As the owner of four different startups (Doejo, Bow Truss Coffee Roasters, Map of the Dead and Strange Pelican Brewery) Philip Tadros is always on the lookout for his next passion project. But in January 2012, an unexpected one came his way after he picked up Michelle “Mickie” Spooner’s business card from a pile inside Twister Sister Bakery (1543 N. Wells).
Eryn Siegel and Jim Snediker like to approach life with laughter. Siegel, a senior manager in sales development at Pandora, and Snediker, the CEO and founder of Stock Manufacturing Co., a company that designs and manufactures clothing locally, met six years ago while doing improv at Second City Chicago. The two performed together several times, and “many goofy nights” later, they were talking “future puppies and vacation homes,” says Siegel. Snediker proposed on Christmas 2011, and the couple immediately started planning for their fall 2012 wedding at Greenhouse Loft (2545 W. Diversey).
Jackson Miranda and Jordan Stemer believe in love at first sight. The Don Julio brand ambassador and dermatology physician assistant met less than a year ago during a night out at Market Bar (1113 W. Randolph) and were instantly smitten, taking the plunge only 10 months later on March 9. The duo wed in a 1930s-era hunting lodge in Stemer’s hometown of Dune Acres, Ind., surrounded by 120 of their closest friends and family members, including Stemer’s brothers, famed shoe designer Brian Atwood and Splash Editorial Assistant Zak Stemer.
Mark Pruitt and Lori Toepper’s journey to the aisle was all about beating the odds. The couple reconnected more than 30 years after first meeting in the halls of Bolingbrook High School, and Pruitt popped the question on New Year’s Eve 2011. They rang in the New Year with dreams of a destination wedding, but instead, Toepper was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months later. The two spent much of their engagement in and out of the hospital as Toepper underwent a lumpectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy. “It was an ugly situation, but it had some beauty to it,” says Toepper. “I honestly believe God gave me Mark to go through this with me. It made me want to marry him even more.”