Farahnaz Karimi and Jeff Holda were united in marriage on July 28, 2012, at The DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Bethesda, Md., by Michael Mergo.
The bride is the daughter of Bijan Karimi, Scaggsville, Md., and Jean Messer, Jupiter, Fla. She is the granddaughter of Mansour Karimi and Farah Vahaji, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Eleanor Messer, Juno Beach, Fla.; and the late Darrel Messer.
The groom is the son of Andrew and Judith Holda, Ashley. He is the grandson of John and Mary Hoolick, Hanover Township, and the late Thomas and Mary Harris.
Farahnaz was escorted down the aisle by her father. She chose her friend, Rachel Mohammadi, as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were her sisters, Nazaneen and Najeela Karimi, along with her friends Kristine Riordan and Sarah Kin.
Jeff chose his best friend, Joshua Oravic, as his best man. Groomsmen were Eric Cleary, Dave Plisko and Michael Mergo, all life-long friends of the groom, and Brian Williams, new brother-in-law.
The bride was honored with a bridal shower given by her matron of honor, bridesmaids and mother at the couple’s home in Olney, Md. The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the parents of the groom at Guapo’s, Bethesda, Md. An evening cocktail hour and reception were held at The DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Bethesda, Md.
The bride is a 2002 graduate of McDonough High School, Maryland. She earned a bachelor’s degree in financial economics from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2006, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland in 2011. She is employed by Lockheed Martin, Rockville, Md., as a financial planning and analysis manager.
The groom is a 2000 graduate of Hanover Area Junior-Senior High School, Hanover Township. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English in 2004, and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Bloomsburg University in 2005. He also earned his certificate in school administration and supervision in 2009 from Johns Hopkins University. For the past seven years, he has taught ninth-grade English at Gaithersburg High School and served as the junior varsity boys’ basketball coach.
The couple honeymooned in Rome and Florence, Italy. They reside in Olney, Md., with their dog, Toby.