I was lucky enough to know Dmitri and I am honored to be able to call him my best man.

I met Dmitri when I was in sixth grade and since then he has brought the best out of me. Always encouraging me to follow my passions and to be proud of my mistakes. He enhanced everything in my life including music, skiing, fishing and building bonfires at the cabin. I have been going to the cabin my entire life but it took going there with Dmitri for me to really see how great it is.

Dmitri and I haven’t lived in the same place for eight years so the majority of our contact was when we needed each other. He was the first person I would call and he always had a way of making me feel better no matter the circumstance.

I can’t get over how fortunate I am that he was able to attend my wedding, I felt this way when he was with us. At dinner I was thinking about what I would say at his, give him a hard time, tell a story but really get the point across how much he means to me, how big his heart is and how he positively impacted my life.

I live in Colorado because of him, I teach skiing because of him and I married the girl of my dreams because of the confidence he helped me gain. My entire life is a reflection of him and I wouldn’t change a thing.