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Brook Carreker & Nicholas Schuttler. 

Wedding programs emblazoned with the peacock theme. 

Tablescape by The Garden Gate. 

The couple’s departure amid a waving canopy of peacock feathers. 

The fairy-tale exit. 

Cake by Frosted Art Bakery & Studio. 

Sweet November

Brook Carreker & Nicholas Schuttler November 11, 2011 

A peacock theme and tradition-laced affair make 11.11.11 the best anniversary ever.

A bevy of peacocks, a shiny twopence and one stunning diamond tiara helped make the wedding of Brook Lee Carreker to Nicholas Schuttler especially auspicious. From the ceremony at Park Cities Presbyterian Church to the carriage getaway under the midnight moon, the couple used their special day to highlight and honor family traditions.

“I’m a big family girl,” says Brook, a Baylor grad who works as a high-powered headhunter for Keste. “And I have to say, my mom can throw one heck of a party.”

Indeed, Connie Carreker devoted nearly a year to planning her daughter’s big day. “Once Brook and Nick [a fitness entrepreneur] decided that Nov. 11, 2011, had the right ring to it, I went to work,” says Connie. “It was truly a labor of love.”

Mother and daughter agreed the family peacock (a life-size, all-white stuffed bird) deserved a place of honor in the proceedings. Throughout the Arlington Hall reception, the white peacock (a veteran of two previous Carreker weddings) stood as an elegant guard beside the cake, a sumptuous creation by Frosted Art Bakery & Studio. Floral designer Junior Villanueva at The Garden Gate brought in large colored peacocks, then used smaller jeweled versions in the centerpieces. Guests received glittering enameled Limoges peacocks as favors. As the newlyweds departed, each of the 400 guests waved peacock feathers.

All five bridesmaids wore teal gowns by Priscilla of Boston. Father-of-the-bride Denny, who sat in on several planning sessions for his only daughter’s wedding, radiated cheer in his Hadleigh’s navy tuxedo. Connie, meanwhile, designed her own emerald green satin dress and coordinating shrug, which Jemal Mizan then created for her.

As for Brook’s dress, the third time was truly the charm. Bride and groom went on a serious fitness program, which resulted in the first dress she’d purchased being too big. Then, “I decided I’d wear my debutante dress, but the preservation had gone bad and it was stained with some kind of chemical,” she says.

Dress No. 3 was a strapless Jim Hjelm stunner with a sweetheart neckline and cascades of lace. Connie had arranged for a veil made by English artisans. She also had Brook’s Kate Spade shoes lined in blue, and for extra luck, she tucked a twopence coin inside.

Topping off the look was a $60,000 diamond tiara borrowed from family friend Bill Noble of William Noble Rare Jewels. “I’ve always wanted a tiara, and Bill’s was better than I could have imagined,” says Brook. “I didn’t want to give it back!”

The couple spent much of their 10-day honeymoon on a private yacht off the Florida coast, reliving the sweet memories of their wedding weekend.

“It was a flawless experience,” says Brook. “My parents gave me the wedding of my dreams.”