STEPHANIE FEJES & PHILIP CO­HEN

Martha Stewart Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS - —Laura Wal­lis

July can be steamy on the Eastern Shore of Mary­land. “It rained the morn­ing of the wed­ding,” re­calls Stephanie Fejes. “Then, just as I was get­ting ready, the sun came out! It was a brand-new day.” The ther­mome­ter crawled to­ward 85 de­grees as nearly 130 loved ones sat in the sun, cool­ing them­selves with their pro­grams (printed on pa­per fans), and watched Stephanie and Philip Co­hen ex­change tra­di­tional Jewish vows on the lawn of the Inn at Perry Cabin. Af­ter the cou­ple’s tri­umphant re­ces­sional—to, of course, “Here Comes the Sun”—the party got started with chilled cock­tails, and it be­came clear that it would take more than heat to dampen spir­its on this day. “In our photos, ev­ery­body looks so nice at the be­gin­ning, and by the end of the night, ev­ery­one is soak­ing wet,” Stephanie says, laugh­ing.

The pair met in Philadel­phia in 2011, when he was in ve­teri­nary school and she was work­ing as an in­ti­mate-ap­parel de­signer. They soon knew they were a match, but lo­gis­tics posed a chal­lenge: Stephanie got a job in New York City and spent two long years com­mut­ing from Philly. When Phil grad­u­ated in 2014, he sug­gested a va­ca­tion to the Ba­hamas, where he popped the ques­tion. Of both the trip and the pro­posal, he says: “They were over­due.”

The cou­ple moved to Man­hat­tan soon af­ter­ward, and the bride’s mother took the wed­ding-plan­ning reins, work­ing with the event and floral de­sign­ers to throw a big gar­den party by the wa­ter.“My par­ents live on the shore, and we wanted a for­mal wed­ding that still felt al­most like it was be­ing held in their back­yard,” says Stephanie. They ac­com­plished that through homey details—from cheer­ful illustrations on their save-the-date and sig­nage to Teddy, the cou­ple’s pup, who romped his way through the cer­e­mony.

As night fell, how­ever, a sur­prise planned by the bride’s fa­ther raised the party’s pro­file. “He had ar­ranged fire­works, and ap­par­ently it was the talk of the town,” says Phil. “Peo­ple were wait­ing out­side, boats were com­ing by, but we hadn’t heard about it.” The show was spec­tac­u­lar, Stephanie says, “bet­ter than the Fourth of July.” A fit­ting end to a party with so much siz­zle.

The bride, in a cus­tom Mira Zwill­inger gown, tapped her fash­ion know-how to out­fit the fam­ily-only bri­dal party. All the men wore Al­ton Lane; the brides­maids, March­esa Notte.

Vows were ex­changed wa­ter­side, un­der a chup­pah that in­cluded birch branches, eu­ca­lyp­tus, and ‘White Lady’ spray roses, topped by the Co­hen fam­ily tal­lit.

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