Pia Dowd Carusone and Leanne Nicole Pittsford were married June 20 in Washington. Muriel E. Bowser, the mayor of the District of Columbia, officiated at the John A. Wilson District Building. Next month, the couple will have a ceremony that will include an exchange of rings and vows, in the mirror hall at Clärchens Ballhaus in Berlin.
Ms. Carusone, 37, is a political consultant and a senior adviser to Americans for Responsible Solutions, a Washington-based gun violence prevention organization, founded by Gabrielle Gifford and Mark Kelly. Ms. Carusone was until June 2012 the chief of staff to Ms. Giffords, then an Arizona congresswoman. Ms. Carusone is also a founder of Republic Restoratives Distillery, which is also in Washington and makes vodka, bourbon and rye whiskey. She graduated from Bard College and is now a governor of the school’s alumni association.
She is the daughter of Maureen D. Carusone and John J. Carusone Jr. of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Ms. Carusone’s father is the owner of Carusone & Carusone, a law firm in Saratoga Springs. Her mother is a senior manager at the firm.
Ms. Pittsford, 36, is the chief executive of Start Somewhere, a company in Washington that operates Lesbians Who Tech and two other programs aiming to increase diversity in the technology sector. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, and received a master’s degree in education with a concentration on equity and social justice from San Francisco State University.
She is the daughter of Emily L. Pittsford and William M. Pittsford of El Cajon, Calif. Her father retired as the principal of Canyon Ridge High School in Hesperia, Calif. Her mother is a craft show exhibitor, selling bird feeders made by her husband and other crafts.