PUTTING ON THE RITZ

FOR A PER­SONAL AND ORIG­I­NAL WED­DING, THE RITZ-CARL­TON, TYSONS COR­NER WAS THE PER­FECT PARTNER. BY CASEY TRUDEAU

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For a per­sonal wed­ding, The Ritz-Carl­ton, Tysons Cor­ner was the per­fect partner.

After hav­ing known each other for close to 10 years, a re­con­nec­tion in 2014 led to love for Shadi Baftechi and Armin Raoufinia, tak­ing the pair by sur­prise. The cou­ple started plan­ning their wed­ding right after the en­gage­ment, but with Baftechi com­plet­ing den­tistry school in Bos­ton, the plan­ning fell to Raoufinia. “We knew from the begin­ning that we wanted some­thing very spe­cial for our wed­ding— ev­ery­thing had to be unique, with out-of-the-box think­ing,” he says.

When search­ing for a venue in Wash­ing­ton, DC, the cou­ple chose The Ritz-Carl­ton (1150 22nd St. NW, 202-835-0500; ritzcarl­ton.com) be­cause of all the ways in which the staff could help them per­son­al­ize the ex­pe­ri­ence of their wed­ding. A top pri­or­ity for them was a menu that re­flected Raoufinia’s Per­sian her­itage. The Ritz-Carl­ton was happy to oblige, with sought-after chef Ahmed Ma­souleh cre­at­ing a cus­tom Per­sian menu, in­clud­ing tachin, gormeh sabzi, bademjoon (served on an ed­i­ble spoon!), and even a Per­sian tea sta­tion. “We asked him and his team to come up with unique pre­sen­ta­tions of each dish, par­tic­u­larly ap­pe­tiz­ers,” says Raoufinia. “We were so ex­cited to have our guests try the food, and they de­liv­ered on all cat­e­gories.”

LEFT: Armin Raoufinia and Shadi Baftechi wanted to of­fer their guests tra­di­tional Per­sian fare, such as tachin (BE­LOW), and chef Ahmed Ma­souleh came through with an ar­ray of beau­ti­fully ex­e­cuted dishes.

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