I Found You

Katniss runs into college classmate Peeta Mellark and they start catching up. They become inseparable, will they live a happily ever after?

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21. The Ceremony

PEETA POV

I get to the outdoor altar at Central Park and wait for my future wife. I won't lie, I'm kinda nervous.

After a while, people start arriving and taking their seats. My parents arrive, along with my older brothers and theirs wives and kids. They take their seats and my mom, being the embarrassing mom she is, she gives me a cheeky grin and waves at me.

I smile and wave back. God, my mom can be so embarrassing at times.

After a few minutes everyone is here and in their seats. My best man and the groomsmen are taking their places and the dude who's going to marry Kat and I is getting ready.

KATNISS POV

My mom is adding finishing touches to my hair and hands me a box.

"Hon', I'm so proud of you, your grandmother would've been so happy to see you walk down that aisle." She says, tears glistening in her eyes. I nod and smile.

"Your grandmother would've loved it if you'd wear this pin in her memory, open the box sweetie." She whispers, this time tears running down her face. Good thing all the makeup is waterproof.

I open the box and see a bird with an arrow in flight. I've seen this pin before, when I was younger. My grandmother wore it on special occasions.

"It's a mockingjay, very rare bird from when your grandmother was around your age." Mom says, wiping a stray tear.

I hand the pin to mom and she pins it over my heart. "This is gorgeous, thank you." I whisper.

By now, we're both crying and dad walks in and hugs us both.

"Ready Kit-Kat?" Daddy asks. I nod and take his hand and he leads me to the doors.

The music starts and my dad begins walking me down the aisle. I immediately spit Peeta. His hair is in his natural curls and he has that sparkle in his eye that makes me melt everytime.

PEETA POV

The music starts and I see Mr. Everdeen walk Katniss down the aisle. My god, she looks gorgeous. Her hair is in loose curls and I notice that there's a belt-like ribbon at her ribs. It's sunset orange, my favorite color.

Kat and I's eye contact never breaks, her eyes are lit up and her smile is contagious. There's so much love in her eyes. It takes all of my strength not to run up and kiss her.

When she reaches the altar, her father comes up to me.

"Don't you hurt my baby girl, if you do, I'll come after you, that's not a threat. It's a promise. Got that son?" He whispers, loud enough for the front row to hear. My eyes widen.

I hear chuckles and snickers from the front row. I nod, wide-eyed and Mr. Everdeen gives me a satisfied nod.

The priest begins:

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the marriage of Peeta Drew Mellark and Katniss Rose Everdeen. These 2 are to become husband and wife in holy matrimony. If anyone has any objections, speak now or forever hold your peace." He says.

Silence. Good.

The priest turns to me.

"Do you, Peeta Mellark, take Katniss Everdeen to be your lawfully wedded wife, to love and to cherish, through sickness and in health, for rich or for poor, no matter what?" He says.

I smile and look into Katniss' grey orbs. "I do"

Now the priest turns to Katniss.

"Do you, Katniss Everdeen, take Peeta Mellark to be your lawfully wedded husband, to love and to cherish, through sickened and in health, for rich or for poor, no matter what?"

Katniss smiles the biggest smile I've ever seen. "I do"

Kat slides my wedding band on my finger and I do the same to her.

"By the power vested in me, by the state of New York, I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may now kiss the bride." The priest says.

I pull Katniss in and wrap my arms around her waist and she wraps her arms around my neck. The kiss is passionate and sweet.

KATNISS POV

I'm married, I'm officially married to the love of my life. Peeta and I's first kiss is sweet and passionate.

Cheers erupt from all around us. The next thing I know, both of our families and friends bombard us in a huge group hug.

Peeta and I both laugh, our hands never leaving eachother.

When our friends and family break apart from us, Johanna and Annie take me to the nearest bathroom.

When we get there, my mother and Prim are already there holding another dress.

It's shorter, sweetheart neckline, it's sort of skintight. Prim has the shoes, which are plain white flats.

Mom instructs me to take off my wedding dress and she hands me the reception dress. I kick off my heels and slip on my flats.

Jo wipes off all my makeup and we head out.

When we reach the reception area, I immediately see Peeta. I walk over and wrap my arms around him from behind.

He's surprised for a second, then turns around and when he sees it's me, he kisses me. I smile into the kiss and wrap my arms around his neck.

I hear a few distant "aww's" in the background but I don't care, this is my night and I'll kiss my husband all I want.

A few minutes later, I see Ryan go up on stage. My brother-in-law give Peeta and I a cocky grin.

Dear God.

"I'd like to make a toast on behalf of my baby bro, Peet, and my new baby sis, Katniss. First I'd like to say, Kat, I'll be annoying you A LOT more now, but that's what I do. You're my baby sis, it's my job to piss you off." He starts. Everyone chuckles at his toast so far.

"Secondly, welcome to the family, it's an honor having you in the family. Hell, you've always been part of the family, but the difference is that now it's official. Peet, bro, you scored yourself a hot wife, and I'm jealous, I mean, dude, really. Thirdly, Kat, is my baby bro is causing trouble, hit me up and I'll straighten him out, courtesy of me and Graham. But what I'm trying to say is, Kat, you're one special girl and on behalf of my baby bro, he's lucky to have you." He finishes. By now I'm crying tears of joy.

Next up is Johanna.

"Man, my Brainless is all grown up, got herself a man, got a huge rock on her finger, and now married. Damn, your life is great. But all in all, I'm proud of you. Loverboy over here is head over heels for you, and I'm glad you chose him. Peeta over here is someone who will beat someone's ass if they mess with Kat. He's protective, but mainly because he loves her to pieces and would do anything for her. My main point is, congrats Brainless, you did it. And I can't tell you how proud I am, mainly 'cause you used you brain and found your 'Prince Charming' and Peeta, I swear if you hurt her, I'll come after you, it's not a threat, it's more of a promise. 'Kay goodnight!" She says.

By now, all if us are laughing and having the best of times. Like Jo said, I did it, I got married. Life couldn't get any better.

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