Chapter 66- A Nervous Bride
It was a beautiful, sunny, spring day. The perfect day to get married.
And I was getting married. To Vincenzo.
I stared at my reflection in the floor-length mirror, standing on the small podium as Beatrice and a few other maids fixed my veil and the long trail of my white wedding gown. I don’t think I’ve ever looked this beautiful before, I was glowing and despite the nervous butterflies, I was beyond happy that I could practically cry.
After 400 years, I can finally be happy.
“You look beautiful, dear,” Beatrice stated from behind me and I smiled wider than I already was, clutching onto the colourful bouquet in my hands. I looked beautiful.
I never would have thought that I’d fall in love, let alone get married to a man as wonderful and handsome as Vince but here we were.
My blonde hair was tied into a low bun with ringlets framing my face, my make-up was done nice and neatly with some pink lipstick and the dress was a V-neck dress with off-the-shoulder straps and beautiful white flowers embroidered from the bodice down to the long trail.
I had some diamond earrings in my ear along with a matching diamond choker around my neck and my engagement ring on the fourth finger of my left hand. Beatrice had beautifully encrusted some smaller crystals into the bun of my hair too.
I just hoped that everything would be perfect.
I never would have thought that wedding planning was so fun. It was stressful and busy but it was fun, bringing me closer to my future mother, father, brother and sister-in-law. One thing I knew that my wedding had to have was flowers. Lots and lots of flowers. And it did.
Along with picking the cakes, decoration, wedding dress and guests, the wedding planning was fun and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity where I would be one of the main characters.
I caught a glimpse of the altar in the main hall and I almost fainted. Vince did well in making my wishes come true. This is my one and only wedding so I wanted it to be perfect and he stood by me the whole time, doing whatever he could to make it as beautiful as it was.
Charlotte and Maria were my two bridesmaids and Don, Lucien and Silas were Vince’s best men. Since I didn’t have a father to walk me down the aisle, Vince’s dad, Valentino was happy to do the honour and I couldn’t have been any more grateful for it.
I heard a low growl from beside me and turned to see Leo standing by me. It’s been a few months and he’s grown massive by now, scaring everyone around him but they honestly had nothing to worry about since he meant no harm.
“How do I look, Leo?” I asked, smiling at him and he growled in reply, coming to stand by me as Beatrice and the other maids jumped back. I bent down and ran my fingers through his short mane as he growled and I kissed his face.
A knock reverberated through the room and I stood up to see Valentino walking into the room, dressed in a clean black suit, a small smile on his face as all the maids quickly curtsied to him.
“You look beautiful,” He smiled as I moved to hug him.
“Thank you,” I gleamed, pulling away and staring at my reflection just as my two bridesmaids and mother-in-law rushed into the room.
“Oh... Wow...” They instantly froze, staring at me with large eyes and open jaws. I tilted my head to the side, wondering what was going on with their suspicious silence.
“You look absolutely divine!“Alexa was the first one to break out of her trance as she pushed her husband out of the way and leaned up to my form on the podium to hug me and laughing at her, I hugged back.
“Thank you,” I whispered as Maria and Charlotte rushed towards me, hugging me tightly from either side of me and I grinned with my eyes squeezed shut.
“Enzo’s going to lose his mind when he sees you,”
“Is that a good thing?” I asked.
“Of course it is, silly,” Maria joking whacked my shoulder.
“Are you ready?” Valentino asked and I nodded my head.
“Oh, wait!” Alexa quickly called and we all turned to look at her as she took something from one of the maid’s hands and turned to smile at me, placing the box on the vanity table before opening it to reveal a beautiful tiara.
“My mother gave this to me on my wedding day and I gave it to Charlotte on her’s but you’re like my daughter too, so I want you to wear it today,” She said, pulling the artefact out of its case and coming to stand in front of me as I stepped off of the podium.
“Are you sure I can wear this?” I asked and she chuckled, nodding her head. Dipping my head down, she placed the tiara on my head and I stood back up, turning to look at my completed reflection. Now, I was ready.
I almost tripped on my way to the door and would have fallen if Maria and Charlotte weren’t quick enough in catching me.
“Are you nervous?” Charlotte asked.
“Is that not normal?” I heard myself ask over the loud beating of my heart in my ears. What if I did something wrong? What if I tripped on the aisle and fell down in front of everyone? Would Vince still want to marry me knowing the massive clutz that I was?...
“It’s normal,” Charlotte said as she held my hand and we finally walked out the door, walking through the palace hallways and towards the main ballroom where all the guests were located with Vince and his groomsmen.
“I’ve had a wedding day before too, you know,” She joking glared and I gulped. Oh yeah, she did. My mind’s gone blank right now so I can’t remember even the simplest detail of anything.
“It’s all going to be fine. Just breathe in then out. Don’t worry about anything because we’ve got you covered. All you have to do is smile and enjoy the day, okay?” I rapidly nodded my head as she chuckled.
We finally stopped in front of the closed door and Maria, Alexa and Charlotte all kissed my cheek before they headed in and for the short moment that the double doors were pushed open, I heard the quiet, excited chattering of the large audience.
Now, it was just me, Valentino and Leo left with a few guards as we waited for the signal to walk in. I closed my eyes, counting in my head as Leo stood by me, rubbing his face against my palm and I slowly fluttered my eyes open when Valentino leaned down to whisper in my ear.
“You’re going to remember this day for the rest of your life no matter how it goes because by the end of the day you are going to be Mrs St Andres Octavius and the new Queen of Lysandra,”
“...And that’s all that matters,” I said, nervously looking up at my father-in-law who nodded his head, an assuring smile on his face with glittering grey eyes that Vince had the luck to inherit and right now, that man was waiting for me at the end of the altar.
“That’s all that matters,” He repeated just as we heard the faint sound of the priest asking the audience to stand up for the bride before the quiet creaking of the large doors were heard being pulled open and I stood in the middle with my arm linked around Valentino’s, clutching onto my bouquet of flowers.
“Let’s go,” He said and we stepped forward. Towards my new life filled with nothing but happiness that I had worked so hard to achieve.