Maid of Honor

Tiffany Echols 

Friendship. True friendship is one of the many components of love. Merriam Webster's dictionary defines a friends as "a person who you like and enjoy being with". Oddly enough, Jessica and I didn't start out as friends. I can't remember why we didn't like each other, but at the same time, I can't forget us getting detention together for throwing paper at each other.  We met in second grade, both students at Travis Elementary. My best friend at the time/Jessica's cousin, Tiffany "Tippy" McMurray, was having her 7th birthday party and I was so excited!!! A slumber party, my absolute favorite! Things were going according to plan, I arrived at Tippy's house ready to watch movies, play games, and most importantly, create dance routines! I wasn't there long before Tippy dropped a major bomb on me,"I didn't want to tell you this before because I knew you wouldn't come, Jessica is staying the night too". Geez, Tippy!!! Jessica, the same Jessica that I just sat in detention with, I knew it was going to be a loooonnnggg night.  Things were a little weird at first, but surprisingly enough the slumber party went off without a hitch! Besides can you really stay mad while creating dance routines and eating cake-No! Most importantly, that night, Jessica and I started down our path to becoming the very best of friends!  Jessica knows EVERYTHING about me, my shortcomings and accomplishments. Distance nor the reality that people grow apart has kept our friendship from flourishing. We can go months without talking and pick back up where we left off. That is true friendship, friendship that will last a lifetime.  My wish for Jess and Hilary is simple, may they always remember to stay each other's best friend.


Friendship. True friendship is one of the many components of love. Merriam Webster's dictionary defines a friends as "a person who you like and enjoy being with". Oddly enough, Jessica and I didn't start out as friends. I can't remember why we didn't like each other, but at the same time, I can't forget us getting detention together for throwing paper at each other. 


We met in second grade, both students at Travis Elementary. My best friend at the time/Jessica's cousin, Tiffany "Tippy" McMurray, was having her 7th birthday party and I was so excited!!! A slumber party, my absolute favorite! Things were going according to plan, I arrived at Tippy's house ready to watch movies, play games, and most importantly, create dance routines! I wasn't there long before Tippy dropped a major bomb on me,"I didn't want to tell you this before because I knew you wouldn't come, Jessica is staying the night too". Geez, Tippy!!! Jessica, the same Jessica that I just sat in detention with, I knew it was going to be a loooonnnggg night. 


Things were a little weird at first, but surprisingly enough the slumber party went off without a hitch! Besides can you really stay mad while creating dance routines and eating cake-No! Most importantly, that night, Jessica and I started down our path to becoming the very best of friends! 
Jessica knows EVERYTHING about me, my shortcomings and accomplishments. Distance nor the reality that people grow apart has kept our friendship from flourishing. We can go months without talking and pick back up where we left off. That is true friendship, friendship that will last a lifetime. 

My wish for Jess and Hilary is simple, may they always remember to stay each other's best friend.

 

Matrons of Honor

Elisabeth Sanders

Jessica we've come such a long way from our middle school days when we first met! But I will say since the first time I met you I knew what crazy potential you had. I thought who does this girl think she is coming here with her pretty, smart, singing, and knowing how to dress self. Lol You definitely stood out from the rest and I've always loved that about you. I had no doubt that you would be a success and fulfill every dream you had your mind set on, and you haven't disappointed in those thoughts of you the least bit! I am so excited for you, everything you've done and everything you will do. You have grown to be such a prowess at everything in life. You're a movement by yourself, and now you have a wonderful partner in Hilary to shift that movement into a force when you're together! Lol (Yes I stole Neyo's lyrics) The happiness you feel now is just the beginning. I wish you two a wonderful matrimonial life full of Love, happiness, health and wealth! I Love y'all! And remember... KEEP GOD FIRST (in my African voice).  Xoxo Love, Elisabeth Munabo Sanders   

Jessica we've come such a long way from our middle school days when we first met! But I will say since the first time I met you I knew what crazy potential you had. I thought who does this girl think she is coming here with her pretty, smart, singing, and knowing how to dress self. Lol You definitely stood out from the rest and I've always loved that about you. I had no doubt that you would be a success and fulfill every dream you had your mind set on, and you haven't disappointed in those thoughts of you the least bit! I am so excited for you, everything you've done and everything you will do. You have grown to be such a prowess at everything in life. You're a movement by yourself, and now you have a wonderful partner in Hilary to shift that movement into a force when you're together! Lol (Yes I stole Neyo's lyrics) The happiness you feel now is just the beginning. I wish you two a wonderful matrimonial life full of Love, happiness, health and wealth! I Love y'all! And remember... KEEP GOD FIRST (in my African voice).  Xoxo Love, Elisabeth Munabo Sanders 

 

Mary Sokeye

Nneoma Nwaneri 

It was roughly seven years ago at another friends's birthday party that I met this free spirited lady...I call her "Jessie boo." She was a joy to be around and ever since then, we kept in touch, motivated each other, travelled together, worshipped together and celebrated together. Marriage is very sacred and beautiful. I was honored to have Jessie boo as one of my bridesmaids in October 2014. The time has come for my girl to be united in a holy matrimony with her God-given man, Hilary. I'm soooo happy for you two!!! I'm wishing you love, peace, and everlasting blessings from God in Heaven! May through our Lord Jesus Christ, the desire to keep God first in all you do burn for eternity, Amen! I love you guys! 

It was roughly seven years ago at another friends's birthday party that I met this free spirited lady...I call her "Jessie boo." She was a joy to be around and ever since then, we kept in touch, motivated each other, travelled together, worshipped together and celebrated together. Marriage is very sacred and beautiful. I was honored to have Jessie boo as one of my bridesmaids in October 2014. The time has come for my girl to be united in a holy matrimony with her God-given man, Hilary. I'm soooo happy for you two!!! I'm wishing you love, peace, and everlasting blessings from God in Heaven! May through our Lord Jesus Christ, the desire to keep God first in all you do burn for eternity, Amen! I love you guys! 

Bridesmaids

Elsie Eyango 

Ugochi Azuike 

Jessica and I met at my older sister's 25th birthday party and the rest is pretty much a blur. All I know is that after that she became a friend, a sister, spiritual adviser, a song writing partner and so much more. I was going through a very hard time and although she didn't know me well she consistently sent me encouraging scripture and messages, out of the blue. From there we just seemed to click. Our energies were the same. She became the type of friend that will just get up and roll with you, regardless , no questions asked. She helped bring me out of my shell and our love for music brought us even closer. Road trips just to sing and write in the car, Studio time, " Free Love." Jessica is such an amazing individual and I am sure Hilary already knows this but HE is the one that is winning. He has such a caring, down to earth, BEAUTIFUL, independent, DRIVENwoman of God as his wife to be. No matter who you are, when you come across Jessica, she is the type of person you will never forget and she will intentionally leave a positive mark on you. I remember the many nights that we would talk about what her husband would be like. I remember the many nights she prayed about him and I remember the night she said he found her. I wish you both a marriage full of love that continues to grow on a daily basis.  I pray you both are slow to anger and quick to forgive each other no matter the situation. I am looking forward to watching your family grow and joining you both on this journey. No matter how much time passes, I will always be here to support you both, just as you have always supported me. Love you Jess!!!!

Jessica and I met at my older sister's 25th birthday party and the rest is pretty much a blur. All I know is that after that she became a friend, a sister, spiritual adviser, a song writing partner and so much more. I was going through a very hard time and although she didn't know me well she consistently sent me encouraging scripture and messages, out of the blue. From there we just seemed to click. Our energies were the same. She became the type of friend that will just get up and roll with you, regardless , no questions asked. She helped bring me out of my shell and our love for music brought us even closer. Road trips just to sing and write in the car, Studio time, " Free Love." Jessica is such an amazing individual and I am sure Hilary already knows this but HE is the one that is winning. He has such a caring, down to earth, BEAUTIFUL, independent, DRIVENwoman of God as his wife to be. No matter who you are, when you come across Jessica, she is the type of person you will never forget and she will intentionally leave a positive mark on you. I remember the many nights that we would talk about what her husband would be like. I remember the many nights she prayed about him and I remember the night she said he found her. I wish you both a marriage full of love that continues to grow on a daily basis.  I pray you both are slow to anger and quick to forgive each other no matter the situation. I am looking forward to watching your family grow and joining you both on this journey. No matter how much time passes, I will always be here to support you both, just as you have always supported me. Love you Jess!!!!

Renny Abdul 

So I met Jess six years ago at church. It was probably meant to be cause neither of us attend church there anymore. It's hard to believe it's almost been that long! Time flies! God brought Jess into my life at a point were I was searching to fill so many voids. I was so confused and not ready to face life. But Jessica immediately became the voice of reason and my confidant. She is always encouraging me, pushing me and keeping me accountable. Watching Jess grow especially in her faith these past years has been incredible encouraging to me. I love and cherish our relationship so much! So excited you're getting married girl and I cannot wait to see you and Hilary flourish in your marriage. P.S  I'm only asking for at least 3 nieces or nephews and I'm giving you guys 9 months. 😝 Love you both and so excited to be a part of your celebration!

So I met Jess six years ago at church. It was probably meant to be cause neither of us attend church there anymore. It's hard to believe it's almost been that long! Time flies!
God brought Jess into my life at a point were I was searching to fill so many voids. I was so confused and not ready to face life. But Jessica immediately became the voice of reason and my confidant. She is always encouraging me, pushing me and keeping me accountable. Watching Jess grow especially in her faith these past years has been incredible encouraging to me. I love and cherish our relationship so much! So excited you're getting married girl and I cannot wait to see you and Hilary flourish in your marriage. P.S  I'm only asking for at least 3 nieces or nephews and I'm giving you guys 9 months. 😝 Love you both and so excited to be a part of your celebration!

Suzanne Asante

Jessica and Hilary, I am so happy for the new beautiful adventure you guys are going to experience with each other. The lovely foundation of marriage! Jessica, I am so proud of you. When I just look back over our phases in life and realize how far you have come along and evolved so amazingly. You have always been a role model to me. You continue to become a better person mentally, physically and spiritually. I have always known you as a lady that loves and works hard and maintained a smile even when negative challenges were approaching. I can definitely say that Hilary has found a beautiful queen with a good heart. When I first met Hilary I saw him as a humble man. Hilary is a man filled with honest advice, respectful and overall I could tell you two were a perfect match. Congratulations Jessica and Hilary. I wish you all the best and may you continue to be blessed and love one another and build with each other. 

Jessica and Hilary, I am so happy for the new beautiful adventure you guys are going to experience with each other. The lovely foundation of marriage! Jessica, I am so proud of you. When I just look back over our phases in life and realize how far you have come along and evolved so amazingly. You have always been a role model to me. You continue to become a better person mentally, physically and spiritually. I have always known you as a lady that loves and works hard and maintained a smile even when negative challenges were approaching. I can definitely say that Hilary has found a beautiful queen with a good heart. When I first met Hilary I saw him as a humble man. Hilary is a man filled with honest advice, respectful and overall I could tell you two were a perfect match. Congratulations Jessica and Hilary. I wish you all the best and may you continue to be blessed and love one another and build with each other. 

Elisabeth Kadesi

I’ve known Jessica for about 3 years now; and I’m amazed at the woman she has become. I met Jessica at the monthly Bible Study meeting she hosted, a friend of mine had invited me and I thinking, I love this chick! There’s something about Jessica’s personality that can just light up a room. She’s a very down to earth and a little bit crazy but at the same time very focused and passionate. One thing I love about Jessica is her commitment to life and relationships; she goes above and beyond to encourage and inspire the women around her. I remember her being there for me in the darkest time of my life and some of the things she did for me I will never forget. The world needs more women like her she never lets her circumstances define her. I love the fact that I can laugh, dance, share the word of God and relate to her in so many way. This woman has come a very long way and I am so excited to see where God will take her.I met Hilary a little bit after Jessica and I felt like they complimented each other perfectly. You guys are the realist and it’s beautiful to see how you both are growing together, complimenting each other and seeking to do right by God.My wish for you is that you never stop growing and learning about each other. Don’t ever stop being friends, Don’t ever compare what God is doing in your relationship to others. Don’t ever change whatever it is that seems to be working for you both. I admire you both and I pray that God may be the center of your love. MUAH!! Love Elisabeth

I’ve known Jessica for about 3 years now; and I’m amazed at the woman she has become. I met Jessica at the monthly Bible Study meeting she hosted, a friend of mine had invited me and I thinking, I love this chick! There’s something about Jessica’s personality that can just light up a room. She’s a very down to earth and a little bit crazy but at the same time very focused and passionate. One thing I love about Jessica is her commitment to life and relationships; she goes above and beyond to encourage and inspire the women around her. I remember her being there for me in the darkest time of my life and some of the things she did for me I will never forget. The world needs more women like her she never lets her circumstances define her. I love the fact that I can laugh, dance, share the word of God and relate to her in so many way. This woman has come a very long way and I am so excited to see where God will take her.I met Hilary a little bit after Jessica and I felt like they complimented each other perfectly. You guys are the realist and it’s beautiful to see how you both are growing together, complimenting each other and seeking to do right by God.My wish for you is that you never stop growing and learning about each other. Don’t ever stop being friends, Don’t ever compare what God is doing in your relationship to others. Don’t ever change whatever it is that seems to be working for you both. I admire you both and I pray that God may be the center of your love. MUAH!! Love Elisabeth

Osato Iguodala

Congratulations dear brother and my wonderful sister in love. Finally I have a big sister. I thank God you both found the perfect match in each other. Both of you make a lovely pair. May you have a life full of dreams, limitless togetherness and never ending love. Congratulations to a big brother who is always there for me like a rock. I am happy you have found your life partner. Bid your bachelors day adieu. Welcome to the pretty new addition to our family. We all love you. Osato

Congratulations dear brother and my wonderful sister in love. Finally I have a big sister. I thank God you both found the perfect match in each other. Both of you make a lovely pair. May you have a life full of dreams, limitless togetherness and never ending love. Congratulations to a big brother who is always there for me like a rock. I am happy you have found your life partner. Bid your bachelors day adieu. Welcome to the pretty new addition to our family. We all love you. Osato

Abies Iguodala

Junior Bridesmaid

Kitan Abdul

Jess, when we first met I remember it like it was yesterday. We were planning each other's weddings and you use to say who's the groom and I always laughed 😂😂😂. For your wedding to come true is like a dream of mine coming true . Jess you do not know how happy I am for you . I can't even wait . My sister is getting married!!!!!

Jess, when we first met I remember it like it was yesterday. We were planning each other's weddings and you use to say who's the groom and I always laughed 😂😂😂. For your wedding to come true is like a dream of mine coming true . Jess you do not know how happy I am for you . I can't even wait . My sister is getting married!!!!!