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When the love of Maddie's life gets engaged to her best friend, she puts her feelings aside to be a bridesmaid at their wedding in Ireland.
Irish Wish (2024)

Irish Wish (2024)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Runtime: 93 min
Director: Janeen Damian
Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Ed Speleers, Alexander Vlahos…

Plot: When the love of her life gets engaged to her best friend, Maddie puts her feelings aside to be a bridesmaid at their wedding in Ireland. Days before the pair are to marry, Maddie makes a spontaneous wish for true love, and the next morning she wakes up as the bride-to-be. With her dream seeming to come true, Maddie soon realizes that her real soulmate is someone else entirely.

* * *

[birds tweeting]

[pleasant music playing]

[woman] Wish: To want something that cannot or probably will not happen.

But what if it does?

[Celtic music swells]

[car horn blares]

[“For Real” by Joybird playing]

[traffic ambience]

[distant police sirens]

♪ I got a smile taking over my face ♪

♪ Feeling the sunshine All over the place ♪

♪ If it’s for real You’re gonna feel it in your soul ♪

♪ If it’s for real You’re gonna feel it in your bones ♪

♪ Clapping my hands When I walk down the street ♪

[camera shutters clicking]

Oh yeah.

♪ If it’s for real You’re gonna feel it in your soul ♪

♪ If it’s for real You’re gonna feel it in your bones ♪

[indistinct chatter]

♪ Can you feel it, feel it? ♪

♪ Can you feel it, feel it? Can you feel it, feel it? ♪

♪ Can you feel it, feel it? ♪

♪ Can you feel it, feel it? Can you feel it, feel it? ♪

[car horn honking]

♪ Can you feel it, feel it? Can you feel it now? ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

[engine revs]

♪ It’s all just something you feel ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

[camera shutter clicks]

♪ That’s when you know it’s for real ♪

♪ This is for real ♪

♪ This is it ♪

[engine revving]

♪ This is for real, this is it ♪

[photographers] Paul! Paul!

[reporter] A few words, Paul, Paul…

♪ This is for real, this is it ♪

♪ Boom, boom, boom ♪

♪ Bang, bang, bang… ♪

[music stops]

[tires squeal]

Oh! Ah!

[horn blares]

Wait! Hey, wait, that’s my scarf! Stop!

[sighs]

[music resumes]

[sighs]

[exhales]

♪ This is for real, this is it ♪

♪ This is for real ♪

Hi, beautiful.

Mwah.

Hi, you. You look great.

Oh, thanks, thanks.

Paul!

Paul! Right over here.

Two seconds.

Okay.

Hi, how you doing? Good to see you again. How are you? Thank you so much for coming.

[woman] A few questions.

Hang on a second. Hang on.

I’d be nowhere without this amazing woman and brilliant writer in her own right,

my book editor, Madeline Kelly.

Maddie, come here. Come here.

Oh.

This is our night, Maddie. You and me, we did this together.

You wrote a great story, Paul. I just helped you polish it up.

Save me a moment inside, will you? I have something I want to talk about.

What is it?

You’ll see.

Okay.

Okay.

[reporter] Quick question.

Hi, Jay.

So, was there a particular lady in your life that inspired the love story?

Well, come on, you know, I can’t give away all of my secrets.

[laughs]

[cell phone rings]

[Paul] Always good to be back.

[Jay] Yeah? Another bestseller?

Hello?

[woman] Oh, Maddie.

[Maddie] Hi, Mom.

Glad I caught you.

[clicking]

[Maddie] What’s that clicking noise?

I’m trying to order toilet paper online.

The students keep stealing it,

and the button on my keyboard

keeps getting stuck.

Too much detail, Mom.

Well, you asked.

It’s a little hectic here.

I got stuck in traffic, and I just

literally got to the venue.

You’re gonna be late for your big night. It’s bad time management.

I wish I could’ve been there to help you.

Okay, Mom, can you hang on a second?

[Rosemary] Of course.

Yeah, just one second.

Okay, go ahead.

I was calling

to see if you’ve had that talk with Paul.

Not yet. I hope you haven’t told anyone about my feelings for him.

[blows air]

Trust me.

No one in Des Moines cares.

Well, Heather and Emma don’t even know.

You didn’t tell them?

[Maddie] I’m just… I’m not ready.

If your friends don’t know,

it’s entirely possible that Paul doesn’t either.

No, I’ve given him plenty of signs.

You should see the way he looks at me when we work together.

Mom, he gets me.

Well, you’re in love with him.

Why don’t you just tell him?

I may not have to.

Oh. What’s happened?

He says he has to talk to me about something.

Really?

So tonight may be the night.

Ah! It works.

Okay, Mom, I have to go.

All right. If he doesn’t tell you how he feels about you tonight,

you gotta speak up. That’s all I’ll say.

Okay, love you. Bye.

[Rosemary] Love you too.

[pop music playing]

Hey, girls!

[both] Hi!

This is so exciting.

We are so proud of you.

Thank you for coming.

Oh, where’s the scarf I gave you to wear?

Somewhere in Brooklyn by now.

How’d that happen?

Freak accident. I totally get if you never wanna loan me anything again.

Don’t worry about it, Mads. That scarf was a sample from work.

Heather, great job on the cover art.

You like it?

It’s stunning. What do you think, Emma?

I think you’ve been holding out on us.

On what? Paul?

Yeah, you’ve been working with him for over a year.

Don’t tell me you haven’t noticed.

I think he’s an amazing writer. That’s all.

You should have your name on the cover with him.

You practically wrote the book.

No, I didn’t.

I mean, not exactly.

Besides, it’s good for my career.

Paul’s talking me up to the publisher.

He’s Irish.

Yes.

Does he have a sexy accent?

Haven’t noticed.

Is he single?

Give me that.

Okay.

Where are you going?

To find Paul.

[“I Belong To You” by Caro Emerald playing]

♪ And in your eyes ♪

♪ True love resides ♪

♪ Forever is a word that tries… ♪

Come on, Maddie. Don’t wimp out now.

Here you are.

Thought I’d use a little liquid courage before going in to face the masses.

They’re gonna love it. It’s a beautiful story.

Well, I have you to thank for that.

If I had my way,

the lovers would have tossed themselves into the lake by chapter ten.

[chuckles]

You’re amazing. You know that?

You balance me out, Madeline.

We do make a great team.

We do, which is why I wanted to talk to you

about something really important to me.

You know you can tell me anything.

Well…

I feel like it’s time

we take our relationship to the next level.

[hopeful music plays]

Oh, Paul, I don’t know what to say.

I feel exactly the same way.

[Paul] Really?

That’s wonderful.

[giggles]

So,

will you work with me on my next book?

[music distorts]

I want to bring you in from the conception of the story.

I know you wanted to write your own novel. I can help you with that.

But do you think it could wait just… a little longer?

Oh, I, uh…

Sure.

Great!

Sounds great.

Wonderful!

Yeah.

Well… [sucks teeth]

Right, time to feed me to the wolves.

[chuckles softly]

See you in there.

[sighs]

Well, if you stop moving, I can grab it.

[laughing] Just get me to the bathroom.

Oh, I’m so sorry. Are you all right?

We’re just having a minor eyelash malfunction.

May I offer my assistance?

Oh, uh, yeah. Maybe. They’re the new NanoGrip lashes.

I’m a stylist at Bergdorf’s.

I get the latest samples of all their luxury cosmetics.

This one gets a thumbs-down.

[laughs]

Do you mind if I give it a go?

[Emma] Sure.

[Paul] I’ll be very, very careful.

There.

How’s that?

Much better.

[giggles]

Um, hey.

Hate to break this up, but you have a lot of people waiting for you.

Okay, well, after you.

Oh no, after you.

Ugh.

“She peers up from the watery depths.”

“If only he would reach out for her,

it could break the spell.”

“But instead, he turns his back.”

“She calls out with drowned words

as he disappears into the shadows of the mossy glen.”

[sentimental music playing]

“Chapter eight.”

“The first night she spent alone was the worst.”

TWO IRISH HEARTS PAUL KENNEDY

There you go, Gertrude. That’s a beautiful name, by the way.

Thank you, Paul.

So, how did you three meet?

Oh, we’re friends from school.

I was always a big reader.

What?

[whispers] That was me.

Would you like me to sign your book?

Oh, uh, yes, I would.

Of course.

Here we go.

[Emma] Is that a real lake?

Yes. It’s in Ireland. It’s not far from my family’s home.

Hmm, well, I’d love to see it sometime.

And I would love for you to see it sometime.

You write such amazing stories. I could listen to them all night.

[both laugh]

Wow.

Wouldn’t that be great?

Unfortunately, Paul has press in the morning, so…

Check, please.

It’s an open bar.

No, it’s not.

[dance music playing]

It was amazing.

[Heather] Yes.

This might have been the most incredible night of my life.

You and Paul seemed to hit it off.

I know, it’s like we had this immediate connection.

Well, you can’t take it too seriously. Paul’s a famous person.

He’s used to making people feel special.

Well, he signed my book.

He signs a lot of books.

With his phone number?

[dramatic sting]

[car horn blaring]

It’s just a phone number.

It’s not like it’s a proposal.

[tires squeal]

[all gasp]

[humorous music playing]

I can’t believe Paul and Emma are getting married.

It all happened so fast.

Like whiplash.

Welcome to Ireland.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Nearly there. You’ve got one more bag.

Oh Paul, that one’s mine too.

There you go.

Did you bring enough luggage, Em?

I’m getting married.

You won’t believe the number of wardrobe changes I’m gonna need.

Oh.

Excuse me. Ma’am.

[Heather] Mads.

Excuse me.

[Heather]Are you okay?

Sure.

Maddie, have you got your bag?

Almost.

We’ll meet you out front, okay?

Okay.

If you need me on that job, I’m available at a moment’s notice. Okay?

Good. All right. Yeah, of course. Mm-hmm.

Yeah.

Oh.

Oh, sorry. This is mine.

[chuckling politely] Uh, no, I’m afraid it’s mine.

No, actually it’s mine.

Hang on a minute.

There’s an American woman trying to steal my bag.

I’m not. I’m trying to take my bag.

If you just look at the tag, you’ll see.

I don’t need to. I know my own bag.

So let go.

I’m not letting go of my bag.

Oh!

See? Look, my favorite plaid skirt.

[humorous music playing]

Are you sure those are your size?

I’m so sorry.

It’s quite all right. It could have happened to anyone.

Although I suspect it happens to you more often than most.

[humorous music continues]

Enjoy your visit.

Hmm.

LOST LUGGAGE

[Paul] Ah, Maddie. There you are.

We finally managed to get all of Emma’s bags into the car.

I may have to ride on the roof.

[both chuckle]

Can’t believe this is actually happening.

I know. How are you feeling?

No cold feet, right?

Me? Never.

I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to Emma.

You’ve changed my life, and I’ll never forget it.

[clerk] Can you please fill this out?

Looks like this is gonna take a while.

Why don’t you guys head to the house?

No. I can’t leave you here.

Don’t worry about me. I’ll take a taxi.

Okay.

Call me, let me know everything’s okay.

Good.

[sighs]

[indistinct PA announcement]

[sighs] “No Ubers in the area.” Great.

[bus approaching]

[bus door opens]

Can you go to this address?

Oh, yeah. I can take you there, love.

Okay.

Yeah.

[man] Whoa, whoa! Wait, wait, wait!

Billy. Oh, good to see you again.

Ah.

Couldn’t convince anyone else to give you their bag?

As a matter of fact, my bag is missing, but they’ll call me when they find it.

Well, if you’re in need of boxer shorts, you know who to ask.

[chuckles]

[upbeat Celtic music playing]

[bleating]

[seagulls squawking]

[bell clanging]

[upbeat music soaring]

So, you’re a photographer?

I am.

A nature photographer.

Well, at least I’m trying to be.

It’s a little trickier now the whole world carries a camera in their pocket.

Never thought about that.

What brings you to Ireland?

A wedding.

Oh, congratulations.

Oh, no. It’s… it’s not mine.

[chuckles] It’s my friend’s.

Maybe you’ll be lucky to catch the bouquet.

[scoffs] What makes you think I wanna get married?

Nothing. It was a joke.

[chuckles]

Apparently, a bad one.

[uplifting music playing]

[bus rumbling]

Oh!

TWO IRISH HEARTS

Oh.

Huh.

Thanks.

All right.

You enjoying that?

Yes. Have you read it?

Nope. Don’t need to.

I barely made it through his last one.

[scoffs]

Paul Kennedy’s one of the best-selling authors in the UK.

They sell a lot of fish and chips too. Doesn’t mean they’re any good.

[exhales] Well, he seems to be doing very well without your approval.

Not a friend of yours, is he?

[clears throat]

[driver] Your stop coming up, Miss. Kennedy House.

Ah.

As in Paul?

Well, that answers that question.

[chuckles]

[hydraulics hiss]

[Maddie] Thank you.

No bother, love.

Oh, and, FYI, I edited this book.

So, what do you have to say to that?

My deepest sympathies.

You know what? You can just go…

[hydraulics hiss]

[chuckles]

[uplifting music playing]

Hey, you.

You’re trespassing, you know.

Uh, I’m sorry.

I’m-I’m looking for Paul Kennedy.

I know who you are. Just having a bit of fun.

I’m Kory, the brother.

Hi.

Come on, everyone’s inside.

Oh, Maddie! You made it!

Yeah, I took the bus, which was fine,

except for the cheeky English guy I had to ride with.

[laughs]

Olivia, this china is divine.

[man chuckles]

You have an excellent eye. It’s Belleek.

Oh.

It’s been in the family for generations.

Just this way. [chuckles]

[clock chiming]

Oh wow.

This place looks like a fairy tale.

Except around here, if you lose your shoe at midnight,

you’re just drunk.

[all laugh]

[whispering] He’s so cute.

[Emma] Wow, really?

I’ve got Maddie here. Fresh off the bus.

Hey, Maddie.

[man] Good.

Sean. Paul’s dad.

Hi.

Oh, no!

[tense music builds]

[gasps]

Um, I’m so sorry.

[chuckling] Quite all right.

No damage done.

Yes, sir.

Have they found your luggage?

No, not yet.

[man] Come join us.

Oh, Mads, I’m sorry.

[Maddie] It’s okay.

It was insured.

It’s not the bag we’re worried about. It’s the bridesmaid’s dress.

Without it, you’ll imbalance the look of the wedding party.

Maybe she could stand-off to one side. You know, like a cheering section.

[laughs]

Right! The car is loaded up.

[Olivia] Ah.

Madeline. Everybody about ready to go?

[Heather] Oh yeah.

Where are we going?

Paul’s planned a surprise trip for us all. Isn’t he sweet?

[Paul] Mwah.

Just give me a sec to get changed.

Mm-hmm.

Such a lovely young woman.

She’s adorable.

Madeline, you must be so thrilled for them both.

Mm-hmm. Yeah.

SCRUFFY MURPHY’S PUB & INN

[man] You all right? Good.

[rock music playing on jukebox]

Afternoon. How are we, chaps?

That looks good.

[laughs]

[Murphy] Ah.

[laughs] There’s the world traveler.

Good to see you, Murphy.

Doing well? How’s it going?

Oh, fine, fine. So, are you around for a week this time?

I am. Yeah, I’m covering the sheep-shearing festival.

Oh, there’s great excitement around here for that one.

[chuckles] I’m sure.

Now Fionnuala is getting your room ready,

and you can use my old Triumph while you’re here.

No, no, no, no. I can’t take your car.

Look, you can trade me with one of your fancy photographs.

And I’ll hang it up in the pub.

All right, deal.

[Murphy laughs]

You’re still liking it?

All this gallivanting around the world?

Snapping pictures of lizards and birds, huh?

I am.

[Murphy] If you don’t stay put,

how are you going to find a nice woman to settle down with you?

I’m not sure I’m cut out for settling down with anyone.

What am I telling you for? You’ve never listened to me anyway.

[both laugh]

Good to see you, man.

All right.

[rock music playing]

[birds tweeting]

[gentle music playing]

[scoffs]

Beautiful.

[knock on door]

Hey! You need anything? I can lend you some clothes.

No, I’m good. I had a sweater in my bag.

Okay.

Gorgeous view.

Yep.

Is everything okay with you? You seem a little off.

Yeah. No, uh, I’m good. I’m great.

Why don’t we have a girls’ night? We can go out, get a couple drinks,

meet some guys.

You haven’t dated in almost a year since you started writing that book.

Just say yes. Come on, come on!

Yes.

Thank you. I’ll see you downstairs in 15.

Happy couple taking us on a picnic.

Ugh.

[sweeping music playing]

Thank you.

I’ll take the basket.

Lovely. I’ll take the heavy thing.

Right, follow me. Let’s have a picnic.

[Maddie] It’s so pretty here.

[Paul] This bridge was used by the Vikings.

[Emma] This must be where you get all your creative inspiration.

[Paul laughs]

Look, it’s Lough Tay.

It’s the lake from Paul’s book.

Ah.

[Heather] Oh, it’s beautiful.

Is this where your mystical fairy lives,

in a sunken city at the bottom of the lake?

Yeah, exactly. You’re so perceptive.

Except she’s not mystical.

She’s wicked and selfish, and she lures men to their watery deaths.

Maddie!

No, that’s right.

Evil fairy.

[all laugh]

[Paul] Anyone fancy a boat trip?

[Heather] Oh!

[Kory] I do.

[Paul] Nevin put some boats aside for us.

[all laugh]

Maddie, come on, we can squeeze you in.

Oh, it’s okay.

There’s plenty of room. It’ll be fun.

I’m just gonna go for a walk.

Really? Okay.

Are you sure?

Yeah.

Could we get a picture?

Oh, okay.

[Emma laughs]

[all] Cheese!

[Maddie] Woo-hoo!

How about one of Paul and I?

Here, use my phone. That way, I can post on my stories later.

Okay. Uh, one, two, three.

[camera clicks]

[Kory] Think the water’s warm?

Here you go.

Thank you, Mads.

I am so excited by this.

All right, have fun.

[Kory] See you later.

Enjoy your walk.

[Heather] And we’re off.

[Emma] Oh, it’s lovely.

[Heather] I’m counting on you.

Bye, guys.

See you, Maddie!

Bye!

[Paul] We’re off.

[indistinct chatter]

[bittersweet music playing]

[majestic music playing]

[cell phone rings]

Hi, Mom.

You promised you’d call when you landed.

Sorry. I am safe and sound.

Actually, Paul took us to Lough Tay. It’s really magical in person.

Is there something in your voice? Are you all right?

Yeah, I’m okay, but…

I can’t help but think that things would be different

if I’d just taken your advice and told Paul how I felt.

[Rosemary] Sweetheart, think of this as a lesson learned.

You’re gonna have to start speaking up for yourself.

Stop that.

[Maddie] Yeah, well,

it’s too late now.

It’s not like I can tell Paul I wish he was marrying me instead of Emma.

[static]

Maddie?

Mom?

Maddie? Maddie?

Mom, it’s… it’s reconnecting.

Mom?

Oh! Whoa!

Was that a wish you were making?

Oh, no, I was just, um…

I mean, I guess, but I didn’t think anyone was listening.

Well, I was.

Look down.

Okay.

They call that a wishing chair, but you have to do it right.

So, sit down, close your eyes and make your wish.

Oh, no, I’m good.

What are you afraid of?

I’m not afraid. I just… I don’t believe in that kind of thing.

Well, then you have nothing to lose.

Oh, come on. Why not give it a go?

Okay, I wish…

No, you have to do it right. Sit down.

Close your eyes and mean it.

[sighs] Okay, I wish…

[gentle, whimsical music playing]

I wish I was marrying Paul Kennedy.

[whimsical music continues]

Oh.

[chuckling] Well, that didn’t work.

Didn’t it? And how can you tell?

Isn’t there supposed to be an earthquake or a lightning bolt or something?

So you want something more theatrical?

Let me see if I can muster up a stiff breeze. Would that help?

That would be nice.

[whimsical music continues]

Whoa!

[wind gusting]

Oh!

[laughing] Oh!

[mystical music playing]

[wind blowing]

[calming music playing]

[birds tweeting]

[shower running]

That was a weird dream.

[shower turns off]

[gasps softly]

Hello?

Hello?

Heather?

Emma?

Are you in there?

[gasps] Paul!

Ah, Maddie, you’re up. Can you hand me a towel?

Uh, sure.

Yeah. Okay. Um…

Um, Paul, what are you doing in here?

Taking a shower. What does it look like? Have you seen my beard balm?

No!

[thud]

Ow! Oh!

What’s wrong with you?

[Maddie] Nothing, I just, um… I didn’t know you were in here.

Where else would I be?

Right. Okay.

Oh! Uh, I’m-I’m gonna go. Right. So sorry.

Whoa! Oh!

Maddie! Are you all right?

They found my suitcase.

[Paul] Come here.

Huh!

[grunts]

You know what? I’m gonna go outside. I’ll just… Yeah, I’m gonna get some air.

[sighs]

Oh, morning, Mads.

Hi, Emma.

Emma! You’re up early.

I’ll get a run in before breakfast. Have you seen Paul?

Paul?

I’ve been looking for him everywhere.

You know, you can get lost in this house.

Yeah, well, uh, he is definitely not in there. At all.

Right. [chuckle]

You know what?

As a matter of fact, I haven’t seen an inch of him anywhere.

What? How did he get in there?

[Emma laughs]

Morning, Emma.

[Emma] Morning.

Your mother’s looking for you downstairs.

Oh. Great, thanks.

I’ll see you at breakfast?

Whoa. Paul.

What? It’s not like she’s never seen us kiss before.

Nevin, my jacket.

So, uh, getting ready for the big day, huh?

You must be getting excited.

I’m looking forward to the reception.

There are some seriously hot men in this town.

See?

[giggles]

Oh. [gasps softly]

Oh. Hey, are you…

I need to talk to you.

[Heather gasps]

What in the world, Mads? What is wrong?

I’m gonna tell you something,

but you cannot breathe a word of this to Emma.

Oh. All right.

Last night, I had the craziest dream.

We were by the lake, and this odd lady told me to make a wish.

And I wished that I was marrying Paul Kennedy.

I know that probably shocks you.

Should it?

Well, anyway,

when I woke up from the dream, my suitcase magically appeared,

and Paul was taking a shower. In there!

[chuckling] Okay.

Isn’t that a bit weird to you?

Uh…

[zipper rasps]

And there’s a wedding dress in my suitcase!

Uh, yeah.

Why is it in there?

Because it’s yours, silly.

You and your mom picked it out in New York.

What?

Yeah, and in a couple of days,

you’re gonna put it on, walk down the aisle, and get married!

No, I’m not!

Yes, you are.

I think you’re having a little pre-wedding anxiety.

Perfectly normal.

I mean, what are these?

These aren’t mine.

Girl, sexy heels for your honeymoon.

[gasps]

No. I am not the one who’s getting married.

She is!

[Heather] Exactly.

[gasps]

You, my friend, are marrying Paul Kennedy.

Now, just breathe. Relax.

This is gonna be the best weekend of your life.

Get dressed.

[door opens and closes]

I’m marrying Paul Kennedy.

Yes!

I’m marrying Paul Kennedy!

Ah!

Whoo! Yes!

[laughs]

[tender music playing]

[indistinct chatter and laughter]

Okay, so…

Well, I just don’t understand it.

Why can I not find a photographer for this wedding?

Because you’re horrible, Mum.

[Paul laughs]

The last two photographers you hired for our parties left in tears.

[laughter]

Did they really?

Yes.

They did. They were crying and everything.

Oh, there she is.

Good morning, everyone.

[all] Good morning.

[Heather] I’m digging this groove.

Uh, darling?

Oh.

Allow me.

Thank you.

Are you feeling all right, Madeline?

Yes. Just a little jet-lagged.

Have some champagne. It’s working for me.

[laughs]

Thank you.

Try these local woodland strawberries. They’re delicious.

Let me give you one. Very good.

[indistinct chatter]

[Sean] None for me, thank you.

[Olivia] Madeline might want one.

Madeline, would you like a boxty?

A what? [chuckles nervously]

Oh, she’s so adorable. Um, it’s an Irish pancake.

Oh, okay, thank you.

Sean, I meant to tell you. The bakery called.

The wedding cake we ordered is too tall for the delivery truck.

Oh, no.

Could you get a smaller cake?

[Kory] Very good.

I like your thinking.

[Olivia] Well done, dear.

[all laugh]

[Sean] Finally, someone with some sense.

Well, the weather seems to be holding up. You fancy a bike ride this morning?

Oh, with me?

Mm-hmm.

Of course with me.

[both laugh]

Emma and I are going down to the orchard to pick some apples.

Kory, do you want to come with us?

I can’t. I’ve got rugby practice.

Paul, can we go pick apples?

I’m not really that coordinated on a bicycle.

Don’t be silly. Everyone knows how to ride a bike.

[lighthearted music playing]

Sweetheart, can you pick up the pace a little?

Paul, I’m trying.

[Heather] These are so luscious.

[laughs]

[Paul] Maddie, you still back there?

I’m coming.

Oh, hey.

Hi, ladies.

Hey, Maddie.

[tense music plays]

Whoa! Whoa!

Ah!

[Emma] Oh!

[Maddie whimpers]

Maddie, are you okay?

Yeah, I’m-I’m fine.

You all right?

Yeah, I’m okay. I’ll just hop back on.

I don’t know, you kind of look like a liability on that thing.

Oh, no, I’ll just push it and trot along next to you.

Well, I was kind of hoping to get some cardio in, babe.

It’s okay. I’ll take it from you, Maddie.

No.

Could use a bike ride. I’m low on my steps.

All right then!

Alright.

Quick little trip around the village?

Only if you can keep up with me.

Whoo!

[Paul] Them fighting words.

[Paul cackles]

[Emma] Yeah, left you in my dust!

[Paul] I’m gonna get you.

So, want to pick some apples?

[sighs]

Yeah, sure.

Okay.

[Heather] I literally cannot believe we got so many apples.

How about we make an apple pie for Kory? Maybe he likes a girl that can bake.

[both laugh]

There you are. I’ve been looking for you everywhere.

Madeline, do you realize what time it is?

We have an appointment at the tailor’s for the fitting of your wedding dress.

Oh, but don’t I already have a dress? My mom and I picked it out together.

Oh, speaking of your mother.

Nevin will collect her from the airport and bring her to the rehearsal.

My mother’s coming?

Better late than never.

[Emma] Yeah, I agree with you.

I don’t see a problem with guys using Botox.

Right? I mean, I don’t need it now, but maybe in the future.

Oh hey, Em.

[Emma] Hey.

Hi.

Paul, darling, I thought you told Madeline about the wedding dress.

I did.

Right, honey?

No.

Well, anyway, come on.

Well, she’s no fun.

My mom can handle her.

[uplifting music playing]

[Olivia] It fits her like a dream.

[Liam] Spectacular.

Magnificent.

Wow.

Wow.

My grandmother wore that gown on her wedding day.

So did my mother. So did I.

It’s a tradition in our family, Madeline.

It’s really… fun.

“Fun”?

It’s vintage Lanvin.

It is a fashion artifact. It is the sphinx of wedding gowns.

Maybe you could add a slit?

Hmm.

[James] Brilliant. They have it.

REWILDING

[woman] Fantastic.

[man] It is lovely.

THE NEW BESTSELLER FROM PAUL KENNEDY

Hello.

Hello.

Let me get you this.

Thank you.

[computer chimes]

Oh! Congratulations.

You are our 100th customer of the week.

Oh. Wow.

Which means you win

a promotional copy of Paul Kennedy’s new novel.

Uh…

That’s okay. It’s fine, thanks.

But it’s free.

[chuckles]

Even so.

There you go.

Oh.

Little gift.

Of course.

One of this.

Lovely.

[laughs]

Oh, and the payment. There you go.

[cell phone chimes]

Perfect.

Have a good day.

You too. Bye.

SHEEP SHEARING FESTIVAL

CANCELLED

[James] Oh!

After you.

Thank you.

WEST COAST RARE BOOKS

Oh, come on. You’ve got to be joking.

I was looking forward to that gig.

It’s really not that bad.

Yes, it is. What are you talking about?

What are you gonna do about this, Maddie?

Well, I’m just gonna wear the dress.

Because it’s only a dress and because Paul wants me to.

[woman] And because you wished it.

Did you just hear that?

[gasps] There she is.

That’s her! She’s right there. There she is!

[gasps] Oh…

Who? Maddie!

[hurried music playing]

Hey, wait, come back!

What does that mean? I’m happy with my wish.

[panting]

[woman] Are you really happy with your wish?

[Maddie] Where are you going?

I love my wish. Come back! Please don’t take it away!

[tires squeal]

Whoa!

[gasps]

Hello.

It’s you.

You all right?

You didn’t see me crossing the street?

Well, yes, but you ran into me, so…

Well…

There you go.

[Maddie grunts]

It’s okay. I got it.

Here.

Oh. Well done.

Hey.

You told me you didn’t like Paul’s books.

Sorry, what?

When we were on the bus.

[laughs] I don’t mean to be rude, but do I know you?

You don’t remember?

Oh, that’s because it didn’t happen.

[James] What didn’t happen?

Nothing.

[Emma] Maddie!

What was that about? You just ran off.

I, um, I saw…

You found one. A photographer. Wonderful. Well done, Madeline.

No, I…

Olivia Kennedy. And you are?

James. James Thomas. Lovely to meet you.

I don’t suppose you’re any relation to Paul Kennedy, the author?

That’s my son.

Ah.

[Olivia] This is his bride-to-be.

Of course you already knew that.

I didn’t, actually.

The thing is, James is not that kind of photographer.

How do you know that?

You’re a photographer?

[James] I am.

What would you charge?

I appreciate the offer, but I don’t think I’m the man for the job.

What do you mean?

I don’t really photograph people.

Whatever your fee is, I will triple it.

When did you say the wedding was?

You see how there’s this beautiful glow around the bride and groom.

It’s lovely.

That’s what I’m looking for.

Something ethereal.

And then any photographs of me should be taken from the right.

That is my better side.

All right.

[laid-back music playing]

[car alarm chirps]

[door closes]

Whose car is in the middle of the drive?

Hey.

Oh, good, darling. You’re just in time.

Madeline found a wedding photographer for us.

Oh!

James Thomas, this is Paul, my fiancé.

I’ve read some of your work.

[Paul] Oh.

It’s always nice to meet a fan.

Yes, I’m sure it is.

You know, my publicist said

that we should get some PR pictures after the wedding

of Madeline and I in some idyllic Irish backdrops.

He thinks it’ll help boost my sales figures.

So not just a wedding but a good PR event too.

Yeah, exactly.

[Olivia] Especially since Maddie is Paul’s book editor.

Why don’t the three of you spend tomorrow driving around the area?

You might find some great spots.

That sounds wonderful.

What do you think, Paul?

It’s a great idea.

10:00 a.m., James?

Sure.

Madeline, would you mind showing James out?

Sure.

[door closes]

So you’re not just his fiancée but his editor too.

How convenient.

If you’re gonna spend the day with us, can you leave your snark at home?

Since I don’t technically have a home, I don’t know where that would be.

I’ll do my best.

I suppose I should be thanking you for the job.

I don’t mind saying it’s gonna come in very handy.

Now that the world has a camera in their pocket?

It’s what I always say.

Really?

Yeah.

See you in the morning.

Yep.

[starts engine]

[uplifting music playing]

[tap water running]

[lighthearted music playing]

[sighs]

Hmm.

Guess what?

You are marrying Paul Kennedy.

Oh! Yes!

[owl hooting distantly]

[door creaks closed]

[footsteps]

[sheets rustle]

[tense music plays]

What the…

[thud]

Ow!

Oh!

[groaning]

[Maddie gasping]

[exclaims]

[yelps]

Paul?

Maddie! What the hell?

I’m sorry! I was asleep!

God, that hurts.

I didn’t… It was a knee-jerk reaction. Did I get you in the eye?

You got a bit more than the eye.

Oh, I’m so sorry. Are you hurt?

Don’t… Don’t touch me.

Okay.

Okay?

Yeah.

Oh.

[Paul groans]

I’m so sorry.

[Paul groans]

Are you sure you’re okay?

[Paul] Oh, I’m tickety-boo.

[Maddie]. Okay.

You’re doing a grand job, mate.

[man] Thank you.

Ah. Morning.

Where’s Paul?

Uh, he’s not coming.

Well, why not?

He had a little late-night injury.

He said we should scout locations.

Nothing serious, I hope?

Oh, no, he just needs the ice.

What about your friends?

Uh, they’re getting mani-pedis.

Ready?

[engine starts and revs]

[uplifting music playing]

So how did you become an editor?

Oh, well, I was a freelance writer, but that wasn’t really paying the bills.

Then I got a job at the publishing house.

Ah, so that’s how you met Paul.

Yeah. He wasn’t really clicking with any of the other editors,

and we were a good fit right off the bat.

That’s interesting.

What does that mean?

I guess opposites attract.

Excuse me, Paul and I are not opposites. We have many things in common.

I stand corrected. I’m sure it’s a long list of mutualities.

Why don’t we stay silent for a second? That way I can enjoy the view.

As you wish.

[upbeat Celtic music playing]

DES MOINES, IOWA

[subdued music playing]

[twinkling]

[Maddie] How about you?

[James] We don’t need to talk about me.

Nice view though.

[Maddie] Where are we going?

[both laughing]

This is so pretty.

Oh, it gets better. Come on.

So… I’ve got to ask.

Do you have to?

[chuckling] Go ahead.

Okay.

Why don’t you write your own book?

[sighs]

I’ve been trying,

but it’s been a bit difficult lately.

Because you’re too busy working on Paul’s book.

No, I just…

I’m not sure I have anything to say now.

Everyone has something to say.

They just have to be brave enough to say it.

Are you calling me a coward?

Absolutely not.

You came up with that all by yourself.

Okay. [laughs]

[majestic music playing]

[James] Right. Well, Paul said he wanted some authentic Ireland.

So, this is about as authentic as it gets.

[Maddie] Wow.

It’s the Cliffs of Moher.

You know it?

I’ve heard about it.

What do you think?

[camera clicks]

I think I just stepped into a James Joyce novel.

That’s not the reference I was expecting.

Joyce is my favorite author.

Is he?

Hmm.

Hey, you’re pretty good. [chuckles]

Thank you.

Unfortunately, I don’t think a rugged cliff is Paul’s style.

No. No, probably not.

But is it yours?

Yeah, I think it’s beautiful here.

Yeah, me too.

[sighs] I’d love to get married up here.

Why don’t you?

Because the wedding is this weekend, and I don’t want to be difficult.

I’d hardly call having a voice at your own wedding being difficult.

[exhales]

Sorry, I just like to know a little bit about my subjects

before I photograph them, that’s all.

I thought you didn’t photograph people.

I’m willing to make an exception.

[spirited music playing]

[clang]

[both laugh]

I just don’t understand it.

Oh.

Wow.

[Finn] That was awful.

This looks like fun.

Heather, Emma. Come meet my mate, Finn.

Hi, I’m also Paul’s groomsman. Nice to meet you.

Paul, what happened to you?

Well, it’s a long story.

I’m trying to minimize the damage.

Look.

[gasps]

Do you think it’ll show in the photos?

I have an amazing concealer you can borrow.

That’d be great. Thanks.

[Finn] Heather, I was talking to Kory about the big wedding aisle walk.

Should we all practice, so we can make a splashy entrance?

I’ve got my eye on you, Finn.

He’s trying to steal my spotlight.

I got moves, Paul. I ain’t gonna lie.

[laughs]

Oh, no one could steal your spotlight. Can I get you some more ice?

No, no, no. Stay here and entertain me. Stop me feeling sorry for myself.

[gentle music playing]

Are you always so thoughtful?

Not with everybody.

Lucky me.

[thunder rumbles]

[James] There’s a storm’s coming.

We should probably get you back. I’m sure you got lots to do.

Not really. Paul’s mom has already done everything.

Where’s your mum in this whole equation?

In Des Moines, but she’s flying in for the rehearsal dinner tomorrow.

I’m sure you’ll be happy to see her.

It’ll be great to get her here.

She knows how to handle these situations. It’ll make everything easier.

Should…

Give me a hand with that. Yeah.

Just pull.

[mystical music playing]

[snoring]

Holy mother of God!

[thunderclap]

This is intense.

You know what they say about Ireland?

If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.

Mark Twain said that.

[intense music playing]

[tires screech]

[grunts]

[thunderclap]

That is a really big tree.

[James] Yeah, it is.

And this is the only road out.

There has to be another way around it.

If we had a Hummer.

I’ll have to turn around. It’s okay. I know a lovely little pub we can go to.

Wait, really?

[dramatic music building]

[thunder rumbles]

[James] Come on. Come on.

[Maddie] Ah!

[James] Get under.

Thank you.

Let’s go.

[laughs]

It’s a good pub, this. It’ll be worth it.

[Celtic music playing]

[laughter and boisterous chatter]

Wow. This is a fun place.

They do the best fish and chips in Ireland here.

I thought you didn’t like fish and chips.

What makes you think that?

Well, you said…

Never mind.

James Thomas, you bastard.

O’Callaghan, you swine.

[laughs]

How are you, buddy?

Yeah. What brings you here?

Well, there’s a tree down on the road, so we’re stuck.

Oh, right, I heard, yeah.

Seamus is gonna see to it first thing in the morning.

But he’s a little cabbaged now.

[both chuckle]

In that case, we’ll need two rooms for the night.

Whoa, wait, we can’t spend the night here.

Well, do you fancy sleeping in the car?

Just give me a second.

[patrons clapping]

[Paul’s voice] This is Paul Kennedy. I can’t get to the phone right now.

Who’s that lovely creature?

Calm down.

Don’t tell me you finally convinced some young lady you’re worth a shake.

Hey, Paul, it’s Maddie.

Uh, a tree fell down in the middle of the road, and so we are stuck here.

Her name is Madeline Kelly, and I’m photographing her wedding.

Ah.

Her wedding, huh?

Now, now.

Looks like I’ll have to spend the night. Call me when you get this.

[both laughing]

Okay, I left a message.

Good. Let’s eat.

Ah, take a seat.

Okay.

How about a couple of stouts?

Oh, can I have a white wine, please? I don’t really drink beer.

Ooh, I wouldn’t say that too loud around these parts.

You’d get locked up for treason.

[all laugh]

[laughing]

He seems great.

Yeah, he’s great.

Tom and I go a long way back.

I’ve been coming to Ireland since I was a kid, so it holds a very…

special place in my heart.

[man] Here’s our latest. Hope you like it.

Is it true that you don’t have a home?

This week it’s a rented room above Scruffy Murphy’s.

After, I’ll be on the road traveling the world

with nothing but a camera and a passport.

♪ Different situations ♪

♪ Running through my mind ♪

Doesn’t that get lonely after a while?

I mean, it’s…

There’s a freedom, having no ties.

♪ And I don’t know if I’m crazy ♪

Well, maybe you haven’t found that person to spend the rest of your life with.

Like you did?

♪ I see a house upon a hill ♪

[scoffs]

♪ With our names written on the deck ♪

Do you play darts?

Not recently.

Let’s play now.

Here we go.

It’s all about grip, stance, and confidence.

You don’t like to talk about yourself.

What makes you say that?

You keep changing the subject.

You’re supposed to keep your feet on the floor.

You see what I mean?

This time, just try your stance like this.

Only your arm moves.

You’re a man of mystery.

If you keep talking, you won’t visualize hitting the target.

That was sneaky.

I’m not sneaky.

Maybe it’s the luck of the Irish then.

Or maybe it’s just you.

I mean, you’re a good coach.

Well, you’re a good student.

[gentle music playing]

I’m getting married in two days.

Right.

[patrons applauding]

Your drinks.

Oh.

And your rooms.

Lovely. Thanks, Tom.

Enjoy.

Thank you.

You want to try it?

Uh, sure.

[upbeat Celtic music playing]

Not bad.

[laughs]

One dance before we call it a night.

[laughs] Okay.

I’m sorry. I need to get by here.

It’s a family emergency. I got to go. Please. Please.

Yeah, you’re done. You’re done.

Thank you. Bye.

Hi, I’ve been standing in line all this time at the wrong counter,

and I’ve missed my flight.

So I need you to get me another one immediately.

Principal Kelly. It’s me, Allegra.

Oh. Yes, hello, Allegra.

Hi.

Well, I need to get to Ireland. My daughter’s getting married.

Maddie’s getting married?

Yes. I’m pressed for time.

I missed my flight to Dublin. So see if you can you find me another one.

Then I need a connection to Knock airport. That’s in West Ireland.

Sure. How did you miss your plane?

A clock malfunction.

You overslept. That’s crazy.

[laughs]

There was a power outage, and my backup phone alarm just…

What are you doing?

I’m texting Kimmy.

Remember her from detention? She’s gonna freak out.

Seriously?

Yeah.

[laughs]

Somebody help me.

Please, help me!

[upbeat Celtic music playing]

[rhythmic clapping]

[both laughing]

Let’s go.

[yelps]

[music tempo increases]

[laughing]

[all] Hey!

[applause]

[uplifting music playing]

WILD HEN INN

[uplifting music continues]

[car engine sputtering]

[engine chugging]

Come on, please start. Please.

[Tom] Mm-hmm.

Nope, nothing.

I can’t believe this. I’m gonna be late for my own wedding rehearsal.

Could be water in the carburetor.

We could try a rolling jump.

What’s that?

You two push. I spring the clutch.

Sure. Okay.

Yeah, great.

[upbeat music playing]

All right, ready?

[James] Mm-hmm.

Okay!

Push!

[both grunt]

[straining]

[engine chugs]

[engine revs]

Whoa!

[both yelp]

Success!

Ah, crap.

I’ll get a rag.

[exhales]

That’ll do. A rag.

[exhales]

[upbeat music playing]

[Olivia] Well, no sign of Madeline.

First, her mother misses the flight,

and now here we are waiting for the daughter.

I hope this isn’t a family trait.

You couldn’t make it up.

[Heather] I’m sure Maddie will be here any minute.

I mean, those trees can be a huge challenge,

and we don’t even know if they had a chain saw, right, Em?

Yeah, right.

I can’t believe you didn’t bring a phone charger.

Neither did you.

[sighs]

Does this car go any faster?

No.

Great.

[laughs]

It’s not funny.

It’s pretty funny. It’ll be fine. Look.

Look at that.

[Celtic music playing]

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today

to celebrate the love of these two fine, young people who…

Hold on, I’m here, I’m here, I’m here.

I’m sorry. I’m-I’m so sorry.

Close call, Maddie. You almost lost your place.

Come here. Come here.

Oh. Sorry.

What happened to you?

[Maddie] Well…

Uh, I’m afraid I’m to blame.

We were coming back from the Cliffs of Moher.

What were you doing in that tourist trap?

How did you get all muddy?

Well, we’re all together now, and that’s what matters.

Mind if we cut to the chase?

We have guests are arriving at the rehearsal dinner in an hour.

All right then, let’s skip to the good part.

You may now kiss the bride.

Aw!

Aw!

[man laughs]

[screams]

[Maddie] James?

What?

Who’s James?

That’d be me.

What happened?

Well, you fainted.

It’s her.

It’s who?

Saint Brigid?

She’s the one who made all this happen.

Do you think she’s been at the whiskey?

Sean, please.

Must be the stress of the wedding.

Need water?

No, I’m just, uh… I just feel a little dizzy, that’s all.

Are you sure you’re okay?

Yeah, of course I’m okay.

I’m marrying Paul Kennedy.

That’s right.

[Paul chuckles]

Shall we continue?

Of course, Father. Sorry.

[priest] Where were we?

[indistinct chatter]

[clinks]

[Olivia] Quieten down, everyone.

My darling husband, Sean, has the floor.

Thank you, darling.

May your hearts be light and happy.

May your smiles be big and wide.

And may your pockets always have a coin or two inside.

[laughter]

No worries there, Maddie. You’re marrying a Kennedy.

[laughter]

Sláinte!

[all] Sláinte!

You’re drinking Guinness now, Maddie?

I’m acquiring a taste for it.

All right, now in honor of the happy couple,

we’re gonna play a game of “How Well Do You Know Your Fiancé?”

[all] Oh!

[laughs]

Three questions. If you get them right, you both take a shot.

Mm-hmm.

[Kory] If you get them wrong, we all have to drink a shot.

[excited chatter]

We have to drink no matter what? Can we play a different game?

Oh, no, you’re not getting out of this. Kory’s making the rules.

All right, first question. Who is Maddie’s favorite author?

[Emma] Oh, that’s an easy one.

Paul Kennedy.

[all laugh]

No. Very good. Very good, no.

No, my fiancée likes the classics. Her favorite author is…

[whispering] James Joyce.

…Charles Dickens.

[sighs] That’s right.

Hey!

[laughter]

One point for the happy couple.

Question two. What is the song you first danced to together?

[guests] Ooh.

Well, there wasn’t one.

Mm!

Maddie doesn’t know how to dance, do you?

[all laugh]

Nope. [chuckles]

We’ve heard enough from you, brother. Last question is for you, Maddie.

Where did Paul propose to you?

[Olivia] She knows that answer.

[Kory] Tell us anyway.

Propose?

[Finn] Yeah.

You know, how’d you get the ring on your finger?

Well, go on, Maddie. Tell them.

Well, it was in this really special place.

Really special.

It was so, so special and…

Right, wasn’t it? It was really beautiful and special.

It was at O’Toole’s in Brooklyn on my birthday.

Exactly.

Ah.

[Maddie laughs]

It was. It was at O’Toole’s in Brooklyn.

Mm-hmm.

On your birthday.

On my birthday.

And then…

Well, and then Maddie looked at me,

and she said, “What would it take for you to bring me to Ireland?”

And I said,

“We’d have to be getting married.”

[laughter]

And then…

Then…

[Paul and Maddie chuckle]

[mischievous music playing]

Oh, she’s only messing.

[all laugh]

Then you got down on your knee, and you proposed to me.

I proposed?

I mean, yes, of course. Yes, I proposed. Me.

I. Yes, I proposed.

You. [laughs]

And the rest, as they say, is history.

[laughter]

[all cheering]

[“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire playing]

♪ Hey, hey, hey ♪

♪ Ba-dee-ya, say, do you remember ♪

♪ Ba-dee-ya, dancing in September? ♪

You all right? What’s the matter?

Foot’s hurting.

Come on.

[giggling]

[inaudible]

Excuse me.

James, I thought I might take a look at those.

I think it might be better if you stay tonight.

I’ve asked Nevin to make up the tower suite for you.

Nevin. Lovely.

I’ll see you in the morning.

Fantastic.

Thank you for today.

Of course. Thank you for having me.

It’s been lovely.

♪ Remember ♪

♪ How we knew love was here to stay ♪

♪ Now December ♪

♪ Found the love we shared in September ♪

♪ Only blue talk and love, remember ♪

Are you leaving already?

No, no, no. Just packing up my stuff for the night.

Olivia has me staying in their guest tower.

Sounds very posh.

I don’t think she trusts me to make it on time tomorrow after the tree incident.

Mm.

[James] Yeah.

Thank you for taking me to see the Cliffs, and for the dance.

I’d like to think of myself as a full-service photographer.

[laughs]

[dramatic music playing]

Is it everything you imagined?

What?

This.

All of this.

You seemed confused in there, like you and Paul didn’t know each other.

That’s ridiculous. Of course we know each other.

Charles Dickens?

Anybody can make a mistake.

Yeah.

I hope you’re not making one too.

You don’t get to say that to me.

We barely know each other. We spent a day together.

I admit it was a beautiful day

filled with dramatic vistas and romantic rain,

but that doesn’t give you the right to question my life choices.

Tomorrow, I’m marrying Paul Kennedy.

Because you asked him.

Wait, so… so what? You don’t think a woman can ask a man to marry her?

Of course not.

But if you were my girlfriend, I wouldn’t have waited.

I’d have asked you first.

You know what? Maybe you shouldn’t come to the wedding.

I’ll tell Olivia then.

Fine. Take the photos.

Fine. It’ll be the last you see of me.

After this job, I’m off to Bolivia to photograph an endangered tree lizard.

What? When do you leave?

Sunday.

Great. Right on time to keep running from your own life.

[chuckles softly]

I shouldn’t have said that.

A bit late.

[cell phone ringing]

Mom?

I got a flight. We’re about to board.

[Maddie] You did?

That is great news.

I’ll be there in time for the wedding.

But don’t pick me up. I’ll take a taxi.

Okay. Mom, I’m so happy you’re coming.

I really need to see you.

[Rosemary] I’ll be there soon.

I’ll make sure your wedding to Paul is absolutely perfect.

[Maddie] Thank you, Mom.

[announcer] Gate change announcement. Flight 47 to Dublin will now…

What did they just say? Hold on one sec, honey.

Where’s everyone going? What’s happening?

I gotta go. Bye.

Mom? Mom?

[line disconnects]

Coming through. Coming through.

[upbeat music playing]

Oh.

Ah!

[screams]

[ding]

♪ Goody two, goody two Goody goody two shoes ♪

♪ Goody two, goody two Goody goody two shoes ♪

♪ Don’t drink, don’t smoke What do you do? ♪

♪ Don’t drink, don’t smoke ♪

♪ What do you do? ♪

[laughing]

♪ There must be something inside ♪

Phew! Hi.

Hi. Uh, looks like you’re having fun.

Emma’s a good dancer, huh?

Yeah. Hey, maybe she can give you a few pointers for tomorrow.

Oh, I almost forgot. I wrote our vows. I emailed them to you.

Wait, uh, you wrote my wedding vows?

Maddie, I am a writer.

But maybe you can spruce them up a bit, huh?

Paul, can you come here for a sec?

Oh. I’m being summoned. You coming?

You know, I think I’m gonna head to bed if that’s okay.

I’m pretty beat.

Okay, well, I’m staying in the guest room tonight.

Wouldn’t want any bad luck before the wedding.

No. Wouldn’t want that.

[both laugh]

Good night.

Good night.

[crickets chirping]

[dramatic music playing]

[chuckles faintly]

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

EDITED BY MADELINE KELLY.

UNTITLED NOVEL BY MADELINE KELLY CHAPTER ONE

HERE YOU GO BABE! WEDDING VOWS BY PAUL KENNEDY

[sighs]

[Paul laughing]

[Emma] This was an amazing night.

[Paul] It was.

[Emma] Yes. I wish it could have gone on forever.

[Paul] Yeah, me too.

Good night.

Good night.

[wistful music playing]

[crying softly]

[man] Those flowers go in the chapel.

A perfect morning for a wedding.

[sighs]

[tender music playing]

[shutters click]

Did you get a good shot?

I think so. Yeah.

Um, haven’t you got a wedding to get ready for?

Yeah, I’m just taking a moment.

I’ll leave you to it.

James. I’m really sorry about last night.

No apologies necessary.

You’ve had a lot going on.

I read your book.

You mean Paul’s book.

I know what I said.

It’s better than his other books.

A lot better.

Wonder how that happened.

I didn’t change all that much.

Why do you do that?

Do what?

It’s one thing to edit a book,

but you shouldn’t go on editing your own life.

[Maddie] I’m not editing my own life, I just…

I know this might sound strange,

but I’m not sure this is supposed to be my life.

If that’s the case, then now is the time to speak up.

Is this what you really want, Maddie?

Is Paul really the person you want to share the rest of your life with?

Marrying Paul is my wish come true.

Okay.

Then why are you so sad?

[dramatic music swelling]

[crying]

[bells tolling]

[uplifting music playing]

[indistinct chatter]

[inaudible]

Right this way.

[laughs]

[inaudible]

Your veil is spectacular. You look amazing.

Well, this is it. I can’t believe it’s all happening.

Me neither. Can you do me a favor and see if my mom’s arrived?

She’s not answering her phone.

Yeah, absolutely. I’m on it.

Okay, thank you.

Hi, Father.

Are you ready, Madeline?

Uh, I guess so.

You guess?

I’m just…

Father, I think I’ve done something wrong.

What is it, my dear?

I made a wish to Saint Brigid.

Oh!

Is that all?

You have to be careful with that one.

She’s known to have a bit of a sense of humor.

Oh. What does that mean?

Well, when you ask her for something, she may not give you what you want,

but she’ll always give you what you need.

[melodic string music being played]

Oh, that’s my cue.

It’s all going to work out just fine. I’ll see you out there.

[Emma] Oh!

Oh! It’s starting.

Ah! Are my eyebrows even?

That makeup artist Olivia hired has serious ‘tude.

And I think I pissed her off.

You look great.

Mm…

I’m sorry, Em.

Hmm?

About what?

You and Paul.

What are you talking about?

I know you two have feelings for each other.

I saw you on the patio last night.

Nothing happened.

I’ve known you since we were kids, Em.

It’s all right. You can tell me.

[whispering] Maddie.

Do you believe in fate?

Sometimes.

See, I don’t know why,

but from the moment I met Paul,

it just… it just felt like we were supposed to be together.

In another life, maybe we would have been.

Just not this one.

I can’t believe you’re taking this so well.

This is your big day, and I’m ruining it.

It’s not your fault. Really.

I’m gonna try to make things right.

[Vivaldi’s “Largo” from Concerto No. 4 in F minor, “L’inverno” playing]

[inaudible]

Ah.

[hums]

[camera shutters clicking]

[giggling]

[playing introduction]

[exhales]

[Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” playing]

[low murmuring]

[guests chatter]

[woman shushes]

[groans softly]

Excuse me.

Hi.

[Paul] Stop, stop, stop.

[music stops]

Hello.

[woman] Is that the dress?

[low murmuring]

What’s going on?

Oh, dear.

What’s she wearing? Where’s the family wedding dress?

Hi, there.

Um, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Maddie.

The bride.

Or at least I was supposed to be.

Of course, uh, you know Paul.

He’s a really great guy, and a good writer too.

Um…

People often tell me that I need to speak up for myself.

So, here it goes.

I really care about Paul…

[gentle music playing]

…but I’m not in love with him.

[low murmuring]

And I’m pretty sure he feels the same way about me.

Maddie.

[Maddie] I just think

that if you’re gonna go through with something like this,

like a wedding, and a marriage, and a life,

that it should be with someone you love, not just someone you wish for.

It should be with someone you find,

or even someone who finds you.

I’m sorry. This is unacceptable!

Paul, how did you let this happen?

Me?

[gasps]

It’s all his fault.

The photographer?

I saw you with Maddie this morning.

At the lily pond.

Wait, what about you and Emma last night on the patio?

Oh, that’s irrelevant. This joker is trying to steal my bride.

At least I’m not stealing Maddie’s ideas and calling them my own.

What are you talking about?

Your latest book.

Well. [scoffs]

[chuckles nervously] Wha…?

I wrote that book.

Hmm.

No, you didn’t. I wrote that book.

[guests gasp and murmur]

And there you have it.

[guests gasp]

Paul, stop.

No. You’re right. You’re right. I’m sorry. I’m sorry, everyone.

Come here!

No! Stop. Let go of him.

Maddie, this is not helping.

Paul, stop it!

[guests gasp]

[vase shatters]

[clamoring]

My leg.

Oh!

[frantic music playing]

Oh!

[grunts]

[Olivia] Sean, don’t just stand there! Do something!

Come on, son. You got this.

[grunts]

Steady does you.

Who’s that?

[ringing]

[Kory] Leave my brother alone!

Mom? Where are you?

Don’t panic, but I am in the hospital in Des Moines.

What? Are you all right?

[Rosemary] I’m fine.

I’ve just got a fracture of the metatarsal

and a little bump on the head, but I remember everything now.

Honey, tell me. The wedding. Was it everything you ever dreamt of?

[grunting]

[Paul] Kory!

Not in a million years.

Why are you not getting him? Help me! Help me get him.

Get off my foot! Get off!

What’s wrong with you? What?

Mom, I’m gonna have to call you back.

James!

Who are you helping?

Paul. Are you hurt?

No, I don’t think so.

I can’t believe you called me irrelevant.

What?

I didn’t mean it like that. I’m sorry! Come back!

Oh my God.

Let’s keep him out of this.

James.

Wait, James.

I made a mistake.

I shouldn’t have stayed on this job. I’ve become too emotionally involved.

You have?

You heard Paul in there.

He thinks I’m responsible for all this, and if I’m being honest, I probably am.

You’re not.

If I ever made you doubt yourself, then I am truly sorry.

But…

The best thing I can do is just…

walk away from you.

But none of this is your fault.

I really wish you all the happiness in the world.

I can’t be happy without you.

I know this doesn’t make sense right now,

but I believe in my heart that we’re meant to be together.

Not like this.

[gasps]

James, stop!

[romantic music swells]

Goodbye, Maddie.

[gasps]

[gasps softly]

[car door closes]

[engine starts]

[frantic music playing]

[sniffles and sobs softly]

[dramatic music playing]

Okay, I’m here!

Oh.

I know you’re here, Saint Brigid. You can come out now!

Please! This was all a mistake.

Paul, the wedding, James.

Just take it back!

Saint Brigid!

There’s no need to shout, dear.

I’m right here.

I need to unwish my wish.

Oh.

I’m afraid that’s impossible. That wish has already been granted.

But everything has gone horribly wrong.

Has it? Or has it gone exactly as it was supposed to?

No, you’re right, and I’ve learned my lesson.

I have to live my own destiny.

Well, then, that’s different.

Wait, come back. Where are you going?

[gasps]

Please, Saint Brigid, let me unwish my wish!

Oh!

Okay.

Okay. I can do this.

[sighs]

I just need a little wind.

Where’s the wind? Okay.

[exhales]

Okay, just a little breeze. Give me something.

I’ll take anything you got. Okay.

Just take back my wish!

[dramatic music playing]

[gasps]

[turns off blow-dryer]

[exhales]

Is anybody in here?

[mischievous music playing]

[sighs]

[knock on door]

[door opens]

Oh!

Ah!

[gasps] What are you doing?

Why aren’t you dressed?

That’s a bridesmaid’s dress.

Uh, yes, and it’s supposed to be on the bridesmaid.

The ring is gone.

What ring?

That’s Paul and Emma.

Oh.

Is everything okay?

This is amazing! Ah!

I’m glad you think so.

Let’s get moving.

[cell phone rings]

Oh.

Hi, Mom.

[Rosemary] Sweetheart.

Oh, how’s your foot?

My foot? Oh, you mean my arthritis.

Oh, that hasn’t acted up since I’ve been using that glucosamine.

That is such good news!

[Rosemary] Aw.

Thank you, honey.

[guests cheering and applauding]

Yay!

[laughing]

[camera shutters clicking]

[sighs]

James?

Oh, sorry.

[uplifting Celtic music playing]

[Paul] Right.

[both laugh]

Right. Here we go.

Hey!

[all cheer]

[pops]

[“Let’s Dance” by David Bowie plays]

♪ Put on your red shoes ♪

Thank you.

Whiskey, please.

Great reception.

Yeah.

[bartender] Here you go.

Thank you.

Cheers.

Cheers.

♪…playing on the radio ♪

[Heather] Okay, fine. He’s not into me.

I’m moving on.

Good for you.

Thank you.

Champagne, please.

Well, hello, handsome.

Hi.

Fancy a dance?

Oh, yeah. Sure.

All right. Say less.

Yeah.

♪ If you say run ♪

Hey.

Hey, having fun?

Yeah, it was a beautiful ceremony. And you got to wear your own dress.

Wouldn’t have happened without you.

Look, Maddie, I spent my whole life looking for someone like Paul.

I couldn’t be happier for you.

Oh, there’s the photographer. Is my lipstick still on?

It’s perfect.

[both laugh]

♪…break my heart in two ♪

♪ Ah ♪

♪ If you should fall into my arms ♪

♪ And tremble like a flower ♪

There’s my girl.

Congratulations, Paul. Emma is an incredible person.

You’re lucky to have her.

We’re all lucky.

I just got off the phone with the publisher.

The US numbers are huge.

They want a sequel right away.

Now obviously, I’m going on my honeymoon for a month,

so do you mind starting the story without me?

That depends.

On what?

Am I gonna get co-writing credit?

Madeline, that’s not how it works.

I get the sole credit.

You edit the story,

and my name sells the books.

That’s why we’re a perfect team.

[softly] Yeah.

You know what, Paul? That’s not how a team works.

I’m afraid you’re gonna have to fly solo on this one.

Where are you going?

To write my own story.

[uplifting music playing]

Enjoy that.

Thank you, Murphy.

Sláinte.

[“Perfectly Imperfect” by Declan J Donovan playing]

♪ So let me give you every… ♪

What can I get for you?

Hi, I’m looking for James Thomas. He’s renting a room upstairs.

James? He’s left. You just missed him.

Oh. I did?

[Murphy] Maybe you’ll catch him.

Okay, uh, thank you.

You’re welcome.

Thank you so much.

♪ You don’t know why I’d waste my time ♪

♪ But I’m falling and I mean it ♪

♪ I want you like I need it ♪

♪ There’s nothing you could try To change my mind ♪

[Maddie] Is this seat taken?

♪ ‘Cause I’m in love with you ♪

Um, depends if you’ll try to steal my bag again.

[both chuckle]

Thanks.

It’s okay.

Well, this is a coincidence.

It’s a small village.

[chuckles]

So you’re a nature photographer, right?

Mm-hmm.

I was wondering if I could get your advice on something.

All right.

I’m doing some research on the Bolivian tree lizard.

They’re endangered, you know.

I’ve just been offered a job in Bolivia to photograph that lizard.

When are you leaving?

Well, I’m not. I turned the job down.

You did?

Well, just after you got off that bus,

I, uh, met this very interesting woman

who encouraged me to stick around for a while.

See what might happen.

[chuckles]

How long are you gonna be in Ireland for?

As long as it takes.

I’m planning on writing a book on the Cliffs of Moher.

Do you know them?

One of my favorite spots.

[both chuckle]

Mine too.

Huh.

[Maddie chuckles]

Maybe we could go there together sometime.

I’d like that.

[uplifting music playing]

What’s the book about?

[Maddie] I have this crazy idea.

[majestic music playing]

[James] Fancy something to eat later?

[Maddie] I’d love that.

[James] I know a lovely little pub we can go to.

[Maddie] Can we play darts?

Absolutely.

There’s even live music.

[Maddie] Do you dance?

[James] Yes. Yes, I do.

[Maddie] I had a feeling.

[Maddie chuckles]

[“Comin’ Home” by Aliana Lohan playing]

♪ Dreams in motion ♪

♪ And I wish tonight ♪

♪ If we stumble, if we fall ♪

♪ High up on the cliffs we go ♪

♪ Waves are crashing down below ♪

♪ Never say goodbye, hello ♪

♪ Hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey ♪

♪ Raise our hands up to the sky ♪

♪ We will live and never die ♪

♪ Take you closer to my light ♪

♪ Comin’ home ♪

♪ And we’ll love until we break ♪

♪ And we’ll take all we can take ♪

♪ Building castles ♪

♪ We will stay forever young ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ If we fall, we fall together ♪

♪ And if we rise ♪

♪ We will rise forever ♪

♪ Easy can be hard, you know ♪

♪ Higher can be down so low ♪

♪ We’ll never say goodbye, hello ♪

♪ Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey ♪

♪ Raise your hands up to the sky ♪

♪ We will live and never die ♪

♪ Take you closer to my life ♪

♪ Comin’ home ♪

♪ And we’ll love until we break ♪

♪ And we’ll take all we can take ♪

♪ Building castles ♪

♪ We will stay forever young ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Comin’ home ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Comin’ home ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ Comin’ home ♪

[mellow acoustic music playing]

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