Alex + Dylan

Whimsical and bohemian wedding at Up the Creek Farms

Alex and Dylan wanted their wedding to reflect their love story- lively, romantic, full of devotion, and genuine. Despite the rain that would not seem to make up it’s mind on wedding day, Alex and Dylan successfully made their whimsical bohemian wedding vision come to life, and enjoyed celebrating with all those that had stood by their side.

Tell us the story and inspiration behind your wedding.

I thought I had a clear vision for what I wanted and then as I started planning, dressing shopping, looking at vendors/venues, I went with what resonated with me. For instance, I had such different things in mind for my dress but as soon as I tried on long sleeves, I knew that was the style for me.

Dylan wanted simple, he was so sweet to come to all the meetings but truly wanted whatever I did. We actually got legally married 3 days before so the pressure was off and we could just celebrate and party with each other and our loved ones.

I wanted mystical, vintage, genuine photos which I think really came through with our photographer and her editing style. We wanted to celebrate our love but also those whose love inspired us, i.e. parents, grandparents, married friends hence speeches from both our dads and a shout-out to my grandfather who passed but had been with the love of his life for over 50 years. I think the biggest moment for us though was the vows. We knew we wanted them to be our own, we have different spiritual backgrounds, different ways we communicate our love to each other, and felt it was important for us to convey our lifelong promises to one another in our own unique ways.

What were the reasons you chose Up the Creek Farms for your wedding?

The location was fabulous, with those beautiful mossy oak trees, it didn’t get more romantic. I loved having the Decklan house to get ready in before, and the all inclusive package was very appealing. Especially since I was planning from Virginia, it made things so much easier to have all at one place. I trusted all the UTCF team too, knowing they were the experts at what they were doing. And they did not let me down!

I also loved having someone I knew as my planner! Everyone at UTCF was fabulous, but there was just such an ease and comfort to having my old volleyball pal help me plan my wedding. Everyone was very responsive to my mom and I during the whole process. It was close to my hometown of Melbourne as well so easier for family to get to.

What were the personal details of the wedding that are a great reflection of you as a couple?

I think you see us laughing a lot in the photos, mostly Dylan making me laugh. That sums up our relationship a lot. We had 4-5 people come up and tell us that they felt the Holy Spirit at our wedding which truly meant the world to me. I don’t know if I could verbalize that in details but when you have guests and family coming up and telling you that they can see God’s love in your own, it’s pretty powerful. We wanted beautiful neutrals, greens, and blues for the floral which was executed perfectly.

We also love love love music, and we probably spent the most time picking out the songs for our walks down the aisle, ceremony recessional, reception entrance, and first dance songs. Tying in with the music, we absolutely love to dance. All our friends know we are the biggest dancers ever. So it was important to us to have ample time on the dance floor. I think as soon as the dance floor opened up, I never got off! The late night music choice really summed up our idea of a good time!

Memories, moments and stories about the day you would like to share

One of my favorite moments was when our guest and videographer, Josh, pulled us outside to film us saying our vows to just each other outside of the barn doors. It was so special having that intimate moment during such a beautifully chaotic day.

Each first dance was one of my favorites, especially with my dad as he had been attempting to de-sensitize himself by listening to that song a lot but it didn’t help he still bawled as evidenced in the pictures as did I! He told he had been praying for Dylan for 25 years in his speech which was really special to me.

Other highlighted moments include my brother catching the garter and his girlfriend catching the bouquet (the latter was planned) and Dylan mildly head butting me during the garter!

What advice would you give to future Up the Creek Couples?

Enjoy every single moment! Throughout the weekend actually, Dylan and I had this signal. We would twist the ring on our left finger to let the other know we need a minute or two just each other. We did it once during the rehearsal dinner, and a few times at the wedding. It helped us stay in the moment, acknowledge each other, and stay present in our love. Also I think the best advice given to me was expect a mistake, expect something to go wrong that day. With that much planned, there’s bound to be something that doesn’t go right but that becomes a memory. It makes the wedding real, we’re only human! Embrace whatever that blunder may be.

What was the most important lesson you learned while planning your wedding?

What is suppose to happen, will, and what is not suppose to happen, will not. At the end of it, it’s one day, subject to weather, 100+ different people, etc, and there’s only so much you can do/plan for. The important part is your are marrying your best friend! I learned to trust the experts, trust God, and just focus on the fact that we got to married with our closest loved ones there to cheer us on, support us, and help us celebrate.

Thank you to the amazing vendors who helped make this day possible:

Shannon Lee Miller Photography, Up the Creek Farms Florals. Executive Catering, Blue Skies Entertainment, In 2 Your Beauty HMUA, Olivia Bowen Bridal