A Bond That Began With Football

The following weekend, she and Mr. Wiley and other classmates went out for a night on the town, and while they were out, the two ended up talking alone. She invited him back to her place to catch up on the day’s sports highlights. They shared a first kiss that night, and, within a month, had agreed to be exclusive.

“I started law school not thinking about a relationship, just focused on career,” Ms. Wengroff said. “I was very tunnel visioned.”

At the conclusion of law school, the two agreed on the Washington area as a place that was big enough for her (she grew up in New York) but not too big for him (he’s from Charlottesville, Va.). She is now an associate in the investment management practice, in Washington, of the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He is an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Arlington, Va., prosecuting misdemeanors.

“We realized what we were building our lives around was a life together,” said Mr. Wiley, who proposed in their apartment in September 2018.

After multiple pandemic-related delays, the couple married Sept. 4 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, in a ceremony before about 100 guests, all vaccinated against the coronavirus. Rabbi JoHanna Potts officiated.

Football factored once more into their story: They had wanted to avoid having a fall wedding, so as not to interfere with college-football weekends. But as the coronavirus forced two postponements, they found themselves back in the football season after all.

There was an upside, though.

“Our one-year wedding anniversary will be our 10-year anniversary!” Mr. Wiley said.