Here it is, the final chapter. Enjoy!
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The kingdom was all abuzz with the day's events. A wedding was taking place and while people joked that they hoped this one actually happened, they all knew there was no need to kid about these things. Today was the wedding of Prince Stefan Salvatore and Elena Gilbert and everyone in Mystic Falls knew how much the two were in love.
Stefan stood in front of a mirror trying to put together the white bow tie on his suit, but he was freaking out just a little. After all, he was getting married. He felt he was allowed to have some pre-wedding jitters.
"Let me," Damon said, coming over and helping his brother. After the bow tie was done properly Stefan exhaled. "Relax brother."
"I'm trying," Stefan said. "This is kind of a big deal for me." Damon smirked at his brother's panic.
"You love her, right?" Damon asked.
"Of course I love her," Stefan said.
"Then don't worry," Damon said. "Your wedding is not going to end like mine did." Stefan sighed but couldn't help but laugh a little.
"Where is Rose?" Stefan asked and Damon smiled.
"She's with Elena," Damon said. "She and Bonnie are helping her get ready."
"You two seem happy," Stefan said and Damon nodded.
"She's a pain in the ass," Damon said. "But I love her." Stefan patted his brother on the shoulder. "And father hasn't had a problem with it, other than the shock of how I announced it."
"Hey at least Caroline didn't hate you for it," Stefan said.
"Psh she loved me for doing that," Damon said.
"Talking about my girl, are we?" The two brothers turned to see Lord Klaus in the room.
"Just how thankful you two ought to be that she and I agreed not to go through with that terrible idea of a wedding," Damon said and Klaus smirked.
"We're thankful every day," Klaus said. "I just wanted to wish you congratulations Prince Stefan." Klaus stuck out his hand and Stefan shook it.
"Thanks," Stefan said. "Although I believe congratulations are in order for you Lord Klaus. I heard that you and Lady Caroline got married."
"Lord Forbes freaked out a little when he heard," Damon said and Klaus chuckled.
"Well I better go find my wife," Klaus said, causing him to smile. "Still sounds wonderful when I say that." He nodded to the two of them before leaving the room.
"Klaus and Caroline," Damon said. "Who would've thought?" Stefan nodded before talking a deep breath. "You ready, brother?"
"Yes," Stefan said. He wanted to get this wedding over with so he could call Elena's his wife for the rest of their lives.
"Elena honey, let us see how you look," In Elena's dressing room were Rose, Bonnie, Miranda, Pearl, and Anna. They were waiting to see how Elena looked in her dress.
"Okay," Elena said. She stepped out and everyone in the room gasped. Her dress was an elegant white. It covered most of her shoulders and then scooped down, revealing a bit of skin while still looking modest. The dress went down to her feet and widened out around her hips, from at least three petticoats. Her hair was curled very gently and styled in a big bun on her neck. There was a white flower pinned right behind her right ear. She looked beautiful.
"Elena you look amazing," Anna said. Elena smiled. "Mama, the dress is beautiful."
"This makes my decision to be a seamstress all the worthwhile," Pearl said. "Well Anna, we should get out there. Jeremy's sitting by himself."
"Oh yes," Anna said, smiling ever so slightly at the mention of Jeremy's name. She hugged Elena before she and her mother exited the room.
"Honey you look so beautiful," Miranda said. She picked up and box and handed it to Elena. Elena looked at her curiously before opening it. She gasped in surprise when she saw it.
"Mom," Elena said quietly. She gently lifted the item out of the box and put the box on a table. "Is this?"
"Yes honey," Miranda said. "It's the veil I wore for my wedding. I want you to wear it." Elena smiled but felt her eyes tear up.
"No crying!" Rose said. "You'll ruin that gorgeous make-up we did for you." Elena rolled her eyes at Rose's comment and hugged her mother.
"Thank you," Elena said and Miranda smiled. She pulled away.
"Good luck honey," She kissed Elena on the cheek and left the room. Elena turned to mirror to look at herself. As she looked down at the veil in her hands, her mind wandered to the events of the previous evening.
"Stefan where are we going?" Elena asked as Stefan led her through the village. It was after midnight and Stefan had come to the room Elena was staying in in the castle and told her to get dressed. After that, he hadn't said much as they snuck out of the castle.
"Just trust me on this," Stefan said, a small smile playing on his lips. He had come up with the idea earlier in the day, but he had to wait until night to go through with it. Elena sighed as they moved through the village. At first she thought they were going to her house, but they had passed it a couple of minutes ago. Finally, they reached the graveyard and Stefan slowed down. Elena latched onto his arm. "Are you okay?"
"This place always gave me the creeps," Elena admitted. "Especially at night." Stefan nodded and made sure Elena stayed close to him. They moved through the graveyard slowly, Elena still clutching onto Stefan's arm. A crow flew over them and Elena shrieked in shock. She wrapped her arms around Stefan and buried her head in his chest.
"It's okay," He assured her. "I'm right here." He waited for Elena's breathing to become less erratic before gesturing they continue on. Finally, they reached their destination and Elena gasped in shock.
It was her father's grave.
"Stefan what are we doing here?" Elena asked, not wanting to look at the gravestone. It would bring up to many memories and Elena didn't want to start crying. Stefan knelt down in front of the gravestone. "Stefan?"
"Good evening Mr. Gilbert," Stefan said, looking at the gravestone. "Or rather, I should say good morning. I wanted to come out here tonight to ask your permission to marry your daughter." Elena felt her breath catch in her breath. Her eyes were slowly starting to tear up. "Now before you decide, I want you to know that I love you daughter. I know there were some difficult moments and I know I put her through a lot of pain, but I love her more than anything in this world." Elena knelt down beside him. Stefan looked over to her. "What do you think he would say?" Elena wiped a few tears away.
"I think he would make you wait for a little," Elena said. "He had this chair in our living room that he would sit in every night and read the paper. I think he would be sitting there listening to you. Then he would have sat there for a long time in silence before he would have answered." Elena laughed a little and smiled.
"And what would he have finally said?" Stefan asked.
"He would have asked if you really love me," Elena said, looking at the gravestone. "With every fiber of your being."
"I would have answered yes in a heartbeat," Stefan said.
"Then he would have said," Elena began. She reached out and gently touched the gravestone. "Yes, you can marry my Lena."
"Lena?" Stefan asked.
"It's a nickname," Elena said. "For as long as I can remember, my father called me that."
"I like it," Stefan said. He turned to gravestone. "Thank you Mr. Gilbert." He stood up and offered his hand to Elena. She took it and stood slowly.
"Thank you for doing this," Elena said quietly. Stefan tipped her chin up slightly with his thumb and forefinger.
"Anything for you," Stefan said, before kissing her gently. He pulled away. "We should get back to the castle." Elena nodded and wrapped her hand around Stefan's hand. She glanced one more time at her father's grave before they walked away.
"Earth to Elena!" Elena turned around to look at Rose and Bonnie. "You zoned out there for a second."
"Sorry," Elena said. "I was just thinking about my dad."
"I'm sure he would have told you how beautiful you look," Bonnie said and Elena smiled.
"Yeah," Elena said. The door opened the three women looked over at to see who was there. The three of them almost squealed in their own ways when Caroline entered the room.
"Hey everybody," She said. Elena crossed to her first and hugged her tightly.
"I've missed you so much," Elena said, pulling away. "The castle's not as much fun when I don't have you around."
"And what are we?" Bonnie asked. "Chopped liver?" Elena rolled her eyes. "You have been very missed around the castle."
"Yeah no one's been bossing me around lately," Rose joked and Caroline smirked.
"Not that they would dare," Caroline said. "Now that you and Damon are together." Rose smirked but a small blush rose onto her cheeks. "I think Rose is in love."
"Shut up," Rose said nudging her. She picked up Caroline's hand and flashed the ring to the other girls. "Besides you're the married one." Caroline pulled her hand away and smiled.
"Yes and I love my husband," Caroline said.
"How has traveling been?" Bonnie asked and Caroline sighed and she looked out the window.
"There's a whole world out there," Caroline said. "And it's absolutely beautiful." She turned back to them.
"Wow," Elena said. "That sounds amazing." Caroline nodded.
"I think it's time," Bonnie said and Elena took a deep breath.
"You ready?" Rose asked and Elena smiled.
"Yes," Elena said and they headed out of the room.
As the music began, everyone in the church quieted down. King Giuseppe was the first to walk down the aisle, followed by Damon and Rose. The three of them sat in the first pew on the left side. Across from them were Miranda and Jeremy. Behind them were Pearl and Anna. On the opposite side in the second pew were Caroline, Klaus, Bonnie, Tyler, and Mrs. Lockwood. Stefan walked down the aisle and stood next to the priest. The music changed and everyone turned their head to see the bride. Elena shyly stepped into sight and began walking down the aisle. Even though everyone was watching her, her eyes were on Stefan. He looked nervous, but excited at the same. And he looked extremely handsome. She reached the end of the aisle and stood opposite of Stefan.
"Dearly beloved," The priest began. "We are gathered here today to join this man and this woman in holy matrimony." The priest continued to speak, but neither the bride nor the groom bothered to listen. Stefan was still trying to catch his breath. Elena looked stunning. At that moment Stefan felt like the luckiest man on earth. Here he was marrying the woman he loved and he would get to spend the rest of his life with her.
Elena caught Stefan staring at her and she smiled under her veil. They had been through quite a lot to get to where they were at that exact moment. But from the moment she met Stefan, Elena felt a connection with him. And nothing could stop them from falling in love.
"Stefan," The priest said turning to the groom. "Do you take Elena to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do you part?"
"I do," Stefan said, slipping a small gold band on Elena's ring finger.
"And Elena," The priest said, turning to Elena. "Do you take Stefan to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do you part?"
"I do," Elena said, slipping the ring on Stefan's finger.
"Then by the power invested in me," The priest said. "I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss your bride." Stefan smiled and stepped closer to Elena. He lifted her veil and cupped her face. Elena smiled before they kissed. The whole room burst into cheers and applause. When the newly married couple finally broke away from each other, neither could stop smiling. They were finally married.
Stefan wasn't sure if the ballroom had ever been so filled with people, but he didn't really care to ask. Sitting next to him was his wife and he loved the thought of that.
"What are you thinking about," Elena asked, leaning towards him. Stefan smiled and put his hand over hers.
"Just how much I like calling you my wife," Stefan said and Elena smiled. She leaned over and kissed his cheek.
"I like calling you my husband," She said.
"Look alive," Damon said from across the table. Stefan and Elena looked over at him. "Dad's in 'king' mode." Sure enough, King Giuseppe had stepped up onto the stage and had on his crown.
"If I could have everyone's attention," King Giuseppe said and the room quieted down. "Today is truly a momentous occasion. If I could, I would like my son and his new wife to come and join me." Stefan stood and Elena wrapped her arm around his and stood up with him. They walked over to the stage and joined the king. Bonnie and Tyler walked onto the stage, each holding a pillow. Tyler walked over the king and Giuseppe lifted the silver crown off the pillow. Stefan, well aware of what was going on, lowered his head and his father placed the crown on his head. "Elena if you could." He gestured to kneel and Elena let go on Stefan's arm. She knelt down and Bonnie walked forward with a pillow holding a small silver tiara. The King lifted the tiara and placed it on Elena's head. He reached his hand out and helped her stand up.
"Ladies and gentlemen," King Giuseppe began. "Princess Elena Salvatore." The whole room applauded and Elena smiled. Stefan took her hand and led her off the stage. They walked onto the ballroom floor as the music started. As they started dancing, Elena couldn't believe how much had changed since the last time she had danced with Stefan. The last time they had danced together, they were two strangers with chemistry. Now they were married and in love.
"I love you," Stefan whispered to her.
"I love you too," Elena whispered back. As they continued to dance, Damon stood and offered his hand to Rose. She smiled and took it, before heading to where Elena and Stefan were. As they started dancing, Caroline and Klaus followed suit. Bonnie and Tyler, having put down the pillows, also moved to the dance floor and began dancing. Even Jeremy and Anna joined them all to dance. King Giuseppe, who was now standing by the windows, smiled as he watched everyone danced.
"The Queen would have been very happy for them," He turned to see Mrs. Lockwood. Giuseppe smiled a little.
"Yes she would have," He said. "And I am too." As the music ended, Stefan spun Elena before dipping her. Everyone in the room clapped as Stefan leaned down and kissed her. Elena giggled as he pulled away and pulled her up. They smiled at their friends and family around them.
And they all lived happily ever after.
So there it is! I absolutely loved writing this story and you guys were amazing with all of your reviews. Thanks for reading!