I am not a person that will ever openly admit that I believe in love, but I guess that you could argue that it’s obvious that I do by the way that I dive heart first into anything and everything romance.
I am not a person that will ever openly admit that I believe in marriage, but maybe that’s because I have never seen one succeed. But I guess that you could argue that I do believe in marriage because of the way that I fall into every June excited to see everything and anything that has to do with weddings.
Wedding Season is one of those Hallmark movies that you know what is going to happen, but you don’t care. You don’t care because you know that you’re going to fall down the rabbit hole, wherever it takes you.
And you’re going to enjoy every moment. Why? Well a lot of that is going to do with Casey Deidrick’s voice, but we’ll get there.
It’s About This: Journalist Trish Peterson (Stephanie Bennett) is on back-to-back bridesmaid duty for her three childhood best friends in a whirlwind wedding season. When her designated date is unable to join her, she pairs up with photographer Ryan, (Casey Deidrick) the brother of her best friend, Sean (Nathanael Vass, “Inventing the Christmas Prince”). Ryan and Trish have a history with one another, so they act as each other’s plus one. Once paired up they realize the feelings they have held for each other since high school start to return. As Trish writes a magazine article from the perspective of how weddings impact friendships, she learns lessons from three very different couples who have been by her side through thick and thin. Everything appears to be going well when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arises for Ryan, potentially separating him from Trish once again – and one couple starts to have doubts about their relationship. With everything at stake and emotions running high, the friends take a hard look at what their priorities are and realize that true love is worth fighting for.
It Feels Like This: It feels like your favorite tropes wrapped into one big present giving you all the goodness the you will always want to hold on to. Tropes are delicious, exciting, and we love them.
It Made Us Think About This: Stylistically, the way it was editing it feels like Bride Wars.
But it made us think of so many different movies, but overall it really didn’t make us think about movies. It made us think about our lives. It made
Standout Performance: Look, listening to and staring at Casey Deidrick is never a bad thing. Ever. Have been watching him forever and love him. But what I love about him in these romance roles is that he comes across with both this mix of strength and innocence that makes even the biggest cynic (me) want to take a chance on love and not give up on it either way.
Who To Watch It With: This is movie to watch with your girlfriends, to smile and realize that you all may be different, but you still need your true.
When To Watch (Or Not Watch): Don’t watch it as a sign to your BFF that you’ve fallen in love with their sibling. Not the convo to have. Also if you want to break up with someone or reconsider an engagement, lets pass on that too.
But if you’re a person who just needs to believe in love for a moment – to seeing it in all the moments that seem fleeting and as if it just can’t be real, then hey, this movie is for you.
Overall Emotional Response: A friend of mine asked me why I entitle this part “emotional response” and not just thoughts. I guess it’s because I believe that we always don’t need to be impartial and that we’re allowed to have feelings.
Movies and television, are supposed to elicit emotion. They are supposed to make you think. Even in escaping our everyday lives through movies or television, they make you think about just it. They make you think about life as something else than life.
Trish is relatable. She’s driven by dreams. She knows what she wants to do and what she believes in.
Her friend group is close – so close that they all agree to have their weddings within weeks of each other. Trish decides to write this as a story for the outlet that she works for and is unsure if she can do it.
As she navigates her time home, she is overwhelmed, but is doing everything that she can to be there for everyone else, neglecting herself in the process. It’s only Ryan, her best friends older brother, that seems to remind her to take care of herself.
It’s the meh to yay relationship evolution that I loved seeing between Ryan and Trish. Both of them are finding out what they want. Their dreams, their goals, their hearts.
Ryan has lived this exciting life. He’s this excellent photographer with an eye for the beauty and the simple things in life. He is chasing all of these big dreams, but being home and being around Trish has made him believe in love and that what he’s missing out on, is being around the people that he loves and making memories.
What I loved about this movie is that you think that you know what the issue will be. There are a million reasons why it is that Ryan and Trish can’t be together, a million obstacles in the way, and a million solutions to why they can.
And though the resolution doesn’t leave me with the utmost satisfaction, it does show me that every decision has a consequence. Some of those are happy and some of them are unhappy. But if we look past the pain, if we learn from it, and we allow moments that can hurt you to propel you, and see that there is more to life than existing – you’re going to find yourself.
And maybe finding yourself and opening your heart is the best gift of all.
Ya, I went deep. But maybe that’s because I related so much to Trish and her way of thinking that was all I could do.
Breaking It Down
Supporting Cast Factor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️