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The contest runs through July 31

One couple will get the chance to be the first to marry at the famous White Castle in Las Vegas.

If you’ve always wanted to have your own “Royal Wedding” but can’t commit to the price tag that comes along with it, you might have another option — White Castle is giving one lucky couple a chance to win the fast-food chain’s version of a royal wedding through a new contest.

According to the company, more than 75 couples have been married at White Castle locations over the past decade; however, the winners of this contest will be the first to get hitched at White Castle’s Las Vegas location.

“Getting married at a White Castle in Las Vegas is a bold move for those people looking for something new, different, exciting, and memorable,” Jamie Richardson, vice president at White Castle, said in a statement.

As part of the experience, there will be a rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception, a cake, a professional photographer, and more. To top off the White Castle Royal Wedding package, the lucky couple will be treated to a five-night honeymoon stay at a real Belgian castle.

Contest entrants must upload two to three portraits of the prospective royal couple and answer one of four short essay prompts to demonstrate the suitability of their love for the prestigious honor. Couples can enter the contest by submitting ideas online at www.whitecastlewedding.com.

To read about 10 extreme weddings, click here.


'This is the only wedding that matters': Detroit couple marries at White Castle

For Donahvan Gray and Marquisa Benford, getting married at White Castle simply made sense.

The pair met at the location on Dequindre Road near Twelve Mile in Warren in 2009. Less than a year later, Gray knew Benford was the one.

"I've been wanting to get married for the past 14 months," Gray, 21, said after saying "I do" to Benford in the restaurant's lobby. "We didn't have the money, so we didn't put anything together."

who wanted to marry on the same day as

. Gray and Benford's tale of meeting at White Castle, and eating there almost every day since, won out over other entries.

Morning jock Puddin, dressed in a king's cape and plastic crown, officiated the ceremony. It's the third time he's married a couple -- once at Comerica Park, the other time presiding over the nuptials of

. But never at White Castle.

"I'm planning a wedding right now, and we're paying for it ourselves, scraping and saving, so I know," he said. "To be able to do this for someone who deserves it. I'm just touched to see how many people made this work."

Michael Agnello Jewelers of Eastpointe provided rings for the occasion, including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring for the bride. The staff of the Warren White Castle laid out an appropriate spread -- sliders, fries, chicken rings and cheese sticks. (

"White Castle every day!" 34-year-old Benford, almost in tears, told a throng of reporters when questioned where she and Gray regularly eat. Looking on was Benford's former foster mother, Brenda Robinson of Detroit.

"She was always real smart, real neat. she was always a real special child," Robinson said. "Quise was five when I got her. She was 12 when she went back home with her grandmother.

"Once you get a child and they go back home, you know in those days you're not allowed to see them again," Robinson said. "But I would always sneak out to see her."

Benford -- "This is my mom, I don't even put the ɿoster' on it," she says -- lost contact with Robinson as she got older, but tracked down one of her nephews on Facebook and got back in touch.

"She still looks like a baby," Robinson said.

About 20 relatives and friends of the bride and groom packed the restaurant for the nuptials, proudly snapping photos and uploading them to Facebook seconds later.

"It's more stress than anything to plan any kind of marriage activity," Gray said. "A lot of times, I didn't feel like I had anyone in my corner. Now, it just feels excellent."

entertained with his acoustic rendering of popular songs. Their first dance was to Drake's "Best I Ever Had," followed by Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."

And as for sharing the big date with the wedding across the pond? No one paid it any mind -- though WOMC's Big Al Muskavito stood in for Queen Elizabeth.

"On the day of the Royal Wedding with all of its opulence and grandstanding," Khari Wheeler, a cousin of the bride said, "I think true love rules this day here in Detroit -- at White Castle."

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.


'This is the only wedding that matters': Detroit couple marries at White Castle

For Donahvan Gray and Marquisa Benford, getting married at White Castle simply made sense.

The pair met at the location on Dequindre Road near Twelve Mile in Warren in 2009. Less than a year later, Gray knew Benford was the one.

"I've been wanting to get married for the past 14 months," Gray, 21, said after saying "I do" to Benford in the restaurant's lobby. "We didn't have the money, so we didn't put anything together."

who wanted to marry on the same day as

. Gray and Benford's tale of meeting at White Castle, and eating there almost every day since, won out over other entries.

Morning jock Puddin, dressed in a king's cape and plastic crown, officiated the ceremony. It's the third time he's married a couple -- once at Comerica Park, the other time presiding over the nuptials of

. But never at White Castle.

"I'm planning a wedding right now, and we're paying for it ourselves, scraping and saving, so I know," he said. "To be able to do this for someone who deserves it. I'm just touched to see how many people made this work."

Michael Agnello Jewelers of Eastpointe provided rings for the occasion, including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring for the bride. The staff of the Warren White Castle laid out an appropriate spread -- sliders, fries, chicken rings and cheese sticks. (

"White Castle every day!" 34-year-old Benford, almost in tears, told a throng of reporters when questioned where she and Gray regularly eat. Looking on was Benford's former foster mother, Brenda Robinson of Detroit.

"She was always real smart, real neat. she was always a real special child," Robinson said. "Quise was five when I got her. She was 12 when she went back home with her grandmother.

"Once you get a child and they go back home, you know in those days you're not allowed to see them again," Robinson said. "But I would always sneak out to see her."

Benford -- "This is my mom, I don't even put the ɿoster' on it," she says -- lost contact with Robinson as she got older, but tracked down one of her nephews on Facebook and got back in touch.

"She still looks like a baby," Robinson said.

About 20 relatives and friends of the bride and groom packed the restaurant for the nuptials, proudly snapping photos and uploading them to Facebook seconds later.

"It's more stress than anything to plan any kind of marriage activity," Gray said. "A lot of times, I didn't feel like I had anyone in my corner. Now, it just feels excellent."

entertained with his acoustic rendering of popular songs. Their first dance was to Drake's "Best I Ever Had," followed by Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."

And as for sharing the big date with the wedding across the pond? No one paid it any mind -- though WOMC's Big Al Muskavito stood in for Queen Elizabeth.

"On the day of the Royal Wedding with all of its opulence and grandstanding," Khari Wheeler, a cousin of the bride said, "I think true love rules this day here in Detroit -- at White Castle."

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.


'This is the only wedding that matters': Detroit couple marries at White Castle

For Donahvan Gray and Marquisa Benford, getting married at White Castle simply made sense.

The pair met at the location on Dequindre Road near Twelve Mile in Warren in 2009. Less than a year later, Gray knew Benford was the one.

"I've been wanting to get married for the past 14 months," Gray, 21, said after saying "I do" to Benford in the restaurant's lobby. "We didn't have the money, so we didn't put anything together."

who wanted to marry on the same day as

. Gray and Benford's tale of meeting at White Castle, and eating there almost every day since, won out over other entries.

Morning jock Puddin, dressed in a king's cape and plastic crown, officiated the ceremony. It's the third time he's married a couple -- once at Comerica Park, the other time presiding over the nuptials of

. But never at White Castle.

"I'm planning a wedding right now, and we're paying for it ourselves, scraping and saving, so I know," he said. "To be able to do this for someone who deserves it. I'm just touched to see how many people made this work."

Michael Agnello Jewelers of Eastpointe provided rings for the occasion, including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring for the bride. The staff of the Warren White Castle laid out an appropriate spread -- sliders, fries, chicken rings and cheese sticks. (

"White Castle every day!" 34-year-old Benford, almost in tears, told a throng of reporters when questioned where she and Gray regularly eat. Looking on was Benford's former foster mother, Brenda Robinson of Detroit.

"She was always real smart, real neat. she was always a real special child," Robinson said. "Quise was five when I got her. She was 12 when she went back home with her grandmother.

"Once you get a child and they go back home, you know in those days you're not allowed to see them again," Robinson said. "But I would always sneak out to see her."

Benford -- "This is my mom, I don't even put the ɿoster' on it," she says -- lost contact with Robinson as she got older, but tracked down one of her nephews on Facebook and got back in touch.

"She still looks like a baby," Robinson said.

About 20 relatives and friends of the bride and groom packed the restaurant for the nuptials, proudly snapping photos and uploading them to Facebook seconds later.

"It's more stress than anything to plan any kind of marriage activity," Gray said. "A lot of times, I didn't feel like I had anyone in my corner. Now, it just feels excellent."

entertained with his acoustic rendering of popular songs. Their first dance was to Drake's "Best I Ever Had," followed by Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."

And as for sharing the big date with the wedding across the pond? No one paid it any mind -- though WOMC's Big Al Muskavito stood in for Queen Elizabeth.

"On the day of the Royal Wedding with all of its opulence and grandstanding," Khari Wheeler, a cousin of the bride said, "I think true love rules this day here in Detroit -- at White Castle."

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.


'This is the only wedding that matters': Detroit couple marries at White Castle

For Donahvan Gray and Marquisa Benford, getting married at White Castle simply made sense.

The pair met at the location on Dequindre Road near Twelve Mile in Warren in 2009. Less than a year later, Gray knew Benford was the one.

"I've been wanting to get married for the past 14 months," Gray, 21, said after saying "I do" to Benford in the restaurant's lobby. "We didn't have the money, so we didn't put anything together."

who wanted to marry on the same day as

. Gray and Benford's tale of meeting at White Castle, and eating there almost every day since, won out over other entries.

Morning jock Puddin, dressed in a king's cape and plastic crown, officiated the ceremony. It's the third time he's married a couple -- once at Comerica Park, the other time presiding over the nuptials of

. But never at White Castle.

"I'm planning a wedding right now, and we're paying for it ourselves, scraping and saving, so I know," he said. "To be able to do this for someone who deserves it. I'm just touched to see how many people made this work."

Michael Agnello Jewelers of Eastpointe provided rings for the occasion, including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring for the bride. The staff of the Warren White Castle laid out an appropriate spread -- sliders, fries, chicken rings and cheese sticks. (

"White Castle every day!" 34-year-old Benford, almost in tears, told a throng of reporters when questioned where she and Gray regularly eat. Looking on was Benford's former foster mother, Brenda Robinson of Detroit.

"She was always real smart, real neat. she was always a real special child," Robinson said. "Quise was five when I got her. She was 12 when she went back home with her grandmother.

"Once you get a child and they go back home, you know in those days you're not allowed to see them again," Robinson said. "But I would always sneak out to see her."

Benford -- "This is my mom, I don't even put the ɿoster' on it," she says -- lost contact with Robinson as she got older, but tracked down one of her nephews on Facebook and got back in touch.

"She still looks like a baby," Robinson said.

About 20 relatives and friends of the bride and groom packed the restaurant for the nuptials, proudly snapping photos and uploading them to Facebook seconds later.

"It's more stress than anything to plan any kind of marriage activity," Gray said. "A lot of times, I didn't feel like I had anyone in my corner. Now, it just feels excellent."

entertained with his acoustic rendering of popular songs. Their first dance was to Drake's "Best I Ever Had," followed by Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."

And as for sharing the big date with the wedding across the pond? No one paid it any mind -- though WOMC's Big Al Muskavito stood in for Queen Elizabeth.

"On the day of the Royal Wedding with all of its opulence and grandstanding," Khari Wheeler, a cousin of the bride said, "I think true love rules this day here in Detroit -- at White Castle."

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.


'This is the only wedding that matters': Detroit couple marries at White Castle

For Donahvan Gray and Marquisa Benford, getting married at White Castle simply made sense.

The pair met at the location on Dequindre Road near Twelve Mile in Warren in 2009. Less than a year later, Gray knew Benford was the one.

"I've been wanting to get married for the past 14 months," Gray, 21, said after saying "I do" to Benford in the restaurant's lobby. "We didn't have the money, so we didn't put anything together."

who wanted to marry on the same day as

. Gray and Benford's tale of meeting at White Castle, and eating there almost every day since, won out over other entries.

Morning jock Puddin, dressed in a king's cape and plastic crown, officiated the ceremony. It's the third time he's married a couple -- once at Comerica Park, the other time presiding over the nuptials of

. But never at White Castle.

"I'm planning a wedding right now, and we're paying for it ourselves, scraping and saving, so I know," he said. "To be able to do this for someone who deserves it. I'm just touched to see how many people made this work."

Michael Agnello Jewelers of Eastpointe provided rings for the occasion, including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring for the bride. The staff of the Warren White Castle laid out an appropriate spread -- sliders, fries, chicken rings and cheese sticks. (

"White Castle every day!" 34-year-old Benford, almost in tears, told a throng of reporters when questioned where she and Gray regularly eat. Looking on was Benford's former foster mother, Brenda Robinson of Detroit.

"She was always real smart, real neat. she was always a real special child," Robinson said. "Quise was five when I got her. She was 12 when she went back home with her grandmother.

"Once you get a child and they go back home, you know in those days you're not allowed to see them again," Robinson said. "But I would always sneak out to see her."

Benford -- "This is my mom, I don't even put the ɿoster' on it," she says -- lost contact with Robinson as she got older, but tracked down one of her nephews on Facebook and got back in touch.

"She still looks like a baby," Robinson said.

About 20 relatives and friends of the bride and groom packed the restaurant for the nuptials, proudly snapping photos and uploading them to Facebook seconds later.

"It's more stress than anything to plan any kind of marriage activity," Gray said. "A lot of times, I didn't feel like I had anyone in my corner. Now, it just feels excellent."

entertained with his acoustic rendering of popular songs. Their first dance was to Drake's "Best I Ever Had," followed by Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."

And as for sharing the big date with the wedding across the pond? No one paid it any mind -- though WOMC's Big Al Muskavito stood in for Queen Elizabeth.

"On the day of the Royal Wedding with all of its opulence and grandstanding," Khari Wheeler, a cousin of the bride said, "I think true love rules this day here in Detroit -- at White Castle."

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.


'This is the only wedding that matters': Detroit couple marries at White Castle

For Donahvan Gray and Marquisa Benford, getting married at White Castle simply made sense.

The pair met at the location on Dequindre Road near Twelve Mile in Warren in 2009. Less than a year later, Gray knew Benford was the one.

"I've been wanting to get married for the past 14 months," Gray, 21, said after saying "I do" to Benford in the restaurant's lobby. "We didn't have the money, so we didn't put anything together."

who wanted to marry on the same day as

. Gray and Benford's tale of meeting at White Castle, and eating there almost every day since, won out over other entries.

Morning jock Puddin, dressed in a king's cape and plastic crown, officiated the ceremony. It's the third time he's married a couple -- once at Comerica Park, the other time presiding over the nuptials of

. But never at White Castle.

"I'm planning a wedding right now, and we're paying for it ourselves, scraping and saving, so I know," he said. "To be able to do this for someone who deserves it. I'm just touched to see how many people made this work."

Michael Agnello Jewelers of Eastpointe provided rings for the occasion, including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring for the bride. The staff of the Warren White Castle laid out an appropriate spread -- sliders, fries, chicken rings and cheese sticks. (

"White Castle every day!" 34-year-old Benford, almost in tears, told a throng of reporters when questioned where she and Gray regularly eat. Looking on was Benford's former foster mother, Brenda Robinson of Detroit.

"She was always real smart, real neat. she was always a real special child," Robinson said. "Quise was five when I got her. She was 12 when she went back home with her grandmother.

"Once you get a child and they go back home, you know in those days you're not allowed to see them again," Robinson said. "But I would always sneak out to see her."

Benford -- "This is my mom, I don't even put the ɿoster' on it," she says -- lost contact with Robinson as she got older, but tracked down one of her nephews on Facebook and got back in touch.

"She still looks like a baby," Robinson said.

About 20 relatives and friends of the bride and groom packed the restaurant for the nuptials, proudly snapping photos and uploading them to Facebook seconds later.

"It's more stress than anything to plan any kind of marriage activity," Gray said. "A lot of times, I didn't feel like I had anyone in my corner. Now, it just feels excellent."

entertained with his acoustic rendering of popular songs. Their first dance was to Drake's "Best I Ever Had," followed by Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."

And as for sharing the big date with the wedding across the pond? No one paid it any mind -- though WOMC's Big Al Muskavito stood in for Queen Elizabeth.

"On the day of the Royal Wedding with all of its opulence and grandstanding," Khari Wheeler, a cousin of the bride said, "I think true love rules this day here in Detroit -- at White Castle."

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.


'This is the only wedding that matters': Detroit couple marries at White Castle

For Donahvan Gray and Marquisa Benford, getting married at White Castle simply made sense.

The pair met at the location on Dequindre Road near Twelve Mile in Warren in 2009. Less than a year later, Gray knew Benford was the one.

"I've been wanting to get married for the past 14 months," Gray, 21, said after saying "I do" to Benford in the restaurant's lobby. "We didn't have the money, so we didn't put anything together."

who wanted to marry on the same day as

. Gray and Benford's tale of meeting at White Castle, and eating there almost every day since, won out over other entries.

Morning jock Puddin, dressed in a king's cape and plastic crown, officiated the ceremony. It's the third time he's married a couple -- once at Comerica Park, the other time presiding over the nuptials of

. But never at White Castle.

"I'm planning a wedding right now, and we're paying for it ourselves, scraping and saving, so I know," he said. "To be able to do this for someone who deserves it. I'm just touched to see how many people made this work."

Michael Agnello Jewelers of Eastpointe provided rings for the occasion, including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring for the bride. The staff of the Warren White Castle laid out an appropriate spread -- sliders, fries, chicken rings and cheese sticks. (

"White Castle every day!" 34-year-old Benford, almost in tears, told a throng of reporters when questioned where she and Gray regularly eat. Looking on was Benford's former foster mother, Brenda Robinson of Detroit.

"She was always real smart, real neat. she was always a real special child," Robinson said. "Quise was five when I got her. She was 12 when she went back home with her grandmother.

"Once you get a child and they go back home, you know in those days you're not allowed to see them again," Robinson said. "But I would always sneak out to see her."

Benford -- "This is my mom, I don't even put the ɿoster' on it," she says -- lost contact with Robinson as she got older, but tracked down one of her nephews on Facebook and got back in touch.

"She still looks like a baby," Robinson said.

About 20 relatives and friends of the bride and groom packed the restaurant for the nuptials, proudly snapping photos and uploading them to Facebook seconds later.

"It's more stress than anything to plan any kind of marriage activity," Gray said. "A lot of times, I didn't feel like I had anyone in my corner. Now, it just feels excellent."

entertained with his acoustic rendering of popular songs. Their first dance was to Drake's "Best I Ever Had," followed by Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."

And as for sharing the big date with the wedding across the pond? No one paid it any mind -- though WOMC's Big Al Muskavito stood in for Queen Elizabeth.

"On the day of the Royal Wedding with all of its opulence and grandstanding," Khari Wheeler, a cousin of the bride said, "I think true love rules this day here in Detroit -- at White Castle."

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.


'This is the only wedding that matters': Detroit couple marries at White Castle

For Donahvan Gray and Marquisa Benford, getting married at White Castle simply made sense.

The pair met at the location on Dequindre Road near Twelve Mile in Warren in 2009. Less than a year later, Gray knew Benford was the one.

"I've been wanting to get married for the past 14 months," Gray, 21, said after saying "I do" to Benford in the restaurant's lobby. "We didn't have the money, so we didn't put anything together."

who wanted to marry on the same day as

. Gray and Benford's tale of meeting at White Castle, and eating there almost every day since, won out over other entries.

Morning jock Puddin, dressed in a king's cape and plastic crown, officiated the ceremony. It's the third time he's married a couple -- once at Comerica Park, the other time presiding over the nuptials of

. But never at White Castle.

"I'm planning a wedding right now, and we're paying for it ourselves, scraping and saving, so I know," he said. "To be able to do this for someone who deserves it. I'm just touched to see how many people made this work."

Michael Agnello Jewelers of Eastpointe provided rings for the occasion, including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring for the bride. The staff of the Warren White Castle laid out an appropriate spread -- sliders, fries, chicken rings and cheese sticks. (

"White Castle every day!" 34-year-old Benford, almost in tears, told a throng of reporters when questioned where she and Gray regularly eat. Looking on was Benford's former foster mother, Brenda Robinson of Detroit.

"She was always real smart, real neat. she was always a real special child," Robinson said. "Quise was five when I got her. She was 12 when she went back home with her grandmother.

"Once you get a child and they go back home, you know in those days you're not allowed to see them again," Robinson said. "But I would always sneak out to see her."

Benford -- "This is my mom, I don't even put the ɿoster' on it," she says -- lost contact with Robinson as she got older, but tracked down one of her nephews on Facebook and got back in touch.

"She still looks like a baby," Robinson said.

About 20 relatives and friends of the bride and groom packed the restaurant for the nuptials, proudly snapping photos and uploading them to Facebook seconds later.

"It's more stress than anything to plan any kind of marriage activity," Gray said. "A lot of times, I didn't feel like I had anyone in my corner. Now, it just feels excellent."

entertained with his acoustic rendering of popular songs. Their first dance was to Drake's "Best I Ever Had," followed by Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."

And as for sharing the big date with the wedding across the pond? No one paid it any mind -- though WOMC's Big Al Muskavito stood in for Queen Elizabeth.

"On the day of the Royal Wedding with all of its opulence and grandstanding," Khari Wheeler, a cousin of the bride said, "I think true love rules this day here in Detroit -- at White Castle."

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.


'This is the only wedding that matters': Detroit couple marries at White Castle

For Donahvan Gray and Marquisa Benford, getting married at White Castle simply made sense.

The pair met at the location on Dequindre Road near Twelve Mile in Warren in 2009. Less than a year later, Gray knew Benford was the one.

"I've been wanting to get married for the past 14 months," Gray, 21, said after saying "I do" to Benford in the restaurant's lobby. "We didn't have the money, so we didn't put anything together."

who wanted to marry on the same day as

. Gray and Benford's tale of meeting at White Castle, and eating there almost every day since, won out over other entries.

Morning jock Puddin, dressed in a king's cape and plastic crown, officiated the ceremony. It's the third time he's married a couple -- once at Comerica Park, the other time presiding over the nuptials of

. But never at White Castle.

"I'm planning a wedding right now, and we're paying for it ourselves, scraping and saving, so I know," he said. "To be able to do this for someone who deserves it. I'm just touched to see how many people made this work."

Michael Agnello Jewelers of Eastpointe provided rings for the occasion, including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring for the bride. The staff of the Warren White Castle laid out an appropriate spread -- sliders, fries, chicken rings and cheese sticks. (

"White Castle every day!" 34-year-old Benford, almost in tears, told a throng of reporters when questioned where she and Gray regularly eat. Looking on was Benford's former foster mother, Brenda Robinson of Detroit.

"She was always real smart, real neat. she was always a real special child," Robinson said. "Quise was five when I got her. She was 12 when she went back home with her grandmother.

"Once you get a child and they go back home, you know in those days you're not allowed to see them again," Robinson said. "But I would always sneak out to see her."

Benford -- "This is my mom, I don't even put the ɿoster' on it," she says -- lost contact with Robinson as she got older, but tracked down one of her nephews on Facebook and got back in touch.

"She still looks like a baby," Robinson said.

About 20 relatives and friends of the bride and groom packed the restaurant for the nuptials, proudly snapping photos and uploading them to Facebook seconds later.

"It's more stress than anything to plan any kind of marriage activity," Gray said. "A lot of times, I didn't feel like I had anyone in my corner. Now, it just feels excellent."

entertained with his acoustic rendering of popular songs. Their first dance was to Drake's "Best I Ever Had," followed by Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."

And as for sharing the big date with the wedding across the pond? No one paid it any mind -- though WOMC's Big Al Muskavito stood in for Queen Elizabeth.

"On the day of the Royal Wedding with all of its opulence and grandstanding," Khari Wheeler, a cousin of the bride said, "I think true love rules this day here in Detroit -- at White Castle."

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.


'This is the only wedding that matters': Detroit couple marries at White Castle

For Donahvan Gray and Marquisa Benford, getting married at White Castle simply made sense.

The pair met at the location on Dequindre Road near Twelve Mile in Warren in 2009. Less than a year later, Gray knew Benford was the one.

"I've been wanting to get married for the past 14 months," Gray, 21, said after saying "I do" to Benford in the restaurant's lobby. "We didn't have the money, so we didn't put anything together."

who wanted to marry on the same day as

. Gray and Benford's tale of meeting at White Castle, and eating there almost every day since, won out over other entries.

Morning jock Puddin, dressed in a king's cape and plastic crown, officiated the ceremony. It's the third time he's married a couple -- once at Comerica Park, the other time presiding over the nuptials of

. But never at White Castle.

"I'm planning a wedding right now, and we're paying for it ourselves, scraping and saving, so I know," he said. "To be able to do this for someone who deserves it. I'm just touched to see how many people made this work."

Michael Agnello Jewelers of Eastpointe provided rings for the occasion, including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring for the bride. The staff of the Warren White Castle laid out an appropriate spread -- sliders, fries, chicken rings and cheese sticks. (

"White Castle every day!" 34-year-old Benford, almost in tears, told a throng of reporters when questioned where she and Gray regularly eat. Looking on was Benford's former foster mother, Brenda Robinson of Detroit.

"She was always real smart, real neat. she was always a real special child," Robinson said. "Quise was five when I got her. She was 12 when she went back home with her grandmother.

"Once you get a child and they go back home, you know in those days you're not allowed to see them again," Robinson said. "But I would always sneak out to see her."

Benford -- "This is my mom, I don't even put the ɿoster' on it," she says -- lost contact with Robinson as she got older, but tracked down one of her nephews on Facebook and got back in touch.

"She still looks like a baby," Robinson said.

About 20 relatives and friends of the bride and groom packed the restaurant for the nuptials, proudly snapping photos and uploading them to Facebook seconds later.

"It's more stress than anything to plan any kind of marriage activity," Gray said. "A lot of times, I didn't feel like I had anyone in my corner. Now, it just feels excellent."

entertained with his acoustic rendering of popular songs. Their first dance was to Drake's "Best I Ever Had," followed by Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."

And as for sharing the big date with the wedding across the pond? No one paid it any mind -- though WOMC's Big Al Muskavito stood in for Queen Elizabeth.

"On the day of the Royal Wedding with all of its opulence and grandstanding," Khari Wheeler, a cousin of the bride said, "I think true love rules this day here in Detroit -- at White Castle."

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.



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