In Our Dreams: We Plan Lorelai and Luke's "Gilmore Girls" Wedding
Where reports—and then confirmation—of a Netflix reboot of Gilmore Girls lead, we will follow, with our caffeinated minds running wild wondering whatever happened with Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) (warning: spoilers ahead). One of TV's most loved couples, they were on-again and off-again and seemingly on-again by the time the seventh and final season wrapped. And though a June 3rd wedding was in the works for a while, the couple had broken it off before they could say, "I do."
We can only hope this new season of four 90-minute episodes, officially titled "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," means we'll get some closure (what are those final four words?!)—and some wedding details. As Patterson told the podcast Gilmore Guys, "[the fans] waited seven years for a wedding they never got." Well, pour yourself an oversize cup of coffee and get ready for some banter: The wait is finally over, and to celebrate, we're planning a wedding that the characters—and the fans—deserve. Here's how we see Luke "table-for-one" Danes and Lorelai "I'm-sorry-can-I-get-an-industrial-forklift-for-my-emotional-baggage" Gilmore getting married.
The Time and Place
One thing's for sure about this wedding: It will be intimate and (relatively) simple. While Luke would probably rather elope, they've both already done that—Luke with Nicole and Lorelai with Christopher—with failed results. Besides, Lorelai would want her daughter and BFF Rory (Alexis Bledel) there this time.
Since their summer wedding was a bust, it'll be winter—Lorelai's favorite time of year. And of course it will snow just in time for the big day: The best things in her life always happen when it snows. Bonus: Lorelai's mother Emily (Kelly Bishop) said she always pictured her daughter having a white, Russian-themed wedding, complete with white roses, trees with white candles, and a silver sleigh.
If you assumed L and L would make it official in a sweet ceremony in the town square gazebo, think again. When Lorelai's friend Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) suggested the venue the first time around, our bride-to-be replied, "gaze-blah."
And we're thinking they'll veer away from the church venue our leading lady first selected (even though it boasted a vintage carousel!). Instead, a cozy inn or rustic resort feels right for our rugged groom and romantic bride. Lorelai probably wouldn't wed where she works, so the Dragonfly's out. We suggest Connecticut's Winvian. An hour's drive from Hartford, Stars Hollow guests could stay on-site in themed luxury cottages, including a treehouse and a refurbished 1968 helicopter.
In a nod to "Written in the Stars," the episode when the couple shares their first date, the wedding invitations will include a celestial motif. This suite has an Art-Deco appeal Lorelai would love, and unlike the daisy design she originally picked out, it's not too feminine for "machismo" Luke. (But, let's face it, how machismo is it to carry a horoscope handwritten by your crush in your wallet for eight years?)
While it's entirely possible that Lorelai will pull out "the perfect dress" she found the first time around—a blush-colored silk tulle-bodiced Monique Lhuillier number that she bought off the rack, in her size, on sale—we could also see her in this gorgeous Marchesa gown. It's a similar style to the first, which both Graham and Sherman-Palladino agreed on, only this dress is white, which is important to Luke, and the delicate 3D-petal tulle skirt calls to mind falling snowflakes—fitting for the cold-weather affair. For an intimate ceremony, it's quite the ball gown, but then again, our bride has never really been one to go for understated.
Whatever she decides to wear, it's likely she'll don a topper of some sort. Perhaps a tiara, which, as we find out when Lorelai is engaged to Max, is what her mother, Emily, wore when she married Lorelai's father, Richard (Edward Herrmann).
Speaking of Emily, we hope it's Bishop's flawlessly portrayed character who escorts the bride to the altar. While this role would traditionally go to the father, Herrmann sadly passed away this year. True, the mother and daughter have had their differences, but it would be nice to see them reconcile in this way. Plus, Lorelai served as the maid of honor when her parents renewed their vows, and just think of what it would mean to her mom. (We're tearing up just picturing it!)
As for the processional song, we're going with "Reflecting Light," by Sam Phillips (aka the musician behind all those LaLas in the show's score), which the two first danced to at Luke's sister Liz's wedding—a moment that sparked their relationship at last.
Several times throughout the series, daisies are referenced as one of Lorelai's favorite flowers. They are, as Sherman-Palladino said, "such a hardy, everyday-Joe kind of flower, a flower you can really get behind." However, the memory of Max's "thousand yellow daisies" proposal and the season of the wedding might be reason for her to reach for another bloom. Enter this rustic arrangement of chocolate cosmos—a similarly sturdy choice—plus white garden roses (Emily's flower of choice for her daughter).
The Bridal Party
Standing up as bridesmaids will be Rory, Sookie (self described B-F-O-T-B Best Friend Of The Bride), and April, Luke's daughter (Vanessa Marano). Jess Mariano (Rory's bad-boy-turned-author ex played by Milo Ventimiglia) will return for the role of best man, which we can only hope leads to a newly available Rory falling for him again (remember, she and Logan ended things in the second-to-last episode).
The Ring Bearer
Lorelai's quirky dog, Paul Anka, may be too nervous to act as ring bearer. But luckily the pair has a slew of kids that can act as their ring bearer and flower girl including Luke's niece, Doula, Rory's friend Lane's twin boys (and Luke's godchildren) Steve and Kwan, and Sookie's kids Davey and Martha—plus another baby who was on the way at the end of season seven.
Considering the "No Cell Phones" sign he displays in his diner, ultra-private luddite Luke will almost certainly request that the ceremony be device-free. A note in the program will do the trick.
Cheeseburgers and fries are Lorelai's fuel of choice—and Luke prepared them for her for years at his diner. Naturally, mini versions will be passed as hors d'oeuvres, sans the lettuce. OK, maybe the essence of lettuce is fine.
The rest of the menu will re-create the first romantic meal Luke cooked for Lorelai—outside of the diner (catered by a Sookie- and Luke-approved chef, of course): lamb and artichoke stew, penne with pesto and potatoes, roasted garlic with rosemary focaccia, tomatoes stuffed with bread crumbs and goat cheese, and ricotta cheesecake with amaretto cookies to go with coffee. The signature drink will include a splash of Zima, a funny reference to when the couple toasted the "chick beer" to celebrate their engagement.
An Incredible Dessert Table, Because Sookie
For Lorelai's wedding to Max, the chef filled the kitchen of the inn with a multi-tiered wedding cake and every other type of dessert imaginable. That wedding was canceled, so surely Sookie will outdo herself again with a spread of sweets at this one, including cake, berry tartlets, panna cottas, and chocolate-mousse cups—a fancy take on Lorelai's beloved pudding.
The First Dance
Luke and Lorelai will waltz (Luke can waltz!) to the same song Lorelai soulfully sang to him during a round of karaoke while they were apart: "I Will Always Love You"—the Dolly Parton version, of course.
Also on the playlist? Tunes by Metallica and The Bangles, two of the bride's favorites—possibly covered by Lane's band, Hep Alien.
The Late-Night Snacks
With a bottomless pit for a stomach, pizza is practically mandatory for refueling Lorelai (and the other revelers) at the dance party. Only the boxes will say Antonioli's (as in the Stars Hollow pizzeria, owned by Pete), not Frank.
In one of his grand romantic gestures, Luke once built Lorelai an ice-skating rink to help her "make up with snow." How sweet would it be to offer ice skating as a reception activity for their wedding guests?
Horse Carriage Rides
While Emily's vision of Lorelai arriving at her wedding in a silver sleigh is a bit too grand for the bride's taste, horse carriages are the perfect vehicle for transporting guests back to their cottages at the end of the night.
And Coffee—Lots of Coffee
To keep them warm as they depart, friends and family will be given the bride's favorite beverage—in porcelain travel cups for festive wedding favors.