[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to welcome author Dylann Crush to the site today. She’s sharing some of her favorite fictional weddings. Take it away, Dylann!]
Is there anything more romantic than the moment a hero and heroine you’ve been rooting for throughout the pages of a book or the ninety minutes of a movie finally get their Happily Ever After? I’m not talking about a happy for now. I mean the forever kind of Happily Ever After that involves rings and vows and hopefully lots of champagne.
To celebrate the release of my latest book in the Tying the Knot in Texas series, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite fictional wedding scenes.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
When it comes to onscreen weddings, few come close to matching the over-the-top shenanigans that take place before Toula and Ian’s eventual walk down the aisle in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I’m not sure if I should have been offended or not when my mother-in-law told me the movie reminded her of my wedding to her son due to the involvement of my large, overly enthusiastic family.
But as in my own real life, true love conquered all and despite the mishaps, the two were finally able to say their vows.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Another wedding scene that’s hard to forget is the last wedding that takes place during Four Weddings and a Funeral. Charles finds out the love of his life is single again, right before he’s supposed to marry someone else. His bride makes it all the way down the aisle before he ends up calling off the wedding.
How can he get married when he’s been in love with Carrie since the moment they met?
The most satisfying moment for many viewers might be when his fiancée hauls back and decks him at the altar. But without a doubt, the most romantic moment for me was when Charles asks Carrie (in the rain) if she thinks she might ever consider not being married to him for the rest of her life. Of course, she responds with a requisite happily-ever-after “I do.”
Crazy Rich Asians
If I had to name the most gorgeous wedding I’ve ever seen in a movie it would have to be the ceremony in Crazy Rich Asians. The entire sequence makes me breakout in goosebumps. In the novel by the same name, Kevin Kwan describes the wedding as a forty-million-dollar affair. I’m not sure what a wedding with a price tag of forty million should look like, but the way the production team brought the scene to life is sheer perfection.
A beautiful rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” plays in the background. Greenery and flowers cover every square inch of space. Right before the bride walks down the aisle, it fills with water, creating a magical walkway. The lights dim and guests hold out special wands that light up and look like fireflies.
Even though the two main characters, Nick and Rachel, aren’t the ones getting married, they’re the ones viewers are compelled to watch. In the space of a few minutes their relationship is cemented against the backdrop of one of the most gorgeous wedding scenes I’ve ever viewed. If you haven’t seen this one yet, do yourself a favor and watch it tonight.
Although it’s not a happily-ever-after wedding and it takes place at the start of a long-running series, one of my top “on the page” weddings has to be when Jamie and Claire tie the knot in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Bonus points for getting to read about it AND see it come to life during Season One of the show. (Especially with Sam Heughan as the perfect embodiment of my number one book boyfriend, Jamie Fraser.)
Maybe it’s so memorable because it’s a blend of fabulous tropes. You’ve got the arranged marriage, the time-traveling heroine, the hero sacrificing his bachelor lifestyle to protect the heroine from the British. Or maybe it’s getting to see an older woman deflower a super-hot virgin hero for a change. Whatever it is, it works for me and it’s at the top of my list.
Finally, for the laugh-out-loud factor, I’ve got to give a nod to Pam and Jim’s Niagara Falls nuptials in The Office. I never watched the show when it aired on network television and just started viewing it this year. But I remember people who loved the show talking about how excited they were to see Jim and Pam finally get married. Now I know what all the fuss was about.
Despite the questionable content throughout the series, the two-part wedding episode managed to show all the characters at their best when they broke into a well-choreographed dance. And the scenes of Jim and Pam on the boat at the base of Niagara Falls gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling that goes along with a well-deserved happily-ever-after.
There are so many other books and movies I could mention, but I’d love to hear from you. Which wedding scenes either on the screen or one the page are your favorites?
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle, sass, heart, and humor. A true romantic, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in the Upper Midwest. You can find her at www.DylannCrush.com.
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