The cat’s out of the bag, I was indeed on set when Chuck and Sarah got married. Don’t freak out.
Let me start off by saying I didn’t know they would be getting married–although I had an inkling–all I knew was that Chuck was filming on location in a church in Pasadena (the Church of the Angels to be exact).
I found out the details the night before via twitter when it was revealed that Chuck would be filming on location. I later on discovered (when the address was tweeted-I google mapped it!) that the location was a church and seeing as I had no idea if this would be Chuck’s last season, and the tantalizing idea of being there for Chuck and Sarah’s wedding, well I couldn’t not go. So off I went. Funny sidenote, the cast and crew were surprised to see us there, and they asked how I knew, and easy answer, online.
For weeks we deliberated whether or not the wedding was real. Knowing it was, I’d like to first extend an apology for not putting your minds at ease but since I made this vow, my hands were tied. But yes, it was a real wedding, complete with bridesmaids and the mother of the groom. Having seen Cliffhanger, you’d note that Yvonne did indeed look gorgeous and that dress was a dream.
I said earlier that there were “filming” reasons why Yvonne couldn’t greet us (if she were so inclined) and it was because, well she was the bride, complete with a (gorgeous) wedding dress. It had a train and the bottom was made of layers of lace and she was wearing it for most of the day with some wardrobe changes during breaks. Did I mention she and the dress looked gorgeous? My first glance at it, I literally squeed (insert Ernie rolling his eyes here). It’s simply gorgeous.
Who else was gorgeous? The groom.
Well as much a man can be gorgeous. We’ll go with handsome.
Morgan was indeed the minister and the chauffeur. I saw him wearing the outfits myself. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take a picture with Joshua Gomez because our conversation was cut short and it was a long day for the cast and crew (not to mention, as stated earlier, I didn’t expect anyone to approach much less be gracious enough to take pictures with us). But I was able to take a picture with Jayne (commence nerdgasm guys lol) aka Adam Baldwin.
Now for the nitty gritty. I wasn’t inside the church, so I was just as surprised to hear their vows as everyone. I did try to pump the fireman on duty (who was very nice and tried his hardest to recall the minute details I begged for) on the happenings on inside to some success. I knew that the wedding was uninterrupted and beautiful. I have to say I was most surprised about the “uninterrupted” part. I even asked if Jeffster got up on stage and proceeded to hold things up but alas it was not to be. It was as it should be, uninterrupted and emotional.
The scenes I did see for myself were about 1 minute and change on actual film. Let’s think about that for a minute (no pun intended), plus or minus 8 hours was spent on 1 minute of actual film. Amazing to say the least.
The rice throwing, walk down the steps scene took 12 takes. The scene with Ellie, Devon and Chuck and Sarah took 5 takes. There was a very touching scene with Mary and Chuck in which she talks to him, kisses him on the cheek and they both tear up a bit that was cut. A shame because a.) the shot took 9 takes and b.) it would have added to the feeling of the entire event. I couldn’t hear dialogue from my vantage point but I like to think that she brought up Stephen B somehow. Heartwarming for certain.
There was no reception on the lot, but there was a crowd with the extras and the aforementioned family scenes. Big Mike even got to tell Jeffster to “move along,” away from bride and groom (scene was also cut). From that the bride and groom settled into their limo and off they went.
After more than 12 hours on set, the show headed towards LA’s power station (I declined to stalk, er follow) which is where I assume the prison shots were filmed. The limo was to be filmed driving towards there with police escort and a jeep with a moving camera. I heard this from the fireman so this is second hand knowledge. A long day for certain.
As mentioned there were EPKs being filmed right in front of me and you probably saw them. What you didn’t see was the interview with Ryan McPartlin and Sarah Lancaster. I assume this was cut altogether because McPartlin joked about the funeral being Morgan’s. Seeing as death was a red-herring they probably thought it was best not to use the clip.
Speaking of the death, I pretty much spent the whole day trying to figure out who was dead. The red-herring was very big indeed. Having seen MamaB standing next to Casey on the receiving line, and seeing Ellie and Devon congratulate Chuck and Sarah I assume it wasn’t any of them. I didn’t see Morgan until later and so I took Ryan McPartlin’s joke seriously, that is until I actually saw Joshua Gomez in the priest outfit. It was a great sleight of hand to say the least. Kept me wondering.
Overall the whole day felt very surreal. First, big shipper that I am, Chuck and Sarah are getting married and I’m on set! It was exciting, a bit shocking and I really wanted to freak out. But more I could feel the emotion and the joy of the event on set. It’s amazing to think back from that day at the beach in the pilot and now I get to see these characters I’ve grown to cherish and love tying to the knot (don’t freak out, I still know they’re fictional). Everyone looked very happy and there was a sense of accomplishment not just from a season well done, but also to a journey traveled (in my opinion).
It was very, very hard to keep mum about all of this. Not just because well, everyone was freaking out on whether it was real or not, but also because, CHUCK AND SARAH ARE GETTING MARRIED! SQUEE! I had a very difficult time keeping my enthusiasm for both the event and the milestone since that day on set and again I apologize for not being more forthcoming but as stated, I made a promise. I hope that not knowing or hearing things from me made the experience more special for you. At the very least, I tried not to skew any one way in reaction and there are times when I really wanted to say something (I forget which topics now) that I had to literally step away from the keyboard.
- I really wanted one of the flower arrangements for souvenir (I had means and opportunity 😉 and I had this elaborate plan of freezing them to preserve them) but I decided being on set was crazy enough haha.
- As expected, they film out of order. This day on location was before the hospital scenes were filmed.
- Finally if you have any questions that I can answer, and I blanked out in putting in this piece, feel free to ask.