Romance has always been an essential part of "Downton Abbey," but the show never truly felt like a rom-com until Sunday night, when Elsie Hughes and Charles Carson finally got hitched in what may be the most Pinterest-worthy wedding ever seen on the small screen. (Did you get a load of that bunting? Or those rustic place settings?)
As in any good rom-com, Carson and Hughes had a few obstacles to overcome before they walked down the aisle. First and foremost was the issue of venue. Carson, who is clearly the bridezilla in this relationship -- I mean, did you see his reaction to that fern? -- wants to get married like a posh person. That is, in the great hall at Downton Abbey, where everyone will stand about eating nibbly bits.
Mrs. Hughes, on the other hand, would like “a solid meal served at proper tables” followed by “a bit of hooley,” as she admits when put on the spot by Cora. Like the sensible Scottish lass she is, all Mrs. Hughes wants is a simple wedding at the schoolhouse that will also be the envy of every hipster bride from Portland to Bushwick.
In a perfect rom-com ending, Branson even makes a surprise appearance at the wedding, explaining that he’s come back to stay for good. "I had to go all the way to Boston to figure something out,” he says. “I learned that Downton is my home and you are my family." Everyone welcomes the news, but I have to wonder if Mary will continue in her role as the estate agent now that Branson has returned. I hope so, if only to hear her talk about livestock as much as possible.
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