For those who thought it was an April Fool’s Day joke, take a peek at the beautiful brides, courtesy of TV Guide:
“[Grey's creator] Shonda Rhimes loves nothing more than to plan a wedding,” episode writer Stacy McKee told AfterEllen.com between takes of the wedding scene. “We had a very big elaborate wedding planning meeting for this episode to make sure it would be the wedding of both our brides’ dreams. We wanted gowns, flowers; we wanted it to feel like the most traditional wedding you could think of and the fact that it happens to have two brides is ‘so what?’”
Both Sara Ramirez (Callie) and Jessica Capshaw (Arizona) are wearing in Amsale gowns specially designed for the scene, which was filmed on location at the woody and beautiful Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
“The great thing about Shonda is that she puts so much heart and soul into every single detail,” Capshaw told AfterEllen.com between takes. “I knew the wedding was coming and we did it backwards: We did the wedding dress fittings then we got the script.”
“On the story level, it’s super exciting,” Capshaw said. “But as actors, you always wish you can get let out of school and we get to go on a field trip and come to a beautiful place and put on clothes that aren’t scrubs and have fun.”
“It’s been a long journey and I know the fans have been — starting last year at this time with the whole Arizona doesn’t want to have a baby thing — but look where we’ve ended up,” Capshaw said. “I think that this is sort of a nice place for them to have come to.”
As if surviving the car crash that triggered the musical episode wasn’t enough, Calzona’s journey to the altar also comes with complications: Arizona and Callie’s parents come to Seattle for the wedding, but not all make it to the ceremony.
“I think it’s wonderful that two people who are choosing to spend a life together are going forward with it and embracing the people who chose to show up and support them,” Ramirez told AfterEllen.com. “I feel like it says a lot about these two women.”
Whose side of the aisle would you sit on?