Corinna Ferrini always said she wanted a private engagement. Yet, after accepting a proposal from Ron Weiss in front of Great Falls National Park, she couldn’t resist exclaiming, “We are getting married!” to the passersby. After taking a couple of months to enjoy their engagement, the pair spent the next nine months planning their perfect day. One of the most important steps was finding a professional to help coordinate the festivities. “We never could have had our beautiful dream wedding without our planner, Amanda [of Engaging Affairs],” the bride confirms. “By the time the day arrived, we were able to relax and enjoy knowing that any small issues that might come up would be handled by Amanda and her extremely competent team and the amazing vendors she had helped us select.”

A luxury hotel in the city where the couple resides, Washington, DC, was a natural fit – particularly as many of their family members traveled from out of town. Corinna was ethereal in her tulle trumpet gown. Originally a strapless dress, Carine’s Bridal Atelier added romantic off-the-shoulder draped sleeves to better fit the bride’s vision. In lieu of a traditional bridal party, she and Ron instead had a close friend walk their beloved pet Yorkie down the aisle. “Both of them looked dashing in their custom tuxedos,” Corinna smiles. 

The chuppah was designed to have clear acrylic columns so that guests would have a perfect view of each step of the ceremony. The bride converted to Judaism six months before the wedding and the couple made sure that her family would know and understand the traditions as they were performed. “Ron’s family provided us with critical advice regarding the religious aspects of the wedding,” she confirms.

Once pronounced husband and wife, the guests were able to enjoy the elegantly decorated reception. The mother of the bride assisted with the look of day while Corinna’s father helped design the couple’s monogram used throughout the celebration. Tall crystal vases, allowing attendees to still easily see and converse with one another, held aloft centerpieces of cream peonies and hydrangeas accented with soft greenery. Following dinner, it was time to hit the dance floor. “I didn’t realize how critical the right music is to the overall ‘feel’ of the celebration until we experienced the pure energy and excitement coming from the band,” reveals the bride. “There is nothing better than seeing your family and closest friends share in your happiness on your wedding day.”