June 13, 2008

Trash the Dress

Many brides contemplate what to do with their dress after the wedding is said and done. A year later and my dress is still dirty and hanging in a garment bag in our bedroom. I figured that it was time to do something about it. What better than to Trash the Dress. Trash the dress photo sessions are photo sessions where you can get down and dirty in your wedding dress. It is a new trend among brides and wedding photographers, there was even an article on it in the New York Times. You really don't have to trash your dress, but you can get creative, anything goes during this photo shoot, since you are no longer worried about getting your dress all dirty.

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a Trash the Dress Photo Shoot. There were 15 brides/models and more than a dozen photographers who made their way to the Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale, CA to participate in this shoot. We had our hair done by Albert Vergara from Lunch Salon in Sierra Madre, CA and make-up done by Lori Truman from Mobile Beauty Makeup in Upland, CA. It was tons of fun and a great excuse to wear my beautiful wedding dress one more time. I really didn't do anything awful to trash or ruin my dress. Many of the brides took wonderful photos in the water, but I was not willing to go that far. I simply love my dress a little too much (plus I promised Mr. Bear that I would not totally trash my dress). Many of the other brides/models bought alternative dresses for this shoot, I was too cheap and stuck with the only wedding dress I had. I know it might be a little silly but when else am I going to have the opportunity to wear my wedding dress again, at least I can say I got 2 uses out of my dress. I guess I am also a little bit of an attention whore :)

Some brides/models shoot with props and get creative. The extent of my creativity was to grab Mr. Bear's cowboy hat and some fishnet stockings. And I, of course, had to wear the red shoes I wore for my wedding (I love those shoes!). It was really a ton of fun to work with different photographers and not to worry about my dress so much. Here are a few sneak peaks that I have seen so far. I shot with many different photographers and this is just some photos from two of them so far. I can't wait to check out the rest. As you can see my dress was not that trashed.

By Purely Captivating Photography By Janet

By Eternally Yours Photography


  1. Beautiful!! I would like to do a trash the dress session - I just haven't decided on when or where. I figure it will hit me when it's right. :)

  2. Thanks for coming to the TTD event Sher! It looks like you got some great photos!