A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who read and reviewed the last chapter! You guys are awesome!
A/N: Unfortuantely this is the last chapter of Let's Be a Family, and I want to thank everyone who made it such a big success! A lot of has asked about a sequel with Cody and Kara-it's not going to happen right away, but a good possibility down the road. I just have to plan out the story, lol! Hope you guys enjoy the last chapter!
May 7, 2011 (6 months later)
Kourtney could feel the sun's warmth on her face as she began to stir, and finally opened her eyes. A big smile spread across her face. It was finally the day she had been waiting on for the last six months-it was her and Ted's wedding day. She couldn't help but giggle as memories of the past months began to replay in her mind.
Immediately after setting the date, Ted and Kourtney began looking for a wedding and reception site. His parents' lake house was on Lake Caroline, and ever since Kourtney moved to Mississippi, she admired the beauty of the lake and how clean it looked. They both were elated when Ted's father agreed to marry them on the docks of Lake Caroline, and were more happy when they found out that the spacious reception hall was open.
After those two things were finalized, like any other groom, Ted kindly stepped back and let his bride take over the wedding planning. Since it was a spring wedding, Kourtney decided on dark yellow tea length bridesmaid dresses with a dark brown sash across the waist. The bridesmaids also were going to have brown rose nose gays, while Kourtney would walk down the aisle carrying brown and white roses mixed together. While shopping for her dress, Kourtney was able to find a dress for now 9 month old Brianna that matched the wedding party nicely.
Ever since Kourtney was a little girl, she always dreamt of feeling like Cinderella on her wedding day. So on the same day as she found Brianna's dress, Kara came across a vanilla colored strapless gown with simple beading on the bodice. The dress had an A-line skirt that flared a little, but not puffy. In fact, the dress showed off Kourtney's curves nicely.
When it came to the decorations, Ted and Kourtney wanted it simple. In front of the dock area where the ceremony was to be performed, white chairs were placed in rows and three brown vases with roses also donned the docks. In the reception hall, white twinkling Christmas lights, roses and candles donned the tables.
Just then, there was swift knock on the door, breaking Kourtney from her thoughts. "Come in," she said.
Kara then walked into her bedroom, with Brianna in her arms. "Good, I'm glad your up! We need to get to the hair salon soon."
"I know, I'm up!" Kourtney smiled as she jumped out of bed. "And I didn't even hear Brianna wake up! You should have called for me."
"That's ok. I went to go check on her, and she was just laying in bed just smiling and laughing. I already fed her too."
"Kara, you didn't have to do that!" Kourtney exclaimed as she grabbed her things and followed her sister down the hall.
"I know, but I was happy to. Besides, I'm going to need the practice!" she exclaimed, rubbing her ever growing baby bump.
In fact, it was around the night of Survivor Series that Cody and Kara conceived their baby, and due right around the time of Brianna's first birthday. While the WWE was in Vegas back in January, Kara discovered she was pregnant, and wanting to celebrate the joy of his upcoming baby, Cody suggested they elope. And he and Kara did elope that night after Raw.
"Have you thought yet that this baby and Brianna could share the same birthday?" Kourtney asked.
Kara shrugged. "That would be cool, but I kind of want this little guy to have his own day."
"Any names picked out?"
"Yes, we did finally agree on a name the day of your rehearsal. The baby's name is going to be Tyler Garrett Runnels."
Kourtney smiled. "Aw, that's cute!"
After their visit to the hair salon, Kourtney and Kara met their mother, Melanie and Leah at the Lake Caroline cabin where they all would be getting dressed.
"Oh, all the girls look so lovely," Gina commented as Kara, Leah and also Barbie and Eve all finished getting dressed.
"I have to agree," Melanie said. "I love the dresses Kourtney chose!"
Just then, the room fell silent as Kourtney walked out, fully dressed. "Oh my," Gina gasped. "You look absolutely beautiful!"
"Thanks mom," she replied. "Do you have my comb and veil?"
The older woman nodded as she walked across the room. "Yes I do, and if you'll sit at the edge of the bed, I will attach it for you."
Kourtney stayed silent as her mother and sister fixed her hair. It was hitting her that this moment was really happening. It was only a matter of time before she and Ted were husband and wife.
"Ok I want to take a picture of all the girls," Melanie announced once Gina was finished. The girls all lined up on either side of the bride, making sure she was in the middle.
"Mom, where is Brianna?"
"Ted actually has her. He wanted the photographer to take some special pictures of just the two of them."
She nodded. "Ok."
Meanwhile, across the lake, Ted was standing at the ceremony site with his smiling daughter in his arms. The photographer ordered different instructions, and Ted smiled brightly with Brianna, looked out over the lake and one of him kissing her cheek. There was also an impromptu picture done at the last minute. Brianna decided to grab her father's nose while cooing and laughing, and Ted scrunched his face as she pulled.
"These pictures are going to be adorable," the photographer said.
Ted smiled. "Good I am glad."
About a half hour later, Kourtney was also taking pictures with her daughter as guests began to arrive. Ted was back in the room where the men got dressed and as he began to straighten his tie, a rush of nerves began to set in. Just then, his dad knocked on the door and poked his head through the open doorway.
"Can I come in son?"
The younger man nodded. "Sure dad. What's up?"
"I just wanted to let you know that the ceremony is about to start soon. And I also wanted to say…that I'm proud of you."
Ted smirked. "Thanks dad."
"Kourtney is a wonderful woman, and will fit in nicely with our family. And not to mention that Brianna such a sweet little girl. Your mom and I couldn't be happier for you," he said as he opened his arms.
"Thanks dad," Ted said as he quickly hugged his father.
"Your welcome," the elder DiBiase said as the embrace was broken. "Now, let's go get you married," he said as Ted nodded.
About fifteen minutes later, the violins began to play, signaling the start of the ceremony. First, Ted Sr. and his son both walked up the aisle and took their places at the front. Then Gina and Melanie also walked down together, and sat across from each other in the front row. Brianna, who was being held by Gina, cooed happily when she saw her father once again.
As the bridesmaids and their respected partners began to walk down the aisle, the setting couldn't have been more beautiful. The weather was absolutely perfect, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The water in the background also served as a nice back drop.
Finally, the violins began to signal Kourtney's cue, and as Ted watched his future wife walk toward him from a distance, an instant smile spread across his face. As she walked closer, tears were literally spilling from both the bride and groom. Finally the moment was upon them as David and Gina stopped to the side of Ted.
"Who gives this woman to this man?" Ted Sr. asked.
"Her mother and I do," David answered before hugging his daughter. Once the embrace was broken, he lightly slapped Ted on the shoulder after joining their hands.
As Ted Sr. started with a short prayer, neither Ted nor Kourtney could stop smiling. They both had waited for this day for so long, and were glad to be sharing it with their family and close friends. Ted gently squeezed his bride's hand as he glanced toward his dad once more.
"Ted, do you take Kourtney to be your lawful wedded wife?"
"I do," he nodded.
"Kourtney, do you take Ted to be your lawful wedded husband?"
"I do," she smiled.
Ted Sr. then collected the rings from Brett and Kara, the best man and Matron of Honor. "Ted, place this ring on Kourtney's finger and say accept this ring as a symbol of my love for you. With this ring I thee wed."
"Kourtney, accept this ring as a symbol of my love for you. With this ring I thee wed," he repeated.
Moments later, Kourtney was asked to do the same. "Ted, accept this ring as a symbol of my love for you. With this ring I thee wed."
"You both have repeated scared words from God, and exchanged symbols of love in rings. So, by the power invested in me and by the state of Mississippi, I announce you husband and wife. Ted, you may kiss your bride."
Not wasting any time, Ted pulled Kourtney close, cradling her head in hands. They both exchanged smiles as he leaned down and softly kissed his new wife.
"It is my pleasure to introduce Mr. and Mrs. Ted DiBiase Jr.," Ted Sr. beamed proudly as everyone continued clapping.
After greeting and thanking their guests, the newly married couple took pictures with their wedding party, by themselves and with Brianna by the lake. A couple hours later, after dinner and toasts, Ted and Kourtney took the dance floor as it was time for their first dance. It was only appropriate that they danced to "Only You Can Love Me This Way," by Keith Urban.
"I absolutely love this song," Kourtney gushed as Ted wrapped his arms tightly around her. "And I'm so glad you helped picked it!"
He smirked. "It only seemed appropriate, especially after I tried proposing with the song lyrics and you basically went into labor and stuff. It fit, you know?"
Kourtney nodded. "The day couldn't have turned out more perfect. We had beautiful weather, your dad gave a beautiful service…it just couldn't get any better."
"By the way, thank you for my family," Ted said as he glanced toward their daughter, who was now happily sleeping in Melanie's arms.
She also looked in the same direction and smiled. "There is no need to thank me. You had a big part in making that family!"
Ted laughed. "I love you," he gushed as he pulled Kourtney closer and passionately kissed his wife.
When the kiss was broken, both smiled. It had been in an unconventinal way that they met, had Brianna and got married. But, neither would change anything for the world. It was their story to tell in how they became a family.