Brian Cook and Victoria Velasquez
07/05/2009 at 05:05 PM EDT
NBA basketball player Brian Cook, known for keeping his cool on the court, had some last-minute jitters over the weekend – and nobody could blame him.
The power forward for the Houston Rockets stood before about 150 guests and exchanged vows with Victoria Velasquez on Saturday at the Trump National Golf Club in Palos Verdes, Calif. Players from across the league were on hand and one of his two best men was Luke Walton from the Los Angeles Lakers, one Cook's former teams.
"I wasn't nervous at all until right before the ceremony," says Cook, "and then I saw her and just knew that it was all good."
The five-tiered wedding cake was made of red velvet and vanilla cake with butter cream frosting. But it was the groom's cake – in the shape of a basketball – that caused a commotion. As soon as they cut the cake, several of the players "started throwing cake on Brian!" says a witness.
The couple danced their first dance to Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky." The bride wore a dress by Priscilla of Boston Platinum Collection and $75,000 worth of jewelry from Adorn Brides. The wedding, which had a purple and turquoise color scheme, was designed by Kathy Mazza of Bella Weddings & Events.