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Marry Me at Christmas – Hollywood Meets Small Town in Hallmark Christmas Premiere

 Marry Me at Christmas (2017) Review

Much like the “magic” that lingers in the air at Christmas, Hallmark Channel creates magic with its Christmas campaign. The popular “Countdown to Christmas” (beginning the end of October and running through Christmas) invites us to sit cozily by their hearth as it were. The first of their (30+) new originals is Marry Me at Christmas, a romance sure to warm any romantic’s heart.

Small business owner Maddy Krug (Rachel Skarsten) needs a miracle. She loves her wedding dress shop, which she runs along with her business partner, Isabelle (Crystal Lowe). But passion for her work does not a business plan make. A kind of wish lands on her doorstep when she meets bride-to-be Ginger Blake (Emily Tennant). Ginger plans to marry in two weeks, but in order to pull this wedding together, she first needs a wedding planner. With Isabelle’s encouragement and Ginger’s pleading, Maddy accepts the role.

What she isn’t prepared for is who the bride’s brother is. He’s Hollywood’s heartthrob, Johnny Blake (Trevor Donovan). Weary of the “repeat” cycle of scripts and jobs he must take, Johnny is ready to spend quality time with his sister. What he doesn’t expect is the shift in his mentality; the more time he spends away from Hollywood, and with, Maddy, the more he wishes to stay.

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Penned (Julie Sherman Wolfe) and directed (Terry Ingram) by frequent Hallmark collaborators, this first Christmas premiere is as cute as its title would suggest. To be honest, when I first saw the promo spot for this one, though I knew it’d be endearing, it didn’t scream “favorite”! In the aftermath of that first impression, I’m happy to report, this is one that surpasses those misconceptions.

Based on the novel of the same name by best-selling author, Susan Mallery (who also acts as a consultant), I assume (though I’ve never read the book) the story is fundamentally the same. Because of the drastic difference in their lifestyles, the wholesome nature of Marry Me at Christmas feels delicate (in a “first love” kind of way) and perfect. Of course, the leading couple helps invite these feelings from their respective characters.

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Marry Me at Christmas | Johnny shows Maddy his paintings

Leading man Trevor Donovan has played the role of a Hallmark leading man (Love on a Limb) before, but his co-star, Rachel Skarsten hasn’t appeared on this channel before. Donovan fits the image of an uber-popular action star perfectly. As a foil to that sense of glitzy lifestyle, Skarsten is lovely as the hometown girl who captures his heart. You may not recognize Rachel from this network, but anyone who’s watched the CW period drama, Reign certainly will. In the now-canceled show, the Canadian actress played Elizabeth I. (Of course, POstable fans will also recognize Crystal Lowe who plays Rita on Signed, Sealed and Delivered.)

Additionally, these two actors have a fantastic repertoire. The sass and (brand appropriate) flirting in the script is adorable to see unfold. Their scenes together make the viewer smile wide which is exactly the summed up reasons why viewers tune into this channel. We love the familiarity, entertainment and moral values each of the stories bring.

Those of you who are ready for the Christmas confections that are TV movies should not miss Marry Me at Christmas. It’s the first of what I suspect will be many new favorites for those of us who enjoy seasonal films during the holidays.

Where to watch: You can catch more showings of Marry Me at Christmas throughout November and December on Hallmark Channel; check your listings for dates and times.

Content Note: This TV Movie is rated TV-G and contains nothing offensive.

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press


Four corset rating

“Hello, Gorgeous.”


four heart rating

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My

feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me

to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

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By on November 2nd, 2017

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Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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5 thoughts on “Marry Me at Christmas – Hollywood Meets Small Town in Hallmark Christmas Premiere”

  1. Just watched this one this morning. Super excited Hallmark Christmas is here!!! Donovan has been a fave of mine since Love Finds You In Charm. My only wish is that Hallmark would do more Christmas productions in the vein of Rupert Penry Jones’ Crown for Christmas. I’m a sucker for that stuff!

    • ME too, Naazneen!! I cannot wait to discover several of the other new premieres too. I haven’t seen ‘Charm’ yet, but at some point I’ve no doubt I will. 🙂

      Same. ‘Crown’ was so good. Loved that it featured a British actor, too! Those accents… 😉

      Are their any Hallmark films you’re really looking forward to?

      • Coming home for Christmas, A gift to remember, A Bramble house Christmas and A song for Christmas doesn’t look bad. Love me some of the famous star returning home storylines. UP also has some cool options – A very country Christmas looks good (Plus Greyston Holt!)

        • I’ve seen all of those you mention, Naazneen! Did you get the chance to watch any?

          I’ve seen a few from UP, but not as many as Hallmark in part because I don’t have the station. That said, the one you mention did come to DVD, so my copy is on its way to my doorstep. 😀


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