Maneli and Tim were married this past May at her parent’s home in Great Falls, Virginia. Between the vibrant garden colors, her spectacular Oscar de la Renta gown, the adorable vintage mini-Cooper … we could go on and on … this is one wedding that guests will remember vividly! Pineapple Productions has shared some of the details with us today …

Photography by the fabulous Anne & Bill Holland, Holland Photo Arts

The gorgeous Sperry Tents were provided by LBB member, Skyline Tents!

Stunning! Simply Stunning!

from Pineapple Productions

Maneli and Tim were such an incredible couple to work with. A trans-Atlantic romance, a passion for travel, incredible friends and family, this was destined to be a memorable event! Maneli wanted a wedding that truly felt like an extension of the Italianate style of her family home in Great Falls, Virginia. Having studied design in Italy, she helped her parents design the beautiful gardens and interior and knew it would be a meaningful setting for her wedding. The soft, pastoral look of the Sperry tents from Skyline Tents provided the ideal framework for an event that would feature Spring and Summer flowers, a seasonal menu and sophisticated romance.

While Maneli wanted a relaxed, at-home feeling to the event, there was no doubt that style would abound. The weekend began with a traditional Persian ceremony to honor Maneli’s heritage. The next day, guests gathered at the front of the home and enjoyed rosemary-scented lemonade before the ceremony. To set the tone for the celebration, Maneli and the wedding party walked down the aisle to some of her favorite Italian opera music.

During cocktails, guests enjoyed the terraced gardens, pavilions and fountains and then were seated beneath the tents for an open air dinner and dancing. The young revelers partied into the wee hours under the pavilion.

We wanted the colors of the wedding to be fresh and seasonal, but also high impact. We worked with a color palette of yellow, pink, coral and white, but mostly in monochromatic clusters to create movement for the eye and an eclectic feel. Jack Lucky integrated flowers that Maneli loved, including peonies, ranunculus, poppies and flowering branches, into lush arrangements with a fresh-cut from the garden style. The menu was inspired by Italy, the mid-Atlantic region and Tim’s British homeland. Guests enjoyed a prosciutto carving station, assorted bruschetta , braised short ribs, Maryland style crab cakes, mini Welsh rarebit and mini trifles, and other delicious bites.

Tim is a musician and music producer, and at one point in the reception he picked up his guitar to perform an incredible rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner and then dedicated Foxy Lady to his bride, Maneli. Maneli’s father is a collector of vintage cars and in addition to peaking the interest of the guests, they made their appearance in the wedding too. It was only fitting that Tim arrive at the ceremony in a vintage British Mini with an American flag detail on the roof. This al fresco, at-home wedding perfectly reflected the sophistication and ease of this beautiful, worldly couple!

You can see more of this beautiful wedding in the SMP gallery {here}!


Venue: Bride’s family home in Great Falls, Virginia
Event Planner: Elizabeth Duncan, Pineapple Productions
Tent: Sperry Tents and Skyline Tents
Décor – Jack Lucky Floral Design
Photographers – Holland Photo Arts
Entertainment – Escapade
Caterer – Well Dunn Catering
Ceremony Music: Sage Strings Quartet
Make-up: Laura Ogden
Hair: Christophe Jouenne
Croquembouche: Patisserie Poupon
Dress: Oscar de la Renta

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