A/N: I wont bore you all with another annoyingly long authors note- that will come at the end ;)
"I'm just going to have a final check around," I called out to Alice, who was busy fussing around with some last minute flower arranging or something equally tedious.
Despite all the panic and craziness going off around me, I couldn't resist a sneak peak and began the short walk out towards the marque. When I reached the entrance I stood in silence, simply taking in the beauty and tranquillity of the peaceful surroundings.
The moment was suddenly made all the better by the familiar pair of arms that wrapped around my waist. We must have been stood there for a good few minutes, simply enjoying the relative calm before the storm.
Neither one of us said anything, but I had no doubt in my mind that we were both reliving the blissful memories of our own special day.
It's hard to believe that just two months ago it was the two of us that were celebrating our own union. Much to Edward's disbelief, I accepted his proposal without a moments hesitation. I don't know why on earth he doubted it, but that was my stupid, adorable husband for you.
We were married a short while later in a idyllic church in the countryside. It was nothing too elaborate or fancy, but that wasn't what either of us had wanted or desired.
Instead, we celebrated our love for one another in a intimate ceremony surrounded by our close friends and family, and far away from any prying eyes or press attention.
It may sound cliché, but it was quite honestly the best day of my life. I had so many wonderful memories that I was certain would stay with me for the rest of my life.
Though to start, I remember feeling completely and utterly panicked when we arrived outside the church. I gripped onto Charlie for dear life, while praying to god that I wouldn't fall or trip as I made my way down the aisle. My heart pounded erratically in my chest, but all my nerves and worries vanished the second I spotted Edward. He wore a look of pure love and absolute awe that I was touched and empowered by.
Most poignant though, was the moment we were finally proclaimed man and wife. Words could go no where near to expressing the joy and content I felt in my heart to officially be Mrs Edward Cullen.
As the evening progressed I cried and blushed and indulged in all the usual wedding practises. Edward even managed to coax my deep hatred of dancing out of me when we shared our first dance together as man and wife.
Life as a married couple only strengthened what we already had and despite Edward's celebrity status, as a whole we had a fairly normal existence. We managed to do all the normal things that regular couples did. We had our favourite restaurants, usual hang outs, and of course a close circle of friends and family to rely upon. We shunned the celebrity lifestyle and parties in favour of more low key surroundings and because of that we were able to avoid the limelight. That left us free to enjoy the honeymoon period of married life.
Never one to be ignored for long, Edward brought me out of my daydreaming by planting sweet, delicate kisses along the column of my neck all the way down to my shoulder, at the same time as those magical hands danced across my stomach. The significance didn't go unnoticed on me.
I didn't think my life could get any better, but it turned out I was wrong because our blissful start to married life had only been more spectacular with our most recent discovery.
Though we found out earlier this week, we were both still beaming with joy at the prospect of starting a family. But while we were both ecstatic, it was still very early days so we were keeping the news to ourselves for the time being anyway.
Plus we had a lot going on at the present moment in time and regardless of how wonderful it felt to have time aside with Edward, as chief bridesmaid I still had a job to do. Reluctantly I set my mind back to the task at hand, namely inspecting the venue to Alice's high standards.
"You should go, there's a lot left to do," I weakly protested.
Edward didn't even answer, instead he silenced me by stepping up his efforts, finding my weak spot with apparent ease.
"You don't play fair," I accused, and felt him smirking against my neck.
Despite my false claims the moment was close to perfection. Well it would have been, had it not been for the sudden arrival of an unwanted observer.
"You do realise that Alice will kill you if she catches you here? It's bad luck to see bride before the service," I scalded the rather anxious looking groom.
Apparently Edward was less concerned by his best friends suffering and was as persistent as ever in planting needy kisses along my collar, completely oblivious to the fact that Jasper was stood before us as white as a ghost.
I had never seen Jasper looking anything but cool, calm and collected, but he appeared petrified and seems as Edward was otherwise engaged, I took charge and went about calming him myself.
"Relax Jasper, everything is fine," I tried to reassure him.
"Fine," Edward mumbled, antagonising me all the more as he continued with his sweet torture.
"Edward," I hissed, turning around sharply to send him my most fierce stare.
I failed miserably judging by the raised eyebrow he sent my way, indicating he was more amused than sorry.
"You're not helping. You have a job to do, now go" I instructed, reluctantly pushing his hands off me and gave him a playful shove.
I was barely able to contain my laughter at the sound of protest that Edward made, which was somewhere between a huff and a groan. I watched on amused as he rifled a hand in his hair before walking over to Jasper and offering him a firm pat on the back.
"Calm down Jasper, everything is fine. However, it wont be if Alice catches you in here before the ceremony. It wont be long now, so relax and have a drink to calm your nerves," he said knowingly.
Edward looked back, offering me a fleeting glance before he continued, "I have a few things to finish off here, but I will join you in a few minutes."
Once he had sent Jasper on his way he approach me slowly, looking terrifying good looking with a sneaky smile on his face. I knew that famous crooked grin well.
He moved closer towards me and tightened his grip on my waist. The killer combination of his penetrating eyes and electrifying touch meant I didn't stand a chance.
"You know there is one wedding tradition I personally don't have a problem maintaining," he said forcing back a grin.
"And what tradition dare I ask is that?"
"The best man and bridesmaid," he mused, toying with a few stray strands of my hair that had come loose.
"Well that depends on which bridesmaid you've got your eye on," I responded, playing along.
"There's only one bridesmaid I'm interested in," he smiled, pulling me tightly against him to emphasise his point.
"What if she isn't interested?"
"Oh, I'm pretty sure she is," he cockily replied, grinning victoriously.
"Confident aren't we. You can't be so sure, she may have already found the man of her dreams." I tried to act indifferent, but couldn't keep the sly grin off my face.
"In that case I will have to convince her otherwise." Edward's smile turned downright wicked as he leaned and his lips capturing mine in a fiercely passionate kiss.
After rendering me breathless in a matter of seconds, he pulled away smiling.
"Still don't think she's interested?" he taunted, and cupped my face in his hand. I leaned into his touch.
"I'm not so sure," I replied, trying to keep my voice level.
"You should be, you married me."
His smile grew ridiculously wide and I couldn't contain my own smug grin as I smiled back at him like a lovestruck fool.
"Regardless, I think I still need a bit of convincing," I teased, biting my lower lip seductively.
"Is that so?" Edward paused, looking at me thoughtfully before his expression suddenly turned more calculating.
"Well, if needs must," he sighed dramatically, before crushing his lips back to mine.
"Edward! Bella, please!" Alice's irate voice interrupted just as we were getting started.
I sighed in disappointment and buried my head against Edward's chest, but even that couldn't block out Alice's ranting
"I love you both, but please, just for one day can you stop pawing each other. I'm kind of stressed out here," she dramatically announced.
"Kind of," I whispered and Edward sniggered besides me before Alice silenced him with an icy stare.
"Okay, I'm going," he conceded, holding his hands up in defeat.
Even when we reluctantly parted I looked up to find Edward was staring down at me with an equally disappointed expression.
"We have a lot to do," Alice said, looking unimpressed between the two of us.
"I'll see you out there." Edward smiled, meanwhile panic flooded me.
No doubt picking up on my nerves, his one hand quickly found mine, the other came to rest against my cheek.
"Don't worry you will be fine. You look beautiful," he said for the tenth time already that day.
He leaned in to kiss each of my glowing cheeks and gave my hand a gentle squeeze before looking down at my stomach for a fraction of a second.
"I love you," I whispered.
"I love you too, Mrs Cullen," he reiterated, pulling me back into his warm embrace and kissing my hair a final time before releasing me.
I watched on disheartened as he walked away, no doubt to check up on Jasper.
"Honestly you two!" Alice sighed. I turned back to see her shaking her head lightly.
"Now come with me, we have my wedding to attend to," she declared, frantically jumping on the spot.
After a last minute panic about everything and nothing, Alice was finally ready for her grand entrance, which meant I was up first!
On my way down the aisle my eyes immediately found Edward, and when he spotted me a smile lit up his face. I'm proud to report that I didn't trip up once. Weirdly enough, since finding out that I was pregnant, I had been extra cautious and I couldn't help feel protective of the baby.
It was strange that after months and months of planning Alice's dream wedding, the service went by in the blink of an eye. Alice had her perfect entrance and Jasper was visibly moved when he spotted her. As it so often did, my gaze found Edward when they exchanged their heartfelt and touching vows and there was not a dry eye in the house when they were proclaimed husband and wife.
As soon as the service was complete, Edward was besides me in an instant. We performed our remaining duties as chief bridesmaid and best man and after what felt like a million photographs, we finally moved on to the reception.
Both Alice and Jasper were beaming throughout and we all enjoyed an evening full of joy and laughter. None more so than when the speeches began. Edward's best man speech was wonderful and heartfelt, but hilarious too, sufficiently paying Jasper back for some of the cringe worthy things he had said while doing the honours at our wedding. With the speeches out of the way, the DJ started playing and everyone moved on to the dance floor.
But for me the highlight of the night came when it was time for Alice to throw the bouquet. Rosalie of all people caught it, but even more surprising was the brilliant blush that lit up her face!
In our entire time as friends, I had never seen her blush, not once, but upon seeing Emmett's sheepish expression something told me her secret desire was a lot closer than she thought.
"What's going on with you two?" Alice suddenly appeared while Edward and I watched from afar as the dancing continued.
"What?" Edward and I said in unison.
"Freaky," Emmett snipped before he led Rosalie back towards the dance floor.
Despite Emmett's distraction, Alice was not discouraged. "You're hiding something," she accused, and Jasper fought a grin besides her.
"Ali," Edward said with a clear warning in his tone.
"You may be an actor, but you're a terrible liar, Edward. I can see it in your eyes. Besides that, you haven't let go of Bella all evening. For a minute I thought you were going to march her down the aisle," she sarcastically teased.
Sensing my discomfort, Edward was quick to pull me against him and countered, "Can't a husband look after his wife without having an ulterior motive?"
"No, you're hiding something and if Edward weren't acting weird enough, so are you!" she claimed, pointing her finger at me accusingly.
I snuggled deeper into Edward's chest to no avail.
"Don't think hiding will help. I know you, Bella. Right now you're probably bright red and biting your lip," she stated knowingly. She was right too.
Hearing Edward's musical laughter I lightly pinched him. He drew away slightly and took my hands in his.
"Hey, same side remember," he feigned irritation as he threaded his fingers in mine.
Unfortunately, our distraction didn't halt Alice.
"Please guys, I'm your friend aren't I?" her pleas were bordering on desperate and I could only imagine the pout she was sporting.
I felt Edward shift and I looked up to find him gazing down at me expectantly, his eager, excited expression clearly seeking my approval. When I gave him small nod, his beaming smile dissolved any of my apprehensions.
He grinned, leaning over to kiss my forehead before gently taking my hands that were already in his and placing them on top of my now flat, though soon to be expanded stomach.
For the first time ever, Alice was left speechless, her eyes were wide and her mouth hung open in a massive 'O' before she found her voice again.
"Does this mean what I think it means?" she squealed, and launched herself at me before I had a chance to reply.
"Sorry!" she suddenly exclaimed looking down at my stomach before giving it a gentle stroke.
I heard Jasper and Edward's laughter in the background.
"It's okay Alice, he isn't that fragile," Edward injected.
"He?" I looked up at him curiously.
"It's a boy," he said proudly and pulled me closer to his chest, his arms securely wrapping around me as they both congratulated us.
Of course now that we had told Alice and Jasper, we had no other choice than to tell the others too. Not wanting to take anything away from their big day, Edward and I had agreed to tell everyone else the following day, but Alice was insistent that we shared the good news right away.
Unsurprisingly they were all delighted, no one more so than Esme, who was beyond elated at the prospect of becoming a grandmother.
The party continued to flow, but after an exhausting and physically draining day Edward and I excused ourselves before heading outside for a much needed breather from all the post wedding excitement. We settled on a nearby bench overlooking a nearby lakeside and I sighed, relaxing back against Edward as he absent-mindedly rubbed slow circles over my stomach.
Looking out onto the sunset, I had everything I had ever dreamed of and more. I had Edward, a wonderful life, but most significantly our child and our future growing inside me.
Nothing could better this, except for the new addition to our family that was still a long way off yet.
I wasn't stupid, I knew it wouldn't always be this peaceful and easy. Some of the dramas in our life would never go away, but at the end of the day, the crowds, the distractions, even the press, none of that really mattered, not when I had a life with Edward to look forward to. Whatever the future held, I knew with absolute certainty that we were in it together.
So there you have it the end. I'm sad to call quits on this story, but who knows maybe one day I will add the odd outtake or two. I have started writing this story from Edward's pov (though it has been a while since I have updated!) so take a look at that if you're interested.
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