It was absolutely a gorgeous night. Snow had briefly touched the dark city for a few days, but the snow seemed to stop momentarily. To someone it would be seen as a foolish decision on their part to get married in the dead of winter. Both she and her mate enjoyed the autumn and winter months. During the wintery season everyone was jubilant with the holiday festivities so why could their special day not occur during this same time, when everyone was merry! The idea of having their wedding outside seemed a bit unreasonable. It could snow and everyone would be freezing cold. Luckily the eastern gardens came prepared to solve these problems. After all every year they decorated their gardens for the Holiday and they wanted to make sure all their guests would be comfortable. Along the pathway and in certain areas where groups were collected there were outdoor patio heaters that looked like dÃ©cor lights, but their purposed was to radiate off a lot of heat. Not to mention the gardens had members of their staff that were capable of manipulating the body temperature of their guests â€" so everyone would be comfortable! There was another benefit to having their wedding be done in December â€" shorter days and longer nights â€" so their vampire guests could attend. Sure, there would only be three vampires that would attend, but Raven wanted to make sure they could attend for the entire event. There was hardly a cloud in the sky. It was easy to pick out some of the stars that glistened in the sky, but the full moon rising in the sky looked spectacular.
It seemed fitting that they would marry on a Winter Solstice night. In some cultures this was the moment when they would start anew. It was sort of like a New Year celebration almost. Tonight would be the last time the day was short and the night was long, hereafter the days would grow longer and the nights shorter, a new beginning of sorts. In a way the two of them would be starting a new journey together. The young woman was rather excited about the possibilities that could occur for them. Quietly she stood along that bridge staring at the water waiting quietly patiently. She was rather quite anxious about the ceremony. Would her mate even be there, did he have second thoughts? Was Tetradore able to get him cleaned up and dressed? She knew her deviant companion was quite a pain to deal with when it came to hygiene and clothes. Shopping for a suit for Tobias wasn't all that easy...it was rather difficult. Yet they managed to find him something he would enjoy wearing, well maybe not enjoy wearing, but he did have a piece of clothing he thought was somewhat comfortable. Hearing the soft call of her name she turned around to see her two close friends stand near one of the tall hedges that contained numerous twinkling lights. With a nod she headed their way giving her Fae friend a hug. It seemed he found himself a suit he was proud to wear. Asking him to walk her down the aisle let the man to worry just what he would wear for such a special occasion. He seemed to see how nervous she was and she accepted that comforting hug. Slowly she took the bouquet of flowers from her witch friend. Taking Dorian's arm she walked after Serafina, listening to her friend's comforting words, as he tried to help soothe her worries.
As they walked towards the assembled mass she could feel that tether between herself and her mate start to tug slightly. That was a sign that he was there waiting for her. Her eyes looked down at the bouquet in her hand, allowing Dorian to simply guide them to their designated spot. Her soft fingers could feel the coarse old fish net, the same one she slept on with her spotted companion on the first night they met. She had used the old netting around the bouquet to resemble something 'old.' The a-line laced white dress she wore was her something new. The forget-me-nots nestled between the Casablanca lilies were her blue, and the small diamond earring studs were something Tetradore found within his treasure trove for her to borrow. Looking up she could see over Serafina's shoulders some of the guests sitting down. The group that was assembled contained all the members of her pack, staff members at the Ark, and the few friends they shared. It was a small gathering and yet she was apprehensive about walking down that aisle. Having all the attention on her wasn't really something she liked to have. Hearing the soft music begin to play she looked to Serafina as she murmured a reminder of what little action they would do in the ceremony. As the raven-haired witch began to walk down the lupine looked shyly behind Dorian as all the guests turned to look at her. Nervously she looked down the aisle and saw a sight she could hardly believe. There beside her Alpha stood her mate all clean and dressed up. Stepping out from behind Dorian a shy smile appeared as she noticed that very wide, genuine grin appear on his handsome face. As he called out to her asking why she hadn't come down the aisle yet her grin only widened. Looking up at Dorian she grinned at him muttering very softly for him to hear.
"Dorian, my mate is not a very patient man...we ought to go to him now, yea?"
Taking a nervous breath she kept her arm looped around Dorian's and took a tentative step forward. Blue-grey eyes immediately looked straight towards Tobi's own eyes. Raven was shocked to see his usually coal-black eyes show that golden hue. Unbeknownst to Raven she appeared quite ethereal within that lace wedding dress, the full moon above shining down on her perfectly, as she walked eagerly towards her chosen mate. Easily she and her Fae friend finally made it to the end of the aisle. She whispered a soft hello to her Alpha giving him a wide smile, but her attention would go to Tobias, her smile getting larger. Softly she murmured, not minding that her Alpha and friends could hear her, the young woman quite ecstatic to be beside her mate once more.
"See, I made it. You look very handsome Tobi."
A very light, but polite clear of the throat from their officiant caught her attention. A small warm smile was given to the couple as he spoke quite friendly to the wedding party, asking for Dorian to give Raven's hand to Tobi. With a small hug from Dorian, she whispered her thanks, and gave her bouquet back to Serafina to hold. Holding onto Tobi's hand, she squeezed it gently, in a way reassuring herself and him as they stood quietly. The butterflies in her stomach seemed to die down as soon as she felt the warmth from his hands. The officiant would raise his voice as he spoke to their guests gesturing towards the couple.
"Welcome everyone. Raven Talbot Clocksworth and Tobias Cain have chosen you, those special and important to them, to witness and celebrate the beginning of their life together. Tonight, as they join in marriage, they also create a new bond and new sense of family - one that will undoubtedly include all who are present here tonight."
The officiant would smile and point his round rim-glasses towards the bridge of his nose. Opening up his black bible he would look towards the couple, and then read off a small wedding message.
"May you always need one another; not to fill an emptiness, but to help each other know your fullness. May you want one another; not out of lack, but to feel the warmth of their touch. May you embrace one another; not to encircle one another, but to give comfort. May you succeed in all important ways with each other, and not fail in the little graces. May you have happiness, and may you find it in making one another happy. May you have love, and always find love, in the pursuit of loving one another. Now then, I know Raven would like to say something, but Tobias would you like to say something before you both take your vows and the exchanging of rings?"
Gently Raven would squeeze her mates' hand in an encouraging manner. She could see his eyes still holding both colored hues, a sign that both her boys were present. Giving him a small simper she whispered quite softly to him alone.
"Did either of you want to say something? If not, I can."