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Hope you enjoy reading... The next few months went by so quickly, there was so much to do. First of all, Chad and I called around and visited family and friends to announce our engagement. Everyone was happy for us which added to our euphoria. Being engaged felt so wonderful.
To be honest, I was a little nervous about telling Zak though. I wasn't exactly sure why, maybe because I wasn't sure how he'd take it. Suprisingly, he took it very well and actually told me he was dating a special someone at the moment. I was happy for him, and it was a big weight off my shoulders. Chad and I spent a lot of time together after the night he proposed. Not that we hadn't before, but it was as if now that our future together was secure, we couldn't bear to be apart. He stayed at my house most of the time because we didn't like to disrupt Candice's environment too much.
As we snuggled into bed one night, Chad brought up our favourite topic of late.
'Ava? You know, I've been thinking about our wedding.' Chad started, intertwining his fingers in mine. 'I think we should do it sooner rather than later. There's not really any reason to put it off longer than it needs to be. What do you think?'
'I think that's a great idea,' I smiled. 'I was thinking we could have it maybe around Christmas time, in about six months?' 'That sounds fantastic.' He replied, pulling me in for a kiss, his eyes clouding over with passion.
With the sound of thunder clapping in the distance, and the room lighting up as bolts of lightning flashed across the sky, we shared an intimate night together. We lay sleeping, wrapped in each other's arms, until the sun was well and truly up the next morning. After that discussion, we had decided our wedding would be held on the second of December. With it not very far away, there was so much to organise! I found myself at the bakery to organise our wedding cake, the florist to organise all the flowers, bridal shops for my dress, and any other places I could think of to help get the wedding sorted.
Chad and I had decided on a small, intimate ceremony with only close family and friends instead of something big. We wanted it to express us as a couple. I tried getting Candice used to the fact that Chad would be living permanently with us soon, or us with him, and he would be another 'daddy'. Of course, she was still too little to really understand. Chad had been around in some way or another since she was a baby, so it wouldn't be a very big change for her. They both adored each other anyway.
I felt so...complete when we were all together. There was nothing I loved more than being with Chad and Candice. A few weeks before the big day, Jen and I got together for a girl's day in. We had planned on going out for a coffee but she was feeling a little nauseous from her pregnancy. So after deciding to stay in, I made some hotdogs for lunch, and we settled at the table.
'So, not long now!' Jen smiled, swallowing a bite of her hotdog.
'I know! I can't believe I'll be walking down the aisle in three weeks time, the time has flown by. Can you believe I'm not nervous at all?' I replied.
Jen raised an eyebrow. 'You just wait until the day before. You'll have so many nerves you won't know what to do with them!' 'Thanks for the heads up.' I laughed.
'I was so nervous before I married Charles, but honestly, it's just the anticipation. Once you're there, you and Chad will be in your own little world. It's amazing.' Jen said, going into a daze thinking about her wedding day. 'Earth to Jen! It's MY wedding we're talking about.' I teased.
'Oh...right.' Jen laughed, snapping back to reality.
Jen stayed all day, and we had a great time catching up on all the gossip. It was inevitable though that she had to go back home, so I saw her out. Neither of us were sure if we would see each other before the day of the wedding. The night before the big day, my mother appeared at the side of my bed. How I wanted to hug her, have her stroke my hair as I slept. Jen had been right, I was very nervous now. My mother's presence calmed me though, her serenity surrounding me. 'My sweet,' She whispered. 'You have found happiness...true happiness. This is what you deserve, my daughter. I will always be in your heart. I love you...'
She was gone without a sound, her words playing over in my head. Oh mother, I thought, those three words mean everything to me. I hadn't known it then, but I would never see her again after that night. She had been there for me when I needed her, and she would be forever in my thoughts. After a hot shower the next morning, the morning of my wedding day, I spent a long time gazing at myself in the mirror. Well, this was it, I thought to myself, I would soon be Mrs Ava Hopkins. No longer a MacAllister. I was ready, ready for this change. It wasn't just a change of name though, it would be a whole lifestyle change. I would be a wife, Chad's wife at that. That last thought brought a smile to my face and jolted me into action. I had a wedding to get to!! Three hours later I arrived at the venue which I would remember forever. This place would see Chad and I announced as husband and wife under its very roof. I was so nervous, but also very excited, walking up to those front doors. Beyond them lay my future, the man I would grow old with, our family and friends. I took a deep breath in and slowly started walking up the front path. Mikal and Candice were our pageboy and flower girl for our big day. They were perfect for the roles, and I was overjoyed that they were able to play such important parts on one of the most important days of my life.
They walked down the aisle before I entered and everyone thought they were just wonderful. Then it was my turn. As the door clicked shut behind me, everyone turned to stare. I stood there, feeling every inch like a princess, as they let out gasps of suprise and admiration. I smiled, slowly let out the breath I had forgotten to release, and started up the aisle. As I got closer to the arch, Chad's eyes met with mine. I could see the mist in his eyes, the tears of happiness, appearing as I looked on. He returned my smile and didn't take his eyes off me even once. We stared into each other's eyes for several moments before we began to say our vows, not being able to believe this was all happening. It was too good to be true. As Chad slid a beautiful ring onto my finger, he began to recite his vows.
'You are my once-in-a-lifetime, my miracle.
May our lives intermingle and our love grow as we become one.
You are all I could ever need in my life, my friend, my lover, my everything.
I promise to be faithful to you, to love you, honour you, live with you and cherish you,
according to the commandments of God, in the holy bond of marriage.' As tears pricked my eyes, I returned the gesture, sliding an equally beautiful ring onto Chad's finger while reciting my vows.
'Chad, I love you. You are my best friend and will be forever.
Today I give myself to you in marriage to be your wife.
I promise to encourage you, to laugh with you and to comfort you in times of sorrow.
I promise to love you in good times and bad. I promise to cherish and respect you.
I vow to be true and faithful for as long as we both shall live.
Because of you, I laugh, I smile, I dare to dream again.
I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you, caring, loving and being there for you in all life has for us.
I will always be the person you can trust, talk to and the person that will always understand. I will make my home in your heart.
These promises I give you today and all the days of our lives. Take this ring as a sign of my faith and commitment.
Our love has given us wings and our journey begins today.' Gazing at each other, we smiled. Those words we had just recited to each other meant more to us than anyone could imagine. With that, we were pronounced man and wife. Chad brought me close and placed his lips on mine. Our first kiss as a married couple. My heart felt so full at that moment; so complete. Not only did I feel my own happiness and the happiness of our guests, I felt both my mother and my father were smiling down at me. All they had wanted was for me to be happy. And I was. While the ceremony was over, the celebration was not. One of the reasons we had picked this venue for our wedding, was for it's amazing outdoor area. It was perfect for our reception.
After everyone was settled outside, Chad and I embraced for our first dance. We had chosen the song, It Is You (I Have Loved) by Dana Glover, long before our wedding because it represented our love for each other perfectly. Our guests were entranced as they watched us dance; our eyes only for each other. By the end of the dance, everyone was feeling hungry. We all took our seats at the table, with Candice and Mikal at either end of the table in their high chairs. The atmosphere was very cheerful with everyone having a great time, especially me. The pianist was playing beautiful music in the background and we had an amazing selection of delicious food at our fingertips. What more could I have asked for? We were all very excited when it came time to cut the cake. It looked scrumptious and had everyone's mouth watering. I slowly eased the knife into the softness of the cake's layers until I felt it touch the base. I eased the first piece out as Chad handed me a napkin.
When everyone had a piece of cake, we sat back down and enjoyed our dessert. Then began the toasts. After filling glasses with expensive french champagne (and Jen's with water), Shana asked for everyone's attention.
'I would like to toast to Ava and Chad! May they have a long and bright future together, and may they enjoy all of life's gifts.' Shana smiled, raising her glass.
Everyone cheered in agreement and brought their glasses to their lips. As the afternoon wore on, the feeling of love was felt all around. All the couples came together and I couldn't help but look around and feel a smile creep onto my face.
There was Jen and her husband Charles, who were expecting their third baby very soon... ...Chad's mother and father, who had been blissfully married for an amazing thirty-five years... ...Zak and his new love, Amber, who might possibly have a long future together... ...Shana and the love of her life, Mikal, who had such an amazing relationship... ...and of course, Chad and I. Our future together had already begun, and I couldn't wait to wake up everyday next to Chad for the rest of my life.
**The End** - Look out for the epilogue to this story, it will be out soon!!
A Message from an Angel - The Finale
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