What happens when religious differences and families collide? Chris and Amanda are both 19 years old, and became engaged after their first year of college. Amanda is a devout Mormon, and recently, her husband-to-be, Chris, converted to her...... Read Full Episode Summary »
There's trouble in paradise when Mormons Amanda and Chris exclude his family by marrying in the temple.
Chris and Amanda work on their relationship with Chris' mom and spend some time on the slopes.
What happens when religious differences and families collide? Chris and Amanda are both 19 years old, and became engaged after their first year of college. Amanda is a devout Mormon, and recently, her husband-to-be, Chris, converted to her religion. It's always been Amanda's wants to have a traditional Mormon wedding in the temple, but that means Chris' family isn't allowed to attend the ceremony.
Three weeks until the wedding, Chris' mother calls her son upset, frustrated that she won't be able to see her eldest walk down the aisle. But, Amanda won't change her dream of getting married in a Mormon temple for the sake of Chris' mother. Chris' mother tells him that she's worried Amanda's parents are judging her because she isn't Mormon, but Amanda disagrees, saying her family accepted Chris even before he converted.
At Amanda's bridal shower, everyone plays a game to see how well Amanda knows her future husband. For every question she gets wrong, she has to chew a piece of gum. At the end of the game Amanda's mouth is overflowing, leaving little to be said.
That night, the couple decides to have two ceremonies, so that Chris's family can be involved in the wedding. The first ceremony will be at the Mormon temple, and the second will be a ring ceremony before the reception. At diner, Chris tells his mother the new plans, but she still can't understand why she can't witness the official marriage.
The next day, Chris and Amanda go to the hall where the ring ceremony will take place. Amanda's parents don't understand the reasoning behind the ceremony and Amanda admits she wants it short and sweet. Chris explains that it has to be longer than 15 minutes since his family is flying in to see them wed. She turns on the tear factory and throws a fit, suggesting that Chris' mother is taking over the wedding. Amanda then admits to Chris that she doesn't want his sisters to read any poems at the ceremony, and she is no longer excited about the wedding.
The day before the wedding, the two families gather together for a rehearsal dinner. Amanda cooks for the entire crew in the hopes of showing Chris's mother that she will make a good wife. The dinner moves according to plan, with Chris's mother mentioning how impressed she is with Amanda's culinary skills.
On the way to the temple to take pictures, Chris's family discusses their frustration and confusion over the situation. Chris's mother has come to terms with being excluded from the temple, but is still hurt by the decision, feeling as though Chris's family is trying to take him away from her.
After the temple, the bride and groom pose for pictures with their families. The ring ceremony flows better than Amanda had expected, with Chris's sister reading a poem to the happy couple. In the end, Chris and Amanda walk away smiling, and Chris' mother grants the two her blessing.