Annabel Blanche (Kellie Martin) is about to open her own small business, a unique vintage wedding dress shop called So You Said Yes. Nothing will dampen her mood and plans are set into motion for a grand opening. On the night of her grand opening, two things happen. She meets her main competition Claire (Jennifer Dale), a woman with a more mainstream approach to weddings whereas Annabel’s vision of a bride is finding a unique dress that makes the bride feel special on her big day.
Needless to say Claire and Annabel do clash. Then there is Sam Taylor (Chad Willet). A lawyer who seems to take a keen interest in Annabel, things get serious between them in a very short period of time. So much so, they reach the pivotal point of meeting the parents, and Annabel finds herself face-to-face with none other than Claire, Sam’s mother. <
Okay, I adored this one. But then, there was a lot to love about it. Aside from seeing Kellie Martin in something – always a good thing, the entire production was well done. Anyone who likes fashion, specifically vintage will enjoy this simply for the pretty wedding gowns that we glimpse, something we didn’t see enough of if you ask me. Annabel’s wardrobe also has some nice pieces and the costume designers pulled together some fun looks because of her zest for all things old. Annabel’s shop would be a fabulous place to hang out and fortunately for us, a decent part of the film takes place there.
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Though those are all pluses for this one, none of the aforementioned elements are actually my favorite part. I actually found the romance to be one of the most genuine television film stories. While the romance between Sam and Annabel definitely falls into the whirlwind mantra, the sequences that show them dating shows the passage of time happening so that anywhere from two to three months could be passing. Whether or not that’s what the script intends or how the film wants us to construe the story, I don’t know. Something about the relationship feels very natural, the ebb and flow works well, as if the actors aren’t struggling in portraying this story.
Then there are the characters. Sam is a great guy (except for standing up to his mother!), but it’s Annabel’s character who steals the show. She’s sort of a “mess” in a cute way; I love her quirks, the best of which her propensity to turn down sweets only to turn around and “steal” them.
If you like wedding movies that get up to no good (never fear, this movie doesn’t get crazy) during the frenzy of wedding preparations or something like Monster-in-Law, then you’ll want to watch this. It’s got a more complete ending to boot, which gives itself extra points. You’ll want to say “yes” to this film. Trust me.