Maurice Hayes and the former Elizabeth Holmes were married in a beautiful afternoon ceremony Paragon Banquet Hall. Crystal Brown Pinkney was the officiant and proud father, William Sampson, gave his daughter away in marriage. Elizabeth “Liz” was lovely in her ruffled ball gown. The pure white, strapless design featured a lace back with beaded crystals and a rhinestone belt. Elizabeth carried a crystal satin rose bouquet in royal blue and white with gold crystals that sparkled throughout the white roses. The theme of the wedding was the movie, “Coming to America.”

The Bride

Elizabeth, 34, is a native Philadelphian whose parents are Patricia Holmes and William Sampson. Elizabeth graduated from Delaware Valley High School. She attended Thompson Institute and became a medical assistant. Elizabeth then worked at a health center for American Red Cross and works at Belmont Behavioral Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center as a phlebotomist.

The Groom

Maurice, 39, is a native Philadelphian. His parents are Joyce Herndon and Anthony Hayes. Maurice graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School where he excelled in track and field. He completed three years at Temple University. Maurice is a journeyman electrician for Local 98 transitioning to be a financial adviser with Primerica Financial Services. He is fully licensed in the financial sector. Maurice has created a brand: M.A.D.E., which stands for Money Accumulation of Diverse Economics. M.A.D.E.’s mission is to help end poverty. Maurice is also an introduction leader for landmark worldwide. Landmark is a personal and professional growth training and development company. Maurice said, “I am is obsessed with becoming a great leader for my family and business partners and I am constantly examining my inner self.”

The Wedding Party

Elizabeth’s bridesmaids were her daughters, De’vianna Davis and Imani Davis. Her very special flower girls were Jaela Mullins and Inari Davis. Daryl Davis and Ian Davis, the groom’s sons, were his groomsmen. The couple has a blended family with Elizabeth having five children and Maurice having one.

How They Met

Elizabeth and Maurice met when Maurice went to Einstein Hospital to have his blood drawn. Elizabeth was his phlebotomist. Elizabeth and Maurice flirted with each other throughout the visit. They exchanged contact information and the rest is history.

The Proposal

Maurice had many thoughts about how he wanted to propose to Elizabeth. Initially, he went to her job with flowers and it was “OK” since she said yes. Maurice said, “I proposed a second time after relationship woes and discovering things about myself that I didn’t like. At the completion of a 7½-week program through landmark (introduction leaders’ program) I transformed from who I knew myself to be and I took ownership of the jerk that I was being to her. I told her that I was being controlling, insensitive and judgmental. I told her I didn’t know she could ever love a jerk like me and that I’m sorry I love you and thank you for not giving up on me. I then asked her in front of 35 people to marry the transformed me.”

Reflections … in the bride’s words

“When I reflect back on our wedding day, the thing that stands out the most is the overwhelming joy I felt walking down the aisle. I was so anxious to finally get in front of him. He chose the beautiful music for our first dance. I had a stretch limo for us to drive to the art museum to take our wedding pictures, where we also took our engagement pictures.” Elizabeth added, “Our wedding planner made certain that our wedding was punctual and everything ran smoothly.”

The Reception

The reception was also held at the Paragon Banquet Hall. The couples’ was “Coming to America” 2019 theme. Our colors for the reception were royal blue, gold and white and we had different animals placed on the center of each table. Our table had king and queen in front of it on gold shimmer tablecloth and it had a crown in the center.

Maurice’s brother Marcus Hayes caught the coveted garter. Elizabeth’s sister Tiffany Sampson caught the special bouquet. There was a first dance to “Best Part” by Daniel Cesar and Her. Elizabeth and her father danced to, “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. The groom and his mother danced to “Mama” by Boyz II Men.

The (Pre-) Honeymoon

The couple enjoyed a pre-honeymoon for five nights in Las Vegas. They said it was a very relaxing and fun time. Ziplining was the highlight of the trip for the couple. They look forward to a Caribbean cruise for their official honeymoon.

Congratulations and very best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hayes!

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