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This Is Where Runaway Bride Was Actually Filmed

There's been several films over the years that chronicle reporters and journalists as they fall in love with unexpected individuals. From 2003's "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" to 2008's "27 Dresses" to 2017's surprise Netflix hit "A Christmas Prince," the list goes on.

But before any of these movies hit the screen, there was "Runaway Bride." Released in 1999, it stars retired romantic comedy queen Julia Roberts as Maggie Carpenter, who has a habit of leaving grooms (three to be exact) at the altar. As journalist Ike Graham (Richard Gere) works to cover her impending fourth marriage, he naturally falls for the fleeing bride.

"Runaway Bride" takes place in Maggie's hometown of Hale, Maryland. Filled with quaint shops and tree-lined streets, it's the perfect contrast to the fast-paced, big-city life of Ike. The unassuming small town, where nothing major ever really happens, makes Maggie's unique predicament all the more appealing to him.

Though Hale is a fictional place, the town in which "Runaway Bride" was filmed is very much real. Over 20 years later, it's still reaping the benefits of being associated with the iconic Roberts/Gere project.

Runaway Bride was filmed in Berlin, Maryland

In 1998, the real-life Maryland town of Berlin was utilized by cast and crew for production of "Runaway Bride." Located approximately 15 minutes from the popular Ocean City, Berlin instantly won the heart of director Garry Marshall when he came for a tour (via The Dispatch).

Several area spots were transformed for "Runaway Bride," including the shop Victorian Charm, which was revamped to serve as a wedding dress boutique. Though owner Steve Frene's place of business was shut down for three weeks (workers were given compensation by Paramount) and got a complete overall, he had no qualms. "One cabinet and one chandelier were all they kept," said Frene. "We felt that was more than fair because Victorian Charm lives on forever in a great movie."

As for Maggie's home, local mother Mary Beth Lampman permitted Paramount to use her Baker Street residence, which she vacated for six weeks. Though having a large production company in town came with some obstacles, such as closed streets and blinding spotlights, the pros outweighed the cons.

According to Mayor Gee Williams, "I believe the filming and subsequent success of 'Runaway Bride' was significant in validating and encouraging the continued historic revitalization of downtown Berlin."

Over two decades later, Berlin continues to be associated with "Runaway Bride." In fact, for the 20th anniversary in 2019, it hosted a slew of movie-related events and activities to celebrate (via Ocean City Visitors Guide).