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BRIDESMAIDS

The Wedding
When Lillian expresses to Annie that she's afraid Helen may have gone way over the top for her wedding, Annie is the first to console her. Too late, as it's going to be a whopper. Feig says, "The wedding was fun to shoot because it was one of Helen's over-the-top productions. It was important to pull off the main wedding itself in one shot that reveals more and more as we go out.”

What wedding would be complete without a laser light show, fireworks, fountains and a fog that rolls into the pool? The ceremony takes place with the bridal party out in the middle of platforms on top of a huge reflecting pool. There are lights inside and outside the water, with landscape lighting surrounding them. Feig's production crew erected a set behind the minister, where the lasers hit, and fog and smoke come down.

The production decided to use the Los Angeles County Arboretum as the location for Lillian and Dougie's extravagant wedding. Sage shares: "It's a beautiful green spot of gardens that has a 75-footsquare reflecting pool in the middle of a huge lawn. We drained the pool so that we could put the set down inside and arrange our platforms and lighting. We made it pristine white so that it would look immaculately clean for the ceremony, and then filled it back up. A couple of spot towers that are behind the audience were erected to light our singing group as they hit the stage. The Super Trouper followspots click on and offer an expansive look, so it feels like you are in the middle of a huge golf course.”

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