Surprise! Hi everyone :) Long time no see with this story! It was weird to come back and write for this story after taking a break for so long, but it was also nice to come back and revisit this world and I know I promised you all a wedding. I hope you enjoy it - it's a little on the fluffy side but it's a wedding so just enjoy it!
"This is going to be a disaster."
"No it's not, Caroline. Please, just relax and breathe."
If there was one thing that Caroline Forbes didn't like it was when people told her to relax. She glared at her best friend, Stefan Salvatore, and poked him hard in the chest. "Excuse you, you're not the one getting married in less than twelve hours, you ass. Don't tell me to relax!"
It had been a little over a year since Klaus had proposed to her and they'd begun their life together, traveling the world and buying up hotels and resorts and making them better than ever. She loved her life now, but she was anxious and excited to finally marry the man of her dreams.
She huffed and grabbed her phone, walking out of the room and onto the balcony of the hotel suite that was serving as her dressing room for the day. She dialed the number to the florist, a number she knew by heart at this point, and was happy when someone finally picked up on the other line. She'd received a voicemail in the middle of the night from one of the managers informing her of how the delivery truck that would be delivering her lilies to the shop would be arriving later that morning than scheduled, which could mess up the delivery of her flowers to the hotel for the wedding later in the day.
"Serves you right for needing fresh flowers on the day of," Rebekah had chimed in, shrugging her shoulders when Jenna nudged her and shook her head.
Caroline had wanted Klaus there to help her deal with the chaos, but she'd hadn't seen him since yesterday morning. They were doing the whole "we're not going to see each other the night before the wedding" business, and she was starting to regret her traditional notions.
She listened as the manager promised her she would get the flowers on time and Caroline did her best to stay calm and only sound mildly threatening. After all, she still needed them to deliver the flowers and what would be the point in pissing them off? She knew Stefan would be proud and she smiled as she hung up the phone and walked back into the room.
"Okay, are we ready to finish your hair?" Alina, the hair and make up artist, asked.
Caroline nodded but turned to look at Jenna before she went back to sitting in the chair in the middle of the living room area, where she was getting ready for the big day. "I need him, where is he?"
Jenna smiled and looked over her shoulder. "He's in the other room, are you sure you want me to get him?"
Caroline thought for a moment and then nodded her head firmly before sitting down in the chair and relaxing her shoulders. "Yes, I need him. He'll calm me down."
Jenna pursed her lips and rolled her eyes before she walked across the suite to one of the bedrooms. It was a good thing Caroline had awarded herself the biggest suite at the Grand Monolua – not that she'd had to pay for it or anything, but it felt nice to have so much space for everyone.
She squealed with delight when Jenna walked back into the room, depositing the sleeping toddler into Caroline's lap. "Elijah," she cooed, brushing her nose over his forehead. "I can't believe he didn't wake up."
"You and me both. If he would have, you would have had to deal with it, wedding day or not."
"Caroline always gets to hold him," Rebekah wined as she flipped through a magazine.
"One day, Rebekah, I just asked for one day…"
"Sorry," Caroline's soon-to-be sister in law mumbled, trying to look very interested in her magazine.
"Where's Stefan?" Caroline asked as Alina started to work on her hair again.
"I think he left because he thought you were going to have a mega meltdown. Plus, he needs to be off with Klaus," Jenna offered.
Caroline nodded, remembering that Stefan was Klaus' best man – a decision that had truly shocked her when it was decided.
Six Months Ago
"Caroline and I have asked you all here because we'd like to finally announce that we've chosen you all to be in our wedding," Klaus declared as they sat down to a lovely dinner in New York City with Stefan, Jenna, Kol, Katie, Finn, Marcel, Hayley, Rebekah, and Bonnie. They'd flown out Stefan and Bonnie, and the others had accommodated themselves. They hoped that everyone would be able and willing to participate in their big day.
"Well, let me correct my fiancée and say that most of you are going to be a part of it."
"Meaning there's one too many girls at this table," Rebekah provided, looking around at her competition.
Caroline sighed. "Yes. I just – we thought it would be a good thing to go with four on each side."
"Well, that sounds fair. It'll go me, Stefan, Marcel, and then Finn. Finn will be last because he's a dullard," Kol finished, sipping from his wine glass with a grin.
Jenna rolled her eyes and Caroline could swear she saw the motion of Jenna kicking him underneath the table.
"Actually, baby brother…I've decided to make Stefan my best man."
"What!" the whole table, including Caroline, gasped together.
"I've grown very close to him and for my own reasons it's what I've decided," Klaus stated, his tone firm. "This wedding is not meant to hurt feelings and the drama will be left at the door."
"Wow, thank you," Stefan said, a genuine smile crossing his lips.
Marcel laughed softly. "Hey, I'm just happy to be a part of it. You've been a great mentor to me and I'm really excited for you and Caroline."
Caroline smiled. "Thank you. I'm really sorry Hayley, but you know we just couldn't –"
"It's fine," the brunette cut in with a shrug. "I'm not into the whole wedding stuff anyway."
"We could always make Jeremy a groomsman and then we could include Hayley," Rebekah suggested which got her a collective no from the table.
"Regardless of the order of the way we've set it up, we just want everyone to be a part of our wedding and share the special day with us." Caroline had never thought that the order of the bridesmaids and groomsmen would upset anyone, but the sour look on Kol's face suggested otherwise. She was a little surprised Klaus had decided to choose her best friend as his best man, but she was happy the two of them had gotten along so well.
"Okay, can we just get on with the order of it all so I can digest my food?" Rebekah asked, pouring herself a second glass of wine.
"Yes. On my side, Bonnie will be my maid of honor, with Jenna following her, then Rebekah, and Katie."
Katie shrugged. "Whatever. I don't care."
"And on my side, I'll have Stefan, Kol, Marcel, and Finn."
"Good, I can walk with my wife," Finn commented, looking as disinterested as ever. He'd been nicer to Caroline since she'd moved from Hawaii to be with Klaus and work on the business, but they were far from being best friends forever.
"Great, always second best," Kol grumbled, slumping in his seat.
"Perfect, now I'll have two babies to take care of tonight." Jenna leaned over and kissed Kol's cheek, which actually made him sit up with a smirk. Since the birth of Elijah they'd really made an effort to be together and try and make it work for their son.
"You sure that secretary at the office is a good babysitter?" the youngest Mikaelson brother asked, reaching over to grab Jenna's hand.
"For the thousandth time, yes," Klaus groaned and rubbed his eyes. "Can we focus for one minute? Is everyone okay and agreeing to do this for us?"
He looked around the table and gained a nod from everyone who was asked.
"Of course," Bonnie replied, leaning her head on Caroline's shoulder from the seat next to her. "I'm just happy you guys finally set a date and are doing this."
"You and me both," Caroline mumbled. "We're going to have it at the resort. It only seems fitting."
"Let's talk colors, because I don't really like yellow."
Klaus rolled his eyes but ordered some champagne from their waiter and reached over to grab Caroline's hand, agreeing with Bonnie because he was glad this was all finally happening, too.
"Where's Bonnie?" Caroline asked as the curling iron started making it's way through her hair. "And where's my mom?"
"I think they went for a walk, wanted to get some air," Jenna replied, closing her eyes as she lay on the couch. "They should be back soon."
Caroline nodded and kissed Elijah's cheek, taking a deep breath to clear her stomach of all the nerves currently running through her.
Everything was going to be perfect today – her dress, her hair, her make up, the flowers, and Klaus. All she needed was to finally see Klaus as she walked down the aisle and everything would be alright.
"I hope that florist fixes its mistake. There is nothing worse than the wrath of Caroline," Klaus said, shaking his head as Stefan finished explaining the problem. He hated that he couldn't go up to her suite and hold her and tell her that it didn't matter about the flowers – all that mattered was that today they were getting married.
"I'm sure she'll figure it out. She's Caroline, she solves every problem." Stefan clapped his hand on Klaus' back before sitting in one of the chairs on the balcony. "I just want this wedding to happen already, no offense."
Klaus laughed softly. "None taken. I want it to happen, too. I just want to see her walk down that aisle so that we can finally just be man and wife."
"Uh oh, are you turning into a sap on me, Mikaelson?"
"Don't be ridiculous, Stefan. I'm just a man in love."
"Gross," came a voice from behind them. They looked over their shoulders and saw Kol and Finn standing there. "I don't want this to be a day where we all share our feelings and hold hands and bond."
"Be nice, Kol," Finn warned, walking out onto the balcony and looking over at the view of the beach. "This is Niklaus' day and you shouldn't ruin it just because you're not the best man."
"I'm not bitter, Finn. I was just saying."
"Aren't you a man in love, too?" Stefan questioned. "You and Jenna seem to be better these days."
"I suppose," Kol agreed. "But, maybe she's just trying for Elijah's sake."
"Where is my nephew? Shouldn't he be hanging with the boys today?"
Kol shrugged. "He's with her and whatever, I don't want to rock the boat."
Stefan laughed and sat back in his chair. "Kol, have you ever considered the fact that you're bi-polar?"
Klaus dazed out of the conversation then. He didn't want to hear his brother and Stefan go back and forth like they had been the past few weeks. Kol was still upset Klaus hadn't chosen him as best man, but Klaus didn't see why it was such a big deal. Yes, Kol was his brother but this day was about Klaus and Caroline and his arrogant little brother would just have to deal with it.
"How much longer do we have?" he asked, snapping his head out of his daze to interrupt Kol listing off his resume to Stefan.
"The ceremony starts at four," Finn replied, pouring himself a glass of champagne. "It's not even noon yet."
Klaus rubbed his eyes, hoping the time passed quickly. This whole not seeing Caroline for more than a day was starting to really irritate him.
"How do I look?" Caroline asked as her mother adjusted her veil. She saw her mother's reflection in the mirror over her shoulder and she felt her eyes tear up. Liz Forbes didn't cry often so to see her crying now really warmed Caroline's heart. "Oh, mom, don't cry."
"I'm sorry," Liz said, wiping her cheeks. "I just always imagined this day and it's so nice that it's finally happening."
Caroline grinned and grabbed a tissue to dab at her eyes. "If you mess up my make up I'll be very mad."
"And no one likes a mad Caroline," came another voice and Caroline laughed as Bonnie entered the room. "How do I look?"
Caroline grabbed her best friend's hand and twirled her around. "You look amazing. You were right, lavender was a better choice."
Bonnie nodded her head once. "See, I told you you would agree with me when it all came down to it." She smoothed over the bottom of her tea-length dress and grabbed both of Caroline's hands to look her over. "You look… breathtaking, Care. Klaus is going to die when he sees you."
"Yeah, that's the idea," Caroline agreed. She'd decided to go with an A-line cut dress with a sweetheart neckline. It was simple, with just a beaded jewel belt as an accent, but she liked the more classic look. She glanced over Bonnie's shoulder as the other ladies entered the room. "You guys look great, too."
"I still think red would have been better," Rebekah murmured, moving to place herself in front of the full-length mirror.
"Don't listen to her, she didn't take her Prozac this morning," Katie interjected, kissing Caroline's cheek. "I love you in this dress."
"Agreed," Jenna said, trying to feed Elijah a bottle without spilling it on her own dress. "The photographer says he's ready when you are to take more pictures because we only have an hour."
"An hour!" Caroline exclaimed, grabbing her phone in a panic. She felt like there was still so much to do and so little time left.
"Relax," Bonnie said. "I was just down by the set up and the flowers came and they look perfect, the chairs are all set up, and the officiator is here."
Caroline took a few deep breaths and grabbed her mother's hand. "I can't do this. What if the reception is horrible? What if it's too windy outside and it messes up my hair and my dress? What if the sun sets sooner than we think and I get married half in the sun and half in the dark?"
Rebekah rolled her eyes. "Someone calm her down before I slap her."
Jenna frowned at Rebekah and walked closer to the bride. "It's going to be fine, it'll be perfect in fact. Stefan is also downstairs handling things. Do you think he'd let anything go wrong?"
Caroline bit her bottom lip. "No, I guess not. But, what if Klaus hates my dress, or thinks my hair is stupid all down and curly like this?"
"There is no way in hell that is going to happen, and if it does I'll marry you myself," Katie interjected with a firm tone. "Now, relax or else you'll have stress lines in all of your pictures."
Caroline straightened up. "That can never happen. Come on, let's get these pictures going while Elijah is calm. Can't have a crying ring bearer in my pictures."
It's finally time, Klaus thought as he walked down the aisle to take his place at the front of the awning serving as the alter. The sun would be setting soon, providing a nice hue of orange and purple across the sky, making it the perfect time for an outdoor beach wedding. Their guests had arrived and were all settling into their seats – a mix of locals, friends, family, and business accomplices on Klaus' side. There was a good amount of people gathered to celebrate their day, but Klaus wasn't concerned with numbers. All he wanted was to see Caroline walking down the aisle towards him. He was getting anxious and Niklaus Mikaelson never likes feeling anxious.
A quiet settled over as a ukulele started to play and it was finally time to get everything started. Stefan joined him at his side and clapped him on his back. "I know it might be a little too late to say this but if you hurt her…"
Klaus smiled at his friend and glanced over his shoulder. "If I ever hurt her, Stefan, I will willingly let you destroy my very existence."
"A simple, I won't ever hurt her would have sufficed but as long as we have an understanding, Mikaelson."
Klaus nodded his head as he watched his older brother Finn and his sister-in-law Katie walk down the aisle. Next were Marcel and Rebekah and Klaus was glad to see his sister behaving. She'd had her share of tantrums over the entire process and he knew it was an added stress for his bride to be. But, his sister smiled at him and waved at Jeremy Gilbert who was sitting with Elena and the Donovan siblings on the bride's side. Klaus smirked, mentally wishing the Gilbert boy luck should he ever propose to his sister.
Jenna and Kol followed after Marcel and Rebekah, baby Elijah in his brother's arms, carrying a small box containing the wedding rings. Klaus could see the happiness on his younger brother's face and he hoped that his own mirrored the same. It had been interesting to see his brother take to fatherhood over the past nine months; watching Kol change diapers was a hilarious spectacle, but it was nice to see how Kol had matured nonetheless. He and Caroline hadn't really discussed children but they both adored Elijah and he knew Caroline would make an incredible mother. He wasn't so sure he'd be a good father, but he could see himself trying for her.
Bonnie walked down the aisle by herself and Klaus stood up straighter, knowing who would be next. This was it, after what felt like the longest day of his life since he'd last seen Caroline, she was finally going to walk to him and they were finally going to be married. He took a deep breath as he watched everyone stand as Caroline and her mother rounded the corner and Klaus felt his heart stop.
Caroline would always be the most beautiful woman in the world to him, but seeing her in her white dress with her hair in long waves and the veil partially shadowing her features…the feelings rushing through him were indescribable.
Klaus had never really felt true love until he'd met Caroline, even between him and his family. It had been hard growing up with the father he'd had, and his life had always felt empty, regardless of his success in every other aspect of his life.
So, watching Caroline walk towards him with a huge grin on her face, her arm laced through her mother's – a woman who meant so much to her, and who approved of Klaus – looking like an angel, it literally started to bring tears to his eyes. He felt himself blinking to hold back the tears, not wanting to look like a mess when she finally approached him.
She stopped in front of him and turned towards her mother who lifted the veil from her face and kissed her cheek. Klaus could see that Caroline was crying now, and it only made it that much harder for him to hold back his own tears.
Being with Caroline made him feel whole, made him feel complete. It was gratifying to feel so wanted and loved and appreciated in return by her. She turned to look at him and he reached his hand out toward hers, placing her right in front of him. He knew that the officiator had started to speak but everything else around him didn't matter – the world and time seemed to stop as he just looked into her eyes and his nerves calmed and his anxiousness disappeared. He could see the same look in Caroline's eyes and he knew that this was it for them – they were finally going to be husband and wife.
"Hi," Caroline said as tears slide down her cheeks.
Klaus reached up and wiped them away with his thumbs as he cupped her cheeks and smiled at her. "Hello, sweetheart. Long time no see."
"I know. I was going to go crazy if I had to wait longer for this to start."
Klaus smiled and they turned their attention to the officiator who was saying the typical things you would hear at a wedding – how nice it was that Klaus and Caroline had found each other and how strong their love was. Then it was time for them to recite their vows and Klaus grinned as he realized he could reveal his little secret to Caroline. They'd agreed to just recite the basic vows, but Klaus had wanted to share a little more about how he felt about the love of his life.
He looked behind him and Stefan pulled a piece of paper out of his jacket pocket and handed it to Klaus. "I actually have a little more that I'd like to say before we do the normal vows," Klaus interrupted and he saw the surprise and slight irritation register on Caroline's face. He knew she didn't like surprises, especially when she'd planned their wedding to a T.
"What's going on?" she whispered to him and he just smiled at her, opening the folded piece of paper and clearing his throat.
"For my entire life I've never really felt worthy of much. I worked hard to build my business up and to make myself stable financially. I was living a complacent life and was settling for whatever made me most confortable. And then I met Caroline by chance in a bar almost two years ago and as cliché as it sounds, I felt like I was finally living. Caroline, you are the most beautiful, most amazing person I have ever met. You make me want to be a better man in every way. You lift me up and make me stronger and I can't imagine my life without you. I can't promise it will always be easy with us, but I promise to commit myself to you and I promise to take care of you for the rest of our lives."
He looked up and saw the tears streaming down her face and of the faces of Jenna, Rebekah, and Bonnie. She reached over and grabbed his hand and he finally felt his own tears slide down his face. "I love you, Caroline. I love you more than I've ever loved anything or anyone and I am happy to share my life with you."
Caroline smiled and nodded, squeezing his hand. "I feel the exact same way."
They just stood there staring at each other until the officiator started to speak again. He asked Caroline if she took Klaus as her lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, until death do they part, to which she replied, "That sounds really boring after everything Klaus just said, but yes, I absolutely do."
Kol handed Stefan the box of rings, who handed it to Klaus and Caroline slid Klaus' ring onto his finger. Klaus repeated the same vows and slid her ring of her finger and they held hands while the ceremony came to a close.
"I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride."
Klaus moved closer to Caroline and dipped her, causing cheers from their spectators as he leaned down and kissed his wife.
"I never knew my brother was such a romantic," Kol said, as he, Klaus, Finn, Stefan, and Marcel stood at the bar of the restaurant at the resort. They'd decided to transform the restaurant into their reception space and the place looked incredible.
"Yes, it was very odd to see Niklaus express such emotion," Finn agreed.
"I thought it was nice to see his softer side," Marcel added.
"Shut it, the lot of you," Klaus mumbled, shaking his head.
Stefan laughed and shrugged. "I wasn't sure if Caroline was going to kill you because you surprised her, but I think she took it well."
Klaus looked across the room and saw Caroline talking with some of their guests and he smiled. "She married me, that's all that matters."
"Was there every any doubt?" came Rebekah's voice, as she walked over with Jeremy. "I thought your vows were sweet. It was nice to see you not be such a terror."
Klaus rolled his eyes. "Everyone needs to relax. This is my wedding day, a day I thought I'd never see. Let me just have my sappy little moment."
He watched as Matt Donovan approached Caroline and he instantly tensed, before relaxing. He had to remind himself that Caroline had just promised to spend the rest of her life with him and that no matter who went to talk to her, she was his.
The two of them shared an embrace and then Matt walked away to go and speak with Elena. Klaus had seen the way the Gilbert sister had been looking over at Stefan and he wondered if the two of them were going to make up like they always did. It was exhausting to hear about all of the Stefan and Elena break ups and make ups, but he ultimately wanted his friend to be happy.
"You should go and speak to her," Klaus said as he nudged Stefan.
"Maybe later. I just want to have a good night without any fights."
"Yes, and I'm sure Caroline appreciates that. But you do look rather mopey. Perhaps the two of you can go have a conversation in the spa?" Klaus suggested, as he dodged a hit from his friend. "It's not my fault the two of you have christened that place as your…"
"Shut it, Mikaelson."
"Hey, as long as the place is sanitary for customers, do as you wish."
Stefan rolled his eyes and walked away to speak with Caroline's mother just as Caroline turned and looked at Klaus. Their eyes met and he set his drink down on the bar, meeting her in the middle of the room.
"I think it's about time for our first dance," she said, leaning in to kiss his cheek.
"I'm ready when you are, Mrs. Mikaelson."
"That is so weird," Caroline replied, shaking her head. "It's going to take some getting used to."
"I know. But, I love it." He grabbed her hand as he heard Bonnie announcing that Klaus and Caroline were going to share their first dance. Everyone followed them outside to the pool area where twinkling lights had been hung all around and space had been cleared for a dance floor area. The DJ started to play a soft tune and Klaus wrapped his arms around Caroline, placing his forehead against hers with a sigh.
"I really loved your vows," Caroline whispered as their bodies slowly swayed to the music. "I heard people making fun of you for showing more of your sensitive side, but it meant a lot to me that you were willing to do that in front of so many people."
Klaus shrugged. "I don't care what they think. Today is about us and I will do whatever I want."
Caroline laughed softly. "That's my broody man."
Klaus sighed happily as they continued to sway until he saw others start to join them on the floor after a while. He looked around and saw Stefan and Bonnie dancing together, Kol and Jenna, Rebekah and Jeremy, Matt and Caroline's mother, and Marcel and Hayley along with some of the locals. He was happy to share this day with the people who mattered the most to him, but he was happiest to hold Caroline in his arms knowing they were now joined as husband and wife.
"You know, this is really it, Mikaelson. You're stuck with me now – until we're both old and wrinkly and I might lose the natural bounce in my hair –"
Klaus cut Caroline's babbling off with a kiss and smiled as he pulled his mouth away from hers. "I'll love every old and wrinkly part about you Caroline."
Caroline placed her head on his shoulder and sighed. "I love you, my husband."
"I love you, my wife."
And that's a wrap!
I know I said I might do other one shots but with my other commitments and new work schedule I don't see that really happening anymore. Maybe someday but for now I am going to mark this story as complete and be happy with it.
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