Laura introduces her bridesmaids:
Mary Joyce (Doctor Mare, MJ Dekay, Imjay) -- Maid of Honor
While I always have been fortunate to have wonderful girl
friends, Mary has been with me through thick and thin. She
reached out to me in college and chose me as her roommate
when I was at loose ends. It is Mary with whom I have shared
many important adventures and crucial moments in our lives.
I like to think we are best friends because we cherish each
other's difference rather than being exactly like one another.
Casey Donahue Ackley -- Matron of Honor
Aside from being wonderful enough to marry my little bro',
I always like to tell people, "Oh, Casey was a friend
of mine even before she met Jonathan-- she's a great sister-in-law!"
I would want Casey in my wedding party even if she weren't
"related." Over almost the last decade I've really
enjoyed having a sister without the bother of growing up with
one! I love going shopping with Casey, or just hanging out
with her for lunch. She is also hilarious and I miss her now
that she's in So-Cal. And, of course, you will all get to
meet the fabulous, darling Madeleine Skye Ackley (now 1 year)
before the wedding!
(In Alphabetical Order)
Rebecca Moutray Donaldson -- Bridal Attendant
So she's married-- I STILL want her in my wedding! I met
Rebecca at Autodesk where her "raunchy laugh" often
rang through the hushed atmosphere of Technical Support. Of
course, that laugh which is so in character is at odds with
Rebecca's girl-next-door beauty! We became friends just after
I lost Aaron, and she was amazingly supportive for someone
I'd just met. We've had our share of adventures, and she and
Nick have introduced me to many marvelous folks at their great
Merrygeek Cottage parties. Rebecca is, in addition to being
technical-entrepeneur-woman, is a talented actress and has
recently appeared in a series on one-act plays, including
as Medea in "Medea" by Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher
Miranda McGill -- Bridal Attendant
I met Miranda in a class at Harvard when she "cross-registered"
from M.I.T. Little did I know that first day of the second
semester how close we'd get in just one semester. A Liverpudlian
with an "upper crust" accent, Miranda and I share
our love of design, adorable blonde men, funky clothes, great
shoes, etc. I am really happy that Miranda will be part of
the wedding because I feel privileged to "share"
her with my West Coast friends. This is a woman who "plays
along at home" with Junkyard Wars! Currently working
as a researcher for M.I.T. after finishing her second Master's
degree in architecture, she is truly brilliant and funny,
and I hope our friendship and collaboration will extend far
into the future.
Lisa Marie Sardegna -- Bridal Attendant
Another dear friend and roommate from Cal-- we almost killed
each other living together, but have always emerged the best
of friends. Yet another fantastically intelligent person (can
we tell what I value in a friend?), she speaks a few languages,
does incredible art, gives amazing dinners, studies chemistry
and Walks Like an Egyptian. (And she has also given me some
great gifts, like the incredible pie dish and "archiblocks.")
I've been through a lot with Lisa, and she with me, and I'm
thrilled that she will be a bridesmaid!! This will be yet
another episode in our enduring friendship.