November 14, 2015
Even though they went to high school together at Nease, Brooke O’Brien and Kevin Gordon didn’t begin dating until years after graduation. Kevin’s sister-in-law, Nicole, was working with Brooke at a local non-profit when she asked Kevin if he wanted to join a beach volleyball team Brooke had started. It wasn’t long after the two reconnected on the court that they started seeing each other. Brooke and Kevin’s connection grew over a love of the outdoors and live music. After about ten months of dating, the pair were forced to make things work long distance when Kevin was offered a job in New Orleans. While taking family pictures on Thanksgiving in 2014, Kevin surprised everyone by getting down on one knee in front of the whole family and asking Brooke to be his wife. Brooke says she doesn’t remember much from that day, other than asking Kevin if he’d received approval from her dad. Kevin nodded yes and, of course, she said “Yes!” Shedding a few tears isn’t uncommon for the couple. “Our first look was an ugly crying moment. The kind of crying that ruins your makeup. In fact, I still cry looking back at the photos.”
“Kevin and I are both very emotional people,” Brooke says. “We wear our hearts on our sleeves and our emotions on our faces, which is evident in every picture from our wedding—we’re either laughing, with mouths wide open, or crying.” • As for the first look, Kevin says “it was the most emotional five minutes of my life, hands down.” • You can’t see it in the pictures, but pinned to Brooke’s dress is her “something old,” her great grandmother’s Mother Mary pin. “It’s nearly 100 years old,” she says.
One of Brooke’s bridesmaids made the welcome signs, while Brooke printed and framed the rest of the event signage. • “My favorite personal touch was our guestbook,” Brooke says. They used a handful of vintage records and gold Sharpies for guests to write well wishes on. “We have 16 of these records framed. We get to read our friends’ and families’ sweet words of love and encouragement every day.” • After having a string duo for the ceremony, the couple had a DJ play during the reception. “The dance floor was full the entire night,” she says.
Credits: Photographer: Photos by Rob Futrell Ceremony & Reception: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Hair: Sara Jane with Modern Classic Beauty Makeup: Maureen Riley Makeup Wedding Gown & Veil: Allure Couture from Debra’s Bridal Shop Bride’s Jewelry: Nordstrom Shoes: Badgley Mischka Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux Rings: Beard’s Jewelry Cake: Classic Cakes Flowers: Wilson’s Limited Set Rentals & Décor: Beachview Event Rentals and Design Lighting: Mark Grandin Events Caterer: Chef’s Garden Invitations: Gartner Studios Music: Julia Sedloff string duet and DLand Entertainment DJ Day-of Coordination: Christina Kreations