Bella Swan best wedding planner around needs to arrange the one wedding that will further her career. Ensue Tanya Denali & Edward Cullen. Edward & Bella fall in love at first sight but with so many obstacles standing in their way can it really work out?
1. Chapter 1
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It was 10:50am on a Saturday morning and like most Saturday's I was running around a church hall trying to organise a very hectic and chaotic wedding.
The best man was in fact missing, the guests were seated and the bride was getting cold feet. Situations like these arose at many weddings and it was my job as wedding planner to ensure everything ran smoothly.
As I walked the church grounds I heard singing.....very bad singing....ear piercing singing....As I drew closer to the terrible voice I realised I had in fact found the best man....drunk.
I slowly walked towards him with a large bottle of Evian water - I always carried with me for situations like these - tipped the bottle over his face and then proceeded to force some of the water down his throat.
I had ten minutes to get this guy ready or we would have no best man. I slapped him twice...took the drinking flask off of him and gave him more water - lots of water.
Seven minutes later he was still slightly intoxicated but he could walk and stand and that's all that mattered....I gave him a breath mint and lead him to his position in the church.
After making sure he was still standing I went to find and reassure the bride. She was in a side room jumping up and down in the dress with nerves and anxiety.
"Bella...." She screeched when I walked into the room.
"I can't do this Bella....I can't marry him...."
I walked calmly over towards her, I saw this many times with many different brides and I always uttered the same words to each one.
"Yes you can....you love Daniel....you want to spend the rest of your life with him....you can do this." I gripped her upper arms firmly, giving her a small shake.
"This is just nerves talking....your just nervous, now take a deep breath."
I reached for her bouquet and placed it into her empty hands.
"They are ready for you now....this is your day....the first day of the rest of your life." I smiled at her in what I hoped was a reassuring way and gave her a slight shove out of the door.
The wedding passed without a hitch for how long they would be married I did not know....but I would hazard a guess that it wouldn't be for long the groom looked to have a very wondering eye.
I walked into the office that day with certain optimism. I had been after a share in the company I worked for, for these past two years and I felt like today was maybe the day it would finally be happening. I hummed to myself as I made my way towards Victoria's - (my boss's office.)
I lightly rapped on the door.
I did as she asked and found her sat behind her desk with her flaming red hair pulled up into a very tight bun; she was wearing a black suit with a navy blue blouse.
"Victoria, you wanted to see me." I asked while taking the seat she was pointing towards.
"Yes, I did....Tanya Denali the fashion designer is getting married to some top surgeon or other and she wants a wedding planner from this company."
"You are the best I have and I want you and only you to fulfil the needs of this wedding. I know you can do it and if you do pull this off then I will make you a share holder in this company....something I know you have been after for a very long time."
One more wedding and I would be a shareholder. God I had earned it the days I had worked to get here....to be the best...I didn't even have a life I worked so hard.
"Hurry up and decide if you want it or not then I haven't got all day."
Victoria was not a patient woman I had found that out working for her this past couple of years. "I accept your proposal and will get right on it."
I left the room in a hurry to get started. Angela Webber my work colleague and best friend since high school was waiting just outside the door for me.
"So...what did she say are you a partner yet?"
"One more wedding and I will be.....she wants me to plan Tanya Denali's wedding and once I've pulled that off I will be a partner." She squealed in delight.
"That's brilliant; you'll be partner in no time."
"Thanks Angela.....I better go."
I waved at her as I raced off down the corridor heading towards the front desk so I could collect Tanya Denali's details and find out where I would be meeting her.
I picked up some breakfast on the way to meeting her at her office and I was crossing the road when my shoe got stuck in a grate. This is why I don't wear heals I muttered silently to myself while trying to free my foot.
I was so busy trying to remove my foot from the grate I never even noticed the yellow taxi cab heading my way until it was too late. I gasped and braced myself for impact only I was knocked flying out of the way.
"Are you alright?" It was a man who had knocked me flying and he was now lying on top of me asking me if I was OK.
I could only nod at him I was too entranced by how beautiful this man was. He had bronze hair that stuck up in an array angles, the most dazzling and gorgeous green eyes which sparkled, his mouth was refined and he smelt amazing. I couldn't breathe let alone speak. I think I just fell in love.
He slowly lifted himself off of me..... "Are you sure your OK, you didn't hit your head or anything did you? I am a doctor I don't mind checking you over the hospitals not far from here."
"No I'm fine; I have somewhere to be anyway. But thank you very much for saving my life....I can't believe the cab driver didn't stop to check if we were OK."
He was staring at me not saying anything and it was sort of making me uncomfortable. I mean I was probably staring at him just as much but he was beautiful. There was no reason for him to be staring at me.
"Thanks again....so much...Is there anything I can do to repay you?....to say thank you for saving my life."
He chuckled at I assumed my stuttering and nervousness.
"Yes....you could meet me for dinner tonight." He looked bashful asking to meet me for dinner and I had this awful feeling I should say no but I couldn't this man entranced me and I felt like I needed to get to know him.
"OK....dinner would be nice."
"You know the restaurant around the corner Eclipse....meet me there at 7.00pm."
I simply nodded as he turned to walk away..... "I don't even know your name." I shouted after him.
He turned back around to face me smiling the most dazzling smile..... "Edward Cullen.....yours?"
"Bella Swan" I called out before he turned the corner.
What the hell just happened? I mentally asked myself.....me Bella Swan agreed to meet someone for dinner....someone I didn't even know.
The rest of my walk to Tanya's office was filled with thoughts of the beautiful man I had just met and the fact that he had saved my life like it was something he did every day. I walked up the many steps to her office and announced my arrival to her secretary on which she told me to go straight in.
I knocked before entering and introduced myself as I entered the room.
I offered my hand for her to shake but she simply ignored it telling me her fiancé would be joining us shortly. I didn't like the way she looked at me....like I was worthless.....like I was something she had stepped in.
The door opened interrupting me from my revere....
"Edward" Tanya announced.
"Beth...this is Edward my fiancé."
"Bella" I corrected her before turning around to meet Edward. I didn't know who to expect but I certainly didn't expect to see the man who had in fact just saved me from being hit by a taxi cab.
To say I was confused was an understatement why the hell would he ask me to meet him for dinner if he was engaged to be married. I nearly bolted from the room, I didn't know if I could do this.
I was Bella Swan and I believed I could handle any wedding that was at my feet. You wanted it and I planned it, I had never in my life been envious or jealous of any of my clients.....until now.
"Bella, it's lovely to meet you." Edward's voice brought me back to the present and as I raised my head to meet his gaze I noticed him staring at me intently.
I gulped, I still hadn't found my voice.....he was so incredibly beautiful.
"Are you going to stand there saying nothing all day?" Tanya asked rather rudely.
"Tanya...." Edward addressed her as if he was about to berate her for her rudeness but I stopped him before he could say anything more.
"It's nice to meet you too." I whispered, taking the hand he offered and shaking it, despite our brief meeting earlier.
I felt a very strong urge to scowl at him, but how could I? He had only asked me out to dinner, and at the end of the day dinner meant nothing. Dinner was simply dinner nothing more and nothing less.
It's not as if he could ever be interested in someone as plain as me anyway. He was far too beautiful to even look twice at me.
"Yes, well now the introductions are over. Can we please discuss mine and Eddie's wedding? It is why you're here after all."
I stood there grinning like a complete and utter idiot - waiting for a good ten to fifteen seconds to pass, because if I spoke to her before that time frame I would more than likely tell her to shove her wedding where the sun didn't shine.
"Of course, I was thinking......." Tanya interjected me before I could say anything more.
"I want the wedding to be at St Augustine's church, I was thinking of teal for the bridesmaid dresses, Eddie and I need to take dancing lessons and the guest list will be in the region of eight hundred to a thousand people. I have put together......"
"Eight hundred to a thousand people....Tanya....what happened to just a small wedding? With family and a few friends." Edward was looking at her expectantly waiting for an answer.
I stood there feeling tremendously awkward at the fact that this could turn into an argument. It's not as if I hadn't seen it before because I had....many times. The bride wants more guests than the groom or the groom wants more guests than the bride it's really not uncommon.
However what was uncommon was the fact that I seemed to be cheering the argument on in my mind. Why? I asked myself.
Well the simple answer could be that I just didn't like Tanya.....not after the way she spoke to me.....but if I am brutally honest with myself I think it's because I'm jealous. Wait did I just say I was jealous?
Yes I think I did. Am I jealous? I certainly felt an attraction towards Edward that I could not deny, which is utterly ridiculous because I only met him not fifteen minutes ago.....but that still didn't change the fact that I was attracted to him. But how could I be jealous? I didn't even know the man.
"What do you think Beth?" Tanya suddenly asked shaking me from my revere.
I floundered; I wasn't sure what to say. I hadn't been listening, I was far to consumed in my own thoughts and now both Edward and Tanya were staring at me expectantly waiting for an answer.
"I....I...umm" Tanya was glaring at me as if she truly thought me to be a complete and total idiot and Edward was smiling attentively at me with smiling eyes.......his eyes were so beautiful and captivating....
"I'm waiting for an answer!" Tanya prodded.
I opened my mouth to ask them to repeat their question but Tanya wasn't patient enough and opened hers before I could even speak. She continued babbling complete nonsense as I looked back down at my feet feeling very unsure of myself.
This wedding was going to be the hardest of my entire existence, the bride was a complete cow and the groom.......No I really don't think I should continue those thoughts.
Tanya's office phone let out a very harsh and shrill ring, which seemingly fit her personality perfectly.
As she raced to reach the phone she purposely and quite forcefully shoved me aside. I stumbled sideways towards the floor, but the impact I had braced myself for never came.
Edward had raced forward at lightning speed and had stopped my fall by placing his long arms around my waist and steadying me.
My cheeks flushed bright red; I could feel the heat in my face and neck rising at the thought of being in Edward's arms.
I quickly looked over towards Tanya worried about her reaction to me standing in his arms as he still hadn't released me.
But when my gaze settled upon her form, her back was facing me and she was far to engrossed in her telephone call to even glance this way.
"I'm so incredibly sorry." Edward whispered in a very hushed tone I presumed in case Tanya was in fact listening.
"What for?" I replied in an irritated and narked tone as his arms released my waist.
"For everything......" I wasn't quite sure if he was referring to Tanya or to this morning so I merely shrugged my shoulders in response.
"Tanya had absolutely no right to be so rude to you and then to just knock you out of the way......"
I couldn't help but get the impression that he looked extremely angry. But why should he be? What did it really matter to him if she was rude to me or if she knocked me out of the way?
"It doesn't matter; I fall over all the time anyway. I'm a total Klutz, I......" I never got the chance to finish what I was saying as Tanya had put the phone down.
"That was the priest from St Augustine's church....I rang a few days ago to see what openings they had and the nearest opening was a year from now. I took the opening but I expressed that I would like to be married as soon as possible." She paused for breath before continuing.
"Well guess what? There was a cancellation......Where getting married in three weeks." She squealed in delight.
I couldn't help but glance over towards Edward. What puzzled me immensely was the fact that oblivious to Tanya he appeared to be grimacing. I couldn't help but ask myself if he didn't want to get married then why was he?
"OHHH no" Tanya shouted as a look of realisation crossed her face as if she had suddenly remembered something. "I organised to go to a cake tasting this afternoon but a client rang this morning and demanded to see me. I can't do both."
She turned her attention to me..... "Even you must understand the importance of getting the right cake?"
I simply nodded at her not able to say anything....because I didn't really understand the importance. There were a lot of aspects to weddings I didn't understand......Why do people go to such lengths for the perfect wedding? Especially when most marriages end in tears within a few months.
I personally did not understand the significance of big white weddings; if I was going to get married I would want to do quite spontaneously on the top of a hill or a mountain or just in the middle of nowhere.
"Eddie" Tanya called while Edward cringed - he must not like the name Eddie. "You will have to go to the cake tasting with Beth......"
"Bella" both myself and Edward shouted in unison.
I stared at his slightly angered expression in shock. Why on earth would he care if Tanya got my name wrong?
"Her name is Bella.....B.e.l.l.a" He enunciated really slowly. "It means beautiful in Italian and you could at least try to get her name right Tanya."
I think Tanya looked as shocked as I did. I don't know what shocked me more. - The fact that he had looked so irritated and annoyed when she had called me Beth or the fact that he had made a reference to my name meaning beautiful in Italian.
"My name is not Eddie, its Edward. I hate the name Eddie; I have told you this countless times Tanya."
This was beginning to get extremely awkward I wanted the floor to just swallow me whole. I had never seen a couple about to get married this obviously not in love.
I had seen men in love thousands of times and Edward was not a man who was in love with the woman he was about to marry. So why was he marrying her?
I felt awful for judging people before I even knew them but why on earth would you marry someone you didn't love? Maybe I was wrong, maybe he did love her. It just seems to me like he doesn't have any feelings for this woman......he talks to her in a harsh and cold manner and I didn't understand why.
"Are you ready Bella" Edward suddenly asked shaking me from my thoughts for the hundredth time this morning.
I'm not usually like this when I'm with a client, I usually pay attention, In fact I don't remember a time when I haven't paid attention. But I have never planned a wedding for a couple quite like this before either.
"Ready?" I asked in confusion.
"To go to this cake tasting." He then turned to look at Tanya. "We can't have you getting the wrong cake can we?" He snapped bitterly before marching over to the door and holding it open for me.
I quickly followed with the awful feeling that this wedding was going to be the death of me.
"I'm sorry about everything that happened in there this morning." He whispered as we walked down the corridor towards the buildings exit.
I just nodded my head feeling very uncomfortable.
"You have every right to be annoyed with me....after this morning. First I ask you to dinner and then you find out I'm engaged to be married...."
I stopped walking and turned my head to face him crossing my arms over my chest..... "Edward....it doesn't matter. You asked me to dinner, nothing more and nothing less. Please just drop it.....I am not annoyed with you, I just want to get this wedding planned and out of the way."
"Bella....please just let me explain." I quirked my eyebrow, waiting for him to elaborate.
"I know I should not have asked you out, I mean I am getting married in just three weeks.....it's just me and Tanya were complicated......and...."
"Edward, you don't have to explain anything to me, I hardly know you, I only met you this morning. I'm just the wedding planner, after your wedding you will never see me again."
I could see that my words had upset him but I didn't understand why. I had spoken the truth. I didn't know this man, what more did he want from me?
He led me towards his car in silence and I really didn't understand what his problem was. It was him that asked me out, and it was him who had the fiancé. Not me.
He opened the passenger door to his very shiny silver Volvo and waited for me to get in before he calmly closed the door and walked around to the driver's side.
The first ten minutes of the journey was completed in absolute silence. There were only the sounds of mine and his breathing and it was making me exceedingly uncomfortable.
"Do you even love her?" I'd blurted it out before I could stop myself. I don't know where it came from and I hated the fact that this man that I had only known for less than one whole morning was making me feel things I had never felt in my whole entire life.
He made me feel so out of control....and I hated that.
"I beg your pardon......I don't think that's any of your business."
"Your right it's not....I'm....ummmm....I don't know where that came from. You were probably right earlier I'm just annoyed....."
"You're annoyed that I asked you out......you should be. I've never done that before.....I never believed in love at first sight until I met you....I noticed you the moment you crossed the street.....you're so beautiful....."
"Stop....please....just stop I don't want to hear anymore." I whispered.
I think I preferred the silence. I didn't understand what was happening. What was he playing at? What was I playing at? I didn't believe in love at first sight, did I?
We finished the rest of the drive in silence which seemed to be the best course of action. I was beginning to regret taking this job.
Maybe Victoria would assign someone else to this wedding. I don't think I could see this through anymore, I know this was the one wedding I had to pull off to be made partner in her company but suddenly that didn't seem to matter so much anymore....I think I would prefer my sanity and continuing to plan this wedding I would more than likely lose it.
Edward opened the passenger door for me when we arrived at our destination over an hour later - traffic had been hell getting over here. - I couldn't actually believe how polite he was by opening and closing doors for me.
"What do you think of this one?" Edward asked me.
We were now tasting our third cake - butter-cream I think this one was and I had to admit they were all as disgusting as each other. And to think I had sacrificed my lunch for this!
"Well I'm not really a cake person, but I suppose it's OK." I replied.
"Be honest Bella."
"Well, I....no I don't really like the butter-cream. But at the end of the day it's not my choice it's yours and Tanya's."
"You mean its Tanya's choice." Edward muttered so quietly I don't know if I was supposed to have heard. I was about to ask him what he meant by that comment but I decided against it.
Six cakes and yet another hour and an half later, Edward still hadn't come to a decision and I must admit it was rather getting on my nerves.....I got the feeling he was delaying deciding because he kept asking the lady for second samples of cakes he had already tried.
"I think I will go for the Belgium chocolate cake with vanilla mouse." He suddenly whispered out of the blue.
"That's great.....now that you have decided I guess you don't need me anymore." I raced out of my seat like I had been burned. I just really wanted to get away from him.
"Bella....don't you need a ride home?"
Crap in my haste to get away I hadn't thought of that. I don't think I could stomach the ride home with him. I needed to get away and I needed to clear my head.
"No...I...umm....I....I have a friend who lives not far from here, it's only a ten minute walk down the road, I'm sure she'd love to give me a ride home."
I was a terrible liar, everyone who knew me knew I couldn't lie to save my life and even though he had only known me a few small hours I got the distinct feeling he could also see I was lying.
He however must have decided not to press the issue as he simply nodded his head...... "I will need your number though, Tanya will be holding an engagement celebration and she will want you to meet both our families before the wedding."
I quickly wrote my phone number with a pen and paper he had provided....I hope he didn't notice how shaky my hand writing was.
After I had exited the shop I ran faster than I had ever ran before, which was in fact rather dangerous for me. When I ran I would usually end up on my backside, I was the clumsiest person to ever walk the planet.
I waited until I got to the end of the street and had turned the corner before I stopped running and pulled out my phone, I dialled the number with extremely shaky fingers.
"Hi Bella, what's wrong."
"Could you please ask Victoria to give you a couple of hours off? I need you to pick me up."
I told her where I was and she said she would be here as soon as possible. I felt guilty dragging her all the way out here but I just had to get away from Edward.
I don't think I can plan this wedding. I muttered to myself as I leant against the wall and waited for Angela to pick me up.