Hi everyone. Once again, sorry it took a while. Like I said, this is always a hard time of year for me. I miss Finchel very much, and I probably always will. It's hard for me to write (and do much of anything) around this time of year and I'm sorry. All I can ask is to be patient. All that's left of this is an epilogue, but I do have my next story planned. Thanks so much for your support and please review if you want me to keep going!

Chapter 36: Finally Married

At this time last year, Finn never thought he would be standing here getting married. At this time last year, he wasn't sure if he'd be alive in a few hours, or a few days. But he was here right now, in his tux, waiting in the wedding suite with his groomsmen for the wedding to start.

As Finn sat there, he thought about the past year. He'd been hesitant to move to New York at first, but it was the best choice he could have made. He loved New York. He'd started at NYU in January, and so had Cory, and they both loved it there. He still had his wheelchair in case he would ever need it, but he hadn't needed it in months. While his strength wasn't completely back, he was doing better and better.

"Ready to get married?" Kurt asked Finn, interrupting his thoughts.

"Yeah," Finn said. "I can't wait to add on the wedding band."

"Berry did pick out a good ring," Puck said.

"Well, she won't be Berry after today," Finn said. "I'm so glad you could get time off from the Air Force for this."

"Of course, I wouldn't miss my bro's wedding," Puck said.

Finn heard a knock at the door. "Come in."

The door opened, and his parents came in with Mr. Schue. "Are you ready to officiate the wedding?" Finn asked his former teacher."

"Yeah," Mr. Schue said. "Burt's been helping me with my notes."

"And did you take inspiration from the best man speech you wrote for Finn for your best man speech?" Carole asked Kurt.

"I hope my speech turned out okay," Kurt said. "And I hope there's not too much snark in Santana's maid of honor speech."

"It's Santana, there's going to be snark," Blaine said.

"That's true," Finn admitted. "I'm just so happy. I'm finally marrying Rachel."

"Only about two years after what you originally wanted," Artie said.

"It wasn't the right time then," Finn said. "It's the right time now."

"Just make sure you don't step on Rachel's feet to much during the first dance," Ryder said.

"Yeah, I worked hard with you on your dance moves," Mike added.

"I'll do my best," Finn laughed.

"So, this is what your high school friends are like?" Cory asked Finn.

"Yeah, this is what they're like," Finn laughed.

"Admit it: we're awesome," Puck said.

x

"What if Puck got strippers for Finn's bachelor party and one of them was hotter than me?" Rachel panicked. She couldn't believe that her wedding day was here and she was beginning to panic. This was the day she'd been dreaming of her whole life - but what if something went wrong.

"I don't think the air force would let Puck hire strippers," Quinn said.

"I guess so," Rachel sighed.

"Look, he's crazy about you," Kitty said. "Even when he was leading the glee club, he found ways to talk about you."

"Yeah, always mentioning how great Rachel was on this and that song," Unique said.

"Wow," Rachel giggled. "I didn't know that."

"He did," Tina said.

"I didn't think that I was going to be the first of us to get married," Rachel said as Santana helped her adjust her veil.

"We all knew you and Finn would be first," Tina said.

"Well, I'm glad you thought that," Rachel said. She looked at Quinn. "I hope you don't think I'm ruining my life anymore..."

"You're not," Quinn said. "I'm glad this is happening."

Rachel smiled. "Me too."

"Okay, I think I'm done with your veil," Santana said. "Three years ago, did you ever think I'd be your maid of honor?"

"I probably would have laughed if someone told me that," Rachel laughed. "But I'm so glad you're my maid of honor."

"Well, I guess Kurt had to be Finn's best man," Brittany said. "Are you sure you don't want Lord Tubbington to be the ring bearer?"

"I think he'd have trouble carrying the rings, Britt," Mercedes said.

"Yeah, me too," Rachel admitted.

"And thanks for asking us to be bridesmaids," Marley told Rachel.

"Of course," Rachel said. "Finn loved working with you guys, and since I got to know you this past year, I wanted you to be bridesmaids, too." Since Rachel knew how much Finn had enjoyed working with the New Directions while Mr. Schue was in Washington, she'd asked Marley, Kitty and Unique to be bridesmaids as well. (In the past year, Finn and Rachel had worked from New York to campaign to bring back the glee club, and it was back. Even though they hadn't competed this year, they would next year, with Mr. Schue at the head.) Rachel had also asked her cousin Lea, who was a year younger and lived in Pennsylvania.

The girls heard a knock on the door, and Rachel opened it to see her dads. "Hey," Rachel said. "You excited to walk your daughter down the aisle?"

"Yeah," Hiram said. "You look beautiful."

"Thank you," Rachel said.

LeRoy looked at the girls. "So do all of you."

"Thanks," Lea said.

"We need to get to the aisle," Hiram told the girls.

Rachel looked at her bridesmaids. "This is it."

"Finn's going to think you're so beautiful," Mercedes said.

"Yeah, he won't want to wait to kiss you," Santana said.

"Let's go get you married," Lea added.

Rachel turned to her dads. "Let's go."

x

Finn stood in the front of the reception hall, waiting for Rachel to start walking down the aisle. He heard as the music began, watching as their bridesmaids and groomsmen began to walk down the aisle. Finally, Rachel was walking down the aisle with her dads, and Finn's jaw dropped at how beautiful she looked. When Rachel reached the front of the reception hall, Finn shook hands with Rachel's dads, but he couldn't wait to whisper, "You look so beautiful," to her.

"You look so handsome," Rachel whispered back.

As the readings and songs took place, Finn could hardly pay attention. His eyes were on Rachel until Mr. Schue finally said that it was time for vows. "Rachel...you mean so much to me... I know we have had a long and tough journey to get were we are today but I wouldn't have changed it because it got us here and now we are finally getting married, you are my soulmate, my everything and I promise I will love you til the day I die, I can't wait to see what the future holds and I can't wait to grow old with you and have a bunch of Finchel babies. The past year... I wouldn't have gotten through it without you. I love you so much. Thank you for loving me, for supporting me, for challenging me, for helping me grow... just thank you for everything," Finn managed to say. "I'm so happy you'll be my wife."

Finn noticed Rachel was tearing up. He could feel himself tearing up, too. Finn, I can't put into words how much I love you and how happy I am to be here today, with you about to become my husband," Rachel said. "No one understands me, supports me, or knows me like you do, and I hope I can be of that same to you. I want to make you smile and I want to be here for you when you need me and I want to lay next to you in bed and make meals for you and travel the world together and see you when I get home from work and play with you and whatever children we may have and just spend my life with you. You areeverything to me and I am so happy to have you in my life. Every moment I've spent with you will be tresured forever. Ever since we first met I knew you were special and I'm so happy that this day is finally here and I'm going to be your wife."

Finn wanted to kiss Rachel now. She always did have the perfect things to say. "Now the rings," Mr. Schue said. Kurt slipped the ring into Finn's hand as he slid it on Rachel's finger. Rachel then took the ring from Santana and slid it on Finn's finger. "By the power vested in me by the state of Ohio, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Finn, you may kiss your bride," Mr. Schue said.

Finn leaned in to give Rachel the most passionate kiss he'd ever given her. This was it. They were married.

x

"I can't believe we're finally married," Finn told Rachel as they walked to the reception.

"Me neither," Rachel said. "I thought we wouldn't get to get married..."

Finn took both Rachel's hands. "Hey, don't talk like that. I'm here, and we're married. What happened with Sue is behind us."

"Yeah," Rachel said.

"I'm sorry we couldn't have it in the auditorium," Finn said. "I know that you wanted to have it there... but I'm not ready to go back to Lima yet."

"Hey, don't apologize," Rachel said. "Everything was perfect."

"Let's go in for the party," Rachel said to Finn.

Finn smiled. "Yeah."

"And introducing for the first time - Mr. and Mrs. Hudson," the MC announced as Finn and Rachel came in.

The applause felt better than applause for a performance ever could. Rachel saw her dads sitting at a table near where the bridal party was, along with Burt, Carole, Shelby, Mr. Schuester, Mrs. Schuester and Coach Beiste. Finn and Rachel's extended families were also in that area of the hall. People from NYADA, NYU, the community college and University of Lima, and so had people from Funny Girl and from Finn's sports from through the years. Former New Directions members were there, including Matt Rutherford, Lauren Zizes, Rory Flanagan, Joe Hart and Sugar Motta, and so were people who'd visited the glee club, like April Rhodes, Holly Holliday, David Martinez and Cooper Anderson.

Finally, Finn and Rachel took their spot at the table, ready for their wedding meal. Santana stood up when and Finn and Rachel were standing. "Hi everyone. I'm Santana Lopez, Rachel's maid of honor. You know through the years that I have known Rachel Berry at first I couldn't stand her...but that was before I really got to know her. She's loud, she's obnoxious... but she's wildly talented, she's an amazing friend, she's always there if you need her, and I'm so lucky to have her as a friend. And Finn...well he is Finn there is no other way to describe him. Once when I sat on a chocolate cake, he walked behind me all day so no one would think I shit my pants. But seriously, Finn's an amazing leader, and he'll always defend you when you need it. The thought of these two being together use to be revolting, but really they are perfect for each other. I can gladly say that now I couldn't think of a better match then these two. I'm so happy you guys are finally married congrats."

Rachel and Finn smiled at Santana as she handed Kurt the microphone. "Hi everyone. I'm Kurt Hummel, Finn's brother and the best man. I had a crush on Finn when we first met. I decided to set up our parents as a way to get close to him - and it turns out he's the best 'brother from another mother' I could ask for - sorry it had to be recycled! And like Santana said, I couldn't stand Rachel when I first met her, but now I realize there's no one I would rather have as a sister in law and friend. In all seriousness it has been an absolute pleasure helping out with this wedding and Rachel, my darling, welcome to the family!"

Finn and Rachel were both tearing up as they listened to the speeches, knowing they'd made the best possible choices for their best man and maid of honor. They headed to the floor together for their first dance, still in awe that they were married. Rachel stared into Finn's eyes. "I love you. You're such a perfect husband."

"I love you too," Finn said. "I'm the luckiest person ever."