It was a measly one month shy of two years since Adam proposed. Paloma could hardly believe that they’d managed to wait that long. Getting married had been one of the biggest things on Paloma’s list when growing up, but since the birth of her bakery, the actual ceremony hadn’t seemed that important anymore.
She was grateful that her family had talked her out of a wedding at her bakery, though she was certain it would have been a lovely, intimate affair; the lighthouse was a luxury that she wouldn’t soon forget.
She’d enjoyed sneaking to the lighthouse to work on plans with Adam and her Mom, having a Mom that was a respected Events Planner, really made her an asset. In the beginning, the guest list was a mile long, and Eva had gently encouraged Paloma to continue with her idea of an intimate wedding, and so they fretfully had cut people out. Out of all the planning, deciding who to not invite was the most dreadful to Paloma.
But when the day arrived, she’d found all of her Mom’s advice to be spot-on and perfect for her and Adam.
Bobbi and her boyfriend, Preston were at the back of the bridal party. Adam had quickly fallen into friendship with Preston, and Bobbi was suddenly going to find herself the only unmarried in her trio of friends, and she wasn’t even close to that step.
While Adam wasn’t as fond of Meme’s husband, Daniel, it had seemed easier to keep couples together for the aisle. Meme was happy about the wedding, but her mind was wandering to babies and pregnancy. They’d made a plan to get pregnant around the same time, and she was anxious to know when that might be.
Paloma’s middle sister, Linnea was maid of honor, and walked with Adam’s closest friend, Henry Popper. Linnea had been embarrassed by the whole ordeal, feeling less-than by not even having a significant other waiting in the crowds for her, like Henry had with his wife Catherine and eldest daughter, Rita. She had to remind herself that she was still in college, she wasn’t expected to have a serious boyfriend yet.
Paloma’s youngest sister, Dahlia was the flower girl, and accompanied by her old boss, Ginny’s son, Domenico. They’d been wild at the rehearsal, that Paloma wondered if she should have kept kids from the ceremony, but they both rose to the occasion and stole the crowd momentarily.
Paloma with her step-Dad, Gideon by her side, quickly stole them back. Eva had been prepared that she might cry, but the emotion was stronger than just a few tears.
After all the years of heartache, poverty, and turmoil, it had been her and Paloma against it all, and her own Mother, Abby. To have a husband to walk Paloma down the aisle, to have a mildly extravagant wedding for eldest, and full stomachs, it was all unbelievable. For that moment, both mother and daughter felt like they had a part in a Cinderella story.
Adam had not been the prince that Paloma had dreamed of for all those years, he was something all the more better. The life that seemed just steps from her place in the aisle, seemed all the more magical and perfectly matched, then she could have imagined. One day, they’d have little toddlers, wrecking havoc in their bakery, and she’d get to run it with him, working with her husband every day. She didn’t know how she got so lucky.
It was a beautiful fall day for a wedding, there hadn’t even been a hint of rain to make them worry in advance.
It seemed surreal and also incredibly normal, to suddenly be husband and wife. After all the years of heartache, and pining for Oliver, Paloma was finally happy that it had all happened the way it had.
Elias had come with his Mom, Nicole. There had been no invite to Oliver, Paloma wouldn’t have wanted him there, but it was always nice to see Elias. He had come to their bakery’s opening day, and had somehow became her friend.
Catherine Popper immediately buddied up with Eva and Nicole, fitting in better with the middle-aged Moms, then the younger crowd. She had three small children, a mortgage, and a van that she drove her daughter to soccer in. Her days of best friends being her number one priority were long past, and nearly forgotten.
Bride and Groom made their rounds, thanking the compliments on the ceremony, their appearance, agreeing how blessed they were, and discussing the beautiful autumn weather.
When the sun began to set, the festivities were amped up. Everyone had been properly thanked for coming, and they were free to drink and be merry.
Eva’s toast wasn’t nearly as emotional as she felt, trying to keep the affair light, but both mother and daughter held back their tears.
Dahlia and Rita enjoyed themselves on the beach, parents taking turns checking on them and keeping them out of the cooling sound.
Eva had been right in adding another girl to the invite list, Domenico preferred to cut the floor up with his dance moves, while Dahlia wasn’t interested in such things.
Linnea nearly lost her breakfast at the sight of lobster, she blamed her sickness from the past month on the lobster she’d eaten at the Chinese restaurant.
But everyone else was thrilled with their buffet choices.
Adam and Paloma had their first dance as husband and wife, and talked about their new house. They were closing in just a week, and there was to be no honeymoon with all their recent expenses. The new house had seemed a priority over sandy beaches in the Caribbean.
As the night went on, people went into their own circles. Paloma happened to notice that Elias and Bobbi were getting along awfully well, with no sign of Preston on the beach with them.
Paloma insisted that Dahlia dance with the bride, and she wound up thrilled. She would never know her littlest sister like she did Linnea, the age distance was just too great, but she adored her to pieces despite the gap.
In all of her life, Paloma couldn’t remember a day quite as wonderful, though opening the bakery was definitely second. But by the end of the night, she wanted to crawl into bed, in their tiny apartment for just a few more nights, and spend it in her husband’s arms.
Many of the wedding cards wished them many years of happiness, and wonderful memories, and Paloma really hoped that they came to be.
Wedding Party Photos
(Bobbi, Dahlia, Meme, & Linnea)
(Henry, Daniel, Preston, & Domenico)
Bridal Party –
Paloma with her family –
Paloma with her Mom, Eva –
I’m so excited these two are wed, and that I’m finally getting this update published!!
Linnea’s expression on the lobster made me laugh. She had ordered lobster at the Chinese restaurant (with Paloma) and she did get sick after, though I don’t think it was really related, her expression made me think it was!
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