Ms. Skolnik, 38, is not yet a pure vegetarian. "Leslie was omnivorous before she met Steve," said T. P. Enders, her brother-in-law. "She was known to love a medium-rare steak." Her parents, Edward L. Skolnik, a lawyer in Scarsdale, and Rebecca Skolnik, a secretary, are not foragers. As Mr. Skolnik put it, "We buy our groceries."
On that April day, however, what the Wildman liked, Ms. Skolnik liked. And not just nuts and berries. She loves to sing choral music and has performed in Handel's "Messiah" at Carnegie Hall. He sings and whoops and claps his hands at the drop of an acorn. He explores the scientific facts of every wild edible. She has the exacting mind of a medical writer. By fall 2000, he had proposed in her Fleetwood kitchen.
In 2001, they took a boat from Argentina to Antarctica. "We foraged some wild edibles in Ushuaia before getting on the ship, like ribbons of kelp and shaggy mane mushrooms," Ms. Skolnik said. "But the ship's chef didn't feel like cooking it." The ship tossed in rough seas. Plates flew. Tables tipped. Love survived.
On June 16, they were married at Glen Island Park, on the edge of Long Island Sound in New Rochelle, N.Y. It was the first marriage for both. The Wildman wore his pith helmet and a tuxedo. Ms. Skolnik was in a white gown embroidered with a scattering of pearls. She had foraged the dress." "I got it on eBay," she said.
Since many of the 40 guests were, naturalists, professional or amateur, they spent a lot of the time peering at the grass and rocks rather than the lapping water. When the Wildman arrived, he dived into the grass and came up with a handful of poor man's pepper, a tiny mustard green, which he offered his guests. Moments later, he had handfuls of juneberries, which resemble wild blueberries.
After the ceremony, guests nibbled vegetarian hors d'oeuvres like grape leaves stuffed with brown rice and golden raisins and sipped pale pink apple cinnamon tea. Later, they drove into Flushing, Queens, for a Chinese banquet at Buddha Bodhai Vegetarian Restaurant. The banquet had 10 courses, but as the rabbi, Shaul Praver, said of the couple when he blessed them, "They will never starve."