Real Colorado Wedding: Moriah and Matthew | Air Force Academy Wedding

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Air Force Academy wedding, bride and groom with airplane statue

All photos by A Brilliant Photo

Bride: Moriah – Wedding Photographer and Graphic Designer | Groom: Matthew – Captain, US Air Force
Date: October 3, 2015 | Location: United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs

Full disclosure here – I stalked this wedding. Therefore it is a major victory to have the beautiful Air Force Academy wedding on the blog. When photographers get married, they know what details look great in pictures and what things are overdone. Knowing of the bride, Moriah, from her previous submissions on the blog, I happened upon her wedding photos on social media and fell in love with all of those beautifully orchestrated choices. If I thought she was red-headed perfection before (which I did), I was extra blown away with her in full wedding garb! Her gown fit her like a glove and flattered her shape like crazy. She for real has bling embedded pearl buttons all the way down her back! Placing such a vision with a man in military regalia makes the 6 year old girl in me swoon over the Little Mermaid parallels. (Side note: It was my first movie in a theater and still one of my favorites ever so that is a real compliment.) The Cadet Chapel in all is quirky, colorful glory struck me with awe as a middle schooler when I first attended a service there and still captures my breath today. The artistic touches and Chanel inspired choices of Moriah and Matthew’s wedding make the 16 year old in me reminisce about spending a week in Northern France the summer before. And the fun-loving couple enjoying a well earned entrance into married life speaks to my grown up love of all things wedding. I’m sure for every reader this incredible wedding will evoke all sorts of emotions, memories, and inspirations unique to them. And that, folks, is why weddings are so great for sharing! Congratulations to the happy couple!

The Details:

Being a graphic designer and wedding photographer myself I knew that the details were so important. So I poured a lot of energy into creating a unique look for our wedding. I approached the design like I would any other project and decided to “brand” our wedding complete with “logo” (which I refer to as our monogram) and color palette. (You can view my wedding branding design hereI wanted a very classic glam feel to my wedding and used Coco Chanel as my inspiration. This can be seen in the blush/rose gold with bold black typography. I added oxblood and gold as colors which I felt created a rich and moody palette without being obviously “fall” colors. I love how it all came together.

Because the wedding had so much of my husband in it (being a military wedding at the Air Force Academy) I wanted to incorporate an artistic feel so it would also represent me. I hand painted a design that I then scanned and manipulated on my computer to include our wedding colors. It became a motif that was used through out our wedding day and I thought it nicely complimented our venue. After I designed our wedding brand – which was the look and feel of our wedding – I used that design to create all of the printed pieces, including our save the date, invitation suite, a guest signature poster (instead of a guest book), table numbers, etc. – Moriah

  • As for the soundtrack, the bride elaborates, “We had an organist for our ceremony who played the massive pipe organ in the chapel. For the bridesmaids processional he played Somebody To Love by Queen (Queen is my husband’s favorite band) and for my processional he played Wonderwall by Oasis — they sounded amazing on the organ.”
  • Something Old: Grandmother’s Ring | Something New: Wedding Gown | Something Borrowed: Grandmother’s Ring | Something Blue: Aquamarine Engagement Ring

The Best Part:

My favorite part of the wedding was being surrounded and supported by all of our wonderful friends and family. We felt so loved. My second favorite part was our band. We hired That Eighties Band, an 80s cover band, who I had seen perform before in Denver. They were incredible and added so much energy to our reception. Everyone was dancing — including guests I’d never seen dance before! – Moriah

Venue: US Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel and Falcon Club | Photographer: A Brilliant Photo | Bridal Gown: Matthew Christopher “Vivian” via Little White Dress | Veil: Love Veils & Accessories via Little White Dress | Hair and Makeup: Orchidee Salon and Spa | Rings: Custom via Old Town Goldworks | Cake: Sugarplum Cake Shoppe | Catering: Falcon Club | Floral Design: Avenue Blooms | Stationery: Moriah Riona | Band: That Eighties Band

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Bridal Boudoir Photography by Under the Garter

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Bridal boudoir, shot of bride's decolletage and bouquet through the veil, Under the Garter

All photos by Under the Garter

Beauty, n: The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. – Ambrose Bierce

The pre-wedding boudoir shoot stands on the cusp of these relationship stages and serves as a reminder well into the latter. Whether boudoir or dudoir* and regardless of the gender on the receiving end, this style of photography makes an intimate and unexpected gift. It keeps on giving when the wedding photographer captures the look on the receiver’s face too! But the greatest benefit of so called bridal boudoir is the gift you give yourself in taking the time to focus on you during a stressful time. And there is quite possibly no other boudoir experience in Denver that compares to that of blog sponsor, Under the Garter.

Expect pro hair, airbrush makeup, a mimosa and fresh berries before a sexy boudoir photo session personalized just for you. We send you home looking glamorous with a goody bag of high-end cosmetics and a gift certificate for a one-hour massage! We pamper you before, during and after. – Melissa and Ray Trout, Under the Garter

The multi-talented husband and wife team, along with their gifted associates, created this shoot to show us the power of really investing in your boudoir time. The extra chance to pamper yourself and commission beautiful things (they went all out with cake, flowers, and accessories here) really extends the fun of the wedding beyond the all important – and quickly fleeting – day. Beautiful, flattering lingerie choices; theme appropriate accessories and props; and expert beauty services offered by the studio’s team create an exciting preview of things to come.

I chose to feature all three parts of this shoot because I loved the variety in both imagery and bridal style. The first part is all about soft color, whimsical sexiness, and attention to the “bridal” nature of the shoot. The second part does a great job of showcasing the skills of the creative team with gorgeous floral arrangements that include living jewelry! The photography moves more into fine art territory with jaw-dropping, high contrast shots of a model whose sculpted body is out of this world. The piece ends where it began with a new take on the first model. This time the focus is strictly sexy in the traditional sense and every so slightly voyeuristic. The span of images shows us how sexy can be many things: soft and sensual or bold and sultry; a shy smile or an intense stare; a closeup on the blush of a cheek or the monochromatic silhouette of a beautiful form. For me, the freckle on the first bride’s decolletage and the smile of the second on the bed are just those little touches that someone who adores them would zero in on and love.

*The male version, known as “dudoir” is only offered by some photographers.

Photography: Under the Garter | Floral Design: Fluorescence Flowers | Hair: Jaded Beauty | Makeup Artistry: Ally Triolo: Airbrush Makeup & Skin Artistry | Vintage Rentals: Yours for Your Day

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