These people have shaped our lives in ways that words cannot fully express. This special day would not be complete without each of them. Go ahead and read a little bit about what makes them all so wonderful.
Katie and Rachel met almost six years ago, at the beginning of their freshman year at ORU. They were next door neighbors who hit it off from the get go. It should be noted that initially they each suspected they would only be each others' "emergency friend" until a more permanent fit was found, they discovered they were the best fit around. Katie is a master story teller, phenomenal event coordinator, lover of all movies cheesy and an exceptional friend. It is only fitting that in the same way she has been by Rachel's side through the last six years of life, she will be by her side on this most eventful day.
Since the age of 3 Ben has been Kevin's best friend and wingman. The question of who would be Kevin's best man has been answered since the 6th grade when they decided to be each other's best man. The comparison of Kevin and Ben's friendship has been made to Corey Matthews and Shawn Hunter from Boy Meets World. Ben has been the ideal faithful friend who appreciates and playfully ridicules Kevin for his differences. He is Kevin's brother.
Rachel and Sarah met during Rachel's junior year of college. Early into their friendship they discovered they argued, teased, laughed and interacted less like friends and more like family. Sarah is the big sister Rachel never had, and Rachel is the angelic little sister Sarah always wanted ;) Sarah is a master photographer, extremely hard worker, sevant in the art of talking people into doing just about anything and one of the most giving, self sacrificing friends a person could ever ask for. Though blood may be thicker than water, this friendship is about as thick as it gets.
Luke and Kevin were buddies at ORU, even rooming together for their senior year. They have navigated the post grad life as roommates, friends, and fellow appreciators of food. When Kevin ran an ultramarathon in 2008, Luke was in Montana to cheer him on throughout the race making sure he finished in one piece in the dark. For this reason and countless others Luke is one of Kevin's groomsmen
Beginning at the age of 3 and spanning the course of five years Rachel prayed every night that the Lord would give her a little sister. Just after her 8th birthday the Lord answered her prayer with the arrival of DeAnza. Never have two people's faces been so similar but personalities been so different! None the less, over the course of her life DeAnza has proven to be such a gift to Rachel. She taught her that the world does not revolve around her and to always be on guard for an ever developing arsenal of pranks at her expense. DeAnza is a phenomenal athlete, lover of all things literary, hilarious master of all comments witty and a true source of love and friendship in Rachel's life. This wedding would not be right without DeAnza's unique part in it.
Double D! This guy works hard and loves to play hard. Dave and Kevin were friends at ORU, and after graduating, they worked alongside each other, and ate countless meals together. Between Thursday mornings at Panera, and hanging out at coffee shops, Dave has spoken truth into Kevin's life. His life is full of honesty and hopeful zeal- hallmarks of a passion for God.
When Annalise made her debute into the Garcia family Rachel had no idea what to expect. Little did she know what a kind and loving addition was being made. Annalise has shown Rachel the necessity of owning fifteen lip glosses at once and that it is actually possible to roll your way through an entire house while not even standing once. Annalise is a lover of all things soft and furry, a master procrastinator, a gifted mathemetician and an incredibly thoughtful friend and baby sister. The Garcia family was not complete until she arrived, and this wedding would not be complete without her either.
Kevin met Matt in the 5th grade, while playing Golden Eagle football. Throughout jr. high and high school, Matt and Kevin remained friends. From Ultimate frisbee in the summer to trips to the lake with friends, Matt was a solid and constant companion and example of what a man of God looks like. Kevin was a groomsman in Matt's wedding in 2007 and he is honored to have Matt stand by him again, this time, for his own wedding.
When Rachel moved 1000 miles away from home to go to college she never thought she would be roommates with a girl from not only the same state but just a short 30 minute drive from her home. Erin is the single longest roommate Rachel has ever had and the only person in possesion of some rather incriminating "Rachel's pre bed time regimine" photos. When Erin transfered after her freshman year their friendship continued with the two exchanging stories and laughter over bowls of Panera soup when Rachel came home on breaks. Erin is an exceptional artist, fan of all things "Chuck" and "The Office", an IKEA aficionado, and a dearly loyal and faithful friend. Erin has added so much to Rachel's life and to this big day.