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Jacob had been completely off base when he was concerned that he’d be tempted to think of Rachel when he was taking his vows with Leah. The minute he saw Leah in her wedding dress, nothing else in the world could have pulled his eyes away. She was elegance wrapped in beauty wrapped in cinnamon wrapped in white lace. Leah was everything Jacob could ever want in a wife, and in that moment, he was entirely and unequivocally in love with her and her alone.
The soft blush on Leah’s cheeks, and the way she couldn’t take her eyes off Jacob told him that she was every bit as entranced by him as he was by her. No outside observer would ever question that they hadn’t fallen in love at first sight and committed their lives to one another without hesitation. And there ended up being quite a few outside observers.
Wedding planning had gotten out of hand, even with short notice and only a few weeks from the date of the proposal. One could not marry the daughter of a prominent business owner without inviting most of the employees at the resort. Only a few of Jacob’s new co-workers came to the wedding, with his friend Emre acting as his sole groomsman.
Leah, of course, had three bridesmaids—her twin sister, plus Bilhah and Zilpah—all dressed in those same regal violet evening gowns. Jacob had been momentarily distracted by each one of them when they’d walked down the aisle carrying matching bouquets. They held his gaze exclusively as they approached him, and he met them with a love and devotion he hadn’t realized existed in his heart. These were his princesses, and they didn’t even know it yet. Then his queen approached with more serenity than he would have thought possible, and then his bride.
And that’s when Jacob lost all train of thought. There was nothing lustful about the overwhelming excitement he felt at the thought of spending the night in Leah’s arms. There was nothing impure or visceral or even physical about his desire for Leah. God had intended for her to be his bride, his wife, his first kiss, his first partner, his first child bearer. She was his and he was hers, and he couldn’t say his vows quickly enough.
Jacob was tempted to carry Leah from the chapel and straight upstairs to her penthouse suite but knew they still had dinner and dancing and photographs and well-wishers shaking his hand and offering congratulations. His parents had driven up from Be’er Sheva, his grandfather from Bethel, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from high school and college. All he wanted was to be alone with his bride.
Thankfully, the wedding planner was efficient in moving the evening from one element to the next, and finally she announced the cutting of the cake. Jacob knew that once the cake was distributed, he and Leah had permission to disappear. They smeared cake on each other’s faces during the photos and spent the entire ride up the elevator kissing frosting off one another.
They kicked the door to their suite shut while simultaneously slipping off their shoes. Leah pulled Jacob’s suit coat off and started working on the buttons on his shirt. Jacob barely stopped his kisses as he backed her toward the bedroom, his hands wandering all over the outside of her dress, ignoring any need to remove the fabric from her incredible body.
After falling onto the bed with most of their clothes still on, they spent countless moments between kisses gradually removing layers. Never thinking about the magnitude of their actions or the complete submission to their desires, they came together with desire and hunger and need.
Jacob whispered Leah’s name many times that night as a soft caress into her ear, cried her name in passionate release, and told her over and over with his words and with his body how much he loved her.
And he thought of little else for several days.
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