“You should get this necklace, Nora,” I said looking at the jewelry in Patricia’s wedding boutique.
Nora leaned closer to get a better look, “this is beautiful, can I see it up close?” she asked Patricia and she took it out from behind the glass.
“Of course,” the lady handed her a diamond necklace, “it will look gorgeous with your dress, dear,” she said to Nora and then turned to me, “good choice, darling. I said it before and I’ll say it again. You would be good at this, helping brides, helping organize things for their weddings.”
“Thanks Patricia. The thing is..I work with Nora and I really like my job. Thank you though.”
“Alright, honey. My door will be open if you ever change your mind,” she added with a smile, “I’d love to have someone like you work with me.”
Patricia and I got to know each other quite well during the time I was helping planning my friend’s wedding. I came here even before Nora and Dean got engaged and we often talked, not only about weddings but about life in general.
After we were done shopping for the last few things for the big day, we went to grab some coffee.
“I can’t believe the wedding is next week, I’m starting to freak out,” Nora expressed her concerns.
“Don’t worry about anything. Everything will be fine, I promise.”
“I honestly don’t know what I would do without your help, Dakota.”
“Oh please. It was my pleasure to be your maid of honor. I still can’t get over it,” I laughed.
“Well you did an amazing job.”
“I guess we’ll see next Saturday. When is your family coming?”
“I can’t wait to meet them.”
“They are something. Especially my mom,” Nora rolled her eyes, “listen, if she tries to change something we agreed on, please don’t let her. And trust me, she will try.”
My parents, my sister with her family and my grandparents arrived on Friday morning. Luckily we had two empty rooms and my sister with her husband and their little daughter agreed to sleep on the couches in the living room. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than staying at a hotel.
“I can’t believe you guys are finally here,” I welcomed them, “so this is our house.”
“Across from a gas station, I see,” my mother couldn’t help herself. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t want to start a fight with her the day before my wedding.
Instead I picked up my little niece, “Hey baby, do you want to see aunties house? I got some really cool toys for you, what do you say?”
The toddler nodded and insisted I put her down so she can wobble inside on her own legs. The rest of the family followed her.
“Hi everyone,” Dean shook his hand with the men and hugged the women of my family, “it’s so nice to see you again.”
We’ve only visited them a few times since we started dating.
“Who wants coffee?” I asked and pulled the coffee bag from the cabinet.
My sister Kristie came over to help me, “don’t worry about mom. You should see her at my wedding, she was all over me.”
“I remember,” I nodded, “you just always know what to say to her.”
“You’re an adult, just tell her you’re doing things your way and she can’t tell you what to do anymore. I can’t even tell you how many times we had a fight about how we raise Morgan.”
“She’s so cute,” I smiled at the thought of my little niece, “I can’t believe how big she’s getting.”
“Me neither,” my sister looked at her daughter playing with toys I bought for her, “how about you guys? Are you thinking about a baby?”
“Not yet. It’s not an ideal time with my job and we want to travel a little bit before we have a baby.”
“I hear you. Once you have a kid, fun is over,” she sighed, “but it’s so worth it.”
“Can you help me bring the coffee to the table?”
“So do you need help with anything for the wedding, honey?” my mom asked once I sat down.
“No, mom. My friend Dakota is handling it.”
“Hmm. You know you could have let us do something.”
“Mom, everything is taken care of. You just enjoy the visit, ok?”
“I know, but..”
“Everything’s taken care of.” I cut her off.
She didn’t say anything after that and I could tell she felt offended but I wasn’t going to apologize. She had to realize that I’m in charge of this wedding, not her.
“Ready, honey?” my dad said when I walked towards the front door of the church where he was waiting for me, “you look amazing.”
I took a deep breath, I’m getting married.
“Are you nervous?”
“A little I guess. I can’t believe it.”
“Me neither. My little girl is getting married,” he whispered and I think I saw a tear in his eye.
I didn’t say anything and just smiled.
“Shall we go?” he offered his arm.
I hung my arm in his and when we heard the music, we stepped forward.
“I now pronounce you, husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.”
After the ceremony, everyone relocated to the reception venue.
“Excuse me everyone,” Trevor clinked a fork on his glass, “if I can have your attention for a minute, please.”
Everyone around the table quieted down, ready to hear the best man’s toast.
“I’ve known Dean since middle school and he’s always been a great friend to me. He helped me through some tough times in my life and I am extremely grateful for him. I hope you will never go through anything like that in your life, but I want you to know that if you do, I am here for you buddy. I knew him before he met Nora and I knew him after and I have to say…I’ve never seen him happier than he is now. You two are an inspiration and I know you will grow old together…Ladies and gentleman, please raise your glass…to Dean and Nora. I love you guys.”
After everyone ate dinner and we cut the wedding cake, it was time for a wedding bouquet toss.
“Are we sticking to the plan or are you gonna chicken out?” I teased Trevor and shook the bouquet in front of his face.
“We’re so sticking to the plan girl,” he assured me.
All the guests were on the dance floor and the single ladies gathered in one spot, all eager to catch the flowers and be the next one to get married.
For a little while I pretended like I’m actually going to toss it, but that wasn’t the plan…
Instead I turned around, walked over to the group of girls and handed it to Dakota. Even though she didn’t know what is going on, she took it and watched me walk away. Now it was Trevor’s turn…
Nora and I planned this out together. Not even Dean knew about it.
When Nora left the dance floor, it was my turn to finish the plan. I walked over to my girlfriend who was standing there in her bridesmaid dress, holding the bride’s bouquet and looking as beautiful as ever.
“What’s going on?” she asked. But instead of an answer, I kneeled in front of her and opened a dark blue box with a diamond ring in it.
“What’s going on is that I love you. I love you so much that I can’t imagine life without you. Dakota…will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?”
Dakota’s eyes filled with tears that eventually rolled down her cheeks, “yes…yes I’ll be you wife!”
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