Matthew flew the wedding party and the guests on a private plane to Italy. They booked all the rooms on a floor at a hotel in Monte Vista, Italy. Since both he and Alissa were celebrities, he wanted to ensure their privacy and the safety of their family and friends.
Sharlee had protested at the amount of money that Matthew and her parents were spending, but they had told her that this is why they made the money. They wanted to make their children’s lives special. At the hotel, Dale had a talk with Sharlee.
“Sharlee, I’m not even going to pretend that this marriage is what I want for you. However, I respect the fact that you’ve made your decision. I’ll support you in any way that you will allow me. Most of all, Sweetie, I just want you to be happy.”
Sharlee had hugged him tightly.
“I love you too, Sweetie. You’ll always be my little girl. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. Or if things don’t work out the way that you want, you are always welcome to come back home.”
Dale still felt that Sharlee was making the biggest mistake of her life, but he didn’t want to spoil the wedding for her. So, he didn’t say anything else.
The morning of the wedding, Noah dressed in his tuxedo. He wasn’t nervous yet. He was filled with excitement. Ton was his best man and came to the groom’s dressingroom to get him and the other groomsmen when it was time for the ceremony to start. He looked at Noah.
“You clean up real good.”
“Yeah, I can’t wait.”
Ton said, “Yeah, Sharlee’s some Shorty.”
“Thank you, Ton.”
They headed out to the ceremony site.
“Sweetie it’s time to leave.”
Sharlee stepped back down from the platform.
Dale looked at her standing there in her gown, looking like a beautiful princess. It seemed like he’d blinked and she had grown up. He still remembered looking into the sweet, baby face the day she was born. She had smiled at him and he had loved his little girl ever since.
They left the bride’s dressing room and headed to the ceremony site.
After she left Robert, Valerie had sent Sharlee, Shawn and Cara letters telling them that even though things were difficult between her and their parents, that she loved all three of them. If they ever needed her or wanted to see her, she would be there for them. Over the years she had written them regularly, sending them cards and gifts. Alissa had sent her pictures of them and of the two grandchildren she had never met. Sharlee had sent her an invitation to her wedding.
Noah and Ton stood before the officiant. Noah was impatiently waiting for his bride to come down the aisle. He still wasn’t nervous. This was the day that he had dreamed of from the moment years ago when he realized that he loved Sharlee. He couldn’t believe that it was really happening, that she loved him too.
He felt a mixture of emotions as he looked at her and found himself wiping a tear from his eye. He looked so in love and so happy. His face had just lit up even more as soon as he saw her. There was no doubt to anyone who had seen his reaction, of the great love and appreciation that he felt for Sharlee.
Although most of the attention was on her, Sharlee was focused on her groom. He looked so handsome and tall standing there waiting for her. She felt weak in the knees and was glad of her father’s support.
She had seen him wipe the tear when he saw her and the emotions flitting across his face. She couldn’t believe that he loved her just as much as she loved him. That out of all the women he could have chosen, he wanted her.
Sharlee had invited Noah’s parents, but his mother had at first declined the invitation. In her response she said, “Why should I attend a wedding which I know will result in a marriage that won’t last?” Noah hadn’t seen any point in inviting her in the first place and wasn’t upset when she declined. However, Alissa had intervened. She’d told Melina that as a mother she owed it to her son to be in attendance on one the most important days of his life. Melina and Will had decided to attend.
Then he said a prayer as Noah and Sharlee held hands. He said a few more words and then it was time for their vows. They had each written their own. Noah went first.
“Sharlee, you mean the world to me, and I can’t imagine life without you. You have given me strength and support through all the ups and downs. and today I am incomplete without you by my side. I want to marry you and grow old with you. Life will never be the same if I don’t share it with you, wake up beside you and make a home with you. I cannot imagine going through life without you reassuring me with your constant and unwavering support and sunny optimism. You demand nothing of me, yet you have given me so much already that I can never repay the debt.” Noah paused, composing himself as he was becoming emotional.
Then he continued. “There is so much I want to tell you but I can’t because I’m afraid it will sound hollow or fake. But every word comes straight from my heart. I will do my best to keep you happy and to share your troubles, fears and anxieties. I cannot promise you that we will live happily ever after but I can promise you an honest, sincere effort in making our marriage successful. I am so deeply honored and grateful to become your husband.”
“My wonderful Noah, you are my best friend and my one true love. When I´m with you, I feel I can be the person I want to be, and I cannot imagine my life without you. You make me smile, you stick up for me, you take care of me and you are always interested in what I have to say and do.”
Sharlee paused and took a deep breath. Her emotions were overcoming her. Noah smiled at her tenderly.
Then she said, “Saying that I love you doesn’t seem to express how deep my feelings are for you. It doesn’t tell how much I respect you as an individual, nor how I appreciate how tender and caring you are, nor how much joy I find when I hear you laugh, nor the tears that I hold back when you’re in pain, nor the strength that you give me when I need it, nor the pleasure that I feel in your touch, but if saying I love you means all of these things, then let me say that I love you more each day.”
The officiant told Noah to repeat after him. Noah repeated. “I, Noah Hall, take you Sharlee Stallworth, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.” Noah added, “I promise you this from my heart.” Then he slid Sharlee’s ring onto her finger.
Then Sharlee repeated her vows to Noah. “I, Sharlee Stallworth, take you , Noah Hall, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”
Noah had never been so happy. “Try to stop me!”
The officiant said to all of those in attendance, “I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Hall.
The wedding reception will be in the next chapter.
I want to thank everyone who has loaned or made a Sim for me to use in Alissa during the year that I have written the story.
Thanks Sammi for letting me use Miki and your Simself Sammi.
Thanks Lala for making Noah for me and letting me use your Simself Lala.
Thanks Jacqueline for letting me use the Thorne family and their friends. Also thank you for making Dean for me.
Thanks Maddie for letting me use your Sims for my story. In this chapter we met Lauren and Derek for the first time.
I really appreciate all of you for letting me use your Sims for characters in Alissa! It has saved me a lot of time and added so much more to the story!