Update: The post below was created in April 2012 prior to the release of the movie so it shows pictures from the trailer for The Big Wedding. You’ll find a much more detailed tour with lots more pictures in this more recent post: Tour the Beautiful Lake House in the Movie, The Big Wedding
Yesterday I was playing around on my iPad and I found an app I had downloaded so long ago I had completely forgotten about it. Scary. I worry about my memory sometimes. Anyway, the app is called Trailers and it’s kind of cool because it let’s you watch the trailer for pretty much any movie that’s out or will be coming out soon.
One trailer caught my interest, having just experienced a wedding in my family when my son married recently. The movie is called The Big Wedding and it has a star-studded cast including Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole and Robin Williams. I like romantic comedies so I watched the trailer and guess what?!
There’s a pretty awesome lake house in it! It’s about time we had another movie out with a great house! I love those!
Speculation online is the interior may have been designed by Beth Rubino, the same set designer for the beach house in the movie, Something’s Gotta Give. I don’t think that’s been confirmed, though. As you look at the pictures in this post, see if you think it’s the same set designer.
The home almost looks like it’s constructed of brick in this photo below, but it’s actually cedar shake siding. You’ll see a close-up in just a sec.
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I wonder if the house in The Big Wedding is another one of those movie homes that’s just been built for the movie (like The Holiday and Practical Magic) or if it’s a real home. I also wonder if it is real, if all the scenes take place inside the home or if some are filmed on a set. That’s normally the case, even when a real home is used in the filming. Guess we’ll know soon because The Big Wedding is set to be released on October 26th.
Update: The release date for the movie, The Big Wedding has been pushed out to April 26, 2013. And the movie was filmed in a real home in Greenwich, Connecticut. Take the full tour of the home in this more recent post: The Big Wedding: Tour The Beautiful Lake House Featured in the Movie
The House and The Plot:
In the movie, The Big Wedding, Ellie Griffin (Diane Keaton) is the ex-wife of Don Griffin (Robert De Niro). Their adopted son, Alejandro Griffin (Ben Barnes) is about to marry Missy O’Connor (Amanda Seyfried). De Niro is living with Bebe McBride (Susan Sarandon) who also happens to be Ellie’s former best friend. You can just imagine why she’s her “former” best friend. No explanation needed there. The wedding is set to take place at De Niro’s lake home and everyone is gathering there for the weekend.
The main plot centers around a complicated scheme to make Alejandro’s birth mother (Patricia Rae) believe Ellie and Don are still married, since divorce is totally forbidden in her religion. There are lots of entertaining moments as you might imagine, since Bebe is not at all happy about this whole charade.
Okay, enough about the movie, let’s check out the house!
You wouldn’t expect to see that much of a house in a short 2 1/2 minute trailer, right? I was actually pretty surprised how much was in there. Update: This picture is from Elle Decor)
In this scene, Ellie (the ex-wife) is arriving at the lake house for the weekend. We get a small glimpse of the kitchen. Notice the pugs on the counter. They are a definite foreshadowing of the interior yet to come! You can’t see them in this photo, but there are real pugs barking away as she arrives.
I adore a refrigerator that’s completely hidden. Do you see it there on the right? Love the dark wood counters with the white cabinets.
Ellie walks in on Bebe and Don in a rather compromising situation in the kitchen, thus the expression on her face. How do you like the aqua color for the back of the cabinets in this area of the keeping/family room? Makes me want to go paint something blue!
Note…more pug figures/statues.
The living room is bright and light filled with lots of great windows.
(Picture above and below from Elle Decor)
Love all the wainscoting/paneling throughout the home.
Here’s another view of the kitchen in this scene with Bebe and Don. That looks like a small Butler’s Pantry in the background. You can see the wine cooler.
I see a pot filler over the stove. If I were building a home today, I’d definitely want one of those. The dark wood counters are so pretty contrasting against the white cabinetry. I’ve always thought I wanted marble counters but this kitchen may change my mind.
Not sure if this is a Keeping Room off of the kitchen or if it’s a full-fledged family room in the movie. Doesn’t the rock fireplace look fake in this scene? What do you think, real or fake? I see more pug figurines!
This is a glimpse of the entry as Ellie heads up a staircase. Note all the great wainscoting/paneling. Love the paint colors…really pretty. The doorway behind Ellie’s head leads back into the kitchen.
The scenes where they are dining outside are beautiful!
Can you identify the dishware they are using? The yellow rimmed bowl reminds me very much of a Villeroy & Boch pattern. And the other bowl to the left of the yellow bowl looks like the Villeroy & Boch “Basket” pattern. I have no idea about the blue and white dishware. Anyone recognize these? Whatever they are, you can count on there being a mad rush to buy them once the movie comes out! Update: Linda emailed to say the blue and white dishware is Vietri Blu Bianco. Thanks, Linda!
We get a view of the exterior siding in this scene. Ii looks like cedar shake.
Here’s a better view of the siding. I guess this is the garage, or perhaps boat storage? Or, maybe it’s the studio. I’m pretty sure there’s an art studio in the home.
As the movie progresses we catch a few more scenes of the kitchen. It has a big, beautiful island. There’s also a big bay window for growing herbs for cooking.
The wainscoting runs throughout the kitchen, too.
Another shot into the Butler’s pantry. They’ve done the reverse in that area. Instead of white cabinets and wood counters, you have stained cabinets and white counters. I like that…best of both worlds and not too match,matchy.
In this scene the tents are up in preparation for the wedding. Isn’t it all beautiful? That must be the deck where the dining scene we just saw took place.
Wonder if this movie will spawn a lot of lake weddings? In addition to paper lanterns, there’s a gorgeous crystal chandelier there in the center. Very elegant for a tent! Is that a screened-in porch off to the right side? Can’t wait until the movie comes out and we get some better views.
That’s all I was able to capture to share from the 2 1/2 minute trailer. Does this peak your interest in seeing the movie? It definitely has mine! I can’t wait to see more of the house! Oh, and the movie, too.
Love Movie House Tours? You’ll find lots more at BNOTP (listed in alphabetical order) here: Movie House Tours
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Tour the Victorian Home in Practical Magic