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Let's get hitched.
Pastor Cope was a passionate man of God.
"'Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.' 1st Chronicles 7, Verses One and Two.
Marriage is rite of passage Holy and Ordained by our Lord God.
'Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing and obtainth favour of the Lord.' Proverbs 18:22. And that is why we are all gathered here today, because Edward ... has found himself a very, very, very, very good thing."
Edward smirked in the Pastor's direction before turning his gaze back to the vision in front of him. The delicate white lace veil passed down from Cullen to Cullen concealed her face from Edward's view. The white dress Bella wore had been her mother's.
Even though it cost a pretty penny, Renee had refused to get married in any other dress. Charlie put himself in debt to give her it. Then on the day of the wedding she decided that she hated it.
To make it a little more modern they cut the long sleeves to fall three quarters down the length of Bella's arm and adjusted the fit. They removed there of the under skirts as they made it ridiculously heavy and hard to walk in. It gave Bella a slim shapely silhouette.
There had been twenty (20) inch train. It was a surety that Bella would trip over all that fabric when she normally tripped over air. Now the dress barely kissed the floor.
She had borrowed fancy shoes from Rose and Alice had given her a pair of blue earrings for her wedding gift. She wore them with pride.
Edward was awe struck by the absolutely stunning creature that stood in front of him.
Likewise Bella was stupefied by the devilishly handsome man that towered over her. He was dressed in what he described as a black three piece monkey suit.
"The rings?" The preacher questioned.
Edward turned to Emmett, his best man, who began searching his pants pockets.
"Oh Lord," Esme groaned under her breath while Carlisle buried his face into her hair to hide his juvenile snickering.
"Em..." Edward whispered.
Emmett smiled sheepishly and began patting down his jacket before coming up empty handed.
"Excuse me." Rose pushed up from her seat with a hand on her massive stomach and waddled over to Emmett. She opened his jacket and removed the rings from a secret pocket in the jacket.
She handed them to Edward before waddling back to her seat and lowering herself into her seat with Carlisle's help.
"See congregation," Pastor Cope smiled, "A very good thing."
The congregation laughed and Edward passed Bella his ring.
"Edward, as you push the ring unto Isabella's finger repeat after me.
I, Edward Anthony Cullen, take you Isabella Marie Swan to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish til' death do us part."
Edward repeated the vows and slid the ring unto Bella's finger. It had been Mama Cullen's ring and she passed it to him as he was the elder of the two brothers.
"Isabella, as you push the ring unto Edward's finger repeat after me.
I, Isabella Marie Swan, take you, Edward Anthony Cullen to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, to cherish and obey til' death do us part."
Bella repeated the vows and slid the simple gold band unto Edward's finger. The ring had belonged to Charlie.
"Do you Isabella take Edward to be your lawfully wedded husband, to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you submit yourself to your husband, comfort him, honor him and keep him, forsaking all others and be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?"
"I do." Bella said with conviction.
"And do you Edward, take Isabella to be your lawfully wedded husband, to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you submit yourself to your wife, comfort her, protect her, honor her and keep her, forsaking all others and be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?"
"I do." Edward said with fervour.
"By the power vested in me by God and the state of Colorado I now pronounce you man and wife. 'For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God had joined together let no man put asunder.'Edward you may kiss your bride."
Gently Edward raised the veil that hid Bella's face and flipped it over so that it fell down her back. He cupped her cheeks and lowered his head to place his lips upon hers. The congregation erupted in catcalls and whistles;Emmett, of course, being the loudest.
Edward moved to deepen the kiss and Bella powerless to stop him gave in to his demanding tongue. Pastor Cope had been tapping Edward's shoulder long before the kiss turned inappropriate. Only the need for air drove them apart.
"Why, Edward Anthony Cullen you are just plain shameless." She scolded with a smile on her face.
"Ain't never said I wasn't." Edward pulled Bella in for another kiss.
The wedding party and guests headed to Cullen Creek Ranch where they would be having a good old country reception before the couple would leave for Swan Lake Ranch to be alone for their honeymoon.
The party was in full swing. Food flowed freely and the guests ate heartily.
Discreetly, a lot of moonshine made its way into the punch cups of the men. A few of the hands were handy with instruments and they offered to play a little jigging music.
After the newlyweds had their first dance, the country folk attacked the makeshift dance floor.
The couple exhausted from the preparations and anxiety of getting married to practically a virtual strange were content to just observe after they
Bella sat on her husband's lap while she watched Alice get swung around the makeshift dance floor by some golden haired fellow that Edward highly recommended.
"He's the deputy." Edward had responded when she asked him who he was.
"Hmmm," Edward responded distractedly as they were being approached by a strange man he had never seen before.
"I hope I ain't intruding."
A/N: Who do you think it is?
If you guess it right I'll post Chapter 8.
If no one gets it ... Chapter 8 won't be posted until Monday morning.
Good Luck :)