After wrapping work on President Obama’s reelection campaign and finishing a master’s degree in public policy and public administration from Northwestern in January, Barisa Meckler could have used a break. Instead, she moved full-speed ahead, planning her wedding to Cook County Assistant State Attorney Joel Bruckman, a fellow Chicagoan whom she met while in law school at John Marshall in 2007.
We’re thrilled for Matthew McCahill, who’s taken a new position at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 W. Huron) as director of food and beverage. McCahill will oversee the hotel’s meeting and event space and I|O Urban Roofscape, a fourth floor venue set to open in 2014.
Diane Khania and John Lourmas first met as college students in 2002 at a beach party in Chicago, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2010 — when Khania tapped Lourmas’ Greek side to help write a toast for a Greek-speaking friend’s wedding — that things turned serious. The couple tied the knot May 18 and enlisted the help of event planner Penny Anadiotis to fuse their Persian and Greek cultures throughout the celebration. “Food and family are important to both of us, so we welcomed them with open arms,” says Khania.
Eight years ago, Heather Korpella was ready for a change. She gave up her career as a broker’s assistant at the Chicago Board of Trade and started waiting tables at Merkle’s Bar & Grill (3516 N. Clark) in anticipation of moving to California. But Korpella’s plans went out the door when AAR Corp. Sales Director Ben Wollitz walked into the bar.
As a personal trainer at XSport Fitness (230 W. North), Edwin Echevarria sees dozens of people pass through his gym on a daily basis. But in December 2011, something about ER nurse Lindsay Ryan caught his eye. It took Echevarria six months to find the courage to strike up a conversation with Ryan — but once he did, the duo began training together, which sparked a romantic connection.
Alison Victoria, star of DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers,” has been tearing apart and rebuilding kitchens across the country for more than five seasons. But when it came to the décor for her own engagement party with fiancé Luke Harding, the expert designer took the night off. Victoria kept things simple at the June 1 bash, requesting only flowers and candles to fill Lincoln Park’s A New Leaf (1818 N. Wells).