Love, etc.: Philippe Cousteau, Ashlan Gorse make first D.C. appearance as newlyweds

October 11, 2013

Washington’s Philippe Cousteau and his new bride, Ashlan Gorse, show up for the first time in D.C. since tying the knot last month in France. (Sam Kittner)

Married: Philippe Cousteau and Ashlan Gorse, late last month in a small ceremony in France. Cousteau, 33, is a member of the legendary ocean-exploring family and environmental activist who runs a D.C.-based nonprofit; Gorse, 32, is a correspondent for E! News. After a quick honeymoon in St. Tropez, the couple made their first appearance in Washington as newlyweds on Thursday at the Newseum, for the launch for Cousteau’s EarthEcho Expeditions program, an educational initiative that teaches kids about water preservation.

Engaged last fall after dating for two years, the couple tied the knot at a small civil ceremony at a City Hall building in Paris, in the same gold-gilded room where the groom’s parents, and grandparents, both wed. “It meant a lot to us, not only from the perspective of connecting with France, but connecting with our family heritage,” Cousteau told us. It was followed by a Christian ceremony at a chateau close to Versailles, in front of about 60 friends and family members. Cousteau said he’ll keep his D.C. apartment as he travels back and forth between the District and L.A., where Gorse works.

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