Bridal Party

Abby Blaha: Maid of Honor

I remember clearly my dad and Aunt Shari walking towards us in scrubs, as Jordan and I played with Barbies on the hospital floor.  When they announced it was a girl, Jordan and I proceeded to jump around in a circle holding hands chanting, “It’s a girl!  It’s a girl!”  For the next twelve years or so, we tortured that poor girl with our terrible pranks. Somehow, Abby survived, and she has become not only a stronger person for it, but one of my best friends.  You’re welcome, Ab.  In all seriousness, Abby is a smart and driven young lady who is graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in April.  I am so proud to have her by my side through all of this, and I couldn’t imagine it any other way!

Jordan Welt: Maid of Honor

She is the frik to my frak, the slap to my happy, the Belle to my beast, the Ernest to my Joanne, and the Marion to my Marit.  For those of you that don’t understand some of those references, thank god, because they are all extremely embarrassing.  My cousin Jordan has been my best friend since before I even knew what that was.  We have been through a whole lot of adventures together, and I was honored to be in her wedding a couple years ago.  Thank goodness she’s around for mine because I’d be hopelessly lost without her.  Jordan is also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and most importantly, mother to my sidekick, Theodore Welt.  She is honestly the best.  Like my Pap says, “There’s nothing different between cousins and sisters.  They’re just spelled differently!”

Megan McCann: Bridesmaid

Megan and I met as freshman at Pitt.  And while I never officially lived with her, I’ve had enough sleep overs with her, sometimes involving lots of chicken nuggets, to feel like I have.  Megan has not only been one of my closest friends in college, but she is also the only college friend to stay in Pittsburgh with me the whole time after graduation.  I think I would’ve gone nuts without her.  While we may joke about buying houses next to each other (or just share a house), I can’t promise that will never happen.  So, I hope that’s ok with you James.  Megan is currently working as a physician’s assistant in Shadyside’s Hematology/Oncology Department Acute Leukemia Services, which is yet another reason why she is so amazing.  Whether it’s a crazy beer fest or just cuddling on the couch with Jax, Megan is always there, and I’m so happy she’ll be a part of our day too!

Stacie Groff: Bridesmaid

Everyone has that one friend that’s down for anything.  And for me, that is hands-down Stacie.  We also met our freshman year in college at Pitt and lived together for the rest of college.  Stacie quickly became my partner in crime. From 6 AM football tailgates to Sunday ladies’ night at Bootleggers, we were always together.  Stacie moved to San Diego last year for a position as a travel nurse.  I am so proud of her and totally jealous of her bravery.  She has returned to Pittsburgh, now working as a neuro ICU nurse at Shadyside Hospital.  It only took one Harris Grill happy hour to re-affirm for me that Stacie is the kind of person you can not talk to for weeks, and then when you see each other, pick up exactly where you left off.  Stacie has recently been accepted to the graduate school at the University of North Carolina.  So even if she’s leaving me yet again, I’m so excited for her and pumped to share my wedding day with someone as adventurous and good a friend as Stace!

Heather Howells: Bridesmaid

Many would refer to Heather as “the mom” of our college friend group.  If that’s true, then she’s a pretty damn cool mom.  We also met our freshman year at Pitt and lived together for the rest of college.  Heather fostered my love for Hall & Oates and the Red Hot Chili Peppers while also teaching me important life lessons, like cleaning the lint trap in the dryer.  Whether you needed someone to drink Mike’s Hard Lemonade with, or just an extra comfy bed and snacks, Heather was your girl.  Honestly, I don’t think I would’ve survived college without Heather.  Seriously, that dryer was gonna go up any day.  Now Heather works in the D.C. area as a CVS pharmacy manager.  I know Heather and I will always be friends, and not just because she now has an endless supply of medical knowledge, but because she’s always got my back.  And I’m beyond thrilled and thankful she’ll have it on my wedding day!

Bridal Party

Abby Blaha: Maid of Honor

I remember clearly my dad and Aunt Shari walking towards us in scrubs, as Jordan and I played with Barbies on the hospital floor.  When they announced it was a girl, Jordan and I proceeded to jump around in a circle holding hands chanting, “It’s a girl!  It’s a girl!”  For the next twelve years or so, we tortured that poor girl with our terrible pranks. Somehow, Abby survived, and she has become not only a stronger person for it, but one of my best friends.  You’re welcome, Ab.  In all seriousness, Abby is a smart and driven young lady who is graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in April.  I am so proud to have her by my side through all of this, and I couldn’t imagine it any other way!

Jordan Welt: Maid of Honor

She is the frik to my frak, the slap to my happy, the Belle to my beast, the Ernest to my Joanne, and the Marion to my Marit.  For those of you that don’t understand some of those references, thank god, because they are all extremely embarrassing.  My cousin Jordan has been my best friend since before I even knew what that was.  We have been through a whole lot of adventures together, and I was honored to be in her wedding a couple years ago.  Thank goodness she’s around for mine because I’d be hopelessly lost without her.  Jordan is also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and most importantly, mother to my sidekick, Theodore Welt.  She is honestly the best.  Like my Pap says, “There’s nothing different between cousins and sisters.  They’re just spelled differently!”

Megan McCann: Bridesmaid

Megan and I met as freshman at Pitt.  And while I never officially lived with her, I’ve had enough sleep overs with her, sometimes involving lots of chicken nuggets, to feel like I have.  Megan has not only been one of my closest friends in college, but she is also the only college friend to stay in Pittsburgh with me the whole time after graduation.  I think I would’ve gone nuts without her.  While we may joke about buying houses next to each other (or just share a house), I can’t promise that will never happen.  So, I hope that’s ok with you James.  Megan is currently working as a physician’s assistant in Shadyside’s Hematology/Oncology Department Acute Leukemia Services, which is yet another reason why she is so amazing.  Whether it’s a crazy beer fest or just cuddling on the couch with Jax, Megan is always there, and I’m so happy she’ll be a part of our day too!

Stacie Groff: Bridesmaid

Everyone has that one friend that’s down for anything.  And for me, that is hands-down Stacie.  We also met our freshman year in college at Pitt and lived together for the rest of college.  Stacie quickly became my partner in crime. From 6 AM football tailgates to Sunday ladies’ night at Bootleggers, we were always together.  Stacie moved to San Diego last year for a position as a travel nurse.  I am so proud of her and totally jealous of her bravery.  She has returned to Pittsburgh, now working as a neuro ICU nurse at Shadyside Hospital.  It only took one Harris Grill happy hour to re-affirm for me that Stacie is the kind of person you can not talk to for weeks, and then when you see each other, pick up exactly where you left off.  Stacie has recently been accepted to the graduate school at the University of North Carolina.  So even if she’s leaving me yet again, I’m so excited for her and pumped to share my wedding day with someone as adventurous and good a friend as Stace!

Heather Howells: Bridesmaid

Many would refer to Heather as “the mom” of our college friend group.  If that’s true, then she’s a pretty damn cool mom.  We also met our freshman year at Pitt and lived together for the rest of college.  Heather fostered my love for Hall & Oates and the Red Hot Chili Peppers while also teaching me important life lessons, like cleaning the lint trap in the dryer. Whether you needed someone to drink Mike’s Hard Lemonade, or just an extra comfy bed and snacks, Heather was your girl.  Honestly, I don’t think I would’ve survived college without Heather.  Seriously, that dryer was gonna go up any day.  Now Heather works in the D.C. area as a CVS pharmacy manager.  I know Heather and I will always be friends, and not just because she now has an endless supply of medical knowledge, but because she’s always got my back.  And I’m beyond thrilled and thankful she’ll have it on my wedding day!

Groomsmen

David Dameron: Best Man

David is my younger brother (one of two) and my Best Man.  He is four years younger than I am, putting him at the same age as Emma.  Oddly enough, they even had a few friends in common during their time at Pitt.  You can always count on David to pitch in and help out with anything, like helping to set up for a last minute engagement for his older brother.  We share a number of common interests, ranging from music to sports, while his penchant for ordering Jager Bombs at exactly the right moment (is there a right moment for Jager bombs?) makes hanging out with him fun regardless of the circumstance.  I’m happy to have David standing by my side as I get married.

Brandon Welt:  Groomsmen

Brandon has been one of my best friends for years now.  We met in college and shared classes off and on throughout our 4 years there.  After college we would continue to hang out watching Pitt football games, planning overly complicated tailgates, and just generally getting together and having fun.  It was through Brandon that I ended up meeting Emma.  I was lucky enough to be the best man at his wedding, and to this day I count myself lucky to be one of his friends.  I’m excited for him to be part of my wedding party.

Will Dameron: Groomsmen

Will is my oldest brother and one of the people I am proudest to say that I know.  Growing up we would would manage to get into all sorts of things, like building tree houses or rafts or fishing for turtles and catching lizards.  As we grew older I came to admire Will’s drive to pursue what he wanted.  Whether it’s learning to weld so he could build rock climbing walls or starting his own woodworking business, his drive always takes him to new and fun places.

Joseph Dameron: Groomsmen

Joseph is my youngest brother, born 11 years after me.  I remember watching Joseph take his first steps and learn his first word (“No”).  But as he grew up, it was easy to forget how young he was.  As the youngest of 4 brothers I think he ended up growing up a little faster than the rest of us.  He’s been able to carry on regular conversations with adults since he was about 5, a trait that’s never left him.  It’s been fun to see Joseph grow up from the very beginning, and I’m excited that he is part of my wedding.

Eric Treffeisen:  Groomsmen

Eric and I went to Pitt together and were pretty much inseparable throughout the whole process.  We took almost all of the same classes, partnered up for labs, and generally worked our way through Pitt engineering together.  In spite of his rampant support for Philadelphia based sports teams, Eric is one of my best friends.  He gave me the honor of being the best man at his wedding and I’m excited that he is going to be in my wedding.

Groomsmen

David Dameron: Best Man

David is my younger brother (one of two) and my Best Man.  He is four years younger than I am, putting him at the same age as Emma.  Oddly enough, they even had a few friends in common during their time at Pitt.  You can always count on David to pitch in and help out with anything, like helping to set up for a last minute engagement for his older brother.  We share a number of common interests, ranging from music to sports, while his penchant for ordering Jager Bombs at exactly the right moment (is there a right moment for Jager bombs?) makes hanging out with him fun regardless of the circumstance.  I’m happy to have David standing by my side as I get married.

Brandon Welt:  Groomsmen

Brandon has been one of my best friends for years now.  We met in college and shared classes off and on throughout our 4 years there.  After college we would continue to hang out watching Pitt football games, planning overly complicated tailgates, and just generally getting together and having fun.  It was through Brandon that I ended up meeting Emma.  I was lucky enough to be the best man at his wedding, and to this day I count myself lucky to be one of his friends.  I’m excited for him to be part of my wedding party.

Will Dameron: Groomsmen

Will is my oldest brother and one of the people I am proudest to say that I know.  Growing up we would would manage to get into all sorts of things, like building tree houses or rafts or fishing for turtles and catching lizards.  As we grew older I came to admire Will’s drive to pursue what he wanted.  Whether it’s learning to weld so he could build rock climbing walls or starting his own woodworking business, his drive always takes him to new and fun places.

Joseph Dameron: Groomsmen

Joseph is my youngest brother, born 11 years after me.  I remember watching Joseph take his first steps and learn his first word (“No”).  But as he grew up, it was easy to forget how young he was.  As the youngest of 4 brothers I think he ended up growing up a little faster than the rest of us.  He’s been able to carry on regular conversations with adults since he was about 5, a trait that’s never left him.  It’s been fun to see Joseph grow up from the very beginning, and I’m excited that he is part of my wedding.

Eric Treffeisen:  Groomsmen

Eric and I went to Pitt together and were pretty much inseparable throughout the whole process.  We took almost all of the same classes, partnered up for labs, and generally worked our way through Pitt engineering together.  In spite of his rampant support for Philadelphia based sports teams, Eric is one of my best friends.  He gave me the honor of being the best man at his wedding and I’m excited that he is going to be a groomsmen in mine.

Ring Bearer

Theodore Welt:

Baby Theo came into our lives just over a year ago.  From day one, with a whole bunch of family crammed into the hospital waiting room, you knew he was gonna be something special.  With his thick head of black hair and pouty lips, he came into this world looking like a 1 year old.  And it was awesome.  His hammy sense of humor and quick wit only added to his fun personality.  Now he’s walking and talking and not so much of a baby anymore!  Emma was lucky enough to be chosen as one of his godparents, and she can’t wait to be “the cool aunt.”  James has promised him his first drum set already.  (So sorry Brandon and Jordan).  We love him so much and are so excited to see what kind of ruckus he adds to our big day!