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                               grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. She moved to Los Angeles in 2008, and made California her adult home. After their first night of conversation at a wedding in Costa Rica, Sydney knew she never wanted to be far from Justin, and – after an email well received – she agreed to meet him halfway around the world.

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                                grew up just north of Seattle. He moved to California for college and after a couple years of work, moved to East Africa, where he lived until 2016. After their second date, Justin started to plan his move back to the U.S.

They had their first date in London, second in Mexico City, and their third across Namibia & Cape Town. After that, he joined her in California and they made a home.

 

Nearest & Dearest


THE BRIDE 

DAY JOB: Designer Extraordinaire, Gym Buddy

Michaele
SYD'S SISTER, LIFETIME FRIEND
Michaele is the oldest of the three Simmering sisters. She lives in Highland Park, very close to Sydney & Justin. Michaele and Sydney train two times a week together, and their competition is fierce as ever. She is creative, and has overseen design and branding for her and her husband’s phenomenally successful furniture company Kalon Studios for more than a decade. She is a beautiful writer, a fantastic mother, and usually the last one on the dance floor. Her husband is Johann Pauwen and their two daughters are Io Pauwen (13) and Echo Pauwen (10).



DAY JOB: Nestnotes CEO, Part-time baker

Chase
SYD'S SISTER, LIFETIME FRIEND
Chase is the middle of the Simmering girls. She lives in Miami, Florida, and is living the start-up life (and winning accolade) with her incredible company, Nestnotes. Growing up, Chase & Sydney were thick as thieves, and not too much has changed. Sydney always wants to be around Chase, and once spoiled the ending of the Harry Potter series when Chase only had a few pages remaining in an effort to  go out on the town with her. Thankfully, she was forgiven. Chase is married to Alejandro De Onis, and has two daughters; Paloma (9) & Isla (6).



Day Job: Photographer, Free spirit

Lily

SYD'S SISTER, LIFETIME FRIEND
While the timing isn't quite right to categorize Lily as "from the beginning", the feelings most certainly are. Lily resides in New York City and is currently completing her Masters in Photography at Bard. She is talented, hilarious, patient, and kind. Sydney met this sister-from-another-mister (mother, technically, but you get the gist) at the tender age of 19, and could barely contain her excitement to no longer be the youngest in the lady gang. Given how close they are in age, Lily and Sydney fell into a natural friendship, and spend most of their family vacations getting into trouble, or getting into cocktails - both with equal fervor.

THE BRIDE 

Michaele
SYD'S SISTER, LIFETIME FRIEND
Michaele is the oldest of the three Simmering sisters. She lives in Highland Park, very close to Sydney & Justin. Michaele and Sydney train two times a week together, and their competition is fierce as ever. She is creative, and has overseen design and branding for her and her husband’s phenomenally successful furniture company Kalon Studios for more than a decade. She is a beautiful writer, a fantastic mother, and usually the last one on the dance floor. Her husband is Johann Pauwen and their two daughters are Io Pauwen (13) and Echo Pauwen (10).
DAY JOB: Designer Extraordinaire, Gym Buddy

Chase
SYD'S SISTER, LIFETIME FRIEND
Chase is the middle of the Simmering girls. She lives in Miami, Florida. Growing up, Chase & Sydney were thick as thieves, despite the occasional brawl. Chase even forgave Sydney when she ruined the ending of the Harry Potter series when Chase only had a few hundred pages remaining, all in an effort to have Chase go out on the town with her. She is married to Alejandro De Onis, and has two daughters; Paloma (9) & Isla (6).
DAY JOB: Nestnotes CEO, Part-time baker

Lily
SYD'S SISTER, LIFETIME FRIEND
While the timing isn't quite right to categorize Lily as "from the beginning", the feelings most certainly are. Lily resides in New York City and is currently completing her Masters in Photography at Bard. She is talented, hilarious, patient, and kind. Sydney met this sister-from-another-mister (mother, technically, but you get the gist) at the tender age of 19, and could barely contain her excitement to no longer be the youngest in the lady gang. Given how close they are in age, Lily and Sydney fell into a natural friendship, and spend most of their family vacations getting into trouble, or getting into cocktails - both with equal fervor.

DAY JOB: Photographer, Free spirit

THE GROOM

Before Justin met Sydney, he only knew one home. This home was wherever it was he and his siblings, Adumb and Sierra, ended up together. For the first 18 years, home was in Brier. After that it moved to Vashon Island. Today it resides mostly on WhatsApp.

He was lucky enough to actually like the family he was born with. Though they came from the same place, the three of them are very different people. Because of this they are forever teaching each other life lessons, one of which is that family can also be friends.

At the wedding: If you’re looking to insert yourself between two fierce and opposing opinions, try to catch Adumb and Sierra mid-conversation.