The moment we heard the sounds of the bell outside the church, Gelo and his bandmates behind me started to play their instruments.
Rian and Alex requested me to become their wedding singer, and I gladly accepted it as one of my gift to this very important day of their lives.
And when I saw their best man Daniel (my husband), started to walk towards the altar, that's our cue to start the song.
**Here we stand today like we always dream, started out our lives together. Light is in your eyes, love is in our hearts. I can't believe you're really mine forever. Been rehearsing for this moment all my life, so don't act surprised if the feeling starts to carry me away...
On this day, I promise forever. On this day, I surrender my heart. Here we stand, take my hand and I will honor every word I say.. on this day...**
The song ended when both Alex and Rian were exactly right in front of the altar.
I can feel the stares that my husband was giving me since I started the song, 'till it ended and even during the ceremony. But I acted oblivious and tried myself not to look in his direction. It's kinda awkward and creepy but I don't have a choice but to accept it.
"Do you, Alexander Jonathan, take Arrianna Angela to be your wedded wife, to cherish in love and in friendship, in strength and in weakness, in success and disappointment, to love her faithfully, today, tomorrow, and for as long as the two of you shall live?"
"Do you, Arrianna Angela, take Alexander Jonathan to be your wedded husband, to cherish in love and in friendship, in strength and in weakness, in success and disappointment, to love him faithfully, today, tomorrow, and for as long as the two of you shall live?"
(Exchanging our rings and our simple vows.)
"Bride and groom, you have expressed your love to one another through the commitment and promises you have just made. It is with these in mind that I pronounce you husband and wife.
You have kissed a thousand times, maybe more. But today the feeling is new. No longer simply partners and bestfriends, you have become husband and wife and can now seal the agreement with a kiss. Today your kiss is a promise. Groom, you may now kiss your bride."
-'De Ja Vu'-
That was the feeling I felt when the priest announced his last sentence. It's the same feeling when we first exchanged our vows on our first wedding. The only difference was that we made this promise based on our own will.
He lifted my veil and cupped my cheeks.
"I love you, baby."
He muttered in a whisper.
"I love you, too." I smiled at him with tears of joy now forming on my both eyes.
We heard the cheers and whistles from the people inside the church when he pulled me into a passionate kiss. But eventually the kiss got heated. His hand encircled around my waist as he sucked and nibbled my lips hungrily. The love I have for him and the love I had for the longest time got deeper, and I doubt it if there's anyone could ever change that. Because I know from this day forward, I tied my heart and my whole life to love him.. forever.
Everything around us suddenly fade in our view, the only thing that exists and matters right now is our love for each other. Because for me, this man in front of me, whose kissing me hungrily on our wedding day, the one who promised to love me until forever, was the same man who captured my heart five years ago.
Who took every first in my life, my first kiss, my first dance, my first love, the first man whom I give everything in me and also the last man I vowed to love until my last breath.
"Oppsss..! Hey dude! Stop it right there, you still have a reception to go to!"
That's the only thing that made us stop. I opened my eyes to see Ryan grinning widely while his hand is on Alex's shoulder.
"I missed that baby." Alex told me with a loving smile written on his lips and completely ignored his friend.
"I missed it, too." I cupped his both cheeks and was about to kiss him again, when I heard the voice of my bitch-friend, Cari.
"Excuse me guys, I'm sorry to interrupt your moments. We all know that this is your wedding day, the most important day of your life.. but forgodsake, we're all hungry here! Can you just continue your making out in your own room tonight? Jeez!" she rolled her eyes.
"I wish I could! No, I wish we could!" Alex gives her a snarl, and they all laughed together with our parents who were also waiting for us.
Of course, we can't do that... not for now because I'm still pregnant, but soon we are going to explore all the corners of our house for those months that we were restricted to do more than cuddling, touching and kissing.
After taking some pictures in front of the altar, they let us walk first outside the church. Well, not me because my husband lifted me in a bridal style and headed towards the church's entrance. Our bridal car was already waiting for us, but I suggest to do the throwing of my bridal bouquet in front of the church.
When I am about to throw the flowers on my hand, I noticed my sister-in-law standing beside my brother and just watching the other girls that are participating in the traditional ceremony. My bestfriend Cari, followed my gaze and a knowing smile crept on her lips before she shouted.
And a smile also curled in me as I walked towards Belle's direction. All eyes were following me while my husband is also trailing behind me. I'm sure he already knows what I'm planning to do.
My brother's eyebrows almost formed a straight line on his forehead when he noticed where we are heading. I smiled at him before I take his wife's hand and put the bouquet on it.
Belle's eyes turned wide like saucers and Alex patted my brother's shoulder. They were having the same expression, surprised and confused.
"Alla mia bellissima sorella e amica, ora ti sto passando la corona."
I said in an Italian language which I know she fully understands because she's half Italian and a half American.
She smiled at me with clear confusion swirling around her eyes.
"What did you say?" but instead of her asking me, my brother was the one who opened his mouth.
And for everyone to know my message, I also translated it in english.
"To my beautiful sister and friend, I am now passing the crown to you."
I hugged her before I let Alex walk with me to the car. We left the both of them confused and asking each other. Well, I don't need to explain my words to them, especially to my stubborn and egotistic brother.
The moment we arrived at the reception, I started to feel the pain in my lower back, but I just ignored it and tried my best to act normal and not to crumple my face every time it creeps my body.
We waited for the wedding singer and the rest of our family member to start the after wedding ceremony. Belle and Gavin were our host for this event, despite the look that my brother's gave me when I told them that she and Gavin were going to host the reception.
Eleven thirty to be exact on my wristwatch when I also felt the pain in my lower abdomen. Contraction after contraction. And because of that, I hold Alex's hand in which I felt exactly the most wracking pain that I felt in my whole life.
"Oh my God, Alexander!"
I said through gritted teeth while holding his hand tightly. Cold sweats were started to form on my forehead.
"Baby, what happened?"
I noticed how his handsome face crumpled because of my tight hold. But he ignored it when he also noticed my discomfort.
"Baby, what's happening to you? Are you okay?"
His loud voice caught the attention of the people inside the venue. My Mom and Nanay Emily rushed their way towards me with Belle and Cari behind them.
"W-What's happening Alex?" My mom's concerned voice.
"Anak, are you okay?" It's my Nanay Emily who kneeled in front of my seat.
But before I could answer their questions, I felt the hot liquid flowing down on my legs.
"Oh my God!" the only word I muttered before I felt again the pain that surged from my lower back to my round belly. I can't explain the fucking pain. It feels like thousands of knives were stabbing inside me.
"Baby, did you just pee?" my husband's most stupid question.
"Jesus Christ, Alexander! What kind of question is that?" his mother snapped at him. "Your wife water bag broke! She's now suffering from labor pain and going to give birth to your baby!"
"Oh fuck! I'm sorry, baby. I didn't know!"
His eyes widened in shock and immediately stand from his seat. "Jhon, get the car now! We're going to the hospital!" he scooped me in a bridal style and rushed towards the exit of the venue.
"We're just going to follow you there, Alex! Take care of my daughter, please." I heard my mother's shout behind us.
"I will, Mom." he answered while putting me into the backseat of the car.
All the way to the hospital, he keep on kissing my hair and holding my hand. I can see how worried he was but I can't form any words to tell him that I'm okay and don't worry, because I can't even tell that to myself.
They rushed me to the emergency room, still wearing my wedding dress. And this is one of the most memorable thing that we will treasure and will always remember till our last breath. I gave birth to our first baby.... on the exact day of our wedding.
And in the future, while we were celebrating our anniversaries, we're also celebrating the birthday of our first princess.