Emily Kathleen Ely and Rubin Jesse Miller were married April 13 at Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, Va. Stephanie McNerney, a friend of the couple who was sworn in by a judge as a one-time officiant in a nonreligious ceremony in the state of Virginia, officiated.
Ms. Ely, 35, is an assistant professor of reading education and a coordinator of high-impact practices, where she develops and oversees initiatives to improve the teaching and learning practices across campus, at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Va. She graduated from the University of Miami, from which she also received a master’s degree in reading education. She also received a Ph.D. in curriculum, instruction and special education from the University of Virginia.
She is a daughter of Bonnie B. Hunt of Chapel Hill, N.C., and William L. Ely of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The bride’s father, who is retired, was the owner and president of Sloan & Company, a company in Rochester that distributes plumping equipment, and of Metro Distributors, a company in Jacksonville, Fla., that distributes countertop materials. Her mother works in Chapel Hill as a licensed Realtor for Golden Real Estate and for Howard Hanna Realty in Rochester.
Mr. Miller, also 35, works in Santa Monica, Calif., as a regional director for Dimensional Fund Advisors, an investment management company based in Austin, Tex. He graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and received an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
He is a son of Shelley R. Miller and Dr. Marvin E. Miller of Dayton, Ohio. The groom’s mother is in private practice there as a marriage and family therapist. His father is a medical geneticist at Dayton Children’s Hospital there.
The couple met while attending the Allen Creek Elementary School in Rochester. Mr. Miller later reconnected with Dr. Ely’s twin sister, Arin Bryan, during business trips to Austin. Arin Bryan, who tried to set up the couple for years, eventually got them together in 2017 for a group camping trip to Moab, Zion and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah. They started dating a few months later.