Erin Briana Hurt and Lucas James Cooke were united in marriage at The Ezell House on March 31, 2012, under a beautiful tent covered in organza and hydrangeas. The Rev. Terry Kline Irby officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Eric and Rhonda Pullen of Mobile and Andrew Wellborn Hurt of Long Beach, Miss. Erin is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Arthur White, of Butler, Ala.; Mrs. Anna Lewora Pullen and the late Harold Bailey Pullen, of Mobile; Rev. and Mrs. Terry Kline Irby; and the late Mr. Walter Harvey Hurt III.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Wesley Cooke and the grandson of Mrs. James Crumpton Handey Sr., the late Mr. Handey and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Glenn Cooke.
Given in marriage by her fathers, the bride wore a designer gown made of ivory silk taffeta with wash silk organza. The lace V-neck bodice featured cap sleeves and a full skirt with pockets. Covered buttons adorned the back of the empire band and down the chapel train. The bride’s bouquet was wrapped with an embroidered handkerchief that belonged to her great grandmother, Helen Marie Smith.
The bride chose her sister Holli Mosley Worsham as matron of honor and Courtney French as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Cecelia Hurt, Samantha Kenderick, Kayla Blackwell and Carly Armstrong. They wore aqua Lilly Pulitzer dresses.
The groom chose his father as his best man. Groomsmen were Jonathan Handy, Wesley Cooke, Quinn Pullen, Miles Worsham and Cameron Weavil. Groomsmen wore two-button, side-vent grey sharkskin suits made by Bertolini.
The flower girls were niece of the groom, Anna Witt Cooke, and Addie Grace Blackwell. David Cooke, nephew of the groom, served as the ring bearer. Ushers were nephew of the groom, Wesley Cooke III, and uncles of the bride, Dean White and Wesley Miller.
As guests were being seated, a stringed quartet played played modern music. Classical tunes set the tone during the nuptials, and the couple made their exit to the quartet’s version of “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve.
Chandeliers and lanterns lit up the entire courtyard of the Ezell House for the reception. LeNae Denson of Cleveland the Florist filled the spaces with white and pink peonies, Queen Ann’s lace, pink and white roses, and pink and white hydrangeas. For the large floral centerpieces, Denson used hand-painted china from the bride’s mother’s collection, large antique cans, an old vintage cooler and vintage blue mason jars that the parents of the bride had collected over the years. After a cocktail reception, guests were invited to enjoy dinner from Creative Catering by Sean, including many of the bride and groom’s favorite dishes on Italian, Asian and soul food stations. Aqua blue wedding cake, created by Cakes by Judi, was served for dessert. A martini bar and photo booth were fun additions. DJ Julie Howard Carter kept the party going into the night. Robinson Studio and Design captured their photo memories.
The couple left for their honeymoon to Playa Mujeres Mexico in a 1950 Mercury. Erin wore her Granny White’s lace suit that her Granny wore when she married her Granddaddy 50 years ago. This was the fourth time the dress was worn for family nuptials. Mr. and Mrs. Cooke are now happily at home in Mobile.