Courtney & Max

October 22, 2021 • Brooklyn, NY

Courtney & Max

October 22, 2021 • Brooklyn, NY

Wedding Party

The Bride's Side

Mary Carlie
Mary Carlie - Matron of Honor
How did we meet? I thought for quite a while... and I just can’t remember a time when you weren’t my best friend. Our epic friendship and love did begin circa 2006 which was our freshman year at UT and I do have to thank the founders (Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond) of Tri Delta and the rush gods or our paths might not have ever crossed. So, yeah, we don’t have a meet cute ... but our friendship spark was quite instantaneous and throughout those 4 years in Knoxville we were quite inseparable as well as unapproachable. Probably my favorite memory of us was when we decided to go rouge and spend our senior year spring break together in Mexico. Yup - just us two. It totally looked like an Ellen and Portia getaway...that included an epic boating/scuba adventure, food poisoning, mango margaritas and sampling all that our inclusive resort had to offer (tee hee). Other favorite story is HIGHLY inappropriate .... but it includes Nashville, me yelling at a protester and Pizza Hut personal pans as well as Chipotle. I Iove you shay — and so honored to be your matron of honor. I can’t wait to be a part of this illustrious and glorious event.
Rachael
Rachael - Bridesmaid
How we met? Courtney and I met as freshmen at UT when we both pledged the same sorority. Though, we didn’t become close until our sophomore year while living in the same dormitory. It was a classic case of opposites attract. Cool, fashionable free spirit befriends reserved, innocent girl (I’ll let you figure out who is who). My favorite memories with Court usually start with a road trip and end with a rap dance party, and I’m so excited she’s found a forever partner who will partake in these with us.
Eliza
Eliza - Bridesmaid
How did we meet? We met on your first day at SAC. We were introduced and then I asked your if your top was Sandro and you said no, Forever 21. We’ve been friends ever since. I also went out that day and bought the top from F21. I remember it was a white button down with denim details. Sounds ugly but it’s actually a timeless look. Favorite Memory! There are a lot. In most, we are tramping around NYC. And I mean tramp with its multiple definitions, ha. But favorite PG13 memory...a few: - Surviving 4 days hiking to Machu Pichu playing ever sort of memory game to pass the time. - Courtney feeding and caring for stray dogs across the world - Went with you to get your sleeve and ended up getting my own tattoo and then leaving you there (sorry!) - Our trip to Nice! When your wallet was stolen and you scared the guy so terribly that he gave it back.
Margaret
Margaret - Bridesmaid
How did we meet? We met through a mutual acquaintance almost as soon as you moved here, but the exact details of our budding friendship are a bit fuzzy as most of our first encounters were either gathering at your uptown apartment or trekking down to Soho to dance the night away at Southside. Now we trek across the river to your Brooklyn apartment to dance the night away. Some things will never change. Favorite Memory: From Moonshine in Johnson City to Nutcrackers at Rockaway Beach, and fortune tellers on the Jersey Shore to climbing Machu Picchu, there’s nobody I’d rather get into shenanigans with. You’ve been there right by my side every step of the way and I can’t wait to be there by your side as you marry my favorite Hamburger.
Emily
Emily - Bridesmaid
How did we meet? We met in college at UT being in the same sorority pledge class, however didn’t become close until NYC. Favorite Memory! Favorite nights always started by celebrating Elly’s birthday. Say no more...
Glenn
Glenn - Bridesman
How Did We Meet? Warhol and Bianca Jagger had Studio 54, Karl and Coco had the Ritz Paris, but true icons meet over a Walk Me Down at Hannah's on the University of Tennessee strip. To add to the glamour and ambiance, Apple Bottom Jeans by Flo Rida played and the room was smoke-filled with the scent of fine fragrance {CK One and Parliaments Lights}. From Tap Room to the Thames or Magic Sushi 3 to Miami Beach, our friendship has stood the test of time and geographies, and shows no matter the distance or discoteque, our bond as star-crossed social chairs can't be broken. 14 years on with London, New York and Knoxville behind us, I wouldn't take a second of it back {except that one night at LIV}. My favourite memory? Midnight macarena at Soho House Barcelona following far too much Sangria in the Gothic Quarter.
Katie - Bridesmaid
Eloise Martha
Eloise Martha - Flower Dog
I met mom on the internet, just like she met Dad! I'm really excited to get involved in the wedding festivities. Hopefully they serve chicken bones.

The Groom's Side

Zoe
Zoe - Best WoMan
How did we meet? Max has known Zoe his entire life and Zoe can't remember life before Max. We share the same parents, grandparents and childhood dogs, Dylan and Mookie. I feel lucky to have had a life long built in playmate. Favorite childhood pastimes include: playing dress up, wrestling in Nana's living room, bogey boarding at the beach and fighting in the backseat of the car. While we were always close, our relationship got even better sometime when Max was in high school and I was in college. Today, we're not just siblings, but also the best of friends. Still somehow despite our tight relationship, we rarely can be trusted to be in the kitchen together without getting into a fight.
Adam
Adam - Groomsman
Our friendship dates back to Benjamin Franklin Middle School (although some are convinced we are brothers) where an inseparable bond would be formed over ping pong, video games, and lots of golf. While Max taught me about rap and Patrick Ewing, I taught Max about eBay and Myachi hand sacks... but there was something we couldn't teach each other, and that was how to woo the opposite sex. Our lack of success in that area carried on well through college and our first two apartments as roommates in NYC. After tons of horribly funny dates/failed pick-up lines, he finally pulled it together for a very important first date... the last one he'd ever go on! Finally, there would be no pile of tissues left next to his bed. So Happy for Courtney, Max, and the biggest catch of them all, Elly!
Peter M
Peter M - Groomsman
How did we meet? Max and I met in early middle school on the basketball courts and eventually integrated him from the Hawes lunch table. He was a standout on the courts, in that his athletic prowess was of a slower Helen Keller. Nonetheless, we quickly became close friends and would spend our weekends adventuring across the Route 17 overpass to Kmart to eat mediocre Little Caesar’s breadsticks and drink slurpees. One time, on our way back to Max’s house, I threw an open carton of orange juice I found on the ground at him as a joke, not knowing that that there was still some juice left in there (which got all over his shirt). If anyone knows Max, he has a grave hatred of orange juice. I’ve never been more scared of him in my life. I had a five star mark on my back for a week from him slapping me. He made me walk home from the highway that day. Fast forward almost 10 years later he has (finally) forgiven me, and we become roommates with Adam on the Bowery for four years! Also the proud author of the urban dictionary definition of “Max Hamburger™️”
Darch
Darch - Groomsman
How did we meet? I met Max freshman year at Penn State where we joined the same fraternity. I served as Max’s translator during his semester abroad in Aix-en-Provence. Max repaid this service by ensuring I could find my way home each night.
Gords
Gords - Groomsman
Max essentially followed me my entire life from Kindergarten, to boy scouts, to Penn State. Even being in the same neighborhood wasn't enough since we eventually became housemates senior year of college. Max is my personal softball catcher, so our chemistry is something Courtney gets jealous of sometimes. Aside from winning a softball championship with him, my favorite memory of Max was celebrating his 20th birthday party so hard that when he climbed into his bunk bed he eventually fell out and onto his table. The table broke, but Max did not. He saved the broken bones for my 25th birthday party.
Turk
Turk - Groomsman
Max and David were a classic odd couple from the start. Two worlds collided week one at Penn State: Max, a skinny, talkative East Coast kid who hadn't sniffed air west of the Mississippi, and David, a broad-shoulder, steely-eyed westerner who still doesn't know the correct pronunciation of 'au pouvoir', bonded over weird regional accents, a mutual love of sports and music, along with a fondness for laughter. It's now been 14 years since Max and I met. He is one of my best friends and I am so happy to have had him as a groomsman at my wedding. I am honored to be apart of his wedding and cannot be more excited to celebrate Max and his beautiful bride, Courtney. Love you guys!
Zach
Zach - Groomsman
I don’t specifically remember how we met but it had to be kindergarten. We didn’t become close friends until 3rd grade in Miss Reiling’s class. I, thanks to my older brother, was already into rap music, and Max liked Hanson and the Spice Girls. By the end of third grade Max had fully embraced Rap and hasn’t looked back. My favorite memories with Max growing up are being coached by Max’s dad in Biddy Basketball, especially the Lenny’s Pizza season in 4th grade. Long walks to K Mart on Saturdays and hide and seek were great too!