An Elegant Mansion Wedding at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut

After touring nearly 20 venues across Connecticut, Tara Azizi (23 and a nurse) and Jesse Cooper (29 and works in finance) immediately fell in love wit

After touring nearly 20 venues across Connecticut, Tara Azizi (23 and a nurse) and Jesse Cooper (29 and works in finance) immediately fell in love with the simplicity and grandeur of Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut. "During our tour, we looked at each other and knew it was our place," Tara says. An elegant color scheme of lavender and gold played up the manor's all-white interior and lush grounds, where Tara and Jesse exchanged vows in a ceremony that incorporated Baha'i and Jewish traditions. "We were fortunate enough to use the same chuppah that my mother-in-law made for my sister-in-law's wedding," Tara says. "The four corners of the chuppah will eventually be embroidered with Jesse's siblings' names and the names of their spouses." Guests sipped on watermelon and grapefruit mocktails during dinner, and later indulged in a tiered buttercream cake made from two distinct flavors. "I certainly didn't want ours to be a forgettable cake," Tara says of the orange and white confection. "We included a yellow cake filled with strawberry and white chocolate and a matcha almond cake for our more adventurous guests." For a peek at all the sophisticated details, check out shots from Thompson Photography Group, below. —Rachel Sylvester

After spotting a lace Kenneth Winston dress online, Tara tracked down the ivory, fit-and-flare lace gown. "I knew I didn't want the typical sleeveless dress, so this was perfect," she says of the design, which featured satin-covered buttons and a high neckline.
Bridesmaids wore muted, lavender gowns in a hue that perfectly matched the groomsmen ties.
After spotting a lace Kenneth Winston dress online, Tara tracked down the ivory, fit-and-flare lace gown. "I knew I didn't want the typical sleeveless dress, so this was perfect," she says of the design, which featured satin-covered buttons and a high neckline.
Arrangements of baby's breath dotted tables, while Tara carried a green and lavender bouquet comprising a fresh mix of ranunculus and roses.
Jesse popped the question nearly one year after they first met during Thanksgiving dinner, proposing with a diamond solitaire engagement ring.
Guests watched from black folding chairs as Tara and Jesse exchanged vows in a ceremony that incorporated Baha'i and Jewish traditions.
The couple wed under a wooden flower-covered chuppah made by the groom's mother. "Jesse is one of four siblings, and each corner of the chuppah had a sibling's and spouse's names embroidered," Tara says.
Gold chiavari chairs were used to play up the simplicity of the all-white room, where guests dined on watermelon and grapefruit mocktails during dinner.
Gold candlesticks and embellished frames topped round reception tables, along with low-lying centerpieces made of white ranunculus and pink roses.
"I certainly didn't want ours to be a forgettable cake," Tara says of the orange and white confection. Flavors included a yellow cake tier filled with strawberry and white chocolate and a matcha almond cake for more adventurous guests.
Gold flatware was used to play up  the simplicity of the all-white tablescapes, where guests dined on watermelon and grapefruit mocktails during dinner.
It took almost 20 venue tours before Tara and Jesse found Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut. "We both looked at each other during the tour and knew it was our place," Tara says of the secluded locale.