Congratulations! It was my pleasure to meet the two of you.
Ursula I have never seen you so happy! So glad to welcome Patrice into our family. You two pulled out all of the stops and created a magical day last Saturday. Thank you for inviting us to bear witness and share in your joy! Your Uncle James, Carmen, JD, and Renee all wish you two the best life has to offer.
Patricia I am extremely happy for you and Ursula. Wishing you a lifetime of Happiness. Your wedding book - simply beautiful and you ladies look stunning.
Fresh fallen snow, spring flowers, clear blue waters, a baby's smile...God's beauty greets us every moment of the day. Remember to love each other unconditionally, remember to respect each other, always listen to each other, never take anything for granted. Life is beautiful so let the beauty and love and passion of the universe envelope you. Always.
We offer you both forever happiness and joy. Thank you both for allowing us to take part of your special day. Remember to never forget to always cherish and honor one another and you will always have forever love for each other. I remembered Patrice and Ursula it was all about frying that fish! LOL
We are so happy for you and look forward to sharing in your wonderful day!
1 Corinthians 13:13 Love, Dena and Lisa
Ursula and Patrice, both Richard and I are truly inspired by your love. On 9/22 we stand with you; may your day be filled with fond memories of your planned ceremonial events and glimpses of what your future love together will bring. We wish you positive energy, health and all things beautiful on your wedding day. May your union remind us all that in this moment there is no better time to celebrate you both...LOVE WINS AGAIN!
May God Bless the happy and beautiful couple may you grow old together.
All the Best to a beautiful couple !!
Patrice and Ursula, I wish you continued happiness together as you start your new journey as one together! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day and thank you for a beautiful friendship! I wish both of you continued blessings and happiness together!
I am so happy for the two of you. Patrice, who would have thought when we met at Bishop Dunne in 1979 that our friendship would last this long and that I would have the honor of being in your wedding. Thank you for your friendship and love; Looking forward to 9/23/2017
Love, is the greatest gift that God gave us all. There are only a few in this world that are blessed to know it when it comes into there heart for him and the special "someone", that he grants us to share our love in this life and keeping him first always. Enjoy sharing life to the fullest everyday. Congratulations and remember to love hard, laugh, cry...as this life will carry you up and down. Never forget this day and the love you have in your hearts for each other.
So excited for the two of you to become one. Looking forward to your big day! Rossi
Looking forward to spending this special day with the both of you!!! Gloria
Congratulations and best wishes!!! Looking forward to be a part of your special day!!
Congrats to both of you. I am so happy for your planned union and looking forward to be a part of the wonderful day. Wishing love, joy, health and happiness.
So happy for you both, and thrilled to be a part of your special day. May God continue to bless you both!
Congratulations to you both! May your love always sustain, uplift and rejuvenate! Can't wait to celebrate with you!
LOVE YOU TWO!!!
Congratulations to you both. Looking forward to celebrating with you.
Congratulations! So happy for both of you! Wishing you much happiness together over the years!
They say love happens just when it's supposed to, to two people who are meant to be together, I'm so glad you two let love find you - now share it together forever. Love you!
Congratulations to both of you!!!
Congratulations ladies! Wishing you the very best in your journey together. May you enjoy many years, days and moments of complete bliss. I am truly happy for you both. Lots of Love!
Congratulations on your new journey. I am so happy for your two and remember love conquers all!
Congratulations Patrice and Ursula! I am so excited for you and praying that God continues to bless and keep you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day. Love you both!
Ursula and Patrice, I am so happy love found you and you found love. I'm honored to be a part of your special day that begins a lifetime.
Congratulations ladies! I'm wishing you all the love and happiness your hearts desire.
Wishing you all a lifetime of love and happiness. Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together!
So happy to be on this journey with you, my friend, my confidant, my lover and my all in all. Thanks for all of your support. Patrice Hickman
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A block of rooms under "Hickman-McNeill Wedding" have been reserved. Rates are $129/night for a regular suite and $169/night for a double suite; the double suite offers 2 full-size beds and a pull out sofa. The Embassy Suites offers a complimentary full-service breakfast, WiFi access and an evening reception/cocktail hour. To access special pricing for the Hickman/McNeill Wedding party, please use the hotel link below:
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Immediately following the ceremony
Proposing to someone who is extremely perceptive and intuitive....
How do you propose to someone who is extremely perceptive and has strong intuition? Someone who normally can sense what's going to happen before it happens. Someone who can read your mind when you deliberately try to conceal your thoughts. How do you surprise someone who senses a surprise is about to occur? Well, you do something completely unexpected, on a random day of the week that will hopefully not arouse suspicion. That's how I proposed to Patrice Hickman.
Details of the proposal....
On an unseasonably warm day in January, the 25th day to be exact, I awakened knowing that this would be the day that I would go to Brown & Co. and pick up the engagement ring I picked out a month earlier. I made dinner reservations that evening at Canoe, the place I decided I would ask the most important question of my life. To make the evening magical, I called the restaurant and shared with the hostess that I would be proposing that evening. I worked with her to secure a special table for two overlooking the water. I even asked the hostess if she and the wait staff would participate in making the evening magical by being active participants in the proposal. She agreed to assist me with orchestrating the evening and participating in the celebration.
Arriving to the restaurant....
Patrice and I actually met each other at the restaurant as our schedules that day were different and we were in separate vehicles. As I arrived at the restaurant, I thought I would be the first to arrive and would have an opportunity to review the plans of the evening again with the restaurant staff; however, much to my surprise, Patrice had arrived before me and was already seated in the bar area. Well, I had to abandon my desire for control and rely on faith, that everything would be coordinated as previously discussed and the proposal would be flawless.
Asking the Question.....
Getting to the question was a lot easier than I anticipated as our conversation that evening naturally evolved to spending our lives together; the perfect segue for me to ask that magical question. As the discussion around spending our lives together emerged, I recall saying to Patrice, "are you sure I'm the person you want to spend the rest of your life with?" She immediately replied, "yes" and I then began digging inside my purse for the ring; where I had cautiously carried it since 11:30 AM. Patrice asked what I was digging inside my purse for and without a comment, I placed the ringbox in front of her where she asked, "is that a ring." I responded, "I don't know, why don't you open the box and see?" She did and I immediately asked her if she would marry me? Much to my pleasure, she responded "yes" which has led us to our journey towards marriage. That day will forever be remembered as my second favorite day with Patrice; my favorite day with her was our first "official" date on September 22, 2012. I'm sure through the years, these favorite days, will be complimented by many, many more!
Patrice and Ursula's Journey....
Our love story has been one of much fun, excitement, adventure and unexpected occurrences . I don't think either of us believed or expected that after a brief introduction in July, 2011, we would be on this journey towards the alter in just a few short months from now. Thankfully, our plans and paths are often reconfigured and rerouted by God according to His will.
Since the time of our initial meeting, we've laughed together, cried together, cheered each other, supported each other, parted ways and reunited as a couple. As a couple, we've become a family and have united our respective families togeher as one. We have evolved so much individually and collectively, and as we have, we have been by each other's side throughout the evolution. Our growth and journey has truly united us, and similar to Barack and Michelle, we too have become "life partners."
It is through our ups and downs and trials and triumphs that our strength as a couple has grown, intensified and blossomed. Through this journey, we've conquered the odds and we can truly say, despite all, "love wins." As we reflect on what our story has been to this point, we anxiously anticipate what new chapters we will write as we continue creating our love story.
Reflections from Patrice....
One Friday night as I returned from a business trip, I got an inbox message on Facebook from an Ursula LaMar just saying, "Hello, let's get together sometime." Ursula was new to Atlanta at the time although we had met on several occasions before due to mutual friends.
The following week we made plans to meet at Murphy's for wine and dinner. It was never in my mind that there would be a love connection. As the night went on and after a great bottle of wine and great conversation, all I know is I did not want the evening to end. The next day some friends were having a Pop Up dinner and the theme was "50 Shades of Grey." It was at Sondra and Sheneal's house. Ursula was not on the list to attend the dinner, and it was a sold out affair; however, I made a few phone calls and was able to get her included for dinner. All I can say is, it was a great time had by all. Once again, I did not want the evening to end.
The next day I was flying to NY to hang out with some friends and all I remember is feeling like I truly had met a great person. I called Ursula as I drove to the airport and we talked until my plane took off.
A week after returning from my business trip (At the time I was on one of many diets and I had learned how to fry fish Paleo style (low carb)) I offered to come over to Ursula's house to fry some for her; she took me up on the offer. That night was the beginning of an era in my life.
Ursula and I embarked on a friendship very quickly after that and I just knew that I wanted to talk to her everyday and see her however often I could.
We went through some very rough patches in our relationship even a 2 year breakup, but we found our friendship again and soon afterwards, our relationship.
As a little girl, I dreamt about getting married, but as I continued to grow and live, I decided I liked to travel more than be in a serious structured relationship. Then as I began to have non-traditional relationships, I never thought I would be able to get married legally, or would ever get married. However, on January 25th, 2017 my "little girl" dream came true. When Ursula proposed to me I was like a gitty teenager and I was so excited to say "YES."
I am excited that on September 23, 2017, I will marry my best friend, my partner, the person I know for sure has my back and my lover.
I am so looking forward to that day.
Reflections from Ursula....
A hopeless romantic by nature, I always envisioned getting married; however, as the years went by and I moved beyond my 20s, 30s and yes, even my 40s, I resigned myself to thinking that marriage had eluded me and I would forever remain single. There were two (2) primary reasons for those feelings: (1) until June 25, 2015, the right to marry legally did not extend to me (2) prior to September 22, 2012, I had yet to find anyone who swept me off of my feet, made me want to open my heart completely, or ignited and electrified my entire being in a way I envisioned a soul mate doing. That was until that fateful evening when I had my first "official" date with Patrice Hickman. It was following that evening that I immediately knew, and confided to my Maid of Honor, Tangela Williams, that she's going to be my wife! Now, almost exactly 5 years from that first date, I will marry my soulmate, the one who inspires, encourages, uplifts, supports and yes ignites and electrifies me completely everyday. I can't wait to say, "I DO" on September 23, 2017. I ask God to bless our union, continue to bless us individually, and provide us with many happy years of wedded bliss.
Forever Your "Pooh Bear"
Patrice Hickman and Ursula McNeill launch their personal wedsite at patriceandursula2017.com
Welcome to our "wedsite!" We created this space to allow those who love and support us to participate and celebrate in our wedding journey. We hope you will enjoy viewing our pictures, hearing our love story and learning more about our special day. While you experience our "wedsite," please let us know you visited by signing our guestbook. We appreciate you joining us on this special journey, and we look forward to seeing each of you on our special day!
United in Love,
Patrice and Ursula