Gary Briars - Best Man
Long before I was engaged I knew who my Best Man was going to be. The impact my Dad has had on my life through the reinforcement of positive qualities of his character, personality and passion have led me down a path that exudes success, love and happiness. His uncanny ability to mentor and guide the people he interacts with, whether it be applicable to life lessons or business negotiations, and everything in-between, is a trait that I envy and hope to inherit. While my Dad's superior speech giving abilities and relatively minimal exposure to embarrassing events that could be potentially shared in front of Friends and Family, did cross my mind in this decision...I could not be more proud to have the single most important person in my life standing next to me on my wedding day. While the wedding celebration is the focal point of this part of my life, I too look forward to carrying on the Briars name and sharing my life lessons, just as my father has done for me.
Amanda Bejlovec - Matron of Honor
As the oldest sister in my family, Amanda has always been a positive influence in my life and to all of those around her. She is not only one of the most caring people I know, she is someone that I can count on for support, and unconditional love. I could not be more honored to have her as my Matron of Honor but unfortunately she will be making the trip without her two cats :)
Mike Hefner - Groomsman
I met Mike during the summer leading up to Middle School, having no idea that the kid who called me a “nerd” and ripped on my Mountain Bike (Mike had a GT Performer, I had a Huffy) the first time we met…would end up being one of my closest friends. Our bond continued to strengthen, whether it was spending countless hours playing video games, coordinating our shirt and tie for dances, bar hopping in Lincoln Park, or visiting friends in the neighboring suburbs, my time and friendship with Mike has, and will continue to be, a bond that few experience.
Alyssa Daniels - Maid of Honor
There is something special about having a baby sister, especially when she has yet to grow out of her baby stage…at least in the eyes of my parents :). But in all seriousness, Alyssa’s outgoing and always positive attitude(except in the AM) has enabled her to take on a lot of life’s challenges these last few years, and in doing so has become a strong, beautiful and rare find in the land of 10,000 lakes.
James Doyle - Groomsman
James or “JD” as we more frequently refer to him as, is someone who has grown to become a close friend even as many of those in our original group from high school have become distant. JD’s passion for speaking his mind, for good or bad…in front of friends or strangers…has always led to exciting and interesting nights out. While his free spirited speech and natural ability to make those around him have a great time, will surely make for a memorable trip to Mexico; it is his unquestionable loyalty to friends and his selfless nature which I value the most.
Kellie Daniels - Bridesmaid
Growing up together as cousins, Kellie and I always knew that we would be part of each other’s wedding day. Being only two years apart, we shared a special bond growing up and I am so honored she will be there on this very special day. Having been to Mexico with Kellie before I know I can count on her for many things, but most importantly coordinating all tequila related activities!
Scott Gerrits - Groomsman
Scott was a friend who I became close with in High School, we shared many mutual friends and both of us were “resident” DJ’s of the Park Ridge Scene. But aside from those commonalities, Scott was always someone who I saw eye to eye with, especially when it came to planning Hawaiian Themed Parties. Even after High School and College, Scott is still a close friend, who also shares a passion for his career and exudes success but most notably – and the reason why I am honored to have him at my side - he is someone who shares many of the same goals as I and who I trust to be a lifelong friend.
Emma Briars - Bridesmaid
Emma currently resides in Boston following her passion of pursuing a career in the medical research field, and while this path for her is not without challenges, it is completely Emma - as her intelligence and independence are two of the most defining traits of her personality. Although any wedding location would be a “destination” for her, and I do not have the opportunity to see her as often as I would like – I am very grateful that having her as a Bridesmaid not only means spending time together…but she is also finally going to get a Vacation.
Tommy DiSanto - Groomsman
Getting snuck in the side door for a concert…setting up a double date for pizza…sharing movie reviews… taking the occasional shot(s) …making fun of an older sister or just talking and sharing genuine life advice. While these may be characteristic past times of brothers growing up, they are only a mere sampling of the experiences and bond that I have begun to form with Tommy. His admiration and dedication to my Sister Megen, has been extended to everyone that is important to her, not out of obligation but rather what I consider indisputable sincerity. I am grateful to have a new friend, a Groomsman and in the words of Grandma Briars, “Megen’s Friend” aka Tommy, be a part of this special day.
Megen Briars - Bridesmaid
They say that sisters are a girl’s best friend, and I will have the honor of having two new best friends in my life, one of them being Megen. I admire her heartfelt sweetness, consideration for others, and lets be honest….her savvy fashion sense and Stella & Dot jewelry collection! I am so grateful that she will be there on this very special day.
Katie Schuerman - Bridesmaid
My longtime friend since
the days of her bowl cut in 4th Grade, Katie and I always promised that
we would be in each other’s wedding. Our friendship has endured more than most
(births,deaths,moves,long distances,arguments over bad boyfriends, etc.) our share of laughs, hours
spent watching “Sex in the City” episodes and riding our bikes in search for
stray cats, among many other memories. It’s ironic that Katie and I are both
engaged to men with slight obsessions for fishing…except Katie will join them…our
personalities have always been quite different but we have always made it work :)
I cannot wait to have
Katie by my side in November, and then role reversal for her special day in
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Melissa Norman - Bridesmaid
The one cousin I have
who will always be the “baby cousin”, in my eyes….Although I have finally
started to accept she has become a beautiful, creative and strong woman – in what
seems to be such a short period of time. Her caring nature and passion for
others are common practice in her daily life, with a smile and laugh that is
contagious…something she inherited from her Mom and my God Mother J. Looking forward to having her on my side in November!
Gianna Marie - Flower Girl
We are so honored and
thrilled to have Gigi in our wedding!
Isabella Marie - Flower Girl
We are so honored and
thrilled to have Bella in our wedding!