I walked out of Carlisle’s study. I deeply thought about our conversation. I couldn’t quite understand what Carlisle was trying to tell me. ‘We like people for their qualities, but love then for their defects.’
Hey little brother! We’re down here. Alice told Jasper that we need to stay down here until the wedding!
I saw Emmett leaning against the counter in the kitchen. I saw that he was looking at the food in the silver holder and wondering what was in it. I smiled to myself and headed down stairs. I saw Rosalie looking at booklet of piano composers.
“Play Yiruma ‘Kiss the Rain’ and then ‘Beloved’.”
She turned to look at me and tilted her head slightly to the side. “Who?”
I huffed and walked towards the piano. I leaned against the piano and looked out the window.
“Yiruma. Excellent composer, I must say so myself. Go on the net and get the music sheet.”
Whatever you want at your wedding.
She exited the room, still whining about the dress Alice picked out for the wedding. Rosalie, that woman thinks of no one but herself. Hopefully one of these days she'll thinks of someone other than herself. I heard Jasper and Emmett before I headed out of the room.
Edward, Alice wants you to dress in the garage.
Come on bro the guests are on the way.
I headed towards the garage quickly. I heard cars approaching the turn off and their thoughts on the wedding. I headed down towards where Jasper and Emmett were waiting.
“Any bet for the wedding Jasper?”
I swear today was not the day to be betting on anything. A house full of humans, vampires and some werewolves. Alice, Esme and Renee didn’t need something bad to happen and these two knuckle heads are placing bets. I made it down and saw Emmett in Rosalie’s car playing with the radio. I saw the tuxedo hanging against the wall and a panel for changing. I couldn’t even change into my tuxedo in my own room.
“NO, betting today guys,” I said with my tone hard and firm.
Emmett leaned over the seat toward the passenger window. “Awe, come little brother. Just a little one.”
I turned my head and stared him down. He laughed to himself and started playing with the radio again.
“Okay, then little brother…I got your get away car ready. Thinking twice about this whole wedding thing?”
I moved behind the panel and quickly get into the tuxedo. I heard Rosalie playing in the room, Esme still in the kitchen and Carlisle in his studies. I leaned against the wall, closed my eyes and listened to everything going on around me. I heard the guest getting out of their cars. I heard Charlie talking to Renee and I saw Seth Clearwater helping Billy out of the car. I took a moment to listen to Billy thoughts. Nothing of Jacob’s where abouts or any signs that Jacob planned to make it today.
“Do you think that Jacob will show up?” I opened my eyes and saw Jasper standing right in front to me.
“Billy is here and with the Clearwaters. I don’t see anything about Jacob, but if he does then we can’t do anything about it. Jacob and Bella are best friends.”
“Bro, you may not be able to do anything about it. But that doesn’t stop me from playing fetch.” I heard Emmett laughing harder then unusual.
Jasper turned towards Emmett. “No! Alice won’t take that today. Emmett, quit the shit and pull yourself together. It‘s time for the wedding.”
Jasper turned towards the stairs with his thoughts about self-control. Emmett looked at me and then shrugged his shoulder. Just playing around.
I followed Jazz with Emmett trailing me. We headed in the ceremony room where our friends and family awaited us. Angela’s father was the minister, he waited for us at the alter. I headed straight to the alter and turned to face the crowd. I heard Alice tell Bella to count to five and then follow behind. Alice was thinking about Jasper and showed me nothing of Bella. She walked down the aisle and I heard Jasper from behind me. Beautiful.
Rosalie started playing the Wagner‘s tradition. I heard Bella ask Charlie to help her down the stairs. Before I could see what Bella looked like I heard Alice call me. I turned to make eyes contact quickly.
Edward, no peeking! Just give her 50 seconds and you can see how she looks.
Bella came around the corner with Charlie at her side. A masterpiece walked towards me. If my heart could beat it would stop at the breathtaking beauty in front of me. Bella’s beautiful silky brown hair pulled away from her face. Her creamy ivory-snow skin shimmered against her white dress. Bella’s face was covered in makeup. Through all the eye makeup, I could still see those breathtaking brown eyes of my love. I saw her searching from something and then her eyes locked with mine. I couldn’t help but smile at me love, my life, my sweet everything. I heard everyone's thoughts around me on how stunning my sweet Bella looked.
Beautiful…So graceful and breathtaking…Bella is so amazing…How perfect she looks…How lucky she is to have Edward.
If only that someone knew how lucky I was to have Bella as my wife. Charlie thoughts were the same as Renee. I saw him thinking back to when Bella was born, the first time she smiled, talked and walked. The day that Renee took her away, the day he got her back, the months that passed when I left. Everything up to this very day. I tried not to think about the pain I caused Bella or Charlie the day that I left.
As Bella finally stood in front of me. I stepped forward and extended my hand towards her. She extended her hand towards mine and we locked together. I heard Charlie’s last thoughts before releasing Bella to me.
I can’t believe this! I just got Bella back and now to give her up again. This is what she wants, Charlie. Let her go. She is no longer your little girl. She is now a young woman. But then again, Bella will always be my little girl.
As Charlie took his seat next to Renee. I walked Bella toward the alter. She placed her hands in mine, our eyes still locked together. Her heart was racing like a humming bird, but she showed no sign of it. As Rosalie stopped playing and took her seat next to Emmett. The ceremony begun.
Minister Weber begun. “Dearly Beloved, we are gathered together here to join together this man and this woman in holy matriony, which is commended to be honorable among all men; and therefore – is not by any – to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly – but reverently, discreetly, advisedly and solemnly. Into this holy estate, these two persons present now come to be joined. If any person can show just cause why they may not be joined together – let them speak now or forever hold their peace.”
A moment of silent within the room and for the very first time everyone's thoughts were silent as well.
“Okay then, may we begin. We are here today to witness the joining in marriage of Edward Anthony Cullen and Isabella Marie Swan. This occasion marks the celebration of love and commitment with which this man and this woman begin their life together. By gathering together all the wishes of happiness and our fondest hopes for Edward and Isabella from all present here, we assure them that our hearts are in tune with theirs. These moments are so meaningful to all of us, for ‘what greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together’ – to strengthen each other in all labor – to minister to each other in all sorrow – to share with each other in all relationship stands for love, loyalty, honesty and trust, but most of all for friendship. Before they knew love, they were friends, and it was from this seed of friendship that is their destiny. Do not think that you can direct the course of love – for love, if it finds you worthy, shall direct you. And now exchange of vows before Edward and Isabella.”
Minister Weber turned toward Bella. “Do you Isabella Marie Swan take Edward Anthony Cullen to be your husband in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sadness and in joy, to cherish and continually bestow upon him your heart’s deepest devotion, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him as long as you both shall live.”
I saw that Bella started to cry while Minister Weber was speaking to her. She managed to choke out the words. “I do.”
Minister Weber then turned towards me, “Do you Edward Anthony Cullen take Isabella Maris Swan to be your wife in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sadness and in joy, to cherish and continually bestow upon her your heart’s deepest devotion, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her as long as you both shall live?”
I looked deep in the eyes of my beloved. “I do.”
“May we have the ring?”
I saw Alice place my mother’s ring in Minister Weber’s hand. He gestured back towards us, extended his hand with the ring. I took the ring that was for Bella out of his hand and placed it carefully on her ring finger.
“May this ring be blessed as the symbol of this affectionate unity. These two lives are now joined in one unbroken circle. Wherever they go – may they always return to one another. May these two find in each other the love for which all men and women year. May they grow in understanding and in compassion. May the home which they establish together be such a place that many will find there a friend. May this ring on her finger symbolize the touch of the spirit of love in their hearts.
May you always share with each other the gifts of love – be one in heart and in mind – may you always create a home together that puts in your hearts – love – generosity and as much as Edward and Bella have consented together in marriage before this company of friends and family and have pledged their faith – and declared their unity by giving and receiving a ring – are now joined. You have pronounced yourselves husband and wife but remember to always be each other’s best friend. And so, by the power vested in me by the State of Washington, I now pronounce you husband and wife – and may your days be good and long upon the earth.”
He gestured towards me. “You may now kiss the bride.”
I leaned down towards Bella, within seconds I cupped Bella’s chin in my hand and pulled her to my lips. Bella reached up toward me on the tip of her toes and she threw her arms around my neck. I felt her sweet and salty honey lips against my stone cold lips. I kissed her gently, passionate and adoringly. I heard Carlisle’s inner thoughts.
Edward, you might want to wait until the honeymoon.
I pulled myself back and Bella lips unlocked from mine. I slightly smirked to myself how passionate Bella was in front of everyone. I felt overwhelmed with joy and happiness as Bella and I were married at last. The crowded erupted into applause. I turned us toward our friends and family. Everyone ran up to congratulate us. Our eyes unwillingly unlocked and I saw so many people grabbing Bella and hugging her. I gripped my hand more firmly around Bella’s hand.
Jasper came up and shook my hand, “Congrats, Edward.”
Emmett came up to me after him. “Congrats little brother. Soon the fun part will begin.” He joked.
Behind him was Rosalie. “Really nice, Em. Congrats Edward. I hope you’re happy.”