Joe was so nervous, he was sure that Jerry could hear his knees knocking. In fact, the entire hotel probably heard!
"Relax, will ya? You're making me nervous!" Jerry said.
"You? I'm the one getting married!" Joe hissed loudly. He looked around the crowded ballroom
"Wow! It looks like everyone in Florida decided to come to this shindig."
"Well, what did you expect? You're marrying Sugar Kane!" Jerry pointed out. "She's a legend around here."
Before Joe could respond, the sounds of Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators began to play softly, signaling the start of the ceremony.
One by one the bridal party walked down the aisle. Joe's heart caught in his throat. He knew what would happen next...
Sure enough, the strands of "Here Comes the Bride" began to play. The guests stood as Sugar appeared in the doorway; Osgood on her arm. Joe could feel Jerry and the bridesmaids smiling at him, but he didn't dare look away.
Sugar was the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen. It was as though he was looking at an angel... or a goddess.
And then she was standing next to him.
Osgood kissed Sugar on the cheek, and for good measure, looked her up and down.
Joe took her hand in his and gazed into her eyes, hardly able to believe this was happening.
When he realized that he was being spoken to, he looked up in surprise.
The audience laughed.
He could feel his face burning with embarrassment and daringly looked at Sugar. To his relief, she smiled.
"Do you take Sugar Kane Kowalczyk to be your wife? To love, honor, cherish, comfort and keep her as long as you both shall live?" The minister asked.
Joe took Sugar's hands in his. A tear slid down her cheek and he tenderly reached out and brushed it away with his thumb.
"I do." He said.
The minister smiled.
"By the power vested in me by the State of Florida, I now pronounce you husband and wife."
"Oh my gosh, really?" Joe asked, incredulous.
"Yes, really." The minister answered among a scattering of laughter.
Joe smiled and drew Sugar close as they shared their first kiss as husband and wife. He could barely hear the applause that followed as they kissed again and again.
He felt someone tapping him on the shoulder and he turned to find Jerry smiling at him.
"Can't you see I'm busy here?" Joe asked, returning his attention to his wife.
"I just wanted to kiss the bride." Jerry said with a grin.
Joe looked at Sugar.
"It's okay, Honey. Honest." She said with a smile that melted Joe's heart.
Joe narrowed his eyes and looked at his friend. "Well, okay. But hurry up, would ya?"
Jerry moved past Joe and hugged Sugar tightly. "You're breathtaking."
Sugar blushed. "Thank you Daphne. I-I mean Jerry." She added with a giggle.
"Cute." Jerry said. He leaned toward Sugar and kissed her on the lips, lingering a bit longer than he should have.
Joe pulled him away, startling both Jerry and Sugar.
"All right, that's enough! Give me back my wife! Say, where's Marilyn?"
Jerry sighed. "I don't know. I guess she decided not to come. Just my luck, I'm telling you."
They looked up to find Marilyn hurrying toward them.
"Zowie!" Joe said.
Zowie was right...
Joe saw Jerry's mouth drop at the sight of Marilyn's ensemble; the long slinky blue satin dress that hugged her every curve.
And boy did she have curves!
"I'm so sorry I'm late, Honey." Marilyn said to Jerry.
Jerry continued to stare at her until Joe slapped him on the back in an effort to get his attention.
"H-Hey, Marilyn." Jerry said, blushing like a lovesick teenager when Marilyn kissed him. "Wow... you look..."
"Thank you, Honey." She said, kissing him again.
"I-I have to agree." Joe said, kissing Marilyn on the cheek. "You look beautiful."
"Me? What about Sugar here?" Marilyn said. "Oh wow... Never in my life have I ever seen someone look so gorgeous."
"She's right, you know." Jerry whispered to Sugar. "Only you look a thousand times better than gorgeous."
Tears filled Sugar's eyes as she grinned.
"I-I mean it. You're stunning. And I'm the luckiest guy in the world. I mean, no one else-."
Sugar took his face in her hands.
"Just shut up and kiss me, Joe."
Joe smiled at his wife.