July 17, 2012
Matilda was standing in the dressing room she had been shown to, her mother, aunt, and sister-in-law flanking her sides. All three of them had made the journey from Vancouver to Evergreen, bringing their husbands to them. The Moore family was no stranger to The Vow Inc., with members of their family using the service. Her aunt had married a few years before, her mother quite a bit before that, and Oliver being the last to use the service, having met his wife Karla. All three women were buzzing over the newest member of the family to use the service. Of course, it would have come soon enough. At this point, Matilda had gotten the feeling that not using the service would throw her parents in a loop. Besides, her Aunt Holly had been the one to really
pester her about it. She had met her newest husband through it, and hadn’t been that happy in a long time. They all hoped that Mattie would find bliss through the service, and hopefully, would not have to use it for a second time. Mattie was sure it wouldn’t come to that. Either her and Steve would be happy together, or Mattie wouldn’t use the service a second time. She was only willing to go through the motions once.
Her dress had been one they had found at a bridal boutique in Indianapolis, after going through eight other dresses. It was one that Mattie had fallen in love with, one that hugged her curves and elongated her already tall frame. They had found matching shoes at a nearby store, and the necklace? It was one Mattie already had, and though it wasn’t gold like the other parts of what would be her bridal outfit, she didn’t want [i]everything[/I to match. Her hairstyle had been one picked out by the three women, and had been kept a secret until that morning, when Mattie had gone to her hair appointment. As for the bouquet
, they were her favorite flower, and she would have gotten a bouquet of Steve’s favorite flowers—if he liked flowers—but she didn’t know what they were. She had been the one to select his ring
, since it was a basic ring, and she didn’t know what his preferences were.
Their wedding was scheduled to take place at 1:20pm, and they had said it would last for ten minutes at the most. Mattie had most of her things packed up in her Kia Sportage
, and her mother was supposed to follow later, bringing the rest of her belongings. As she stood in front of the mirror admiring herself for a minute or two, Mattie’s mind was racing. She knew nothing about the man she was going to marry, except for his name, age, and a few other miscellaneous details. She would be expected to learn the rest on her own, which wasn’t what she was afraid of. She was afraid that the entire thing wouldn’t go well, and that she would have to be in Evergreen alone. Being single in a town filled with married couples was a bit disheartening, if nothing else. It wasn’t that long before a church attendant popped her head in, informing that Mattie needed to finish up. Mattie sighed and grabbed her bouquet, made sure her mother had Steve’s ring, and proceeded to head toward the front of the church, the women following her.