Ahead of the premiere of UP TV’s Our Wedding Story on June 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, realscreen presents an exclusive clip of the wedding show.
Produced by Los Angeles-based Blue Kite Cinema, the wedding series captures couples from across the U.S. on the way to saying “I do”. Audiences get in on the intimate story of the couples as they hear their love story, witness the ups and downs they have endured together as it culminates in weddings in beautiful locales like Santa Barbara wine country, Mexico’s white-sand resorts, and a riverboat in the Deep South.
UP TV is expanding its heartwarming slate of programming with back-to-back premieres of Our Wedding Story and Crazy Beautiful Weddings, which follows wedding planner Lynzie Kent as creates unique and jaw-dropping celebrations. Crazy Beautiful Weddings debuts at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on UP.
Realscreen caught up with Timothy Kuryak, SVP of production and development at UP TV, to learn more about the new series.
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
What was the genesis of Our Wedding Story?
I used to run all the wedding programming at TLC when I was the head of production for the West Coast. I came across Nick and Colin of Blue Kite Cinema wedding videos and I was struck at how beautifully shot they were and how well they told a story.
When I was at TLC I approached them and said “Would you be interested in developing a wedding show for TLC?” and they turned me down. I was disappointed.
When I came to UP TV and was told we were going to do wedding programming, my first thought was, “Oh my God, I should reach back out to Nick and Colin.” I reached out to them and said “Would you be interested in doing a wedding show for UP?” and they turned me down again.
I asked them, “Why do you keep turning me down?”
They said other networks had approached them but they said “You’re going to want conflict and drama and that’s not how we operate.”
I said that’s not the UP brand at all – we want authentic stories. We want natural elements that would be dramatic in any way, but we’re not pushing drama or fabricating it. Once they heard that, they were happy to sign on.
Is UP TV trying to break into the wedding programming?
Wedding programming is a bigger part of the strategy we are calling “Life’s Biggest Moments”. We looked at our docuseries, and what resonates with our viewers – they were life’s biggest moments.
Our most popular show is Bringing Up Bates – whenever you have a baby, or a wedding, or an engagement – those are the episodes that bring in top ratings.
When we looked at the landscape of what was out there in reality programming, these kinds of shows haven’t been done in a contemporary way. With Our Wedding Story and Crazy Beautiful Weddings, we are telling the wedding story in a more contemporary way.
Why will UP TV audiences tune into Our Wedding Story?
It’s a pure love story – you can’t help but fall in love with them [couples] and hear about their journey. A lot of the wedding programming out there features crazy brides, or families that are at odds, or conflict, or drama that seems more fabricated. This is a true story of two people falling in love.
Anything else you’d like to add about Our Wedding Story?
This series, and Crazy Beautiful Weddings, offers a diversity of characters and diversity of stories. We have a wedding that takes place in Fiji, Savannah, and the Caribbean. We have a do-it-yourself wedding, and a traditional Indian and Korean wedding. It’s interesting to see how different cultures celebrate weddings.
Are you trying to reinvent the wedding genre?
I think to try to reflect how people are getting married today, how personal weddings are, and how they tell the story of the couple, I think that is different and unique to us from what else is out there.