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Flanked by her human parents, with a wreath of leaves and petals around her neck, Lilly, the labrador retriever, almost seemed to smile for the Pursell Farms wedding photo. But how could she not smile? She’d been waiting for this day almost as long as they had.

Pursell Farms wedding Puppy

Lilly was there for the proposal, so of course, she had to be there for the wedding day! She is the proudest pup in her wedding day wreath.

First-look moment bride and groom

Trey actually had to cancel his first date with Kerry. Luckily she graciously was willing to reschedule — these two make the sweetest pair!

Kerry Franks and Trey Early were set up on a blind date by mutual friends after graduating from college — she from Alabama and he from Auburn — and moving to Birmingham to start their careers. Actually, Trey canceled on Kerry for their first date because his work travels got delayed. “I was a little miffed about it,” says Kerry. “He was very apologetic and rescheduled for the following week. After that, we were inseparable.”

They dated for two years, and Kerry knew a proposal was in the works but had no idea when or how it would happen. Then, on a seemingly innocent trip to Fairhope to celebrate another couple’s engagement, Trey had a big surprise in store. Kerry says that nothing seemed out of the ordinary when he suggested they take their beloved lab, Lilly, for a walk down by the piers. They were throwing her bumper toy out into the water for her to fetch, and on one final trip up from the water Trey turned around and got down on one knee. “I was so completely shocked — I never even said ‘yes!’” says Kerry. Trey’s sister was hiding nearby and captured the moment with photos they will treasure forever.

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classic invitation suite

We love the classic, elegant look of Kerry and Trey’s invitation suite by Alex Fly Designs.

white floral wedding bouquet at classic Pursell farms wedding

Beautifully lush white blooms framed by dusty miller made the perfect bridal bouquet for this timeless bride. She incorporated her “old” and “blue” into her bouquet via the “daddy’s little girl” pendant attached to her bouquet with her blue monogrammed hanky. New Valentino shoes and a wedding band borrowed from her mother completed the tradition.

tablescape for Pursell Farms Wedding

White blooms, greenery, white linens, and touches of sparkle here and there were all the adornment this beautiful Pursell Farms wedding venue required.

This sweet bride had a timeless look in mind for her Pursell Farms wedding day. “I don’t want to look back at our pictures and have it seem too dated,” says Kerry. “I wanted it to be relaxed, not really stressful, and I wanted our guests to have a good time and reflect what’s important to us.” With the aid of her own strong aesthetic and decisiveness, and the expert planning of the Becky’s Brides team, Kerry’s dream day became a reality.

Hamilton Place at Pursell Farms was the focal point and the perfect backdrop for a bright, cheerful day with a classically neutral color palette. Kerry was immediately drawn to the beautiful space that required minimal decoration and allowed guests to gather together for a little weekend away on the property. Plus, an outdoor ceremony was perfect if the weather permitted. Luckily for Kerry and Trey, the forecast cleared just in time for their dream ceremony under blue skies.

first look moment

Sweet first look moments. This ended up being one of the highlights of the day for both the bride and the groom, and we can see why!

With her neutral color palette in mind, Kerry dressed her gaggle of bridesmaids in floor-length dresses in an icy shade of powder blue, picking up on the pale blue of the hydrangeas in the ceremony’s arbor. Trey and his groomsmen wore black tuxedos with white boutonnieres, accented by feathers from a turkey the groom had hunted himself. And, of course, Kerry was truly stunning in her Antonio Gual gown from Ivory & White. It was the final dress she tried on, and it appeared to materialize out of thin air when she told her consultant, Sloane, that she wished she could combine the silhouette of one dress with the fabric of another. Sloane disappeared into the stock room and returned with a sample that was exactly that. With her mother and two best friends there cheering her on, Kerry knew it was the absolute perfect dress for her.

bride in her wedding gown with Pursell Farms backdrop

The elegant neckline, the buttons down the back, the gorgeous silhouette and her hair swept up in a beautiful chignon — Kerry is the perfect vision of a bride!

bridal party-bridesmaids

Kerry aimed to keep her palette neutral but allowed for a touch of color in these powder blue bridesmaids dresses. The perfect shade for a classic spring wedding!

bridal party-groomsmen

What a handsome group of gents!

On a beautiful morning in late March 2019, Kerry woke up at Pursell Farms, surrounded by all of the most important women in her life. “The morning of the wedding, all of my bridesmaids and my mom were all getting ready together in the Hamilton House. I just kind of stepped back and realized that this is the only time it will ever happen — that all the people you care the most about are all in one place laughing and reminiscing together,” says Kerry. “It is really special and emotional.”

After spending the morning with her girls, Kerry headed down to meet her groom on the lawn at Hamilton Place. The first look was definitely among the bride and groom’s favorite moments from the day, as it allowed them to shake off some wedding day nerves and enjoy a few quiet moments together before the festivities began.

At half-past five that evening, 200 beloved guests filled chairs on the lawn at Hamilton Place, and a string quartet played the bride and her father down the aisle. The bride’s uncle officiated the ceremony, and it was centered on family, featuring readings by the bride and groom’s siblings and rooted in the couple’s faith in God. With a kiss to seal the deal, the new Mr. and Mrs. Early recessed up the aisle to a joyous, instrumental version of “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole.

ceremony at Pursell Farms wedding

The forecast had threatened rain all week, but Kerry held out hope for her outdoor ceremony. Luckily, the day of the wedding could not have been more perfect, allowing for a sunset ceremony at Hamilton Place.

The bride and her dad at her Pursell farms wedding

Kerry is a self-professed “daddy’s girl,” so she was sure to plan a special moment with her dad on her big day.

Bride and groom with flower girls and ring bearer

Nothing says “classic Southern wedding” like a sweet group of minis all dressed in white.

Following the ceremony, guests sipped on the bride and groom’s signature drinks — Yellowhammers and Old Fashioneds, respectively. They enjoyed a bevy of their favorite foods, including a mac and cheese bar, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes and beef tenderloin sliders. For a touch of the bride’s hometown of Winfield, Alabama, they served guests a beautiful wedding cake and groom’s cake made by Winfield native Sherry Cunningham. And of course, a tiny rendering of Lilly the lab was featured proudly atop Trey’s German chocolate groom’s cake, with a prized duck in her mouth.

Pursell farms wedding cake

Kerry and Trey decided not to wed in the bride’s hometown of Winfield, Alabama, so instead, they incorporated a touch of home via the wedding and groom’s cakes. Five classic tiers of wedding cake, adorned with beautiful white blooms and a monogram, made the perfect, classic cake.

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groom's cake with dog

Trey’s German chocolate groom’s cake would not have been complete without a topper featuring his beloved hunting dog, Lilly, with a prized duck in her mouth — such a sweet way to incorporate their fur-baby into the day!

bride and groom dancing

Kerry advises other brides-to-be to pause and take time to enjoy being engaged and to be decisive in the wedding planning process. “That helped me a lot,” says Kerry. “Once I made a choice, I didn’t go back and forth on it. I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted and what I liked.”

bride and groom dancing

The bride and groom grin their way through their first dance to “You Are the Best Thing.” It’s a classic for a reason — this song is just the perfect first dance tune!

bride and groom exiting Pursell Farms wedding

With sparklers waving, guests cheer the new Mr. and Mrs. on their way out of their Pursell Farms wedding reception.

Just married golf cart leaving Pursell Farms wedding

Cheers to many days ahead that are as happy as this one, Kerry and Trey!

At the end of what was an utterly perfect day, guests sent the bride and groom off on a “Just Married” golf cart with sparklers twinkling in the night air.

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Early! It was such a joy to learn about your perfectly planned Pursell Farms wedding day — thank you so much for sharing it with us!


Photography: BeLight Photography
Planning: Taylor Justice, Becky’s Brides
Wedding Dress:  Antonio Gual, Ivory & White
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Groom: Mr Burch
Groomsmen attire: Mr Burch
Cake: Sherry Cunningham
Flowers & event design: Kathy Miller
Venue: Hamilton Place at Pursell Farms
Catering: Pursell Farms
Rentals: PRE Events
Band: Accent, Music Garden
Violin: Riverside Quartet
Hair/Makeup: Emily Summerville
Merchandise/Stationery Design:  Alex Fly Designs, Weezie B
Videography: Holloway Productions
Guest Accommodations: Pursell Farms


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