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Nuptials: Elizabeth Mills and Jay Hoffman

Sunday, August 22, 2010; E08

Elizabeth Mills is a conference producer. Jay Hoffman is an engineer. They are 24 and live in Arlington.

Wedding date: July 17.

Locations: St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church in Middleburg and Belmont Country Club in Ashburn.

Guests: 140.

How they met: The two were introduced at Jay's birthday party nearly four years ago while students at the University of Virginia. Elizabeth reached out for a handshake; Jay went in for a big hug. They began dating several months later.

The proposal: A few years later, Elizabeth and Jay ended up living 300 miles apart while she attended graduate school in North Carolina and he worked in Northern Virginia. During a weekend reunion in Charlottesville, they took an evening walk to look at the stars. Jay proposed in front of the Rotunda on the campus's scenic lawn, and they got applause from passersby.

The wedding: The couple threw a preppy-casual summer affair, dressing their attendants in khaki and navy and featuring strolling guitarists during the cocktail hour. Jay's uncle officiated.

The honeymoon: The newlyweds spent five days in Paris before traveling to Switzerland.

-- Michelle Thomas

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