OF MAIDS AND MAN
Blessed with friends who are family and family who are friends.
Maid of Honor
I will someday be nominating Courtney Lefebvre for sainthood thanks to all that she put up with while Mike and I were getting to know each other. I met Courtney during undergrad at Ohio University, and we hatched a plan to move to DC together while visiting one of our favorite Athens hangouts after graduation. A few months later we arrived in DC, where we were roommates until Courtney headed for Pittsburgh in 2014. Courtney has as many nicknames as there are ways to mispronounce her last name, and is currently studying for her Master’s in Saving the World.
Man of Honor
I don’t remember life before Matthew. He is the best younger-but-more-mature brother a girl could ever hope to have, even if he spent the first couple years of his life mispronouncing my name. These days Matthew is an almost-fully-trained helicopter pilot for the US Air Force, and married to my favorite sister-in-law ever, Erin. Matthew is still my go-to person for outside-the-box book and music recommendations, and everyone is sure he’ll look great holding my bouquet on the big day – wish him luck!
Twin of Honor
Anna Li and I started calling each other ‘twin’ at some point during our 15-year friendship, and haven’t stopped! Through high school (and the formation of the gang of 7 girlfriends), different colleges, multiple study abroad programs, and both becoming ‘Masters’, Anna has become so much like family that she even had one of Matthew’s famous five-course dinners hosted for her! She just completed a tour as the physical therapist with the traveling Broadway show War Horse, and is happy to be back living in Cleveland for more than a week at a time.
“I’ve found only two things that last ’til the end. One is your heroes. The other’s your friends.”
I met Blake Fechtel in the fall of 7th grade, shortly after starting school at Westminster. Fast friends, together we’ve survived school, swim team, Running Through History, theatre, dances and proms, working as lifeguards together, each other’s parents, and the distance that came with college and “adult” life. (Quotes intentional.) Though we don’t live anywhere near each other, we’ve stayed close and found ways to visit — at our colleges and new homes, through holidays at our parents’ houses, or even meeting up in Honduras while Blake was working down there. We’ve done a lot of living since 1998. I’m so glad he agreed to be my Best Man.
MaryClaire Peroutka and I became friends through the triathlon team at Georgetown University. We first bonded through long runs and rides and collapsing at the finish lines of too many races. We found a lot more in common than just endurance sports and quickly became close friends. MaryClaire is smart, caring, and demanding — a good one to have in your corner through life’s ups and downs. She’s helped me through some struggles and is always challenging me to grow as a person. A traveler and adventurer, she’s currently overseas with the State Department.
I’ve known Andrew Owens all his life. Generally we were pretty good siblings; nevertheless our mom has a sign in the house which reads, “There is a special place in Heaven for the mother of two boys.” Growing up we destroyed Legos, hot wheels, and only a few rooms in the house. We spent summers at the pool. We had adventures in the woods and around the neighborhood and with our grandparents. We cut our imaginations on Star Wars, and Andrew has now carried that imagination and passion for space exploration into the AeroAstro PhD program at MIT. Not a dumb one, this one is! I’m proud to call him my brother.