My Favorite Wedding

Synopsis: Potential Northwestern fellow Tess Harper lasers through her best friend's wedding planning like the star doctor she hopes to soon become. In fact, Tess puzzles through any problem - provided it's not her own. When she meets divorce lawyer and groom's best friend, Michael, Tess maneuvers around him like a gurney in the emergency room until she discovers this best man has a few moves of his own.
84 min



How cute!

You're so cute!


Hi. I need three iced lattes,

and a regular coffee...

oh, and extra straws, please!


[gasps in pain]


Put some ice on that, Stan,

and ibuprofen for pain.

- Thanks, Doc.

- Yeah.

Hi, Levon!

Got you a fix.

One more here...

Oh, hi!

Maddy, I did not

forget about you.

Thanks, honey...

and can you help

with one more problem?

- Sure.

- Thank you.

What's the prognosis?


well, orchids need

less sunlight, not more.

Here, I'll take

care of it.

I'll get it back to you

next week.

Dex and I are going

to that wedding this weekend.

Oh... and how are things

with Dex?

Well, last night at dinner,

he asked

for my social security number.

How... romantic?

I think he wants to add me

to his retirement account.

Or running a credit check?

Either way,

it's forward motion.

Still hasn't popped

the question, huh?

No, no...

but I've dropped

a few hints,

and, you know, Dex,

he can get really distracted

when the stocks are down,

so I'm just praying

for a bull market.

Tess, you already missed

your "ring by spring" goal.

Well, Australia's spring

is in September.

And what's going

to happen with Dex

when you get that fellowship

at Northwestern?

I don't have

the fellowship yet,

and, you know,

it's tricky with Dex

because he loves Boston so much.

I don't want to spook him.

Sounds like

he needs to be spooked

to appreciate

what he's got in you.

Don't worry.

I have a plan.

And you've got a patient.


Hi, Sam!

I hear you're making

a miraculous recovery.


I am Dr. Harper,

and you are...


Look, doctor, uh,

before you give me the shot,

I've got to tell you,

I've got a phobia of needles.

So, um...

Mm-hmm. Can you do me a favor

and just, uh...

could you just hold this

for me,

and just, um...

just be careful

because it's really,

you know, fragile.

But I was scarred

when I was a kid.

Um, I had a shot,


just messed me up.

Be careful!

Okay, as I was saying,

um, I'm a real...

Was that the shot?

That wasn't bad

at all.

Rule number one...

always keep the patient


Good job.

[phone rings]


How's the bride-to-be?


I'm excited!

I'm going to send you a link

to the Commodore Club.

It's amazing.

It's right on the lake.

There's a golf course

and a spa,

and everybody

in the wedding party

gets their own bungalow.

Well, you've always

lived large.

Why would your wedding

be any different?

Anyway, I cannot wait.

Hey, how are you holding up?


did I tell you

I'm rethinking the flowers?


What is wrong

with the Delphinium?

Well, I just...

I realized

that they're going to clash

with the bridesmaids' dresses!

Okay, okay...

remember the advice I gave you

about your prom dress

in high school?

Close your eyes.

Shut out the world.

Now imagine,

what color do you see

coming down the aisle?

The pink bridesmaids'


and pink does go with blue.


yeah, I'm going

to stick with the Delphinium.

Oh, Tessie,

what would I do without you?


'cause I'll be there soon,

and I cannot wait!

Does the same go for Dex?


We are having dinner tonight

to go over all the travel plans.



Hi. I'm sorry I'm late.

I stopped by

to get that charger

that you asked for,

and then I

popped by home

so that I could

change, and...

You look sensational.

Thank you.

Let's get a table.

I am starving.

Oh, hon',

there's actually just someone

I want you to meet first.

Oh, but I've been

juggling patients all day.

I haven't had anything to eat.


What was I thinking?

Holbrook can wait.

Mr. Holbrook?

Your new boss?

Yeah, I just

bumped into him here.

I promised him

you'd say hello.

Oh, no, no, no, no.

It's good.

We should say hi.


Mr. Holbrook.


I'd like you

to meet my girlfriend,

Dr. Tess Harper.

Hi. Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

She's on staff

at Bayside General

and still somehow

manages to find time

to head the fundraiser

for Harborwalk.


That's very


Oh, my life is easy.

Dex works ten times

harder than I do.


Dex, if you pick

your stocks

the same way you pick

your girlfriend,

you've got a great

future ahead of you.

Have a nice dinner.

See you,

Mr. Holbrook.

Take care, Dex.

Thank you.


You were perfect

back there.

Thanks for talking me up

to Holbrook.

[phone chirps]

Oh, enough work-talk

for one night?

Of course.

Amber's wedding is

finally going to give us

a chance to relax.

I already booked

our flights.

Um, day after tomorrow.

I got us aisle seats.

We have barbecues,


I already booked us

massages at the spa.


Oh, and guess what?

Someone from the

selection committee

for the fellowship

is going to be there.

He's a friend

of Amber's Dad!

That's great!


Yeah, I thought the wedding

would be a great place

to talk to him,

and, you know, for us

to scope out...

Chicago? Again?

It's two hours

from where I grew up.

Plus, I could see my Mom more,

and your firm

has an office there.

You could put in

for that transfer.

I know, I know.

I just, I need

to wrap my brain around this.

Oh, come on.

It's Chi-town!

The Windy City!

Wrigley Field!

I prefer Fenway Park.

Agree to disagree.


Tess, what do you need

Chicago for?

You've got everything

you need right here.

But Northwestern is

a leader in innovation.

At Bayside,

we have to fight over

digital thermometers...

and yes, there is a lot

to love about this city,


Tess, let's just get through

this week

before planning

the rest of our lives.


but in the meantime,

pack those golf shoes,

'cause we are going

to have a blast.


So you've known

each other how long?

Oh, Amber and I

went to grade school,

and then all the way

through college together.

Yeah, it was always Amber's

job to get in trouble,

and it was my job

to come in and fix it.

Oh, really?

Oh, yeah!

Like, when Amber was

learning to drive,

and she hit

a mailbox,

I took the fall.

When she, like, flooded

the dorm with bubble bath,

I was the one

who found the mops.

I would even go on

double-dates with her

and laugh at her jokes

just so they didn't bomb.

Typical Tess.

But when I get

to Chicago,

I am going to relax

and have fun.

You, relaxing?

What does that look like?

Very funny.

I can relax.

I can chill.


Cool my jets.

Well, when you get

that fellowship...

If I get

that fellowship.

It is still

a longshot.

Plus... you know,

I have a really

nice life here.

Is that you talking,

or Dex?

Okay, you got me,

but I'm telling you,

after four days

in that warm wedding glow,

at that amazing resort,

Dex is going to fall

in love with Chicago,

he's going

to propose to me,

and practically insist

that I take that fellowship!

And if he doesn't?


I have our seats

and our boarding passes

for this weekend.

I am sorry, Tess.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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