My dad is my Best Man because he really is the best man. He always used to say to me, “You’re the man who would not be the man without the man.” I never knew entirely what he meant by this, but I think the message is at least two fold — I certainly wouldn’t be the man I am today without my dad, because he taught me to fish, to measure twice and cut once, and that the ultimate man was Jesus. Tracy tells me I’m just like my father, and I think that’s the best compliment ever.
Look at that face. Only the best brother gets that fired up over King Tracy Morgan. Guion and I could not be more similar and different at the same time. A lot of the similarities we have come from me (maybe subconsciously) wanting to be just like him. This is the guy that taught me what good music was, and how to brew beer. Some of our best times together have been overseas in both Ireland and Prague. I couldn’t ask for a better brother.
Mark is Tracy’s brother, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him over the past three years. He’s one of the biggest NC State fans I know, and the story will probably last that we moved our wedding date so he wouldn’t have to miss a home football game. I’m excited for us to become brothers, because I know he’s been a great one to Tracy.
Patrick Angle is absolutely one of my best friends. He and I have known each other since freshman year at NC State, but really grew close when we started brewing beer together during our junior year. Pat is the friendliest guy you will ever meet. He’s a wild man, but he’s unfailingly loyal. We both like to dream big, to travel, enjoy good beer. I can’t wait for this dude to make his way back to Raleigh.
Ryan and I have been friends since high school. We met through Young Life, and grew close playing in a really awesome punk-pop band we called The Drive By Affair (formerly Fashion Your Seatbelts). He went to NC State a year before I did, and I was happy to join him there when I graduated high school. We did more YL and music together in college, and still remain good friends today. One of the highlights of week is Friday morning breakfasts with this dude. Oh, and we’re going to be neighbors-ish.
I’ve also known Brad since high school, through Young Life and other things. We went to NC State together as well (he was also a year above me). Like other friends, Brad and I starting to really get to know each other while brewing beer. Tracy and I have loved spending time with him and his wife, Mary. We share a heart for Raleigh, and I think we’ll all be around here for a long time.
Or Thom, as I like to call him. Tom and I lived in the same dorm for our first two yearsa of college, then moved into a house together for the third year. Speaking of loyal friends, Tom is definitely one of them. We’ve spent countless hours talking about music, theology, and life in general. I’ve learned a lot about myself from this guy. Also, he’s my favorite weatherman.
I met Aaron towards the end of my first year of college, when he was starting to date one of my good friends from high school. Now he and Mollie are married, and they are both in our wedding! Aaron and I lived together our junior and senior years of college. He taught me a lot about being an adult, from style, to cars, to finance. He’s moving all over the country these days doing important engineer work. Tracy and I love him and Mollie. We’re super pumped they both get to be part of our wedding!