A Blue-and-White Wedding on the Eastern Shore

Bride and Groom on Sailboat
Photo: Katie Stoops Photography

Cheerful details abound at this Maryland celebration.

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Bride and Groom

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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 on July 11, 2015. "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.

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The Save-the-Date

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Save-the-date cards by Cheree Berry Paper featured a colorful illustration of the wedding venue, giving guests a glimpse of what was to come—and establishing the S&P flag motif that would appear throughout the celebration.

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Welcome Bags

stephanie philip wedding welcome bag
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As guests arrived at their hotels, they were greeted with monogrammed totes filled with a mix of local and imported treats and essentials. Flake chocolate bars are a favorite of the bride and groom, so they made the mix, as did "Chesapeake Crab" flavored potato chips, Dolle's salt water taffy, and bottles of water. The couple included a welcome pamphlet with information on local attractions, such as a brewery, maritime museum, shops, and parks. "We wanted to make sure people knew what to do after traveling so far," says Phil.

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Bridal Style

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Not surprisingly, choosing clothes was apparel-designer Stephanie's favorite part of the wedding planning. She chose a cream jacket and polka dot tie for Phil, who didn't want a typical navy suit, and worked with a consultant at the Mark Ingram Atelier on her perfect dress: "We found one—Mira Zwillinger's 'Beatrice'—that fit the garden party theme, but it was strapless and I didn't want that," she recalls. "The designer customized it with illusion neckline and embroidered tulle, and people loved it so much in the salon that they sell it that way now!"

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Fairy Tale Hairstyle

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Stephanie is devoted to her longtime hair stylist, Jason Sparks, owner of the Jason Matthew Salon in Philadelphia. He traveled to the wedding as a guest, and created this ethereal hairstyle for her while there. The braids kept her hair out of her face on the hot day, while still letting her curls fall romantically down her back. As the party went on, he pinned it up in a low bun, "which definitely saved it from becoming a crazy wet mess by the end of the night!" she remembers.

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Floral Shoes

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The bride's Charlotte Olympia shoes were a near-perfect match for the embroidered organza of her gown. "My mother-in-law bought them for me," she says. "They were really fun."

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Puppy Love

Bride and Groom on Sailboat
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The couple's beloved pup Teddy was a guest of honor at the ceremony. "Steph even handmade yarmulke for him!" laughs Phil. She hot-glued a suction cup to it, and added a hair tie so it would stay on his head. "He didn't like it very much," Stephanie says.

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Vintage-Meets-New Jewelry

stephanie philip wedding rings
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Phil gave Stephanie an engagement ring featuring his mother's own original engagement stone, which she had re-set in a halo setting. "It has a unique shape. I love how different—and sentimental—it is," Stephanie says.

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The Chuppah

Unkempt Willow Branch Wedding Arch with Pink and Orange Flowers
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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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Grand Entrance

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Stephanie and Phil posed for photos after their ceremony, before the heat of the day wilted their fresh look, on the lush grounds of the Inn at Perry Cabin. Then they joined their cocktail hour—already in progress.

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Multi-Purpose Bubbly

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Escort cards, in the form of that familiar flag—which also flew atop the reception tent—were calligraphed by Arney Walker and waited in Champagne flutes. At the bride's request, all the bubbly served that day was pink.

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The Bridal Party

Tropical Flower Crown
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The bride tapped her fashion know-how to outfit the family-only bridal party. All the men wore Alton Lane; the bridesmaids, Marchesa Notte.

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Bridesmaids' Bouquets

stephanie philip wedding bouquet
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Stephanie's attendants, carried loose bundles of alabaster garden roses and lisianthus, supported by beautiful local foliage including summer clematis, lambs ear, and variegated hosta leaf. Amaryllis, Inc. Floral & Event Design wrapped the stems in ivory grosgrain ribbon.

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The Guestbook

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In lieu of a traditional guest book, stickers shaped like Champagne labels were inscribed with toasts to the bride and groom.

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The Tables

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A romantic palette of pale blush and navy blended beautifully with the natural setting.

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Sweet Sendoff

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Iced cutout-cookies, calligraphed with the bride and groom's initials and wedding date, were baked by Kendall's Cakes and bundled in cellophane as favors. Brief thank-you notes reading "Thank you for sharing in our day! Xoxo, Steph and Phil" were tied to each package.

A fireworks show, a surprise for bride and groom planned by Stephanie's dad, was an explosive finish for the party. The couple and their guests watched the light show then moved indoors shortly after a 10 p.m. curfew on outdoor celebrating didn't damper anyone's spirits, they simply moved inside for more mingling, drinks, and late-night snacks.

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couple watching fireworks
Katie Stoops Photography

Location, catering, and cake, Inn at Perry Cabin

Event planning and design, Pineapple Productions

Flowers, Amaryllis, Inc. Floral & Event Design

Photography, Katie Stoops Photography

Videography, Naz Films

Officiant, Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Stationery, Cheree Berry Paper

Calligraphy, Arney Walker Calligraphy

Music, String Theory; Nation

Rentals, DC Rental; La Tavola Fine Linen

Bride's gown and veil, Mira Zwillinger from Mark Ingram Atelier

Bride's engagement ring, and bride's and groom's wedding rings, Klim Jewelry

Bride's and bridesmaids' bracelets, Nicole Alexis

Bride's shoes, Charlotte Olympia

Hair and makeup, Jason Matthew Salon

Bridesmaids' dresses, Marchesa Notte

Bridesmaids' shoes, Valentino

Flower-girl dresses, Watters

Ring bearer's attire, J.Crew

Groom's vest, shirt, and pants, and menswear, Alton Lane

Groom's shoes, Cole Haan

Groom's bow tie, Suitsupply

Tent and lighting, Sugarplum Tent Company

Transportation, Bayside Limousines

Cookie favors, Kendall's Cakes

Fireworks, Digital Lightning

Ketubah, Woodland Papercuts

Yarmulkes, A1 Skullcaps

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