After interviewing for a job in Chicago in July 2007, Jessica Pedroli hoped that she’d just met her future boss. But she couldn’t have imagined that she'd also met her future husband. Taken by Jessica's confident personality—and her blue eyes—Ian Kirksey hired her that very day, and a workplace romance soon blossomed.
“On a ‘friend date’ one Wednesday evening after work, Ian took me out on Lake Michigan in his sailboat,” Jessica recalls. “Little did I know that every Wednesday evening during the summer, fireworks light up the skyline. It was picture-perfect.”
Ian later accompanied Jessica, her parents and siblings on a vacation to Manhattan, where they stayed in a small family apartment. The trip, which might have been stressful for many couples, only strengthened their bond. “Living in such tight quarters made me feel part of the family,” he explains. “After that, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Jess.”
At her parents’ home in St. Louis, Ian proposed on Christmas Eve 2010. He hung mistletoe from a chandelier and tucked a diamond ring among its leaves. As they posed for a photo, he told her to look up—and then dropped to one knee.
A St. Louis wedding was held at the church where Jessica had been confirmed, and the day continued as a tribute to her hometown. When Fredbird made a surprise appearance at the reception, Jessica delighted as the entire room erupted—“even the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tiger fans!” At the end of the evening Jessica introduced her in-laws to some other local icons such as Ted Drewes frozen custard, Imo’s pizza and ice-cold Budweiser.
The newlyweds honeymooned on the islands of Turks and Caicos. They reside in Chicago, where Ian is an associate VP at Gregory Laka & Co., and Jessica is a special education teacher.
Jessica Lynn Pedroli is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pedroli Jr. of Town & Country. Ian James Kirksey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kirksey of North Muskegon, Mich.
June 30, 2012
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
The Chase Park Plaza Khorassan Ballroom
Griffin and the Gargoyles
Sweat Pea by Danielle Bush
Priscilla of Boston
THE BRIDAL PARTY
MAID OF HONOR
Jill Stein Lipset
G. Nicholas Farwig
Robert Pedroli III