Happy Friday, Royal Hearties. We are on the eve of an exciting and groundbreaking event: an American is becoming a British princess! Meghan Markle, who starred in one Hallmark film that I’m aware of (Dater’s Handbook), is tying the knot with England’s very own Prince Harry, and will subsequently receive the title of Duchess of Sussex. How about them Washington apples? 😀
Now, of course we don’t have actual royalty on the show, but we do have “William Thatcher’s princess”. After all, as so many characters point out in Season 2, the Thatcher are “practically Hamilton royalty”. So for today’s #FlashbackFriday, I thought it would be fun, (after my dearest Sarah inspired me,) to take a look back at all the beautiful weddings that have taken place on this lovely series. That will get us in the mood to watch the royal nuptials tomorrow if you’re inclined to tune in. Besides, June Weddings is coming up in less than a month! We have to start gearing up for that too, now don’t we?!
First up: shy, quiet, and completely endearing Mary Dunbar uniting with patient, kind, and serving DeWitt Graves. Was anyone else disheartened to see them slip down the black hole? They were SO CUTE! Mary called them “simple folk”, but they added such a sweet dynamic. I loved what Lee had to say about DeWitt in particular, “That boy is a goner!” And DeWitt himself saying to that scoundrel impersonating Pastor Hogan: “That’d be the best $5 I ever spent!” when he’s told the fee is just precious.
It was heartening to see Rosemary step in to make their wedding beautiful, especially when we didn’t really like her at this point. But Lee said something else profound when he said, “I guess beautiful people know how to make things beautiful.” It really did look lovely, and Mary deserved to have her special day be lovely.
Then there’s the actual ceremony. Jack, (of course!), was the best man! Sweet that Mary was so nervous, especially since she’d been married before. Is it as nerve-wracking the second time around? Too bad that sweet and beautiful occasion was almost ruined by an imposter. Good thing Frank makes his heroic first appearance to save the day! Can you imagine how those two would have felt to have their marriage not be legitimate? They seemed to take it in stride though. They hardly flinched when Frank took his place before them. Then to top it all off, DeWitt says, “Okay!” when told to kiss his bride, and does so very thoroughly! Perfect for Wedding #1!
I wasn’t going to include this, but seeing as how Ms. Markle is marrying into the British royal family, we must give a shout-out to Viola. We don’t see her actual wedding, “sadly”. But, she does marry a Brit, and he is part of the British aristocracy; has a title and everything, which is what Viola’s main interest was initially. Seeing as how she has a baby in Season 5, we can only hope that the marriage is going well, and they find themselves well-suited for one another. I bet they are top notch in London society!
Next! You know which one it is! Lee and Rosemary! I’m going to stick to just the wedding with these two lovebirds, because SPOILER ALERT! I’ll be flashing back to the entire episodes the week that The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells premieres. Fitting, huh?
I find it ironic how simple their wedding turned out to be after that tangled nightmare of plans. But it was the perfect blend of the classic beauty Rosemary is famous for, and the self-sacrifice she is learning to exercise. The violinist playing “The Wedding March” was an especially elegant touch, an inspiring compliment to the lady herself. Too bad Lee couldn’t show off his lumberjack and carpentry skills by building that gazebo Rosemary wanted. But he reminded us of his talent for wit when he quipped that he could build said gazebo while she made adjustments to her hair
My husband would disagree, (he’s very fond of nicknaming Rosemary “the devil”), but I love that Lee AND Rosemary acknowledge how lucky they are! And knowing what we do now, that Lee admitted he was VERY nervous, I saw it in his breathy exhale before Frank begins. Once again, knowing what we know now, I find it perfectly suitable that Cody was the ring bearer; it sets the tone for Lee to become close to Cody later on. Jack reprised his role as best man VERY well; I guess he was the town’s go-to guy when they needed one. And Elizabeth made a beautiful 1st-time Hope Valley bridesmaid, including when she blushed hopelessly after catching the bouquet.
Which brings me to the crown jewel, if you’ll pardon the pun! Could there be anything more serene than Jack and Elizabeth’s wedding? Just pretend you’re as ignorant to Jack’s death as you were when you watched it! Besides, there was plenty of drama surrounding the event! Hope Valley weddings seem to be incapable of happening quietly! First, an imposter and interrupted ceremony; next, a flood, and the best man almost dying. Then, a shootout and a fire! I loved how Jack was willing to postpone the wedding, or have it outside…whatever she wanted. You can vaguely see him panicking because something terrible has happened to Elizabeth, and he can’t fix it. This just came to me this moment, but Frank is there all three times, and I believe he is a calming and soothing influence all three times.
Now, on to the wedding itself. I know I’ve covered it already, but I promise to not be repetitive. One very interesting thing I’ve heard is there is a lot of speculation that Meghan is going to wear a family heirloom of some sort…and why does that sound familiar now? Elizabeth wore that beautiful circlet that her mother wore at HER wedding. I thought that was such a nice touch! It incorporated her mother when the actress wasn’t able to be there. And that hairstyle was the best that new wig has looked yet! Also, let’s not forget how Elizabeth’s exquisite gown and Jack’s strapping uniform so closely resemble Prince William and Princess Kate’s wedding clothes, Meghan’s soon-to-be in-laws! Do you think the costume designers did it on purpose? The dress at least? It’s something to speculate.
I thought about something that was said on Home and Family when Dan was interviewed after the wedding aired. Maria, one of the regulars who is a “super Heartie”, sat in on the conversation, along with Mark Steines, the host. Maria said she thought the town pulling together was exactly what When Calls the Heart stands for. They all unite as a community to pull off the impossible, around the “heart of the community”: Jack and Elizabeth. I’ve heard in interviews of how much the Queen adores Harry. I’d like to think she’s able to use her heart more often with him than she can in other situations. I’ve also heard of how personable Harry and Meghan are with those they meet. They’ve won the hearts of many. Nevertheless, this being THE most unorthodox royal marriage in the history of Great Britain, I think the family WILL need to pull together. I have a feeling, given how affectionate they are in public, that Harry and Meghan will follow the example of Jack and Elizabeth, and not be able to take their eyes off one another. I do, however, believe that Harry will refrain from pulling Meghan toward him for a kiss. I imagine that wouldn’t be considered dignified on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Well, dear ones, I must bid you farewell. Remember that in honor of this revolutionary event, Hallmark is running a Royal Movie Marathon, that tells the stories that Meghan is now living! 😀 It starts at 6:30/5:30 central tomorrow morning, and runs all day until the premiere of the new movie “Royally Ever After”. The marathon also includes “Dater’s Handbook”, Meghan Markle’s Hallmark movie. So no matter how you spend the weekend, I hope it’s a wonderful one. In honor of the Brits, CHEERIO!