Arielle Kebbel in Bridal Wave (2015)

Architect of Love

Georgie Dwyer (Arielle Kebbel) and prominent plastic surgeon, Dr. Phillip Hamilton (David Haydn-Jones), make quite the team at work as well as away from work with them soon to be heading down the aisle. But for Georgie there is her mum to deal with who insists on making the wedding the special event which she never had whilst there is also Phillip's mum to deal with, a snob who thinks Georgie's working class background is not good enough for her son. With the wedding set to take place on an island Georgie finds herself continuously bumping in to architect turned carpenter Luke Griggs (Andrew W. Walker) who has shunned life in the city for a simpler life where he doesn't have to socialize to make a living. It leads Georgie to question whether she should be marrying Phillip when she clearly has become interested in Luke who is just as interested in her.

"Bridal Wave" is a text book Hallmark romantic comedy, a statement which seems pointless to write because having watched and enjoyed many a Hallmark romantic comedy I can't think of many which haven't been text book. But as I always say, their text book, predictable nature is part of the Hallmark appeal with some audiences choosing to watch because they know that they won't be challenged by what they are getting either mentally or morally. And as such "Bridal Wave" delivers just that, a predictable, easy to watch romantic comedy with familiar humour and of course an inevitable outcome.

Now the reason why "Bridal Wave" works beyond that it uses the tried and tested Hallmark formula is down to the right casting. Both Arielle Kebbel and Andrew W. Walker deliver the easy going charm when it comes to their characters but also have chemistry together with scenes of banter and flirtation feeling natural which in turn makes them likeable as a couple. As such credit also has to go to director Michael Scott for constructing "Bridal Wave" so that this side really comes across and stops it feeling like just a procession through the normal.

What this all boils down to is that "Bridal Wave" ticks the boxes when it comes to Hallmark romantic comedies and as such is not only predictable but entertaining for the audience that these movies are made with in mind.