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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Real Colorado Wedding: Erin and Nick | Quirky Hillside Gardens Wedding

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Bride and groom blowing dandelions, black and white, TMDexter Photography

All photos by TMDexter Photography


Bride: Erin | Groom: Nick
Date: June 22, 2015 | Location: Hillside Gardens & Event Center, Colorado Springs


When we first begin to look at wedding blogs, I think we all ooh and ahh over perfect flowers, modelesque brides, and softly lit portraits. We want wedding day inspiration. And Erin and Nick’s Hillside Gardens wedding definitely has those elements to drool over and pin. But as you move forward planning your real life wedding and reflect upon the marriage to come, you will get an appreciation for the posts that are full of heart, kinda quirky, or have tons of involvement from their “village”. Because when photographers capture those moments of joy you can feel through your screen, you know the couples are in it for the marriage and not just the wedding day. Their joys spread to everyone around them and the love is palpable. These are my favorites.

Their Story: (Via Questionnaire)

Erin and Nick met in their church’s singles group in 2013. Erin was a professional ballet dancer at the time and was very focused on her career; but Nick wasn’t deterred and took on the challenge of winning Erin’s heart. He even went as far as grabbing her and jumping into a pool during a BBQ to get her attention! Eventually Nick’s efforts paid off when he and Erin were engaged during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2014.

The Details:

  • Nick’s last name, Dial, inspired the soap favors.
  • Erin commissioned the owner of Hillside Gardens to create a very meaningful bouquet by taking flowers and foliage from the grounds of the venue.
  • The couple made baskets full of paper airplanes to throw about at the reception.
  • The bride bought her gown pre-owned and made her own veil for a look that is incredibly tailored with a much more appealing price.
  • Erin’s mother designed and sewed the fun, multi-colored bridesmaid gowns. Her sister made the desserts. Friends and family rallied to create the decor and make the food. It was a coordinated effort!
  • The couple performed a foot washing ceremony and sand ceremony to honor their union.


Venue: Hillside Gardens | Photographer: TMDexter Photography | Bridal Gown: The Altar Bridal Consignment | Hair and Makeup: Natalie Spear, Prodigy Salon | Rings: Jared | DJ: Celebrity DJ | Officiant: Pastor Ted Haggard


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