It’s the wedding of the century — or at least of the 2013-14 TV season. “Modern Family’s” two-part Season 5 finale features the highly anticipated wedding of Mitchell and Cameron (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet). And if it feels like this wedding has been a long time in the making, well … it has been.
Faithful viewers of the Emmy-winning ABC comedy have been along for the ride ever since these beloved characters decided to tie the knot, and the wedding planning process has provided some of the show’s funniest moments.
Check out these memorable moments leading up to “The Wedding.”
Save the date
The important first step towards wedded bliss got off to a rocky start in the episode “The Late Show,” when the lovebirds couldn’t agree on their Save the Date cards. Cam eventually got his way, which led to a later spat about his Groomzilla ways: “So, it is still our wedding,” Mitchell said at one point. “I wasn’t sure I was even invited because you keep asking for my opinion and then doing the exact opposite.”
Indeed, Cam also had the final say on the music (“I think our love deserves a band, not a D.J.,” he said) and the table linens. (“They make sneakers out of that fabric,” he said of Mitchell’s pick). And that was just the beginning.
Taking the cake (topper)
Cam’s world class soap carver dad, Merle Tucker, created a soap sculpture of the grooms to use as a wedding cake topper, but the tacky piece had Mitchell in a tizzy. The episode was “A Hard Jay’s Night,” which had Cam boasting about his dad’s mad carving skills: “Once when I was a kid, I cussed and my mom washed my mouth out with the Leaning Tower of Pisa,” he said. Still, Mitchell didn’t like the flamboyant way in which he was portrayed on the carving, so he hatched a plan to ruin it in the bathtub. (Didn’t work, the thing was shellacked to the gills). Later, he enlisted his dad’s dog Stella to make it “disappear,” but Cam dug up the missing artifact out of the backyard.
Check out clips from “A Hard Jay’s Night” here.
When the grooms hired their old pal Pepper (Nathan lane) to be their wedding planner, things didn’t turn out as planned. In fact, Pepper’s over-the-top ideas had the guys scrambling to seek help elsewhere. (Like from his more tasteful assistant, Ronaldo). Pepper’s most “out there” idea? He envisioned the grooms’ arrival on a purple wedding aisle via unicorn. “The idea of two men being able to marry seemed like a fantasy,” he mused.
Location, location, location
Location is everything when it comes to a wedding, but Mitch and Cam almost missed out on a primo locale when they tried to play hardball with an event planner. The episode “And One to Grow On” had Cam set on a wedding at The Carriage House (“I was wishing they had a gazebo, and then they did!” he gushed), but the price per person was cause for pause for Mitch. When the duo tried to book the date — March 28, the anniversary of their first date — Mitch questioned the inflated price, which didn’t even include alcohol, cake, or music. “What’s that — the Mennonite package?” he asked. To make matters worse, in a split second the date was booked for a Sweet 16 party!
See a clip from “And One to Grow On” here.
In real life, the actors who play Mitchell and Cameron admit they got emotional while filming the wedding episodes. In an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Stonestreet said, “This just feels really great to know that at the end of five years, these two characters people have gotten to know are having a little bit of completion to their relationship… and we’re opening people’s hearts and minds, but we’re making them laugh, too.”
“Modern Family” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.