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Some Interesting Stuff about Hallmark’s Wedding at Graceland

If you watched Kellie Picker and Wes Brown find love in Christmas at Graceland, I’m sure you’ll be tuning in on Saturday night to watch Wedding at Graceland.

And a lot of other folks will be joining you. In the current TV Weekly, it says, “Christmas at Graceland was one of the highest-rated films in the history of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas.” With popularity like that, why not do a sequel? And have it on the air just six months later.

 

Actually, a more correct title would be:

Proposal at Graceland — Wedding at the Chapel in the Woods

 

You will recognize the Graceland front door behind Wes Brown as he proposes to Kellie Pickler.

 

But this is where the wedding will take place. I have not been to Memphis since this chapel was unveiled during Elvis Week 2018, so I had no idea where the Chapel in the Woods is. But, thanks to Google Maps, now I do.

In this aerial view, you can see that the chapel is very close to the Guest House at Graceland at the top and a long way from the Graceland mansion down at the bottom. That actually makes good sense, because presumably the wedding party and guests would be staying at the hotel. Plus, there’s the proximity of several bars where folks could go to continue the party.

 

Here’s a front view of the Graceland Chapel in the Woods. The TV Weekly article calls it exquisite and picture-perfect. To my eyes, it looks a little less than that. That large wall off to the left definitely takes away from the curb appeal. See those folks and the tables beyond the wall? This is the patio area where guests can mingle after the wedding, weather permitting. Here’s a better look.

I hate to fuss too much, but I don’t find this view appealing. There’s that big, long, plain white wall, but I’m sure the view looking away from the chapel is lovely with the trees and the landscaping.

Kellie Pickler said, “It is an intimate chapel in the woods that has so many windows, so natural light floods in.” Not from this side of the chapel.

 

The windows on the opposite side certainly make up for that. And, both ends allow a lot of light to enter. The Graceland website says the seating capacity is 100 people. It doesn’t show in this picture, but an intimate reception area is located at the back of the chapel that offers a table to showcase the wedding cake.

Also, note the door for one of the two private dressing rooms.
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When I searched the web for photos, look what I found.

It seems there was an earlier Graceland Chapel in the Woods, and it was close to the mansion. I’ve never seen it, so if you have, share something in Comments. I did find out that it held 50 people.

(Note to anyone at EPE who reads this blog — The #4 official Graceland Blog for Elvis Week 2018 has a picture of this chapel, not the new one. You might want to fix that)

I think this one really qualified as picture-perfect. Perhaps it’s been torn down, and that’s a shame, or maybe they’ll think of another way to utilize it.

 

It also had an inside reception area with a hand-painted mural of the Graceland mansion that served as backdrop for photos as the newlyweds cut their wedding cake. I kind of like this and wonder why the concept wasn’t incorporated into the new chapel.

 

Okay, back to the movie. As you can see, Priscilla is in it. According to US Weekly, she will reminisce on her own big day during her cameo. Kellie Pickler had very nice things to say about her: “She’s so lovely and has such a sweet, sweet, kind spirit.”

 

There are also a number of Elvis’ songs included in the soundtrack:

Love Me Tender
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
A Little Less Conversation

And Kellie Pickler gets to sing several Elvis hits, especially, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

For some reason, Wes Brown shaved off the beard he had in Christmas at Graceland. I think he looks better with it.

 

I hope you will enjoy Wedding at Graceland on Saturday night. It will be one of the few times, my wife and I will be watching the same show on TV.

 

 

 

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Hallmark Channel Movie — Christmas at Graceland

Hallmark Countdown to Christmas

My wife is a dedicated viewer of the movies on the Hallmark Channel. A few days ago, they ran a promotion for their Countdown to Christmas series of new holiday-themed movies. I was in the kitchen making a snack when it came on, and I paid little attention to the sound coming out of the TV. Then they said one of their new movies was Christmas at Graceland and my interest perked up.

 

Christmas at Graceland poster

 

I said to myself, “I don’t remember reading anything about this on Graceland.com/news that I check out regularly. So, I did a little search on the site for “Hallmark Movie.” This is what came up:

 

Graceland.com.news Article on Hallmark Movie

 

No wonder I didn’t remember it. This news spot posted three and a half months ago, and there hasn’t been another feature about it since. There surely is a big one coming, but ElvisBlog will share with you now as much as I have been able to find.

 

Kellie Pickler

This is a glamour shot of country singer Kellie Pickler who stars in the movie. Of course, this is not exactly the image Hallmark would want for their movie heroine, so she has a much different look in the film.

 

Kellie Pickler in Christmas at Graceland

 

Actually, Kellie Pickler is much more than a country singer. She got her start on the fifth season of American Idol in 2006. That was one of the strongest groups of contestants ever, with Taylor Hicks winning, Katharine McPhee placing second, and Chris Daughtry coming in fourth. Despite finishing sixth, Kellie Pickler got a major record deal, and forged ahead with her singing career.

 

KELLIE PICKLER AND DEREK HOUGH Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars

In 2013, Pickler and her partner, Derek Hough, were declared the winners of the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars.

 

Pickler and Ben Talk Show

She is also the co-host of the Pickler & Ben talk show on CMT, for which she earned a Daytime Emmy nomination.

 

Wes Brown in Christmas in Graceland

And this is Wes Brown, her co-star in Christmas at Graceland. He has starred in many Hallmark Channel movies, including “June in January,” “Love Begins,” “Love’s Resounding Courage,” “Christmas Cookies,” and “Love Under the Stars.”

 

Here is a brief synopsis of the movie that appeared on the Memphis Commercial-Appeal website on September 20:

“Country singer Kellie Pickler stars as Laurel, a native Memphian turned Chicago finance executive who returns to her hometown for a bank deal. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with old flame Clay (Wes Brown), a local music promoter with loftier aspirations.

“Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom.”

And the audience stays glued to find out if she stays in the business world or falls in love with Clay and reunites with him to pursue that old dream. I think you can guess which way it goes.

 

Graceland Guesthouse Lobby

There is a 22 second teaser video on the Hallmark Chanel website that opens with this shot of the lobby of the Graceland Guesthouse.

 

Kellie Pickler Walking into the Graceland Guesthouse

Then there is a clip of Kellie/Laurel walking into the lobby. No explanation about the young girl.

 

Outside Graceland

Then, as the action presumably shifts to Graceland, this shot is shown briefly.

 

Kellie Pickler in Scene from the Christmas in Graceland

And this clip is when Kellie/Laurel sings in front of Graceland.

 

I searched the web looking for a more complete synopsis of the plot. I did find these pictures of Graceland in July being turned into a winter wonderland with artificial snow (tiny bio-degradable flakes of recycled paper).

 

Trucks of Snow Blowing Equipment at Graceland

 

Fake Snow Machines at Graceland

 

Blowing Fake Snow at Graceland

Notice the guy is wearing shorts.

 

Guy in Shorts Blowing Fake Snow at Graceland

This guy is, too. They even put up the famous Graceland Merry Christmas display.

 

Graceland Drive with fake Snow

On this shot down the drive from Graceland, you can see where the fake snow stops. That’s Elvis Presley’s Memphis across the street.

 

And here’s the final result:

Snow-Covered Graceland

 

Christmas at Graceland will premiere at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Nov. 17, and be repeated during the same prime time slot several times over the following weeks. It probably will be at a different time when it is repeated on Christmas Day as part of a marathon of new Hallmark holiday movies.

 

I have a history of watching Elvis movies over and over.  My wife does the same thing with those Hallmark Channel movies.  So, I guess we’ll be watching Christmas at Graceland several times together.  I’ll bet that many of you will watch it multiple times, too.

 

 

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