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Tara & Chris: An Outdoor Wedding in Frederick, MD

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Tara & Chris in Frederick, MD
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The groom's mother made the ceremony programs. The colors fit the purple-and-orange scheme and the toile print echoed the pastoral vibe of the venue.
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The couple took advantage of fixtures at their ceremony site, including the reflecting pool, which they decorated with floating gerbera daisies, lily pads, candles, and rose petals, and the pergola, under which they exchanged vows.
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A stray from tradition, the couple went with a chocolate-colored wedding cake with playful fondant ribbon and sugar flower and butterfly accents.
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Tara and Chris shared their "recipe for love" with guests -- jars filled with chocolate peanut butter cookie dough.

Tara & Chris in Frederick, MD

Even though Tara and Chris Grier didn't originally attend the same college, they met at a hangout near Tara's school, West Virginia University. They chatted, hit it off and started dating. A year later, Chris decided to transfer to WVU to be even closer to Tara. He graduated a year before her, but took a job in New York City because he knew Tara would soon move there to pursue her fashion career. And she did. The Bride Tara Russo, 25, fashion sales executive The Groom Christopher (Chris) Grier, 26, physical education teacher The Date September 26 Six years after their first meeting, the couple took a trip back to West Virginia. They had dinner at one of their favorite college restaurants and then took a stroll along the Monongahela River. There on the bank, Chris pulled out a custom made ring, exactly like the Harry Winston ring Tara had found in a magazine and fallen in love with months earlier. "It was amazing. I was in shock for a little bit and then said yes," says Tara. Nine months later, the couple invited guests to an historic Maryland mansion for a colorful, whimsical wedding.
- Carrie Chambers
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