On Love: Amanda Fein weds Jonathan Stein

January 11, 2013
Amanda Fein & Jonathan Stein

Amanda Fein, 27, is an executive at Habitat for Humanity in Montgomery County. Jonathan Stein, 33, is a lawyer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They live in Rockville.

Wedding date: Dec. 15

Location: B’nai Israel Congregation, Rockville

Guests: 270


Amanda Fein and Jonathan Stein at their wedding reception in Rockville, Md., on December 15, 2012. (Photo by Len DePas)

How they met: Fein and Stein met through the Jewish dating Web site JDate in 2007. After liking each other’s general profile, they exchanged e-mails and then talked by phone. Two weeks later, they dined at Vermilion and went to hear jazz and to the Old Town boardwalk, where they walked and talked for hours. Stein’s job loss put a hold on things until December 2011, when they moved in together. Fein’s cancer scare a year later made Stein realize that he “couldn’t see his life without” her.

The proposal: Late afternoon Jan. 23, 2012, Fein received two dozen red roses at her office along with a note saying something good was about to happen. She arrived home to scented candles, Godiva chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne and Stein dressed in a suit and down on one knee.

The wedding: A traditional Jewish ceremony preceded a sit-down dinner with main-course choices of miso-glazed sea bass and braised short ribs. In deference to the couple’s love of desserts, a lavish buffet was heaped high with mostly chocolate sweets. They chose black-and-white iced cookies with their initials for favors. The couple took their first turn on the dance floor to “I Only Have Eyes for You,” which they decided on when they heard it accompanying artist Doug Aitken’s video projection on the Hirshhorn Museum facade.

The honeymoon: The two traveled to the west coast of Florida, bird watching and shell collecting on Sanibel Island.

Janet Bennett Kelly

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