Boy, was this wedding fun! We really enjoyed working with Olivia and Dylan and getting to capture their big day. Ellen and her team with Ellen Thomas Event Design did a fantastic job, and it was such a great day to be a part of. Cheers to the Finks!
“When I was in high school, Pinterest was just becoming popular among people my age. I remember all of the girls in my school had every detail of their wedding already planned out. That was definitely not me. I never really spoke about getting married or planning it because I didn’t want to jinx myself. I really only allowed myself to start daydreaming about my wedding day three months after Dylan and I started dating because I knew that there was no way I wasn’t going to marry this man.” – Olivia
“We technically met in the first class of freshman year at 9:00 am on a Monday. She sat right in front of me in our first Public Policy class. I had a girlfriend at the time, but I thought her hair was really pretty. I can’t remember saying more than a few words to her during that semester. There was no flirting or even a hint that we would be friends. She just thought I was a loser. Honestly, she still does, but she is stuck with me now.” – Dylan
“It was the first day of classes freshman year, and our professor was asking everyone what cool things they did that summer. Most people were telling stories of their traveling, working at summer camps, internships, etc. When the question fell on Dylan, he said, ‘uh, I competed in a national speech and debate tournament,’ and our professor yelled, ‘LAME, NEXT,’ and that was the first time I had ever met Dylan. After that, our paths crossed a lot. We were both in choir together, and we would pass each other in the Public Policy building and in between sign language classes. It was only a matter of time before we started running in the same circles.” – Olivia
“It was a three-year process before we started dating. In the second semester of my freshman year, I asked a mutual friend if Olivia had a boyfriend. The mutual friend told me that she was talking to someone, which wasn’t actually true; she just wasn’t interested in dating anyone. I moved on and dated someone else for more than a year. A couple of months after that relationship ended, which was well into the fall of our Junior year, I asked Olivia to go to a party full of mutual friends from the Ole Miss choir. She said no because she was too tired. I then asked her to go with me to see Ole Miss Theater’s production of ‘Chicago.’ She said no because she was going home that weekend. I took someone else. I had absolutely given up at that point and had decided to stop bothering her. The day after the show, she texted me. She never stopped responding.” – Dylan
“Olivia was hired as an intern for the Heritage Foundation in D.C. for the entire fall semester of our Senior year. When she got back in December, I proposed to her at Lamar Park in Oxford. They had just replaced the wood in the gazebo on the lake. I told her to carve our names into the wood with her keys. When she turned around, I was on my knee.
I took a weightlifting class and a jogging class the semester before I proposed. At the time I proposed, I was probably in the best shape I will ever be. I am not very athletic in general, and I haven’t worked out since. Is that a form of catfishing?” – Dylan
“I had just returned from Washington, DC, and was in town so we could celebrate my birthday. I had a feeling the engagement was coming on that day, but I figured it was going to be at dinner. So I had suggested we take the dog to the park for a walk before dinner. I didn’t even have any makeup on because I was planning on getting all dolled up for dinner after the walk. But then I looked away for half a second, and he was on his knee. I was so shocked and excited! And then my best friend popped out of nowhere, and it was just a beautiful engagement.” – Olivia
“Like many other 2020 couples, we had to move our wedding due to the ‘Rona. So, on our original wedding date, May 23, we had a small intimate ceremony at my family church in Memphis. It was everything I could have ever wanted. Dylan’s dad had recently been ordained as a deacon in the Catholic Church, so he was able to marry us, which is uncommon in the Catholic Church. It was so special to both of us having him play that role.” – Olivia
“At my parents’ wedding, my mom sang ‘Household of Faith,’ which is a second-generation Steve Green. At our wedding, we had our friends, Chance and Claire, sing the song. Even though it is only a second generation tradition so far, maybe our kids will keep it going for their weddings. In any case, it meant a lot to me. It was nice to see that it meant a lot to my parents as well. Especially my mom; it made her cry. She is very sentimental, so it wasn’t very hard for her to cry at my wedding to begin with.” – Dylan
“My husband’s grandmother passed away right after we got engaged. Shortly after, his mother, Judy, gifted me with a pair of beautiful sapphire earrings that she had given to her mom. From the moment I saw them, I knew I had to wear them for the wedding. They are my most prized possession, and it always brings him and his mother to tears when they see me wear them. Dylan’s wedding gift to me back in May was a matching necklace. It was my favorite detail of the day!” – Olivia
“Olivia licked the knife when I was only half done cutting the cake. I was unamused at the time, but it is funny now. My dad was nervous that she would cut her tongue on the knife. Thankfully, she did not.” – Dylan
“My best advice for any future brides would be to be sure to eat breakfast and lunch. I had a singular chicken mini on the morning of the wedding. By the time the ceremony rolled around, I was starving!!” – Olivia
Lead Photographer: Ann-Marie Wyatt | Second Shooter: Mackenzie Rue | Dress: Low’s Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Tux: The Black Tux | Cakes: City Hall Cheesecake | Venue: The Jefferson | Coordinator: Ellen Thomas | Flowers: Deedra Stone Designs | Rentals: Details Rentals | Band: Almost Famous | Rehearsal Venue: The Jefferson | Videographer: Ashley Mills | Caterer: Elizabeth Heiskell | Hair: Katie Rayburn Toliver | Makeup: Juliet Wilson, Matron of Honor