Brooke was in Atlanta the summer of 2011 visiting her sister when she met Andy at the local pool. Brooke’s sister, Alison, was working with Andy that summer and introduced them while Andy was on lifeguard duty. Andy remembers feeling completely smitten by Brooke, and they kept in touch over the next several years until Brooke moved to Atlanta, and the two eventually began dating in 2016.
Andy proposed on their annual Christmas date, surprising Brooke on the rooftop of the Ponce City Market while she was chatting with her sisters. In Andy’s words, “It was nothing short of a Christmas miracle when she said yes.”
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the couple to pivot their initial plans a few times, including the decision to have a more intimate guest list of close friends and family. Their wedding fell on the New Year’s holiday weekend, so they planned a late-night wedding for a party-like atmosphere. Everyone gathered at the Cathedral of Christ the King for the ceremony before going to the reception at The Little Cottage in Smyrna. Instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served.
The decor for the reception was simple and romantic, with candles illuminating the space; greenery-decked tables; and a neon sign that read “It was always you,” gifted by Brooke’s sisters. The DJ kept the party going long into the evening and everyone ended the night with a drinking game.
“The day was such a whirlwind,” Andy says. “But I think the most memorable moment was getting to do our first look with just us.”
NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 90
DAY-OF COORDINATOR: Stephanie Mulé with Endive
PHOTOGRAPHER: The Amanda Kate Co.
CEREMONY VENUE: Cathedral of Christ the King
RECEPTION VENUE: The Little Cottage
ENGAGEMENT RING: Trumpet and Horn
WEDDING RINGS: Etsy
BRIDE’S GOWN: Jasmine Bridal from Aimee’s Bridal
VEIL: Carrie’s Bridal
BRIDE’S EARRINGS: J. Crew
GROOM’S FORMALWEAR: Jos A. Bank
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Various retailers
GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR: Vera Wang Black from Jos A. Bank
HAIR & MAKEUP: Tracey Wilson with Fringe Salon and Torianna Wilson Visuals
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Minted
FLORAL & DÉCOR: Nicole Bishop with Atlanta Event Florals
CAKE & SWEETS: Hazel Cakes