Tess, Monica, and Andrew observe unseen as Kevin Abernathy proposes to Alison Miller in a forest glade. Six month's later, the angels are wedding coordinators for the couple. Although preparations have proceeded apace, Monica fells she has forgotten something and Tess admonishes her to remember because Kevin and Alison's future depends on it. Wedding day jitters are compounded by Kevin's eccentric Aunt Augusta and his klutzy sister, Peggy. But the arrival of Alison's estranged father, Stan causes her to have second thoughts about the nuptials. Kevin is especially taken aback because his bride-to-be had told him her father was dead. To prove his love, he reads the wedding vows he wrote but is dismayed to learn that Alison's hasn't written her own vows yet. While Tess tries to keep the wedding guests entertained, it becomes evident the wedding may not occur. Amidst the chaos, a mysterious blue envelope goes unnoticed in the bridal prep room. Monica wonders why Stan showed up until Tess reveals she invited him. Kevin's parents comfort him, while Tess urges Alison's mother, Harriet to tell the truth, Stan wrote to Alison all these years like he promised. Harriet withheld the letters, initially out of spite for her ex-husband, then to cover her own deception. Confused, but knowing the truth, the bride and groom decide to proceed with the wedding. Monica then realizes she has forgotten to ask God's blessing on the event. After praying, she discover's the blue envelope and halts the ceremony. A distraught Alison runs off, but Kevin chases after her. Returning to the glad where they got engaged, the couple receives a revelation from Monica, Tess and Andrew. Informed that marriage is a sacred institution, of which God should be made a part, the couple also learn the envelope contains the results of their blood tests. One of them has leukemia. Realizing true love can endure life threatening illness, Kevin and Alison are married by the three angels in the sight of God.moreless
This episode provided a profound lesson regarding the difference between a wedding and a marriage. All the ceremony, pretty music, and gifts are little more than superfluous fluff if God is not "invited" into a wedding.
The final scene shows the "real" wedding - out in the middle of a dirt path, and devoid of all the fancy trimmings that usually come with a wedding, we are shown a moving example of a real "marriage" where God and three of his angels are given the central roles that a true meaningful marriage is all about. Sally Kellerman provides outstanding comic relief as a romance novelist who seems to see the wedding as a live reenaction of her stories.moreless
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