So. guys. I’m back 😊. You may be asking, shouldn’t this be Chapter 2.8: A Bridal Obsession (Part Two)? Well, today I downloaded my very first hairstyles and dresses from The Sims Resource AND OMG THEY WERE SO GORGEOUS I COULD NOT RESIST USING THEM FOR KELSEY’S WEDDING ❤️. Which means my previous 2.7 chapter was completely useless LOL. Sorry about that, forget I even posted at all! Oh, and with this romantic wedding venue I spent hours on, this chapter won’t be much of a story. Nevertheless, enjoy! 😘
The worst thing about weddings, Briar decides, is the vows. They are just so. freaking. boring. She doesn’t know how bloody long she has been standing here, her toes aching and a winter morning breeze tickling her arms. The rustle of the trees mingle with the happy sighs of the other guests, and the sweet scent of roses swirl through the quiet meadow. It’s hard not to tune in and out of the ceremony in such a pretty park.
The rest of the beautifully groomed guests seem interested, for some reason: Wisteria Oliver is wiping joyful tears from her cheeks, smiling as she watches her eldest son exchange rings. The other invitees clasp their hands delightedly, the shadows of delicate aspen leaves dappling them.
The lovey-dovey vows blur into an indistinguishable buzz and Briar hides a huge yawn. She gazes off and pretends to be listening, but in reality, she’s thinking about her and Max. If they would marry, the vows would be simple ‘I do’s and would be over as quick as a wink. The wedding would be nothing fancy, of course. No candle-lined aisle and wrought iron seats, just a plain arch, and everyone could eat park-grilled hot dogs and pizza for all Briar cares. Oh, and no thousand dollar dress. Although, if Fern and Wisteria got involved (most likely), then they would probably ignore all her wishes and go on an all-out wedding frenzy.
A starburst of applause jolts Briar out of her thoughts, leaving her startled for a moment. Why the hell had she been thinking about a wedding for herself? Disconcerted, she quickly joins in the clapping and cheering as Will kisses Kelsey passionately. “Break it up, lovebirds. There’s your honeymoon for that!” Max calls out as they continue for a smidgen too long. They part, blushing, to an outbreak of giggling and wolf-whistles.
The guests shower the newlyweds with congratulations and move away from the arch to give Will and Kelsey (Mr. and Mrs. Oliver-Green now!) their wedding presents. Briar lingers behind for a moment, still a little confused. A wedding for her, Briar Kingston? Seriously? What an absurd thought.
Shaking her head in annoyance, Briar walks under the graceful snowfall-like green canopy of the aspens, skirting round a huge and elaborately iced wedding cake, topped with purple blossoms. Succulent dishes lie waiting on the buffet tables, and Briar moves forward to pile her plate with delicious treats.
The afternoon passes quickly into a breathtaking violet sunset, Briar keeping quiet among the revelry. Usually she would be right in the middle of the champagne and chatting, but the candles are lit and the evening is peaceful, so she’s content to stare out to the bay by herself. “So, what were you daydreaming about while the ceremony?” Max drops into the seat opposite with a mischievous grin. He looks handsome in a smart grey blazer. “Erm…” Briar says guiltily. “Busted.” She pulls a face at Max, who returns it laughingly. “Dude, come on. What were you daydreaming about?”
Briar flushes. “Just how I wished this bridesmaid dress wasn’t so cold.” She lies. Max raises an eyebrow at her, but doesn’t question it. “Aw, can’t be that bad, it’s Sunset Valley. I think you look really beautiful in it, anyways.” He smiles. Briar suddenly finds the candle extremely interesting. When Max says things like this she is always startled by it, because 1. No one but Fern tells her she is beautiful, and 2. Briar often forgets she and Max are dating. “Thanks.” She manages to get over her shock. And swallowing her awkwardness, “You look good too.”
Max winks at her. “Come on, do you want to dance? Everyone else is.” “Um…” Briar bites her lip and looks around. It’s true. Nearby, Allie O’Dell is dancing happily to the classical music with her husband, Noah. She doesn’t seem to be all bothered with her dress, which is matching but in melty hues of cream and pink.
Finding an excuse not to answer Max, Briar continues looking at the crowd. In the thick of it is basketball star Valentino Milan, one of Will’s best mates. Briar has met him before while shooting hoops at the stadium and thinks he’s pretty cool. He’s certainly smooth- expertly flirting with his dance partner. She can kinda get why he has such a huge fan club (full of girls, obviously.)
His partner smiles coyly back at him, swishing her perfectly styled and pink-streaked curls. It’s Kelsey’s first best friend, Courtney Smith; a familiar face on both the catwalks and Bridgeport’s cheerleading team. Such popularity and her wealth must have been what had caught her boyfriend Valentino’s attention- Briar finds her a little snobby.
Past that, a young man is pulling silly faces at his petite Snow White-ish fiancée, Jenna Dale. It is Raphael Valdez, who is probably Briar’s favourite Sim out of Kelsey’s and Will’s Bridgeport-hailing friends. Laid back and funny, for the two days she has known him, Briar has had fun talking with him despite Raphael being a ballet dancer.
And lastly, Briar sees Kelsey and Will slow dancing on the spot. It’s so sweet and tender that Briar has to turn back to Max in order to not gag.
“Briar?” Max blinks at her expectantly, still looking for an answer. Briar goes bright red. “I can’t dance though.” She mumbles. Her boyfriend laughs. “Well, I can’t either. But I’m figuring we should give it a go. Wedding necessity, right?”
He pushes back his chair and waits for Briar to do the same, but she is stuck in her seat. “Don’t worry, no ones going to see you if you step on my feet.” Max spots the look of anxiety on her face. “There’s a clearing over there with another gramophone.” He nods at the evening forest of aspens beside them.
“Okay.” Briar follows him among the trees and into a small hidden clearing, soft with a blanket of tiny violet and yellow flowers. She looks up through the shifting leaves as Max coaxes classical notes out of the antique gramophone. The lanterns flickering like fireflies around her don’t stop her from seeing the stars. Max takes her hand gently. “Don’t be nervous, slow dancing is literally only turning around in a circle.” He explains, misreading Briar’s nervous expression. Truthfully, she’s nervous for a whole another reason.
Max carefully holds Briar by the waist, his other hand grasping her hand. She has never been more aware of her surroundings before. The wind blowing softly through the leaves, the song of the crickets with the rich music of a violin. The grass under her heels as she turns slowly. And of Max.
It feels like eternity before the song begins to end and they draw apart.
“Max, I love you.” “I love you too, Briar.” And the last notes of the song fade away into the night.
It’s only then that Briar realises that Ash has been missing for the entire wedding.
Me Rambling On Again About How Much I Love My New Stuff And Doing Weddings
Yes. Hello. This wedding took so goddamn long to organise. I literally started the wedding at 8 AM it only began at three. The annoying thing is that the guests kept on wandering off as this wasn’t actually a proper wedding party, since I wanted the arch and for that I needed a resort. Damn. But then I used Disable Autonomy in the moviemakercheatsenabled true cheat (this cheat is so cool. It allows you to ‘pose’ Sims as well as other things!) so finally. Anyways, what do you think of the venue I built? I think it looks okay but I didn’t get to hang these romantic glass jar fairy lights because THEY WOULDNT FREAKING LOAD.
As I said before, I used The Sims Resource site for the first time today and argh the hairstyles and clothes are so amazing. I did think the hair would be too shiny but it has the EA textures so yay ☺️ So much stunning choices, and all for free too! I will definitely be using it in the future!
I got this gorgeous dress from BEO and I think Briar is absolutely KILLING it in that dress! It fits her really well and I love the purple ombré colouring at the bottom. Doesn’t she look beautiful?
I also managed to find Allie’s original hairstyle so here she is! Yippee! She looks so much more like the real Allie O’Dell now. Thanks Simsered for letting me feature her in this wedding, she will be going back to her hometown soon, sadly. I hope you don’t mind me using this hairstyle in my legacy, I’ll just use different colours if that’s alright! Allie looks very pretty in this dress too 😊
I chose a wedding dress by the same artist and a hairstyle by Skysims and it looks so elegant on Kelsey! I absolutely love how the line of the dress is so simple and elegant, she looks very sophisticated and very beautiful 💕
Here she is with her retired Prima ballerina mother, Isabella. They look very similar whilst Kelsey’s father, Bryan, has red hair and a tan. OMG I STILL CANT GET OVER HOW NICE KELSEY LOOKS.
And to finish off, here’s Raphael looking simultaneously creepy, hilarious and kinda hot at the same time! Have a great week guys, I know I won’t. Stupid mock exams.