This had got to be some kind of record…for me.
Enjoy, and please review if you would be so inclined.
Bella's wedding dress is the Theia strapless embroidered lace trumpet gown that can be found of Nordstrom's website.
"You don't think this is going to be too cheesy, do you?" I asked worriedly.
Edward shrugged, straightening the graduation cap on my head. "Who cares, Bella? This is our news."
I grinned at him and we kissed briefly before Edward opened the door to the house- the one that would be ours in just a few short weeks. We were met with the cheers of our families and closest friends, all of whom had shown up for our commencement ceremony and we here for our private party as well.
After making the rounds and getting lots of hugs and kisses, Edward and I were finally able to shed our graduation robes and caps and look like normal people again. Everyone was gathered in the living room, and Edward took his hand in mine. "I think now is as good of a time as any," he said, and I nodded in agreement.
"Thank you all for coming to be with us today, and thank you for the gifts and money and everything else you've all done for us. We have something to give you all now."
Edward and I quickly passed out the small gifts we had gotten for everyone, instructing them all to wait and open them at the same time. Finally everyone had a small wrapped package, and they tore into the wrapping paper.
In just a few short seconds, the ground was covered in bright yellow wrapping paper and most of our family and friends seemed to be frozen in shock. "You're pregnant?!" Esme finally hollered, waving the small framed sonogram picture we had given everyone in the air.
Edward threw his arms around me and we both grinned. "I'm not due until late December," I explained, my smile growing wider as Edward placed his hand over my still flat tummy. "We weren't going to tell anyone until after the wedding, but we just couldn't hold off telling you all any longer."
Our families and friends descended on us again, hugging and kissing and patting my stomach.
"My baby's having a baby," my dad said, hugging me gently. "I can't believe it. Edward, I'm going to be cracking down on you even more now that you've got two of my girls to take care of," he teased.
"Come on, Dad, we don't even know if it's a girl or boy yet," I groaned, smacking his arm playfully.
Renée pulled me into her arms and squeezed me tightly, tears in her eyes. "I'm so happy for you, angel. And Edward, I'm so glad that you're the one Bella gets to share this with," she said, hugging him as well. "I'm proud of you both." Her sweet words made me tear up, and Esme was the one to wipe away my tears.
"Oh, I can't believe this!" She exclaimed, looking down at the framed sonogram photo again. "I'm going to be a grandma! Congratulations, both of you."
"I'm so glad, Bella," Rosalie said, kissing both of my cheeks. "You're going to be such an amazing mom."
And even Alice, who I still didn't have the best relationship with, pulled me into a big hug and expressed genuine excitement.
I found Edward's hand again and squeezed tightly, conveying what words could not in this moment. The love I felt for him grew every day, just like our child that grew in my belly. I looked forward to every step of our lives together, especially the birth of our baby and the day that we stand up in a church in front of all of our many loved ones and promise ourselves to each other for the rest of our lives.
"I can't imagine a more beautiful bride," Renée murmured, wiping tears out of her eyes. We stood in a small room at the back of the church, counting down the minutes until my wedding finally began and putting the finishing touches on my ensemble.
My dress, the one I had fallen in love with all those months ago, had been let out very slightly in the bust and waist to accommodate the weight I had already gained. I was only three and a half months pregnant, but lately I hadn't been able to stop myself from eating everything in sight. Luckily, some of that weight had gone to my boobs. Add that to the slight swelling I had already started to experience, and, well…I've gone up in cup size. Luckily, it's a perk of pregnancy that I don't mind and that Edward has definitely already enjoyed.
"Come on, honey, let us help you put your veil on," Esme said, coming up behind us with the big box containing my veil.
Renée and Esme both lifted it out of the box and arranged the clip in my hair, sliding it carefully into the updo that Rosalie had painstakingly created for me earlier this morning. Although there was already a small train on my dress, my mother had wanted one that was even longer. As a compromise, I agreed to wear the beautiful cathedral length veil that my mother had worn to her own wedding.
After the veil was in place and both Esme and Renée deemed everything perfect, the three of us stood in silent, grasping hands.
Alice and Rosalie appeared soon after, oohing and awing over my appearance. Alice touched up my makeup a little bit and then that was it.
I was ready.
The four of them filed out of the room after giving me kisses and gentle hugs, and Charlie appeared in the doorway. "You look so gorgeous," he said, his voice gruff. "I can't believe this day is here. Baby, I always said that no man would ever be good enough for you. But I'm happy to say that Edward proved me wrong. I'm so proud of both of you, Bella, and I can't to wait to meet my grandchild."
I was shocked by this emotional display from my normally stoic father, so I said the only thing that I could. "I love you, Daddy."
My walk down the aisle was so fast, but our road to get to this point in our life together had been long and difficult. But here we are, years later, happier than I could have ever imagined.
The way that Edward was looking at me as I walked down the aisle to him on my father's arm made everything worth it. All of our struggles and problems led to this moment and because of that, I wouldn't trade them for anything.
The ceremony was a blur as I stared into Edward's eyes. I was so giddy to start our life together that I could barely stand it. The moment when we were announced husband and wife made me feel so elated that I threw my arms around Edward's neck and kissed him before the words "You may now kiss the bride" were even out of Reverend Weber's mouth.
Everyone in the congregation laughed, but I just smiled and held Edward tighter as he kissed me again.
This is it.
One chapter left, darlings. It's finished but I still need to have it read over. Hopefully it will be ready before I leave on Friday. Fingers crossed.