I feel very honored and blessed to have such an incredible bridal party I can't imagine getting married without each of them up there by my side. Here's a little more info about each of my bridesmaids
Just wanted to thank these guys for giving up there time to be in our wedding. Truly each of them have played a part in making me who I am and or making Courtney and I who we are. This is why I am so thankful for each of them to be there with us in our wedding.
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How I met her: I met Whitney my sophomore year in college when I decided to pledge the Alpha Chi Omega sorority (which, by the way, is nothing like the sorority portrayed on Legally Blonde. We met at the Bid Party mixer at Kappa Sig, but didn't really bond until the pledge retreat in Wilmington, NC and we've been best friends ever since
Why I'm so thankful she is in my wedding: Whitney has been there for me through thick and thin and for that I'm forever grateful. She has always been there cheering me on, listening and encouraging me. She was there during exams, my senior thesis (I have a copy if anyone ever wants to read it ), my boy traumas (before Tom, of course), deciding about graduate school, going to graduate school, meeting Tom, falling in love with Tom, deciding to move to Florida, and now with wedding plans.
A Story about Whitney: My senior of college
I volunteered at Liberty Commons Nursing Home in Burlington, North Carolina
(about 30 minutes from Chapel Hill) every Friday. One Friday morning,
I got up and went to volunteer as usual. Unfortunately, on my way to
work my car overheated and I couldn't get it to restart. I didn't have
my cell phone with me, so I sat in my car until a friendly officer came
by and let me use his phone. I called Whitney at 7:30 in the morning
and she drove 20 minutes to come stay with me until my grandfather could
pick my car up with a tow truck. I'll never forget that day or my grandfather
telling me, "anyone that would drive that far that early in the
morning and sit around all day with you is a true friend"
I agree with him 100%.
How I met her: I met Lisa, Tom's younger sister, the same day I met Tom's parents! Tom brought me over to his parents' house in Cary, North Carolina, and I met Lisa and her fiancé, Matt, over dinner.
Why I'm so thankful she is in my wedding: From
the first time I met Lisa, she has always made me feel welcome and part
of the family. She instantly included in Christmas traditions, Easter
egg dying, pumpkin carving, card games, puzzle creating, movies, and
everything else! Over the past two years Lisa and I have become good
friends and she is the first person I call when I have questions or
concerns about Saige. -link to a picture of Saige- What would I do without
Lisa, vet tech extraordinaire?
A Story about Lisa: I was honored enough to be one of two people allowed to accompany Lisa as she picked out her wedding gown (she is getting married in May 2005). When we walked in, the designer started to pull out gowns that he felt would look beautiful on Lisa. The minute I saw his third choice, I knew it was the PERFECT dress for Lisa it fit her personality and sense of style to a tee! After trying on lots of wonderful dresses, Lisa did chose the dress that was perfect for her. And no, I didn't push her into buying the dress
How I met her: Karen, Tom's older sister, lives in Michigan with her husband, Steven, so I wasn't able to meet her when I met the rest of Tom's family. I met Karen a few months later at Tom's mom's surprise birthday party. Seeing as though I am the oldest of two brothers and knowing how I felt when I met their girlfriends, I was very nervous about meeting Karen. But, as usual, I was nervous for no reason because Karen is wonderful and we got along almost instantly. In fact, I think Karen and I are a lot alike.
Why I'm so thankful she is in our wedding: I am quickly learning that Karen and I are a lot alike, both the oldest of two siblings, both moved away from home after graduating college, and both love Tom! Karen is extremely caring and generous and I can't wait to get to know her better during our wedding preparations as well as in the years to come.
A Story about Karen: I have never been (not even visited) the North, the furthest North I have been is Washington D.C. Karen lives in Michigan, near Grand Rapids in a completely different world than I have ever experienced. So, imagine my surprise when Karen pulls out homemade beef jerky (the best beef jerky I have EVER tasted) and a squirrel skin for Saige. : I look forward to Tom and I visiting Karen and her husband, Steve, in Michigan soon, so I can experience Michigan for myself!
How I met her: I met Elizabeth, a.k.a. "Ellie" my sophomore year at UNC, while pledging Alpha Chi Omega. One of my first memories (and bonding moments) with Ellie came at our pledge retreat in Wilmington, NC. The first night of our retreat we got to know our pledge sisters by playing a friendly game of "I Never " and Ellie and I not only learned a lot about each other, we got to be close friends as well.
Why I'm so thankful she is in our wedding: Ellie is and always will be a constant and steady friend. Ellie is always there with a listening ear, open heart, encouraging words, and a big smile. Throughout our friendship, my relationship with Tom, and my move to Florida, Ellie has been extremely thoughtful and supportive. She is always sending notes and letters (with lots of smiley faces!) and I'm extremely grateful for her friendship.
A Story about Elizabeth: Although Ellie and I became friends while pledging Alpha Chi Omega, we really grew close while attending three years worth of Lambda Chi Alpha functions! We went to Luaus, Toga parties, block parties, pajama mixers, informals, formals, and tons of other mixers. I was always thankful to have Ellie to talk to and hang out with at lambda Chi and we definitely bonded over "Magic Carpet Ride!" Who would have thought two sweet, Southern girls would be regulars at a fraternity house? I love you, Ellie!
How I met her: I pledged Alpha Chi Omega my sophomore year at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a "pledge" in the sorority, you get a Big Sis (a member of the pledge class before you) who gives you a lot of gifts and basically takes you under her wing to orient you to the sorority. Although Lizzy is not my Big Sis, I met her through the Big Sis process, and she was friends with my Big Sis.
Why I'm glad she's part of our wedding: Lizzy and I have been close ever since we met, but she was also one of my three roommates my second year of grad school. So, while Lizzy and I were roommates, Tom decided to move to Florida, Tom moved to Florida, I visited Tom in Florida, I decided to turn down a job in North Carolina to move to Florida, and I moved to Florida. Lizzy was always there to listen to me, laugh with me, and encourage me during the highs and lows of that year. I'm so thankful for her friendship and thoughtful gestures.
A Story About Lizzy: As I previously mentioned, Lizzy and I had two other roommates my second year of grad school, Cristin and Amber. Well, amongst the four of us we had one student, one health care administrator, and two elementary school teachers. So, needless to say, we were all very busy and rarely had a night with all four of us around. One day we decided it was high time for us to have dinner together so we planned a fondue dinner one Sunday night. We had three fondue pots, three recipes, and four hungry girls ready for a night of fun. We had just finished making our cheese fondue recipe and we starting with our chicken broth when the excitement began!
How I met her: The day I moved into Cobb Hall my sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill was a family affair. My parents and both of my brothers helped me move in. Not long after we got there we realized we didn't have a few tools we needed, so my youngest brother, Connor, went on the search. He found the tools and Kris right across the hall! Kris and I got along well instantly and have been friends ever since (minus a few bumps in the road, see below!). Sharing Geography 20 didn't hurt either.
Why I'm so thankful she is in my wedding: Kris is one of those friends that you can talk to every day or once every three months and your friendship doesn't skip a beat. Kris and I can pick up right where we left off no matter how long it has been. We share a love for Mexican food that has definitely helped us stay close over the past few years and over Mexican we have discussed the parallel stages of our life. Graduating, figuring out what to do after college, meeting "the one," falling in love him, entering the real world, and everything else in between.
A Story about Kris: Kris and I share the same beliefs, values, outgoing personality, sense of humor, but we have one major difference (or it seemed major at the time). My sophomore year at UNC I decided to participate in rush and possibly pledge a sorority. Let's just say Kris wasn't a big of fan of sororities and especially sorority girls. In fact, the word "despise" comes to mind. Kris' roommate, Kristen, and I were both participated in rush and of course Kris heard all of the ins and outs of rush. I don't think Kris was convinced pledging a sorority was a good idea, but I pledged Alpha Chi Omega anyway. But, I think I gradually convinced Kris that not all sororities and sorority girls are evil, and not everyone changes after joining a sorority. Can you believe it, Kris? One of your best friends was in a sorority!
What about the man: Clint has always been a great friend, never afraid to smack you if you needed it and never afraid of needing you to watch him so he doesn't knock over one of your fish tanks. He is known widely for his toasts and good charm, not to mention his eating habits which were on par with mine. This may be the reason we got to know each other so well. Clint has never been afraid to tell me that an idea of mine was stupid and a waste of time and in the same breath begin helping me to carry any and all of them out.
Right!!!!???...: From workouts at 1am, triathlon training and a mud run in VA Clint has brought on the thunder. I must say one of the most historical wonders has to be the great pumpkin. Here's to the co-founder of The Pumpkin Fest now into its 7th annual celebration., I will now pour one out for my homey.
What about the man: Richard has been a great friend and the best roommate. Richard is the first and foremost expert with all things computers and is bound and determined to win the lottery, a quick hour and a half drive to Georgia to increase his chances is nothing to him. Many thanks to Richard and his know how with Linux which has enabled us to host our website from the computer in the corner of the room..
Right!!!!???...: Richard and I did take a drive for a spur of the moment mud run trip to Blacksburg, VA and stay in the absolute worst place known to man kind in VA. Crack rocks and bars on the windows. That is the trip that changed my thinking on the philosophy, 'cheapest is the best.' We lived for about 2 years without cable, that was a big thing. We had a movie collection that would rival most any.
What about the man: Anton is destined to change the world, whether it be with GE or anyone of his many other ideas it will happen. After high school I went south and he went north, he found himself a degree in engineering and low and behold a wife. I was really honored to be apart of Anton and Julie's wedding last October. They now live in Wisconsin and own a house.
Right!!!!???...: For high school kids this was a big step. One summer we just packed up in my moms little Subaru and road tripped to Ocean City Maryland with just about no money. Stayed in a very seedy place and began the football diaries. Going 3 to 4 days with no money and far away from home would prepare anyone for college.
What about the man: Jay is about the most determined person I know, for better or worse. He kicked major butt in radiology school and landed a sweet job at UNC post graduation. He now is planning on going back to school or taking over the world or something.
Right!!!!???...: Hmmm, where to start? Jay and I have had too many walks home together to 30-C and townhouse apts, too many consoling nights about being rejected, and too many other nights for no reason at all. I finagled an extra pass to park at my apt one year and when Jay needed a place to park he used the pass. That is until the landlord very rudely barged into his jeep reaching past Jay and forcefully took back the pass, nahe stole the pass back. Rich and I moved the following year.
What about the man: Chad is also majoring in Health Policy Administration and has found himself a wife as well. Chad and Meredith are getting married in June, finally giving me an excuse to sing Oklahoma.
Right!!!!???...: I just think it was funny, I mean I really understand why a guy wouldn't want more guys at they're party. Walking through Chad's fraternity house following Chad, Meredith, and Court I can't remember the guy who tried to stop me from going in, but I do remember Courtney standing up for me and saying I was, "cool."
First met: I met Connor in the great state of Virginia at Courtney's parent's house. Funny as it may seem, I also have gotten the chance to see a couple of Connor's football games as well. Including some baseball games where Connor had his own cheerleading section go Connor.
What about the man: Connor graduates this
year and is going to East Carolina University, and I'm sure that he
will acquire a cheerleading section there as well.