The Botetourt View: Botetourt County's community web site

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wedding rehearsal leads to friendship

the bond started with two women; now their whole families are involved.

Deena Rothwell (left) and Amber Kerns, when Rothwell and her family spent a week in Covington with Kerns' family.

Courtesy of Lisa Dickson

Deena Rothwell (left) and Amber Kerns, when Rothwell and her family spent a week in Covington with Kerns' family.

What's your story?

Do you know a great friend?

Have you watched a great friendship?

E-mail your story to us at

Deena Rothwell and Amber Kerns met in 1999 at Rothwell's wedding rehearsal because Kern's boyfriend was the best man for his high school pal Eric Rothwell. Since then, Kerns married the best man, Christian Kerns, and they have two children, Olivia, 4, and Ian, 2. Rothwell has 4-year-old twins, Aiden and Riley. The two women have enjoyed many fun times together with their families and helped each other through some difficult times.

What types of things do you enjoy doing together?

Rothwell: We try to talk once a week and get together with the kids for play dates. When we are by ourselves, we try to squeeze in some shopping and fun stuff like making jewelry. Lately, we've gotten together every month and her whole family comes to stay for the weekend.

Kerns: I think we are up for anything. We shop, run errands, or just sit and watch the kids play. It is so nice to have her family close now.

What qualities do you enjoy most about each other and your friendship?

Rothwell: I love that we can go for a little while and not talk to each other and then as soon as we talk again, it is just like we never missed a beat. I feel like Amber is someone that I can count on for anything. We can do anything together and we are happy just being together. I love that she has her own style and doesn't let anyone influence her -- whether it's what to wear, what she thinks about something or how to handle any situation. She has the best little sayings that make me laugh!

Kerns: Deena is always so fun. She is the most upbeat and supportive person I know. I have always enjoyed the ease of our friendship. We can go days or weeks when things are crazy without talking and pick right up again. There is never any guilt on my part because I know that Deena gets it when this happens -- often her life is just as crazy. Oh my, but when we do -- expect a marathon. That is why I enjoy the weekends we spend together. We can just put the kids and the hubbies to bed and dish. What are your fondest memories of each other?

Rothwell: We had just met and I remember Amber was so helpful at my wedding and just wanted to chip in and help in any way possible. She even held the door for me as I walked down the aisle. On a recent wedding note, one of my favorite funny memories is when we were invited to a wedding out of town and got there in time to check-in at the hotel with about 45 minutes to get dressed and be at the wedding. Amber realized she had forgotten her dress! We dropped the husbands off because they were in the wedding party and then we had to find a store (after getting lost once), then we bought a dress in about five minutes and then got back to the wedding with time to spare! It was like something out of a movie.

Kerns: Deena has been an amazing friend as long as I have known her. She was there at my wedding, she helped the girls at my work put together a baby shower when I was pregnant with my daughter. She was very helpful and understanding when I developed post-partum depression after the birth of my son. Whether we are hanging out at the house or running all over town, I have always felt like family around Deena. I know I am truly blessed to have her in my life.

Weather Journal

News tips, photos and feedback?
Sign up for free daily news by email