„Are you ready?" Anna asked, smiling.
Elsa took a deep breath and grinned. „I've never felt so certain. Of anything."
„Good. Dad will be here any second, I've got to scramble. No tears, okay?"
„No promises," Elsa winked. Her sister only rolled her eyes and beamed.
„Would you stop humming Everybody under your breath?" hissed Hiccup from his post as the best man, a tiny bit annoyed but mostly overjoyed.
„Not my fault the minister looks like Howie," whispered Jack, having trouble keeping still. He stopped humming the song, though. Looking around, he smiled nervously at the guests, unable to keep his anxiety down, nor being able to keep the grin off his face. Then again, why should he? He had the right to feel nervous. Today had, so far, been absolutely perfect, the only exception being not seeing his wife-to-be the whole day. That, however, would soon be rectified.
In the front row, North gave Jack an encouraging smile, with Jack nodding back at him. Looking around, Jack could see that the bridesmaids and the groomsmen looking almost as excited as him. Anna and Tooth sent him look of pure joy, while Astrid and Mary only smiled. To his left, Hiccup, Kristoff, and Aster shuffled quietly. A few seconds later, the Wedding March started, and Jack straightened, feeling the anxiety wash over him like a storm.
Jack wasn't sure whether the feeling intensified or disappeared altogether when he saw the bride and her father enter the room, their arms interlocked. Jack's breath caught, his jaw on the floor. She looked absolutely beautiful, positively radiant. The snow white dress clung to her as if it was a part of her, complimenting her pale skin and the blue of her eyes and the platinum of her hair, creating an angelic image. Their eyes met, sky meeting cobalt, excitement and happiness and love radiating off them both. Everything, everyone but them disappeared to one another. Elsa smiled, her grin wide and so incredibly happy Jack felt the air leave out of his lungs in one fell swoop.
Elsa smiled at her father, and he smiled back, before letting her go and sitting down next to North. She then looked at Jack, her expression open and so full of love. His expression mirrored hers.
„Dearly beloved," the minister started, „we are gathered together here..."
Neither of them listened, lost in each other.
„Are you ready?" Elsa whispered, almost too quiet to hear.
„To spend the rest of my life with you? Without question."
Elsa beamed at him, and he beamed back.
„Will the parent of the bride and groom please stand?" the minister asked. Jack and Elsa started paying attention.
Agnarr and North stood up. „Are you willing, now and always, to support and strengthen this marriage by upholding both Elsa and Jackson with your love, your concern, and your counsel?"
Agnarr and North said at the same time, „We are."
„Thank you, you may be seated."
The minister looked at the couple, and said with a smile on his face, „If therefore, it be your desire to be united in this holy bond, will you signify that fact by joining your right hands."
They did so, and before either of them could say anything, the Howie-doppelganger of a minister continued, „I believe you have prepared your own vows?"
Both of them nodded. Jack took a deep breath and looked at the love of his life. „When we first met," he started, „I had absolutely no idea we'd eventually end up here. I couldn't, wouldn't even dare to hope that I would end up with someone like you. Someone so strong, so loving, so caring.. someone so good, who went through so much much and still remained standing."
Tears were falling down her cheek, and with one hand, he wiped them off. „Each and every day I get to spend with you is a blessing. Seeing you smile and laugh brings me so much joy I can't even begin to describe it. You're my everything, snowflake. The love of my love. My best friend... shut up, Hiccup," he said and the entire venue laughed. „My confidant. You inspire me. To become better. For myself and for you. I love you, Elsa, and I'll love you for as long as you will have me, and even then."
When he finished, he was crying, too. What didn't help with his tears was the fact that Elsa's voice came out slightly hoarse when she started, „I swear we did not coordinate this, but," Jack chuckled, „when we first met, you made me laugh. You made me laugh for the first time in what felt like a long time by something other than my sister. You drew me in by your openness, by your willingness to be vulnerable. By your mischievous, yet vulnerable and kind nature. Jack, you are the best person I know. I've never met anyone so kind, a person with a soul as beautiful as yours," her voice became strained from all the emotion, and Jack squeezed her hand. „You are my compass, and you will forever be. You are the love of my life, and I love you more than more than anything, even chocolate."
Jack laughed properly this time, along with the venue. Hilarious duo, the both of them. Elsa continued, „And I want you to be always by my side, just as I will always stand by yours. You are it, Jack. You always will be."
This time, it was her who had to wipe the tears running down his face. Both of them were smiling so hard their cheeks hurt, yet neither of them cared.
„May the ring bearer bring the rings, please?"
In the past four years, Hiccup had managed to train Toothless to act, more or less, like a dog. It truly came in handy when the cat, no longer kitten, strutted down the aisle with a box in his mouth. Most of the guests cooed.
„How did you train the cat to act like a dog, mate? I still don't get it, what the hell," muttered Aster. Kristoff nodded in agreement.
Hiccup only shrugged. „A magician never reveals his secret."
Toothless came to a stop. Hiccup petted him and took the box. Opening it, Elsa took out the bigger ring while Jack took the smaller one.
The Howie minister started, „Do you, Jackson Overland, take this woman whose hand you now hold, to be your wife, and do you solemnly promise to love, cherish, honor and protect her; to forsake all others for her sake; to cleave onto her, and her only, until death shall part you?"
Jack smiled. „I do."
„And do you, Elsa Arendelle, take this man whose hand you now hold, to be your husband, and do you solemnly promise to love, cherish, honor and protect him; to forsake all others for his sake; to cleave onto him, and him only, until death shall part you?"
Without hesitation, Elsa said, „I do."
The minister looked at Jack and said, „Repeat after me."
Jack nodded and started, „I, Jackson Frost, take you, Elsa Arendelle, to be my lawfully wedded wife. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part."
He slipped the ring on her finger.
"I, Elsa Arendelle, take you, Jackson Frost, to be my lawfully wedded husband. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until health do us part."
She slipped the ring on his finger.
The minister grinned and proclaimed, "I now pronounce you husband and wife." Looking at Jack, he said, "You may kiss the bride."
Jack, in his dramatic fashion, did not need to be told anything else. Grabbing her by the waist, he gave her a wink before dipping her down and kissing her. She put her arms around his neck and smiled into the kiss. Vaguely, they heard the guests cheer and, in some cases, whoop. Once they separated, Elsa whispered, "Hello, Mr. Arendelle."
Jack smiled. "Hello, Mrs. Overland."
And so, this is it. Thank you, everyone, for reading this story and leaving kind reviews! The original premise of the story, to which is still remains faithful, was to be a feel-good story one can binge-read and not think too hard about. I believe it's fulfilled its intended purpose. To be quite honest, this was probably the hardest story I've yet written - not because of the amount of time it had taken me to write, but mostly because of the amount of research and brainstorming I put into this. Dozens of ideas scrapped and rewritten, the story is as good as it can be. Or so I believe.
Again, thank you, all of you, for reading. I hope we shall see each other soon!