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Nuptials: Amy Stanley & Jay Hariani

Amy Stanley, left, and Jay Hariani.
Amy Stanley, left, and Jay Hariani. (Photo by Love Life Images)
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Amy Stanley, 30, is a lawyer. Jay Hariani, 31, is a consultant. They live in the District.

Wedding date: Oct. 8 and 9.

Location: All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington; JW Marriott, Washington.

Guests: 100-200.

How they met: In July 2007, Amy and Jay spotted each other's profiles on Match.com Their first meeting for drinks in Adams Morgan didn't go well -- Amy was late; Jay left without saying goodbye. But they gave it another, more successful go two days later over dinner in Arlington County.

The proposal: Just over two years later, Jay told Amy that he wanted to stop by the Tidal Basin to take some pictures with his new camera. After a few shots, he told her he was ready to go. Amy was surprised -- already? Jay said, "Actually, I have one more question to ask you." And yes, it was the question.

The wedding: The couple's celebration reflected Amy's Christian background and Jay's half-Indian heritage. The four-day affair included henna-painting at a mehndi party, two ceremonies (one Unitarian, one Hindu), singing and dancing at a sangeet, and a farewell brunch. A parade of 100 guests followed Jay as he rode a horse down Pennsylvania Avenue, and Amy's Minnesota roots were reflected in the couple's reception decor and menu.

The honeymoon: The newlyweds traveled through Italy, touring Rome, Tuscany, Florence and the Amalfi Coast.

-- Michelle Thomas

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