She’s 20 and in love, and she’s marrying the love of her life in a big white wedding. Mamma Mia!‘s Sophie Sheridan not only made her wedding dress, she sewed the bridesmaids’ dresses too! Then, she sent wedding invitations to three strangers in her mother’s name but without her knowledge. All three were her mother’s ex-lovers, and one of whom was her father.
2008’s Mamma Mia! may not be the most critically acclaimed movie of the year but it did earn $615.7 million against a production budget of $52 million. With a heavyweight cast that included Meryl Streep (as Donna Sheridan) and Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård as her ex-lovers, the mostly non-professional singers in the cast managed to perform the hits of ABBA in a light and delightful way.
Amanda Seyfried as the mischievous Sophie was surprisingly a competent singer. She also made a lovely bride. Her breezy and flowing Grecian-inspired multi-layered gown embroidered with tiny pale blue flowers, her soft beach curls and the bouquet of wild flowers were just as youthfully bohemian as her. It was the perfect look for a girl who grew up on a Greek island. As it turned out, while a wedding did take place, Sophie wasn’t the bride. And this is what makes the wedding scene in Mamma Mia! so hilariously memorable.
As Sophie wanted, her mother marched her down the aisle. As the priest began the ceremony and welcomed Donna as Sophie’s family, Donna interrupted him to welcome Sophie’s father. Her three ex-lovers stood up only to sit down again abruptly after Donna said that she didn’t know which one of them was Sophie’s father. After all three men declared that they were all happy to be a third of Sophie’s father, Sophie decided to not get married yet and see the world instead with her fiancé, Sky.
In the confusion that followed, Sam (who may or may not be Sophie’s father), proposed to the bride’s mother, Donna. She said yes and the wedding ceremony and reception meant for Sophie and Sky became the wedding ceremony and reception for Sam and Donna.