Wedding Planner Mystery (2014)
The second movie (inspired by a series of books by Deborah Donnelly, Veiled Threats is book one) to air on the all-new branding of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, this fluffy movie is one of the cutest produced from the Heart of TV gang in a while. It follows the exploits of the perfectionist, but curious wedding planner, Carnegie Kincaid (Erica Durance), whose one big chance to make a break in this biz is interrupted by a murder – a crime that entangles the wealthy, what-they-say-goes Parry family. With the help of an annoying, yet inquisitive reporter Aaron Gold (Andrew W. Walker) and the handsome family lawyer Holt Walker (Brandon Beemer), Carnegie has plans to solve a murder that the police – particularly Det. Borden (Rick Ravanell), like her as a suspect for, all of which she juggles while planning a wedding worthy of her client.
If my blog content of late has given you an inkling that I am a fan of nearly anything this network puts out, you’d be correct – what can I say, when I see these, it seems like I cannot help but share about the cuteness and really, you guys, it's my duty to remind you to mark those calendars for their airdates. *wink* This one is no different. If you’re a fan of the quintessential rom-com like Monster-In-Law, Marry Me, The Wedding Planner, 27 Dresses or any wedding-happy comedies (did you notice my quest to attempt fitting in any and all favorite rom-coms...!?), you’ll enjoy this movie. In spades, this easily has plenty of sweet moments that will endear the script while sprinkling in hints of mystery that, I have to admit, kept me wavering. Turns out, I should have known better – especially considering the many times I’ve seen this story done, but… still, it’s fun to play a guessing game.
The cast is sassy and fun – particularly Erica who not only had a cool character name (way to be unique), she played the role well and played off the men who surrounded her as supporting characters in an equally entertaining way. Each scene makes you flip-flop in how you want the outcome to play out and leaves us wondering who we’re meant to be rooting for (aside from Carnegie), which is just part of the reason this one stood out a bit more and I applaud the writer’s and production team for that. Like others that have been serialized, this too could easily be the start of a series that would certainly be a whole lot of fun - I'd return for more adventures!
Wedding Planner Mystery is just the right kind of rainy-night entertainment. It’s lighthearted, has a fantastic cast and even though it fell into some of the same clichés (honestly, I don’t mind that in the least) there was a beat to the story that was unique. Maybe it was the cast that worked well together or the director, either way this is yet another mystery that is begging to be solved. Mark this in your planner to make a date with – Carnegie and Company.
Wedding Planner Mystery premieres tonight on Hallmark Movie Channel. Have a peek at the trailer.