Bridesmaid: Sierra Willis
I met Sierra and Renee through Campus Crusade for Christ at Michigan in 2006. We all became roommates in 2007 and have been best friends since. Sierra has been a constant source of support, laughter, and wisdom to me. She is a warrior (two homebirths later!) and a truth teller, someone I can always count on for a travel adventure, a Taylor Swift concert, or a last minute 5k . I’ve been lucky to take many trips with Sierra and her family to “keep them company” as they’ve traveled the world the last decade. Sierra, her husband Nick, and their two boys Lachlan and Darcy live in Ann Arbor with their dog Tempo.
Bridesmaid: Renee Hogan
I remember Renee as this cool, confident blonde girl when we met at bible study in 2006. When we all lived together the next year, it was Renee who convinced Sierra and I to train for a half marathon together, beginning a new hobby that still bonds us together to this day. Renee also met this cool guy Sean that year who taught us all about backpacking and helped us plan our first big trip on the Appalachian trail. Renee and Sean now have four adorable kids, and I’m so thankful for Renee’s friendship over the years. Renee is consistent and steady and always there when you need her.
Bridesmaid: Trisha Schimek
Trisha and I met during residency in Wisconsin, and our friendship was destined before we even met: one of my medical school friends met her a few weeks before I did, and sent me a message telling me he was pretty sure we were going to be “best friends.” Just as he predicted, I was immediately drawn to Trisha’s kind, bubbly personality. While our friendship began over dance parties and bike rides in Wisconsin, it has taken us all over the world: from zip-lining in Ecuador to hiking in Utah, to snorkeling in Hawaii. She is an incredible family doctor working in California now, a champion for the underserved and Spanish-speaking population, with her husband Nick and adorable little daughter Eleanor.