Flower Girl - Natalie Bolak
This lovely young lady is 3 years old. Some of her favorite things are art, music, and playing outside. Natalie is always on the move -whether it's swimming class, creative movement, or gymnastics. She also loves her stuffed animals and her dog, Koa. Natalie is the daughter of Shannon and Ted Bolak. Natalie is following in her mother's footsteps- Shannon was the flower girl in Laura's parents wedding!
Matron of Honor - Kyle Millisor
Kyle and I met each other while working at a daycare in Okemos, MI. While only having known Kyle for a few years, we have become incredibly close and love spending time together. Kyle was married in September of 2012 and has been a huge help to us with wedding planning advice! She is amazingly organized and energetic which make her a PERFECT matron of honor!
Bridesmaid - Lauren Zdeba
Without Lauren, John and I would never have met! Lauren and I roomed together during my freshman year at Michigan State University. When Lauren's friends came to visit her, John was a mutual friend that tagged along. Lauren and I lived together for 3 years until Lauren graduated in 2011. John hopes Lauren will move to Metro-Detroit because she loves talking about sports almost as much as he does!
Bridesmaid - Ashley Cleghorn
Ashley has been one of my best friends since high school. We both went to Michigan State, and we lived together during our senior year. She patiently endured the months leading up to the engagement and listened to me agonize over when I thought John would propose! Haha she is truly an amazing friend! I don't know if I would have survived without her patience and logical thinking :) And as tempted as you might be to steal a dance from this lovely lady- it's hands off!! She's dating the Best Man!!
Bridesmaid - Emily White
Emily is one of my amazing cousins and has been the sister I've always wanted! We have been inseparable since birth- we go camping with our families every summer in Petoskey, and she makes me laugh more than anyone else in the world. I could not get married without having her standing next to me because she has always been there for me!! She is also one of the most caring people I know and is currently in nursing school at the University of Toledo.
Bridesmaid - Natalie White
Yet another wonderful cousin! Natalie is Emily's younger sister, and we have become closer and closer as years have gone by! Natalie finished her senior year at Pioneer High School (whoohooo!!!) and is now attending the University of Michigan. Emily, Natalie, and I drive our brothers crazy with all of our sunbathing and our non-stop singing on our Petoskey trip. I'm blessed to have many great memories with Natalie, and I am so happy that she will be able to share yet another memory with me on my wedding day!
Ring Bearer - Mason Nummer
Mason is the coolest 4 year old around! He loves watching The Detroit Tigers, collecting baseball cards, and just got a set of drums this past Christmas. He is also a wonderful older brother to Lucas, the newest addition to the Nummer family. Mason is the son of Jason and Jenn Nummer. Back when Laura's parents were married, Jason served as their ring bearer. It's in his blood!
Best Man - Drew Beckeman
I met Drew during our freshman orientation at the University of Michigan. From there, our bromance blossomed. We rushed Chi Psi, roomed together our Junior year, and we are always looking to play a round of golf. Drew is dating one of Laura's bridesmaids, Ashley, which Laura finds incredibly exciting since she was the one that introduced them in January 2012. Drew and Ashley will soon be moving to St. Louis, Missouri for Drew's work promotion and we are so happy for them both!
Groomsman - A.J. Wich
I met AJ the summer prior to our junior year at the University of Michigan. I will not go as far to say that it was "love at first sight" however, it was close. We ultimately lived together our senior year at Michigan and had a lot of great times. AJ is now stationed in Jacksonville, FL as a helicopter pilot for the US Navy.
Groomsman - Phil Lower
When I moved to Michigan prior to my sophomore year of high school, Phil served as the welcome wagon! It was such a blessing to have a great friend like Phil who lived so close (just south along 2nd Street). I have very few memories from high school that do not involve Phil whether they center around our time on the football/baseball field or other settings. Phil currently lives in the Cincinnati area and works in logistics.
Groomsman - Sean Wright
I met Sean early on at Michigan as he went to high school with Drew and was also his freshman roommate, but it was not until recently that our friendship began to grow. A couple of years ago, Sean moved to Ferndale, about the same time I moved to Royal Oak. This newly found proximity really allowed us to get to know each other and become even better friends. Sean is currently working within the financial services industry in Birmingham, MI.
Groomsman - Matthew Mason
While it can be difficult to develop a relationship with a future-brother-in-law, Matt and I have not had that issue. It may be our mutual love for U of M or football recruiting news associated with the football team, but our relationship has truly grown past the typical "brother-in-law" stage. I now consider him to be a close friend who is also Laura's brother. Matt is currently studying Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan.