Lauren and Finley, Cigars and Candlelight
at Ashton Gardens in Corinth
A friend of the groom called the match back in fourth grade. It took Lauren’s friends a little longer. It wasn’t until Lauren packed her Louis Vitton bags for a camo-drenched hunting trip that her friends decided she was serious about Finley. The couple was married at Ashton Gardens in Corinth, Texas.
The wedding guests knew they’d arrived at the right place when they spied the large L and F floral initials on Ashton Gardens’ Chapel doors. The lovely Lauren was nearby in the Bride’s dressing room stepping into her strapless satin ballgown with its shirred sweetheart bodice and crystal beaded belt. Long crystal chandelier earrings dangled from her lobes beneath a cascading tulle veil.
The candlelit evening ceremony had a mystical feel. The chapel has windows on three sides which open to dense woods. The candlelight reflected on the windows and made it appear as if there were fairy lights among the trees. Along with candelabras full of flickering flames at the front of the church, the aisle was lined with votives floating in large vases of water. A live musician provided music for the guests as they entered.
After the ceremony, Lauren and Finley, glided down Ashton Gardens gorgeous curved staircase to the enthusiastic applause of their guests. Everyone enjoyed the delicious buffet dinner and then the bride and groom cut their cakes. The bride’s cake had a cascade of white roses flowing down its three tiers. The groom’s cake was a cigar box made of chocolate with white chocolate dipped strawberries all the way around.
If someone preferred real cigars, there was a cigar maker outdoors, just a few steps away. Finley slipped away several times to enjoy the craftsman’s skills. Though the cigar booth stayed busy, most people preferred music over smokes and enjoyed dancing to the live band.
At the evening’s end, a friend with a vintage Rolls Royce pulled up to the portico. The guests waved balloons, streamers and pennants as Lauren and Finley climbed into the car and rode away to their new life together.
Behind the Scenes with LeniCam Video Productions – Dallas Wedding Videographers
The windows which make Ashton Gardens such a lovely venue for weddings also make it impossible for a videographer to find a place to hide. That’s why LeniCam developed our proprietary remote control camera. For Lauren and Finley’s wedding we placed the camera inconspicuously on the stage and operated it from the balcony. This allowed us to get close-ups of Lauren during the vows. Another camera-person was at the back of the chapel getting the long shots.
At the reception, our videographers worked as a team to capture everything that was happening. We promised Lauren we’d be everywhere all the time, but remain invisible to the family, friends and participants. The bride was happy with both our video and our disappearing act.
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