Brooke Tesney Boone and Robert Benjamin Baker were united in marriage at Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile on June 11, 2011 at 6 p.m. The Rev. Dr. George L. Sinclair officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Edward Boone Jr. and the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Gertrude S. Boone and the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred M. Tesney Sr. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Baker III and grandson of Mrs. Ali B. Baker and the late Dr. and Mrs. C. A. Lightcap.
The rehearsal dinner, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. George L. Baker III, was held on Friday evening at the beautiful Five Rivers in Spanish Fort for the wedding party, family, and friends.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride looked stunning in an empire waist, silk dupioni gown created by David Crowder, of Mobile. The full-skirt gown with a sweetheart neckline had an overlay of pearl and iridescent sequined alencon lace covering the bodice and shoulders. Crowder completed the sleeveless ensemble with a 6-foot detachable train, also of silk dupioni. He also surprised the bride with a deep purple satin garter to match her purple satin flower shoes.
The bride chose her best friend, Victor Broughton as her “Man of Honor.” Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Northrop Boone, Whitney Coryn Brooks, Kelly Anne Chism, Catherine Thoman Coble, Elissa Pressley Tesney and Rachel Lindsay Robbins, all of Mobile. The bridesmaids wore cocktail length, black V-neck satin dresses by Bridesmaids Galore and More.
The groom was attended by his father as best man. Groomsmen were his brothers Geoff Baker, Stuart Baker, and Cory Baker, and close friends, Hudson Tapia and Jason Case. Ushers included Patrick Damon Boone, brother of the bride, Pelham Ladd Jr., Daniel Louis Robinson, Patrick Ankerson and Tommy Farnell. Ring bearer was Jackson McLean Boone, nephew of the bride. The groomsmen wore traditional tuxedos with antique white dinner jackets.
The ceremony music was performed by Government Street Presbyterian Church Choir and The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society under the direction of Dr. Terry Maddox. Scripture was read by Marylane Carleton.
Program attendants were Kimberly Brook Simmons and Trinity Tesney.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to a reception at Space 301 where they danced to the music of Motown show band, Escalade, from New Orleans. The couple’s first dance was to “Hold On, ” by Michael Bublé. The band then performed “Isn’t She Lovely, ” for the father-daughter dance. The groom and his mother then danced to Louis Armstrong’s “When You Smile.”
Sheila Kirksey of The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts designed the floral arrangements for the church and reception. Kirksey used the bride’s colors, shades of fuchsias and dark purple, as a deep summer palette for her creations.
The church was decorated with candles in each window with lush greenery and white ribbon. The altar was enhanced with hot pink gladiolas, purple larkspur, belles of Ireland, purple hydrangeas, green fuji mums, pink roses and peonies. The walkway of the reception featured two large arrangements of pink and purple peonies, belles of Ireland, larkspur and spider mums displayed on the white leather settees. Coordinating arrangements also adorned the buffet tables in large silver urns and on all casual seating tables in clear martini glasses.
The white lounge area featured fuji mums and white hydrangeas floating in square glass vases on each of the accent tables.
The wedding cake was created by Pollman’s Bake Shop. Five layers of cool lemon filling were inside a white cake with buttercream icing. Decorations on the cake featured the couple’s new initials along with pink and purple peonies and green hypericum berries.
Over the center of the black and white checkered dance floor hung a large crystal chandelier reflecting the pink and purple lighted holograms throughout Fabrication Hall. It shined the letter “B, ” representing the bride and groom’s first and last names. Lighting and backdrop was provided by the professionals of Showbiz Theatrical Services, Inc. Photography was by Jeff Tesney Photography and Bill Starling, of the Mobile Press-Register. Videography was captured by Ron White of Wedding Media Group.
The guests feasted on traditional Southern fare by Naman’s Catering. It consisted of a potato bar, fried cheese grits, steamboat round on biscuits, boiled shrimp, and many other party favorites.
FaceTime PhotoBooth was on hand with fun props and snapshots. Guests dressed up all night and took their own party pictures. As favors, they took home their photos stamped with the couple’s name and date to remember the special day.
The couple left the reception under a cascade of sparklers.
After a wonderful honeymoon trip to the British Virgin Islands, Ben and Brooke are now making their home in Mobile.