We have some wonderful folks to rely on in the wedding party. Here is a bit of background on the groom team and the maids of awesome.
Jenny will be my maid of honor. She lives in San Francisco with her boyfriend Derek and works in web design at an awesome science museum called the Exploratoreum. Jenny's older sister just had twin girls, so she is now a proud aunt. She will definitely be the cool aunt; Jenny knows how to throw a fantastic party replete with home-cooked goodness, enticing cocktails, EXCELLENT music, and dancing, dancing, dancing. Jenny has taught me (perhaps more than she realizes) a lot about love; I am so happy she'll be bringing her sweet, mellow energy and practical mind to my wedding party.
Kristen lives in Grosse Pointe, MI and just got her first full-fledged doctor job at the Detroit Medical Center. We went to high school and college together, and she has accompanied me in many of my formative cultural experiences from our bowling league to ska shows to indie movies to the Michigan Hardcore Fest. I am proud to call her my Buddie (a title of great magnitude). My Buddie is one of the most charismatic, intelligent and resilient people I have ever known - nothing can fade Kristen Kingzett - and I am lucky to have her my bridesmaid.
Beth is Kevin's lovely sister. She, her husband Jim, and her 2-year-old daughter Anna Katherine (AK) live in Connecticut, where she teaches French and runs a study abroad program for a private school. Beth is incredibly kind, patient and thoughtful, and I love her sense of humor. I still haven't heard the "M is for Mollie" song she sings to AK, but I am pretty touched she invented a song for me. I'm really looking forward to having her as my bridesmaid and getting to know her better in the process.
Annie is my middle sister; we're just 17 months apart. She got married in Ann Arbor this June. She and her husband Doug live in Sunnyvale, CA where Annie does amazing stuff at Google in the search department. Annie is really active in martial arts and her dojo community. She is very understanding, creative, and incredibly intelligent. She also introduced me to a lot of punk rock when we were growing up. I am really lucky to have witnessed how Annie approached planning her wedding and I am so glad that she will be a part of my wedding party. - Mollie
Maggie is my youngest sister. She lives with her husband Colin in Farmington Hills, MI and works as a proofreader for an advertising agency. Maggie has a near-encyclopedic knowledge of celebrities, movies and TV shows and is really good at taking on big projects: she has walked in the 3-Day for Breast Cancer and is now working on a blog and reading and reviewing 100 books in a year. Maggie is funny, sweet, super-organized, and has excellent taste (it's very similar to mine). She opened my eyes to the art of creating a wedding that feels authentic and elegant. I'm delighted that Maggie will be my bridesmaid.
Jordyn I've known since midway through Wesleyan, but it often feels like our friendship transcends space-time. The Tomax to my Xamot, Jordyn's been a pivotal friend, supporter, and fellow adventurer through life in NYC, Boston, and beyond. As I take this next step, there's no one else who I'd want by my side as my Best (Wo)Man.
Joey and I have became thick as thieves since middle school, and have remained brothers in arms all the way through high school, Wesleyan and even Massachusetts winters. From minimals to werewolves, almost every music project I've participated in has involved ending with the letter "s" and the talents of this man. So when the big day come in June, his involvement was a natural. I can't wait to look over my shoulder and see Joey alongside. Ahhhwoooooooooo!!!!
If my life were structured like a Government, Vishal would be appointed my Minister of Awesome. One of my first friends at Wesleyan, he's still stuck with me 13 years later. An intimidating hand at foosball, an intrepid radio show co-host, probably my only friend who technically qualifies as a jet setter, and a staunch supporter of Ohio's claim to aviation heritage. Vishal is uncontested as Minister of Awesome, and if you don't believe me, wait until he unleashes the Vishal Dance at the reception.
The Fly is the man. I mean, seriously, he's the man. Probably one of the few people on the planet I wouldn't even think twice about biking 30 minutes through the snow to go visit, and maybe one of the only people who understands my irrational obsession with the Boston Celtics. I first met the Fly at Wesleyan, and we've been rolling strong ever since. Definitely a starter on my Groom Team, I'm honored to have him suit up for my big day.
A true Renaissance man. Ben excels at music, art, long distance running (which I of course appreciate from afar) and smashing wiffle balls long distances. We go back to Wesleyan, but I had the luxury of constant adventures in Boston together. Now one of Chicago's pre-eminent art students, not a day goes by without me wishing we could bike to Bukowski's to grab burgers and beers. I'm blessed to have him on my Groom Team, and more to count him as a lifelong friend.