodge wedding, truly! When I receive submissions that are filled with beautiful images and a great story, it just makes my heart sing. I would love to tell you in my own words, but what photographer Cadey of Cadey Reisner Weddings wrote was all too perfect. Here is what she had to say…

Justin and Rachel were married at the Custer State Game Lodge in Custer, SD. They are both from Arlington, Texas but fell in love with the Black Hills and decided to get married there. Justin is a English professor at the University of Texas in Arlington, and Rachel is a voice instructor. The couple are avid runners and Justin proposed on a run. After Rachel said “yes” she told  every other runner as they ran past them!

This wedding was truly unique. Rachel walked up the aisle by herself, and then along with her bridesmaids sang a beautiful song to Justin as he walked up last. The officiants were best friends of the bride and groom and held an amazing ceremony. Since Justin loves literature and English, members of the families came up and read their favorite poem or story of love.

The couple recited vows they wrote for themselves, and Justin had to use his pocket square several times to wipe the happy tears from Rachel’s eyes. Everyone shed a tear during the wedding as it was just so intimate and sincere.The wedding guests played a role in the wedding as well. The rings were passed around to everyone seated and they could say a special prayer over the rings, or out loud to the couple. This wedding was not about fan fare, or the details, it was about starting a life together.

I love all of that. How sweet! Enjoy this lovely, meaningful wedding today.

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