CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

Archive: ‘Weddings – I do!’

MDG Wedding

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

This wedding is extra special to myself because the bride and I are like sisters. Having been a part of each others lives for… well, let’s put it this way, since we were 12 or 13. ;) We even had our first girl together.

Mary and I both found out we were pregnant and with girls at the same time. The babies were due within days of themselves or on the same day. It was her 3rd child, my first… but it was a girl for both of us. Our Heavenly Twins!

Mary and I had sleep overs almost every to every other weekend. I was always at her house. Their home was my safe place and essentially, my own family. They treated me as one of their own. So it is only natural that I would be at her wedding. I would not miss it for the world. The only thing that made it better for me was the opportunity to not just be there, but to be her photographer. So a HUGE thank you to you Mary for this opportunity. I loved every minute of it.

Mary and Delbert were married in the Columbia River LDS Temple, Washington. LDS weddings are a bit different in that photography is not done inside the temple. The photography sessions are before or after or both. So to the rest of the world that is not LDS, this is a fairly typical LDS wedding photography shoot. The only thing a little different than what I personally do with weddings is that the bride did not have a solo bridal shoot. Before they were married we met at the temple and did, however, take the time to do a couples session. This helped prevent from running into timing issues between them getting out, the family group shoots, and driving all the way back to the reception for the happenings there.

There are LDS temples all over the world. Some are quite majestic and quite a site to behold. Not to mention the perfectly groomed grounds that visitors are able to enjoy. Perfect little settings for the couples and photographers as well. This is where she and Delbert were sealed for all eternity.

I had to throw this one it simply because I love emotion in any image and I love how she is so obviously holding on to him trusting that he will not drop her. LOL or should I say praying he won’t. Hahahaha.

It was such a hot hot hot day when they got married. Here are her children (minus the little guy in white and blue) waiting for mom to come out of the temple just newly married. They were such troopers in their suits. Such sweet kids!

Her son opening the door for her and her new husband, Delbert, to come out.

It is tradition in LDS weddings for all those with a wedding party to get their pictures taken on the steps. Usually because that is where everyone can be accommodated and still be visible if they cooperate. Some groupings can be quite large while others just go themselves. This was a medium sized group.

This picture is my all time favorite, simply because of the LOVE! This is really what this family is and always has been like. The love is real… and there is nothing better than the emotion felt right there!

Each home came with 2 boys and 1 girl. How could I not get one with Daddy and Daughter and Momma and Daughter.

They were headed in to the temple to grab their clothing as everyone was headed towards their place of reception a couple hours away. Here they were waving goodbye to their children.

Mary and Delbert were married on Mary’s Mother and Father’s 40th wedding anniversary. The neat thing is that her grandparents anniversary is a day after theirs. Apparently, a few other uncles, aunts, and other family members have been married in the same week. Sort of a family tradition. I also believe that the ring happened to be Mary’s moms ring. Mary, feel free to correct me if I got anything wrong here.

Thank you both Mary and Delbert. Your day was such a special day and your lives are too. I hold you in my heart always and am grateful to have been there. Love you all!

SR Wedding

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Details of a wedding are things that many don’t fully understand.  There is so much time and energy placed in getting ready for a wedding.  All to make that day perfect.  As a photographer it is my duty to capture the littlest things from a ribbon, flower arrangement, table garnishes, to the moment of getting ready and those sweet hugs and kisses from loved ones.  There is so much to cover – and for that very reason I almost ALWAYS have a second shooter assisting me in a wedding.  I cannot be at every location or angle at every moment – but with two of us there we can usually capture the main highlights of the wedding.

Here are just a very few of a recent wedding.

Your wedding deserves to be perfect.  Having a fantastic selection of pictures helps make your beautiful day last forever!

Bride & Groom

Friday, March 11th, 2011

It is one thing to capture the I do’s and moments of it happening and another to capture the beauty of their love in their own special environments.  That is where I LOVE to be.  Taking pictures of them interacting in their favorite locations in their wedding clothes or street clothes.  Seeing all that love and documenting it in the most appealing way possible.  I thrive for these moments.

This particular couple absolutely love Antelope Island in Utah.  They take their family there frequently and it is their home away from home.  The perfect location for them!  The snow also adds another element to the images – making this a very fun and lovely set to cherish.  Enjoy!

Rand & Shaney


Moments like the next image crack me up.  I love the real and the raw.  This is something they will chuckle at for a long time.   Most married couples would agree.  I just caught it on film.  LOL

I love seeing the interaction of a couple soon to be married.  The way he assists her and watches out for her as she has to get up and down from a boulder or in and out of a car.   Just the simple courtesies that make me go awe….  So simple yet speaks volumes!

Marriage is an amazing event because like the next image – you are walking into the vast unknown hoping for the very best, expecting bumps, but knowing all along that you will be doing it together hand in hand.

Thank you Rand and Shaney for inviting me to document this momentous time in your lives.  (The wedding is yet to come so stay tuned :))

Blast into the past…

Monday, November 1st, 2010

I love everything about photography but initially had vowed I would never choose to shoot weddings.  I did not mind being second shooter for them but to do a wedding on my own was not what I thought I would ever want to do.  HA – well I was wrong.  Weddings seemed to love me as much as I shockingly loved them!  The ability to bring out my creativity with my photography and the moment opened me up to a new world that I have since become addicted to!  Taking such a sacred moment as a budding love – with the anticipation and excitement of the moment of “I Do” and capturing it all with my camera is the thrill of a lifetime.  Another chance to Document a most cherished moment in time.

Last year I had the opportunity to photograph one of my baby brother’s engagement and wedding.  Here I want to bring you his engagement and wedding images to look through.  I will be inserting different weddings between posts for you to enjoy.

Johnny and Samantha Aug. 2009, Salt Lake City, Utah

Love that blossoms into a beautiful commitment makes for fantastic memories to be captured!  Love you Johnny and Samantha!


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