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You'll Wish You Scored An Invite To This State Fair-Themed Wedding

There was a Ferris wheel and corn dogs galore!

Texas sure knows how to throw a good party.

On March 25, Evan and Melissa Tate of Rockwall, Texas hosted a huge state fair-themed wedding reception at a 700-acre horse and cattle ranch owned by the groom’s family.

The Tates threw one heck of a wedding celebration. 
The Tates threw one heck of a wedding celebration. 
"We put a lot of time, thought, effort and energy into the party, along with some amazing vendors," the bride said. 
"We put a lot of time, thought, effort and energy into the party, along with some amazing vendors," the bride said. 

The celebration, which included a 700-person guest list, was aptly called: “Tate Fair of Texas.”

The couple's wedding hashtag was "#TateFairOfTexas."
The couple's wedding hashtag was "#TateFairOfTexas."
Fletcher’s Corny Dogs -- a state fair staple -- were a huge hit with guests. 
Fletcher’s Corny Dogs -- a state fair staple -- were a huge hit with guests. 

“I have always loved the State Fair of Texas and dreamed of it somehow tying into my wedding day,” the bride told The Huffington Post.

Sun sets over the Ferris wheel. 
Sun sets over the Ferris wheel. 

“We started hosting weddings to the public [at the ranch] a couple of years ago. I knew I wanted to get married on the farm but I didn’t want to lose the connection to the state fair ― so we just brought it here!” she added.

The big day featured all the Texas state fair essentials: A Ferris wheel, Fletcher’s Corny Dogs and livestock, too.

The couple even set up their own creative arts building. “That’s where people place their entries for photo contests, art contests and sculptures,” Melissa explained to ABC News.

“It’s in this really poorly lit building, and it’s just old school,” she said.

Instead of art entries, the space was filled with pictures of the couple, each bearing a prize ribbon to fit in with the theme.

The creative arts building, modeled after the one at the state fair, housed pictures of the couple. 
The creative arts building, modeled after the one at the state fair, housed pictures of the couple. 

Guests also feasted on turkey legs, brisket nachos, a popcorn bar and cotton candy.

There were loads of delicious fair-inspired foods to be had.
There were loads of delicious fair-inspired foods to be had.
The famous Fletcher’s corn dogs. 
The famous Fletcher’s corn dogs. 

The newlyweds couldn’t be more thrilled with how their big day panned out.

“We really just wanted to throw a party for our friends that reflected our love and our relationship,” Melissa told HuffPost. “And we wanted to celebrate that with them.”

Sparks were flying -- literally!
Sparks were flying -- literally!

A week prior to the blowout bash, the Tates exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony outside of the house where the groom grew up, with only about 50 family members present.

“This is the second marriage for both of us and I wanted it to be intimate, giving us time to really engage with our families,” she said. “I knew that wouldn’t happen at a party of the size we wanted for our reception.”

The bride and groom at their wedding ceremony. 
The bride and groom at their wedding ceremony. 

Afterwards, the newlyweds sat down with their families for a brunch complete with Bloody Marys and biscuits.

The Bloody Mary bar was perfect for the brunch fete. 
The Bloody Mary bar was perfect for the brunch fete. 

The couple, who met in 2014 through a mutual friend, actually got engaged at the State Fair of Texas last year.

“It was so busy, and the whole crowd saw what was happening, and I dropped to my knee,” Evan told ABC News. “She said yes, and then the crowd broke into cheers all around. It was wonderful.”

Below, more photos from the couple’s big day:

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