Raise your hand if you've historically had a hard time making girlfriends. Anyone else out there? I had anywhere between two to four--depending on the timing-- close friends growing up and in high school. But once I got to college, making girlfriends was a lot harder for me. Admittedly, this is in part because Les and I hit it off so quickly in to college so I gravitated toward spending time with him and his friends (namely the rowing team). But hanging with Les's crew (like that pun?) was also a more natural fit for me for a few reasons. Because they were all college athletes, they weren't out partying and drinking from Thursday through Saturday like most of the girls I met were. Not that there's anything wrong with that, especially in college, but that really wasn't me. I always found that drinking made my anxiety worse, so I was much more comfortable and excited to have a movie night or stay in and cook a big dinner as a group, and I found myself spending a lot of my time in Les's dorm or apartment with his friends.
That being said, whenever I pictured myself marrying Les, which I did a lot in these past seven years, I always thought about how lucky I was that I have an older sister (my built-in best friend and obvious choice for maid of honor), and that Les has two older sisters, as well, whom I adore. I would have a beautiful bridal party of my three big sisters, and I wouldn't have to awkwardly try to make or recruit friends for the job. There really weren't any acquaintances or extended family members that would feel quite right in that role.
Thankfully, that all changed when I started my new job a little over a year and a half ago and found myself working among a group of amazing women, all roughly my age, who made me so excited to go to work everyday. I honest-to-goodness get FOMO on days I'm not in the office. This group lent itself to two more beautiful, bonus bridesmaids who I'm so grateful to have stand next to me on the happiest day of my life. And I'm excited to share more about all five beauties below!
Kelly, Matron of Honor
Kelly is a little less than two years older than me, and she has been my best friend since the day I was born. When I asked her to be my matron of honor (Kelly is also engaged!!) I told her that she was my "day one," but I had to explain to her what that meant. I keep her young. :) I'm so incredibly lucky that, except for her college years, we've lived close to each other all our lives-- including sharing a studio apartment one summer in Boston. She lives just an hour away from me now in New Hampshire with her fiancé which means we get to see each other often. I know I'm biased, but she's just one of the best people I know. She has a small jungle growing in her condo, is the BEST dog aunt, and is such a positive force in the lives of everyone who knows her.
You might think that it's only natural for people who share an office & spend 35+ hours a week together would become close, but I don't take this for granted. Case in point: I shared an office with another woman my age at a previous job and we didn't hit it off nearly as easy. Ashley and I share a love for Taylor Swift, celebrity gossip, and keeping up with the Kardashians (not necessarily the show, just the act of keeping up with their antics). We bonded quickly, and dare I say fiercely, and I'm SO thankful for that. Ashley has approximately 1 billion friends, and two sisters of her own, and I'm so thankful that I've managed to wiggle my way into her circle. Trust me, it's a place you want to be. Bonus points: Ashley cried more than I did when I got engaged.
Sarah is my boss. My boss is my bridesmaid. How many people are lucky enough to say that?! Hands down, Sarah is one of the coolest people I've ever met. She travels a ton, is super fit and active, but is also SO down-to-earth. I honestly love working with her, and she is the PERFECT mix of leader and friend. The night that Les and I got engaged, we called all of our immediate family members, but I knew that I wanted to surprise Sarah and Ashley the next day in person. As soon as I told them, Sarah rushed out and bought three bottles of champagne and essentially threw me an impromptu party. If that's not someone you want around you on and leading up to your wedding then who is?
Emily is Les's oldest sister, and definitely a mentor-figure for me. She helped me find my current career path, and she's someone who I would consider very wise. When I asked Emily to be my bridesmaid, I told her that I thought she was born to be a leader, and a big sister, and it's totally true. I'd like to think that even if I wasn't marrying her brother, Emily and I would be natural friends. We have a lot in common, from our majors in college, to our field of work, to our love of trivia. Les and I had a great trip visiting Emily when she lived in Houston while we were on spring break in college, and we can't wait to visit her in her new place in Philly! I have no doubt that lots of Jeopardy will be watched, and several games of Euchre will ensue.
Caroline is the middle Kernan, and she tends to be the life of the party. I have never been to a wedding as fun as Caroline and her husband's. She and I actually used to work at the same place and we would meet often for lunch. We're lucky enough to have Caroline living nearby, and when Les and I were in our freshman year of college we used to take the T to her old apartment for weekly viewings of The Bachelor/Bachelorette with her and her roommates. Caroline is super fun, definitely one-of-a-kind, and is a major style icon of mine!
There they are: the beautiful women who will help make the next year and a half the best time of my life. One is stuck with me by blood, two by marriage, and the other two I'm determined to latch on to for life. 10/10 would recommend these girls to be part of your upcoming nuptials!