Please join Ellie and Michael from April 10-12, 2015 as we celebrate our wedding in New York City.


Mexico City 2013

Michael's Story

Michael Collins was born in London, and grew up in Sheffield, UK. After graduating from Cambridge, he decided to leave jolly old England for the States. After several years in Philadelphia and Boston, he finally moved to New York to teach Natural Language Processing at Columbia University.  Michael is an avid reader, tea drinker, and cyclist. Oh, yea he also plays the saxophone.


Ellie's Story

Ellie was born in a tiny, virtually unknown town called Sewickley in Pennsylvania, and grew up mostly in Wellesley,  Massachusetts and Tehran, Iran. After living in Massachusetts for several years, Ellie moved to New York to study International Education at NYU. Now at Columbia, she works as a student affairs adviser to graduate engineering students. She loves photography, art shows, and being dragged along on 60 mile long bike rides with Michael.


Our Relationship

We met in 2013, at Columbia, working on a Coursera project, but it wasn't until we hung out at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia that we realized there was something there.  Both travelers at heart, we spent a year trotting around the globe, sharing our love for food, art and culture.  Michael proposed to Ellie on July 4, 2014 during a long hike around Halki, Greece. After much coaxing, he convinced her to climb a steep mountain to see a Venetian Castle instead of going to watch the World Cup. At the castle he popped the question and the rest is history!