Maid of Honor
Morganne and Brittany became friends in 5th grade over sleepovers in blanket forts while watching The Little Princess and pool parties. Over the nearly 20 years of their friendship, Morganne introduced Brittany to punk shows and politics. They've rang in many new years, floated down rivers, laughed uproariously, had "one more and the check", paddled across vast bodies of water while carrying all their Earthly possessions, crowd-surfed, stayed up all night reading Harry Potter, had meetings of the mind on the see-saw at the playground, participated in arm chair races, had many BSB singalongs in the car on the way to the beach, planned the best parties, and consumed more oysters than is advisable. Morganne can make anything into a celebration and she knows Brittany better than just about anyone. When Brittany got engaged, Morganne showed up at their favorite bar to celebrate and brought confetti. Morganne is a sister and a best friend and there are simply too many stories that illustrate that to go into here.
You are likely to find Phil and Adam together engaged either in some sort of adventure or some form of discourse (or both). They could be debating whether to ride motorcycles or horses through the Peruvian countryside. Or perhaps questioning how it could possibly arise that two grown adults -- each of whom has years of experience trekking outdoors -- have completely lost a trail in the dark. Or in an airport restaurant enthusing about philosophy and poetry while -- yes -- stroking their beards (their own, not each other's -- although it might be worth a try, Phil). Or just drinking lots of beer in a local pub and raging about politics. But whatever activity it may be, Phil is always equipped with a camera, emergency supplies for two, and a "fair enough" at the ready. Adam is proud to have him as his best man.
Felicite and Brittany met in high school and found they enjoyed the same 3 things there were to do in Melbourne, FL. They were college roommates, got tan that one time (see photo), and attended many, many themed parties. Felicite lives in New York now, but they make frequent trips back and forth. Felicite is silly, thoughtful, generous, and kind. Her face radiates joy when she is happy and that joy becomes infectious. Her friendship has made Brittany a better and more loving person.
Virginia and Brittany worked together at their high school job at a local movie theater. They discovered they were about to attend the same college and figured they would hang out till each made other friends. They were never able to shake the other. They lived together for 3 years till Brittany left for Boston and Virginia trekked across the country to LA. Virginia is charismatic and driven. She believes in herself and she believes in the friends around her. Virginia married her partner Stephen last year and the two of them recently moved to Grand Rapids, MI. She co-owns Snowball Studios, runs a podcast, and is gradually taking over the world.
Mary is Brittany's oldest friend and one of the dearest. They met in 1st grade and bonded over their undying love for two boys in their class. Those loves may not have stood the test of time, but their friendship has. Thanks to Mary's superior organizational skills, they still talk on the phone every month. They have traded shoes, rolled down hills (both as children and adults), drank lots of coffee, and crawled down Bourbon St. Mary has grown from a wild, face-licking, tiny thing into a fiercely independent, whip-smart woman. She lives in Orlando, FL with her husband, Dave, and their son, Connor.
Evan and Brittany met in college and Brittany promptly and hopelessly fell in love. Evan and Brittany once spent an entire summer in Brittany's backyard, desperately trying to get tan. They would frequent the local hookah bar, sing Aladdin songs to each other, and blow smoke out their noses like dragons. Though they have lived in separate states since college, the distance has not managed to lessen their bond. Evan sees the best in everyone and the beauty in everything. If you don't know Evan, that's a shame, because there isn't anyone else on the planet with a heart as big. Evan works as a Choral Director in FL, passing along his talent and love of music to kids. He and his husband, Nick, were just married this summer.
Adam met Joe back in third grade and immediately knew they would be friends. One day he approached Joe and posed to him this question: "Do you want to be friends with me?" "No," Joe replied, and for good measure, he added: "Ew." But Adam kept asking, and finally Joe gave up and agreed. This was probably a mistake, but at any rate they spent many years hanging out at each other's house and playing games, learning about spider corners, staying up late, laughing too loudly, and revealing just enough of their death-plots for each other that no one could refute their respective penchants for fair play. In the interest of the latter, Adam would like to tell Joe that he can ignore the ticking sound emanating from his gift from the groom -- not to spoil the surprise, but it's a clock! A very beautiful, perfectly normal clock! Best opened when alone!
They may call her "Cautious Courtney" these days, but Adam can remember the days when Courtney would threaten to jump out of windows of tall buildings just for fun. That was back in college. They were pretty cool kids -- Courtney listening to her Sleater-Kinney, Adam wearing his parachute pants. (Well, Courtney was cool, at least.) Over the years, Courtney and Adam have found that they have a lot in common: they both like to dance, they both like to fight, they are both perhaps overly competetive when it comes to party games (although Adam has nothing quite so intense as Courtney's finger guns, which she uses to intimidate her opponents in games of Catch Phrase), and -- perhaps best of all -- they take almost the same size in sweaters.
Adam started preparing Pete's entry for the wedding website and soon realized that he could not find a single photo featuring both of them. He was shocked. Hadn't they become friends while part of the Theater Department during their undergrad years? Did they not in fact act in the same play together at least once -- and even co-direct a show as part of their final projects? Was Adam crazy to have specific memories of joining Pete on the floor during indie-rock dance nights? Could that trip which their mutual friends referred to as "Brokeback Shenandoah", in which they spent their days hiking, camping, and contemplating punching deer -- could it all have been Adam's delusion? How could they have done all this and not taken a single photo together? Then Adam realized: he had been subconsciously avoiding appearing in a photo with Pete, because Pete was just too damned handsome. But he is more than just a pretty face; Pete has been a great friend and loyal companion to Adam for years.
Several years ago, Adam started his current job at GMO and almost immediately he began to hear murmurs of a fellow IT department member named Steve Barry, who had gone off to work in the Australia office for several months. It seemed that everyone not only knew Steve, but possessed a complete repertoire of anecdotes and famous quotes involving the Boston native. "Popular guy," Adam thought at first. As the stories kept coming, he began to think, "I guess he must be a real social butterfly." And after he found that he could not sneeze without hearing the name Steve Barry -- perhaps even in response to the sneeze -- he thought: "I'm going to hate him." After Steve returned to Boston, they finally encountered each other at a work event at a bar close to the office. Adam maintained a cool distance at first. By the end of a beer, they were exchanging slaps on the back, laughing their heads off, and yakking it up. They haven't stopped since.