This is a session called ‘trash the dress.’ Trash the dress is when a bride puts on her wedding dress and does things she would never do on her actual wedding day. Play in the dirt, lay in the water, paint a picture … whatever she dreams up.
A few people don’t understand why someone would want to do this. That’s understandable. You spend a lot of time and money picking out the perfect dress for your wedding … why would you then want to turn around and do something that could ruin it? This is what my friend Laurie had to say,
My dress is still in the box, I have only boys and even if I had a girl and most girls want to pick their own unless they are super sentimental… I would rather have had beautiful (and fun) images taken in my dress then leave it in the dry cleaning box like I have for the last 11 years.
Try to look past the fact that her wedding dress a mess. Try this … look at how much fun she had. Think about the fact that they didn’t have the best experience with their photographer on their actual wedding day and wanted some beautiful pictures for just the two of them.
Look at the fact that her husband, Mike, planned this whole thing for her. This is a session that Rose has been interested in for a while, so for their 6th wedding anniversary, Mike took action. He booked me, hired someone to do Rose’s hair and make-up, bought paint and canvas, found childcare for their kids … he even went to the store and bought a new foundation and mascara per the suggestion of the make-up artist. Is that not the most amazing husband and anniversary present?? Big gold star for Mike!
I was so nervous about this session. After all, this is a 1 time shoot. There are no re-shoots with a messed up wedding dress. But I think the overall outcome is stunning! I am very proud and in love with these images. Next time I’m getting a protective covering for my camera so I can get into the fun! 🙂