Father of the Bride Movie House Tour

Tour the Home in the Movie, Father of the Bride

Recently, we took a tour of some beautiful neighborhoods and homes in the south. This house, located not far from my home, was included in that tour. Each time I drive by it, I’m always reminded of a famous movie home we all know and love. Do you know the one I’m thinking about?

Tour the Father of the Bride Movie House Exterior

 

Yep, it’s this one! Recognize it? It’s the house from the movie, Father of the Bride. I’m happy to say this much-loved movie house is a real house and not a just a movie set. :) So nice when that happens! I hadn’t realized it, but Father of the Bride is actually a remake of a 1950 Spencer Tracey classic by the same name. Did you know that?

Father of the Bride House Exterio

 

What is it about this house that captures our hearts? It just says home, doesn’t it? I love the white picket fence, the vines/flowers growing up the front and the cute dormers lined up along the top.
Tour the Father of the Bride Movie House
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Many years ago, I read an article in a magazine where they interviewed a young couple who bought this house in real life when it became available a few years after the making of the movie. They had some pretty wild stories to tell about folks walking right up to their door, ringing the bell and asking for a tour. One of the things they said that really stuck with me was that some of what we saw in the movie was constructed just for the movie, like the white picket fence.


In the interview, the couple said the fence was just barely standing up and about ready to fall over any second. It had not been installed/built the way a real fence would have been so they had to pay to have it taken down and replaced with a real fence. I remember there were also some things in the kitchen that had to be redone. They spent a fair amount getting the house back to real livable conditions, as I recall.

Tour the Father of the Bride Movie House

Now, in case you somehow managed to accidentally stow away on a space ship just minutes before it blasted off to the moon in 1991, causing you to miss this super popular and well-loved movie, ;) here’s a little synopsis from Wikipedia to bring you up to speed:

“George Banks (Steve Martin) is an upper-middle-class owner of an athletic shoe company in San Marino, California, whose 22-year-old daughter, Annie, (Kimberly Williams) has decided to marry Bryan MacKenzie (George Newbern), a man from an upper-class family from Bel-Air, despite only knowing each other for three months. George can’t think of what life would be like without Annie and becomes determined to make the upcoming ceremony as inconvenient as possible (especially when he finds out the wedding will cost him $250 per head), although his wife, Nina (Diane Keaton), tries to make him happy for Annie. When the wedding takes place at their home, along with an eccentric wedding planner named Franck (Martin Short) taking over the ceremony, George tries to handle the fact that Annie has grown up and has a life of her own.”

Do you remember this scene from the movie? A freak snow storm hits the day of Annie’s wedding. Of course, the snow is just pretend snow since this home is located at 843 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, California.

Tour the Father of the Bride Movie House

Let’s go inside and take a little tour of this famous movie house.

I’ve always loved the built-in cabinetry in this room. This is the same look I am going for in a room in my home that I’m hoping to one day turn into a library. You can see the vintage shelving I found for my “someday library” in THIS post. It looks almost exactly like the shelving shown here, doesn’t it? Maybe it is the same…if not, it’s pretty close. I hope to bump my fireplace out from the wall like they have done here, too.

Father of the Bride Movie House

Here’s how the room looks when it’s redone for Annie’s wedding.

Tour the Father of the Bride Wedding Scene

We get a view of the other side of the room in this scene where Annie (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) is introducing her fiance, Bryan (George Newbern) to her parents Nina and George Banks played by Diane Keaton and Steve Martin. The rooms in these old homes are so nice and large, you can pull the furniture to the center, add sofa tables behind the sofas and still have plenty of room for chairs and for walking around behind the sofas. Love that!

Tour the Father of the Bride Movie House

We never get a great shot of this wonderful grandfather clock, but it adds so much to this otherwise very neutral interior. Doesn’t it look Swedish or Danish? It reminds me of a Mora clock but it doesn’t quite have the “pot belly” proportions of the Mora. Ummm, anyone know the origins of a clock like this? It’s not really a Bornholm clock like I have HERE in my upstairs family room. Somebody help me out here…I’d love to know what kind of clock this is! :)

Tour the Father of the Bride Movie House

A glimpse into the dining room. The lighting throughout this movie is so warm and cozy…very soothing.

Father of the Bride Movie House

Another view of the dining room when Nina and George are cataloging all the gifts Annie and Bryan have received.

Tour the Father of the Bride Movie House

Another view across the entry into the dining room. I really love the heavy wainscoting in the entrance. So pretty!

The Home in the Movie, Father of the Bride

The dining room leads us into the kitchen. You have to admit, this does look just like a real, working kitchen. Personally, there’s a little too much “stuff” in this room for me, but it does feel like a real home. It’s amazing how quickly a kitchen can get cluttered in real life. How do you like the pot rack? We get another view of it in a sec.

Father of the Bride Movie House Kitchen

I like the glass front cabinets with the lighting inside. When I had the centers of my kitchen cabinets cut out and installed glass in them, I really wanted that “window pane” look like we see here. But that just wasn’t going to happen since I was DIM (doing it myself). :) It appears to have butcher-block counter tops, which seem to be making a comeback today. I’ve seen them on several home tours, but usually they are a bit darker. Interesting how things just cycle right back around again, isn’t it?

The Home in the Movie, Father of the Bride

Another view of the pot rack in the distance as Annie and her parents gather in the breakfast/eating area of the kitchen. This house has a back stairway and we get a glimpse of it on the right side of this scene.

 

Tour the Father of the Bride Movie House

One more view looking across the kitchen into the dining room of the home. I love the various sets of French doors we see throughout the home.

The Home in the Movie, Father of the Bride

So, what do you think that room is in the background? Laundry room? Pantry? I see a cuckoo clock. Ummm, wonder if I was subliminally influenced to put a cuckoo clock in my kitchen because of this movie. ;)

Father of the Bride Movie House

Let’s go upstairs and check out the bedrooms. Love this gorgeous leaded-glass window on the staircase!

The Home in the Movie, Father of the Bride

A view of the upstairs hallway as George talks with his son, Matty, played by Keran Culkin. While watching the movie, I was thinking how much Matty reminded me of another “child actor” in another favorite movie house movie. Yep, I’m talking about Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. You guessed it…they’re brothers.

Father of the Bride Movie House

This is pretty much the only view we get of the master bedroom. Wonder if that’s wallpaper or just a faux wall treatment. Ragging and sponging were pretty big back around the time this movie was made. Are folks still doing that? I never hear much about it anymore.

Tour the Father of the Bride Movie House

George goes into Annie’s room to console her (and talk some sense into her) after she and Bryan have a huge disagreement. Somehow the romantic iron bed just fits with the name Annie, doesn’t it?

Father of the Bride Movie House Tour

Annie is an architecture student, so as you might expect, she has a drafting table in her bedroom.

Father of the Bride Movie House

We get a brief view of one of the bathrooms here with the “wedding swans” floating in the tub. The unexpected snow storm has made it too cold for them to be outdoors.

Doves in tub in the Movie, Father of the Bride

I love it when movies include an attic scene. I don’t know what it is about attics, but (to me) they always seem to add a little mystery and nostalgia to a movie. Maybe it’s all those Nancy Drew Mystery Stories like The Secret in the Old Attic, I read growing up. :)

Father of the Bride Movie House

Annie and Bryan have a backyard wedding in the movie, but the backyard where this wedding scene is filmed is actually the yard of another home and not the one where all the interior scenes were shot. The wedding actually takes place in the backyard of this home at 500 North Almansor Street in Alhambra, CA. The home has just gone on the market recently. You can read about it in THIS post where you’ll find a link to the real estate listing.

Father of the Bride Movie House Backyard Scene

The wedding takes place underneath a wonderful pergola built just for the movie.

Isn’t this just the sweetest scene? Notice how Annie and Bryan are silhouetted against the huge photographer’s light.  It looks like a big, full moon behind them, doesn’t it? So romantic!

Wedding in the Father of the Bride Movie

In the scenes where Annie and her dad are playing basketball, this same house is used, again.

The Home in the Movie, Father of the Bride

And in this back deck scene, too.

The Home in the Movie, Father of the Bride

Here’s how it looks in the daytime. I wonder what the backyard looked like for the Molino Avenue house where all the interior scenes were shot. Perhaps it wasn’t large enough for a wedding. So interesting that they used two houses for the making of The Father of the Bride isn’t it?

The Home in the Movie, Father of the Bride

Why do you think this house captured the hearts of so many? Was it the storyline of the movie or the actual design of the house itself? Or, maybe it was both? Was this a favorite movie house of yours?

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Comments

  1. Wonderful blog post, so enjoyed reading it, but if you liked the remake, you must see the original. I am a big Steve Mrtin Diane Keaton fan, but NOBODY does it better than Spencer Tracy. The only movie that made me cry both before and after I got married! Watch that one and then watch Desk Set, wonderful movies.

  2. Happy Cottage Quilter says:

    Wasn't Elizabeth Taylor in the original film??

  3. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Yep, Elizabeth Taylor was in the original with Spencer Tracey.

  4. Susan, I loved seeing this. Oddly I just watched the movie again for the first time in years…last night. Loved this house and feel good movie. Thank you!

  5. ...All Things Refined says:

    Adored this movie! Martin Short was hysterical.
    Have a lovely weekend! xo

  6. AshTreeCottage says:

    While I thought this re-make was cute, I have watched it more than once just to see the house. Thanks for the great pics!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  7. Hi Susan:
    I loved the original version best, with Joan Bennett Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracey, also the sequel, Father's Little Dividend.
    B.T.W., I received "Something's Gotta Give" from the library and I noted everything in that wonderful house which I had overlooked before.
    Thank you for all these interesting movie houses….now may I please move into one of them? :)

  8. Wendy C says:

    I agree. This house is gorgeous. It was my house of choice before Something's Gotta Give. I adored the ambience, outdoor area, timber floors, Spode china & hyacinths.
    great post.
    Wendy

  9. TMichelle says:

    I really liked both of the versions. At the time the version with Steve Martin came out, I was a basketball player who hoped (and later did) study architecture so I enjoyed the similarities throughout the movie. Little did I know that I too would marry a tall handsome man, while in my early 20s just like Annie.

  10. My daughter and I have watched "this movie" easily a gazillion times. It is the "Norman Rockwell" of movies. franki

  11. Susan, thanks for the tour of this movie house. I loved both movies, the latter best, maybe because I've watched it more. I love the kitchen scenes here, just seem so real. I've noticed a lot of movie kitchens have the cluttered look. Remember the house from Women with Meg Ryan. I love that kitchen, house and the movie. I love MR, anything she play in. This movie house tour is a wonderful part of your blog, thanks for taking us on great tours.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  12. Modern Country Lady says:

    Hi Susan, wonderful house, but I agree
    I loved the original version best,with Spencer Tracey !!!

  13. Richard Cottrell says:

    I understand what the home owners mean. My house was never in a movie, but there is a sign in the yard that says, tours available. If I do not lock the door they will just walk in, and I always catch people trying to get e free tour by looking in the windows. Perverts, cheap-o's, crazy, weird-o's. Richard from My old Historic House.

  14. Bernideen says:

    We all need to say thanks to you – this post has a lot of TIME IN IT! Very creative!

  15. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Awww, thanks, Bernideen. I had fun putting it together! :)

  16. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    I love it Susan, the big gorgeous house is such an American icon, what I call, a real American style home! I so appreciate it when you take time to remind us of "real" movies that we love! I saw the old and new movie, I love them both and the vintage one with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, our beloved star, just deseased…this reminds me to go and get the movie and buy it, I collect the vintage movies, I have 8 so far. Thank you so much! Love, FABBY

  17. Love Of Quilts says:

    Very interesting!I didn't know it was a remake of a 1950 Spencer Tracey classic. It is a beautiful home. Trish

  18. Oh, that was a nice post, Susan Loved seeing that lovely home. I think it might be a front entry Colonial! Susan

  19. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says:

    The outside of this house reminds me of your house, Susan! No wonder you like it so much! ;)
    I have never seen this movie, believe it or not, but now you make me want to see it. I think I will get it from Netflix soon. I will let you know what I think. The outside is beautiful and the inside (at least the sets) are gorgeous too.
    Best,
    Gloria

  20. Ellicia says:

    What I love about this house is the large covered ontrance to the side of the house. If memory serves, I think they are called porte cocheres. I love the idea of being able to unload the car with so much room and yet be protected from the sun and the rain. They have such a lovely vintage feel, like it would seem perfectly natural to see a horse and carriage under there.

  21. Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life says:

    Love that movie and this post. I would move into that house in a heartbeat.

  22. Madame Samm says:

    all I kept thinking about is that is a lot of windows to keep clean…love your post on it… love the pics, would not want the house…

  23. I love that movie, but I never realized it was a real house. That's so awesome that it's not all make believe.

  24. It's a beautiful house. Loved the movie and love the house. Wouldn't mind living there.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Love the movie and LOVE LOVE LOVE the house :)))

  26. I’ve loved that house (and that movie) forever…and for the first few years we were married my husband and I lived down the street from that house! It was the neighborhood we took our walks in…perfection! (Of course, we lived in an apartment….but the nearby neighborhood was just perfect!)

  27. Every time I think of my dream house, this is what I inevitably think of. It’s gorgeous– and yet it looks so down-home and cozy. I had no idea it was in Pasadena– I will have to watch this movie all over again! Thanks for sharing!

  28. So in love with this home and the movie – would love to live in a similar house someday! Thank you for this wonderful tour Susan and all the details about the home !

  29. Love this house. Especially loved the nursery in the 2nd move…one of my favorite children’s rooms ever!!

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