A/N: Thanks so such to Cherry0208 for reviewing the last chapter, I hope you enjoy this chapter as well!


Joyful B

After the ceremony Booth and Brennan slipped into one of the limos Ange and Hodgins had rented. Limo 1 included Booth, Zack, Brennan, Cam, Aaron, Jenna, Holly, Maya, and Sasha in a black Lincoln limo that held up to ten people. Limo 2 included Parker, Luke, Nikki, Courtney, Lily and Ange's dad who offered to play babysitter as a "one time only deal" in a similar limo.

They arrived half an hour later at the Fairmont hotel in Washington D.C. They then headed into the foyer to enjoy cocktail hour at the open bar. After a while Booth noticed that Hodgins and Angela had yet to appear and asked Brennan about it. Bren told him that they were changing into what Angela had called "more suitable" attire. She reminded him that Parker was also changing and enjoying "kiddie" cocktails in a separate mini ballroom. Soon after Angela reappeared in a short red cocktail dress slightly different from her bridesmaids. Ange's hair was also down in loose curls with one tiny braid on each side pulling her hair into a half-up half-down style. Hodgins entered with his arm around her in the same clothes he had worn at the wedding. The guests were seated and then the wedding party entered and was announced. The groomsmen and bridesmaids entered intermixed first, then the children in black t-shirts over their previous attire. The oversized t-shirts said, "I'm a flower girl" for Lily "I'm a ring bearer" for Luke "I'm a junior bridesmaid" for Courtney and Nicole and "I'm a junior groomsmen" made especially for Parker, in blue or pink writing. They were also clutching white teddy bears with blue or pink silk ribbons tied around the bears' necks. The little ones took their seats carefully at the long table. Angela and Jack took their seats last being announced as "Mr. and Mrs., Jack and Angela Hodgins". They then sat at the middle of the table with Brennan beside Angela and Aaron beside Hodgins.

After a while the bridal party began to mingle with the rest of the group. Brennan, Parker, and Booth were having a lot of fun talking and laughing. Bren followed the "always" hungry Booth boys around as they trailed after the servers who Parker deemed the "appetizer guys". "Try one Bones," Booth teased her each time "Try a itty bitty finger food, a slice of bread, a dip, stuffed things, filled shells, yummy, unknown named delights". Finally she gave in and stole the stuffed mushroom with a bite nibbling at his fingers. "Delicious" she declared with a grin. "That's not what I meant," Booth grumbled. "Told you so" he said brightening once again after he realized she had admitted he was correct for once. Parker looked at the conversation confused; "You guys are weird," he tells them "I'm going to go play with Luke".

A little later everyone is re-seated and served a predetermined dish. Their choices were a chicken breast, a filet, or salmon. The children could have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a mini version of the adult's portions. Everyone could also get something from the sushi or pasta station in addition to his or her previous choice. The sides included mashed potatoes, asparagus, steamed carrots, and a trip to the salad bar.
The kids received grapes and fries along with the ability to get a salad if wanted. Booth got a filet with mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus to appease Bones. Brennan got sushi (fish free) from the buffet as well as a salad, and steamed asparagus and carrots. Parker got French fries and pasta, Luke got sushi and a salad, Nicole got pasta and grapes as did Courtney, and Lily got a P.B & J. sandwich, French fries, and grapes.

Next came dessert, chocolate covered strawberries, Italian waffle cookies doused in powdered sugar, an ice cream bar, and a chocolate fountain awaited. Brennan took Parker to get something from the chocolate fountain while Booth was in the bathroom. They made a mess getting chocolate all around their mouths and over their fingers. Booth caught them licking their fingers and surprised them. "Boo!" he called causing the two to gasp. Booth then took a napkin and wiped Parker's mouth off before sending him off to play. Booth looked at his partner Bones who had wiped off her fingers but still had a chocolate covered mouth. He laughed at her and shook his head "You add chocolate to your lips each time with the dirty napkin" he informed her. Brennan shrugged "There's no more napkins left," she told him pouting. They had come closer and closer to this moment in coming months, Booth bent in to lick the chocolate off her lips when the announcer called out "Time to cut the cake!" The moment ended and Bren licked her own lips following him to watch the cutting. Angela and Hodgins cut a slice in unison and fed it to each other laughing and dropping crumbs all over the tablecloth.

Then Booth smiled tapping his glass loudly "Toast, toast, toast" he chanted looking pointedly at Bones. She froze staring at him wide-eyed, unprepared. Booth saw Angela glaring at him and realized the couple had forgoed toasts in order to keep Brennan comfortable. Booth went and wrapped his arm around her. "Bones" he whispered to her. She looked up at him and he gave her shoulder a light squeeze reassuring her. "We have watched these two go through a lot of ups and downs, haven't we?" he announced loudly. She nodded her head in agreement. "Like whether to go out in the first place" she offered. "Yep" he nodded "and Angela's wish to stay just friends". "The numerous proposals from Hodgins until he gave up saying he was fine as it was" Brennan stated "Then Ange proposed herself" she added surprising some of the other people in the room. "And the failed wedding attempt and subsequent breakup" Booth concluded. Brennan smiled "but there were good times too" she added positively, "like their first date at the swings". "They were often caught by Cam in a "intimate" setting" Booth said looking a bit embarrassed. "And finally it all worked out" Brennan said "you guys showed me maybe monogamous relationships do work out sometimes if you put in the extra effort…maybe love comes first and creates the chemical reaction." This is the closest she has ever come to accepting that love exists. "We love you guys" Booth called out and Bren nodded in agreement accepting that it was just an expression.

Jenna and Aaron had prepared a smaller toast in advance and stepped up next. "I've known Angela since we were little" Jenna stated. "And I've known Hodgins since he was in diapers" Aaron laughed. "Angela is wild, free-spirited, silly, and kind," Jenna told the crowd. "And Jack is a prankster, a conspiracy nut, and always loyal to his friends" Aaron added in. "They have changed each other" Jenna said. "For better or worse" Aaron teased. "Angela has grown-up a bit more since I last saw her and parties less too" Jenna said smiling. "And Jack has lessened his number of conspiracies and has gotten better about not showing off disgusting bugs before we eat" Aaron added. "They are both still funny, helpful and kind," Aaron continued. "And that's why we love them, both separately and as husband and wife" Jenna concluded. They then began to chant simultaneously "Kiss, kiss, kiss…" and Angela and Jack did, barely keeping it kid appropriate and causing shrieks from the little ones.

Then it was time for the couple's first dance as husband and wife. It was a mix of the songs, "You're Still The One" by Shania Twain and "Breathe" by Faith Hill.


"(When I first saw you, I saw love.
And the first time you touched me, I felt love.
And after
all this time, you're still the one I love.)

Looks like we made it
Look how far we've come my baby
We mighta took the long way
We knew we'd get there someday

They said, "I bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong

(You're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night

Ain't nothin' better
We beat the odds together
I'm glad we didn't listen
Look at what we would be missin'

They said, "I bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong …"

"I can feel the magic floating in the air
Being with you gets me that way
I watch the sunlight dance across your face and I've
Never been this swept away

All my thoughts just seem to settle on the breeze
When I'm lying wrapped up in your arms
The whole world just fades away
The only thing I hear
Is the beating of your heart

'Cause I can feel you breathe
It's washing over me
Suddenly I'm melting into you
There's nothing left to prove
Baby all we need is just to be
Caught up in the touch
The slow and steady rush
Baby, isn't that the way that love's supposed to be
I can feel you breathe
Just breathe

In a way I know my heart is waking up
As all the walls come tumbling down
I'm closer than I've ever felt before
And I know
And you know
There's no need for words right now…

I can feel the magic floating in the air
Being with you gets me that way."


Angela and Jack begin slowly with her head resting on his shoulder and his arm looped protectively around her waist. They look into each other's eyes every so often and you can see the spark, the love. They kiss tenderly amidst the songs lost in each other's faces. As they continue their dance becomes more loose and fun. Jack begins to spin Angela around the dance floor with a smile. Ange is giggling and grinning ear to ear. They are both oblivious to the crowd.

"I want that someday Booth" Brennan whispers encased snuggly in his arms. "You will Bones" Booth tells her, "I promise." He leans down and kisses the top of her nose. She smiles and initiates a real kiss before pulling away a moment later looking terrified. The song ends and Brennan takes off toward the doors. Angela and Hodgins pull apart and Angela catches a glimpse of Bren out off the corner of her eye. Ange glances a Booth who looks upset and resolutely begins to follow Bren through the maze of tables.

Hodgins motions for the D.J. to continue while following Angela with his eyes looking worried. The D.J. announces that this dance is dedicated to all mothers and their sons. Hodgins and Angela had decided to do this in lieu of relinquishing the special dance all together. They were supposed to dance together but instead Hodgins just made his way over to Booth as the music played. Angela said the song was what his mother would have thought and Aaron agreed, "The Man You've Become" by Molly Pasutti


Big wheels, hot wheels
Little trucks and cars
Skinned knees, climbing trees
Wishing on the stars
Moments may be lost somewhere in time
But the sweetest memories are never left behind
Now you've grown so fine
And come so far...

I'm so proud of who you are
The man you've become
Thrilled to share your deepest joy
To know you've found the one
For the great things you will do
I'll be blessed 'cause you're my son
But I'll always see the boy
In the man you've become

School days, sleep-aways
Driving all alone
Phone calls, shopping malls
Late coming home
It was hard to know when to let you spread your wings
When to let you go to face the challenges life brings
But you've grown so fine
And come so far...

I'm so proud of who you are
The man you've become
Thrilled to share your deepest joy
To know you've found the one
For the great things you will do
I'll be blessed 'cause you're my son
But I'll always see the boy
In the man you've become…


As the music played softly and moms and children danced, Angela went to find Brennan in the hallway. Ange found Brennan curled up knees pulled tightly to her chest. Bren looked up at Ange with silent tears streaking her face. "I really messed up," Brennan whispered. Angela's heart went out to her and she knelt beside Bren without any thought to her dress. "Sweetie" Angela murmured pulling Brennan into her arms and wiping away the tears. "What's wrong?" Ange questioned. "I kissed him," Brennan said with voice full of self-loathing. "Well isn't that a good thing?" Angela teased her slightly. Brennan rubbed her eyes "I'm so confused Ange," she said looking up at her with tear filled eyes. "Close your eyes and think of Booth" Angela directed Brennan. "Picture his face, his smile, how he makes you feel…Now how do you feel?" Ange questions. "Good, happy…safe" Brennan told her. "What does that mean?" she scrunched by her nose perplexed. "I think you're going to need to talk to Booth to figure that out" Angela told her. Ange stood up and pulled Brennan to her feet, she wrapped her arm around Bren's shoulders and after carefully examining her friend's appearance led her back inside.

The music ended as they reached the door. Angela relinquished her hold on Brennan, passing her to Booth. Hodgins turned to look at her concerned and she gave the two men a thumbs up. Angela then made her way to her father. He pulled her close and examined her slightly teary eyes. "Are you okay?" he asked somewhat alarmed. Angela nodded and buried her face in his chest. He rubbed her back and began to dance with her around the room. Angela was a daddy's girl and began to cry tears of joy as well as smile as the music played.


I Loved Her First by Heartland

"Look at the two of you dancing that way
Lost in the moment and each others face
So much in love your alone in this place
Like there's nobody else in the world
I was enough for her not long ago
I was her number one
She told me so
And she still means the world to me
Just so you know
So be careful when you hold my girl
Time changes everything
Life must go on
And I'm not gonna stand in your way

But I loved her first and I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she'd find you someday
But it still hard to give her away
I loved her first

How could that beautiful women with you
Be the same freckle face kid that I knew
The one that I read all those fairy tales to
And tucked into bed all those nights
And I knew the first time I saw you with her
It was only a matter of time

But I loved her first and I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she'd find you someday
But its still hard to give her away
I loved her first

From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
Someday you might know what I'm going through
When a miracle smiles up at you
I loved her first…"


As Angela spun around the room she began to smile remembering the "good old days". She remembered their Christmases together, even when they were in some other county they always had cookies to leave out and Santa always found them. Though he missed many of her school plays and art exhibits he would always make time to watch the videos or look at the pictures the neighbors took. She remembered vacations to far off places and gifts just because he missed her. Her favorite memories were of summers when she joined him on tour and spent hours, days, weeks just being around him. Daddy's little girl…

Everyone then spends time dancing to upbeat dance tunes. Angela catches Brennan's eye and receives a smile. Bren and Booth are dancing with Parker, taking turns spinning him and tickling him. They have agreed to take it slow and see where it goes. Brennan knows they can still be friends if anything goes wrong, she has observed this with Ange and Hodgins. For now they are living in the moment, though they will need to have a more serious discussion soon. Angela dances with Brennan and the rest of the bridesmaids, then she dances with Lily. Keeping her promise to the little girl she twirls the child around. "Remember" she tells Hodgins with a grin "I want like a million of these". They conclude the evening by throwing the bouquet, which Jenna catches, and the garter that Aaron snags. Booth and Brennan both do not catch anything but Bren say their promise is based on love, not a superstition. She assures Booth this is better. "Sure Bones" he appeases her lightly tickling her. Meanwhile Lily has stolen the flowers from her mom. Her bright eyes peer out over the bunch and she is laughing in delight. Luke has taken the garter so they can play "wedding". They match in their black t-shirts and take off giggling.

By the time Aaron and Jenna re-corral their children all of the regular guests have left. Angela and Hodgins call the bridal party over to give away gifts of gratitude. The little girls Nicole, "Court" and Lily received butterfly cookie cutters, cookie mix, and colored sugar sprinkles. They also each received one major gift, dollhouse each with unique colors, custom furniture, and dolls based off of pictures the kids drew with Ange.

The little boys received a personalized pirate treasure box, eye patch, fake gold coins and shiny plastic sword. Their major gift was a hockey stick, puck, goal, and jerseys with all of the players' signatures on them.

The bridesmaids all were given personalized bags, each a different bright color with white polka dots and an embroidered name. The big gift for them was an engraved Tiffany heart necklace that said each of their names. Bren's was engraved specially with "Bren" on one side and "Sweetie" on the other.

The groomsmen got one-acre land on moon (courtesy of Hodgins' sense of humor), an engraved lighter, Cuban cigars, and personalized shot glasses.

All of the party was very pleased with their gifts and thanked the couple repeatedly. Most of the bridesmaids and Zack left soon afterward. Jenna and Aaron left together to take their kids back to the room to watch a movie. Ange could tell that they would be her next romantic challenge, especially after hearing that they made plans to go swimming tomorrow. Booth and Brennan left to head to bed swinging Parker between them. He connected them in a physical way just like the bond they shared together connected them in an unbreakable emotional way. "Thank you" Bren called turning to run back and hug Angela. Ange was caught off guard but quickly reciprocated. "Call me later sweetie," she demanded wiggling her fingers in a good bye as the three left. Angela and Hodgins then headed back to their room but sleep wasn't exactly the first thing on their minds.

Booth and Brennan tumbled into bed in their p.j.s and hugged the little boy between them tightly. Parker fell asleep snuggled tightly in the middle halfway through the movie. Booth tucked him in, in his cotton Spiderman pajamas. Bren turned off the T.V. and they fell asleep holding hands and cradling Parker in the opposite arms.

Angela and Jack were exhausted after the party and after helping each other change they laid down on the bed. Jack held Angela tight and Ange fell asleep quickly safe and content in Jack's arms. He watched her sleep, smiles tugging at her lips and whispered, "I love you, that means forever, no matter what, unconditionally".


A/N: I know a lot of you are reading and I would love to here what you think, even if you don't have an account. Thanks again Cherry0208!