A few weeks ago I mentioned that it would be cool to do a post about weddings in movies. I thought I would just think back to all of the gorgeous weddings I’ve seen in the movies and post about which ones I liked the best aesthetically. This proved to be harder than I thought. First of all, while I’m sure I have seen a million chick flicks with weddings, I don’t remember the specific wedding in a lot of them, much less like it, so there aren’t as many to choose from as I had originally thought. Secondly, of the weddings I do remember, I didn’t like a lot of them. And most importantly, wedding scenes in movies are often intended to be dysfunctional or otherwise unpleasant. I mean, think about it. If you saw a wedding where everything was absolutely perfect and nothing weird happened, it wouldn’t make for a very entertaining movie/ TV show. Therefore, I decided to take some literary license with this post and just pick some movie/TV weddings that I liked for one reason or another. What I’ve come up with is a pretty eclectic group of movies. Here are the first three. (More to come next week. I realized I couldn’t do all of them in one night when I have reading to do. Oops.)
Dan in Real Life (2007) This isn’t my favorite movie in the whole wide world, but it is really cute, and the wedding at the end is really sweet. It’s one of those typical brothers-swap-girlfriend plot lines, but the way the movie is done is actually pretty original.
They show the wedding in the final credits. I chose this wedding because I love how it has a relaxed but elegant feel to it. The movie takes place in this rustic house on the water, and they get married in a small wedding in the back yard.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) This is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I know a lot of people love the original version, and I’m sorry, but I think the remake is better. I won’t go in to all of the reasons why. However, one of the reasons is that I think it is terribly romantic to elope on Christmas Eve in an incredibly beautiful church. All set up by Santa, of course.
Parent Trap (1998) Once again, I prefer the remake of this to the original. Let’s be honest: it’s much prettier than the original. Both the mom and the dad live in AMAZING houses and pretty much everything about their lives is aesthetically gorgeous (the mom designs wedding gowns and the dad owns a vineyard in Northern California… need I say more?). However, I (mostly) chose this wedding because the of the music. The opening credits show a young Nicholas Parker (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth James (Natasha Richardson) getting married on the QE2. The scene shows all of the beautiful elements of their wedding: watching fireworks on the deck, flowers, wine, dancing… all set to Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E.” The song totally makes this scene. It’s one of my favorite love songs, and I definitely want it played at my wedding. Their wedding at the end is cute too, but I just love their first one.
If these pictures aren’t doing it justice (trust, me they’re not) watch the clip. Just the first 3 minutes. It’s so good!