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Wedding Q&A: Lynette Austin and Margaret Brownley

Today we welcome multi-published author Lynnette Austin and New York Times bestselling author Margaret Brownley. Brides and grooms are very much on their minds and for good reason; they both have new book releases featuring weddings. Here’s what they have to say about their favorite on-screen nuptials.


[The Proposal Wedding]

What is your favorite movie wedding and what makes it so special?

Lynnette: I love when two people who are so not right for each other find that happy-ever-after. I think that’s why I’ve watched The Proposal so many times I can lip-sync everyone’s lines. Uptight Margaret Tate and her assistant, Andrew Paxton, wouldn’t make the top of anyone’s list of perfect couples. Margaret practically blackmails Andrew into proposing to her and then calls off the wedding as they literally stand at the altar. And still, love prevails.

Margaret: The wedding that still stands out in my mind after all these years is the one in Shrek. Fiona transforms into an ogress every night because of a magic spell. By morning she reverts to her regular human form. But something goes haywire during her wedding and she is transformed back into an ogress. Wanting to look beautiful for Shrek, she’s naturally dismayed. He looks at her with loved-filled eyes and says, “You are beautiful.” The real magic is that every bride is beautiful to the man who loves her—even a green ogress.

If your new book was made into a movie, who would you like to play your bride and groom?

Lynnette: I’d hope that Dierks Bentley, an incredible country singer, would step up to the plate and enter the acting world to play Beck Elliot. He’d be perfect—and I’d owe him! For Tansy Calhoun Forbes, I’d choose Lyndsy Fonseca. Add some curly red hair, and she’s my Tansy!

Margaret: Meg Lockwood would have to be played by Jennifer Lawrence. Since Meg has two grooms (I know, I know) the first one must be played by an actor who’s a bit nerdy like Elijah Wood.   Australian actor Chris Hemsworth would be great in the role of groom number two, provided he can manage a Bostonian accent.

[My Big Fat Greek Wedding]

What one wedding movie would you give top billing?

Lynnette: I love, love, love Sweet Home Alabama. I cheered on Melanie Smooter as she searched for herself! Only then could she find her perfect groom. This is a feel-good film!

Margaret: My Big Fat Greek Wedding gets top billing from me. It was so much fun, I practically danced out of the theater.

If you were getting married tomorrow, what dress would you choose from a movie wedding?

Lynnette: Hands down, I’d choose Julia Roberts’ final gown in Runaway Bride. It took her awhile to find the right groom, but when she did she chose the perfect gown. Designed by Amsale Aberra, it’s timeless. The embossed satin, off-the-shoulder ballgown with its long court train is pure romance. I have to give a nod, though, to Katniss’ wedding gown in Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Margaret: Most wedding gowns in historical movies are too ornate for my taste. The wedding gown worn by Anne Hathaway in Princess Diaries two is more my style. I loved the off-shoulder overlay and lace sleeves, though I would surely trip over the long train.

[Princess Diaries]

Following that same line, what tradition have you seen in a movie that you would want to incorporate into yours? Why does it speak to you?

Lynnette: In The Proposal, Margaret and Andrew decide to hold their wedding at his parent’s home. True, that home was something else again, but they didn’t plan an elaborate, expensive, for-show wedding. I really like the idea of a casual day with only close family and friends, where the emphasis is on the marriage rather than on the wedding.

Margaret: I can’t think of a wedding tradition to incorporate, but I can tell you one I would rather avoid: the interrupted wedding.

In the original Father of the Bride, someone tells Spencer Tracy that, “From now on, your only function is to pay the bills.” How do you feel about that?

Lynnette: Oh, I hope that isn’t true! Weddings should be all about families and love. Daddy is about to give his little girl away, hoping that the new man in her life will protect and care for her. He needs to be more than “the wallet”, and he definitely needs some understanding.

Margaret: That’s pretty much how fathers were treated in the not too distant past. Fathers weren’t even allowed inside the labor room. The father of the bride might roll his eyes at the hundreds of minute details that go into a wedding, but he should definitely be included.

Thanks so much for joining us today! Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite movie wedding and why?

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