We feel so fortunate that God has blessed us with phenomenal friends and family. Each and every one of you have touched our lives and supported us. We can't thank you enough for all of your laughter, memories, support and prayers over the years!
Love, Crystal and Kelly
Lacy is not only my beautiful baby sister but she is my best friend. She is extraordinary, and has the most amazing appreciation for life and love. She's hopeful, joyful and genuine, and constantly makes me to laugh (except when I'm looking for a dress or purse that I know she's taken). I couldn't ask for anyone more fun to plan my wedding with! Now, if only I could get her to teach me to play golf...
Mia and I met during Kappa rush our sophomore year and immediately bonded over our mutual love for rap and dance. One of our proudest performances included jazz shoes and a "Jesus is my homeboy" cap (although we're not sure everyone fully appreciated our creativity). While living in the Kappa house, we literally shared a twin bed for an entire semester and remained roommates until we graduated. We've spent many nights laughing so hard we cried, and I share more jokes with her than I do with anyone. Mia is the most caring, genuine person you will ever meet, and has always been there for me.
Cathleen became on of my best friends while living in the Kappa house sophomore year. Whether we were jamming the Kappa rap song while getting dressed or picking up late-night Alvarados, Leen, Melissa, Mia and I were together and having a blast. There's not enough room for all the stories about this girl! A true Kappa girl, she has more friends than anyone I know. My life would NOT be the same without Leenie! If you can't find her, try Joe T's.
Alicia and I have lived together for the last two years, but we were best friends long before that. Aside from the fact that everyone asks if we're sisters, just about every memory I have prior to college has Alicia in it. Although most of those memories should be kept in a very secret place, they were some of the funnest times in our lives. She is, without question, one of the funniest, most care-free people I know, unless you question her DVR selections or try to delete them without prior authorization. Alicia is a friend I can just get lost in a conversation with. I cherish her friendship.
After graduation, Melissa moved to NYC for a fashion job, but we miss her every day! Mel and I lived together for two years in college, during which time we made some of my favorite memories ever. Most of them have to do with our old neighbor, Boo, or occured in Acapulco during SB '05. She's sassy and she's classy, but I'm sure no one can handle a Fuzzy's scooner like her! Mel is my most creative and stylish friend, and a seriously beautiful person inside and out.
Kayla is the most fun-loving person you will ever meet. I lived with Kayla for two years in Dallas after we graduated, and we had so much fun making sure to always enjoy life and act like the 20-somethings we were. We've been "single ladies" and ballerinas, but I think we definitely looked the best in our 80s dresses - the photos still hang on Kayla and Megan's fridge. Kayla's love for red lipstick and taking pictures rivals my own, and I feel partly responsible for the woman she is today since I nurtured her appreciation for southern men and country music.
The first thing I noticed about Megan was her awesome dance move(s) at KKG Golf Pros and Tennis Hoes. I was like, "I've got to be friends with that girl!" We lived together for two years after college and I loved every minute of it. Megan is definitely a giver. Like when she gave all of her Taco Cabana to a hungry homeless man. I love that about her! She is always willing to listen and has an amazing knack for decorating. Megan is the quintessential southern girl, always dainty and proper. Be careful at the reception - her signature "shimmy" move is contagious!
Ashleigh is one of those friends that no matter how long you go without seeing or talking to one another, you can pick up right where you left off. As one of my oldest friends, we share so many special memories and funny stories together. In many ways, we've grown up together and can look back at our pasts and just laugh hysterically. I've pictured Ash by my side at my wedding since middle school. :)
Cody has to be one of the sweetest, most kind-hearted, compassionate people I know. She is always thinking of others, and has one of the most infectious laughs of anyone I've ever met! She's been a great, loyal friend to me, and a friend I'll only grow closer to as we get older.
Blair and I were destined to be friends way back before we even knew each other, but we wouldn't know it until our senior photos were shown during rush. We've had to overcome our embarrassment together! Blair has been known to brighten my entire day when she calls "just to say hi." She is such a laid-back, fun person to be around, and she has an awesome closet to raid!
Grant is a lean, mean, cycling machine. He attends Texas Tech University, is on the Tech Cycling team, and is also the Manager of a bike shop in Lubbock! He often rides 30 miles before my alarm clock even goes off in the morning! This would work up an appetite for anyone, and luckily for Grant, his hilarious wit is surpassed only by his ability as a chef, as he can cook up just about anything in the kitchen. I have always admired the passion he has for every single thing he does. I am so proud of the man he has become, and I am honored to have him there by my side!
I was first introduced to Michael when my sister brought him to meet our family at a Texas Ranger's game, however it was if he had been part of our family for years. He was definitely my older brother long before he became my brother-in-law. Michael is always there to lend an ear, and he has the ability to make you feel great about yourself. He knows how to entertain, and he ensures that everyone around him is having a good time. I can only hope that one day I will be able to perfect Michael's signature dance move, the Curly Shuffle!
A charismatic southern gentleman, Cassity's values and his loyalty to family and friends are unwavering. I love telling about a time when I was out of town one weekend when Cassity was visiting Crystal in Fort Worth. He accompanied Crystal and her friends for a night on the town, and I later received a call from Crystal saying that Cassity wouldn't even let any guys within five feet of her the entire night; if someone even looked in Crystal's direction, Cassity would ensure they knew that she had a boyfriend. He has a magnetic personality and an infectious laugh that will force a smile from the most serious of faces, and the bond shared by Cassity and his sisters is nothing short of inspiring.
Second only to his love of facebook, Geoff really enjoys sipping on a white russian while watching a chick flick on a rainy day. He and I currently live together in Dallas, and the thumping of his sound system on my bedroom wall is reminiscent of the days when we lived next to each other in the Phi Delt house during our Sophomore year at TCU. Although I would argue I'm better looking, I'm pretty sure we were separated at birth, and it was but fate that Geoff decided to affiliate to TCU after his first year of attending Southwestern. There really aren't very many memories over the past 7 years that don't have Geoff in them somewhere, including a trip to Cancun when we teamed up for a dance competition on the beach and took home the gold. He was there when Crystal and I first met at TCU, and pretty cool that he'll have a front row seat for when we meet at the church!
Fraternity Brother of the Groom. Kevin and I have lived together in Dallas for almost three years, although after Geoff moved in a few months ago, Kevin decided to accept an incredible job offer in Midland, so now his commute to work is a little longer. Kevin loves to cook and grill out, so Geoff and I went from steak dinners and pot roast during the week to frozen dinners and hot toast (Geoff will do your laundry if you move back!). In a way, I guess I can thank Kevin for the eyesight I enjoy today, because had Kevin not been such a great aim with a paintball gun, the shot would have hit me in one of my eyes, rather than smack dab in the middle of the them (truthfully, I happened to take a look outside my door at the wrong place and the wrong time, but still, I am thankful that you didn't blind me Kevin). More than anyone I know, Kevin puts the cares and needs of everyone before his own and whether at home, a tailgate, or a bar, Kevin will make sure that you're having a good time!
Taylor and I lived together for three years while attending TCU, and anyone who was ever a guest at our home might tell you that we both have a problem, because no college home should have been as clean as ours was. We, however, will argue that all of our friends are just really messy. He is currently attending Texas Tech Medical School, although he has been referred to as Dr. Louden by many of us for as long as I can remember. If you had a cough, allergies, or any other ailment (or if you happened to fall and cut your head), Taylor was the person to see. He is one of the most genuine and caring people I know, and he will continue to make a difference in the lives of many.
Austin is also from Lubbock, although we didn't meet until we started pledgeship together at TCU. He is without a doubt, the most energetic person I know. Always the life of the party, you never fully know what to expect when Austin is in fiesta mode. He's also one of the most convincing/persistent people I know, and almost never fails to get you off the couch when you were planning on staying in during the weekend, and it always ends up being a great time. Austin is also especially good at making you laugh out loud at the most inopportune times, whether you're in a movie theater, at work, or at a road stop on a very long return trip home. If you're not careful, Austin "the Flying Squirrel" Parker will be in the background of every picture you take at the reception, so make sure to look behind you!
Matt and I met as undergrads at TCU, however we really became close when we began our Master of Accounting program at TCU. We had the exact same schedule, so we spent more hours attending and studying for our classes together (and occasionally skipping class to play golf) than most people spend together their entire college careers. However, after we discovered Sudoku in the TCU Skiff, and Halo 2 and Rockband on XBOX, our study breaks became longer and more frequent. Schmitt has about a foot in height on me, so I'm kind of forced to look up to him, although I also look up to him for his positive attitude and his sincerity. He is the definitely one of those people you go to when you need a pick-me-up or some good advice, and I'm fortunate to have him to call on.
Steven and I attended different high schools in Lubbock, however we realized through mutual friends that we would both be attending TCU, so we decided to make the trip to Fort Worth together. We were Freshman roommates and also pledged the same fraternity, and you really can't get much closer to someone than sharing a tiny closet for a dorm room and enduring pledgeship together. On several occasions, Steven helped me find my way back to our room when I couldn't remember which one it was, and in turn, I would make sure the room was clean and organized. He also introduced me to Adobe Photoshop, and my life was never the same. We spent hours designing t-shirt logos together and since then, I've helped my family and many others with more Christmas cards than I can count.
Dan and I also met as undergrads at TCU. We completed our Master of Accounting degrees and CPA exams together and both currently work at Deloitte. I don't think we would have made it through the Derivative Accounting class during our graduate program without the help of Dan's dad, who provided assistance with our projects on several occasions. On our trips out to Possum Kingdom, Dan taught me how to surf, while I taught him how to lose at bean bag toss and occasionally at ping pong. Always a lot of fun to be around, Dan is just a cheerful guy who is always willing to lend a hand when you need him, even if that means lugging a reclining leather couch up three flights of stairs on his back!
Jenea is one my favorite people to visit with because she is so enthusiastic. During college she hosted many a late-night dance parties at the Corto House, including our infamous Kappa Senior Night, which definitely goes down as one of our pledge class's finest nights! Although she's a lawyer in Pennsylvania now, she remains one of my dearest friends.
Kirby lived right down the hall from me freshman year and was one of my first friends at TCU. We grew even closer when we moved in to the Kappa house. Kirbs is fun-loving kind of girl. You can bet if there's a party, Kirbs will be there. She genuinely loves her friends, and always makes you feel special, a true Southern Belle if I've ever seen one.
What can I say, Celina is just fabulous! She makes me laugh every time I talk to her. She's a tiny girl with a huge personality for sure! Always happy and charming, she plays a clever game of Catch Phrase.
Emily is the cutest little thing, and I have never seen her not smiling. If there's a dance floor around, she'll be on it, so I know I can count on her at my reception! Of all my friends, Emily is the only one who shares my affection for cats, although don't count on her to become a crazy cat lady because she's getting married this year!
Brooksy and I share a deep love for East Texas as she is from Tyler. She is such a compassionate person, especially towards animals (if there's an animal looking for a home, let Brooks know!). She is an awesome friend and a super savvy photographer.
Katherine is one of my best childhood friends. She says her first memory of me is when I hit her over the head with my lunch box in 2nd grade, but I sure don't remember that.... :) Throughout our high school years, college years and now our post-college years, she has been one of my wittiest and most creative friends, and not just because she knows the moves to almost every dance video ever produced. I love you!
I can always count on Baylea to be having a great time, no matter what we're doing. She has such a fun-loving, happy personality that it makes it hard to not smile when you're with her. We went to high school together and have had fun re-connecting. I'm definitely lucky to call her a friend!
The first time I met Burke, it was easy to see that he knew how to have a good time. A true Texan at heart, he speaks his mind and always has something hilarious to say. He is one of the most talented musicians I've had the pleasure of knowing, and I decided after the first time I saw him play, almost a year before proposing to Crystal, that I wanted him to be a part of it. When I first mentioned the idea to Brian, he said "absolutely man, we'll make it happen!" More than six months later, in front of our family and closest friends, he helped me do just that! If you get a chance, make sure to get an autograph at the reception, because the Brian Burke Band is on their way!
I really got to know Feehan more when he moved in with Geoff (above) after graduation, and I spent many nights on their couch in Ft Worth. On some trips, if the weather was nice, I would even get a bed, because Chase "Spiderman" Feehan occasionally enjoyed a good night's sleep on the roof! Chase loves live music and is always willing to go hear bands in the area, so when I wanted to see Burke's show in Justin, TX, Chase was in. It was on the drive home that I told him and Geoff that I was going to have Burke sing a "little song" for me. I don't know if Chase took me seriously or not, but he moved in with Matt and Brian (both above) shortly after and six months later I was in their living room putting the final touches on the song with Brian. Chase recently started studying for the CFA exam he's taking in June, so come August, it's going to be time to party!
Kent lives in Fort Worth, but he makes the trip out to Dallas almost every time we have something going on. Our couch is pretty much permanently reserved for him to use when he's in town, and I'm always impressed that he's always kind enough to fold all of the blankets before he leaves. I met Kent before he started at TCU, when I went to Midland with Kevin (Kent's brother) during our Freshman year and crashed on the Christensen's couch for a couple of weeks. I knew then that I needed to prepare myself for Kent's arrival at TCU. Outgoing and extremely personable, I'm pretty sure that Kent has never met a stranger, and although they are very different in some ways, much like Kevin, Kent always ensures that people around him are having a great time.
After graduation, George also moved out to Dallas and found a place in the same apartments as me and Kevin. Since then, we've pretty much hung out just about every time we're out in Dallas. A dance party would not really be complete without George in attendance. His skills and signature "Kangaroo" moves rival those of the most seasoned professionals, and his copyrighted "bottle dance" is reason enough on it's own to attend the reception, so bring your video cameras and be ready for a legendary dance off, and if you're lucky you might even return home with rare footage of the "cougar crawl"!