Her wedding day. It had seemed ages away, and for the past few months her Mom had hounded her to finalize all the details, constantly grating on her nerves. But now, as she looks herself over one last time as Lorelei Goss, she’s thankful that her Mom had known what to do when it came to planning the wedding.
Lorelei hadn’t expected the caterer to announce they couldn’t make the shrimp scampi side dish, nor had she realized that her maid of honor, Erin would be nearly useless when her wedding day finally arrived. Her Mom wasn’t surprised by any of it, quickly substituting the shrimp, and taking over some of Erin’s obligations.
Lorelei wasn’t upset with Erin over the exhaustion, or forgetfulness. She might have been sore over it if her Mom hadn’t more than made up for it.
When she had graduated college, it had all seemed monumental, but it paled in comparison to this. Her Mom barely held the tears back as she looked her over one last time, marveling that her little girl was really grown now.
Her Dad went silent, as he did when emotions were strong. Lorelei had never seen him cry, but this was the closest she had come to seeing it. It all moved her, and she felt ashamed for her behavior over the wedding plans. A piece of her was melancholy at the severing of the ties from her parent’s home was almost fully made now.
As soon as she found herself in the hall, walking down the aisle towards Marshal, all her thoughts on her childhood vanished. She couldn’t wait for this future, with this man. She looked at her Dad for his approval, and found him fighting back his emotions.
All of her family and friends had made it, she noticed that extra chairs had been added to the back row. She felt obligated to be happy that they were here, but she barely saw any of them.
Marshal waited for her, a smile fixed on his lips. Her parents loved him, her Dad even, when Marshal asked permission to propose, Marshal had sealed himself in her Dad’s good favor.
They said their vows, and she meant them fully.
And just as quickly, they were pronounced married, and she had become Lorelei Krouse.
All of the family moved in for hugs and congratulations, and after Lorelei and Marshal had greeted them all, they led the way to the upstairs reception hall. The caterers had done amazingly, and Lorelei was pleased with her Mother’s substitution.
She felt like royalty, at the table in front of everyone, with her maid of honor and her older brother Zeke as Marshal’s best man.
The way all the little girls looked up to her, and Marshal watched her, she felt like the most beautiful woman in the world.
When she looked out into the crowd, everyone seemed to be enjoying the meal and their company. Her Mom had helped with the seating chart, wanting to get everyone mixed up outside of immediate households, and allow everyone to catch up.
Nadia seemed to feel out of place without her boyfriend Luca to sit with.
Her Mom volunteered to take the flower girls to her table, to give Morgan and Zeke a break from parenting for the evening.
As the sun lowered, they moved out onto the rooftop for dancing and refreshments. Her Uncle Ethan jumped right into the mix with outlandish dancing. He had signed up to bring a guest, his new girlfriend Cynthia, but at the last minute she was unable to attend.
Emma showed off her skills at the bar, and Lorelei was happy to have her there to share in this day. She had felt guilty for letting that friendship dwindle until it had all but disappeared. But Emma looked good, better than she had in years, and Lorelei was glad she had invited her.
All the little girls took front and center of the dance floor, showing off their silly moves and giggling all the while. Lorelei saw the way Marshal watched the kids, it wasn’t a secret that he wanted three, when she was barely settled to the idea of one. She just hoped that she could put it off long enough that they could have one, and her eggs would dry up before they could have a second. She loved being an aunt though, much more than the idea of parenthood.
They cut the cake later in the evening, but before the kids were overtired.
Marshal missed her mouth, and before tonight, she’d always hated when couples did that, but in the moment, she found it all in good fun.
Cicely was the first to get cake outside of the bride and groom. She had been begging for hours to have a slice.
Before leaving for the night, Cicely found Lorelei to share her enthusiasm in the night. She had found the cake, the dresses and the venue to all be magical, and in short she pleaded for Lorelei to throw another wedding the next week.
Lorelei let her down, but told her that with all the other unmarried couples in the family, perhaps she should suggest marriage to one of them.
After the guests had all left, they began their honeymoon. The hotel had thrown in a night for free in their honeymoon suite for hosting their wedding there, which was perfect for them, since they’d just bought their first home, and cash wasn’t as free flowing at the moment.
They didn’t mind staying in South Port, the location didn’t matter, it was all about the company.
Notes: Ethan’s girlfriend would have come, but I’m not sure how to buy formal clothes for a townie? And her formal outfit was very scant.
I’m so happy they are married finally! I built the hotel for the wedding, and will post a tour of it shortly. I was rather pleased with how it all came together.
Posed wedding photos, warning I went picture crazy.
Lorelei with her parents, Kenzie and Tyler.
Maid of Honor Erin and Lorelei:
The cute couple:
Thanks for reading!!