Corbin Gurkin Photography
Design by Ceci New York

August 14, 2010

Michelle & Austin

“Austin and I met thirteen years ago — when he mistook me for someone else and kissed me!” says Michelle. “I was sitting at our college hangout, when he came up from behind, planted his greeting on my cheek, and then realized that I wasn’t who he thought I was.
From that day forward, each time he saw me on campus, he came over to apologize for the confusion. Eventually, one of those apologies became an invitation to dinner, and the rest is history.

We attended Rollins College in Florida, but we’re both native New Yorkers and returned to Greenwich Village together after graduation. Several years ago, we moved west to California, where Austin proposed during one of our daily sunset walks on the beach of Santa Monica. We later decided to make a big leap to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. In the U.S., I worked as freelancer producer for magazines, music videos and commercials, and Austin was an actor, but when we moved to Nicaragua, we turned our focus to sustainable development, and are building environmentally-conscious homes and schools.

When it came time to decide where to wed, we considered both California and Nicaragua, but because we live so far away, returning home to New York seemed like the natural choice. We retreat to the Hamptons each summer for vacation, and it holds so many happy memories, so we decided to marry in East Hampton.

It was important to us to have the ceremony and reception outdoors, and fortunately we stumbled upon The LongHouse Reserve. The moment we walked upon the Reserve’s grounds, we were moved by its extraordinary beauty. The circular amphitheater seemed a sacred place for a ceremony, and we knew that the art sculptures, the lawns, the pond and its lily pads would be an enchanting backdrop for a celebration.”

Event Design: Beth Helmstetter Events / Florals: Claire Bean / Invitations: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Catering: Brent Newsome / Venue: The LongHouse Reserve / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Tent: Sperry Tents / Lighting: Matt Murphy Lighting