The Lost Daughter of the Russian Empire

Chapter 26

A/N: Thank you to all who've reviewed this story :D and thank you to all of you who take the time to read this story. Once again, please go check out Norah the Poet's story What Happens Next. It's on my profile ;) This chapter is going to be Esme and Carlisle's wedding reception.

Esme POV:

'I pronounce you husband and wife, you may now kiss the bride.'

That would forever play over and over in my head.

I was now Mrs. Esme Cullen. I could definitely get use to that. Once we broke from our kiss we both realized just how many people we invited to the wedding. I blushed and giggled softly. We made our way back up the isle, and as we did people were applauding and holding out their hands so we could either give them a hug or a hand shake.

We got to the east room of the church and greeted and chatted with the guests as they left. The rest of the bridal party soon followed in as well. I had to laugh though. Noel was chasing around Jacqueline. As I looked I realized that Noel must've picked his nose and was chasing Jacqueline around trying to show her. Angela quickly grabbed Noel by his hand and took out a handkerchief and wiped his nose and his finger off.

Noel wasn't happy about it. Apparently he was really attached to whatever he had on his figner. I giggled softly to myself.

Once everyone had finally left and either went to the reception on went ahead and gone home we had to stay and had to get our photographs taken.

First of course was Carlisle and I. We went to the front of the sanctuary. We stood in front of the alter and faced the pews. The photographer took a few pictures, then it was just the immediate family, then finally it was the entire bridal party. Noel was cute, he was in Angela's arms and Jacqueline was in Bella's. He reacher over and tugged down on her hair making her cry. She turned around and slapped him.

"Ok, ok, you two better settle. We still need to get to the reception. You'll all get to dance and meet some other kids."

That instanty quieted the kids. We got into our cars and went to the reception back at the Grand Duchess' home. I was still in awe that she even offered to do this, she didn't even have to be asked. I would always be grateful to her.

After the short ride back to the townhouse we arrived and walked into the house and we were met with a roar of applause and cheers. I was overwhelmed, but I was too invovled in the fact that Carlisle hadn't let go of my waist since he helped me out of the car when we got here.

"Congratulations."

"Esme you look ravishing."

"You two look so beautiful together."

"I know that you both be happy together, god bless."

"Thank you reverend."

I thanked him once again, and then the band leader announced that it was time for the bride and groom to have their first dance as husband and wife. Carlisle held out his hand, and I took it and he led me out to the center of the dance floor. As we started to dance Always started to play. (Link on the profile for the song.)

When we danced, I felt as if nothing else in the world mattered. All that mattered was that I would be with the man that I love for the rest of my breathing days. After we finished dancing it was time or the entire bridal party to take the floor. As we all took the floor Guitar Boogie by Blind Roosevelt Graves & Brothers started up by the band. I loved that song. (again, link on the profile for that song)

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It now came to the cutting of the cake. I originally didn't want a to ostentatious, but after looking at it for the first time, I fell in love with the cake. It was a five-tier cake with what looked to be real flowers decorating the cake. It was a white cake with a light baby pink piping. We both took a hold of the knife and cut a small piece of the cake and split the piece and gave it to one another. When I bit into the cake I felt as if I were in heaven, the cake was light, fluffy, and the icing was good as well as the fondant.

I was just completely in love with the cake. I would have to go and thank Alice later.

And after many hours of dancing and mingling, it was getting towards the end of the traditional dancing, and time for the toasts.

First up of course Carlisle's son, Emmett.

"What can I say about my father. Well I have very few memories of him. But that's an entirely different story. Carlisle & Esme I just want you both to know that I think, as well as everyone here that you both are going to be together for years to come. I know that I haven't known you for as long as we both would've liked, but since we've found each other again I feel as if we never got separated. I haven't felt that way about someone other than my own fiance, Rosalie. And Esme, even though I've only just met you I know that we are going to get along just great. I can also tell you all that I am going to enjoy getting to know Esme more."

Emmett is such a sweet young man. I know that he can be somewhat of a goof off, but his speech has totally changed my perspective of him. I snuck a peek at Rose and she was blushing. I giggles softly to myself. This was the first time I'd actually seen her blush.

"But again, to Carlisle and Esme, I wish you both a long and happy marriage." He raised his glass and said, "To Carlisle and Esme!" and we all raised our glasses and repeated it.

There was a loud applause and cheers. I had to give Emmett credit, his best man speech was really good. I have to also admit that I was expecting him to goof around and say inappropriate thins, but he completely proved me wrong.

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After a few more speeches things were starting to calm down a bit. A few people were dancing, Noel and Jacqueline were able to find some other kids to play with. Angela and Bella ended up having to corral them up when they started started towards the cake and almost knocked it over. The cook that was in charge about had a heart attack. I couldn't blame him. That cake was worth a lot of euros to be shipped from London to Paris.

Noel was starting to get a bit fussy and that was Angela's cue to take him upstairs and put him to bed. Ben escorted her upstairs and that left us with Alice, Jasper, Emmett, Rosalie, Edward, Bella, Carlisle and myelf. Oh, I almost fogot Jaqueline. She was asleep in Bella's arms.

Bella looked so natural holding her, even if she couldn't see it. It was getting late and we were gathering everything up, and Bella went to put Jaqueline upstairs as well. Alice told me that Maureen had given the ok for her to spend the night here. It would give her and Julius time to themselves for the night.

When we were packing things up when we started hearing a familiar song start to play. We turned and saw that Edward was up on the stage with the band that Alice was able to find.

Blue skiesSmiling at meNothing but blue skiesDo I see

BluebirdsSinging a songNothing but bluebirdsAll day long

Never saw the sun shining so brightNever saw things going so rightNoticing the days hurrying byWhen you're in love, my how they fly

Blue daysAll of them goneNothing but blue skiesFrom now on

Then there was a small improved tenor sax solo as Edward was getting into the song. He couldn't keep his eyes off of Bella the entire time she was walking down the stairs. I couldn't help but smile, they were so much in love.

Blue skiesSmiling at meNothing but blue skiesDo I see

BluebirdsSinging a songNothing but bluebirdsAll day long

Never saw the sun shining so brightNever saw things going so rightNoticing the days hurrying byWhen you're in love, my my how they fly

Blue daysAll of them goneNothing but blue skiesFrom now on

Nothing but blue skiesFrom now on

Nothing but blue skiesFrom now on

As Edward cut off his final note. There was complete silence. I took a look over at Bella and I saw that she had tears in her eyes, but she was smiling. I could tell that she loved the song just as much as we did, but probably even more.

Bella was frozen on the staircase. Edward quickly ran to her side and whispered in her ear. She was crying, but whatever he whispered made her laugh. Then he got down on one knee and pulled a small box out of his coat pocket. Rosalie, Alice and I were practically jumping up and down. We knew exactly what was going on. Carlisle did as well, but Emmett was a bit clueless.

I couldn't imagine what was going through Bella's head right now.

Bella POV:

I had just put Jacqueline to bed when I started to hear faint music playing downstairs. I stepped out of the room and saw Angela talking to Ben. I asked if they heard anything coming from downstairs they froze, but quickly shook their head no.

I raised an eyebrow, something odd was going on. I started down the stairs and stopped in my tracks as I listened to Edward singing the most beautiful song I've ever heard.

Blue daysAll of them goneNothing but blue skiesFrom now on.

Just he finished that verse, then there was a tenor sax solo. I couldn't tear my eyes away from Edward. Our gazes locked, and he continues to sing.

I was starting to get tears in my eyes as he was nearing the end of the song, not because the song was terrible, but that he had sang it beautifully. I was frozen in my spot. I was so moved that I felt the tears start to roll down my cheeks.

Once Edward had finished the song he sprinted over to me and whispered in my ear, "The song was for you Bella. The song is about how my life is when I'm around you." I couldn't help but chuckle. Not because I didn't believe him, but I was so happy he felt this way. This was exactly how I felt.

Edward then took a step back and got down on one knee. I immediately started to panic. He seriously couldn't be doing this, could he? He pulled a small black box out of his coat pocket and opened it up.

"Bella Marie Cullen, would you do me the honor of becoming my lawfully wedded wife?"

He stood up and put the ring onto my hand. I held my left hand by the wrist looking at the ring. I didn't know what to say, I was at a loss for words.

"Edward, I don't know what to say?..."

"SAY YES!!"

I jumped and saw that everyone was now looking at us. I blushed a bright shade of red and said, "Edward, I would love to marry you."

He embraced me with a hug and we didn't let go. My friends and family and the few extra people who stuck around started applauding. Even the band started to play a jazz version of 'Here Comes the Bride'. I couldn't stop smiling I was so excited and overwhelmed.

I was finally going to marry this man, the man that I loved. The one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

I was then all but tackled by my sister, Alice. "Oh my goodness Bella, you need to let me plan your wedding too. I have a knack for this kind of thing. I see you and Edward getting married in the spring...."

She started rambling what was nonsense to me. Esme and Carlisle came over to Edward and I and gave us hugs and handshakes.

"Oh, and Alice, I almost forgot to mention, I called in a favor at the bridal shop I use to work at before I worked with Madam. How would you feel about getting paid to do what you love?"

Alice let out a loud squeal and bounced over to Esme and gave her a big hug.

It looked as if everything was going as planned. I would soon marry the man I love, and spend the rest of my life with him.

A/N: Ok, so what did you all think? I think that this is the final chapter for Lost Daughter of Russia :( but the FINAL chapter will be the next one and that wil be the Epilogue. I can't believe that this story is already just about done :) I still remember struggling for reviews in February, and now I get so many I dont know what to do with myself ;)

Also, you all should check out Norah the Poet's story What Happens Next. It's really good and I know that you'll be hooked once you start reading. I know I was ;)

And the reason this is the last 'real' chapter for this story is cause I don't have enough energy for the other wedding, besides this ending will lead into the Epilogue, and that will lead into the sequel ;)

I'm sad to say that this story is coming to an end, but this will ease my update load a bit ;), and I won't be able to post the sequel up right away, I need to start brainstorming for that more before I do that.

I hope you all have enjoyed this story.

BTW this was a last minute decision and I feel that this was a good decision on my part.

If you're impatient for the sequel you can read my other stories, or any of my favorites on my profile.

Oh and next weekend is my birthday and I won't be updating on that day just FYI

*****the song Blue Skies will be posted on my profile soon if you would like to hear the version I have Edward singing ;)******

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