Last August I posted about the movie, The Big Wedding that was scheduled to come out in October 2012. Not sure why but the movie was delayed and ended up being released in April 2013, instead. Do you think they did that to have it better coincide with all the wedding stuff that goes on in the spring and summer?
I had high hopes for the movie since it had an amazing cast: Robert DeNiro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried and Ben Barnes. Truth be told, I was a little disappointed in the movie. It had some funny moments but the further you got into the movie, the more ridiculous the story-line became. The house was pretty awesome, though.
Last August when I stumbled across the trailer, I shared a few pics in anticipation of seeing the fabulous lake house featured in the movie. If you missed that post, you’ll find it here: The Big Wedding: A Sneak Peek Inside This Beautiful Lake House
The lake house where so much of the filming took place is a real shingle-style home located in Greenwich Connecticut. Amazingly the interiors and the set for the wedding were all created and filmed at the house and not on a soundstage. That is such a rarity these days!
The home has a three car garage. I loved the carriage style doors on the garage. I’ve just started collecting images of garages doors on Pinterest. I would love to upgrade my single, big door to look like two doors or maybe actually turn it into two. Don’t you love the design with the three dormers/roof peaks above the garage. It’s those little architectural features that give a home its personality.
Of course there’s a fabulous deck overlooking the lake. Wonder if it got a fresh coat of paint in time for the movie?
This dock is where the couple actually end up tying the knot instead of inside the beautiful tent where the ceremony is supposed to take place. We’ll see the tent later in this post. It’s amazing!
The general story line, at least at the start of the movie is: Don and Ellie Griffin, played by Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton, have an adopted son named Alejandro. Alejandro, played by Ben Barnes, is about to get married to Melissa, played by Amanda Seyfried. Alejandro’s birth mother, Madonna, is making the trip all the way to the U.S. with Alejandro’s sister, Nuria, to attend the wedding.
Alejandro is very worried because his mother is a devout Catholic and doesn’t believe in divorce. Don and Ellie are no longer married, having divorced when Ellie caught Don cheating with her best friend, Bebe, played by Susan Sarandon. As convoluted as all that sounds, it gets much, much worse. It kind of goes off the deep end for me at one point and my “willing suspension of disbelief” is no longer willing. But we’re really here today for the house!
This is the only view we really get of the front of the house. (Pic from Elle Decor) In the movie, the home is Don and Ellie’s original home where they raised their family, only now he lives here with Bebe although they have never officially gotten married.
The front door and porch are decorated for the wedding.
I think this is the porch that leads to the kitchen door, the main way the family comes and goes. Looks like they have copper post caps, doesn’t it?
The Kitchen in The Big Wedding
We get our first hint of the kitchen as Ellie comes in through the kitchen door.
Probably my favorite thing about this home is all the wainscoting, paneling and molding throughout. I love the hidden refrigerator!
Look how beautiful the wood counters look contrasting against the creamy white of the cabinetry. Such a great look in a kitchen!
I almost didn’t include this photo but it’s about the best view we get of the backsplash. You can also see the pot filler over the stove, as well, at least I think that’s what it is.
This kitchen has so much beautiful natural light. I’m sure in real life the owners keep those curtains wide open to enjoy the views.
The Living Room in The Big Wedding
Killer views! Wow, is this a great room! I love the placement of the small table over near the windows. You could have a romantic dinner for two there, play a game of chess or just enjoy a good book.
The next two photos are from Elle Decor. How do you like all the neutral colors in the furniture? Notice how the decorations, flowers and accent pieces in a room really stand out when the furniture is so neutral.
It’s kind of interesting how the set decorator, David Schlesiner, mixed traditional pieces like the end tables with more modern pieces like the lamps and the art. In the movie you get the definite impression that Ellie’s taste in furniture and decorating are a lot more conservative than Bebe’s, or even Don’s. Don is a sculptor, so he’s the artsy type. The mix of the traditional pieces with the modern is a reminder of the house’s past life and it’s current life. That part kind of makes me sad.
I liked how the back of the cabinets were painted a soft blue…kind of an aqua–so pretty for a home on a lake.
A view of the mantel and fireplace. Can you tell Bebe is a huge Pug fan?
The beautiful wainscoting continues throughout the home. We see more of it here in the hallway at the foot of the stairs.
I loved this lamp! Again, we see a very traditional lamp placed alongside an ultra modern sculpture, undoubtedly Don’s creation.
Here’s the only view we get of the master bedroom. Yes, Ellie is in the master bedroom with Don. It’s that kind of movie, very convoluted! I like the upholstered headboard with the beautiful leaf design.
A small view of the guest room. They really shared very little of the bedrooms in this movie. Wish we could have seen more.
There’s an attic room that I think was supposed to have been Alejandro’s when he was growing up. It has quirky slanted ceilings…
…along with plaid curtains and built in shelves.
The Studio in The Big Wedding
Don has a studio and we get a few views of it. It’s super cluttered and super messy.
Kind of like his life, now that I think about it.
Remember the rehearsal dinner in the movie? It actually took place in the rose garden of a local country club. Hundreds of lights were added to the trees for this scene. They were woven down into the trees to add depth. The restaurant scene you see in the movie is filmed in Gabriel’s Italian Steakhouse.
One of the features that made this house so ideal for the movie was there was space to set up the tent for the wedding.
Big job, setting up a huge tent for a wedding!
I think my favorite part was the chandelier! You get just a glimpse of it here. It was huge!
The gift tables…
I like how they wrapped the poles to hide them.
Beautiful floral arrangements for the tables…
Did you see the movie when it was in the theater?
How do you like the house? Do you like the mixing of traditional furnishings with modern furniture and modern art?
I was just happy to discover it’s a real house and not a sound stage!
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