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The Wedding Part I


Chapter 11

Damon got into the car with the girls who were still laughing.

"When did you do that?" Elena asked between giggles.

"During the night." Damon shrugged.

"Aren't you going to untie them?" Caroline asked amused.

"Nope." Damon smirked.

"Damon, they're in the middle of the town square." Caroline laughed. "Everyone can see them."

"So?" Damon asked amused.

"Maybe that'll teach them." Elena said and Damon laughed.

"High five." Damon said to her and Elena laughed and slapped his hand with hers. "So, can I take you lovely ladies to breakfast?" He asked and they giggled.

Damon took Caroline and Elena to breakfast then shopping for last minute stuff they would need for going to Europe and by the time they got back the boys were sitting in the living room waiting for Damon and he smirked at them. Tom wasn't with them.

"We got arrested!" Stefan yelled at Damon and Damon and the girls burst into laughter.

"I'm sure Liz will cut down your sentences." Damon smirked.

"I can't believe you did that, dude." Jeremy said mortified.

"You can't believe I did that?" Damon chuckled. "How did you think vervaining me and tying me up on a stripper pole was going to go?" He asked amused.

"I told you that the vervain wouldn't go down well." Jeremy muttered to Stefan.

"The vervain wasn't part of the plan." Mason said.

"Anyway, we all talked about it and we'd like to try again, but just having a drink at the Grill while the girls go up to the lodge." Stefan said and Damon shrugged.

"Fine, I'll meet you there when I get back." Damon said.

"Get back from where?" Ric asked.

"I'm driving them up there." Damon replied.

"Whipped." Mason smirked and Damon just shrugged.

"Did you call Bonnie yet?" Damon asked Caroline.

"No, I better get to that though." She sighed. "It's going to be uneven now." She muttered.

"How will it be uneven?" Elena asked Damon after Caroline left the room.

"Because Caroline is uninviting Bonnie to the wedding." Damon replied.

"Why?" Elena asked in disbelief.

"Because she refuses to go up with you girls tonight because she doesn't feel safe spending the night near Caroline and she was planning on driving up tomorrow, going to the ceremony then not even coming to lunch with us." Damon replied and Elena's jaw dropped.

"How could she feel unsafe around Caroline?" Stefan asked confused.

"Because she's a vampire." Damon replied annoyed.

"But you bought her dress!" Elena said to Damon in disbelief and he shrugged.

"I don't care about the dress. I care about the fact that she's insulting Barbie by refusing this girly night she planned. I'm not even going to be there. She's making Caroline feel like a monster and I'm furious." Damon said to Elena.

"That is so out of line." Mason shook his head. "Caroline's a sweetheart, she'd never hurt Bonnie."

"I've accidentally cut myself in front of Caroline before and her face didn't even change. How could Bonnie do this to her?" Elena asked confused.

"I don't know." Damon shook his head and sighed. A few minutes later Damon then raced up the stairs in the blink of an eye.

"What's wrong?" Elena asked confused.

"Caroline's crying." Stefan said sadly.

"I'm so mad at Bonnie." Elena said.

"Me too." Stefan agreed.

"Me three." Jeremy said. Damon came down about twenty minutes later looking like a mixture of furious and heartbroken.

"Is she alright?" Stefan asked.

"She sobbed herself to sleep." Damon said.

"She's had such a tough time, this isn't fair." Elena said.

"Especially with everything at school." Stefan added.

"What at school?" Damon asked.

"You know, with Matt telling everyone that she cheated on him with you and you knocked her up and that's why she's getting married. Then you know how rumours are, they went from that to her sleeping with everyone and other complete nonsense." Stefan said and Damon blinked rapidly to keep his fury in check.

"He did what?" Damon asked menacingly.

"You didn't know?" Stefan asked wide eyed.

"That's it." Damon seethed then sped out of the door.

"Crap." Stefan muttered.

Caroline came down stairs about an hour later and noticed everyone sitting rigidly.

"What's going on?" She asked as she sat down next to Mason.

"Uh... I didn't know that you didn't tell Damon about the rumours at school." Stefan said and her eyes widened and she slapped her hand to her forehead.

"Stefan!" She exclaimed. "Where is he?" She asked.

"I think he might possibly... maybe... could have... went after Matt." Stefan said and Caroline gasped.

"Then what are you sitting here for?" She exclaimed.

"I already checked Matt's house and the Grill. He wasn't there." Stefan said. The door slammed open and there was a large thud and a loud 'oww' and heavy sobbing. They all rushed into the hall.

"Get up, you snivelling moron." Damon barked and Matt shakily got to his feet.

"What are you?" Matt cried.

"Possibly your death. I haven't decided yet. Buttercup? This rat has something to say to you." Damon said to her and they all stared at Matt wide eyed as he was bruised and bleeding and crying like a baby.

"I'm sorry, Caroline." Matt said then Damon grabbed his face.

"Tell her the truth." Damon compelled.

"I'm sorry I hurt you. I was jealous and petty and I made up the rumours so people wouldn't see how embarrassed and jealous I was that you got with someone else so quickly." Matt sniffed.

"And?" Damon asked in a bored tone.

"And, I'm going to tell everyone that you're wonderful and special and that I have a tiny dick." Matt said and Damon smirked.

"Good." Damon nodded. "Now get out." Damon held the door open and Matt ran out the house.

"Okay, you're insane." Ric said in disbelief.

"Damon that was too much." Caroline said.

"It's not like I killed him." Damon shrugged.

"I can't believe he's going to tell everyone he has a tiny dick." Jeremy burst into laughter as did the other boys.

"Did you beat him up?" Elena asked in disbelief.

"I may have accidentally dropped him on the way over here. Going at that speed makes the impact harder." Damon shrugged.

"Accidentally?" Caroline crossed her arms over her chest.

"Of course." Damon nodded. "Otherwise it would just be mean." Damon smirked and Jeremy laughed.

"Well, good thing we all know not to mess with buttercup." Jeremy smirked back and Damon cocked an eyebrow.

"Are you mocking my nickname for her?" Damon asked him and Jeremy's eyes widened.

"No, of course not." Jeremy said and Damon chuckled.

"Relax." Damon rolled his eyes. "I'm not going to kill anyone." Damon said.

"Why didn't you just ignore Matt?" Caroline asked Damon annoyed.

"He started it." Damon shrugged.

"Damon you're going to have to change his compulsion or he'll tell every person he meets for the rest of his life." Stefan said and Damon smirked.

"What do I care?" Damon asked.

"That's way too much, Damon." Elena said. "What he did was wrong but what you did was way worse." She said.

"That was the point." Damon replied.

"Damon." Caroline said sternly and he rolled his eyes.

"Fine, I'll go change his compulsion." He muttered then sped out of the door.

"Wonder what Damon said to him." Ric said and Caroline laughed.

"Do you really want to know, Ric? I sure as hell don't." She said shaking her head.

Damon jumped in his bedroom window when he came back as he wanted to be alone. He thought he'd been doing the right thing by defending her like that. He thought that she would feel better with an apology – but she looked at him like she was disappointed in him. He got into bed and went under the covers and just lay staring at the ceiling. Caroline came upstairs eventually and he hoped that she wouldn't come into his room but he had no luck.

"I didn't hear you come in." She said surprised when she saw him.

"Used the window." He shrugged but didn't look at her. Caroline could feel that something was wrong so she closed the door and went over to him and lay down next to him on her stomach to look at him. "What?" He asked her. "Just leave me alone, Caroline." He muttered.

"What's wrong?" She asked softly.

"You were upset about Bonnie then Stefan told me about that creep and I defended you the only way I know how to, but you just looked at me like you were so disappointed in me. I don't understand." He shook his head. Caroline knew that his long, long life had made him react to things in a very different way than a human would and she couldn't expect him to suddenly be different.

"I love you for sticking up for me the way you did. I love that you care so much about me that you don't want me to be hurt." She replied softly. "But, I think sometimes you might take things a little too far." She explained. "Damon, I'm a big girl and I decided to ignore Matt because he simply isn't relevant to me at all." She said. "Rumours in school are just that – pathetic rumours. I couldn't care less what all of them think of me. It was hard at first until I realised I was coming home every day to the love of my life... People at school just weren't remotely important after I figured that out." She said with a small smile.

"So you're not mad?" Damon asked her sceptically.

"I'm not mad." She shook her head. "And I'm not disappointed in you, Damon. I think you might just be too protective of me." She said and he shook his head.

"Caroline, I hurt you once and I will do anything to make sure you're never hurt by anyone ever again." Damon admitted and she smiled then leaned up to kiss him.

"You need to let that go, Damon." She said.

"I can't." He replied.

"Well, I can't marry you then." She said and Damon's jaw dropped.

"What?" He asked in disbelief.

"I'm not going to marry you if you feel some sort of obligation because of something that happened a long time ago that doesn't even matter anymore." She said.

"I don't feel an obligation." He said confused.

"Then why do you want to marry me?" She asked and he looked at her like she'd grown and extra head.

"I want to marry you because I love you and I don't want anyone else ever." Damon said.

"Then you'll let it go and just let yourself be happy with me." She said. "Don't you want to be happy?" She asked softly.

"I am." He replied.

"You'd be happier if you stopped brooding like Stefan over this." She pointed out and he couldn't help chuckling.

"I don't brood." Damon replied.

"Damon, I need you to let it go. Forget about it. We've really only known each other since I turned. I'm not going to waste the life we'll have together and we will if you keep feeling guilty over that. Please, just stop. Let it go, for me." She said sincerely.

"This is why I almost left you. You're way too good for me." Damon replied.

"You're going to have to decide then." She said exasperated. "Either marry me tomorrow and forget about when we first met, or leave me. Pick one." She said.

"Well... I'm not going to leave you." Damon said awkwardly.

"Good. Then stop brooding and put a smile on your face. We're getting married tomorrow. I'm going to be your wife tomorrow." She said and he grinned at her.

"I like the sound of that." He said.

"Are you ready to be my husband, Damon?" She smiled at him and he laughed.

"I'd go with you to city hall and do it now if you wanted to." Damon smiled back and she laughed.

"You're not getting out of seeing me in my dress." She teased and he chuckled.

"Actually, I can't wait to see this crazy blue dress. Only you would get married in a blue dress." He smirked.

A few hours later Damon was dropping Caroline, Elena and Liz off at the lodge. Elena and Liz went inside while Caroline said goodbye to Damon. He stood in front of her with his hands on her waist and she had her arms around his neck.

"This is the last time I'll see you as Caroline Forbes." She said and he grinned.

"So you're really taking my name?" Damon asked delighted and she giggled.

"It's very anti-feminist of me but yes." She nodded.

"You have no idea how happy that makes me." He smiled.

"I'll miss you tonight." She said.

"I'll miss you too. Let's hope those stupid guys don't try to get me back for the town square tonight since you'll be too far away to come save me." Damon smirked at her and she laughed.

"I'll keep my phone on just in case." She said and he grinned.

"I could just stay up here with you." He pointed out and she smiled.

"You know I would love that but we're not supposed to see each other tonight and tomorrow morning." She replied.

"See, I don't understand how you can stick to this traditional stuff when your dress is blue." He pointed out and she laughed.

"You may have a point but still. Go hang out with the guys tonight. I'll see you tomorrow." She smiled.

"Caroline... are you sure? I'll be devastated if you're a runaway bride." He said and she grinned at him.

"Vervain and wooden bullets couldn't stop me from marrying you tomorrow." She smiled and he chuckled then kissed her. She deepened the kiss and held him tightly to her. "What about you? I'll be devastated if you're a runaway groom." She said and he chuckled.

"I won't be a runaway groom. I could compel the onsite minister to marry us right now if you don't believe I'll be there." Damon said seriously and she giggled.

"I believe you." She smiled. "See you tomorrow, almost-husband." She giggled.

"Damn right, almost-wife." He smirked then kissed her again.

Caroline, Liz and Elena used the onsite spa and got massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and they had a great time together. Caroline went to the salon and got fine highlights put into her hair then they put in rollers for her to sleep with so that her hair would be perfectly curly in the morning. Elena and Liz got highlights too, though Elena's were red and Liz's were blonde. They had an appointment for the morning for their wedding hairstyles too. Damon had gotten them a suite with three beds for them to stay in so they could all be together and after the salon and spa, they all sat in the room in their robes with champagne.

"I can't believe my baby girl is getting married tomorrow." Liz smiled sadly.

"I know, it's crazy." Caroline giggled.

"I can't wait to see you in your dress." Elena grinned at her.

"I can't wait to see Damon in his suit. Stefan told me that it's different from what I specified but Damon loved it so he got it." Caroline smiled. "I bet he'll look so dapper." She grinned.

"You really do love him, don't you?" Liz said and Caroline smiled.

"With all my heart." Caroline nodded.

"It'll be weird having such an old son in law." Liz smirked and both girls laughed.

"You've taken all of this really well." Caroline said.

"I have no reason not to, really. You haven't hurt anyone, Damon doesn't hurt anyone anymore and at least I know the truth about Noelle now." Liz nodded. "I just can't imagine the alternative if Damon hadn't given you his blood after the accident." She sighed.

"Well, I'm way less breakable now." Caroline smiled. "So you don't have to worry."

"As your bridesmaid, I have to ask, are you sure about getting married tomorrow?" Elena asked her and Caroline giggled.

"Absolutely." Caroline replied.

"What were you and Damon talking about for so long?" Elena asked curiously.

"He was asking the same thing. He said he'd be devastated if I was a runaway bride." Caroline said.

"He's more likely to do that than you, I think." Elena countered and Caroline laughed.

"I told him that I'd be devastated if he was a runaway groom and he said he would prove it to me by compelling the minister to marry us there and then instead." Caroline smiled.

"He loves you just as much as you love him." Liz said softly.

"I know." Caroline smiled. "I have no idea how I'm supposed to sleep tonight." She said and they laughed.

Damon drove back to Mystic Falls and went to the Grill where Stefan, Ric, Jeremy, Mason and Tom were waiting for him. They all had a drink and talked about different things. Damon actually found himself having a good time with them and realised that he would miss Ric and Mason when they moved to California. He wasn't good at making friends and felt it was a shame to lose them now that he'd made them. They didn't stay out too late though, considering they were all getting ready and leaving early in the morning. When Stefan and Damon got back to the boarding house Stefan couldn't wait to ask any longer.

"Damon?" Stefan asked just as Damon was going up the stairs. Damon turned around and looked at his brother curiously. "Are you sure?" Stefan asked and Damon smiled and nodded. "So I'm not going to wake up in the morning and find you and all your stuff gone?" Stefan asked and Damon chuckled.

"No, I'll be here." Damon confirmed. "When I took off, it wasn't about being freaked out that I was getting married or that I didn't want to." Damon explained. "I just thought she deserved better than me." He said and Stefan blinked in surprise. "You were right you know. That day when you said she's it for me. I knew even then. I'm not going anywhere." Damon admitted.

"I'm glad you found her." Stefan said sincerely.

"So am I." Damon smiled.

The morning of the wedding, Caroline hadn't slept too well. The rollers were really uncomfortable and she wasn't used to sleeping by herself, but thankfully, vampires didn't get bags under their eyes. She went into the bathroom and downed a blood bag so her mother didn't have to see, then had a shower and after the other two showered, they went down to the salon to start getting ready. Liz had a whispy look done for her and Elena's hair was half up and half down and the half that was up was pinned intricately and she had a silk red rose clip put at the back of her hair. Caroline's hair was left down and styled into spiral curls. Elena had a smoky look done to her eyes and her lips were painted red to match her bouquet. Caroline's eyes were done in pearl and blue and her lips were painted a pale pink colour. They'd had their nails done the night before and Elena's were red and Caroline's were a sparkly baby blue. Liz had a French manicure and her makeup was kept simple with a little eyeliner and mascara and clear gloss on her lips. Caroline handed over her and Elena's dresses to a member of staff to take up to the changing tent at the falls and both of them put on sweat pants, vests and flat shoes to walk there. It was about a mile walk so they couldn't go in their dresses as they were long and they didn't want to get them dirty. Liz put on her red shift dress and carried her black heels while wearing flats. They were ready to go then there was a knock at the door.

The boys went round to the boarding house early in the morning and Ric brought Damon and Stefan's suits. They got ready together then left in two cars. Tom drove up with Jeremy and Ric and Damon drove up with Stefan and Mason. They picked up the two bouquets on the way and both were in boxes so Damon wouldn't see them. Damon was quite quiet on the drive up. He had to admit he was a little nervous. He was also a little embarrassed that he was going to have to say all those mushy vows in front of everyone but he figured it would have been way worse if he'd had to do his own vows. He wasn't really all that nervous about the ceremony, but the speech that Caroline said he had to give. He'd written about forty different speeches and looked online and still had no idea what to say. He knew it probably wasn't the best idea he'd had, but he decided just to wing it. When they got to the lodge, the boys went to a back room where they wouldn't be able to see the bride and Damon compelled them a bottle of whiskey because he desperately needed a drink to calm his nerves. Tom left them as he was going up to the falls with Caroline and he went up to her room and knocked on the door. Elena opened and smiled.

"Hey, come on in." She smiled and Tom went inside.

"Hey, girls. I brought the bouquets." He said putting the two boxes down.

"He's here, right?" Caroline asked her dad and he chuckled.

"Yes, but he's already started on the whiskey." Tom smirked and she rolled her eyes and laughed.

"He must be nervous." She smiled.

"Are you?" Tom asked amused.

"A little." She nodded then took out the bouquets. "They turned out great." She grinned.

"They are beautiful." Elena nodded with a smile.

"You ready to go get married, honey?" Tom asked with a fond smile and Caroline took a deep breath.

"Yes." She replied and he chuckled.

"Let's go then." He smiled.

Caroline, Elena, Liz and Tom hiked up through the woods to the changing tent and Caroline grinned at what they'd done to the area. There was a wide white satin aisle leading from the changing tent up to the altar which was right by the water's edge with the waterfall in the background. There weren't any chairs though as everyone would stand and watch the short ceremony. Blue petals had been scattered over the white satin and Caroline loved it. The photographer managed to get a picture of her then grinning at the scene and she had to roll her eyes considering she was in full hair and makeup paired with sweatpants. She and Elena went into the tent with Liz and they got Caroline strapped into her dress.

"Damon, you haven't said anything in like twenty minutes." Stefan said nervously and Damon smirked.

"Well... as it turns out... I'm nervous." Damon said and all the guys were stunned that Damon would admit that.

"What are you nervous about?" Ric asked curiously. "I was a wreck on my wedding day." He said and Damon chuckled.

"The speech." Damon said and they laughed.

"Not the actual ceremony?" Stefan asked surprised.

"What's to be nervous about? You repeat a few lines that the ceremony guy tells you to. It's not rocket science." Damon replied and they laughed.

"What has you nervous about your speech?" Ric asked and Damon smirked.

"I kind of... don't have one." Damon replied and all of their jaws dropped.

"How can you not have one?" Mason asked in disbelief.

"I wrote about forty of them but they either made me sound like a dick or too mushy so they all got tossed." Damon rolled his eyes.

"What are you going to say then?" Ric asked.

"I figured I'd wing it." Damon shrugged and they gaped at him then laughed.

"Just make sure Caroline isn't near anything wooden when you do that." Jeremy smirked and Damon chuckled.

"Excuse me. It's time for you to go to the falls." A man came into the room and Damon gulped.

"Uh... right... coming." He said then downed the rest of his drink and the guys laughed. "You're not helping with all the laughing." Damon muttered as they trudged out behind the guide.

The walk didn't take long enough in Damon's mind and when they got to the aisle he got a lump in his throat but walked up anyway. He felt himself relax a little when he could smell Caroline. He was marrying his buttercup – that's not scary, he said to himself. He stood on the minister's left side, arched towards the aisle and Stefan stood next to him. Ric, Mason and Jeremy stood facing the minister and Damon.

"You have the rings, right?" Damon whispered to Stefan.

"Oh my god. I forgot." Stefan said wide eyed and Damon glared at him.

"If you want to survive you will tell me that you're kidding." Damon replied deadpan and Stefan chuckled.

"I'm kidding." Stefan smirked and Damon rolled his eyes.

"Moron." Damon muttered and Stefan laughed.

"Oh my god! You look so beautiful!" Damon and Stefan heard Elena exclaim and they smirked.

"Shhhhh! He'll hear you!" Caroline hissed back and Damon laughed. Liz came out of the tent wiping her eyes and grinned when she saw Damon and he smiled at the sight of her. She was wearing a red shift dress with black heels and Damon thought she looked lovely. She stood to the right and Jeremy and Mason walked over and stood with her so it wouldn't be so crowded on one side. Damon looked around a little and noticed a squirrel in a tree close to them and smirked.

"Now, Stefan. Please attempt to control yourself." Damon said in a mock warning tone and they all looked at Damon in confusion. He pointed to the tree and Ric, Jeremy and Mason burst into laughter while Stefan scowled at him. The minister looked just as confused as Liz did. "Sorry, couldn't help myself." Damon said amused while the boys tried to stop laughing.

"That was too funny." Jeremy said amused.

"I don't get it." Liz said then Jeremy leaned over to whisper to her and she laughed as well.

"Okay, that was funny." She smirked at Damon and he grinned and winked at her. A few minutes later the photographer signalled to the minister.

"Are we ready?" The minister said to Damon and Damon nodded then the minister signalled back to the photographer. The photographer stood back and started snapping pictures then Elena rounded the corner in her black strapless mermaid dress and red rose bouquet and Stefan's jaw nearly fell off at the sight of her and Damon smirked.

"Dude, you'll catch flies." Damon teased him and Stefan slammed his mouth shut while Elena giggled then walked over the minister's right side. She smiled widely at Damon and he winked at her.

"You look amazing." Stefan whispered to her and she blushed and smiled.

"Thanks, you too." She winked at him. Damon kept his eyes trained on the photographer, ignoring his brother and Elena's whispering as he waited for his buttercup. Then the photographer started snapping and Damon got butterflies in his stomach. Tom came into view first then Caroline on his left arm. Damon blinked his eyes and was sure his jaw was dropped at the sight of her. He was sure he'd never seen anything as beautiful as she was in all his years. Her hair was down and cascaded past a beautiful intricate lace veil that covered most of her hair. He noticed the new highlights immediately. Her strapless blue dress had a sweetheart neckline and there was embroidery below the bust and above the chapel train. The underneath was white and he was floored. Somewhere in the back of his mind he registered that the photographer took pictures of him while he gaped at her but he didn't care. She grinned at him and he couldn't help grinning back. Everyone else disappeared except her and it seemed to go in slow motion as she walked. No music played as they didn't deem it necessary. Tom walked her down to Damon and put her hand in his.

"You're so beautiful." Damon said to her and she smiled.

"I approve of the suit." She said and he laughed. The minister started talking and Damon didn't listen to him ramble on and on as he couldn't concentrate on anything but her. He noticed that she was wearing buttercup earrings and a matching buttercup pendant and bracelet and he felt his dead heart melt a little. He was brought out of his thoughts by the minister saying it was time for the vows.

"Please repeat after me, Caroline." The minister said and she smiled. "Before these witnesses, I take you, Damon..."

"Before these witnesses, I take you, Damon..." She repeated a little shakily and Damon smirked at her getting emotional. He was a master at hiding his emotions and there was no way he was crying in front of everyone – he'd have to kill them.

"To be my husband." The minister said.

"To be my husband." Caroline repeated.

"I promise to love you, cherish you and keep you." The minister said.

"I promise to love you, cherish you and keep you." She smiled.

"And be faithful to only you for as long as we both shall live." He said.

"And be faithful to only you for as long as we both shall live." She repeated and Damon brushed away a tear that fell from her eye.

"Please repeat after me, Damon." The minister said but before he could continue Damon cut him off.

"I got it." Damon smirked at him and everyone else tried not to crack up with laughter. "Before these witnesses, I take you Buttercup, to be my wife, I promise to love you, cherish you and keep you, and be faithful to only you for the rest of eternity." Damon smirked at her.

"That's not the line." The minister whispered and the rest of them bit their lips to keep from laughing at not only the fact the minister was telling Damon off, but that he'd called her Buttercup in his vows.

"I'm a vampire, believe me, it's eternity." Damon said and the minister's eyes widened.

"What?" The minister said and Damon rolled his eyes.

"Forget that I said that and continue." He compelled him and everyone chuckled under their breaths and Caroline giggled.

"The rings please." The minister smiled like nothing happened. Stefan got out the rings and gave Damon's to Caroline and Caroline's to Damon. Caroline looked at Damon's ring and noticed it was a silver ring with roman numerals engraved on the top. She saw that their wedding date was one and the date they told each other they loved each other was another and she smiled. The minister rambled on about the significance of the rings for a while and Damon had half a mind to compel him to hurry up, he wanted to kiss her already.

"Caroline, place the ring on his finger." The minister said and Caroline took his hand and started to slide the ring on his finger then her jaw dropped as she looked at it. There on his finger was a tiny tattoo of 'CF' on his finger and her head snapped up to look at him. He just winked at her and she slid it on the rest of the way.

"With this ring, I thee wed." Caroline said softly as the minister had told her to. It was obvious that the minister didn't like Damon because he just gestured to Damon to do the same without saying anything to him.

"Cheer up, dude." Damon smirked at him and everyone chuckled then Damon slid her ring on her finger. Damon noticed that she was wearing his mother's ring on her ring finger instead of the rock and he grinned at her. Her wedding ring was an antique sapphire and diamond eternity band with fancy engravings on the sides. "With this ring, I thee wed." Damon smirked at her.

"By the power vested in me by the state of Virginia, I know pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride." The minister said then Damon dipped her dramatically and kissed her as everyone cheered and clapped. When they finished kissing, everyone congratulated them and hugged them. Damon rolled his eyes at all the hugging but didn't complain too much about it. The minister took off leaving them alone with the photographer and he snapped some photos of the whole group then some of the bride, groom, bridesmaid and best man in different combinations.

"Okay, surely that's enough pictures." Damon said and Caroline giggled.

"Stop being such a grump." She said and he huffed.

"Fine." He muttered and stood for a few more pictures. Caroline got pictures taken with her parents, some with Damon and some without. Damon got some with Stefan and others with all the boys. When it was time to go back to the lodge, Caroline giggled when Damon lifted her up in true bridal style so she wouldn't ruin her dress.

"Stef, you should do that with Elle so she doesn't ruin her dress." Caroline pointed out and Stefan did.

"This is so archaic." Elena said and they laughed.

They got back to the lodge and everyone filed into the reserved room and there were two tables. Damon, Caroline, Stefan and Elena sat at one and Tom, Liz, Alaric, Mason and Jeremy sat at the other but they were right next to each other so everyone could still hear what everyone was saying. The tables were at one side of the room and there was a tiny dance floor on the other side. They were all served lunch and they ate happily. After lunch it was time for the speeches and Damon was in knots. Stefan was going first though – of course Stefan had a speech prepared, Damon thought to himself. Stefan smiled widely at Damon who scowled at him back. They didn't stand up or anything since there was only nine people there and the photographer was on a break for lunch.

"I genuinely can't believe you went through with it, Damon." Stefan started off and everyone laughed while Damon rolled his eyes. "Probably the biggest surprise for me about the wedding is the fact that I'm at Damon's wedding in the first place, let alone the best man. If you'd told me that fifty years ago, I would never have believed it. Damon and I wasted a long time at odds with each other and I'm glad that we've gotten to this point finally. We were the very best of friends when we were human and I'm really looking forward to what the future will hold for us and your new wife. I'd just like to say congratulations to you both on your wedding and I wish you all the happiness in the world. I'm so happy for you both that you found each other. Caroline, you're my best friend and I have to say I was a little sceptical when you told me that you were wearing a blue wedding dress but it's probably the most beautiful dress I've ever seen and only you could pull that off." Stefan smiled at her and she beamed back at him. "It's really nice to have you as my sister." Stefan said softly and Caroline felt emotional. "Usually, the best man makes jokes about the groom but if I've learned anything in the past week, you reap what you sow so I think I'll skip that part and just wish you both, good luck." Stefan said and everyone laughed while Damon smirked at him.

"I think I'll pick up from where Stefan left off." Tom laughed. "It's not every father than can say their daughter's husband got them arrested by tying them to a flagpole in their boxers." He said and everyone laughed while Damon just looked amused. "But, aside from that, I think Damon's a decent guy and I'm very happy for you both. Caroline, honey, you do look absolutely stunning in your dress and I'm so proud of you. Lizzie and I both are. I know life as a vampire is going to be tough for you and it comforts me that you'll always have Damon watching your back. I wish you both a very happy eternity together and I look forward to visiting you in California." He smiled and everyone clapped.

"Thanks, Daddy." Caroline smiled at him and Damon nodded. He knew it was now or never.

"Uh... I tried to write a speech and it didn't work out so well." Damon said and the boys laughed. "It was either too sappy or I sounded like an ass, so... Caroline..." Damon turned to look at her and she was looking at him intently. She could tell he was nervous so she smiled at him. "I think it was fate that you turned. I love you and I'm looking forward to the adventure ahead of us. To think it all started with home depot." Damon smirked at her and she laughed as did Stefan and Elena. "You asked me that day if I wanted to keep the heart and I didn't say no because I think deep down I knew already that I did want to." He said and tears welled up in her eyes at his admission. She remembered that he didn't say yes or no. She couldn't believe she hadn't thought of that before.

"I love you." Caroline said to him and he smiled and winked at her.

"Everyone else... thanks for the well wishes and for coming." Damon held up his glass of champagne to them then took a drink as did everyone else.

"Well done, Damon. You didn't sound sappy or like an ass." Ric smirked at him and everyone laughed.

"Speaking of that, what were you all laughing at when I was in the tent?" Caroline asked and everyone but Stefan laughed.

"Damon saw a squirrel and asked Stefan to control himself." Jeremy said and Caroline and Elena laughed loudly while Stefan scowled at Damon again.

"What? That minister guy would have had a fit if you chomped on it." Damon smirked and Stefan rolled his eyes while everyone else laughed.

"I can't believe you told him you're a vampire." Mason smirked and Damon shrugged.

"It was only because he told me off." Damon said amused.

Soon it was time for the cake and the photographer came back in and took pictures of Damon and Caroline cutting the cake. Damon wasn't amused by that and sent him away after only three pictures. Damon stuck with the theme Caroline had put out and had a three tier black cake decorated with red roses and on the top was an ornament of a corpse bride and groom. Caroline had rolled her eyes at the cake but found it amusing anyway – and she did like it but didn't admit that...