Oh my gosh! First off I want to say I'm so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so sorry for not updating for months! I probably deserve to have cyber tomatoes thrown violently at me :D Secondly I want to say I'm sorry because I'm not quite sure how this chapter turned out...I pretty much wrote the last bit of it in an half hour and just wanted to get it up here and so I haven't really proof read it yet...forgive me! But thank you all for keeping up with my story and not giving up on me!! okay, here it is!!!
I kept my eyes intently on Edward as I gradually made my way down the aisle. The piano was playing and I tried keeping my steps to the beat of the music…synchronized and smooth.
I felt little beads of sweat trickle down my face. This was it…this was the moment I would be married to Prince Edward Cullen.
Don't trip, don't trip, don't trip…
Those words continuously rang through my mind. I was almost to the alter…just a few more steps.
Then it happened, my toe caught an edge and down I went. I was spiraling towards the ground, nothing to catch me.
As I was falling my dress ripped, showing my newly bought lacey underwear. I already heard Emmett's laugh before it could escape his mouth.
"Nooo!" I yelled as I was still falling towards the ground.
I hit the floor face first.
I shot up in bed. My body was covered in sweat and I was shaking.
"Whoa, calm down Bella. It's okay." Alice said walking over to me. "You're getting married today!"
When I realized that was all just a dream I let out a deep sigh and landed back on my pillows covering my face with my hands. "I'm getting married today."
I shot back up and yelled, "I'm getting married today!" Then I remembered about the party last night. "Why am I in my room?"
"I know!" Alice squealed excitedly. "We've got so much to do! Rosalie is getting you some coffee and breakfast. You are not allowed anywhere near Edward." She stood in front of me, her hands on her hips. "Do you understand? No Edward."
She still didn't answer my question.
"How did I get here?"
"I had Jasper come and get you."
I couldn't help but smile. Jasper carrying me in his arms while Edward wasn't allowed anywhere near me. Poor Edward…
"Breakfast." Rosalie came walking in with a tray of food and coffee setting it on the table in my sitting room.
We were together on the couches eating when we heard a knock at the door.
"Who is it?" Alice called.
The voice cleared its throat. "It's me, Carlisle."
Alice hopped up to answer the door. She pulled it open just wide enough to where she could get her head out. "Okay, coast is clear. You can come in."
I heard Carlisle laugh as he walked in. "Good morning ladies."
"Good morning." I answered.
"Um Bella, I wanted to speak to you about something."
He sounded almost nervous as he spoke. I slowly got off the couch and made my way over to him.
"Well, I was just wondering if I could have the pleasure of walking you down the aisle towards my son."
A sudden wave of emotion washed over me. My dad wasn't alive, which meant I didn't have anyone to walk with me. I never really thought about it much until the past couple of days. I thought I would simply just ignore it and walk alone, but now Carlisle actually wanted to do it and for that I was absolutely grateful.
"Actually," He continued, "I would love to walk all of you down at each of your weddings. I don't want to take the place of your father of course, it's just since he isn't able to be here today I would love to be the one to do it. I love you girls like my own."
Alice was the one that reacted first. "Oh Carlisle! We love you too and would be honored if you would do that for us!" She ran in and gave him a bone crushing hug, as did Rose and I.
"Thank you so much." I said with watery eyes.
"It means a lot to us." Rosalie smiled.
"The pleasure is all mine." Carlisle said. "Well, the boys will be wondering where I went off to. Since Edward isn't allowed to see Bella, he said no one could either." Carlisle laughed and rolled his eyes, "He doesn't like being away from you."
I looked down and blushed feeling the same way.
"We'll see you later at the wedding." Alice said closing the door. Then she turned back to me. "It's time to start getting ready…this is going to take a while."
My eyes widened in fear. If I didn't kill myself while walking down the aisle, this surely would.
XX XXX XX
I stood in front of Rosalie's full length mirror examining myself. If it weren't for the unstableness of my stance, or the shaking of my hands you wouldn't be able to tell it was me.
My hair was up in an elegant bun with light curls surrounding my face. My makeup was done to perfection enhancing my brown colored eyes and pink lips. But, it was the dress that I loved most.
Rosalie had picked it out and we all knew it was the one as soon as I had tried it on.
It was simple, but elegant. Strapless and white it clung tightly until my waist where it flowed out. Material was gathered at the hip making almost a knotted bow. It was perfect.
I was so lost in thought I didn't hear Alice whisper beside me, "It's time." She gently placed her hand on my shoulder, "Bella, you ready?"
Closing my eyes and clearing my head I nodded. Rosalie's phone rang behind me.
"Hello?" She smiled, "Thank you." Closing her phone she looked at Alice and I. "The limo is here."
Alice was the first to squeal. "This is it! This is it! Oh my gosh Bella!" Her excitement sent my heart on a race.
I started fidgeting and pacing. Rosalie and Alice came up to me grabbing both of my hands. We stood together in a circle looking at each other, tears swelling in our eyes.
"We did it guys." Rosalie smiled. Alice and I both knew what she was talking about. "We got away from Billy and Cushing…we got out."
"Who knew." I said thinking back to the time when we were the maids of Cushing. "And I was depressed the beginning of our senior year…who knew we'd actually do it. You think I'm going to wake up any moment now and be lying in our dorm room?"
Rosalie and Alice stood smiling at me. "No." They both said at once.
XX XXX XX
The church was absolutely stunning. The outside looked like a castle, and the sidewalk was lined with flashing cameras from the media and hired photographers.
My stomach did flips as I walked past them.
"Miss Swan, Miss Swan!" The reporters yelled. "How does it feel to be marrying Prince Edward Cullen?"
I didn't have a chance to answer, Pierce was guiding my sisters and I towards the back room where Esme was waiting for us.
I was getting more and more nervous as the seconds ticked by.
"This is so exciting!" Alice squealed as we made our way through the church.
The inside was just as beautiful with marble floors, gold designs and paintings hanging on every wall.
My nerves were starting to take over, my body slightly trembling.
"Oh Bella," Esme came over giving me a hug as I entered the room. "This is one of the happiest days of my life." Soon tears were swelling in her eyes causing my eyes to become misty as well. She wiped away a tear that had escaped her eye, "How are you feeling?"
I glanced over at my all too happy sisters and grimaced. "Sick."
Everyone around me let out a laugh.
"Thought so." Esme said smiling.
I just wanted to see Edward. I needed his arms wrapped around me. I engulfed myself into my own little fantasy that the wedding was over and Edward was beside me smiling his crooked smile. But suddenly a few swift knocks at the door had me jumping out of my skin.
Emmett walked in laughing. "Did I scare the bride…well more than she already is?"
I looked at him scowling and he immediately noticed my tense stance.
"Whoa, easy Bells." He looked at me for a second. "Are you okay? You look like you just got off a roller coaster and your face is all green…like you're going to puke."
Jasper came up beside him and slapped him across the head. "Yeah, nice compliment, bro."
"She's just nervous you idiot, and she looks amazing."
Jasper's presence instantly was calming as usual, but didn't calm me down like Edward could.
"Th--thanks." I said stuttering.
He walked over to me smiling, "Everything is going to be great, Bella."
Emmett also came over wrapping an arm around my shoulder, "Yeah, you're almost as uptight as Edward…almost."
Everyone laughed knowing Edward would be a little stressed, but hearing his name I instantly perked up. "I want to see Edward."
"No!" Alice shouted instantly. "Absolutely not!"
Jasper laughed and walked over to her giving her a small kiss on the lips which she happily took.
Emmett had wandered over next to Rosalie as well taking her hand.
"Please?" I asked weakly.
"Nope, sorry." Esme said still smiling. "You'll see him soon enough."
Soon another knock was heard on the door. "We need the bridesmaids and the groomsmen to get ready. We are starting in five minutes."
Alice and Rosalie frantically starting fluttering around the room, checking their make up and fixing Jasper's and Emmett's tuxedos.
Carlisle walked in. "Esme, it's time for you to walk out." Then he turned to me, "You ready?"
Weakly I shook my head yes.
He smiled warmly, "I'll get everyone out there and be back for you, okay?"
Once again I shook my head yes still unable to speak.
When everyone left the room I turned around to face out the small window that was in the corner. It was a beautiful day out and I took a deep breath to calm myself.
When he got up he turned back around to me and put out his right hand. "Hello, I'm Edward Cullen and I have a major crush on you, would you go out with me?" Then he leaned his head in closer to my face and whispered, "This is the part where you stand up and yell I hate you Edward and run away."
A small smile escaped my lips remembering the first time Edward asked me out. Soon flashbacks of Edward and I at Cushing were playing over and over again in my head, especially the night he proposed.
I had been off in my own little world and was startled by Carlisle clearing his voice behind me. "It's time."
I took in another deep breath and picked up my bouquet. "Let's go."
The piano began playing as the doors opened to reveal everyone in the church and the most important person of all…Edward. He was standing at the alter staring straight at me. His eyes were smoldering while he held a small smile on his lips.
For the first time I noticed the decorations. I hadn't spent much time with the wedding planner or her little sidekick, Alice since I'm not the party planning type, but I now see how good of a job they did.
The colors were red and white, with flower petals on the ground and flower bouquets on the pews and around the entry way. It was stunning.
But once I laid eyes on Edward I forgot all about being nervous, the only thing I could think about was him.
His arms were out in front. Hands dangling with one hand in a fist, the other wrapped around it.
Steadily Carlisle guided me to Edward. When we reached the front Carlisle kissed my cheek and put my hand in Edward's. It was then that everything felt completely in place.
His smile had widened as he looked at me. A playful gleam sparkled in his eye and I knew how important this moment was to him.
"Hello Beautiful." He softly whispered to me just so I could hear.
I blushed and looked away unable to settle my nerves. I kept repeating "this is it" in the back of my mind. Who knew I would be standing here one day marrying Edward Cullen, my first and only crush.
My cheeks were beginning to hurt but I couldn't shrink my smile. This moment here and now standing in front of Edward was beyond everything I could have asked for.
"Dearly beloved we are gathered here today…"
XX XXX XX
"I do." The words rang through my ears as I said them.
Edward's face was glowing as I stared attentively at him. I couldn't look away. His smile was contagious and the amount of happiness inside me was becoming overwhelming.
Edward gently slid the little gold band on my ring finger, my hands still slightly trembling. Once it was in place Edward looked up at me and let out the most glorious smile ever revealed.
"You may now kiss the bride." The preacher said.
Edward's smile fell into a cute smirk as he slowly leaned in. I closed my eyes as our lips touched. Out of all the times I kissed Edward, this one felt the best-sweet, smooth, passionate…perfect.
Before I knew it the piano was playing and Edward was guiding me down the aisle. The crowd was cheering and the cameras were flashing.
We made it outside where another limo was waiting for us. Edward opened the door for me and I got in, Edward right behind me.
The press was going wild with excitement yelling our names and snapping pictures of us.
When we were both seated inside the limo I finally felt calm again.
"Hello, Mrs. Cullen." Edward said seductively.
I felt the heat rise in my cheeks. It was nice to finally be alone with him.
"So…" Edward began as he scooted closer to me. "Would you like to know where we are going for our honeymoon?" His voice was deep and luring, too velvety smooth for me to answer coherently.
His lips were almost to mine. "What's that?"
"What?" I asked confused. I had lost all train of thought because of Edward's close proximity.
He chuckled darkly. "Never mind, you'll find out soon enough. Now it's time for me to show off my new wife to everyone." and then his lips met mine.
The limo made it back to the palace where the reception was being held. Edward helped me out and guided me out the back towards the party, his hand gently placed on my back.
All the guests had already arrived waiting for the newly weds.
"Hey Mrs. Cullen."
I turned around to find Alice along with Rosalie, Jasper and Emmett standing in a group smiling goofily at us.
I laughed, "Hey Alice."
"If I were you guys I'd already be gone on the honeymoon." Emmett joked. Rosalie gave him a I-don't-think-so glare but Emmett just winked playfully at her causing us to laugh.
Under the large white tent in off towards the middle people were dancing along with the band that was playing. Carlisle and Esme were included in the dancing group.
"Come on Babe, come dance with me." Emmett pouted taking Rosalie's hand. She giggled and followed him to the dance floor.
"Yeah Jasper, dance with me." Alice mimicked and they were off as well.
Edward's hand was still on the small of my back and I looked up at him to see his amazing crooked smile.
"Well…?" I asked playfully.
He laughed and then bowed slightly, "Isabella Marie Cullen, will you dance with me?"
I took his hand and said yes enjoying how Edward attached his name at the end of mine.
Along the way people greeted and congratulated us in which we politely said our thanks. When we finally made it to the dance floor Jasper was on the stage, a wine glass in his hand standing in front of the microphone.
"Can I have everyone's attention please?" A few seconds later the whispers and murmurs died down.
Edward and I had taken a seat off to the side with Rosalie, Emmett, Alice, Carlisle and Esme.
"Thank you." Jasper said. "Now as the best man--" Just as he began he was cut off.
"Hold up! Who said you are the best man? That's my job, Bro." Emmett shouted getting up and moving towards the stage.
"You must be mistaken, Bro." Jasper said calmly.
"I thought you guys settled this." Alice hissed at Edward.
Edward began pinching the bridge of his nose and everyone else at the table moaned, "not again."
"So Edward, who are you going to pick as your best man?" Emmett asked one morning at breakfast smiling widely.
Edward put down his fork he was using to eat his waffles. "I'm not sure. Whoever wants to I guess."
"Alright, I'm the best man." Jasper said quickly.
"What?!" Emmett shouted. "No way!"
"Sorry I called it." Jasper said smugly.
"Edward tell him he can't be the best man!"
Edward looked somewhat frightened. "Uh…Bella help." He whispered to me.
I laughed and shook my head. "Nope, sorry."
He sighed and turned back to his brothers suddenly smiling. "Why don't I just ask Dad?"
"NO!" Jasper and Emmett shouted at once.
"You know what, it's on. Oh it is so on!" Emmett scowled getting up from the table. Before leaving the room he turned to Edward, "You'll see that I'm the best man." and then he was gone.
"Bring it!" Jasper stood up and pounded his chest. Then he left the room yelling, "You can't beat me!"
"This isn't going to end well." Alice said solemnly.
"Nope." We all agreed.
That night I had wandered over to Edward's room to see what he was doing. His bedroom door was shut but not closed all the way so I walked right in. I looked around and didn't see him anywhere but I did see Emmett making his bed.
"Um…where's Edward?" I asked Emmett a little confused.
"In the bath tub." He replied nonchalantly.
"After our meeting I came up here and lit some candles by his tub and threw some bubbles in there with some water and told him to relax."
Emmett looked over and stared at me like I was a complete idiot. "Because that's what the best man does…duh."
"Right…" I said quite amused. "Well I'll be in my room, tell Edward to come over when he's done."
"Sure thing." I heard him say as I left the room.
When I got back to my room Jasper was standing at the door. "Hey."
He turned around and smiled when he saw me, "Hey, can I talk to you?"
I shrugged as I opened my door. "Sure."
He pulled out an envelope from his back pocket and sat on my couch. "I wanted to go over some honeymoon reservations I have planned out, since I'm the best man and all that's what I'm suppose to do."
I looked at him and laughed realizing that both him and Emmett were taking this competition way to seriously but I went along anyway.
A little while later after Jasper was finishing up his suggestions of where to go Emmett barged into my room.
"What are you doing?!" He shouted it like he was my husband and he had just caught me cheating on him with Jasper. "No one speaks to the bride about best man duties except the best man!"
"I know, that's why I'm talking to her." Jasper said.
"Well I already have their flight booked for their honeymoon." Emmett shouted.
"Really, where's that?" Edward suddenly was standing behind him leaning against the door way. He had on a pair of jeans and a black t-shirt. His hair was kind of messy and I could tell it was still wet.
He smiled at me and walked over to join me on the couch.
"The most romantic place ever…Antarctica." Emmett said grinning, proud of himself.
I couldn't help but laugh at that. "You're kidding, right? How is that even romantic?"
Once again he stared at me like I was clueless. "Bella, for a week your trapped inside of an igloo thing with Edward…and maybe a few penguins."
"Penguins, lovely." Edward laughed.
"Fine, then where would you like to go Mr. and Mrs. I'm-so-picky-about-my-honeymoon?" Emmett asked annoyed.
Edward looked at me, "Where do you want to go?"
I thought about it for a second. "Surprise me, Edward."
He crookedly smiled at me. "Okay."
From then on Jasper and Emmett continued fighting over the best man slot by doing random deeds for Edward. Their hearts were in the right place, but when Emmett turned all of Edward's white clothes pink from doing his laundry that's when he decided to sit them down and tell them the news."
"You're sharing the job." Edward said glaring at his brothers.
"What?" Jasper asked like he just found out his puppy had been run over. "You mean, I'm not the best man…I lost to," He paused and looked at Emmett, "him?"
Edward sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose. "You didn't lose it's just I can't choose between you two so it will have to be both."
Reluctantly Jasper and Emmett agreed creating a truce.
But sitting here to tonight I realized Jasper and Emmett's truce had been a show. They were still fighting.
"Listen here buddy, this is my job to make the best man speech and I am going to do it." Jasper said calmly but his tone was harsh.
"Oh really?" Emmett asked. "Well try and make a speech when your unconscious!" Just then Emmett flung himself at Jasper on the stage and they were at it.
I was shocked and looked to my side to find Edward holding his sides from laughing so hard. "What are you laughing at?" I shouted.
He pointed to the stage still laughing. "They're such idiots!"
Edward had given up and reasoning with his brothers so I assumed the next best thing was to laugh at them, I mean they were pretty entertaining to watch…even if it was at my wedding reception.
I looked away from Edward to find Emmett holding Jasper in a headlock.
"You are so not my best man!" Jasper shouted. "I get Edward!"
"Fine!" Emmett yelled back struggling to keep Jasper down. "I choose Bella!"
"What?" I asked. "Is that even allowed?"
Carlisle had finally reached the stage and was pulling the two apart from each other. "From here on out, neither of you are the best man." Carlisle said sternly. "I'm ashamed of you two."
Jasper and Emmett had finally stopped fighting and stood with their heads lowered on the stage. Their ties were loosened and their jackets half way off. Sullenly they walked off the stage, Edward was still laughing while Rosalie, Alice and Esme were in complete shock.
"I'm going to kill them!" Alice said furiously. "All the hard work I went into planning this reception and they do that! Uh!" She threw her hands up in the air defeated.
Finally the party had settled back down and most people were back out on the dance floor.
A slow song was on and Edward pulled me to the middle of the floor. He held me close as the music played in the back ground and I was lost in his arms. Neither of us spoke but just leaned into each other and moved with the words of the song.
But, all too soon it was over.
"Excuse me, Bella." Edward said softly into my ear.
I looked at him confused but he just smiled sweetly and walked away. I watched him as he made his way to the stage near the band. The man sitting at the piano got up and moved to the microphone.
"Excuse me ladies and gentlemen. The groom would like to dedicate a song to his bride." The man stepped aside and Edward took his place. He looked directly at me and began talking.
"I can't tell you how much I'm in love with you Bella, there aren't even words. But, I had to do something to try and show it so I had to write a song for you."
My heart melted into a giant puddle of goo right then as I saw Edward move to the piano and take a seat. His fingers gently touched the keys and the song began. It was absolutely beautiful. The notes drifted effortlessly around me, floating on the light breeze that swept through the tent. I fell off into my own little fantasy listening to the brilliance of the piece. But as the song ended and I opened my eyes I realized my fantasy was actually real life.
A tear fell down my cheek as Edward made is way back over to me. He set both hands on my waist and looked in my eyes. I couldn't control myself as I quickly wrapped my arms around his neck and kissed him. He gave into my kiss without any hesitation and I could feel the smile on his lips. When we pulled apart I whispered, "I love you."
He didn't respond but leaned back down for another long kiss.
Edward and I had said goodbye to all our guests and were now in a car driving to the airport. Rosalie and Alice had helped me change into something more comfortable other than my wedding dress but still kept it "sexy" as they put it.
Edward had a hold of my hand as he drove and I was suddenly curious as to where we were going.
"So…what do you have planned." I asked sweetly.
"Well, I was thinking about it and I decided that maybe Emmett was right."
I sat there confused.
"Being trapped inside of an igloo thing with you wouldn't be so bad. The penguins could be moved easily."
I stared at him and his stupid smirking face. "Are you serious?"
He simply just shrugged his shoulders. "I hope Rosalie and Alice packed me something warm to wear I sighed.
Edward laughed and squeezed my hand. "As nice as they does sound I'm pretty sure you rather be somewhere where it's warm."
I nodded my head yes.
"That's why I decided on an island off of Hawaii."
"Really?" I asked excitedly. I had always wanted to travel there. The rainy cold weather of Washington had never been too appealing.
"Yeah, but first we do have to take a pit stop at Cushing."
I sat there once again looking at him confused.
Soo...? I'm sorry this probably isn't the best chapter, I'm terrible at writing weddings...but I hoped you enjoyed it and laughed like I did at Jasper and Emmett :D As you can tell this isn't the last chapter, yes there is more to come...how many I haven't decided yet. I just can't end this story :D But, please review and I hope to have the next chapter up quicker!! Thanks so much!!