Comedian-actress Amy Schumaker caught her fans and friends by surprise when she announced her marriage to cookbook boyfriend of a few months Chef Chris Fischer on Thursday.
She posted a photo of Fischer and herself holding hands as they gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes.
Her white flowing Monique Lhuillier gown, with Fischer looking the part in a dark suit, leaves no doubt that the picture is indeed from their wedding.
And, if that’s not enough, the one-word caption “Yup” alongside the image should seal the deal.
The surprise element of the wedding was the suddenness with which it happened, what with Schumaker acknowledging the relationship only this past weekend.
The 36-year-old ‘Trainwreck’ star uploaded a black and white picture of herself in a lip-lock with Fischer, 37.
The accompanying caption – which reads “Happy Birthday @theellenshow thank you for having us!” – makes it more than evident that the picture was taken at Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded 60th birthday bash.
The Tuesday wedding was a private affair with about 80 guests, including Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal, Judd Apatow, Davis Spade and Larry David, in attendance to witness the exchange of vows between the farmer and the comedienne.
The venue was a “rented house in Malibu that overlooks the ocean”, an insider told Us Weekly.
Here are some wedding day pictures the comedian-actress shared on Instagram.
She followed up with an image text saying she was not pregnant and that instead of wedding gifts she would prefer if people donated to ‘”everytown for gun safety.”
The insider also told Us Weekly that the ceremony was “officiated by a comedian” and that “the bride and groom read their own vows.” Also, photographs were a strict no-no at the nuptials.
“It was a very chill wedding. It was thrown together last minute,” said a source to Us Weekly. “Most of the guests found out the wedding was happening on Tuesday from a text message sent out by Amy on Sunday. It was like, ‘Hey, this is happening. If you can make it, great. If not, no worries.’ People were in and out all night. It was a gorgeous day. Everyone was having a good time.”
Rumors that the two were dating each other started doing the rounds in November last year when Schumaker and her James Beard Award-winning husband were first spotted and photographed during an intimate dinner at Café Altro Paradiso in New York City.
Schumaker broke up her year-long relationship with furniture designer Ben Hanisch in May last year, some six months before she was spotted with Fischer at the aforementioned restaurant.
The couple’s next public appearance together was at NBC Studios where they had gone to watch the “Saturday Night Live” show.
While most of us are familiar with Schumaker and her showbiz exploits, not too many of us know much about the relatively low-profile Fischer.
Here are some interesting facts about the cookbook author, farmer, and chef.
Fischer grew up on Beetlebung Farm in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, a five-acre parcel of land which his grandparents bought in the 1950s, and which he has been running since 2010 after he took over from them.
This was where he wrote the Beetlebung Farm Cookbook, a collection of family stories interspersed with some top recipes, which won him the 2016 James Beard Award in the American Cooking category.
“Poppy worked Beetlebung Farm for over fifty summers; the topsoil deepened and enriched each one of those years,” he writes about his grandfather in the award-winning book. “He and Gaga always woke up early and had breakfast as he scanned the sports pages of the Globe and she watched the news with the volume off. When their coffee cups were empty, he’d lace up his boots and, rain or shine, head out to the garden.”
Fischer worked as a grill cook at Babbo – one of Mario Batali’s restaurants in New York City – for three years, after which he left for London at the age of 28 to work at St. John Bread and Wine during the day and at The River Café at night.
Speaking to Esquire magazine in 2013 about how he got hired at Babbo, he said:
“I ate a rib-eye steak, which is kind of decadent and maybe silly-sounding, but the whole thing was a transcendent fine-dining experience and my dining companion said, ‘If you like it so much, why don’t you work here?’”
So, he applied the next day and got hired.
He also worked at Alice Waters’s Rome Sustainable Food Project before he finally decided to settle down at his ancestral farm.
His Beach Plum restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard is supposed to have been a favorite of former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama, respectively – as reported by Esquire magazine in 2013.
Although Fischer is fond of throwing the occasional dinner party at his Beetlebung Farm greenhouse, which is generally an elaborate affair, he is the quintessential farmer who is most at ease tending to his farm – a trait that flows in his veins.
Speaking to Vox Creative a few years ago, Fischer said:
“I find myself delivering piglets one day and picking up goats in Vermont another and roasting a pig for my grandmother’s birthday one night then driving to New York to deliver fish, or even getting out on the water myself and fishing.”
“I found it surprisingly easy to leave the field and have a meal prepared by sundown, because the ingredients here are so fine they are best almost left alone,” Fischer writes about his farm dinners in his cookbook. “I realized then what I had always instinctively known, that the food we grow, the fish we catch, the animals we hunt, and those we raise on grasses and flowers salted by the sea breeze are special because of this place.”