Tara and Mark
August 18, 2012

Wedding Party

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.

~Thomas Edison

 

Matron of Honor
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Kelly Devine

Kelly is Tara's beautiful younger sister.  Growing up two years apart made for some heated fights over sharing clothes and whose turn it was to do the dishes.  Somehow they managed to share a car, cheer on the same team (Kelly was clearly a better athlete - she could do a back handspring and had a much better toe-touch!).  College began and so did their friendship.  Kelly attended Union College as an English major.  After graduation she joined the PeaceCorp to teach English in Thailand .  When Kelly returned to the USA, she started a job, met her husband Colum,  moved to Northern Ireland and had two children.  Kelly now lives in Canada with her husband, Ella and Finnian (she's kind of a worldly woman).  She is also an up-and-coming blogging star - check it out!

Kelly and Tara now have similar taste in clothes,  they like to go 'shopping' in each others closet and they do their own dishes.

The iPhone allows them to stay in touch every day.  Lately, there had been a lot of wedding talk.  Kelly is a star-studded matron of honor.

Matron of Honor
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Lia Wiedemann

Lia and Tara met freshman year of college at Lafayette.  Fresh from Charlton, Tara did not know that it was uncool to wear denim short overalls, a half shirt and flower print keds.  Lia apparently didn't care and befriended Tara anyway.  Lia has a memory like an elephant, so she could tell you more details of the meeting.   A year later, the two made a secret sign to communicate which sorority to join (girls were not allowed to talk when choosing).  After one year as 'sisters', they decided to leave the sorority because it all felt a little staged.   'De-sisterizing' is a big deal -  people cried.  Lia and Tara applied and moved into Arts House of Lafayette.  They weren't artists, but worked as ushers in the Williams Theater (apparently that was enough).  Senior year was filled with dance parties, pancake breakfasts and Lia falling in love with her husband Daniel. 

When Tara moved to NYC, Lia's mom hired her as an assistant.  Tara soon moved to Brooklyn to be closer to Lia.  Their time in the same city was brief but visiting Brooklyn, walking everywhere and eating cookies from One Girl Cookies still feels sweet.

Lia is a brilliant writer,  a mom of two adorable little boys, Nico and Leo and she somehow finds time to do things like cook amazing meals and write her blog.  Lia does not have time for solo pictures, so this is a shot of Tara and Lia in Montauk.   Lia is Tara's second star-studded matron of honor.


Bridesmaid
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Katie Lewis

 Katie and Tara also met at the Simpson Street apartment one night.  Katie went to high school with Mark so she was connected to the crew.  Katie is an amazing person; equally sweet, sometimes a little salty and unbelievably thoughtful.  Katie and Tara actually courted one another, each hoping a friendship would kindle.  Following one hazy night of beer games, Sharpie drawn mustaches and singing at people, Katie called Tara to make sure she made it home ok.  Tara considers that phone call the moment their lifelong friendship began.  

Katie and Tara are also across the hall neighbors.  This is one of life's special gifts.  Living next door to two of the worlds greatest people (Katie and Jordan) is like scoring a great parking spot - every. single. time. Life next door to the Lewis family is a bit like this:  you hang out on a Saturday night, laugh your head off and only need to walk across the hall to get home - awesome.   You hear a knock, open the door only to find a plate of warm homemade cookies at your feet -  sweet.  You go to take your trash down and realize someone took it for you - just because --double awesome!  This really happens, folks.  Katie and Tara are dear friends and top-notch neighbors.

In addition to having an adorable apartment, Katie is a successful admissions director with MIT.  She works hard and loves Anthropologie as much as Tara does.  Good thing it's only a short walk away.


Bridesmaid
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Rachel Martin

Rachel and Tara met in fourth grade. Rachel was friends with Rhonda.  Rhonda didn't like Tara, so Rhonda (with Rachel by her side) spit a chewed up jolly rancher at Tara.  Immediately,  Tara (with Kate and Jill at her side)  returned the favor and consequently something distgusting hung from Rhonda's eye.   How the story goes from there, no one really knows.  However, not long after,  Rachel and Tara became friends - BFFs to be exact.

Rachel graciously shared her NYC apartment with Tara for a few months.  They sometimes snuggled and survied the great blackout of NYC together.  

Rachel now lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Steve and is an insanely succuessful eco-chic graphic designer.  Her work is inspiring.


Bridesmaid
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Jill Moody    

Jill and Tara could have  met earlier, but Tara remembers Jill and Honey Brown Harris throwing burrs in her hair during 3rd grade recess.  This was another adversarial start to a life-long friendship.   Jill and Tara were destined to be friends as they share strong Charlton roots and their late grandmothers were best friends  (Terry and Mary are probably gossiping about the wedding now).

Jill is a wonderful, loyal friend who keeps people together.  We like to refer to her as the 'mother hen' of friends.  She loves to have a good time and has an amazing, uplifting laugh.

Jill is an old fashioned social networker.  She knows the latest and greatest about anyone who is anyone in Charlton.  Before there was Facebook, there was Jill Allen.  Seriously, she keeps people connected.  

 Her two children, Carly and Colin keep her on her toes.  Her husband, Caleb does a good job of giving her time off her feet.  

Bridesmaid
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Christina Kulvette

Chrissy moved to town in 5th grade.  She was the beautiful new girl with BIG hair.  Before long, Christina and Tara were cutting each other's bangs and making hair treatments out of household items.   There was one summer that Tara and Christina at a lot of  Milky Way Dark candy bars, perfected an awesome swimming trick in the pool (while wearing cut-out bathing suites) and recorded themselves singing all of Janet Jackson's Rythmn Nation album.   Following this pre-teen fun, there were hours of cheerleading practices, games,  competitions and post-game parties.

About 10 years later, Chrissy and Tara had a somewhat similar summer as two single, 20-something girls (minus the candy bars, cut-out bathing suites and Miss Jackson).

Christina is a wonderful mother of two, a wife to Ryan and she works as a personal trainer and has a deep love for the Patriots. 

Bridesmaid
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Kate Mercier

The real Kate Mercier is represented in this photo.  She does and says unexpected things and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Kate will make you laugh and she'll try to make you feel comfortable and welcome.  She's a great hostess.

 Kate and Tara met sometime in grade school.  Kate lived on Glen Echo lake and Tara went to her house - a lot.  Before they were boy crazy, they would hunt for crayfish when it got dark out, Kate's dog Pepper followed them everywhere and Kate always had the sweetest iced tea.  When Kate went to private school in 7th grade, she ended up sleeping over Tara's house for the better part of a year.  Kate is well-remembered as a top 'screamer' during the Lamoureux family screaming contests.

As they grew older, Kate and Tara found themselves having a bit too much fun. There were late nights, embarressing stories and lots to giggle about.  Kate has a beautiful open heart, she is a friend through all and it is hard not to love her.

Kate is a mother of two little girls and a wife to Joe.  They live in Spencer and throw a great party. 

 

Best Man
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Thomas Conn Hartley

 Tom is Mark's younger brother. They watch football together every Sunday, and occasionally meet up on Thursday nights to hatch plans for new, groundbreaking businesses. 

Tom is a fantastic writer, a talented graphic design artist, an excellent chef, and a mediocre fantasy football player. (Despite his lackluster skills as a fantasy football player, he does a wonderful job as the commissioner of our fantasy league.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groomsman
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Greg Franzone

Greg and Mark met during freshman year of high school, and bonded while working together on projects for their Social Studies class. Their shoebox diorama of Arthur Ashe playing David Duke in a tennis match, symbolizing the struggle against apartheid and racism, was a classic. 

 

 

 

Groomsman
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Jordan Lewis

Jordan lives across the hall from Mark and Tara, along with his wife, bridesmaid Katie Lewis. He enjoys listening to classic rock, building furniture, and losing to Greg Franzone in triathlons. 

 

Groomsman
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Eric Lamoureux

Eric is the brother of the bride, and an all-around great guy. His dog, Toby, is also amazing.

Groomsman
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Andrew  Ehrenkranz

Andrew went to high school with Mark. 

 

 

Groomsman

Richard Irwin

Groomsman
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Jon Symonds

Mark met Jon in college, when they were both working as interns for a documentary filmmaker.

Jon can play acoustic guitar like a young Bob Dylan, and he can play electric blues guitar like Freddie King. 

Groomsman
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Tim Wenger

Mark and Tim lived together for two years at Simpson Avenue, along with Jon Symonds, Greg Franzone, and Tri Tran.

Tim has a dry wit. 

 

 

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer
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Ella & Finnian Devine

Ella is four years old.  She loves a funny joke, going to school and she wants to look "like Auntie T for the wedding".   Toby (Eric's dog) loves Ella dearly.  Ella is so sweet it is hard not to eat her up.

Finnian is three years old.  He is obsessed with trains, he doesn't like to be cold and he is very protective of loved ones.  His best friend is Ella.