Jennifer L. Abel and Jeffrey W. Hockett exchanged weddings vows on Oct. 11 at The Stone House Bed & Breakfast in Hurley, N.Y., attended by their respective parents, Jeanne and Alan Abel, of Southbury, and Judy and Tobey Hockett, of Sarasota, Fla. Judge John Parker, of Hurley, officiated the ceremony.
Abel, 38, is a 1990 graduate of Staples High School who obtained her bachelor's degree in video and television production from Emerson College in Boston, Mass., in 1995. Subsequently, she moved to Los Angeles and became a production coordinator with Nu Image and Millennium Films.
Hockett, 39, graduated from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla., in 1995 with a degree in communication arts and went on to work as a news videographer at WBBH and WAMI in Florida. In 2000, he moved to Los Angeles where he was a freelance director of photography on several reality television shows, including Food Network's "Ace of Cakes."
The bride's parents, Jeanne and Alan Abel, had been residents of Westport for 35 years before moving to Southbury in 2010. Jeanne is a dollhouse miniaturist and Alan formerly wrote satirical essays for The San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers.
Judy Hockett, the groom's mother, has been a longtime real estate sales executive with Re/Max in Florida and his father, Tobey Hockett, recently retired as a public defender in Sarasota.
The bride and groom met in California and began dating in 2001. In 2003, the two produced a feature documentary about Alan, entitled "Abel Raises Cain." It was completed in 2005 and won the grand jury prize for best documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The couple currently live in Brooklyn, N.Y., with their dog, Cecil. They are developing a feature-length screenplay based on the life of Alan Abel.