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Wen and Gibbons Wed at Wiborg’s Beach

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 11:50
Gerald Janssen

Cora Evelynn Wen and David Scott Gibbons were married at Wiborg’s Beach in East Hampton on Saturday morning in a brief ceremony attended by friends and family that was officiated by Wickham Boyle, an author and friend of the family who is ordained in the Universal Life Church. 

The couple wore cream-colored outfits, the bride’s a velvet slip dress topped by a hand-woven macramé veil from Latvia and the groom’s a patterned Hawaiian-style shirt and linen trousers. Her bouquet was a single large Ecua­dorean King Protea flower. The ceremony included elements from Buddhist, Judeo-Christian, and Native American traditions. It featured Ms. Boyle’s compilations of their appreciations of each other, poetry readings by Mr. Gibbons’s children, Marley and Wilson, and a blessing read by Ms. Boyle’s husband, Zachary Minor. 

 Mr. Gibbons and Ms. Wen will have their wedding trip on a private sailboat charter from Split to Dubrovnik, in Croatia, next month, and plan to live in Springs during the summer and San Francisco during the winter. 

Ms. Wen, who will keep her name, was born in Hong Kong, and is the daughter of the late Adam Wen and the late Mimi Szutu. Ms. Wen was educated in English-speaking schools in Hong Kong and Europe. She completed high school in the United States, and attended Barnard College, the University of Chicago, and the University of San Francisco. In the 1980s, she worked in fashion retail and design before joining U.S. Bank, where she managed corporate travel and purchasing for Fortune 100 companies. Toward the end of her 11-year banking career, she began studying yoga, becoming a follower of the Indian guruji B.K.S. Iyengar, developing her own practice, and eventually becoming an accomplished teacher of alignment and therapeutic yoga. 

In 2001, Ms. Wen started her Yoga Bloom school for teacher training. Beginning in 2002, she created the yoga experience for guests at AmanResorts and organized private yoga-oriented cultural tours and retreats in India, Bhutan, Sikkim, Cambodia, Laos, and Java. She has also taught public classes at several studios in San Francisco and offers private instruction in East Hampton.

Mr. Gibbons was born in Boston and grew up in Princeton, N.J., a son of the late Felton Lewis Gibbons and the late Mary Elizabeth Weitzel. In the mid-1980s, his mother bought a house in East Hampton, where her children and grandchildren enjoyed summer vacations and holidays for many years. 

After graduating from Princeton High School in 1975, Mr. Gibbons matriculated at Yale, graduating in 1979. He work­ed as a sportswriter, literary agent, and in various capacities at book publishing companies, including Donald I. Fine Inc. and Grove Weidenfeld in New York City, throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Since then, he has been a freelance editor and journalist, ghost-writing six cookbooks for chefs and a wine book for Dennis Overstreet, a.k.a. the Wine Merchant of Beverly Hills. He co-wrote three books about cheese with Max McCalman, one of which won a James Beard Award in 2006, was the most prolific contributor to “The Oxford Companion to Cheese,” writes the cheese column for Wine Spectator magazine, and is a frequent contributor to The Star’s East magazine.

 


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