7/9: Military Couple Wins Their Dream Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City



Shelby Jolly




Military Couple Wins Their Dream Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

Marriage Involves U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard 

Arlington, VA [July 9, 2019] “It is awesome that Operation I Do exists,” wrote U.S. Air Force Airman First Class, Charisma Jansen, when she applied to win a dream wedding for her and her fiancé, Kenny Olivieri a Health Services Technician in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Dreams do come true.  Kidd O’Shea of WJLA7 informed Charisma Jansen on camera at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, that she and her fiancé won.  They will tie the knot at the hotel on Veterans Day weekend, Sunday, November 10, 2019.

Airman Jansen will start planning her wedding over the next few months with celebrity chef Robert Irvine and Ritz-Carlton Executive Chef Sriram Hariharan for the wedding reception, dinner and wedding cake.  Decisions will be made, guided by the hotel’s Director of Catering and veteran wedding specialist, Carole Sala, concerning wedding bands, invitations, flowers, music, décor, hair, photography and videography.

The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, joins ABC7/WJLA-TV and The Robert Irvine Foundation and the generous retail partners and entertainment vendors that have offered their products and services to express sincere gratitude for their sacrifice and service to our country.

Growing up in a military family,  Jansen had outstanding role models. “I had always admired the dedication and work ethic that came with those in the military,” she wrote in her application. She is stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Olivieri is stationed at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma, California, near Long Beach, with plans to move to Memphis later this summer, upon graduation.

Jansen and Olivieri’s wedding package at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City includes:

Cocktail reception, wedding cake and dinner, with a menu created by Chef Robert IrvineInvitation by Creative PartiesFlowers by EDGE Floral Events designerEvent Décor by Party Rentals, Ltd.Wedding bands by Belmont JewelersPhotography by Jack Hartzman PhotographyVideography by Suburban VideoMusic by Bialek’s Music Make-up by NordstromHair styling by Remona SoleimaniSpa treatment by Georgetown AllureWedding gifts from The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City retailers, a Simon Mall 

For more information visit https://www.operation-i-do.com/home

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

Set against a backdrop rich in history and tradition, The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City offers a modernly elegant hotel experience near the nation’s capital. Luxury accommodations and amenities, including a globally influenced restaurant and event space, are complemented by attentive service and an Arlington, VA location that is moments from historic landmarks, museums and shopping. 

About Robert Irvine Foundation

Irvine established the eponymously named non-profit organization, The Robert Irvine Foundation, as a primary focus on giving-back and supporting our military personnel (active, retired, and veterans) and first responders through morale and welfare programs, in addition to financial support of properly vetted Veterans’ Organizations and directly to individuals and families in need. For more about the Robert Irvine Foundation, visit www.RobertIrvineFoundation.org.

About USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore

Dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress and trusted by the community since 1941. USO-Metro consistently earns the highest rating on Charity Navigator for outperforming most charities in its cause and exceeding industry standards. As a non-government-funded organization, it is only through the generous financial, in-kind and volunteer support of individuals and corporate partners that USO-Metro is able to succeed in its mission: to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.