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 with 2 full-size beds and a pull out sofa. The Embassy Suites offers a complimentary full-service breakfast, complimentary WiFi access and an evening reception/cocktail hour.
A rehearsal dinner will be held for all wedding attendants and out of town guests. We look forward to you joining us as we make final preparations for our special day.
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 of January 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 upon my arrival. Well, I had to abandon my control issues and rely on faith, that everything would be coordinated as previously discussed and the proposal would go as planned flawlessly.
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 begin digging inside my purse for the ring; where I had cautiously carried it since 11:30 AM after purchasing it. 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, "why don't you open the box up 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. That's how I proposed to someone perceptive, intuitive and always one step ahead of a surprise.
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 togehter, cried together, cheered on each other, supported eah other, 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, but as we have, we have been by each other's side through the entire evolution. Our growth and journey has truly united us and along the way, similar to Barack and Michelle, we too have become life partners.
It is through our ups and downs and trails and triumphs that our strength as a couple has grown, intensified and blossomed. Through this journey, we've conquered the odds and can truly say, despite all, "love wins." As we reflect on what our story has been up to this point, we anxiously anticipate what new chapters we will write as we continue developing 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, and it was a sold out affair, but I made a few phone calls and we were able to get her in on 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.
At the time I was on one of many diets and I had learned how to fry fish Paleo style (low carb) and offered to come over to her house to fry her some fish and 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 any serious structured relationship. Then as I began to have non-traditional relationships, I never thought I would be able to get married 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 be marrying 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 website, 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