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: Jessica and Trent | Boulder Country Club Wedding

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Bride: Jessica Josendale – Advertising – Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Groom: Trent Welander – Product Manager, GE

Date: June 15, 2013

Location: Boulder Country Club, Boulder

Jessica and Trent’s Boulder Country Club wedding is a class act all the way. It’s so interesting to see how different couples use the same ideas, DIY projects, etc. with completely different results. In this case, those quirky and sentimental details still feel polished. One thing I didn’t predict about 2014 was the comeback of the anemone as a flower of choice. Much as “every room needs a bit of black,” I’ve always thought that they added that little touch of contrast that made a refined and European look at weddings as well. And this wedding is exactly that – crisp and refined with a subtle whimsy. Elsewhere they chose a royal/navy blue palette that achieves the same lovely contrast and almost nautical feeling. Just another great example of couples working with their planners to really suit their venue and their personal style. My hat goes off to Revel and Bloom for that, Ryan Dearth Photography for again knocking one out of the park on photography (I love the series of shots through glass), and the happy couple for being so damn emotional and human in the images that I feel them coming through the screen.

How They Met:

Four years in the making…Trent and Jessica met in North Liberty, Iowa during a bonfire at the home of their mutual friends, the Ahlers. Kate and Jessica had gone out for a girls night; Trent and Tim were home having “guys night.” When Kate and Jessica returned, Trent and Jessica met. After a little convincing, Jessica agreed to go out with Trent. Their first date was to the Cedar Rapids Kernels game on a Thirsty-Thursday in April 2009. – Trent and Jessica’s Website

Unfortunately, their relationship soon turned into a long-distance one and then got a little long distance still. But Trent asked Jessica to move with him to Atlanta and they began the road to real commitment with a shared address and a rescue dog named Logan. They would eventually both become employed in Colorado and embrace it as home with a house of their own here in the rectangle.

The Proposal:

In August 2011, Trent took Jessica on a trip to Boston to see where he had spent 4 years in the Air Force and to share time with his best friend Will and his wife Zoe. Trent and Jessica were sight-seeing in downtown Boston, taking pictures with her new camera and just enjoying all the history of the area. While walking through Boston Common, Trent said they should go check out the gazebo. As Jessica was not paying attention and ready to move on, Trent asked her to turn around — and he was down on one knee!! Jessica nearly passed out right then — saying “are you sure!?!” and “OMG!!” She finally said yes and continued to be stunned for the next few hours. They celebrated with Will and Zoe that evening. – Trent and Jessica’s Wedding Website

The Details:

  • To make sure that they had time with their guests, they had a informal “Night Before Reception” and a following day brunch. Great idea!
  • Family wedding photos were included at the entry table and now hang in their home. <3
  • Jessica’s “something blue” was her grandmother’s aquamarine jewelry.

The Best Part:

The Best Part:Best part of the wedding: Surprising everyone when Trent and I danced to ‘Way You Look Tonight” by Sinatra with our own choreography. It was so fun and unexpected! – Jessica

Want to see more? Jessica and Trent’s Engagement Session is featured on Ryan Dearth Photography’s Blog. It’s a very sweet one involving Denver Beer Co. and the surrounding LoHi area. =) They also appear to be used in the video for the venue here.

Venue: Boulder Country Club | Photography: Ryan Dearth Photography | Event Planning: Revel and Bloom | Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander via Little White Dress | Hairpiece: Love Veils via Little White Dress | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini via Nordstrom | Makeup: Denver Makeup Guru | Hair: Christin Roland | Groom(smen) Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Rings: Ooh-Ahh | Cake: Whole Foods | Catering: Boulder Country Club | Floral Design: Bare Root Flora | Officiant: Fr. Sean Poland | Stationery: Allison Bhatta
 
 
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