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"Bella, if you don't stop fidgeting I am going to poke your eye out with this liner," Alice says threateningly.
"Go ahead Alice, it probably won't hurt," I reply grinning.
"You know it was a lot easier to threaten you when you were human," Alice mumbles before continuing her task of applying eye liner.
The reason I was fidgeting was I am excited. Today is the day that Jasper and I would be renewing our vows, in a traditional ceremony surrounded by our family and friends. One year ago today, Jasper and I tied the knot in Vegas. It was a perfect ceremony for us, but many had wished they could have seen it for themselves. Charlie was one of them, of course he was happy for us and enjoyed seeing the photos Charlotte had taken, but I could always feels his disappointment in not walking me down the aisle, even though he would never say anything. Every inch of our house in Texas had been decorated, and the entire event had been planned to a tee, by Alice, Rosalie, Charlotte and Esme. You would think by the lengths they went through it was our first wedding.
Suddenly there was a knock at the door, and a heartbeat I knew who it was;
"Everybody decent in here?" Charlie asks peaking his head through the open door, with his eyes closed.
"Yeah Dad, you can come in," I reply, and he opens his eyes.
He looks at me up and down with a giant grin on his face. I will always be grateful to Leah for accidentally revealing herself to Charlie, so that I could keep my father in my life. This day and my future would not be the same without him, and even though Peter did a great job in Vegas, every little girl wants to be walked down the aisle on her daddy's arm.
"You look beautiful, kiddo."
"Thanks Dad, is it time to start already?"
"No, I actually came here for two reasons, I come bearing gifts." He smiles and hands me a small box. I look at him strangely and wonder what he is up too.
I open the box and inside there is a simple silver wedding band, the ring itself confuses me, I already have a wedding ring. Charlie seeing my confusion starts to explain;
"The ring is your mothers. I know you miss Renee, and you're sad that she can't be there, so I thought you could have a small part of her with you."
I feel venom pooling in my eyes, my thoughts instantly turn to Renee, and all the times we spent together. My immortal life came with many great things, Jasper, my family, and of course the benefits of being immortal, but Renee will always be a sore spot for me, and I will miss her everyday of forever.
I hugged Charlie, letting out soft sobs, and he just held me and let me get it all out.
"Thank you Dad, it means a lot."
"I know kid, but you don't need to thank me. Now since I made you sad, it's time to make you happy. This is from that man of yours," Charlie says handing me a long blue velvet box, with a note on top, written in Jasper's elegant script.
"He said to have you open the box first."
I open the box to find a silver ID bracelet, with the words 'Mrs. Whitlock' engraved in the top, the bracelet was beautiful, but what choked me up was the words 'Forever and Always' that were engraved at the back. I put the bracelet on, and open the letter which reads;
Everyday I can't believe I was luck enough to marry you the first time, and I'll never know what I did right in my life to grant me the chance to marry you properly.
Now don't get me wrong, Vegas was perfect for us, and I wouldn't trade it for the world, but my mama would kill me if she knew.
Speaking of my mama, the bracelet you are holding is an exact replica of the one my father gave to her on their wedding day. Even though I am missing a good portion of my human life, I don't have a memory of her without it on, and I wanted to continue the tradition, but didn't have enough time in Vegas.
In a few moments, I'll get to see you walk down the aisle on your father's arm, in an over the top dress that you probably on chose to appease the others, because everything they picked was crazy, but I bet you look beautiful, like an angel, my angel.
I'll see you soon Angel, I'll be the one at the end of the aisle, with a stupid grin on his face.
"Oh my god! It's such a good thing I can't cry. Alice would kill me for ruining my make-up," I say completely overwhelmed by his note.
"You ready, Bells?" Charlie asks, and I just nod, not trusting my voice.
"Let's get you to that man of yours, he hasn't stopped smiling all morning," Charlie says chuckling.
Charlotte, Rose and Alice were my bridesmaids, and were currently walking down the aisle. I couldn't see anything yet, but my heart could tell its other half was close. I was quite excited to do the traditional thing, but I swear I will not do this elaborate affair again for at least 100 years, maybe more.
When the bridal march starts, played by Edward, I swear I can almost feel my heart beat out of my chest. As we reach the top of the aisle, my eyes instantly lock with Jaspers'. He looks absolutely gorgeous in his tuxedo, and a grin breaks on to my face matching the one on my husbands face.
When we reached the bottom of the aisle, Charlie kisses my cheek and places my hand in Jasper's, before we turn to Carlisle, our makeshift minister.
"We are gathered here today, to witness the reaffirmation of vows between Isabella Marie Swan and Jasper Jackson Whitlock."
"Jasper and Bella, I, as well as everyone here are honoured to be present as you pledge your eternal love , to each other once again."
"Jasper and Bella, let your love be stronger than your anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend then break. Believe the best of your beloved rather than the worst. Confide in your partner ans ask for help when you need it. Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship. Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindness you bestow on your friends. Most importantly, say 'I love you' everyday."
As Carlisle finishes speaking, Jasper mouths 'I love you' to me, which brings venom to my eyes, it was times like now I wish I could cry, tears of joy.
"Now I believe the couple has written their own vows, Jasper you may go first."
"Isabella Marie Swan, One year ago today, I pledged my love and commitment to you, but it seems like only yesterday I promised to love you, honour you, comfort and keep you. I pledged to be by your side in times of want and times of plenty, for better or worse, every second of forever. Today, at the beginning of our 2nd year as husband and wife, in the presence of God, and our family and friends, I renew my vows to you pledging my eternal love for you, and eagerly awaiting what forever may bring us."
With every word he spoke, I could see and feel every emotion he felt, and I swear my heart was going to start beating out of my chest. How in the hell did I ever get so lucky enough to find this man, and keep him forever.
"Emily Bronte once wrote, "…he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…" This is how I feel. I am blessed to be your wife. It is an honour to call you my husband. Today before our friends and family, I proudly renew my marriage vows to you. My love for you has deepened beyond anything I could have imagined. May it continue to shine as a beacon of light in this world. I believe in this marriage more strongly than ever. Jasper, it is with joy born of experience and trust that I commit myself once again to be your wife."
As I finish speaking, Jasper smiles his smile that is reserved just for me, and I am shocked to see the glistening of venom pool in his eyes.
"Now for the exchanging of the rings."
Jasper turns to Peter, and I turn to Charlotte who are holding our rings. Last week before the ceremony we had handed over each others rings to the other. Alice suggested getting new rings, but I refused, I loved my ring and I wanted to keep the original from our first wedding, but I did make a small adjustment to Jasper's ring. I decided to have the words 'I do part too' engraved on the inside of his ring.
"Jasper, repeat after me; Isabella Swan; with this ring I thee wed. Take it and wear it as a symbol of all we shall share, and my commitment to you."
"Isabella Swan; with this ring I thee wed. Take it and wear it as a symbol of all we share, and my commitment to you," Jasper repeats slipping on my wedding ring, and kissing my hand once it is placed.
I was glad to have my ring back, my hand had felt naked without it, this last week.
"Now Bella, it's your turn," Carlisle says.
"Jasper Whitlock; with this ring I thee wed. Take it and wear it as a symbol of all we share, and my commitment to you," I say as I place the ring on his hand,
"You have declared before all of us that you will live together in marriage. |You have made special promises to each other, which have been symbolized by the joining of hands, taking of vows and the giving and receiving of two rings. By the power invested in me by the state of Texas, I now pronounce you once again, husband and wife. Jasper you may kiss your bride."
Jasper smirks and steps towards me, our lips meet in a soft embrace, but quickly changes as he dips me and deepens the kiss. The pure raw emotion I feel from him as he kisses me, never stops surprising me, and his lust leaves me eager for our honeymoon. We pull apart with matching grins, to the applause of our family and friends.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to introduce, once again; Mr. & Mrs. Jasper Whitlock."
The reception is in full swing within only a few moments, and a quick wardrobe change for myself. Jasper and I spent a lot of time being congratulated by everyone. Even the Denali's made a trip down here to celebrate with us, surprisingly enough Irina joined us as well, after she found her true mate in a nomad named Daniel, and finally realized that Laurent was never who he said he was. She even apologized for not helping us against Victoria and Maria.
Eventually it was time, for the dancing. I was excited to have the traditional father – daughter dance. Charlie and I walk to the dance floor, and steadily move back and forth with each other, both myself and him were not the greatest dancers in the world.
"You know Bells, I never told you how much you and Jasper getting married again means to me. I know I've never been good at showing my emotions, but I want you to know how much I love you kid, and how happy I am I got to walk you down the aisle." My fathers words bring venom to my eyes.
"I love you too, Dad. Trust me when I say I really wanted to get the chance to get married and have you with me, I really missed you in Vegas."
As the song ends, it starts the round of pass the bride around. First I am dragged around the dance floor by Peter, who can't help but make snide remarks about Jasper in a 'monkey suit' and telling me that I owe him for wearing one.
Next was Emmett, who twirled me around the floor like a rag doll, luckily for me I had amazing balance now. He like Peter took the time to make jokes, but Emmett decided to make crude jokes about our honeymoon, and only agreed to stop when I sarcastically agreed not to hurt any innocent beds.
Next was Edward, luckily for me he kept the twirling to a minimum.
"Bells, you look beautiful."
"You know I use to think about seeing you in a big white dress, I'll admit your choice of groom was different, but I think reality suits you better."
"He's my everything."
"I know, and I'm really happy for you Bella, and I'm glad I got to see you walk down the aisle. I know our relationship is a little weird, but I consider you my best friend. And on the plus side, I don't cringe now when I call you my sister," he says smiling his crooked smile.
"Good, then you won't mind handing your sister off to her husband for a dance," Jasper says coming up from behind him.
"Not at all. Thank you for the dance Bella." Edward says placing my hand in Jasper's, before walking away. Jasper wraps his arms around my waist and pulls me close to him.
"God Darlin, I've been waiting all night to get my hands on you," he says grinning like a fool.
"I know Cowboy. I couldn't wait to be in your arms again."
"You know sweetheart, nobody would blame us if we skipped out early and headed to the Isle."
"Mmmm, that sounds good. How soon can we leave?" I say giggling.
"Do you have any idea how much I love you, Cowboy?"
"Well if it's even a third of how much I love you, then I am the luckiest vampire on the face of this planet," he says kissing me.
That silly man, doesn't realize how much he means to me. Sometimes it's amazing how much my life had changed since my eighteenth birthday, but I wouldn't change it for anything, because this is how my life was supposed to be.
"Trust me Jasper, I love you more than you will ever know."
"I know Darlin, and I love you with everything I am. Forever and Always."
A/N So what did you all think? I hope you liked Jasper and Bella's renewal. I wanted to say I'm sorry for not updating quicker, I have been super busy with RL and sadly my usually trusty laptop kicked the bucket, with half of this chapter on it, so I had to re-write it and it took forever to get a new computer, so I'm sorry.
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