Anna Kaschel and Bryan Zanisnik were married March 15 in Audubon Park in New Orleans. Thomas Sweetland, affiliated with the Order of Interbeing, officiated incorporating the Zen Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, the founder of the order. They married under the Southern live oak known as the Tree of Life, or the Étienne de Boray Oak.
Ms. Kaschel, 32, until February was a fashion designer at H & M, the international fashion brand. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium
She is the daughter of Gabriele M. Kaschel of Hürtgenwald, Germany, and Helmut P. Kaschel of Düren, Germany. Her father, who is retired, was an independent metalworker working mainly on residential projects and a restoration of the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum in Düren. Her mother oversees the library and acquisitions department at the Institute of Telecommunications at Rwth Aachen University in Germany.
Mr. Zanisnik, 39, is a visual artist focusing on sculpture, installation and performance, and has taught and lectured across the United States. His work has been on display at MoMA PS1 and the Queens Museum, both in Queens, and the Brooklyn Museum. From 2016 to 2017 his outdoor installation, “Monument to Walken,” with concrete heads of the actor Christopher Walken seemingly sprouting from the ground, was on view at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. In 2017 another installation, “Philip Roth Presidential Library,” featured a series of drywall columns ripped apart in places exposing copies of Mr. Roth’s novels on wood shelves, at the Queens Museum, and in 2016 at Locust Projects, an alternative art space in Miami. The groom graduated magna cum laude from Drew University, and received an M.F.A. in combined media from Hunter College.
He is the son of Robert M. Zanisnik of Flemington, N.J., and the late Carol A. Zanisnik. His father is a senior vice president for sales at the Diversified Global Graphics Group in Jersey City. His mother was a part-time teacher at St. Rose of Lima Academy, a Roman Catholic prekindergarten and elementary school in Short Hills, N.J.
Ms. Kaschel and Mr. Zanisnik met in 2014 at a New Year’s Eve party in Brooklyn on the day she arrived from Germany for a few months. They kept in touch, and started dating long-distance only after her visit to New York in 2016, during which they celebrated the Fourth of July together at a barbecue.