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Nuptials: Megan Smith and Jeremy Kenney

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Jeremy Kenney, 39, is an applications developer at the Republican National Committee. Megan Smith, 29, is a librarian and researcher at the American Physical Therapy Association. They live on Capitol Hill.

Wedding date: July 24.

Location: The ceremony and reception were at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

How they met: In June 2007, Smith and Kenney accompanied separate groups of friends to a fundraising party for the D.C. Rollergirls at Asylum in Adams Morgan. Smith spotted Kenney across the dark bar, which was crowded with a spanking booth and dozens of tall women in knee-high boots. She introduced herself and they began talking about Philadelphia, where her grandmother lived and he grew up. Before their first date the next week, Smith Googled Kenney and discovered that he's a Republican (she's not) and 10 years older than she. "I didn't know if it was going to end up being a really uncomfortable dinner where we don't agree on anything," she says. "But it was great." Within a month, they were a couple.

The proposal: In July 2009, they vacationed with her family in New Mexico. The rest of the clan knew he planned to pop the question and were anxious to celebrate, but he couldn't find the right moment. Finally he woke Smith up extra early one morning and asked her to go for a walk while the rest of the house was still sleeping. In the middle of a dirt road, he knelt on one knee and pulled out the ring.

The wedding: Smith and Kenney wanted their wedding to be festive and fun. They decided on a carnival-themed reception with bright pink tablecloths and a rainbow of colored napkins. Guests were offered fake mustaches, tattoos and caramel corn. Pinwheels in old-fashioned, gumball-filled soda bottles served as the centerpieces and 100 strands of orange and pink Christmas lights were strung throughout the hall. The cake was decorated like a circus big top.

Honeymoon: The couple spent time with their families at Chautauqua Lake in western New York.

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