Sarah Green and Hugo Hamilton Mark Burnham were married June 16 at their home in Gloucester, Mass. The Rev. Wendy Fitting, a Unitarian Universalist minister, officiated.
The bride, 60, is a Gloucester-based film producer whose credits include “The Tree of Life,” “Frida,” and “Loving.” She also produced the HBO program “Fahrenheit 451.” She graduated from Emerson College.
She is a daughter of Robert M. Green of Gloucester, and the late Mary-Jane Green. The bride’s father retired as an engineering consultant in Cambridge, Mass. Her mother retired as a psychotherapist in private practice in Gloucester.
The groom, 62, is a former punk rock musician who was a founding member of Gang of Four, for which he played the drums. He is currently an adjunct professor of communications at Emerson in Boston and of political science and internship studies at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. He graduated from Leeds University in Yorkshire, England, and received a Masters of Education at Cambridge College.
He is a son of Felicity Jane Burnham of Somerset, England, and the late Peter Burnham. The groom’s father was a managing director of Roland Klein, the fashion designer in London.
Ms. Green and Mr. Burnham met in July 2015 at a breakfast in Gloucester arranged by a mutual friend at which Ms. Green and Mr. Burnham realized that despite living in the same small fishing community for years, their lines had never crossed.
“I was on the road half the time with my job, and Hugo was busy being a dad,” Ms. Green said. “I would leave Gloucester for months at a time to set up shop wherever I was making a film, but the town was always my anchor, with the ocean and the great rocks and my old friends, it was a much more sustaining place for me than New York or Los Angeles.”
Mr. Burnham, who is twice divorced — “I had a 15-minute rock-and roll marriage and a second marriage that lasted 20 years” — and whose daughter is now 15, recalled meeting Ms. Green and feeling an instant connection.
“I liked her right away,” he said. “I had no idea what she did for a living, and even though she was this big filmmaker, she didn’t start spraying that around and talking about herself, she just kind of sat there taking in the conversation, which came so easy for the two of us.”
Indeed, Ms. Green, who had previously been involved in two long-term relationships but had never married, said she felt “an immediate kinship that I had never felt before.”
“Hugo was talking about his daughter, and said that there were two qualities that he felt she embodied which made him feel like a success as a parent, kindness and empathy,” she said. “He had me at kindness.”
A week later, Ms. Green joined Mr. Burnham at a nightclub in Gloucester where he served as the D.J. for the evening. “I sat behind the D.J. table and had a lot of fun,” she said. “I remember telling Hugo that night that I thought he was cute.”
They were soon dating steadily.
“What really struck me about Hugo was his sense of humor and his ability to communicate,” Ms. Green said. “I told him I thought he was cute, but I also found him very sexy.”
When he communicated to her that he had been a member of Gang of Four, a band that had a major influence on many rock bands that followed, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nine Inch Nails, Ms. Green was stoked. “I always loved that group,” she said of his band.
From that first day they met, Ms. Green said she was confident of her feelings.
“By the time I left that coffee shop,” she said, “I felt like I wanted to hang out with this man forever, and just grow old together.”