A Tale of Two Outlander Weddings: Jamie + Claire’s vs. Roger + Brianna’s
Who doesn’t love an Outlander wedding! We take a moment to look at two Outlander weddings. What are the parallels between Jamie and Claire’s and Roger and Brianna’s?
There’s nothing like a wedding (or handfasting ceremony) to get you reminiscing about romance! Seeing Bree and Roger finally come together has been one of the highlights of Outlander Season 4 for me, and during Wilmington I couldn’t help but think back on the first major wedding of Outlander, Jamie and Claire! And the more I thought and analyzed the episode, the more I discovered many similarities between our two couples. Whether this was on purpose by the writers or just pure coincidence, here are some of the moments in Episode 409 that parallel the couple that started it all.
Jamie has mentioned quite a few times on how much he wants Claire. The first time happened in Episode 108, as the two snuck away to get in a quickie before getting back on the road.
“Does it ever stop, the wanting you?”
There’s another moment in Episode 109 where in their moment of kiss-and-make-up after the spanking, Jamie again expresses his desire.
“I want you Claire…I want you so bad I can scarcely breathe.”
For Roger and Bree, this moment happens before their wedding. After seeing Bree for the first time since traveling through the stones, he’s a bit upset that she didn’t know where they stood as a couple.
“Don’t you know how badly I want you?”
During the first proposal back in Episode 403, he also speaks of his wanting.
“I want you Brianna. I cannot say it more plainly than that.”
Seems like in the Outlander universe, “want” is pretty much the same thing as “love”!
Jamie and Claire’s wedding may have been a much more formal ceremony compared to Roger and Bree’s, but both were strong in Scottish tradition. In Episode 107 we saw Jamie lead Claire in a vow-handfasting-blood binding ceremony. “Blood of my blood, bone of my bone.” *Swoon* Their wrists and hands were tied together as they recited those beautiful words in Gaelic.
The first time we heard of handfasting was back in Episode 309 when Fergus and Marsali proudly announced it to a perturbed Jamie. But we got to see the actual ceremony when Roger and Bree performed it in this episode. Fairly similar to the wedding, their hands were tied together and Bree was reciting after Roger. It may not have been in Gaelic but it was just as beautiful.
Jamie was a virgin, a surprising twist that both book and show readers were thrown by.
Bree’s virginity became much more an issue in her relationship, to the point of causing her and Roger’s first (of sadly many) major fight.
The Beauty in Vulnerability
We knew when Claire was going back through the stones in Outlander Season 3 that she felt some insecurity. Twenty years older, would Jamie still want her? She carried that fear all the way till their first night together. Claire has a moment of vulnerability, naked in front of Jamie for the first time — she even slightly covers herself.
It’s a wonderful moment, and one that we see once again during Bree and Roger’s night.
Jamie and Roger sure know how to make a lady feel desired, sexy, and loved.
The Confusion of Passion
Being a virgin, it’s natural to have a lot of questions. Both Jamie and Bree had a bit of concern during their wedding nights.
It was cute to see that they were both concerned for their newly significant other over something that….well they didn’t have to be that concerned about.
The Heart Wants What It Wants
Both Jamie and Rogers are romantics at heart. And when it comes to their heart, they truly believed that they would see the light at the end of the tunnel being with the women they loved.
When I look at Sam Heughan and Richard Rankin, I feel like my heart is going to burst, too.
Looking at both these episodes, it’s amazing to see the many similarities between the two nights. Was it on purpose….or just coincidence? Writers have said that they love to give the readers Easter eggs, so maybe these parallels were their way of reminiscing about one of (or arguably) the best episodes of Outlander. Either way, I’m so glad they did.
Did you see any other parallels? What was your favorite part of the wedding nights?