Hart to Hart: To Love Again

Chapter 15

A Few Weeks Later

Their wedding day had finally arrived. The backyard of RJ's home had been beautifully decorated, and the guests had all arrived and were waiting patiently for the wedding to begin. Sophia had asked her best friend Anka to stand with her as her Maid Of Honor, and RJ had asked his best friend and manager, Jack, to stand with him as his Best Man. It was a simple ceremony...only their closest friends were in attendance, as neither of them had family...both RJ and Sophia were only children, and over the years both sets of parents had passed away. The minister, Jack, and a beaming RJ had taken their places and the organist began the play the processional song. As Sophia slowly walked down the Aisle, she only saw him. Her loving RJ was waiting for her, not taking his eyes off her. She took his breathe away. As she took her place beside him, they took each others hand, and gazed into each others eyes. Everyone sat down as the Minister began to speak.

"Dear friends, we have come here today to witness the joining of Robert John Hart, or RJ, as he is known to his friend's and Sophia Susanne Bowers in marriage. RJ and Sophia have written their own vows for this happy occassion." Looking at Sophia, the Minister said "Sophia, with your right hand, will you please take and hold RJ's right hand, and before God and your friends, recite your vows." Sophia took his hand in hers, and looking into his beautiful blue eyes she spoke her heartfelt vows to him.

"I, Sophia Bowers, choose you RJ Hart, above all others, to be my husband, my partner in life, my one true love. I vow to you that I will cherish our marriage, and love you more each day than the day before. I will trust and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully...through good times and bad. I give you my hand, hold it gently as we walk together through what our future has in store...I give you my heart, it's yours. I give it to you knowing you will cherish and protect it as I will cherish and protect yours...and I give you my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live."

...And with that dabbed her eyes with the lace handkerchief she carried.

The Minister then looked at RJ. "RJ, with your right hand please take and hold Sophia's right hand, and before God and your friends, recite your vows." RJ took her right hand in his, and looking into her beautiful, teary hazel eyes he recited his heartfelt vows to her.

Sophia, today I become your husband and you become my wife, I promise to strive to give you the best of myself, while accepting you exactly the way you are. I promise to respect you as a whole person, with your own interests, desires, and needs, and to realize that those may be different, but no less important than my own. I promise to keep myself open to you, to let you in to my innermost fears and feelings, secrets and dreams. I promise to grow along with you, to be willing to face change as we both change, keeping our relationship alive and exciting. And finally, I promise to love you in good times and in bad, with all that I am, and all I have to give, in the only way I know how...completely and forever.

The Minister looked at RJ and Sophia saying, "RJ and Sophia, you may share a kiss for the first time as man and wife." They looked lovingly into each others eyes as they wrapped their arms around each other in a passionate kiss.

The Minister said, "Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce for the first time, Mr. And Mrs. RJ and Sophia Hart." Everyone stood up and applauded as they watched RJ and Sophia leave the chapel as man and wife.

Today was the start of a new and wonderful life. As they basked in the joy of their wedding day, they knew that their life together was going to be wonderful. When they looked at each other they saw their best friend, soul mate, confidante, their life partner, and they knew their "Happily Ever After" had just begun.

***** The End *****