Lauren + Gene
Modern Minimal Wedding
Lauren and Gene searched endlessly to find the right venue, focusing on their desire to have a modern, minimal wedding that felt southern at heart. As a longtime friend of the owners, Lauren saw the Decklan House before its transformation. Needless to say, we were ecstatic to welcome her back! “We looked for almost two years, scouting everything from Central Park and Italy to Hawaii, before deciding on Up the Creek Farms. Gene is from Texas and I’m from Melbourne so we thought the venue perfectly encompassed both of our hometowns in a way that felt like us.”
Tell us about the details.
We gave the Up The Creek Farms team complete freedom to creatively spread their wings, making it a fun and easy process. I work in the fashion industry, giving me access to the best bridal designers, but in the end comfort was key. I took a simple crepe dress from one of Amsale’s Spring ’19 runways and had them make it for me ahead of the season. It wasn’t traditional but I wanted something timeless and comfortable. Gene wore black cowboy boots with his Canali suit – a staple for any Texan. I borrowed a simple gold bracelet from my mom and wore plain sapphire stud earrings. My custom engagement ring was made using melted down gold from my grandmother, my mother, Gene’s mother, and his stepmother – All the most important women in our lives.
Were there any significant moments during the ceremony you can share with us?
We didn’t have a wedding party so we wanted to incorporate friends and family as much as possible. My aunt did a reading from the Bible and Gene’s cousin did a reading from Les Miserables. My nephew Landon was our ring bearer and our good friend Carl was our flower girl. Most flower girls aren’t 35 years old, but we had fun with most of the wedding traditions.
The hours before the ceremony were gold. I felt like I was at a private spa in the Decklan House! We ate Chik-fila and listened to music making the day all the more enjoyable for me as a shy bride.
At cocktail hour did you have any unique experiences for your guests?
Classern Quartet did an amazing job serenading our guests with a mix of cover and traditional tunes. My sister-in-law’s brother made his own handcrafted beer for guests. We had a cigar and bourbon bar outside which was one of the biggest hits of the night. We wanted the non-dancers, shy guys and smokers to feel the love too! Turns out a LOT of people like cigars!
Tell us about the special moments from the reception.
My father and I chose a Radiohead song for our dance. It had a hilarious mix of reactions from the crowd but was meaningful to us. My aunt did a blessing before dinner – a tradition in my Italian family. Our sit-down dinner was served family style and ended with an ice cream bar. Arthur’s Catering really outdid themselves with our surf n turf and lamb entrees!
We had the Up The Creek Farms design team help us make a custom neon sign, which is now hanging in our apartment! It said “It’s Now or Never” after our first dance song. We wanted to make light of how long we were together before tying the knot and it was a funky focal point at the reception.
What advice would you give to future Up the Creek Couples?
No matter how much you obsessively plan every detail of your day, just know that shit WILL happen. Make sure the comfort and happiness of your guests doesn’t fall by the wayside. Relax, because the people in charge of throwing your wedding know what they’re doing. Remember it’s your day but only one day in a long string of days you’ll now be spending together forever.
Thank you to all of the vendors who made this day possible:
Photography by Chandler + Olivia || Florals and Design by Up the Creek Farms|| Entertainment – Classern Quartet – DJ Blast Company || Catering by Arthur’s || Cake Krush || Wedding Planning by Up the Creek Farms || Wedding Dress – Amsale || Hair + Makeup by Mirth Salon ||