She stood in front of the mirror and blinked again. Yup, this was really happening. She adjusted the long white skirt once more and took a deep breath, brushing her hair. She was doing her own hair and makeup that day, not one for fancy parties or over the top hairstyles she had left it down. Cal had often said he preferred her hair down. It curled gently past her shoulders as she set the small veil on top. Since she was a little girl she'd wanted a veil, just a little one, and now she had one, delicate lace held in place by a pearl comb. Her makeup was simple and she wore the necklace that Cal had bought for her for Christmas before they were together. Ria and Gillian had paid to have it fixed as part of a wedding gift – Jason had snapped it in a fury. Something old. Her dress was something new…Gillian had winked and let her borrow a garter – something that had made Jess go the colour of a ripe tomato – and the earrings in her ears, presents from Katrina – were sparkling blue. A knock came at the door.
"You ready J-J?"
"Y-Yeah." She opened the door and Sarah's jaw dropped.
"What?" Panicked Jess, "What's wrong?"
"Nothing Jess you look….wow."
She smiled and blushed before taking the hand of her maid of honour as she led her down the stairs. Jack stood at the bottom, dressed in a suit, trying to do up his tie. Celia laughed and helped him out.
"There you go Mr Watson!"
"Thank you Celia."
Emily looked up.
Jess blushed as she reached the bottom. Her dad turned around and blinked rapidly, clearing his throat.
"Do I look pretty daddy?" She asked quietly.
"You look beautiful sweetheart."
"Yeah Jess, you look amazing!" Offered Emily from where she was holding the bouquet. Jess bit her lip and turned to Sarah.
"Oh gosh what if I mess up? I can't do this Sarah! What if I forget the words?"
"Jess there are two words! I. Do. There, done."
"But what if I trip on the aisle or something? And then I have to dance in front of everyone oh no!"
Sarah gently took Jessica's face in her hands and looked her square in the eyes.
"You'll be fine Jess."
She took a deep breath and turned to face everyone.
"Well then, we have a church to go to."
They could hear the guests in the church as the bridesmaids lined up and Jess was handed her bouquet. Her father walked over, taking her arm gently in his.
"Are you ready dad?" She asked quietly. He smiled, dabbing his eyes and coughing.
"I'll never be ready sweetheart. You'll always be my baby girl."
She smiled, blinking.
"Don't make me cry dad."
He smiled and squeezed her arm gently.
"Sorry sweetheart, don't want to ruin your makeup."
She chuckled as Sarah peered in and the music started.
"Oh my God I'm actually doing this." She muttered as her heart leapt in her chest.
"Are you ready Jess?" Asked Emily. Jessica smiled.
"Not even a little bit. I think I'm about to faint. Let's do this."
The doors opened and Emily all but skipped down the aisle, followed by an equally ecstatic Sarah and a red-haired Celia with a grin two miles wide. The guests turned round to see her and Jessica took a deep breath, looking for the one set of eyes she wanted to see more than any other.
And there he was. Stood in his 'penguin suit' as he and Loker so affectionately called them, staring at her in the way she'd always dreamed of. Like someone kept in the dark, seeing the sun for the first time. He quickly wiped the moisture from his eyes as he looked at her. She looked, he thought in a rather cliché manner, like an angel, long white dress and lacy veil, lilies – her favourite flower – clutched in her hands. Eventually she reached him and Jack looked him straight in the eye.
"You look after her." He whispered as he passed her hand from his own to Cal's, Jessica handing her flowers to Emily.
"I will sir." He replied, voice slightly thick. Jack stepped back and Cal took both of Jessica's hands in his own. She risked a glance around the church as the priest spoke. Ria and Gillian were in floods of tears, Katrina was biting her lip and visibly willing herself not to cry and Demi was giving Jess a thumbs up from the pews. Eventually they got to the part Jessica had been waiting for her entire life.
"Do you, Calvin Lightman, take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?"
He slid the ring onto her finger, glistening gold.
"And do you, Jessica Marie Watson, take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband?"
She smiled up at him and took a breath.
"If there is anyone with an objection to the marriage of these two people, speak now."
Jess glanced around the church and Demi met her eyes, smiling and shaking her head.
"Well then I can now happily announce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride."
Cal looked down at his wife and grinned, taking her face gently in his hands and pressing his lips to hers. This kiss was not the most passionate they had ever shared, but it was the best. He had never felt happier than that moment. They signed the document, legalising the marriage, and set out on their new life.
Cal's face when Emily caught the bouquet had been priceless.
Sarah got a photograph.
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