Dreams and Reality
Over the past two years, a lot has happened. Angie and Bill got engaged and moved in together at his place. Peggy moved in with Dede, firm in their relationship.
Tony and his cronies, did not go to trial. Numerous informants came forward dashing any hopes of going free any time soon. Taking plea deals, they revealed contacts involved with drug deals all over the country. Once one opened their mouth, more came forward. The D.A. needed help and Angie’s boss volunteered her for the job. Angie gladly accepted and now she was on the ‘partner’ track at the firm.
Now that Dede was now of age to receive her inheritance, she held it close to the chest and added it to her savings for future hopes and dreams, and after investing in the restaurant, she was now co-owner, making decisions about menus, hiring practices, and of course, adding another restaurant just like it in another county.
The Caribbean, minutes before Angie and Bill’s wedding:
The friends of the family of the happy couple happily agreed to head down to Nassau and participate, watch and enjoy their wedding
In attendance were: maid of honor, Dede; bridesmaids, Peggy, Ashley, and Beth; the best man, David; groomsmen: Burt and Otto. Her brother, Andrew, would give his sister away.
The wedding would take place on the beach with the water lapping at their feet, barefoot as they will be. The wedding reception is planned at the hotel where everyone would be staying for several days before the wedding. A small meeting room was reserved for the occasion, where guests would eat, dance, drink, and enjoy themselves.
The reception would be decorated with beautiful bouquets of pale blue, white, and lavender flowers all over room and guest chairs.
It was time. A few of the guests glanced at the wedding invitation. It was beautiful: It read:
A friendship that was shared by two
Has grown into a love so true.
Come Dream with Us!
Angela Jane Bennett and
William Jeffrey Douglas
As we take a trip of a lifetime
In getting married
Saturday, June 15, 2053
The Island House Hotel, on the beach, 2:00 EST
With the music arranger at the ready, soft music played before the ceremony. Everyone was excited to see the bride. Agnes, sat in the front waiting for the two smartest and sweetest pair she had the good luck know. Her son had come a long way from the little who had almost shattered his entire future, at being happy, and falling in love. Angie was his true soulmate. She’d seen it through the years and she’s very happy for them.
The wedding music began. Beth and Burt’s oldest boy, Bobby, would be the ring bearer. At seven years of age, he was ready for this. After he made his way down the aisle, the bridesmaids took their turn in stunning off-the-shoulder, island-blue, knee-length gowns, each holding lovely bouquet of flowers, and then it was time.
The bride’s march began. Everyone stood up and waited for the bride to appear. Standing on the beach, waiting for his bride, with David his best man, stood side by side as Bill had to take a few deep breaths to calm his racing heart and then he saw her.
Angie and Bill only had eyes for each other and rightly so. Head held high, Angie held her brother’s arm, ready to marry Bill, her one true love.
“Ready?” Andy asked his sister. Andy had grown up a lot, since entering his residency, plus the counseling helped for his addiction, he’s the brother he was always meant to be. It took a while, but he was determined never to put his family at risk. They’re far more important to him; far more than a few dollars.
“I’m ready,” Angie replied, staring at Bill.
David and Ashley only had eyes for each other. Burt stared at Beth, and Dede and Peggy glanced at each other. Upon meeting, their lives had turned upside down, but now they’re inseparable. After moving in together over a year ago, their lives fell into place.
“Angie, you’ve never looked more beautiful than at this moment.” He kissed her cheek. He helped her pull her veil back over her face.
“Thanks, Andy. Let’s do this!”
He chuckled, then he squeezed her hand as they walked down the aisle.
Bill was thinking. A beautiful goddess… I’m marrying a goddess. Take a few deep breaths and try not to faint, man.
Angie was thinking. I know what he’s thinking… no birth control. We want kids more than one.
Soon, the Minister began the service. “We are gathered here today to witness the union of Angela Jane Douglas and William Jeffrey Douglas. If anyone can show just cause why they should not be joined together in holy matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.” He paused for effect. “Angela and William have chosen to speak their own vows.
He took her hands in his then Bill spoke to her from his heart:
Angela, today I will marry you, my friend, the one I will live with, dream with, and love forever. I take you to be my wife. From this day forward I will cherish you. I will look with joy down the path of our tomorrows, knowing we will walk it together side by side, hand in hand, and heart to heart. I promise to love you above all others, and to value your friendship as a precious gift. I look forward to raising our family, and building our relationship, under the care and guidance of God. I promise to stand beside you in sickness or health, in times of prosperity and decline, in peace and in turmoil, if we both shall live.
The Minister turned to Angie. “Angela?”
Angie spoke to him from her heart:
Bill, being married to you is my dream, has always been my dream, and my dream is coming true, and I promise to give my entire self to you. I promise to trust you and appreciate who you are and put your needs and desires above my own. I promise to stay adventurous and youthful, and to be always up for going somewhere new with you. I will love you and will respect you for the rest of my life.
They both smiled, both trying to hold back their tears.
“Now, we will have the exchanging of the rings.” The Minister looked at David. The Minister blessed the rings.
“With this ring, I thee wed,” Bill said as he put the ring on Angie’s finger.
“With this ring, I thee wed,” Angie said as she put the ring on Bill’s finger.
“Let us pray.” After speaking the prayer, the Minister said, “What, therefore, God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. Insofar as, Angela and William have spoken their vows each to the other, and have exchanged rings, by the power vested in me by this church and this state, I now pronounce them husband and wife. William, you may kiss your bride.”
He lifted her veil, took Angie into his arms and kissed her sweetly. She put her arms around his neck and kissed him back loving the feel of her husband as they both didn’t seem to want to stop.
Then all the guests whooped and erupted in applause. Angie and Bill smiled at each other, and holding hands, turned and walked back up the beach as Mr. And Mrs. William Douglas.
The Island House Hotel, a little while later:
The wedding guests were seated as the wedding party made the entrance to a rousing song. The Master of Ceremonies introduced the bridal party: Firstly, the bride’s family, the groom’s family, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the maid of honor and the best man, then the ring bearer, and last of all the newlyweds.
After the wedding party was seated and introduced to all the guests, a blessing was offered by the Minister, and then dinner was served.
Suddenly, Andy stood up and went to the podium for a special announcement. “Everyone, before we move on the speeches, Dede and I, along with Ms. Agnes have arranged a slideshow of Angie and Bill, and we thought you would love it.” He glanced at the happy couple. “Not sure how they would feel about it, but here goes!”
And so, their ‘Then and Now’ slide show began with side by side photos appeared with a lovely song played by the Wedding DJ: newborn baby and toddler pictures; Christmas pictures of Bill and Angie as toddlers with their presents; first day of school; high school pictures (Angie as a cheerleader; Bill as the valedictorian of his class).
Bill and Angie kissed a few times and smiled at the photos. “Thank you, Andy,” Bill murmured. Andy went over to them and gave his sister a hug and a kiss and shook Bill’s hand!
“Thank you, Andy,” Angie whispered and kissed his cheek.
Now, it’s time for the toasts and speeches. Dede was first as the maid of honor. She stood up and tapped her glass to gain everyone’s attention.
“Before I start I would like say that Angie, you look positively beautiful. For those who don’t know me, my name is Dede, the bride’s sister. For those who do, well, I’ll try and behave myself.” A few chuckles were heard. “Angie, when you asked me to be your maid of honor, I was delighted and then as the momentous day approached, I knew I would have to make a speech and a toast. Being the shy and retiring type,” she paused for effect as everyone laughed, “I tried to think of ways to get out of it, but who can say no to Angie? Certainly, not me! Bill knows what I’m talking about, right Bill?”
Angie leaned over and whispered in his ear. “That’s certainly true,” she said and kissed his ear. Bill knew enough not to disagree with her and certainly not on their wedding day.
Dede continued. “Now just because I’m not married doesn’t mean I don’t have advice for you too. Bill, whenever you’re wrong, admit it, whenever you’re right, shut up!” Everyone laughed at that good advice. “Now before I get into trouble, one more thing. This is a day of new beginnings, learning what love means, for your wedding day is just the start of many hopes and dreams.” She raised her glass. “A toast to the bride and groom!”
“Hear, hear!” Everyone took a sip of champagne, then applauded Dede’s speech. She bowed and took a seat. Peggy leaned closer and kissed her cheek. “That was great, honey.”
Now it was David’s turn. He stood up and tapped his glass. “For those who you who don’t know me, my name is David, and I’ve known these two as a couple for several years, but Bill, I’ve known since the academy. “You two have been through a lot, but I can honestly say that I’ve never seen either of them happier than on this day. I wanted to thank Bill for asking me to be his best man. Angie has not only changed his life for the better, but she has brought out the best in him. I also wanted to thank the families for helping them both prepare for this beautiful wedding. They are a fabulous couple. “You made it guys!” He paused becoming emotional. “And so, I wish them all the happiness in the world. Ladies and gentlemen, would you please raise your glasses and join me in a toast to Angie and Bill? To the new Mr. And Mrs. William Douglas may you have a lifetime of health and happiness! Congratulations.”
“Hear, hear!” David sat back down and wiped his brow. Ashley kissed his cheek. “You were great, sweetie!”
After cutting the cake and tossing the bouquet and garter, of which Peggy caught the bouquet, and Andy caught the garter, and how it’s time dancing.
Bill escorted Angie out onto the dance floor as the lights dimmed and their memorable dance began. “I forget how tall you are,” Angie commented as they moved around the floor.
“Well, you did take off your shoes,” he said and smiled.
“You know me and high heels, just not my thing.”
“Don’t I know it,” he whispered with a smile.
“Oh, Bill, I love this song,” Angie said and pulled him closer.
“Me too. It’s a beautiful song I thought it was perfect for us.”
“You and I,” she sang along with the song.
As the song slowly ended, Bill whispered in her ear, “You and me forever, Angie, I love you,” he murmured, and then he kissed her sweetly at first and then they both got a bit carried away. The song ended then they pulled apart smiling at how happy they were.
Andy was waiting his turn. Bill escorted his bride over to her brother.
Andy and Angie began their dance. ‘Isn’t She Lovely?’ by Stevie Wonder, began to play.
“This is a great song,” Angie said as her brother moved over the floor, surprising her with his moves.
Soon their dance ended then Bill asks his Mom, Agnes, to dance.
Andy took his turn with his sister Dede.
David cuts in to dance with Angie.
Bill and Dede have their dance.
Then lastly, Angie and Bill dance a truly memorable dance.
And then the entire wedding party joined in on the fun.
A few hours later, it was getting late, Angie and Bill headed to the beach for a moonlight walk, so ready to begin their new life together!
As the happy couple exited the hotel, rice was thrown at them, as they ran toward the beach, reminding them of their shared dream.
On the beach, Bill and Angie couldn’t help but talk about their dream.
“Is this really happening. I’ve been pinching myself all day.”
“Me too.” Then she a question. “Are you sure you want to work with the Professor to tell our story?”
“Yes, aren’t you? I think it’s a great idea. I’m sure there are people out there just like us, well, maybe not exactly like us, but that’s the point. We are unique and very special.”
She smiled. “We’re definitely are special.”
Lifting her dress over her arm, she ran down the beach. He followed close behind. In their bare feet, they didn’t want to stop, but he caught her about a mile down the beach.
“Hey, come here,” he whispered, a little of breath. He held out his hand.
She took it. “Where are, we going?’
He chuckled, remembering the dream. Nose-to-nose, he replied, “Anywhere you want to go.”
They kissed repeatedly, then he picked up and twirled her around, happier than they’d ever been.
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