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

MDG Wedding

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!

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4 Responses to “MDG Wedding”

  1. Lila says:

    What a beautiful couple! Love these shots!! Beautiful work!

  2. Alexis says:

    So pretty! I love her classic choice of dress and they look so in love!!

  3. Rosalind says:

    Lovely use of colour in these. It looks to have been a fabulous day!

  4. Beautiful work Cindy!!! I love these!

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