When Nicholas Schaefer joined Match.com in 2011, he didn’t expect to find love right away. But after the CRC Insurance Services, Inc. broker stumbled across Lanvin Assistant Store Director Marissa Gillman’s profile, he knew he’d found his future wife. For Gillman, the spark was just as instantaneous. “It’s what he didn’t have on his profile that caught my attention,” she laughs. “There were no shirtless pictures, and he didn’t take himself too seriously.” The duo’s senses of humor helped them forge a lasting connection, and they tied the knot Aug. 31 at Saddle & Cycle Club (900 W. Foster) in front of 180 friends and family members.
Kevin Tonn and Kristin Knudsen first forged a close friendship while attending Wheaton North High School, but didn’t connect romantically until college. With a five-hour drive between them (Tonn attended Hope College and Knudsen the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), the two snuck in visits whenever they could. “Absence really does make the heart grow fonder,” laughs Knudsen.
Jennifer Lane says that all it took was one date with Brandon Pearlman to know he was the one. “Things just clicked,” she recalls of their first conversation over drinks in 2007. Five years later, Pearlman proposed while vacationing in Florida, and the pair began planning their July 20 nuptials at the Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior).
Cheers to newlyweds Graham Kostic, creative director of Glossedandfound.com, and Fran Taglia, business analyst at Loop Metrics, who tied the knot at their West Town home Aug. 10. The couple is celebrating again over Labor Day weekend with friends and family at a barnyard party in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Gina Lombardo and Ben Firestone met at a local real estate networking event in 2006. Five years after their first date, the duo got engaged and began planning their dream wedding — a task made easier because the couple had attended more than 60 weddings together, giving Lombardo a clear picture of how she wanted her own big day to unfold. With a guest list that quickly grew to 275, Lombardo and Firestone enlisted the help of wedding planner Reva Nathan and tied the knot June 29 at the Chicago Illuminating Company (19 E. 21st).