The Wedding Party
Colleen McCracken - Maid of HonorI had the lucky fortune of meeting Melissa my freshman year of college. We became Mona and Lisa. Seriously, we told people that at parties. We still have 1 believer. Whether drumming on pots and pans, playing nerf guns or buying vans, I can always count on Melissa to make life interesting.
Casey Otto - BridesmaidMelissa and I have been lifelong friends ever since we met in middle school band and were the only girls in percussion. Aside from lots of drumming, we drove to school together, drank way too much hot chocolate, handed out cheeseburgers in our White Castle Knight costumes, and traveled to Alaska. We were one of each other's first good girl friends, proving that not all girls want to spend all their weekends at the mall, and would rather play laser tag.
Emma Rakowitz - BridesmaidDespite sharing several mutual friend groups throughout high school, Melissa and I managed to avoid being friends until we were well into our college years. I guess at some point we just decided we couldn’t avoid each other any longer. Since being forced into friendship, we bonded over a love for travel and started road tripping as often as we could. Some highlights include: basically meeting FloRida at the Iowa State Fair; orphans Thanksgiving in San Francisco; crying in Alaska (3 country songs in a row really pushes Melissa over the edge); that really offensive sculpture in Kalamazoo; primitive bath houses in Arkansas; when Firefly was finally over.
Lindsey Tedesco - Bridesmaid & SisterThough our parents made us step siblings, Melissa and I created our friendship. I guess you could say she’s quite the role model. In fact, I even drove my car on a sand path in the woods because she told me to, clearly getting stuck and spending all day digging us out cracking up. I can always count on her to brighten up the party and make me laugh. We share the same love for adventure and travel and I am excited to tackle a road trip in that crazy van of theirs!
Krysta Contino - BridesmaidAfter initially bonding over a mutual lack of fashion sense, disbelief of Halloween costume selection, and love of spontaneous adventures, Melissa and I managed to end up as long-term South Jersey housemates with a 4-legged bulldog with more personality than most people… that is, until her stand-up Prince Charming came along and swept her off of her feet (and across the Delaware River).
Ben Stango - Best ManNick and I spent the first years of our friendship trying to turn apathetic millennials into shining paradigms of American citizens. No big deal. But it was probably Dad-puns, disturbing party games, and expertly cooked feasts that really cemented things. Pretty excited for sixty-ish more years of all of that.