This past weekend was Ian and Brooklyn’s Gilbert Temple Wedding. If you haven’t seen the Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Gilbert, AZ, you’re missing out. It is absolutely spectacular! Driving down that morning I got to see such a beautiful sunrise with the pink clouds and the golden desert light. Very literally as I was turning into the parking lot, the first sliver of sun popped up above the mountains and the entire temple side turned golden. It was the perfect start to this beautiful day!
Ian and Brooklyn met at school at BYU-Idaho where they are both pursuing degrees. It was fun to talk to them about school and their goals. Being in their off track season right now with school, they decided this was the perfect time for their Gilbert Temple Wedding, as this temple is one of Brooklyn’s favorites! The grounds are absolutely spectacular and the architecture is incredible!
The First Look
The morning started with a sweet First Look. Ian and Brooklyn hugged, smiled, laughed, and then took a walk around the Temple together. I love when couples take that moment to just be together and to talk. It gets them all set of the day and you can see them visibly relax.
The Temple Exit
Following the First Look, Ian and Brooklyn, followed shortly after by their families, entered the temple for the ceremony. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe that a marriage in the Temple seals the husband and wife together not just for time here on earth, but for all eternity. With the sacredness of the Temple, no photography is allowed inside.
The ceremonies are short and sweet, and the Sealing Rooms are exquisite. The officiant, called a Sealer, speaks briefly about marriage and Christ and then the couple kneels at the altar and promises faithfulness to each other and God. The Sealing Rooms have two mirrors, one on each side of the room so that they reflect into each other infinitely to represent eternity. I always love watching everyone take a minute to stop and look into the mirrors as they walk by. Such a sweet reminder of those who have come before and the family yet to come.
Following the ceremony, the Bride and Groom make their Exit to their waiting friends and family, those that were in the Temple with them and those that weren’t able to attend. It’s such a fun tradition and moment of celebration!
Mr. and Mrs. Portraits
Brooklyn’s bouquet was absolutely beautiful! As perfectly described on Instagram, these bouquets had a classic elegant feel with a touch of moody, and they really were perfect! Such a great use of the Pantone color of the year!
That evening everyone came together for a reception at a local church building. Brooklyn’s Grandpa made his famous pulled pork and barbecue sauce (which was to die for!), her dad made an amazing pasta salad, and family members added in salads and sides to top off the meal. It was SO good! I loved their DIY touches and the beautiful feel of the room!
Ian and Brooklyn included a Ring Ceremony as a part of their ceremony for the family and friends that weren’t able to attend the Temple wedding. Ian’s Grandpa spoke for a few minutes and the two sweetly exchanged rings.
Just as the sun was slipping below the horizon, we ran outside for about 3 minutes of portraits in that post sunset glow. It’s always so fun to slip out for a minute and get that last portrait shot of the Bride and Groom together!
Once dinner was done, the program began! The dances were so sweet. Ian and Brooklyn worked so hard to be inclusive of everyone and before their song was over they were inviting others up to the dance floor with them.
The Father & Daughter and Mother & Son dances left many in tears. I can usually hold it together until I see one of them tear up and them I’m a mess myself! Every time!
Ian and Brooklyn, I LOVED being a part of your day and getting to be your sidekick. I loved meeting your families and visiting with them. So many people came together from so many different places. It was so special to get to talk with so many of them and hear their love for you. I’m so excited for your future together and for the strength that you can be to each other, your families, and everyone around you. Thank you for inviting me into this amazing season of your life!