• Jill O. Patrick

Matron of Honor

It was indeed an honor serving in my dear friend Roxanne's wedding to Anthony on December 30, 2018.

In spite of my panic of not being able to find my dream dress as easily and quickly as I had hoped, things managed to fall into place as they most often do. My dress, shoes, mood for the special occasion felt comfortable and right as love and laughter filled the various spaces at the Skyview building in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.

A friendly and loving crowd, the wedding ceremony and reception was well attended and seemed to be enjoyed by the many faces I did and did not recognize. An intimate and local setting, the choice for this venue seemed to meet all of the necessary requirements to accommodate us all on a chilly and misty day while offering a warm hometown feeling.

Roxanne and I have been friends for several years, and we have gotten very close over the years. Yet, I was somewhat standing tall because of the title of Matron of Honor (a married woman attending the bride at a wedding). This was a privilege I was honored to have been given, along with a beautiful bouquet of red and white roses to hold.

Roxanne is very close with her adult daughters, Tinisha and Felicia, who combined their efforts and did an amazing job of planning, organizing and facilitating their beloved Mother's wedding. In my view, no obvious detail was omitted. They were even the DJ's for the reception.

The music playlist was a mix of old and new songs, very appropriate and fun for the different dances, moments and milestones enjoyed and celebrated throughout the night.

As Matron of Honor, I felt honored because either of her two daughters could have been selected, or another relative, friend or member of the Bride Squad shown in the following two pictures.

After the ceremony, photos of the bride, groom and their bridal party were taken and after guests had been seated, the wedding party assembled to be introduced prior to entering the reception area.

A favorite song of mine was played at our entrances, We Are Family sang by Sister Sledge. It was a special feeling standing there with Roxanne and her family, who over the years feel like family to me as well. I especially like this verse from the song, We Are Family, when I think about Roxanne & Anthony's wedding day and their futures together and as Roxanne often reminds us in her social media posts: "Living my life like it's golden."

Living life is fun and we've just begun To get our share of the world's delights (HIGH!) high hopes we have for the future And our goal's in sight (WE!) no we don't get depressed 'Cause here's what we call our golden rule Have faith in you and the things you do You won't go wrong This is our family Jewel

As I sit back a few days later and reflect on that December day, I smile because I am happy. I am happy for my friend, Roxanne, who is happy. Happy, in love and surrounded by those who add meaning and memories to her life. What a beautiful thing to celebrate.

So cheers, peace and hope that love will indeed conquer all as this couple embarks upon their new journey through life together as husband and wife. From the looks of things, we were all honored to be a part of their special day.

Take good care of yourself.