Chapter Nine

Six Months Later

Bella stood in front of the mirror and stared at the woman reflected back at her. It had been a whirlwind of planning to get to this point. The morning after his proposal, the family came into the room to receive their announcement, yet no one was really surprised. Mac reached into her pocket and pulled out the engagement ring Edward had picked out. Like their love, it was perfect.

While Edward persevered through physical therapy to regain the ability to perform normal daily activities, Bella began earnestly planning their wedding in the one place they wanted to begin their life together as husband and wife, Disneyworld. When she contacted them to find a date, the only date open over the next two years was six months away. After talking it over with Edward and his doctors, they decided to go for it. 

With both her mother and Esme’s assistance they split up the necessary tasks. Every detail was coordinated with the wedding planner at Disney.  The dress was selected, and everything was set.  Edward’s therapy was hugely successful.  He had a goal and a deadline, he was not going to fail.

So here she was, in the bridal suite waiting to depart for the ceremony.

A knock on the door broke her from her thoughts. “Come in.”

Charlie opened the door and stepped inside. He was stunned by just how beautiful his little girl looked. She was no longer his little princess, who wanted him to dress up with her in tiaras and eyeshadow, to have tea parties with her. Now she was a grown woman, standing before him dressed in a white wedding gown, looking like a real-life Cinderella. Stepping toward her, Charlie gave her a smile. “You look beautiful, sweetheart.”

Bella turned back to the mirror and twisted from one side to the other. “Do you think Edward will think so?”

“Of course, he will, there is absolutely no doubt. Now, there is a coach shaped like a pumpkin outside waiting for you.”

“It is here!” she exclaimed, picking up her bouquet of red roses and taking her father’s arm.

They walked out of the suite into the hot, summer Florida afternoon sun. Bella sucked in a breath when she saw the pumpkin-shaped white carriage. It was even better than the pictures she had seen. Two footmen stood by the steps of the carriage waiting for her. They were dressed in gold short pants, white shirts, gold vests, and long white jackets. To finish the look they all wore white wigs. The carriage glistened in the sun as the rays danced off the inlaid gemstones.

“Do you like it sweetheart?” Charlie asked.

“Oh daddy, it is perfect,” she cried.

“Miss Swan, we need to get you to the ball,” one of the footmen said, holding out his hand.

Bella took his hand and climbed up into the carriage. Charlie lifted her gown and tucked it carefully inside, before he climbed in to join her. The driver whipped the reins, causing the six white horses to begin their trot across the cobblestone road towards the wedding chapel.

As they made their way through the park, many guests of the park stopped and stared, while little girls squealed, yelling out Cinderella’s name. Bella felt like a princess riding in this grand carriage towards her Prince Charming. They arrived at the chapel and the footmen assisted her from the carriage.

“Don’t let me fall, daddy,” Bella said, wrapping her arm tightly around his.

“Never,” Charlie replied, his voice cracking with emotions.

The music changed to Marry Me by Train as they proceeded into the chapel with its soaring Victorian spires, vaulted ceiling, and a graceful cupola. As they walked upon the white aisle runner embroidered with Happy Ever After on it, they passed and acknowledged their family and friends seated in the white pews. Bella looked up and saw the love of her life standing at the altar, with an arched window with Cinderella Castle in the background.

Once they finally reached the altar, Edward finally took a breath. He had never seen anyone as beautiful as the woman who held his heart and soul. He didn’t think he could ever love her more, but he was wrong. Their love grew more and more each day. 

The minister smiled at the couple as he began his recitation. Edward and Bella vowed to love and honor each other until their last breath. Just before the minister pronounced them man and wife, Edward pulled a letter from his pocket and began to read.

“We have had a connection from the moment we were born. My love for you has no beginning and no end, this infinite connection that we will nurture and will last forever. I can’t wait for us to start our family and share our love with the children we have. My hopes are that they will be lucky enough to find someone who will be their everlasting love. I can’t wait to share the letters I wrote to you. This is my last letter as your boyfriend,” he read, then reached up and pulled out another letter from his pocket. Turning to the minister he gave him a nod.

“I now pronounce you husband and wife,” the minister said with a smile.

Edward unfolded the new letter and began. “And this is my first letter to you as your husband. I promise to write to you every day and let you know just how much you mean to me,” he read. Looking up he placed his hand on the side of her face. “Yours forever, Edward.”

Leaning in, he placed a kiss on her lips. A kiss so full of love and devotion. He pulled away, his eyes full of unshed tears. Clearing his throat he said. “P.S. I Love You.”

Their future was bright with everlasting love, which started with Letters of Love.