ALL ABOARD: Having lived under the same roof for the past 38 years and known each other for seven more, Glen Senk and Keith Johnson made their union official Sunday by really tying the knot on the high seas. The fashion-centered duo — Johnson is Anthropologie’s buyer at large and star of “Man Shops Globe,” Senk is Urban Outfitters’ chief executive officer — did so with signature flair.
The pair was unwinding off the coast of Corsica aboard the 80-meter My Talitha G as guests of their fellow equestrian-loving friends Bryan Baldwin and her husband, Eric Hull. Designed in 1927 by Cox & Stevens, the motorized yacht was once owned by John Paul Getty and named for his wife, Talitha. Johnson said he was inspired to ask Senk to marry him. The couple had just enjoyed a leisurely lunch with APC’s Jean Touitou.
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Johnson said via e-mail Wednesday, “We of course with the changing laws in the States have spoken about marriage. I didn’t want the laws to govern where and when I got married. I wanted to marry because I love Glen. We were in the most beautiful of places. It felt right, so I asked Glen to marry me.”
Impromptu as their big day was, Senk and Johnson have a history that dates back to childhood on Long Island. Johnson said via e-mail Wednesday, “We met at school, when we were 9. It was Glen’s first day at our new school and I defended him about something or other that he said that made the other boys angry. He says he was instantly in love. Glen is extremely decisive, so I believe him. It took me a few years longer.”
As soon as Senk accepted Johnson’s proposal, the captain offered his on-deck services to marry them. Within hours, fresh lilies were delivered, while Baldwin and Hull transformed the antique yacht for the nuptials and the enthusiastic crew helped boost the excitement level. Keeping things casual for their moment of truth, Senk opted for a Charvet shirt with Incotex white pants and Johnson went with an RPM shirt topped with a Grahame Fowler seersucker jacket.
Johnson said, “We were outside of Bonifacio and we anchored beneath the cliffs. We couldn’t envision a more perfect experience — it was worth waiting the 38 years.”
And within minutes what started as a five-day holiday morphed into a honeymoon.