“Johnathon, I’m not arguing about this with you right now,” Miraj sighed exasperatedly. “It is your sister’s wedding day. People wear formal clothes at weddings. You’re wearing the suit I bought for you and that’s final.”
“But Dad, it’s itchyyyy…” Johnathon whined with pouted lips. Savannah popped her head into the room. She was fastening her earrings.
“It’s okay Miraj, he can go in what he’s wearing. I don’t think Morgan’ll care too much and we’re going to be late if we don’t leave now,” she pointed out before disappearing again. She could be heard hollering about missing a shoe as she hopped downstairs. Miraj slumped his shoulders. Even when he tried to step in and act more like a father, either Morgan or Savannah overruled him, but they were just used to being the ones looking out for everyone. Miraj couldn’t really blame them. He frowned down at Johnathon.
“Alright, you win. This time,” he told his son. “But only because we’re running late.” That was how Johnathon Charm attended the grand wedding of his family’s fifth-generation heiress; in a yellow sweatshirt and scuffed up jeans.
“I can’t believe it,” Miraj muttered once they arrived at the church and he was standing between the two brides, ready to walk them both down the aisle. “I’ve watched you two grow up. I remember you running around the yard when you were little girls, I’ve watched you both go through your own struggles as you grew up… now here I am watching you get married.”
“Dad, don’t make me cry before I even make it to the wedding arch!” Morgan warned him. She’d decided against wearing her hearing aid today. Weddings were loud, boisterous events and it would have driven Morgan crazy hearing all of that at once. She also wanted to wear her hair up for her wedding and thought her hearing aid looked too ugly and noticeable. Morgan had been deaf her entire life but she never quite got over being self-conscious about it. She still rarely talked in front of anyone but her own family because she hated the slurred sound of her own voice and even the thought of just saying “I do” in front of all these people today made her hands clammy. She hardly knew any of them. The wedding had been open invite because the Charms didn’t have many friends here, yet, but even here in Willow Creek, word of the prestigious Charm family who used to rub elbows with the president and the queen got around and so it seemed like the whole town had shown up to the event.
Savannah, sensing her soon-to-be-wife’s nerves, reached for her hand and squeezed it comfortingly. “Just two words, that’s all you have to say, then you don’t need to worry after that,” she reassured her. Morgan swallowed a lump in her throat and nodded. She could say two words for Savannah.
The music started playing and Miraj tapped Morgan’s shoulder to let her know that it was their cue to walk down the aisle. A feeling of great joy and great nervousness combined settled over Morgan. This was it. After all these years with Savannah by her side, both as her friend and as her lover, they were finally getting married today. They’d been together so long, it felt like they were married already but now it was going to be official. Savannah Piper was going to be Savannah Charm from now on.
Morgan couldn’t help but smile as she and Savannah walked down the aisle together, each of them arm-in-arm with Miraj, who stood between them. She didn’t recognize anyone here except for her brothers, but that was okay with her. It was her wedding day and lots of people were here to celebrate it with her. It was strange seeing William grin, normally his face was twisted in an angry scowl, but it was nice. Johnathon of course beamed brightly and waved to his sister as she passed by his pew only to be shushed by William.
Morgan and Savannah reached the arch and both of them hugged Miraj before he went and sat down. It was just the two of them in front of the whole world declaring their love for each other. Morgan couldn’t hear the words being spoken by the person marrying them, but she knew exactly what was being said. She had memorized the entire wedding ceremony long before. A lot of planning and preparation had gone into this wedding. She was the heiress and the wedding of an heiress was always a grand affair.
“Do you, Savannah Piper, take Morgan Charm to be your lawfully wedded wife, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, for better or worse until death do you part?”
“I do,” Savannah smiled without any hesitation.
“And do you, Morgan Charm, take Savannah Piper to be your lawfully wedded wife, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, for better or worse until death do you part?”
“I do,” Morgan said, trying very hard not to think about how she sounded to this room full of people. The rings were exchanged between the two of them and Morgan smiled at her own on her finger. She knew she was still young to get married by most people’s standards but the women in her family had always married young and she felt like she’d waited so long to be able to wear that wedding ring on her finger.
“By the power vested in me by the town of Willow Creek, I now pronounce you wife and wife. You may kiss your bride.” Savannah and Morgan shared their first kiss together as a married couple and that was that. They were officially Mrs. and Mrs. Charm after all these years and all the hardships that had postponed this moment. It was liberating.