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Maid Of Honor: Natasha AlamNatasha

Natasha Alam has been my dear friend since I stepped foot in LA to model under NeXt Model Management. We had similar castings and the Metro was on strike, Arnold was being sworn in as “The Governator,” there were record temps in Hollywood, and fires burning all around in the hills. Being 19 years old, my first time not living within driving distance to mom and dad, in this strange land with 3-7 other girls in a one-bedroom model apartment… I was more than relieved to meet the beautiful Natasha Alam. She not only helped me get to and from my castings, but she taught me the ropes to modeling. She helped with hair, make-up, my runway walk, and brought me to the gym (where I sat in the steam room while she worked out)! She has been an amazing influence in my life and I couldn’t be standing here today if it weren’t for her! I love you Natasha!
Natasha is still modeling and acting. She has a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Valentina Vega Campana (see flower girl), and lives in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Aletia (Brauer) Meyers


My adoring cousin is one of the most loving and caring people I know. She’s a real trooper and has been through a lot. She and her husband, Joshua, live in Tucson, AZ. Aside from her beautiful height (6’2″) she’s beautiful inside and out. Always full of laughter and LOVES reading, she’s a smart and sweet bookworm I’ve had the honor to grow up with.

Chantale Walter


My amazing and worldly former roomie from Beverly Hills. Chantale is French- Canadian and lives in Montreal now. She worked at the Montage in Laguna Beach (where I lived for my first  year in California) and then was transferred to work at the new location in Beverly Hills. She came by to apply for the “roomie position” and we instantly became great friends. I turned the rest of the applicants away and said, “Sorry, The position has been filled by Cha Cha!”

Sara Nicholson


The best childhood memories spawned from my amazing friend / cousin-in-law, Sara. From performing skits for the family at the cottage in Northern Wisconsin to wine tasting in Malibu, she’s a huge staple in my life. We cried every time we had to part from the summers at the cottage – with our Beanie Babies, Ham Radios, Swings, Hammock Flips, or fishing from the dock. We have so much to cherish and remember. I hope one day we all reunite at the cottage!

Sara is a nurse at Stanford and just moved to San Fransisco this past year. She is the niece of my Uncle Scott and “Ant” Karla. We spent every August for over a decade at the cottage in Eagle River, WI. The cottage is still in the family and is a treasure full of memories of the greatest childhood times. Love you so much Sara!  (BTW— I no longer have to use a fake Ham Radio call sign,  I’m W9PUP!) :)

Shannon Ashlee McGee


An amazing dancer, singer, and all-around-niece! I’m lucky to marry into this family especially because I will be related to this gem! Shannon is a high school senior in Waconia, Minnesota. She is also my niece as of November 1st! (People say we look alike — though not blood-related). Shannon performs in Show Choir (it’s like Glee), teaches gymnastics, and is extremely creative. You have her to thank for many of the decorations! Love you mini-me! :)

Svetlana Chernobrovina


Lana and I started working together at CMgroup Marketing in Santa Monica. She started as an intern, quickly grew into my assistant and dear friend. She is a hard-working sweet heart! She just had her first baby (Leo) and is a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. One of Patrick and I’s first dates was dinner at Svetlana’s place! I love my Siberian Sister! :)

Tiffany Alkouri Tiff

Tiffany is my rock star friend. With her amazing voice and incredible style, she never ceases to amaze me. She sings for Fire Tiger and is a dear friend. I lived downstairs from Tiffany in Beverly Hills before she moved to the Hollywood Hills. Tiff is always there to help me with wardrobe, hair, and make-up.  She’s a brilliant singer and amazing friend.

 Xristina Bichay  X

Xristina “Tina” and I go way back. In 6th grade, her family finally settled in Rockford, Michigan after living in Greece, Montreal, and all over! I’ll never forget when we went to see “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and she laughed at all the jokes before the subtitles came up.

We graduated from Rockford High School, Class of 2002—I held up the entire graduating class with last names A – D because we had to stop for pasta from Pietro’s on Northland. After high school we went to our separate coasts. She went to Columbia for her Master’s in Social Work and is a great resource and advocate for the homeless in New York City. After High School, we started a tradition over Christmas Vacation to come home to Rockford and catch up on life while going on some fun TOWNIE ADVENTURES!

P-nut Brauer: Ashley’s Bitch

GroomedP-Nut has been the apple of Ashley’s eye since she first rescued her from a puppy mill at just 7 weeks old. She has since become, quite possibly, the smartest, most well-behaved dog ever. She feeds herself, quietly fits in any purse, never has Buford-esqe “accidents” in the house, and will gladly warm any lap you provide. P-Nut is a trained medical service dog and can detect seizures (having already detected at least four as she works with Ashley.) P-Nut loves belly rubs and has offered to eat any wedding reception chicken you kindly leave under your table.


Best Man – Pat Casteel

Pat CasteelPat and Pat met playing high school football and quickly decided that since they shared the same name…they should totally hang out. This led teachers to yell out “Patricks!” whenever they were talking in class. Patrick C has been a loyal friend for more than 20 years and has always been there to make fun of any and all of Patrick O’s quirky behaviors before they develop into major public embarrassments.

Dale Wade Davis

DaleDale was Patrick’s first friend in L.A, and later, his first ever roommate. They lived together harmoniously for 8 years, which is why Ashley now considers Dale and Patrick “common-law married.” But with Dale’s blessing, this wedding will commence. Dale has always seen the best in Patrick and encouraged him when he was young and impressionable to follow his dreams…and also do some other stuff which will never be spoken of again. Dale has also sporadically lived with Patrick and Ashley the past few years, earning him the loving nickname of “Dupree.”

Dr. Elliot Wade

ElliotElliot and Patrick first met playing high school football. It was then that Patrick realized Elliot was the smartest guy on the team and the person to sit next to while taking the SAT test. Elliot has put that big brain to good use and is now getting paid to save lives as a Doctor. He also graciously answers all medical questions whenever Ashley has a strange illness or Patrick worries that he caught that new strange disease they talked about on the news.

Allen Osborne

AllenAllen has been like the little brother Patrick never had since his family first moved in next door 25 years ago. Patrick and Allen spent many happy days playing night tag, street football, and baseball. In fact, Allen could never hit Patrick’s famed “circle change-up”…until he turned 10 and began blasting every pitch Patrick threw into orbit. Allen has always been a gracious and giving neighbor and friend and now has a beautiful wife, Sara and baby girl, Annabelle. He’s also been Patrick’s trusted source for wedding advice (like how to hide the tears when paying for all this).

Dave Talbot

DaveDave and Patrick have been friends, and neighbors since 1987. They survived 2nd-12th grade together, as well as four years of football practices. Dave has long been Patrick’s “brother from another mother” and the first to laugh at Patrick’s jokes (or just laugh at Patrick.) As a world traveler, Dave always makes sure to bring Patrick back a souvenir shot glass and sometimes an exotic disease too (Dengue Fever…it’s fantastic!) Really, Dave’s only bad quality is his love of the hated Green Bay Packers.

Larry Bagby

LarryYou might know Larry for his numerous roles in television (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, NCIS), film (Hocus Pocus, Walk The Line) and X-rated midget porn (Wee and Wild…just kidding.) But Patrick knows Larry as a trusted friend and non-stop source of hilarity. Larry has also toured across the country as a singer/songwriter, so you might wanna hide your wives and daughters if he gets on the mic. Seriously. Hide them!

Dustin Bagby

DustinDustin and Pat first met as kids in Thousand Oaks, and later played on the same Mormon Church league basketball team…even though Patrick isn’t Mormon (it’s a loooong story.) They reconnected in L.A. and became even better friends, and later roommates. Dustin is also a talented singer/songwriter and Patrick often took advantage of Dustin’s ability to pick up girls (until he met Ashley of course.)

Patrick Harley

Little PatPatrick’s 16-year old nephew is also known as “Little Pat” in the family. However he is now 6’1″, so his new nickname is “Bigger than his Uncle Pat”. Patrick is pretty much the perfect nephew with a ridiculous knowledge of cars, nice demeanor and great grades. He’s even smart enough to undo the damage Uncle Pat does when he “helps” him with his algebra homework.

Jon Martin – Minister/Groomsman

Patrick is blessed to have his friend Jon perform the ceremony. Jon’s moral compass is legendary (he once gave back a quarter at an arcade when the cashier gave him back too much change.) His strong faith also inspired Patrick to become more involved with church. Jon has always been a man of many talents. He used to give Patrick expert buzzcuts before all football games, he makes his own ceramics, and he can sing any Beatles song while juggling on a unicycle (kidding…I think). Jon is now a loving husband with a hot wife and three awesome kids, all blessings he received as good karma for returning that quarter.

Buford O’Connor : Groomsdog

Twins BufordAshley found Buford wandering the streets in 2010 (one of many stray/injured animals she’s found) and brought him home to have him fixed and started searching for a “forever home.” Patrick and Buford became best buds. They go on daily walks together where Buford enjoys chasing squirrels, growling at people, and sniffing 400 blades of grass before he finds the right one to poop on. Buford is also Patrick’s loyal foot-warmer, nap partner and eater of dropped food. Buford and Patrick are so inseparable that Ashley now believes they may in fact share the same brain.

Key Kids

Ring Bearer : Dylan Robert GrahamDylanPreSchoolGrad

Dylan stole my heart as a toddler. Now he’s 6! We started learning dinosaurs after he ran out of living animals to identify. He learned the alphabet and is now reading! He learned 1…2…3…Now he’s in the hundreds. He’s learned to train P-Nut and Buford. Dylan has grown into the most amazing little man I’ve ever met.

Flower Girl: Valentina Vega Campana

Val2014The beloved flower girl is the spitting image of my beautiful Maid of Honor, Natasha. Valentina is a sweet 5 year old dancer, gymnast, and singer! She’s inherited her mother’s talent and is an amazing swimmer too! Valentina and Dylan love Zoo Trips together and Bouncy Houses.

Keira Harley: Junior Bridesmaid


Keira is one of Patrick’s two favorite nieces. She has been the source of great joy to Patrick and Ashley as there is very little filter between her brain and mouth. She is already so sweet and motherly to any and all kids she meets. Keira has also been a major help putting together wedding decorations and she has been entrusted with arguably the most important wedding task: walking the dogs down the aisle.



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November 2017