one hour
"Are you nervous?" A familiar voice asked while she burst into the dressing room, snapping Sarah out of her deep thoughts. She quickly got up from her chair and rushed to greet Natali and her mother with hugs and kisses on the cheek. If she couldn't see her soon to be wife, seeing her soon to be family was the next best thing. "No, are you kidding? I'm ready to be your sister," She joked. Cynthia took her hand and gave it a firm squeeze. The emotion was written all over her face and it nearly made Sarah tear up. "Please no! I can't look at you!" She turned away and all three women laughed. "We should get back anyway. We just wanted to come say hi and we love you." She watched the two Germanotta women head out and she could feel her heart start beating with excitement. Just before she closed the door, Natali poked her head in again. "Stef is so excited." It was just the right thing to say to make Sarah smile for the rest of the night.
half hour
As soon as they finished putting on her dress, Sarah and her sister both studied her final look in the full length mirror in front of them. "I can't believe this is happening..." Liz finally said after a moment of both women just staring in silence. Her sister had seen her through many relationships and since at least her mid-twenties, the only time she mentioned marriage was to make jokes about how she would never do it. "Are you happy?" Sarah questioned, leaning her shoulder back into Liz. "Yes. I've never seen you this happy, buddy. I've seen a change and it's for the better. She's a good woman. Are you happy?" She linked her arm with Sarah's and rested her chin on her sister's shoulder. "I'm so happy. I never thought I would get here, but. I'm not worried or second guessing anything. It just feels right."
one minute
Sarah stood in a line behind Liz and Amanda, just as they were instructed to do by the wedding coordinator. Everything was set, people were in their seats, it was all real. Part of her wanted to push her way through and just run as fast as she could down that aisle, she waited so long for it. The other part of her wanted to take it slow and let every moment soak in, just like everyone and their mother told her to do. It's your day and it's going to go fast, enjoy as much of it as you can." If that many people gave her the same advice, it had to be true, right? "Go." Amanda walked through the door. It was closer now, but she still managed to keep it together. "Go." Off went Liz. Getting a little harder. "And, bride." The coordinator opened the door one last time. Sarah heard the music, and it was game over. All she could do was fight to hold her tears back as she took her first steps toward her future.