Looking for Something to do with Your Dress after the *I do’s*: Trash It

June 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm 5 comments

photo courtesy of stacyable.com

You heard me right, ladies.  It’s 2010, and one of the fastest growing trends in wedding photography is “Trash the Dress” sessions.  “What’s a Trash the Dress session?” one might ask… 

Well, as the title clearly states, it’s an event in which you (the now Mrs. Prince Charming) trash the wedding dress you wore one the day you said “I do,” while a photographer captures it on film.  (Please pick your grandmother off the floor, as I’m sure she fainted at the mere hint of a wedding dress being garbage-ified.)

Assuming Grandmama is better, let’s continue :)

Basically, Trash the Dress sessions create an avante garde solution to the more traditional deep cleaning, boxing and storing option most brides choose.  Plus, they give you one more reason to put that puppy on and work it, touch it, bring it… turn it, leave it, stop, format it… Busta Rhymes, anyone?  Yes?  No?  Maybe?


Trash the Dress photo shoots are also a dynamic way to get one more day out of your most favorite dress ever and create a spectacular outlet for some seriously sassy editorial shots.  But don’t let Grandmama have a heart attack just yet, because this can also be something for the more faint at heart – who aren’t quiiiiiite ready to trash their dress completely.

For you ladies out there not quite ready to give up the dress dream just yet, you can merely wear it to a park and play around for a bit or climb a tree or build a sandcastle or go fly a kite in the rain… or simply choose a more urban, off beat or industrial area to shoot in.  Really, the options are limitless, and the decision for what your Trash the Dress session becomes is entirely based upon how far you’re willing to go… just make sure to check with mom or dad or whoever else might’ve helped paid for it before you do anything drastic… I’m not trying to encourage any excess, unneeded Family Feuds.  While the game show was money, the real life version is always less cheer worthy :)

Here are some of my favorite shots from my favorite Trash the Dress sessions:

Some more ladies who chose neon paint…

photo courtesy of digitalweddingforum.com

photo courtesy of galinawalls.co.uk

photo courtesy of designerevents.wordpress.com

photo courtesy of heatherlynnphotography.com/

Some that chose the less abraisive H2O option…

photo courtesy of sakuraphotography.com

photo courtesy of flickr.com

photo courtesy of charlottesvilleweddingblog.com

photo courtesy of waynewallace.com

photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com

Some that chose a more modest approach…

photo courtesy of chelseanicoleblog.com

photo courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com

photo courtesy of fionacarsonphotography.com.au

photo courtesy of richelledantephotography.com

photo courtesy of duluthweddingphotography.com

photo courtesy of prettychicky.com

And some that just completely outrageous…

photo courtesy of 2duce2.com

photo courtesy of bcrstudiosblog.com

photo courtesy of jeremyigo.com

photo courtesy of agwpja.com

photo courtesy of jeffcookephotography.ca


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jeff cooke  |  August 17, 2010 at 12:40 am

    My website is actually http://www.jeffcookephotography.ca, not .com. Thanks for sharing my image! Love the blog. Cheers – Jeff.

    • 2. Mary Dietz  |  August 17, 2010 at 7:33 am

      Awe, thanks for the update and the nice comment, Jeff, but most importantly, for your ahhh to the mazing photography skills! You truly are an artist, and it was nothing but my pleasure to feature your artisty! Keep up the FAB work :)

  • 3. juliandika  |  July 7, 2010 at 9:39 am

    great capture, thanks for sharing

  • 4. NatC  |  June 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    This is something I could totally do if I were to get a divorce, but if the marriage was to work and you have children….granted times change, but maybe your daughter would like to make use of your gown for her wedding! But yet, I am a very sentimental!!

    • 5. NatC  |  June 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm

      Oops….I didn’t finish the last sentence……I am a very sentimental person….haha!!


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