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!
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 here. I 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
Bride: Stacy Greiman, 29 – Marketing Consultant
Groom: Aaron Husk, 29 – Pilot, US Air Force
Date: July 20, 2013
Location: Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs (Ceremony) and The Historic Pinecrest, Palmer Lake (Reception)
Stacy and Aaron were both born in Iowa but lived in Philadelphia when they first met. That’s just the start of their similarities according to Match.com. But they opted to marry in Denver, their military appointed home, to enjoy the Air Force Academy backdrop and because they “loved the idea of giving [their guests] something to look forward to seeing and a unique experience.” Well there is no more magical experience than an Air Force Academy wedding and there is no more iconic chapel in Colorado in my humble opinion. The first time I ever saw it I was awestruck by the wedding possibilities and that was in middle school! Stacy gushes, “The church is absolutely stunning. It speaks for itself no extra décor is needed. The church is the storybook perfect.” I could agree more! But the church was just the tip of the iceberg on their modern fairy tale day.
…. Aaron and I met the NEW Old-fashioned way…. Match.com! I had recently moved to Philly and [was] obviously single. Aaron approached me online and we discovered we had plenty in common. We were both born in Iowa, loved the same foods, and lived only 3 blocks from each other in Philly! BUT, there was a catch! Aaron was DEPLOYED as a KC-10 pilot in the Air Force! So over the next 3 months we talked on the phone and established our friendship. Aaron was FINALLY scheduled to come home Thanksgiving weekend but as fate would declare I was flying out that same weekend to see my family. Was I ever going to meet this man!?! SO, upon my return trip to Philly he insisted on picking me up from the airport. I was not thrilled about this because I had to get up at 4:00 a.m to catch my flight and I wasn’t sure I would be “first date ready” when I landed. So, I joking told him he had better step it up a notch for this first date if I was going to let him pick me up on such little sleep. Aaron did not disappoint. He picked me up in the airport in a stretch white limo and the rest was history…I just remember his eyes were so bright they shoved my gaze in to the floor and I couldn’t look directly at him in fear he may disappear. I know it sounds dramatic but that is what happened. If love at first sight exists, this was it. – Stacy
- Stacy very eloquently explains why the aviation theme was important to the couple: “[We] met for the first time at an airport, got engaged at an airport, and I’ve stood many times on the Air Force tarmac, heart in chest, waiting for him to leave or return from a deployment.”
- Stacy and Aron wrote their own vows.
- The bride had an extra layer of lavender crinoline sewn into her skirt so that she had a pop of color when she walked. Love that idea!
- “Each night, as a child, my dad read the book Bread and Jam for Francis to me by my bedside. It is one of my favorite childhood father daughter memories; therefore, I had custom cufflinks made with a picture of the front cover of our favorite story book to commemorate all of our special moments,” explained Stacy. She also made something very special for her mom. “My mom always sang You’ve Got a Friend to me when I sad and feeling ‘down and troubled’ to make me feel better. She’s always been there when I’ve needed her most. So, I had a custom handkerchief made that said, ‘When I’m down and troubled I will always call my mom. Love, your Sunshine Girl.'” (This is probably the most sentimental bride I’ve ever had and I just love her for it!) (Cufflink Vendor: White Truffle Etsy | Handkerchief Vendor: Bees Knees Embroidery Co.)
- Bridesmaids were given a gold bar necklace inscribed with “Stay Weird”. (Vendor: CoCo Wagner)
- The couple folded 200 paper airplanes in lieu of a traditional confetti sendoff.
- DIY elements include the ceremony programs, centerpiece bottles, and matching flower girl tutu.
- The bride’s family minister flew in from St. Louis to perform the ceremony.
- The reception included a slide show called “The Adventures of Captain Husk and Stacy Laine”.
- Stacy and Aaron walked back down the aisle to the “Rocky” theme.
- Special readings came from many sources, including “When Harry Met Sally”.
The Best Part:
Ceremony Venue: United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel | Reception Venue: The Historic Pinecrest | Photography: Trystan Photography | Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Catering: Catering by Nikki | Cake: Dr. Sweets Bakery | Cake Topper: Anna Crafts Etsy | Floral Design: Secret Window
I hate to sound cliché but it is all of your typical answers I’m sure. Having a moment with my dad before we walked down the aisle together, seeing my future husband’s face the first time he saw me in my dress, and hearing his vows he wrote for me. All of it was splendid! The other highlights were my brother in-law literally “tossing” me the ring (which I’m happy to report I caught) and the USAF Saber Arch Drill team. The drill team was absolutely memorizing to watch! AND they paused the arch for us to kiss and gave me a little pat on the backside with a saber for good measure. – Stacy
Check out their steamy engagement photos on Trystan Photography’s Blog.