Hallmark Channel’s newest Fall Into Love movie, Wedding of a Lifetime, premieres Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 a.m. Central. The film stars Brooke D’Orsay and Jonathan Bennett.
“Wedding of a Lifetime” was filmed in the Canadian region of Vancouver, British Columbia, the Vancouver Sun reported. According to the report, the film was shot in early July.
Much of the cast, including Robyn Bradley, is from Vancouver, and the film’s production company is also from Burnaby, British Columbia. This area is a popular location for many Hallmark movies.
Jackie Lind, also from Vancouver, directed the casting.
Jonathan Bennett shared this behind-the-scenes photoshoot below. How awkward is that and at the same time so perfect! This film has a unique premise compared to many others in the Hallmark franchise.
Crown Media’s synopsis reads: “Darby (D’Orsay) and Jake (Bennett) are an engaged couple who have been together since they were high school sweethearts in their close-knit mountain town. Over the years, they have found each other in a rut and for love. As Darby and Jake prepare to break the news of their separation to their families, they accidentally find themselves in a “love relationship contest” hosted by a popular national daytime television show after being nominated by the whole town. The grand prize is a televised ‘Wedding of a Lifetime!’ that pays all expenses. Despite being uncomfortable with pretending they are still engaged, Darby and Jake decide to move on with the show. Neither of them wants to disappoint their family and friends, and being on the show could potentially give both careers a boost. Will the charade end with Darby and Jake reconciling and going their separate ways, or will the competition reignite their romance?”
Jonathan Bennett plays Jake. According to his biography, he made his debut in the feature film industry with the megahit “Mean Girls”. Bennett starred in the film with Lindsay Lohan.
Bennet lives in Los Angeles with husband Jaymes Vaughan and their dog Bradley. They were the first gay couple to appear on the cover of The Knot.
In an interview with Deadline, Bennett said, “I love working with Hallmark and am grateful to be expanding our collaboration as executive producer on this project. While these films are always fun to star in, it was a very different and rewarding experience to work on the filmmaking side and work with such talented people behind the scenes to bring them to life. I’m so proud of this story and I hope the fans love it as much as I do.”
He added, “This film was so much fun to work on because not only did I get to star in it, but I got to executive produce it, which was an absolute blast.”
In this short quiz posted to Instagram, he quickly replied, “Ohio,” when asked what his favorite place to be during the fall season. It is certainly a beautiful place. But might be a bit biased as he is originally from this state!
The filming seemed to be a lot of fun, including the fact that he got paid to fight in the foam on a beautiful day, as he shared in the video below.
He also shared some of his outfits for the film.
In that next post, Bennett shared that he’s proud to be able to tell these stories with Hallmark.
“Shooting day 10, who’s ready for the weekend?” he said in another post with D’Orsay.
He was very happy to share this selfie of the new characters for this film.
Brooke D’Orsay plays Darby. She recently appeared as the lead in Hallmark’s A Dickens of a Holiday! and “A Godwink Christmas: Second Chance, First Love” for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. According to her bio, she previously starred in the original series Royal Pains, which aired on USA Network, and had a recurring role in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.
Her role as bereaved diva Deb Dobkins on Lifetime’s comedy-drama series Drop Dead Diva is another reason many of her fans know her.
Before posting about her new film, she shared a post about her film Dickens of a Holiday in 2021. But she’s rather private online, with just six Instagram posts and more than 34,000 followers.
Also starring in the film:
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