Inspiration Report

Saw “Our Family Wedding” last weekend and loved it. While it is an exaggerated version of a true interfaith-intercultural-and interracial wedding, it shines a light on some of the real challenges real couples face when planning a wedding that merges families and cultures. Yes, it had a slew of ethnic cliches, but in the end, love won and we found it so inspiring!

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The Bride is portrayed by America Ferrera and the groom by Lance Gross. It is story about a couple that has to plan their marriage in two weeks because the groom is taking an assignment overseas for Doctors without Borders. The fact that the bride is of Catholic Mexican heritage and the groom is of African American Baptist heritage is just one of the issues they face when they join their slightly wacky families, with dads played by Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia. The groom’s “Aunt,” Regina King, tells the bride and groom to remember this motto: “Our marriage, their wedding.” This is a fact of life for some brides and grooms who learn to compromise on the wedding to keep the peace in the family. I loved the traditional gold coin ceremony, as well as veil and lasso ceremony from the bride’s side and the blending in of the jumping the broom from the groom’s side of the family.Here’s the Synopsis:Lucia (America Ferrera) and Marcus (Lance Gross) learn the hard way that the path to saying “I do” can be rife with familial strife. With insults flying and tempers running high, it’s anyone’s guess if the alpha dads (Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia) will survive to make it down the aisle in one piece. Lucia’s mother (Diana Maria Riva) is busy planning the wedding of “her” dreams and the only levelheaded one in the bunch is Angela (Regina King), the groom’s father’s best friend and lawyer, who manages to keep her cool when the madness reaches a crescendo.With only weeks to plan their wedding, Lucia and Marcus soon discover the true meaning of love and find there is truth to the saying–that when you marry someone, you marry their entire family. They also discover love is truly blind to color, religion and your family’s opinion. In the end, love wins!

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