Among her anxious guests is Joseph (Luke Treadaway), who fell in love with Dolly the summer before. As he deals with condescending looks from her overbearing mother (Downton's Elizabeth McGovern), he recalls the passionate encounters he once had with the bride. Heartbroken, Joseph longs to pardon Dolly from what is clearly a marriage of convenience. As the precursors of the ceremony begin, Joseph's state of desperation grows worse. But Joseph isn't the only one that's struggling to accept her impending marriage. Dolly too is thinking of happier times. She re-imagines the moment she met Joseph (a charming scene to watch) as well as their first kiss (lushly illustrated).
Viewers are kept in suspense as Dolly procrastinates and contemplates what it would be like if Joseph asked her to run away with him. Marvelously directed by newcomer Donald Rice, the film is both intriguing and unpredictable. Cheerful Weather's content may be likened to that of a classic novel that stays with you long after you've read it.