Best friends since kindergarten, Brooke and I have been through EVERY phase of life together. From playing with dolls, to our very first dates, Brooke and I have experienced it all side by side. We have the same sense of humor, which I admit is slightly disturbing, and months can go by without seeing each other; however, whenever we do see each other, we pick up where we left off and continue to laugh until it hurts.
Best friends since high school, Lauren is one of the best and most reliable friends you can have. The girl even made a trip to England to visit me while studying abroad! Through the good times and bad, Lauren is always by my side supporting me. What also makes Lauren great is that we share all of the same nerdy qualities ;). Books (especially Harry Potter), traveling, musicals, One Direction (yes, One Direction), we always have something to geek out about together over a good cup of coffee or some chips and salsa.
They say you don't know a person until you live with them, and I can certainly testify to that! Thankfully, Jacquoline was stuck living with me in our dump of an apartment in college, and what a blessing that was. Jacquoline is the definition of a tough, strong woman, and if anyone ever did anything to upset me, you could count on her to get angry about it too. On top of being the bodyguard friend, Jacquoline has a kind, caring heart that can't be missed, and is always down for a girly chat over a box of Hungry Howie's pizza.
My flatmate in England at the University of Kent, Charley and I have remained the closest of friends regardless of the distance. Normally, one would be put off by a roommate who continuously sings, but this girl has the voice of an angel. Jay and I even have the honor of Charley gracing us with her beautiful voice as we stand at the alter. Beyond her singing talents, Charley is one of the most hilarious and caring friends one could have, and I can always rely on her to send a text that will automatically make me laugh and brighten my day. From the Chocolate Cafe in Canterbury to hiking Chimney Rock in North Carolina, every moment with Charley is special.
Dad, you are not just my father, you are my best friend and my oldest fishing buddy. You've set a high standard for a father and a husband. I hope I can make you proud.
Despite being repeatedly chased around the house with a toilet plunger and routinely tickled to exhaustion, you've still found a place in your heart to be the best little brother a big bro could have. In all seriousness, you have the kindest and most loving heart of any man I know. Hold on to that, Jesse. It's a quality that defines a person through their life and not many possess.
Tim, it's no surprise that through all these years we've continued to be best friends through high school, college, relationships and the many phases of life. When I've counted on you, you've always been there. Which, despite being a country a part, is a testament to your character.
Jeremy, you're a dear friend. I'll never forget spring/summer camping trips spent with you and Alaska or the summer of 2007 at K-Med. Those memories form many of the highlights of my life. Your passion for the people you love warms us all.
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Al, despite knowing each other for a relatively short time, you've quickly become one of my best and dearest friends. It's no accident that I chose God and a life filled with Jesus on a trip with you. I look forward to a lifetime of fellowship and many fish in the net!
Garrett, not many guys (or gals) would let their buddy crash their guest bedroom only a few months after getting married. You and Ali have been so good to me and for that I'm forever grateful. You're one of my best and dearest friends. No matter where we are in the world, I know we'll always be able to catch up like we saw each other yesterday and then find some way to complain about American politics.
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Zach, over the years you've been a great friend and a close confidant. I love you like a brother and am humbled to have you by my side as I cross the threshold into marriage. We've been through so much together as we've grown into the men we are from the boys we were in college. I'll cherish those moments for a lifetime.
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Wes, you are one of my original fishing buddies and best friends. Through the years we stayed in touch despite distance and many relationships. I'll never forget our best moments on the water together, the first time you tried whisky at the Stoner's Bass Tournament and our epic rain dance at your parents' old lake house on Grandbury Lake. I can't wait to celebrate this life event with you, Meridethe and the family.