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A December Bride (2016)

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A holiday wedding brings no joy to the bride's cousin, who was literally left by the groom right at the altar. But she might find her true love there when she gains a fake fiancé in the process.


David Winning


Denise Hunter (novel), Karen Berger



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Cast overview:
Jessica Lowndes ... Layla O'Reilly
Daniel Lissing ... Seth Murphy
Jay Hindle ... Jack Evans
Pauline Egan ... Jessica Evans
Karen Kruper ... Aunt Lorraine
April Telek ... Darcy Sterling
Casey Manderson ... Beckett O'Reilly
Keith MacKechnie ... Hank O'Reilly
Dean McKenzie Dean McKenzie ... Peter Hardwick (as Dean Monroe McKenzie)
Jannen Karr ... Joyce Hardwick
Kurt Evans ... Stanley Malcolm
Drummond Macdougall ... George Murphy
Beverley Breuer ... Meredith Murphy
Larry Hoe ... Minister
Brendon Zub ... Cooper (as Brendon James Zub)


Aspiring interior designer Layla O'Reilly is dreading the Christmastime wedding of her cousin who's marrying Layla's ex-fiancé. Although Seth Murphy is the one responsible for introducing the bride and groom, she begrudgingly accepts his offer to be her date as she's out of options. Seth gets carried away at the reception and announces they're engaged, forcing a mortified Layla to keep up the pretense. But as the faux couple spends more time together they find themselves feeling something very real. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

20 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A December Bride See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The second of two novels by Denise Hunter to have been adapted into television movies for The Hallmark Channel in 2016 after The Convenient Groom (2016). See more »


When Layla first shows Seth the stockings hanging on his fireplace she tells him that she is going to add some small presents inside of them so they don't look like props. But later when the Parade of Homes starts and people are coming in to see the house, the stockings are still empty. See more »


Layla O'Reilly: Oh, what I wouldn't give to be poor Layla, not engaged Layla who actually isn't.
Seth Murphy: Wait, so what are you saying? The wedding's off?
Layla O'Reilly: I'm gonna need you to take this seriously. Okay, how do we deal with this? What do I tell my Dad, and my brother, and my entire family?
Seth Murphy: I'll tell them I did it on a dare. The party was so much fun I got wedding fever.
Layla O'Reilly: Of course, you can't tell them the real reason is because you felt sorry for me.
Seth Murphy: That's not the wording I'd use.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: A Christmas Kiss (2017) See more »

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Ring Scene is a Priceless Moment in this feel good movie
17 December 2016 | by bethsampson-68604See all my reviews

i do have a question: is jessica and daniel a real engaged couple? looking at the ring scene (first of all that ring is so beautiful genuine/real compared to other movies showing fake knock offs, where did they get the ring for this movie?) daniel when he put the ring on jessica's finger and his look and her look all spoke of longing and love. seriously if they're not engaged for real they need to be and to portray that scene so well it's spell bounded. daniel and jessica are excellent actor/actress to bring that small compact scene to life.

I'm into spellbound because I'm a charmed fan for life love the series and jessica in all her beauty can so be prue if ever they go to remake charmed. daniel is too cute sweet and wholesome who apparently loves the legal aspect he can be her detective boyfriend. i have been searching for a couple to fill that mold missing since charmed left the air and the mundane movies on hallmark. i am all in to be on this list of love for this couple.

jessica and daniel to have this blossoming chemistry with this simple movie with less romance scenes but can still bring it out with the unspoken looks is so special. foremost excellent acting.

i repeated the ring and dinner with the parents scenes multiple times. reason: love those scenes. daniel is too cute in the shy mode when sitting across from jessica at the table the man didn't know what to do with his hands---he was missing holding and being next to jessica--- -so sweet. also his eyes were all over the table trying to catch jessica when she looks at him---so sweet. the ring scene both of them craving to hold and kiss were spellbound frozen to their spots (bad call for the people behind the cameras-- you robbed the audience of that special complete love). spellbound and bedazzled for jessica and daniel or dj so sweet cute luscious very dashingly handsome beautiful couple.i agree and I'm in.

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