Lindsey Mehan and Matthew Graham after their wedding ceremony at the Thomas Birkby House in Leesburg, Va., on July 9, 2011. (George Burke)
Lindsey Mehan & Matthew Graham

Lindsey Mehan, 25, is a nursing student. Matthew Graham, 37, is a legislative assistant for Rep. Gerry E. Connolly (D-Va.). The couple live in Fairfax.

Wedding date: July 9

Location: Thomas Birkby House, Leesburg

Guests: 130

How they met: In mid-June 2007, Mehan landed an internship with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Graham was working for Connolly, who was the board’s chair. On Mehan’s last day, Graham asked her to meet him for a drink at Coastal Flats. They continued on to dinner at Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe and talked into the wee hours in the restaurant parking lot, discovering a shared passion for history.

The proposal: In December, Graham re-created their first date, taking Mehan to the same bar and restaurant. When they got home, Mehan commented that the date was just like their first. Yes, he replied as he pulled out a ring, except he hadn’t asked her to marry him that night.

The wedding: Connolly, who was there when they met, officiated at the ceremony. The couple’s first dance was to Jason Mraz’s “Lucky,” which Mehan chose because the lyrics — “lucky I’m in love with my best friend” — fit their relationship. With their wedding so close to July 4, they decided to have apple pie instead of a traditional cake, and when they left the reception, guests brandished sparklers.

The honeymoon: In mid-December, they’re heading to England and Ireland to visit historical sites, including the Tower of London and Newgrange.