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Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, or the soon-to-be-released Breaking Dawn. These characters all belong to Stephenie Meyer—only the plot of this story is mine.
I took an unnecessary deep breath and stole one last glance at myself in the mirror. My brown hair was up in some sort of odd, creative twist – courtesy of Rosalie Hale – who apparently had a lot of practice with weird-but-pretty hair styles from her human days. My makeup was beautifully done – courtesy of Alice Cullen. It wasn't too dramatic, but still noticeable. The biggest thrill for me was the brown contacts Alice had given me.
I sighed once more at my reflection; I never knew I could look so stunning, and although I wasn't normally one to be vain, I had to admit that I was rather thrilled by how beautiful I looked today. I admired my wedding gown, and reminded myself to thank Alice, again, for finding the perfect dress. It reminded me of the kind of dress women wore during Edward's human days. I was completely in love with the beautiful dress from the moment I saw it, just as Alice knew I would be.
Alice adjusted my lacey veil one last time, so it hung perfectly over the back of my dress. She gave me a reassuring smile, and murmured "I think you're ready." A nervous smile was my reply, and then turned away from the mirror, towards the door. I picked up my bouquet – made up of white roses and, of course, white freesias – and then made my way out of the small room.
I walked slowly down the hall towards the back door, trying to stop my nervous shaking. Our wedding was being held in the backyard of our new house in Alaska; since all the guests at our wedding were vampires, it didn't matter that it was a little cold out. We had only invited our family and the Denali coven, all of whom I had grown to love in the few days we had lived in Alaska.
Alice stopped as we approached the back door, and looked out the small window in the door. Then she turned around to face me and said, "Everyone is ready." She gave me a large grin, and I couldn't help but smile back.
"Thanks, Alice," I said as I gave her a quick kiss on the cheek. "For everything." She winked at me, then opened the back door and hurried to take her seat next to Jasper, amongst Esme, Rosalie, Emmett, Tanya, Irina, Kate, Carmen, and Eleazar.
I waited until I heard the music change into a song that Edward had written especially for our wedding. He had recorded it on a CD along with some of his other songs, which had been playing while everyone got settled.
I took a deep breath, and then slowly opened the back door.
Everyone stood up and turned to look at me as they heard the door open, but I didn't notice any of them. My eyes were for one person only.
He stood at the end of the isle, next to Carlisle. He looked absolutely stunning in his black tuxedo, and the look on his glorious face knocked me breathless. His light topaz eyes lit up the moment he saw me. His eyes widened as he took in the sight of me, and then I saw a gentle smile play across his too-beautiful face. I saw so many emotions written in his features: happiness, disbelief, amazement, and, of course, love. And then as we finally made eye contact, a full fledged grin burst onto his face, and I could tell that it took a lot of restraint for him to not run down the isle and kiss me breathless right then.
After what seemed like decades, I finally started to slowly make my way down the isle. I could faintly see my new family and friends out of the corner of my eyes, but I barely noticed them, as I kept my eyes locked with Edward the whole time.
As I approached Edward, he reached out his hand, and took it in mine. An electric shock passed through us, and I looked down at out intertwined hands. I sighed as I looked up at him again, struck again with the incredible realization that he was here for me. That look of love in his eyes was for me. I made sure not to blink, still afraid, even after all this time, that he would disappear.
Edward turned to look at Carlisle, and he smiled down at both of us before he began.
What was all said, I wasn't quite sure. I was lost in Edward's eyes the whole time, and didn't come back to earth until I felt a gentle pressure on my hands from Edward as he whispered the words, "I will."
I turned to look at Carlisle for a moment before turning back to look at Edward. "And do you, Isabella Marie Swan, take Edward Anthony Masen Cullen to be your husband in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sadness and in joy, to cherish and continually bestow upon him your heart's deepest devotion, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him as long as you both shall live?"
I looked deep into Edward's eyes and said in what was barely a whisper, "I will."
"Edward," Carlisle said, "in placing this ring on Bella's finger, repeat after me: Isabella Marie Swan,"
"Isabella Marie Swan," Edward repeated.
"You are now consecrated to me as my wife from this day forward," Carlisle continued.
"You are now consecrated to me as my wife from this day forward," Edward said, his voice full of emotion.
"And I give you this ring as the pledge of my love, and as the symbol of our unity."
"And I give you this ring as the pledge of my love, and as the symbol of our unity." Edward gently slipped the beautiful ring on my finger.
"And with this ring, I thee wed." Carlisle said.
"And with this ring," Edward said slowly and carefully, "I thee wed."
"Isabella," Carlisle said, turning to me, "in placing this ring on Edward's finger, repeat after me: Edward Anthony Masen Cullen,"
I repeated everything Carlisle said, trying to keep my voice from breaking. However, my voice shook slightly as I murmured to him, "I thee wed."
Carlisle smiled down on us again, and I knew how happy he was that his son, whom he loved so much, had finally found happiness in my life. I marveled at the fact that the happiness he had found was me.
"And now, I pronounce you man and wife," Carlisle said, with a hint of a smile on his face at the word 'man.' "You may kiss the bride."
Edward's topaz eyes smoldered as he pulled me close to him, and we shared the first kiss of the rest of our lives.
I smiled against his lips as I heard the cheers from the crowd, and we broke apart laughing. I turned and looked out at my friends and family, and beamed as Edward gave my hand a tight squeeze. He picked me up and carried me back down the isle, and into the living room where we greeted our guests.
Esme could hardly suppress her happiness; her smile never faltered, even for an instant. Carlisle and Jasper both gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek, Emmett's booming laugh was heard often, and I even received a genuine smile from Rosalie. My new friends from Denali each hugged me in turn, and wished me well with Edward. The best part, though, was when Alice gave me a huge hug, and said to Edward in a triumphant voice, "I told you so." He couldn't help but smile at her.
"Yes, Alice, you did. I'll never be betting against you again."
She smiled her angelic smile at him, and gave him a quick kiss on the cheek.
Edward smiled down at me, positively beaming, and whispered into my ear, "You don't mind if we take a break from the party for a moment, do you?" I shook my head as a shiver ran through me, his velvety, seductive voice reminding me of what was to come later that night. He scooped me into his arms again, and ran upstairs into our new bedroom.
He set me down smoothly on our bed, then lowered himself gently on top of me. I pulled him close to me, and kissed him passionately.
"I love you, Isabella Marie Cullen," he whispered against my lips.
And I knew then, that this was what the rest of my life would be like. Sure, I would have some ups and downs, but no matter what life threw at me, I would always be able to get through it, with Edward by my side. And he would be by my side, for the rest of eternity. Forever.
And that, for me, was complete happiness.