When Nick Reder was nursing a crush on Emory University classmate Becky Miller in 2008, he knew there was only one way to catch her eye: by offering to help her with her homework. “Nick ended up helping me, but gave me the wrong answers,” recalls Miller, laughing. Luckily, that didn’t hurt his chances, and shortly thereafter, the grad students began dating.
• Hats off to local designer Katelyn Pankoke (above): The “Project Runway” finalist added some Chicago flair to the red carpet at last weekend’s Academy Awards, dressing Lauren Strogoff — wife of Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, who took home the Oscar for Best Cinematography for his work on “Gravity” — in a custom navy gown.
Tracy Campbell and James Hulshof agree that their first date didn’t exactly go as planned. “It was a disaster!” laughs Campbell. First, Hulshof admitted he’d forgotten to make a reservation at the Pump Room on a busy Friday night, and at the start of the date, his colleagues showed up and crashed the occasion. At the end of the evening, when the bill came, Hulshof handed over his credit card only to find out they didn’t accept Discover. But despite his three strikes, Campbell gave Hulshof another chance. “It was the best decision I’ve ever made,” she says.
When Shannon O’Brien and Matt Roan were en route to their second date in 2007, R&B singer Ginuwine’s song “Differences” came on the radio. Roan teased that the tune would play during the first dance at his wedding — O’Brien would have to accept this or exit the car. “I was like, ‘Okay, I guess I’ll stay,’ ” laughs O’Brien.