Taylor Kari Vecsey and Nicholas Bryan Hemby of Water Mill have announced their engagement.
Ms. Vecsey, a former senior writer for The Star, is a local editor for East Hampton Patch, a news media Web site owned by AOL. She is the daughter of Joan and Peter F. Vecsey of Shelter Island and Manhattan and is a graduate of the College of Charleston and the Ross School.
Mr. Hemby is the owner of Greenlife Solutions, which offers consulting and energy savings solutions and specializes in spray foam insulation and LED lighting. He also owns Hamptons Concierge, one of the first concierge services on the East End. He is the son of Doris and Cordis Hemby of Bridgehampton and Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Mr. Hemby attended Morrisville State College and is a graduate of Bridgehampton High School.
The couple are volunteers in the Bridgehampton Fire Department, where Mr. Hemby is a captain and emergency medical technician. They met in passing in the 1990s and reconnected through mutual friends in 2007. They remained friends for several months, but Ms. Vecsey recalled that a class at the Loaves and Fishes Cooking School in Bridgehampton, called Date Night in Sicily, was a turning point. “I got to see him doing something he loved and his happiness and enthusiasm was contagious.” They began dating in 2008.
The couple anticipates an October 2014 wedding.