The Half-Blood Princess
Mrs Weasley was putting the final touches to Hermione's hair. She was dressed in a beautiful floor length white gown. It had a corset-like top, tied at the back. The gown came in at the waist and then flowed out and down to the floor where it trailed a bit behind her. The bottom of the gown was decorated with diamantes forming a swirl pattern. The corset-like top was tight and covered in jewels and beads. The veil that lay gently down her back was attached to her hair with a tiara loaned to her by Lily. All in all she looked absolutely stunning. She had everything a bride should have: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
Something Old: Her mother's diamond and pearl necklace.
Something New: Her wedding gown designed by Dana.
Something Borrowed: Lily's tiara
Something Blue: Her earrings designed by Ashleigh.
Lily, Dana, Ash, Molly, Luna, Ginny and Hermione's friends from Salem Academy, Kayla and Sam were helping Hermione get ready. Luna, Ginny, Kayla and Sam were doing Hermione's makeup and accessories. Ash, Dana, Molly and Lily were working on Hermione's gown.
"You look absolutely beautiful hon. Harry won't be able to keep his hands off of you." Came a voice from the doorway. Everyone turned to see Remus Lupin standing there looking on in awe. "Everyone is waiting for the bride. You ladies had better get ready." Remus continued looking at Dana and friends.
Lily, Ash, Dana and Molly each gave Hermione a kiss on the cheek and wished her luck. Luna, Ginny, Sam and Kayla followed. Hermione linked arms with Remus and walked to the archway set up in the Weasley's backyard where the wedding was to take place. She looked up the aisle. She saw Bill and Fleur's four year old daughter Emalita walking down the aisle as the flower girl. Charlie's 3 year old son Christopher was the Page Boy and Tonks and Kingsley's 3 year old son Michael was the Ring bearer.
They were followed by Sam then Luna and Kayla and finally Ginny who was the maid of honour.
The bridal march began; Remus flipped the veil so that it covered Hermione's face and they walked up the aisle. As she walked she smiled at everyone.
When she walked past James, Sirius, Lily, Dana and Ash she paused for a brief second. She smiled at them. All five had tears in their eyes. Especially Lily and James her godparents whom she had been living with for the past year.
Hermione looked ahead to the alter where she saw her husband-to-be Harry, his best man Caleb Black and his groomsmen: Nick Lupin, Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy. They are all the best of friends. They all looked handsome, but none as handsome as her Harry.
She then looked at her Bridal Party. Each of the girls were wearing a different coloured gown of the same style, a halter neck style tied at the back. On the bottom of each gown was a floral pattern created by beads. Sam's gown was a shimmery dusty pink colour with chocolate brown beads, Kayla's gown was a light shimmery apple green colour with yellow beads, Luna's gown was a shimmery sky blue with dark blue beads and Ginny's gown was a shimmery light purple with dark purple beads. Their hair was done in a French Twist with a few wispy bits framing their faces. They each had a tiara perched beautifully in their hair. They all looked beautiful but none as beautiful as Hermione.
She looked to her Flower Girl, Page Boy and Ring Bearer. Emalita was wearing an ivory coloured halter style gown with a purple sash. Her hair was in a side ponytail and a crown of flowers was resting on her head. Chris and Michael where in little black tuxedos. Chris had a blue shirt underneath while Michael had a purple shirt underneath. They looked so cute. Emalita and the bridesmaids had a bouquet of roses and lavender. Hermione's bouquet was made of lilies, roses, ivy and tulips (her mum's favourite flowers).
Hermione heard Mrs Weasley sniffle. She looked up and saw that Mrs Weasley, Dumbledore and McGonagall all had happy tears in their eyes. She realised that this was the way her parents would have wanted her wedding. It was the dream wedding her mother and she had been planning since she was 8 years old. Remus was walking her down the aisle on her father's wishes.
Thinking of her parents brought tears to her eyes as she remembered them. She realised that her parents would be proud of her for picking such a loving husband.
She was brought back to her senses when she heard the priest say "Who gives this young lady away?" "I do". Remus answered. Remus flipped back her veil, smiled at her, gave her a kiss on the cheek, shook Harry's hand and placed Hermione's hand in it. He then walked back to join the his wife and friends in the crowd.
Harry took Hermione's hand and the priest began the service.
Looking into her husband-to-be's eyes and saying the immortal words "I do" and hearing him repeat them brought Hermione back to her seventh year when her life took a tragic turn and the days that her life picked up.