Jessica Lauren P’an and Benjamin Cooper
Kerry Adorno, Jessica Cooper, Mara Chernin and Shruti Verma
Photographs: Melissa Stewart
Love was in the air at 7B, the famous East Village dive bar, the night Jessica P’an and Ben Cooper met. After quickly learning they both lived in Manhattan but worked in Stamford, they settled down for drinks, with little notice of the passing time. Surprised by last call but unwilling to call it a night, Ben took Jessica to a nearby pizza joint. Looking back, their future was sealed over a couple of slices. Three years later, Ben proposed.
The couple married at the First Congregational Church in Danbury in a ceremony co-officiated by the Rev. Mark Lingle of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford and Cantor Kerry Ben-David of New York. To further celebrate their heritages, the couple performed a brief Chinese tea ceremony during the service, and Jessica changed into a red embroidered gown for the reception that followed at the Fox Hill Inn in Brookfield. During the rehearsal dinner the night before, Jessica and Ben performed a full traditional tea ceremony complete with traditional attire.
The daughter of Albert and Virginia P’an of Westport, Jessica graduated from Staples High School and the University of Connecticut, and earned an MBA from Babson College. Ben is the son of Suzanne and Stephen Cooper of North Salem, New York. He graduated from Wooster School and Lehigh University, and earned an MBA at NYU Stern School of Business. He is head of market risk, energy, for BTG Pactual in Stamford.
After a honeymoon in Barbados, the couple made Stamford their home.