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Bride’s attendants


Bride's attendants


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Sarah Somers and Amanda Bagus (origami box)

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Co-matron of honor: Amanda Bagus

  • Relationship to bride: sister
  • Best known for: sage perspective and support, ability to quote Friends, two-steppin’ on the dance floor
  • Enjoys: athletics of all kinds and sports medicine, coffee walks with the fam, traveling
  • Song request for reception: “Footloose” (Kenny Loggins)

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Michele Klein and Sarah Somers (origami box)

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Co-matron of honor: Michele Klein

  • Relationship to Bride: sister
  • Best known for: winning the title of best roomie ever, maternal grace, fierce support and loyalty (Illini and Chicago sports fan ;))
  • Enjoys: cuddling with her son, Luke; playing hostess with the mostest for both work and social events; family game nights
  • Song request for reception: “Hey Ya!” (OutKast)

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Gary Jarosik and Kristina Jarosik (origami box)

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Bridesmaid: Kristina Jarosik

  • Relationship to Bride: soon-to-be sister-in-law (Matt’s sister)
  • Best known for: love of history, exploring family genealogy, sublime baking
  • Enjoys: cheering the Cubs on at Wrigley,exploring Chicago neighborhoods, Bobtail ice cream
  • Song request for reception: “Jump Around” (H.o.P.)

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Erik Maldre and Andrea Maldre (origami box)

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Bridesmaid: Andrea Maldre

  • Relationship to Groom/Bride: Matt’s sister-in-law
  • Best known for: being a terrific mom, creativity in her kindergarten classroom, hosting festive Thanksgivings
  • Enjoys: traveling to Florida/Disney with her family, scrapbooking, and the Olympic Games

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Olivia M (origami box)

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Flower Girl: Olivia Maldre

  • Relationship to Bride: Matt’s lovely niece
  • Best known for: impressive artistic skills, contagious giggles, Disney princess knowledge
  • Enjoys: making Rainbow Loom bracelets, art class and crafting, watching Peppa Pig
  • Song request for reception: “Call Me Maybe” (Carly Rae Jepsen)

Groom’s attendants


Groom's attendants


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Andrea Maldre and Erik Maldre (origami box)

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Best Man: Erik Maldre

  • Relationship to Groom: Matt’s twin brother
  • Best known for: LEGO cloud sculptures, world's #1 Ryne Sandberg baseball card collector, designing Bibles, inventing the Christmas tree toss competition
  • Enjoys: making art, designing creative Christmas cards, croquet, Optimus Prime
  • Song request for reception: “Love Shack” (B-52s)

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Sarah Somers and Matthew Somers (origami box)

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Groomsman: Matthew Somers

  • Relationship to Groom: soon-to-be brother-in-law
  • Best known for: super speed (ran track for Augustana College),mad dance skills, his charismatic personality
  • Enjoys: the Blackhawks, biking and boating, quality family time
  • Song request for reception: “Teach Me How to Dougie” (Cali Swag District)

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Kristina Jarosik and Gary Jarosik (origami box)

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Groomsman: Gary Jarosik

  • Relationship to Groom: Matt’s brother-in-law
  • Best known for: love for the Penguins, affinity for Disney trivia/movies, sneaking up on Matt on the CTA platform
  • Enjoys: sports, history, ice skating
  • Song request for reception: “Pennsylvania Polka” (Groundhog Day soundtrack, Frank Yakovic)

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Luke M and Peter Kreten (origami box)

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Groomsman: Peter Kreten

  • Relationship to Groom: Matt’s cousin
  • Best known for: radio broadcasting shows: “God Matters”, “Rumble Radio”, “Veteran Matters”, and “Rockology”
  • Enjoys: Beatles and Indie music, professional wrestling, Ghostbusters, comic books
  • Song request for reception: “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” (Cake)

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Casey Klein and Michele Klein (origami box)

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Usher: Casey Klein

  • Relationship to Bride: Sarah’s brother-in-law
  • Best known for: ardent love for Chicago Bulls & Fire, being an uncompromising Packers fan, schooling the Somers family in “Pick Two”
  • Enjoys: hanging out and throwing the football with his son, Luke; competitive family game nights, playing fantasy football
  • Song request for reception: “My Girl” (The Temptations)

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Amanda Bagus and Steve Bagus (origami box)

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Usher: Steve Bagus

  • Relationship to Bride: Sarah’s brother-in-law
  • Best known for: making a mean salsa verde, his witty sense of humor, impressive record collection  
  • Enjoys: sports/sports medicine, Rick Bayless sightings (his cooking inspiration), listening to live music
  • Song request for reception: “Shout!” (The Isley Brothers)

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Ring bearer: Luke Maldre

  • Relationship to Bride: Matt’s sweet nephew
  • Best known for: advanced degree in animals/zoology (thanks to Wild Kratts!), vivid imagination, sweet smile
  • Enjoys: chocolate/cake, playing Octonauts with Uncle Matt, building forts
  • Song request for reception: “Let’s Go to Oktoberfest” (Cubies)

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Luke K and Sarah Somers (origami box)

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Ring bearer: Luke Klein

  • Relationship to Bride: Sarah’s charming nephew
  • Best known for: center stage status at Somers-side events, freely distributing hugs and handshakes, making “the unicorn” a thing (where two people lovingly touch foreheads)
  • Enjoys: all things Disney, Thomas the Train, groups of people (an innate extrovert)
  • Song request for reception: “Yeah” (Usher)

Parents and grandparents


Parents and grandparents


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Amanda Bagus and Nancy Somers (origami box)

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Mother of the Bride: Nancy Somers

  • Best known for: creative/artistic flair, status as a true lifelong learner, cheering on the Bulls, Hawks, Illini-- and heckling refs’ questionable calls 😉
  • Enjoys: family time, reading, capturing memories with her camera

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Mike Somers and Michele Klein (origami box)

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Father of the Bride: Mike Somers

  • Best known for: living the definition of family man, a strong faith, his long-range jump shot
  • Enjoys: family gatherings, watching sporting events--local & live or on tv/radio, coffee with the morning paper
  • Song request for reception“Butterfly Kisses” (Bob Carlisle)

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Teresa Stark and Amanda Bagus (origami box)

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Grandmother of the Bride: Teresa Stark

  • Best known for: great laugh, angel food birthday cakes, hat collection, making great first impressions (ask my grandma how she met Grandpa ;))
  • Enjoys: family reunions, quilting, visiting religious grottos

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Chuck Stark and Teresa Stark (origami box) 

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Grandfather of the Bride: Chuck Stark

  • Best known for: great chuckle (to complement Grandma’s laugh!), orange and blue loyalty, being the patriarch of Stark Farms
  • Enjoys: cheering on the Illini teams (and grumbling as all Illini must do), popcorn, farming

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Kathy Maldre and Mati Maldre (origami box)

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Mother of the Groom: Kathy Maldre

  • Best known for: overflowing generosity, creative gifts, holiday decorating
  • Enjoys: reading Christian theology, Matryoshka dolls, jigsaw puzzles
  • Song request for the reception: “Sweet Dreams (are Made Of This)” (Eurythmics)

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Mati Maldre and Erik Maldre (origami box)

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Father of the Groom: Mati Maldre

  • Best known for: architectural photography, creative Christmas cards, grilling
  • Enjoys: photography books, local architecture, Chicago Cubs, coffee with the morning paper
  • Song request for the reception: "The Twist" (Chubby Checker)

14 Responses to Wedding party

  1. Matt Maldre January 27, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    What is your song request for the reception? Let us know in the comments here! Thank you!

  2. Joanna January 30, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson. See you on the dance floor!

    • Sarah Somers February 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

      Great choice, Jo! Can’t wait to “Boogie Woogie” with you and celebrate this day, friend! 😉

  3. Mike Somers January 30, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    Dear Sarah and Matt,

    We are happy that your life road maps led you to each other. Mom and I are excited about helping you plan and prepare for your wedding day(fun times). Welcome to our family, Matt. We are 3 for 3 on terrific son-in-laws. The website is incredible and reflects the love, time, and effort you both put into it.



    • Sarah Somers February 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

      We appreciate the generosity, love, and support from you and Mom. Cheers to the planning dates to come and all the sweet anticipation prior to the big day! 🙂

  4. Mike Somers January 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    Sarah and Matt,

    My reception song request is : “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle

    • Sarah Somers February 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      A very fitting song choice, Dad 😉 Looking forward to that dance…love you!

      • Matt Maldre February 2, 2015 at 12:43 am #

        Great pick, Mike! Your bio is now updated with the song. 🙂

  5. Mati Maldre February 1, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

    Song request: The Twist by Chubby Checker (because it’s one dance I can do).

    • Matt Maldre February 2, 2015 at 12:41 am #

      Thanks Dad! I just updated your bio with your song. 🙂

  6. Ellen Hampson February 6, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    I love the song Always……it goes like I’ll be loving you..Always…. can’t recall who sings it the best…. it’s an oldie but great slow dance… see you on the
    dance floor.

  7. Terri & Greg Stark June 28, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    We’d like to hear “Something That We Do” by Clint Black. We have enjoyed visiting your website. Great Job, Matt! Looking forward to celebrating with you on your big day!!

    • Sarah Somers July 1, 2015 at 8:38 am #

      Thanks, Aunt Terri! We’re honored to have you and Uncle Greg be a part of our special day. <3

  8. Erik July 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm #


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