Hello! So, here's the chapter I've been excited for since the beginning of this series - Nick and Emma's wedding. I tried not to make it too similar to the other weddings in the stories I've written lately, but there've been so many of them! Hopefully this one was different enough. Sad to say that after this, there's only one chapter left in the story, but I will be writing another story in this series - maybe their year of high school I didn't write about yet? Anyway, I hope you enjoy and review if you want me to keep writing.
Chapter 11: Nick and Emma's wedding
Emma looked at the mirror, not believing today was actually here. She was getting married today. She'd been in this dress before, but it was different today.
"Emma, you look amazing," Sarah said.
"Yeah, you're the most beautiful bride I've ever seen," Ava added.
Emma smiled at her best friend. "No, you were the most beautiful bride."
"Let me help you with your veil," Sarah said, adjusting the veil. Sarah and Ava were Emma's maids of honor, and Lizzie, Lexie, Laura, Izzy, Meg and Grace were the bridesmaids. All the bridesmaids had changed into their aquamarine dresses. Nick was in the suite down the hall with his best men, Kyle and Ryan, and his groomsmen, Ben, Evan, Jeremy, Connor, Ricky and Grant.
"Just imagine, in a few hours, you'll be Nick's wife," Lizzie said.
"Yeah, you're going to be my sister-in-law," Grace said.
"She's already my sister-in-law," Ava said.
"I am nervous," Emma said.
"There's no need to be," Lexie said. "Nick's going to be overwhelmed when he sees you."
"Yeah, he's going to feel like the world's stopping," Laura added.
Emma smiled wide. "If you guys think so, I guess I should believe you."
"Of course you should!" Izzy said. "We've been unbiological sisters for nearly ten years."
"I love you girls," Emma said.
"We love you too," Meg said.
The girls heard a knock on the door. Sarah opened it and saw Kurt and Blaine with Zoe, who was in her flower girl dress, the same color as the bridesmaids' dresses.
"It's the flower girl!" Blaine said.
Emma came to the door. "Hey Zoe!"
"Wow Emma, you're so pretty!" Zoe said.
Emma smiled at her youngest sister. "Thank you."
"You really are," Kurt said. "I think I planned another amazing wedding."
"Where are the parents of the bride?" Meg asked.
"They're with the boys," Kurt said. "They should be here soon."
"Thanks for helping with the wedding," Emma said, smiling at her uncles.
"You know I love doing this," Kurt said.
"Does that mean you'll plan all of ours?" Lizzie asked.
"I'd be happy to," Kurt said as he and Blaine left.
"I'm sure there's more jitters in the girls' room," Kyle told Finn and Rachel.
"Hey, I know for a fact that grooms get nervous too," Ryan said.
"Yeah, I am nervous," Nick said.
"You know, Emma's been crazy about you since you guys were in sixth grade," Finn said. "And we're so glad you're going to be our son in law."
"I'm glad you're going to be my in laws," Nick said.
"You've always been like another son to us," Rachel said.
"After I lost my real parents, you two always have been like extra parents," Nick told Finn and Rachel.
Finn and Rachel smiled as they hugged Nick, as well as both their sons in the room, and then went to the bridal suite.
"I can't believe this is really happening," Nick said when he was alone with his groomsmen.
Ryan remembered how he felt on his own wedding day. "I felt the same way."
"You want to marry my sister, right?" Grant asked.
"Of course I do!" Nick said.
"And you love her, right?" Ben added.
"You did tell us once that you imagine yourself spending the rest of your life with her," Evan said.
"You said that you want her to have your babies!" Jeremy blurted out.
All the boys laughed. "Let's just hope Emma feels the same way!" Nick said.
"Of course she does," Connor said.
"Let's get this going," Ricky said.
Finn and Rachel came into the bridal suite. Rachel was wearing a dress the same color as the bridesmaids, and Finn had on a suit with a tie the color of it. When they saw Emma, they both looked close to tears.
"Mom, Dad, please don't," Emma said. "You'll make me cry."
"You look so beautiful," Finn said.
"First Ryan, now you," Rachel said. "Our little ones are growing up."
"I actually want to tell you two something," Emma said. "I want both of you to walk me down the aisle."
"Sweetheart, it's not traditional for your mom to walk you down the aisle," Rachel said, looking surprised.
"I know," Emma said. "But I really want both of you to do it. You both mean so much to me and I want you both with me at that moment."
"We're so proud of you, sweetheart," Finn said. "You've become an amazing young woman and we're so glad you're marrying Nick." He turned to Rachel. "What do you say, Rach?"
"I'd love to," Rachel said.
Emma gave each of her bridesmaids a hug as they left the bridal suite to meet up with the groomsmen. The music began, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen processed down the aisle. The door opened when it was time for Finn and Rachel to walk Emma down the aisle. Emma took a few breaths as the door opened. With her parents on either of her arms, she felt calmer and more relaxed than she felt earlier. She looked through the stands and saw lots of her friends from Heights, Chicago and the year that the family had spent in New York. The front few rows were occupied by Kurt, Blaine, Michael, Brendan, Burt, Carole, Hiram, LeRoy, Shelby, Beth, Beth's fiance Alex, Ally, Jeff and their ten-month-old son Cameron.
Emma then looked at the front of the church, where Lizzie, Lexie, Laura, Izzy and Meg were gathered on one side of the elevated part of the altar and Ben, Evan, Jeremy, Connor and Ricky were on the other. Ava, Sarah, Grace and Zoe stood on one side of the elevated part, and Ryan, Kyle and Grant stood on the other (Emma and Nick had agreed that they wanted their siblings to stand with them). And Nick was in the middle of it, looking at Emma as if she was the most beautiful thing ever.
Emma gave each of her parents a hug and took Nick's hand, looking into his eyes as the priest began the ceremony, then telling them it was time for their vows. "Emma, I just want to start off by saying that I love you so much. You're the love of my life. I remember meeting you on the first day of sixth grade. Since we were so young, I couldn't know much, but something about you definitely attracted me. We got to know each other better when Ryan and I became best friends, but we really began bonding in eighth grade. When I fell in love with you, I found that something that I'd been missing for so long. You make me so happy, and I'm so glad that you're becoming my wife. You've always supported me, be it in sports, music, academics or my career. I love you so much, and I'm forever yours, faithfully."
Emma smiled and leaned in to kiss Nick before saying her vows. "Nick, when I first met you at the beginning of sixth grade, I was just the school loser with no friends. I wanted someone to like me, and I hoped that someone would be you. I wanted us to have an epic romance like what my parents have. Like you said, we got to know each other when you became best friends with my brother. But I remember the day I knew we were meant to be was when you and I sat together after an incident with some bullies. Having you at my side made me know that you were the one. Then high school began, and things got even better. We were in the Gold Stars, soccer, swimming and softball/ baseball together. The four years apart during college were hard, but we managed. Now we're living in DC together, and we're going to start our lives."
The rest of the wedding was perfect, and Emma was so excited to get to the reception, still not believing that she and Nick were really married. The reception would begin with the speeches, and Ryan went first.
"Hi," Ryan said. "I'm Ryan Hudson, Emma's brother and Nick's best friend, and I'm one of the best men. Nick and I have been best friends since sixth grade. We sat next to each other in just about all our classes, so we started hanging out and we've been best friends ever since. I couldn't ask for a better best friend, and I know he makes my sister really happy. I'll admit that I have been jealous of Nick - he's top of our class, the star of the Gold Stars, the star of all the sports teams - but he never makes you feel bad about not being as good. In fact, if you didn't see Nick's statistics, you wouldn't know that he's top of everything. It makes me so happy to see that he loves my sister so much, and I wouldn't let my sister marry anyone but the best. And how about everyone check out the bridesmaids? Let me tell you, the prettiest one is my wife, Ava, who I probably wouldn't have fallen in love with if it wasn't for Nick and Emma. Everyone, raise your glasses to Nick and Emma."
The crowd raised their glasses as Ryan came to hug Nick and Emma. Emma knew Ryan was right, he wouldn't let his sister be with anyone other than the best. Kyle gave the next speech.
"Hi everyone, I'm Kyle Dougherty, I'm Nick's brother and the other best man. Nick and I have been through a lot, but through everything, he's always been there for me and he's the best brother I could ask for. We've lost both our parents, but both times, he took good care of me and made sure I was okay. I'm sure no matter what life throws at him and Emma, he'll take care of her in the way he took care of Grace and me when we went through hard times. Emma's a great girl, and I'm sure she'll make my brother very happy. To Nick and Emma!"
Kyle went to hug Nick and Emma, and Emma knew she was getting an amazing brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Then, Ava got on the podium to give her speech.
"Hi, I'm Ava Hudson, I'm Emma's sister-in-law and one of the maids of honor. Emma and I have been best friends since eighth grade, and that was the same year Ryan and I fell in love. Ryan and I were married last year, and I knew at the wedding that Nick and Emma's wedding would be next. Emma is an amazing friend, I can talk to her about anything, and she always makes everything fun. When the four of us lived in the same city, we'd go on double dates all the time, and I knew that Ryan and I would end up together, as would Nick and Emma. I'm so happy that their wedding day is finally here, and that Emma is now Nick's wife. To Nick and Emma!"
Emma hugged her best friend tight after the speech. She was so lucky that they had such wonderful people here today. Finally, Sarah gave her speech.
"Hey, I'm Sarah Hudson, Emma's sister and the other maid of honor. I can't believe another family wedding's here. Emma and I definitely had our ups and downs growing up, but she's a really, really good sister and I'm so glad he's marrying Nick. As some other people have said, I really knew they were meant to be together when Emma was going through a tough time and Nick was always there for her. We were really young back then, but when people are clearly that in love that young, you know they're meant to be. To Nick and Emma!"
Sarah came to hug Nick and Emma, and then it was time for Nick and Emma's first dance, with a song performed by Ryan and Ava.
Ava: From this moment life has begun
Ryan: From this moment you are the one
Ava and Ryan: Right beside you is where I belong
From this moment on
Ava: From this moment I have been blessed
I live only for your happiness
Ryan: And for your love I'd give my last breath
Ryan and Ava: From this moment on
Ava: I give my hand to you with all my heart
Ryan: Can't wait to live my life with you, can't wait to start
Ryan and Ava: You and I will never be apart
My dreams came true because of you
Ryan and Ava: From this moment as long as I live
I will love you, I promise you this
There is nothing I wouldn't give
From this moment on
Ava: You're the reason I believe in love
Ryan: And you're the answer to my prayers from up above
Ryan and Ava: All we need is just the two of us
My dreams came true because of you
From this moment as long as I live
I will love you, I promise you this
There is nothing I wouldn't give
From this moment
I will love you as long as I live
From this moment on
"I love you," Nick whispered to Emma at the end of the song.
"I love you too," Emma said. "I'm so glad we're married.
At their table, Finn and Rachel watched as their daughter shared her first dance with her husband and their son performed the first dance song with his wife, proving how quickly time had gone by. "Two down, three to go," Finn said.
"I have a feeling I know who's next," a voice said. They turned and saw Puck and Quinn.
"Who do you think?" Rachel asked.
"Do you really need to ask?" Puck asked. He pointed at the dance floor, where many other couples had begun dancing and Sarah was dancing with Adam. "It's those two. I can guarantee it."
"I hope so," Rachel said. "I'd really love it if we were in-laws."
"So would I," Quinn said.
"We all did a good job with our kids, didn't we?" Finn asked. They watched their kids on the dance floor. Emma and Nick, Ryan and Ava, and Adam and Sarah were still lost in each other as they danced together. Grant and Zoe were dancing as brother and sister, and again, Maddie was dancing with Kyle.
"Second wedding she's danced with him," Puck pointed out.
"According to Nick and Emma, Kyle said they hang out at OSU a lot," Finn said.
"Well, it would be nice for us to be linked to that family, too," Quinn said. They looked around the room some more, where they saw Beth dancing with Alex.
"Your daughter has become a beautiful woman," Finn said.
"We can't wait for her wedding," Puck said.
"I have a feeling they'll beat Adam and Sarah to it," Rachel said. "I still find it kind of weird that your daughter is also my sister."
"That is weird," Quinn said. They looked more around the room, where they saw Ally and Jeff with Cameron. "And Finn, your little sister's a mom."
"Don't get me started!" Finn said.
Emma and Nick came over to them, hand in hand. "We're so glad our Glee family could come," Emma said.
"We wouldn't miss this, and neither would any of the other Gleeks," Quinn said.
"How do you like being a married woman?" Rachel asked her daughter.
"I understand why you and Ava love it so much!" Emma said.
"And I hope you like being a married man," Finn said.
"Oh, I do!" Nick said. They moved on to talk to some of their other guests, but Finn and Rachel had to share a look. "Like you said earlier, we did a good job," Rachel said before they headed for the dance floor.
SONG: "From This Moment On" by Shania Twain and Bryan White
Chapter 12 preview: Will take place a year or two later. Not sure what it'll be, probably Nick/ Emma, Ryan/ Ava, and Adam/ Sarah coming back to Cleveland for a weekend to visit with Finn, Rachel, Grant and Zoe, with an update on everyone's life.