I always tell people that Sol is my best friend, and I mean it, but my girlfriends are right up near him on my list of priorities, and they definitely some of the greatest people I have ever known. When I got engaged, my first thought was: Holy crap, I get to marry the best guy in the world, and my second thought was: When can I start calling my friends and asking them to be bridesmaids? These are the women that I was thinking of:
Lisa: Hands down, one of the most stylish and with-it people I have ever met. She’s that rare combination of incredibly intelligent, stunningly beautiful, impossibly good at everything she does, and one of the nicest, sweetest people I have ever met. If she weren’t so amazing, I would probably hate her.
Erin: My oldest friend, and one of the only people from my childhood that I still talk to. It’s pretty amazing how, in spite of the life changes that Erin and I have gone through over the past twenty years, we still manage to pick up exactly where we left off every single time we see each other. I love Erin for so many reasons, but mostly because she is the most staunchly individualistic person I’ve ever met.
Kelly: The perfect balance between hilarious, crazy person and kind, committed mother, wife, and educator. Kelly is one of the many S- sisters who “adopted” me and made me feel at home from the first time that we met. I admire her because even in the midst of raising two amazing kids, teaching fourth grade, and kicking ass in the gym, she still manages to find time for her friends—something that I also strive to do everyday.
Katie B.: My work wife and eternal(ly welcome) houseguest. Although Katie and I have only been close friends for about a year, it seems like a lifetime because we literally spend about 90% of our time together. Not only do we work together (I use the term “work” loosely, since we spend a lot of work time talking about crafting), but we also have weekly “family sleepovers” during which we eat delicious homemade food, watch SVU, and basically laugh our faces off for five or six hours. It’s the highlight of my week.
Katie J.: One of my best friends for eight years, and the quickest wit north of the South Side. Without a doubt, Katie is one of the most insane, out-of-her-mind, acerbic, hilariously funny people I have ever met in my life. Her sense of humor and wild streak almost hide her generous and loving spirit, but I see it all the time. Those S- sisters are the best.
Casey: My best friend, kindred spirit, partner-in-crime, etc. When Casey is pissed at her fiancé or when I’m ready to kill Sol, we frequently lament: “Why can’t you and I just get married? Life would be so much easier!” There is really no way to describe our friendship or what Casey means to me, so I’ll just say that I knew she would be my Maid of Honor from the first week we started hanging out.
So there you have ‘em: six of the most important people in my life, and the only people I could imagine standing next to me while I take this huge next step. It’s hard enough to find the one person you want to spend the rest of your life with, but to find seven? That’s one in a billion.