Phillip Smith

My Brother

Hi, I’m Phil, Jessica’s “bigbro” I currently reside in St. Louis, MO with my lovely wife, Shirley.


I had the pleasure of finally meeting Jackson at my son Jason’s wedding in Cali August 2016.I’m HONORED to escort my “lilsis” down the aisle...


True or false:My Pastor is enshrined as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH...

Caryn Cabaniss Mudd

My Amazing Cousin

Hello and Best Wishes to Jessica and Jackson!  I am Caryn Cabaniss, Matron of Honor, Jessica's cousin and I look forward to being a part of this special occasion!


During the day, I serve Howard University's  College of Engineering and Architecture as the Director of Student Services and Enrollment. I have an extensive background in the realm of student life, residence life, college and independent school admissions, and earned  my degree in Social Work from Howard University as well.  I am so happy to be back at the University where I was born, (Freedman's Hospital), and where many family members were proud to graduate from and serve in many capcities.  I bleed Bison Blue!


The most important part of my life centers around God, family, friends and I love to entertain.  I believe that your home is a place where you treat your family like friends and your friends like family!   

Nadine Sharisse Simmons

My Sorority Sister 28yrs.

Both Jessica and I have lovely cats named Blue, or a variation thereof.  (not named for Blue Ivy).  


Jessica and I met in college, she was a year ahead of me and I was intrigued by her because of the way she carried herself.  We would later pledge Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated with 5 other lovely ladies.  We would be known as the Magnificent 7, because we were.  Jessica and I, along with Yetta and our dearly beloved Soror Leslie, would become even closer, enjoying a lifelong relationship.  We would often attend each other’s family events, support each other through life events, and travel together on Girls Trips (that movie was based loosely on us).  We would be known as the Fabulous 4 of just Fabulous, because we are.  Jessica is my sister and I love her dearly.  Soon Jackson will join our group, I’m not sure what we will be known as, but rest assured, we will.

U r s u l a  Cox
M y   F i r s t   Yoga   Te a c h e r

Jess and I met in the yoga world many years ago and became instant friends. I treasure our friendship very much, and I feel honored to be a part of this beautiful celebration!

Fun fact: I have lived on three continents. Not at the same time!

A n n   B r a n c h
My  S o r o r i t y S i s te r

Relationship to Jackson and Jessica:  I have the distinct pleasure of meeting Jackson at Delaware State University and we were known as the "DC Crew" and Jessica through the Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  I am so excited and honored about being a part of their special day.  I wish you both continued blessings and love.
I love you both!

Fun Fact:  I enjoy bike riding, bowling, and spending time with familyand friends.

Julieze Benjamin 
My    M e n t e e

Born and raised in Prince George’s county, maryland. I am currently located in Western Pennsylvania, working on my masters degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education.  


Jessica has been a mentor to me since I was a junior in college. Our relationship grew during a tough time for both of us, but at the end of every dark tunnel there is light; she was my light

Elegance By Roya
Jessica's Bridal Designer
The owner, Fashion Designer, Roya Hashimi, developed a unique sense for style and fashion at the early age of 16. After graduating high school, Roya studied fashion design for 7 intensive years at the Hamburg Fashion Design School in Germany. Her specialty is bridal and evening wear, and, since opening Elegance, Roya has done nothing short of astound the wedding parties in the Washington, DC area. Roya Hashimi’s style may be described as simply Elegance.
Jessica's dress is designed by : Calla Blanche
RenataKelly Rippy
Jessica's Makeup Artist
Renata Kelly-Rippy is a professional makeup and hair artist for television, bridal, and special events.  Known as Renata Lynette Makeup, she offers luxury beauty services in the Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and travels frequently for special projects.  With a boutique beauty studio in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Renata offers personal consultations to clients looking to curate the perfect makeup look.
New to the Washington, D.C. area, she pulled from her experiences working in sales and marketing to create a vibrant freelance career in bridal and television.  She began working as a freelance artist with MAC, NARS and Bobbi Brown to learn the techniques that transcend across all ethnicities, skin types, and beauty styles.   
She currently works as a makeup and hair artist for Fox News Channel in Washington, DC.  When not in the media circuit, she is working with blushing brides to create timeless looks for their wedding events.
 Stephanie Beasley
Jessica's Hair Stylest
Elite Hair Design was established in October of 1990 we are very passionate about how our clients look and feel once they have entered our Urban Chic Salon.
Elite Hair Design is one of the most sought out Urban Chic Salons in the DMV.  The atmosphere is professional, sanitary, upbeat, and relaxed environments that most everyday Savvy Chic, Homemakers, Technical workers, along with the Celebrity Infused Clientele! 
Angel - Lalah Hathaway
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