This short epilogue is dedicated to all of my loyal readers :)
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The groom wore a perfectly cut Armani tuxedo; the bride a simple Vera Wang white, strapless dress. The ceremony was short and sweet, attended by a handful of their closest friends and what little family they collectively had left. Their vows were individually written, loving and thoughtful. Their "I do's" left them both in tears, knowing that their journey had been long but they had ended up where they had always belonged.
Tony had picked their wedding song. She had gotten to plan just about everything else, but this was the one thing he wanted to decide. He wanted it to be more than just the song they first danced to as husband and wife. He wanted the song to express the things he felt when words failed him. The music began to play, and without saying a word, he led her over to the dance floor. He held her close, one hand around her waist, the other holding one of hers tightly to his chest. As they started to dance, he stared into her eyes lovingly, beaming.
Find me here and speak to me
I need to feel you
I need to hear you
You are the light
That's leading me
To the place
Where I find peace again
She smiled at him lovingly and rested her head on his shoulder as he sighed deeply, holding her close.
You are the strength
That keeps me walking
You are the hope
That keeps me trusting
You are the light into my soul
You are my purpose
She looked up at him knowingly as the music crescendos, seeing the look of pure love in his eyes, and he recognized that she understood everything his words couldn't say. He smiled as he looked into her eyes and kissed her softly.
And how can I stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be
Any better than this
'Cause you're all I want
You're all I need
You're everything, everything
As the music ended, the small crowd of friends and family clapped, but Pepper and Tony remain blissfully unaware of anyone but them in the room.
"That was beautiful, Tony."
"Before a few months ago, I couldn't actually remember the last time I was truly happy. Now, everyday it seems like I'm happier than I've ever been. It's amazing."
She nodded, a few silent tears streaming down her cheeks. "I love you, Tony."
"I adore you, Pepper," echoing his sentiments from their first official date.
The sight of the two embraced on the dancefloor was a thing of beauty, the look in their eyes so loving and pure. The fact that it had taken them years to get to this point didn't matter anymore; they were perfect for each other and always had been.
I hope this story was everything you hoped it would be. Thank you for all of your kind words and encouragement, I've really appreciated hearing from all of you.
Their wedding song, Everything by Lifehouse, is absolutely gorgeous. Take the time to listen to it if you've never heard it.