September 22, 2020

Sara & Joshua

A Fairfield Iowa Summer Wedding

It’s mid-September and the weather has been absolutely perfect; crispy in the mornings and evenings and comfortably warm during the days. This past Saturday was just that, a dream of weather cooperation. We got to the church prior to the bridal party so we were able to scope it all out before things really got busy, which is always the best way to start a wedding day. It was just cool enough that I remember briefly thinking that I should’ve packed a sweater. (I forgot about it once things started rolling!)

When Sara and her friends arrived, we quickly shifted into details mode and, as wedding days go, once the gears start moving, time flies! Sara and Josh were married in this beautiful brick church on a gravel road in the country, a church that Sara attended as a child and that other family members have been married in. And though 2020 hasn’t brought about much in the “easy” department for wedding planning, Sara and Josh tackled every curve in the road, including actually, moving their ceremony to this church, with grace and determination. Sara’s dad joked later in the evening in his toast that they had a long engagement and could’ve gotten married last year, but, no, Sara wanted to wait until 2020 and, well, look at how that turned out. But really, it did turn out perfect. Maybe not in every way they had dreamed of–one of Sara’s bridesmaids couldn’t attend due to a positive COVID-19 exposure and it was heartbreaking–but in many of the ways that matter, it was perfect.

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When Sara and Josh first began talking, she was going to grad school in Lincoln, Nebraska and he was working in Columbus, Nebraska. “I remember him saying he was from Iowa and I couldn’t believe our home towns in Iowa were an hour apart!” Sara was really busy in grad school so they continued talking, but didn’t go on their first date for another two months. They ate at Applebee’s–both say it was the best restaurant option Columbus had–and then went back to his place to watch a movie because “my home theater system was better than the Columbus Theater,” Josh said. They discovered early on that they both love watching movies and still, six years later, say they do a lot of dinner-and-a-movie dates, which probably works out well with social distancing, I suppose. Dinner to go and a home theatre? Winning!
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Their dogs joined us last fall for their engagement session and I was so excited that they were going to come on the wedding day too for some photos! Look at these adorable pups!!!
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I really could have done all the photos that day under this big tree. It was so, so beautiful!!
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Photography: Emily Crall Photography

Videography: One22 Studios

Florals: Tammy Vittetoe

Cake Artist: Sarah’s Cakes

Catering: Dick & Barb Baker

DJ: Spike on the Mike

Makeup: Prime Beauty by Alicia

Hair: Groovy Katz

Bridal Gown: Heart to Heart Bridal

Maids’ Gowns: Bill Levkoff from Heart to Heart Bridal

Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Reception Venue: Fairfield Event Center

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