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Brooke Mohr & Bobby Renkes.
Bobby and Brooke enter the reception football-game style.
Bridesmaids’ dresses by LulaKate, from Bella Bridesmaids, complemented Todd Events’ pink floral medley.
Tablescape at The Belo Mansion & Pavilion.
Caramel corn favors.
Pretty-in-pink cake by Frosted Art Bakery & Studio.
Luck O' the Irish
By Lisa Martin | Photo: Thisbe Grace | June 5, 2012
Notre Dame alums tie the knot in a fun-filled weekend with family and friends.
Family, friends and the Fighting Irish hailed the nuptials of Brooke Mohr and Bobby Renkes, whose football-player-romances-head-cheerleader backstory set the stage for a winning weekend. From the heartfelt rehearsal dinner toasts to a spectacular, banner-crashing entrance at the reception, the couple exuded joy and triumph as they solidified their union.
“To this day, I ask Bobby, ‘Can we do it again?” says Brooke, a third-year medical student at the University of Texas-San Antonio, who met her husband-to-be at the University of Notre Dame.
Explains mother-of-the-bride, Leslie: “Brooke is very traditional and family-oriented; her little sister, Molly, who now goes to Notre Dame, was her maid of honor. Friends from all over the country flew in. It was the party of a lifetime! I would go back and do it all again tomorrow.”
The festivities began with out-of-town guests gathering at the Preston Hollow home of Leslie and her husband, Robert. A group of women then donned their pastel dresses, fancy hats and fascinators for an English-themed bridal tea lunch at Arlington Hall. Along with his mother, Beverly, Bobby (a former gridiron star at Lake Highland High School who now works in finance) organized the Friday night rehearsal dinner at The Mansion Restaurant.
“Bobby’s mother and I had sent a filmmaking friend some of his old videos, which he then turned into a masterpiece,” says Leslie. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after it played.”
The ceremony took place at Christ the King Catholic Church, where Brooke had attended school, with the couple’s longtime Notre Dame priest (and Bobby’s dorm rector) officiating. Brooke wore a lacy Vera Wang confection, which she discovered at Warren Barrón. “The beautiful organza flowers in the back were just so unique,” says the bride. “I loved the sash around the waist, too.” Her bridesmaids donned one-shouldered fuchsia dresses by LulaKate.
The Belo Mansion reception, which Lauren Miller at Todd Events helped orchestrate, proved a spirited event. The evening kicked off with a flash mob introduction of both sets of parents along with the bridal party. After a video of Bobby’s proposal to Brooke in May 2010 played on a big screen, the newlyweds made their grand entrance, crashing through a banner a friend had drawn of them (in cheerleader and player uniform, of course) just like a team taking to the field.
“At one point during the party, we played the Notre Dame fight song and gathered at least 60 alumni onto the dance floor,” says Brooke. “We danced our hearts out.”
In the Mohr house, the reception has been affectionately dubbed, “the event that would never end.”
“Brooke’s not a late-night person, and we set the wedding at 2pm so the event wouldn’t go on and on, but when 11pm came and we whispered into Brooke’s ear that the band [Austin-based Blind Date] was going to wrap up, she asked that we add another set… then another!”
The couple relished wedding memories during their honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas and Telluride, Colo.