Chapter 18 Wedding Bells

Mary silently and slowly got out of the bed. She glanced at Joey who was still sleeping. She tip toed into the nursery and peeked in at Linda Kate. She was amazingly still sleeping. Ever since she hit three months, she had been an excellent sleeper. Mary softly closed the door, leaving it open a crack. She then went into the bathroom and turned the shower water on.

She soon came back in the room and found Joey awake. "Are you ready for the big day?"

Joey nodded and smiled as he deeply stared into Mary's deep chocolate eyes. He got off the bed and walked into the bathroom. A few minutes later and Mary heard the water go on. She threw on a pair of jeans and a black v-neck shirt with a banned hem. She quickly blow-dried her hair, only to be interrupted by Linda Kate singing to herself. She walked into the nursery and picked Linda Kate up from the crib. "Hey cutie. How are you?"

"Eeeeeee," squealed Linda Kate. She threw her chubby little hand on Mary's shoulder and grabbed the dark curls that lay there. Mary leaned her head down and kissed Linda Kate's head.

Mary brought Linda Kate into her room and sat her down in a bouncer seat. Linda Kate stared at the toys above her and tried to pull them off. Mary put a 'touch' of makeup on and grabbed her diaper bag. She made sure everything she needed was in it. She made sure Linda Kate's dress, shoes, and accessories were in a small shopping bag. She then picked Linda Kate up and brought her into the nursery and on the changing table. She put her in a short sleeve white onesie that read in colorful letters, I Love Mommy. She then slid on a pair of denim pants. Mary took the brush out and brushed Linda Kate's curly hair. She wasn't really brushing anything, but Linda Kate always laughed when she brushed her hair. While brushing Linda Kate's hair, Joey sneaked up from behind and left a trail of kisses on Jude's neck. "Keep it PG, there's a baby here."

"Like she knows what kissing is."

"Well, were not suppose to be kissing right now anyway. You're ruining the tradition!"

"Sorry." Joey sarcastically said, adding a chuckle. "How's my baby girl?"

"Good, except she loves Mommy more." Her comment echoed through Joey's ears.

"Daddy's the one who can change more diapers."

"You do not! I change almost every diaper, because you take to long and make her angry. But we could have a competition?" Mary lifted Linda Kate off the changing table, smirking at her plan.

"Fine. Count every time you change a diaper and at the end of the day we'll total it up and after a week whoever changes the most diapers, is the winner."

"Fine, starting now."

"Fine. Now I got to go finish getting ready." Joey walked out of the room and headed for his room.

Mary followed Tommy into the bedroom and laid Linda Kate on the bed. She gave her a toy and didn't take her eyes off of her. Still staring at her, she slid her black wedges on and grabbed her bag. She then picked Linda Kate off the bed and put the toy in the diaper bag. She hugged goodbye and walked downstairs.

Everyone soon arrived at the wedding place and were greeted by Claudia, a consultant. She led them to a room and brought out all the dresses, shoes, and accessories. They first went into the hair salon part and got their air done.

All the bridesmaids (Tami; maid of honor, Brit, and Bree) had their hair curled and pulled into a half ponytail, with a strand of flowers pulled through. The flower girl (Joey's cousin, Samantha) had her hair curled and pulled into a half ponytail, as well. They then put on a little tiara, with silver beading. The mother of the bride (in their situation mother of the groom, which is Evie.) had her hair also curled. They then pulled her hair into a bun leaving a few thin pieces hanging in the front. Mary had her hair curled, even more than it had been. They left it down, slipping a beautiful hand band in. "We'll put the veil on after the dress."

After the makeup, they went into a room, where all there dresses, shoes, and accessories were. The bridesmaids got dressed first in a gorgeous dress that was a light pink dress that went a little bit past the knees. It was strapless and at the empire line was a light purple sash that dropped down, with a pink flower on the left side

The flower girl wore a tea length dress that had a boat-neck, with a skirt overlay and a pleated waistband and the same flower as the bridesmaid dresses.

Evie was wearing a long elegant satin blue dress, with a deep v-neck and a glistening brooch.

Linda Kate was dressed in a white short sleeve gown, with a turquoise bow on the waistline. She had little white shoes on with a buckle. To finish it off, Mary put a headband on her with a turquoise colored flower. "You look so cute!"

Mary was the last to get dressed. She carefully pulled on a sweetheart gown that had simple straps and delicately placed crystal and beads on an asymmetrical pleated bodice. The back of the a-line pick up skirt was detailed with candied buttons, which started at the bodice and lined the chapel. She had Claudia zip the dress and she then slid her shoes on. Her shoes were a white shoe sling back, with a buckle on the strap and a five and a half-inch heel. On the open toe was a little bow.

She looked gorgeous. There was no way to describe how amazing she looked. Everyone gawked at her.

Pretty soon everyone pulled their cameras out. They might as well take pictures to kill the time. They only had an hour, but they had to keep Mary distracted from her fears.

The hour went quick and before they knew it, they arrived at the church, waiting for the music to begin. "Okay, just to make it clear. Once you make it to the altar, you go into the first pew on the right, except for Louie (Ring boy-Joey's other cousin). Okay?"

Everyone nodded, getting impatient. Before they knew it the music started to play and Samantha was starting. She studied the beautiful scene. Everyone was dressed formal, sitting on pews. The altar had a blue ribbon wrapped around it. She walked down to the end of the aisle and sat in the first row. Next came the bridesmaids.

Bree leaded, followed by Brit, and Tami finished them off. Louie, the ring boy was next. He held onto the turquoise pillow, with two beautiful rings. He got down to the end of the aisle and stood next to Dustin, the best man. Evie was next, holding Linda Kate. Then the music suddenly changed. Everyone could hear the volume of the trumpets increase, as Mary stepped out. Everyone stood up and watched as she meticulously took each step. Joey's eyes grew wide and he couldn't help, but smile. She looked absolutely gorgeous.

Everyone continued to watch as she stepped onto the altar. The priest continuously talked, loosing the children's attention. Finally the part that everyone was waiting for came.

"Today's the day my life begins. All my life I've been just me. Just a smart mouth kid. Today I become a man. Today I become a husband. Today I become accountable to someone other than myself. Today I become accountable to you. To our future. To all the possibilities that a marriage has to offer. Together, no matter what happens, I'll be ready. For anything. For everything. To take on life, to take on love. To take on possibility and responsibility. Today Mary Santiago our life together begins. And I for one can't wait." Joey's words sunk into Mary's heart, where they would stay forever. Louie stepped forward and Joey placed the wedding band on Mary's finger.

"From this day on, I choose you, my beloved Joey, to be my husband. To live with you and laugh with you; to stand by your side, and sleep in your arms; to be joy to your heart, and food for your soul; to bring out the best in you always, and, for you, to be the most that I can. I promise to laugh with you in good times, to struggle with you in bad; to solace you when you are downhearted; to wipe your tears with my hands; to comfort you with my body; to mirror you with my soul; to share with you all my riches and honors; to be with you as much as I can until we grow old; and, still loving each other sweetly and gladly, our lives shall come to an end." Mary slid the ring onto his finger and smiled.

"You may now kiss the bride."

Joey pulled Mary closer and pressed his lips against hers. Everyone smiled and awed. As they pulled apart, an applaud met their ears. 'I'm Walking On Sunshine' played. Mary took Joey's hand and together as a married couple, they walked down the aisle.

Party

"Okay everyone it's now the moment you've been waiting for. Put your hands together for, Mary and Joey Parker!"

The music blasted through the place, making it more dramatic. Everyone clapped their hands above their heads to the beat of "Celebration". The kids were all amazed by the big 'poof' that was followed by, am elevator rising from the floor. The elevator soon opened revealing, Joey and Mary. They walked out together and down the aisle of the place. "Okay it's time for the first dance."

Joey and Mary stood center stage close together. The music soon started. They followed the melody, step by step, beat by beat. They both stared into each other's eyes and smiled. This was the beginning of their life.

You walked with me,
Footprints in the sand,
And helped me understand,
Where I'm going,

You walked with me,
When I was all alone,
With so much unknown,
Along the way,
Then I heard you say,

I promise you,
I'm always there,
When your heart is filled with sorrow,
And despair, I'll carry you
When you need a friend
You'll find my footprints in the sand

I see my life flash across the sky,
So many times have I been so afraid.
And just when I, I thought I lost my way,
You gave me strength to carry on,
That's when you say,

I promise you
I'm always there
When your heart is filled
With sorrow and despair
Oh, I'll carry you
When you need a friend
You'll find my footprints in the sand.

When I'm with you,
Well I know you've been there,
And I can feel you when you say,

I promise you
I'm always there
When your heart is filled
With sadness and despair
I'll carry you when you need a friend
You'll find my footprints in the sand.

When your heart is filled with
Sadness and despair,
I'll carry you when you need a friend
You'll find my footprints in the sand.

The music ended and everyone clapped. Joey and Mary shared another kiss and hugged each other closely. "Thank you all for coming to our wedding. We'd like to have the Mother and Son dance."

Evie stood up and walked center stage with him. They hugged each other and the music started.

Because of you I am standing tall,
My heart is full of endless gratitude,
You were the one, the one to guide me through,
Now I can see and I believe it's only just beginning

Chorus-
This what we dream about
But the only question with me now
Is do I make you proud
Stronger than I've ever been now
Never been afraid of standing out
But do I make you proud

I guess I've learned, to question is to grow
That you still have faith, is all I need to know
I've learned to love, myself in spite of me
And I've learned to walk, the road that I believe

This what we dream about]
But the only question with me now
Is do I make you proud
Stronger than I've ever been now
Never been afraid of standing out
But do I make you proud

Everybody needs to rise up
Everybody needs to be loved, to be loved

This what we dream about
But the only question with me now
Is do I make you proud
Stronger than I've ever been NOW
Never been afraid of standing out
But do I make you proud

This what we dream about
But the only question with me now
Is do I make you proud
Stronger than I've ever been NOW
Never been afraid of standing out
But do I make you proud

Do I make you proud?
Do I make you proud?

"Okay everyone, we'd like to have every couple up here, to have a special dance." All the couples came to the dance floor and stood close to each other.

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby
You're the one who held me up
Never let me fall

You're the one who saw me through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed

I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I'm grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don't know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

"Alright if we could have everyone to the dance floor!" The D.J yelled out just before "Grease," started playing. Everyone stood up and headed to the dance floor. Mary and Joey held hands, holding Linda Kate and together went around to greet everyone. All the kids got in a circle and danced together. "Grease Lightening," soon played.

They rocked back and forth to the beat of the music. Everyone grew excited as "Summer Nights," met with their ears, followed by "We Go Together". The crowd really went wild when "You're The One That I want," played.

That was the last song before dinner was served. There was a buffet of assorted food items. Table by table went up, to prevent chaos.

When everyone finished eating the D.J called everyone up to the dance floor for the 'Congo Line'. Mary and Linda Kate led the way with Joey right behind her. Everyone eventually joined on and they walked through the place six times until the music ended.

The original, traditional songs all played and everyone danced to them.

"Okay everyone. It's time for the bouquet toss. All the females who are not married can come to the middle of the dance floor." Mary soon announced as "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," played. Most of the women gathered up in the middle, while all the men sat down with the married women. She through her beautiful bouquet in the air, only to fall into Tami's hands. "Oh my gosh! I'm getting married next!"

Joey made his way over to Mary, who now was sitting on a chair. He lifted up her dress and pulled off the garter. All the unmarried men came to the dance floor. He through it in the air and it soon landed into Dustin's arms. Everyone laughed and his face became red. "What's with this? Both of them got it."

Mary laughed again. "Okay everyone, it's time for cake and dessert!"

Both of them and Linda Kate headed over to the cake, while everyone else went to their tables. "Build Me up A Buttercup," played as they slipped the knife in the cake.

"We'd like to have the bride and groom and Linda Kate come up here and share a song." The D.J. called out, signaling them up.

Mary looked at Joey and laughed, knowing it was his request. They got on the stage and took the microphones. The music started and so did they.

Joey- Now I've had the time of my life
No I never felt like this before
Yes I swear it's the truth
and I owe it all to you

Mary- 'Cause I've had the time of my life
and I owe it all to you

Joey- I've been waiting for so long
Now I've finally found someone
To stand by me

Mary-We saw the writing on the wall
As we felt this magical fantasy

Both: Now with passion in our eyes
There's no way we could disguise it secretly
So we take each other's hand
'Cause we seem to understand the urgency

Joey- just remember

Mary- You're the one thing

Joey- I can't get enough of

Mary- So I'll tell you something

Both: This could be love because

I've had the time of my life
No I never felt this way before
Yes I swear it's the truth
And I owe it all to you
'Cause I've had the time of my life
And I've searched through every open door
'Til I found the truth
And I owe it all to you

Mary- With my body and soul
I want you more than you'll ever know

Joey- So we'll just let it go
Don't be afraid to lose control

Mary- Yes I know what's on your mind
When you say: "Stay with me tonight."

Joey- Just remember
You're the one thing

Mary- I can't get enough of

Joey- So I'll tell you something

Both: This could be love because

'Cause I had the time of my life
No I've never felt this way before
Yes I swear it's the truth
And I owe it all to you
'Cause I've had the time of my life
And I've searched through every open door
Till I found the truth
and I owe it all to you

*Instrumental*

Joey-Now I've had the time of my life
No I never felt this way before

Mary- Never Felt this way

Joey- Yes I swear it's the truth
and I owe it all to you

Both: 'Cause I had the time of my life
And I've searched through every open door
Till I've found the truth
and I owe it all to you

"cause I've had the time of my life
No I've never felt this way before
Yes I swear it's the truth
And I owe it all to you

They shared one more kiss, before the party had ended. Everyone had gone their separate ways, and Mary and Joey returned back to their home. Mary settled her sleeping daughter into her crib, before quickly slipping on a nightgown. She slid in bed, waiting for her husband to join her. He soon did, sweetly smiling. "I love you so much."

"I love you more."

"No, I love you more." Joey laughed at their "argument."

"I love you more."

"I love you the most."

Hope you enjoyed. Yes, that was the last chapter. It had to end eventually and there was no more point to the story. The "Idea" of the story was ended and so the story had to end. Anyway, I'd like to thank everyone for reading my story, especially my amazing reviewers! I'd really like to have everyone who read this chapter, review this chapter. Thanks so much and make sure you write one final review! REVIEW!

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