Hailey opened the top drawer of her dresser and took out a little box – the earrings her mother gave her to wear as something old on her wedding day. They belonged to her grandmother who passed them down on her mother and now they were hers.
One last check in the mirror.
Let’s do it. She couldn’t wait to finally get married and start a family.
All the guests were gathered in the local church so the wedding ceremony could begin. They decided to only invite the closest friends and family instead of having a huge wedding with guests they barely knew.
Dale got very emotional during the ceremony. He was very happy for Cameron and he was also realizing that he might not be around for the wedding of his younger son, Lucas.
“I, Cameron Cooper, take you, Hailey Andersen, for my lawful wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.” Cameron repeated the priest’s words and slid a wedding ring on Hailey’s finger and she followed.
“Throughout this ceremony, Hailey and Cameron have vowed, in our presence, to be loyal and loving towards each other. They have formalized the existence of the bond between them with words spoken and with the giving and receiving of rings. Therefore, it is my pleasure to now pronounce them husband and wife. You may now kiss your bride!”
They kissed a thousand times before, but today the feeling was different. They were no longer just partners and best friends. They were husband and wife. Today the kiss was a promise. A promise to spend the rest of their lives together.
“I am so proud of you, son.” Dale hugged Cameron, “take care of your wife, you have a good one here.”
“I know, dad. I will.”
“I wish your mother was here to see you all grown up.”
“So do I.”
The ceremony was followed by cake cutting and then the bride and the groom shared their first dance.
After that it was time to throw the bouquet that landed right in the hands of Cameron’s sister Carissa who never married. She was dating her childhood sweetheart, Roy, on and off but they never sealed the deal. Maybe it was time.
“If this isn’t a sign, then I don’t know what is.” Hailey joked with her after.
“You’re gonna have to tell that to my boyfriend. He doesn’t believe in marriage.”
“Does he believe in you? Because that’s all that matters.”
“Hopefully one day he’ll see it that way.”
“Thank you, Tasha. Is everything ready?”
“Everything’s ready, here is the key,” Natasha nodded and handed him a silver key, “she’s gonna love it.”
Everyone was having a great time. Lucas was rocking the chicken dance with Julie all night.
“Ready for your wedding gift, Mrs. Cooper?” Cameron asked his wife when most of the guests left.
“I suppose I am.”
He led her outside of the church where his car was ready. He opened the door for her so she could easily get in in her wedding dress.
“Where are we going?” she asked.
“It wouldn’t be a surprise if I told you, would it.”
They drove for a while until they finally stopped in front of a house. Hailey’s dream house. The house she showed him when they just started dating. The house with a private beach where they first kissed.
Cameron bought it then and waited this whole time to surprise her on their wedding night.
“Welcome home, honey.”