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Tara & Chip: A Casual Wedding in Orting, WA

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Tara & Chip in Orting, WA
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The ceremony, which took place under two large trees overlooking the lake, was short and sweet and gave way to a reception that unfolded just 100 feet away.
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“I had five bridesmaids of all shapes and sizes,” says Tara. “We found great magenta linen dresses from Ann Taylor Loft. We were able to find all the sizes we needed between two local Ann Taylor stores and didn’t have to order any!”
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The outdoor setting with a private lake has wide-open grass fields surrounded by hills and trees.
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The couple chose bright summer colors such as magenta, orange, yellow, red, and white; and gerbera daisies were their signature bloom for the summer soiree. “We thought these colors made us feel bright and cheerful,” says Tara. “We wanted the whole wedding to feel fun and laid-back, and all the colors and the outdoor setting helped us achieve that. ...
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“I gladly traded a grand exit for more time having fun with those I love. The whole idea of our wedding was not only about celebrating us, but celebrating our friends and family and throwing a really unforgettable party," says Tara. "We definitely accomplished that.”
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The two-tiered cake was covered with white fondant and decorated with gerbera daisies (and they ordered extra sheet cakes of the same flavor). “The sheet cakes really saved us money,” admits Tara. “Usually at weddings it seems no one hardly eats the cake, but ours was totally gone!”
Cake Magic by Debbie, Tacoma
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“Our DJ, Ray, was totally professional on the mic, played only the music we wanted, was very responsive to our guests’ requests, and did an awesome job setting the mood and keeping the party going,” says Tara.
Dee-Jaiz, Tacoma

Tara & Chip in Orting, WA

Warm colors, a tequila fountain, and a party that refused to end proved a recipe for fun at this August wedding. The Bride Tara Thompson, 27, therapist The Groom Chip Faulmann, 28, project manager The Date August 13 When Tara Thompson and Chip Faulmann started planning their summertime wedding, they had one word in mind: party! Two hundred and forty people would be attending their wedding at Ski Park Lake, and Tara and Chip were going to make sure it was the furthest thing from stuffy or formal and the closest thing to the party of the year. To that end, they invited each and every guest to celebrate all night long and then camp out on the property. “Many of them did,” admits Tara.
- Allison Micarelli
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  • Cake Magic by Debbie, Tacoma
  • Dee-Jaiz, Tacoma

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