Trash the Dress

The wedding is over. What do you do with this beautiful gown, that you fell in love with and paid a small fortune for?
  1. Pay to have it preserved and put in the attic forever.
  2. Trash it and take some great photos/video.
  3. Give the dress away to charity or a relative.
Many brides these days Trash the Dress. Certainly you have heard of this by now.  Brides posing under water;  brides wallowing in mud;  or flouncing around in the snow in their bridal gowns. Why? . . well everyone has their own reasons and mostly it is for that great photo opportunity that no one else has.

Trash the Dress - also known as "fearless bridal" or "rock the frock", is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place. It is generally shot in the style of fashion or glamour photography. Such photography often takes place on a beach, but other locations include city streets, rooftops, garbage dumps, fields, and abandoned buildings. The woman often wears a ball gown, prom dress or wedding dress, and may effectively ruin the dress in the process by getting it wet, dirty, or, in extreme circumstances, tearing or destroying the garment. (Wikipedia)

Sources claim that the trend was originally started in 2001 by Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper. However, the idea of destroying a wedding dress has been used by the American film industry symbolically, since October 1998 when Meg Cummings (played by Susan Ward) of the show Sunset Beach ran into the ocean in her wedding dress after her wedding was interrupted.

Is the wedding dress ruined?
Almost.  Just how much the wedding dress is marred depends on the bride's personality, and her love for the wedding frock.  Brides with unlimited budget, often buys an inexpensive dress to serve as a fill-in at the Trash the Dress photo shoot. Should you decide to give this trend a try, you (and your wedding photographer) will discuss beforehand just how badly you'll trash your gown. The concept is to relax, let your creativity flow, and enjoy wearing your dress one last time in a fresh, liberating way.

Some take a subtle approach for their photo session with a walk through the woods or a swim in a pool or pond, while others go a step further by heading to construction sites, changing greasy car tires, or wading through muddy puddles. Brides who have embraced the trend say that a TTD shoot gives the gown new life in lieu of simply sitting in the closet. Plus, they'll have photos in their wedding album that can look as though they're straight from the pages of Vogue.

Trash the dress has become a worldwide wedding photography trend. The photographer uses the wedding dress as the focal point of the pictures to contrast it with an offbeat background. So, the next time you see a photo of a newlywed couple laying on the sand, up to their waist in water, or on a dune buggy covered in mud, you know that the dress was Trashed. Would you trash your expensive Bridal Gown?

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