Three months later,
Regina shook her head. "I don't know mother. I don't think I should wear white." Her mother groaned. "Well mother, after all white does symbolize-"
"Oh stop it!" Her mother said as she fastened up the buttons. "If you don't like it, then you can wear the dress you have planned. It's the latest fashion."
"I can tell." She said rubbing her blindfolded eyes. "I doubt that people out here will approve of the bare shoulders."
Her mother laughed. "All right dear, you ready to see this?"
Regina nodded. "But I don't think it's-"
Words died as she took in the exotic white dress. Regina's mouth hung open as she took in the sight of the white, Silk moiré gown with a metallic, gold, appliqué on the hem's border. Regina shook her head, her mother was right. The dress was perfect, simple, yet stunning. The neckline dipped down to give just a hint of her curves. Her mother held out a gold necklace with pearls set in it.
"Oh hush," she said as she fastened the necklace. "I knew this was right for you the moment I saw it. are you pleased? If you don't want to wear it…I completely understand. I don't want to be too forceful, but I saw it and I had to get it for you."
Regina spun around and hugged her mother. "No. I love it! I want to wear it." She saw her pink dress in her mind that she had been planning on wearing and shook her head. "What would I do without you?"
"I don't know." Her mother smiled. "Now…we've got an hour to do your hair."
Regina sat back with her hands up. "I place myself completely in your hands. You have the eye for fashion, not me."
Her mother laughed. "I promise, Adam won't be able to take his eyes off you the moment he sees you."
Adam tugged at his tie nervously. Could anyone tell that his palms were sweating? He'd never been this nervous in his life before. A leaf dropped down from the tree they stood under, hitting his face and he jumped.
His pa laughed. "Calm down."
"What if she changes her mind?" Adam asked.
"She is not going to change her mind." His father said. "You're just nervous."
Joe nodded. "Yeah! Besides, I don't think she could run very far even if she wanted to!"
"Joe." Hoss growled. "You hush now!"
The fiddler began to play the wedding march and Adam spun around to where Regina would be appearing. Then…she came around the corner. Her father was proudly holding onto her arm while she carried Lovejoy towards him. Regina looked beautiful from behind the lace veil. Lovejoy was a sleeping angel in her white dress and pink blanket.
Her father gave her a hug before standing back. Regina smiled faintly and Adam was lost in her eyes until it was time for him to speak his vows.
He cleared his throat and took her hand. "Regina, I love you. Today is a very special day; long ago you were just a dream and a prayer. This day is like a dream come true; the Lord Himself has answered my prayer. For today, Regina, you are my joy, become my crown. I thank God for the honor of going through time with you. Thank you for being what you are to me. With our future as bright as the promises of God, I will care for you, honor and protect you. I lay down my life for you, Regina, my friend and my love." Tears began to flow down her cheeks and Adam felt some tears build in his eyes. "With this ring," he slid the band of gold on her finger. He would have preferred it had a diamond in it, but Regina didn't want a diamond. "I seal my vow of love to you and to Lovejoy, who I take to me as my daughter."
Regina inhaled and Adam, I love you and I know you love me. I am confident that God has chosen you to be my husband and be a father to my daughter. It is my prayer and desire that you will find in me, the helpmeet God designed especially for you. And in confidence, I will submit myself unto your headship as unto our Lord. Therefore, Adam, I pledge to you my life as an obedient, faithful and loving wife. Whither thou goest I will go, whither thou lodgest I will lodge. Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God."
Then came the moment he was certain he'd been waiting for the first time he'd kissed her. "I now pronounce you are man and wife. You may kiss the bride."
Regina trembled happily and let out a quiet, happy cry. Adam lifted the veil, staring into his wife's misty eyes. She carefully shifted Lovejoy to her other arm. Adam carefully supported Lovejoy as he wrapped his other arm around her waist. Regina titled her chin up and Adam claimed her lips for the first time as husband and wife. As his family applauded, the words from 1 Corinthian 13: 4-5 echoed in his mind.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."
Yes, it's the end. I thank everyone for their support, their reviews, and their kind constructive criticism. The wedding vows are not mine I did some research for some traditional wedding vows and these two were the ones for them. Those who would like a visual picture of Regina's wedding dress will find the link posted on my profile page. Thank you again everyone!
Guest: Thank you for pointing that out. I know the person. And thank you for explaining more fully in your second review. For a moment, I thought someone had copied my story and was hiding it on Fan Fiction! My other story, someone reported it for grammer issues and I haven't reposted it yet. I lost my story when it crashed, then found it again days later, but I'm now working on two stories so I can't do the second one now.