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Diana Banks, Emile Thompson

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Diana Catherine Banks and Emile Christopher Thompson were married April 14 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington. The Rev. Robert Boxie, a Roman Catholic priest, performed the ceremony.

Ms. Banks, 36, is a senior counsel at the American Bankers Association in Washington. She graduated from Stanford University and received a law degree from Harvard. She was previously a deputy assistant secretary of defense during the Obama administration.

She is the daughter of Yon N. Banks and William C. Banks of Columbus, Ga. The bride’s father retired from the Army, having achieved the rank of sergeant first class at Fort Benning, Ga. Her mother, who is retired, worked as a custodian at the Swift Denim factory, which manufactured denim shirts and jeans in Columbus.

Mr. Thompson, 34, works in Washington as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia. He graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta and received a law degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

He is a son of Marian C. Thompson and Charles E. Thompson of Durham, N.C. The groom’s mother serves on the board of trustees of Howard University in Washington. His father, who is retired, was a mortgage broker for several independent brokerage companies in North Carolina.

The couple met in 2015 on Memorial Day at a barbecue hosted by mutual friends.

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