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Today was the day I had been dreaming about since I proposed to my beautiful Bella six months ago. We had overcome so many obstacles but we finally made it to this day. It had been one of the happiest days of my life when Bella said 'yes' flying into my arms kissing me all over.
It was a cold December night and Riley was at my parents for the night. Bella and I had been so busy with the start of a new school year for her and Riley starting kindergarten, that we hadn't had a lot of alone time.
I made reservations for seven at Bella Italia since it was one of Bella's favorite restaurants. With the help of Alice I had purchased a sophisticated black sleeveless dress with a gathered, cross over bodice and scoop neck that was short but not too short. I picked out matching shoes that had a cute bow at the ankle and a chunk heel that wasn't too high. I knew both were all Bella and she would love them.
I placed the garment bag and shoes on the bed as soon I got home from work while Bella was in the shower. I quickly undressed, quietly opening the door and slipping in the shower behind her. I wrapped my arms around Bella's waist and kissed her shoulder.
"Hey, baby. I hope you don't mind me joining you."
"Not at all, but you might make us late."
"I promise I'll only use my hands to wash."
We didn't make love, but gently washed each other intimately taking our time. Once we were sure the other was clean we dried and got dressed for our dinner.
Dinner was delicious and the conversation was light. When dessert arrived I got down on one knee and pulled the red velvet box from my pocket.
I looked up into the deep chocolate brown eyes that bore into my soul as they filled with tears ready to spill over.
"Isabella Marie Swan. You came into our lives and turned my world right side up. You loved my son unconditionally and helped us get through a rough patch. You filled the void in my heart and made me feel whole again. You are my best friend, lover and soul mate. I love you more than life itself. Will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?"
"Oh Edward. Yes, yes YES!"
I placed the ring on her finger and she flew in my arms peppering kisses all over my face as people around us clapped and cheered.
We had wanted everything small and simple so there was just a few friends and family seated. The reception was going to be a small affair with dinner and dancing, before we headed to Maui for our honeymoon.
As I stood in my parent's backyard at the altar with Emmett to my left and Jasper to his, I couldn't wait for Bella to be mine in every way possible.
Rose was first to walk down the aisle, looking beautiful in her simple but classy strapless lilac and white dress with her hair up in some kind of twist. Her bouquet was in one hand and my niece Savannah Rae was on her right hip. At just one year old, Savannah was the spitting image of her sister and mother with blond ringlet curls and sparkling blue eyes. I'm not sure how Emmett does it with a houseful of woman but I've him plenty of times he was going to have his hands full when Lilly and Savannah were old enough to date.
I watched as next Alice made her way down the aisle in her off the shoulder lilac and white dress and perfect pixie hair. She looked beautiful as always holding Sophie Grace on her hip and her bouquet balanced in her un-occupied arm. Sophie had come into the world with so much spunk and spirit just over a year ago with brown hair and greenish-blue eyes reminding me so much of my sister.
Lilly made her way down the aisle next with her white dress with lilac trim and beautiful blonde curls surrounding her face. On her right arm was Bradon and on her left was Riley both looking handsome in their black tuxes. The three of them looked so much older and mature then their ten, six and five years.
As the oldest of the cousins Lilly was protector of all her younger cousins. She made sure everyone got along and no one was left out. With all her bossiness and caring heart she reminded me of Rose so much. She was especially gentle and caring around Riley taking extra time to walk him through something so he didn't become frustrated or have an issue.
Riley had come a long way from when he was diagnosed with Autism. Although he has issues they are very minimal. In June he had finished a year of kindergarten in a regular school with some one on one therapy sessions. We were told that academically he was very smart but just had a few simple issues with his social skills. They were so impressed that for a six year old he could strategize how to solve math problem and knew answers that most third graders didn't know.
I couldn't be more proud at how far my son had come.
As the kids made it to the altar the music changed and I looked up to see the most perfect sight in the world. My Bella looked gorgeous in her white, off the shoulder dress that was fitted up top and flared out from the waist. Her hair was up with soft curls around her face with a beautiful veil on top of her head.
My dad had a bright smile of pride on his face as he held Bella's arm escorting her closer to me. Since Bella's own father had passed away when she was young she asked my father who was more than happy to fill in as father of the bride. He had already thought of her as his own and was honored when she asked him.
Bella was a vision in white as she finally made her way to the altar. My father placed a sweet kiss on her cheek before placing her hand in mine and taking his place next to my mother. I held her hands in mine as I mouthed 'I love you' to her. She returned the sentiment before the priest turned to us to begin the ceremony.
Oblivious to everything else around me except the beauty in front of me, I didn't even hear the priest reciting the vows I was now supposed to answer. A little embarrassed to my regard for the events around me, knowing my face was a shade of bright red.
Bella squeezed my hands reassuring me everything was okay, looking at me with so much love as she mouthed the words "I do" then nonchalantly motioning with her head for me to respond to the priest.
I turned to the priest as I said, "I do."
The priest smiled and again Bella squeezed my hands comforting me, centering me, and with just her touch I was relaxed and living in the moment.
"Do you Isabella Marie Swan take this man for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health till death do you part?"
"I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride."
I took Bella in my arms and kissed her lips sweetly. The kiss was short, a mingle of breath like an interlude of things to come later.
I rested my forehead to hers, "I love you."
"I love you too."
I turned to our friends and family as they all clapped and cheered.
"Bella has been a part of our lives for a while and although it was never official she has always been a mother to Riley. Now that she's my wife we can finally make our family official. Just as soon as the papers go through, Bella will legally be Riley's mother."
There were more cheers and whistles as Riley ran and made his way to the altar hugging Bella tightly. I always thought my life was complete but it truly wasn't until Bella came into our lives. She was the missing link that held us all together.
I linked my hand in Bella's bringing it to my lips kissing it softly. Riley had returned to his spot next to Lilly and Bradon as we made our way up the aisle and into our new life as Mr. and Mrs. Cullen.
What the future brought was only up to us but I knew with all my heart Bella, Riley and I would be a happy Cullen family!
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