"Time to get up, Bella!" I opened my eyes to Esme standing over my bed, Emma in one arm, and breakfast in the other. "Today's your big day!"
"Big day?" I yawned as it all flooded back to me.
Today is my wedding day. There's no way I wouldn't smile while thinking that. Today I will become Mrs. Edward Anthony Masen - Cullen and I couldn't be happier. I took the breakfast, greatfully, and began eating. She sat down on the edge of the bed, Emma sitting in her lap and watching me.
"You know, I don't think I could have picked a better girl for my Edward," Esme told me and I felt my face heat up as I looked up at her.
"Esme, really, yo-..."
"No, I mean it, Bella." She smiled and winked. "You're a beautiful girl, and you're so sweet, and you already have a perfect grandbaby for me, and you're here. How could I not be prouder? I'm proud of both of you."
"Well...thank you," I whispered and took another bite of the scrambled egggs she'd made me.
"You're always welcome. Now! Hurry up and eat, and shower so we can get started with the day!" She smiled and picked up Emma. "Are you ready to be a wife, Bella?"
"Ready as I'll ever be!" I giggled.
"Okay, first we have to do her hair and makeup!" Alice smiled as she and Rosalie led me to the bathroom.
They sat me down in a chair and I couldn't help but groan at the sight of the product covered counter. I then decided to remind them that I was going for a more natural look...They laughed and told me not to worry about a thing and to relax.
So, I did just that. I leaned back in my chair and let them do all of the dirty work. I trusted them and knew that they all knew what they were doing and wouldn't mess this up for me. Esme turned on the radio and we spent the morning as a girls day in, because we haven't had much of those lately.
"Oh, you are going to look amazing!" Alice giggled as she powdered my face with God only knows what.
"Ed would call her amazing is she showed up in a paper sack!" Rosalie snickered and I felt my face heat up.
"It's true you know," Alice tsked as she did my makeup. "You and Em have Edward wrapped around your fingers!"
I smiled then, thinking of last month, when Edward officially adopted Emma.
"Oh! I'm so happy! I'm your Daddy, legally, and actually!" Edward spun Emma around as we walked out of the court building. I giggled at the sight of them. Emma squealed loudly flailed her arms and legs.
"I'm so happy for you two!" My Mom giggled and pulled me into a one-armed hug from the side. I smiled at her and hugged her back, thanking her.
"Me too," I sighed and linked my arms through Edwards, looking down at our little girl.
"I'm so happy things are official, Bella!" Edward chuckled, again and Emma kept repeating 'Dada'. Even though she wasn't supposed to, I could tell that the sweetheart knew exactly what was going on today.
"Bella!" Alice giggled and I opened my eyes. "You were asleep!" She began laughing with Rosalie and I scowled at them. "Anyways, you need to get up. It's time to put your dress on!"
I sighed and pushed myself up from the chair using my arms. Alice and Rosalie had the dress out and ready. So all I really had to do was move my feet a bit and stand still enough for them to get it up and over my body. They'd already put me in a robe, earlier, so I'd be ready when it came time to get dressed.
I closed my eyes as they buttoned it up in the back before turning me back around to adjust it and make sure everything was in it's place. I sighed, content, and ready to get this show on the road. I'm nervous, but too excited to really acknowlege that part.
It was a beautiful dress, we'd gotten it in Seattle a few weeks back. It was strapless and had a beaded upper half. The bottom half of it was puffy, white, and had a slight train - but not so much that I'd trip.
"You look gorgeous!" Alice squealed as she stepped back.
"Oh my gosh, we may have to move the wedding night to an earlier time, because I know Edward won't be able to keep his hands off of you!" Rosalie winked and I felt my entire body heat up in a blush. "You look amazing!"
I turned to look in the full length mirror on the back of the door and couldn't help but smile. I looked exactly as I wanted to. It almost wasn't the same girl looking back at me...my makeup was light, natural, but working. And my eyes were big, brown, and framed in long, dark lashes.
My hair'd been pulled back and into a bun, a very pretty one with some loose curls. I knew it'd stay in place with the way they had it done and I couldn't help but turn around, giggling at them.
"You guys...you're miracle workers!"
"Nah!" Alice laughed and pulled me in a light hug, and then Rose. "You were already pretty, we just know how to accentuate what's already there!"
"Either way, thank you!"
"Oh! You look so beautiful!" I turned to see my Mother, Renee, standing in the doorway. She had a hand over her mouth and her eyes were watering as she looked over me. I smiled sheepishly at her.
"You look amazing sweetheart!" She pulled me into a light hug, careful of my dress. "Oh, you're going to knock everyone off their feet today!"
"Without a doubt," Esme smiled from the doorway.
"I can't believe my baby is getting married!" Mom giggled and sighed. "You were a baby, and then you were gone, and now you're back...and getting married."
"You don't mind do you?" I suddenly wondered if I should have put more time in between the engagement and the wedding. Mom and Dad had just gotten back into my lives and now I'm being taken buy a guy...
"No! Not at all angel," She chuckled. "it's just a scary change. It'd be scary if you'd have been in my life all of your life...it's just hard to see you grow up."
"Well," I looked up to see Emmett and Jasper in the doorway. They were here to collect the women. Emmett winked. "You look smokin' Bells!"
"Very pretty." Jasper smiled as the girls went out in the hallway.
"Where's Dad?" I suddenly realized that my escort wasn't there. I turned and sighed with relief as Charlie and Carlisle came in. They smiled at us and Carlisle chuckled when Charlie's jaw dropped. "Hey Dad, ready?"
"I don't think I'd ever be ready for my baby girl to get married, Bella." He shook his head and I smiled.
"Renee, Esme," Carlisle turned to the women. "Time to take your seats. The ceremony will begin soon."
"Oh!" Esme clapped her hands as she and Renee followed her husband out.
We all lined up at the top of the stairs and Rosalie smiled at us, telling us how to count while waiting to go. Everyone would be just around the corner and down the stairs. I turned to Dad, and tightened my grip on him as the ever so familiar Pachelbel's Canon began to play.
"Don't let me fall, Dad,' I whispered and he smiled as Alice began to go.
I counted to five before going.
We turned the corner and everyone stood, and their eyes shot to me. I didn't really look at everyone. Not paying attention to my bawling mother up front, or little Kate standing up front by Edward. I didn't really notice anybody but Edward.
My Dad's arm was the only thing that kept me from running, full sprint, down the aisle to meet Edward. At this moment in time it felt as if we were the only two people in the universe and I was completely okay with that. I couldn't help but smile back when his face opened into a huge grin, his green eyes bright and glossy.
The walk felt agonizingly slow and I couldn't help but let out a deep breath when we finally got to the altar. Charlie told Edward to take care of me as he placed my hand in Edward's hands. I smiled and nodded at my Dad as we turned to look at each other.
The ceremony went from there and it went dreadfully slow. I had to fight off the urge to start tapping my foot in anticipation. Why did we agree on this? We should have done something shorter! I want to be married!
It was finally time to say the famous old lines about being with each other forever. We both said them, our voices loud and clear. I couldn't help but sigh with relief when he finally said the last part.
"I now pronounce you, husband and wife...you may kiss the bride!"
I wrapped my arms around Edward's neck and pulled his lips down to mine. He chuckled at my enthusiasm, but kissed back, equally as excited. I giggled into his lips but sighed and pulled away when Emmett wolf-whistled.
Everyone began applauding then and Edward wrapped an arm around my waist as he led me out with him.
I grinned as we were announced and could finally go to the reception.
We walked in and I couldn't help but smile at everybody in the room. It was time to do the mindless greeting and mingling with the guests. One of those moments that I'm so thankful that we kept the wedding small.
"Oh! My Baby!" I giggled when Esme kissed Edward's cheeks and then hugged me. "That was beautiful, you two! Absolutely amazing!"
"Thank you, Esme, that dress makes you look gorgeous!" I giggled looking at her emerald green dress.
"Thank you, sweetheart!" She patted my cheek and sighed.
"Edward," Carlisle smiled and pulled his son into one of those man-one-armed-hugs. "Congratulations, son, I'm proud of you." He told Edward, who was smiling like there was no tomorrow. He then turned to me. "And then the beautiful bride!"
"Hi Carlisle," I smiled and hugged him.
"Oh! My baby!" I looked up at my Mom who was running towards me, open-armed.
"Mom," I chuckled and kissed her cheek. My Dad walked up with his hands shoved in his pockets, looking awkward. "Dad, don't you look-..."
"Silly?" He finished, interrupting me. I giggled, and shook my head.
"I was going to say more like 'Debonair'!" I corrected him and he flushed red. I giggled and wrapped my arms around both of them. "You guys are the best, thank you so much for coming!" I turned to the group. "All of you."
"No, Bella, there's no questioning whether we would have came or not!" Esme hugged me. "You and Edward are both our children and we love you two. Of course we came. Today was an important day."
"Thank you," Edward and I spoke in unison, grinning.
"Great, they're already finishing each other's sentances!" Renee threw her arms in the air and walked away. Everyone laughed, before following her.
That's when Mr. Greene, Mrs. Salazar, and her husband walked up. The school principal, nurse, and her husband. What a combination...especially in this case scenario. I smiled and shook all of their hands with Edward.
"I still can't thank you enough," Edward chuckled and Mr. Greene sighed.
"You can't help who you fall in love with," He told him with a sigh. "and besides...you two technically met before the school-year began."
"Thanks Jim," Edward chuckled.
"Oh! I'm so happy for you guys!" Carmen hugged us. That's when Kate came running, full sprint towards us.
She lept into Edward's arms and he spun her around, laughing with her. I smiled at the sight of them. The other's slowly walked away, smiling, as I turned to wrap my arms around them. Kate giggled, turned, and kissed my cheek.
"Bella, you're my new favorite person!" She giggled and Edward gasped playfully. I laughed, pulling her into my arms and hugging her small body. "You saved my life. And now you've saved Edward! How could you not be my favorite?"
"Oh, you guys are all my favorites," I whispered and hugged her tightly one more time before setting her down.
The rest of the time we quickly made our way around. I couldn't get the smile off of my face even if I'd have wanted too. When they announced the first dance I smiled, following Edward out to the dancefloor. I sighed and ducked my head.
"I don't know how to dance," I frowned realizing that I'd forgotten this part.
"Easy," Edward pulled me up and onto his feet. I felt my eyes widen as I looked down at our feet. "It's all in the lead." he began twirling around a bit and the song 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol played. "See. Easy."
"Thank you," I whispered and wrapped my arms tighter around him. "I love you."
"I love you too...Bella Marie Cullen."
That dance lasted a while since it went from that one to the song 'Bless the Broken Road' by Rascall Flatts. I giggled thinking about how this song described our relationship to a tee. I smiled at Edward who nodded, knowing exactly what I was thinking about this song.
When that ended I felt someone tap on my shoulder. I turned to see my Dad smiling sheepishly as she song 'I Loved Her First' began playing. I smiled as Edward kissed my knuckles and passed me to my Dad.
It was obvious that I'd inherited my grace from my father as we began dancing. If you could even call it that. We were more like walking in a little box while holding each other. It was still a tender moment, either way.
"Thank you so much Bella," I looked at my Dad and asked what he was thanking me for. "I'm thanking you for coming back to us. We've missed you so much, honey."
"I missed you guys too. At the time I didn't know what I was feeling...but now I know that I was missing my Mom and Dad." I whispered, speaking honestly.
The dancing for the rest of the night was amazing. Edward and Esme danced to 'My Wish' by Rascall Flatts for the Mother/Son dance. The bridal party danced to 'You Gotta' Friend in Me', from the Toy Story movies.
We did all of the fun music too. Like the Cha-Cha-Slide, the Cupid Shuffle, and the Chicken Dance. The men all even danced to Justin Timberlake's 'Bringing Sexy Back'. That was a very funny one!
I smiled when they announced that it was time to cut the cake, I followed Edward over to the cake we'd chosen a few weeks back. I was holding Emma, who was screaming non-stop, when we both took one hand to slice it before shoving the delicious stuff into each other's faces. Edward even put a little frosting on Em's nose.
"Want some frosting, baby?" I giggled and held out out my finger which she greedily pulled into her mouth to eat off of. "She's definitely my daughter!"
Everyone laughed as we served the cake and a chair was brought out. Oh joy, the garter toss. Not something I was even thinking about when I slid the little thing on today. Edward led me over to the chair and all of the single men lined up.
I can't tell you how awkward it was when my garter landed in my high-school Principal's hair...
I was definitely never going to stop blushing.
I tossed the bouquet and smiled, laughing lightly when little Kate caught it. She ran in a circle, squealing, before running up to hug and get her picture taken with me. Oh, I love this kid!
We did the final dance, and danced to 'The Time of my Life'. I truly did but now I was tired, and completely ready to get on with our wedding night. With how often Edward was kissing me, for some reason I don't think he could wait that much longer either. This only made me that much more smug.
When the dance ended I went and found the family, hugging and kissing them all goodbye. I had the hardest time, not wanting to part with Em for more than a night, knowing that three nights isn't that long. It's still hard.
"I love you baby!" I cooed. "Mommy will be back before you know it, okay?"
"I'll take care of her!" Kate announced dutifully and I hugged her, thanking her.
"Oh, Bella, you'll have so much fun, Baby," Mom giggled as she kissed my cheek and I blushed realizing that everyone knew exactly what we'd be doing tonight.
"I love you all," I smiled and Edward said his final goodbyes to Emma before we both kissed her on the head, handing her to Esme. Esme would have her for the first two nights and then Renee the last one. We wanted to see how she'd do away from me before leaving her with Renee that long. She's stayed overnight with Esme before.
"Bye!" We waved and blew kisses as everyone threw rice and all of the traditional stuff. I sighed with relief when we finally climbed into the back seat of Edward's Volvo.
"Are you ready, love?" He whispered and kissed me on the lips.
"Absolutely." I giggled and leaned into him, kissing him again.
Tonight was an entirely new beginning for us and I couldn't wait to get started.
A/N: Hey everyone! Finaly 'real' chapter :'( I can't believe it's finally over! I loved this story and always will! Go ahead and keep the review coming. I've been offered ideas for a sequal and would love to hear more from ya'!
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