Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed (search) married Julia Hart in a ceremony at the United States Military Academy, the senator's alma mater.

The 55-year-old Democrat, a former Army Ranger (search), wed 39-year-old Hart on Saturday in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Raymond Malm of St. Michael's Church in Providence, R.I.

Reed met Hart on a trip to Afghanistan in 2002 — she is a coordinator in the office that handles the Senate's international travel and other contact with foreign governments.

They didn't begin dating until the next year after a chance meeting in Rhode Island, where Hart was visiting family.

They were engaged Nov. 24, 2004, during a visit to New York City. It was the first marriage for both.

The couple was not planning an immediate honeymoon trip. Reed was expected back at work in the Senate in the coming week.