Even though Christina Gutierrez of Favors and Things Events was inspired by engagement photos she had seen shot at fairgrounds, she wanted something more...a reason behind the unique setting. She envisioned the story being that a city boy meets a small town girl and the county fair holds a special place in their hearts...so much so that it serves as the perfect locale for their eclectic style and small town summer wedding! And another special touch? “To end the celebration they have invited all of their friends and family to go on a ‘love walk’ with them through the place their story began,” explains Christina.
Selecting the location was easy for Christina. She says of the venue, “They host a large ‘barn market’ a couple of times a year. People come from all over the Midwest to visit the vendors with antiques, furniture and handmade goods. It is just a super fun and fresh venue complete with an old grain bin turned into a bar! (Which we got to use as our makeup and hair station). The location was perfect for us as well as it was a halfway point between our town and our county fair.”
The flowy and champagne-hued Morilee by Madeline Gardner collection dress was actually a bridesmaid dress and wowed with its playful, laid back style. The bride’s half-up style was complemented with messy twists and bright fuchsia lips.
“Our florist used a variety of flowers including a few of my personal favorites–coral tree peonies, lavender roses, and ranunculus,” says Christina. "About 60% of our florals were locally sourced–including Zinnias, sweat pea, coxscomb and thistle.”
This shoot’s rich palette was focused on navy, fuchsia and blush while including touches of peach, lavender, sage and additional pops of unexpected color.
Christina says, “Our stationery company was also our menu, place setting, and jewelry designer. She is out of Indianapolis and drove down to be an active participant on the day of the shoot. She did an outstanding job of taking the theme and overall feel and running with it, from invitations with the ticket-style response cards to acrylic menus with fair themed foods.”
The cake followed a simple, beautiful and elegant design and the candy apples were one of Christina’s most favorite details of the entire shoot. “I brought the idea to our caterer and she executed perfectly,” she says. “I love that they are a unique touch, support the theme, and pop on the place settings.”
Christina believes that locally sourced flowers is one of the biggest trends included in the shoot, followed by the play with color. “I feel like there has been a lot more risks taken with color lately, and I love it,” she says.
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