The Wedding

Today I am excited to share with you some photos from my son’s wedding in Arizona last weekend.  It was a beautiful and magical weekend and a hot one.

I think the temperatures hit 115 degrees and as a result there weren’t many pictures taken outside!

Clark and Jessica were married for time and all eternity in this beautiful and sacred building – the LDS Mesa Temple.

Here are the bride and groom coming out of the temple! Mr. & Mrs. Wilkes!  Jessica made a gorgeous bride.  As pretty as any princess I know!!  And of course that groom was pretty darn handsome.
img_0221Because of the intense heat only the bride and groom hung around for a few formal photos.  I snuck this one in on the way to the air conditioned car!


The reception was held that evening at the lovely and beautiful Royal Palms Resort.  So elegant.

The room was beautiful and the flower arrangements were stunning.
img_1974We did family photos before the reception and I talked my family into going outside to a beautiful courtyard area for photos instead of inside.  This is my favorite photo – my four gorgeous kids.  I only wish Jessica had been in the photo but she was inside taking some photos with her family!  Can’t believe that they are now four adults.  I think I have looked at this photo a million times – it just makes my heart happy!
_dsc0228Of course I am kind of partial to this photo of me and my boy too!
_dsc0232The beautiful bride and groom!

The reception was not only beautiful but delicious too.  Loved the wedding cake and particularly the presentation for the bride and groom.

The bride and the groom started the night off with their special dance.

I got to dance to with two of my favorite men. For our mother/son dance we danced to My Wish by Rascal Flatts.

All the Wilkes kids (including their mother) had fun dancing the night away.
My feet were killing me by the end of the evening but we had so much fun.

All and all it was pretty much a picture perfect weekend. The bride and groom departed under a canopy of sparklers!
Next up – Wedding Carnival!!!

Special thanks to my niece Celeste for helping take photos for me.


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Congrats to you, your son & his new wife (whose gown is gorgeous). You look wonderful. It is nice to see an LDS wedding with a reception like that. Most LDS weddings on the East Coast are held in the cultural hall, with punch & mints as food…aka “open house”. :>) While I am LDS, my spouse is not so he really doesn’t get it…lol

    I wish the happy couple all the best!!!!!!

  2. Valerie A. H. says

    Oh, what a beautiful wedding! The pictures are so good too! Love the one you took of the bride and groom on your way to the air conditioned car. Also, love the close up of your four. Sweet! The flowers on the tables are beautiful. What wonderful memories to look back on. I wish Clark and Jessica all the happiness in the world! Thanks for sharing this with us Leigh Anne.

  3. Kim says

    Best wishes to your son and his wife. It looks like such a beautiful wedding and a fun time. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. says

    So I was reading your post about 30 minute dinner rolls (having company over tomorrow night for supper), and was thinking “I can’t wait to make these!” Then I saw a link to “The Wedding” on the side bar so I clicked it and was thinking to myself, “I love her dress! She’s beautiful!” and I was scrolling down looking at the pics and realized that you are Totally Tessa’s mom! So cool Love your daughter’s fashion blog and looking forward to “becoming acquainted” with your’s!

  5. Joellyn says

    Absolutely Beautiful!!! Congratulations!!

    (What was the name of the photographer? I know someone looking for a good one.)

  6. Tamara says

    Everything was so perfect. What a blessing it was to be there with all 5 children and their spouses. Thanks for including all of us in this wonderful time. We wish you the best this next Friday with the Wedding Carnival. Love you!

  7. says

    Your children are all so beautiful / handsome {you looked beautiful too!}. I used to live in Mesa, so I can attest to the heat – they don’t call it the “Valley of the Sun” for nothing! Congratulations to you and your family. Beautiful wedding.

  8. kelly says

    you looked so beautiful! i love the pic of the 4 kids, it’s perfect! it’s kind of weird to add a new “daughter” to your family but you will love her like your own! it’s so wonderful to have your children marry in the temple!! the brides dress was beautiful! on to the carnival!

  9. Deborah says

    Congratulations to Clark and Jessica!! Clark worked for me years ago at BYU. I loved working with him, you raised a really great young man! Thanks for sharing your fun pictures!!

  10. Julie Spady says

    i love the pictures…the wedding was beautiful, thanks for sharing. I can’t wait for the Carnival pictures!! (after your Utah trip, of course!)

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