Anyone else do a trash the dress shoot after their wedding? It's something that was super trendy when I got married six years ago. I decided to trash my dress because a) my dress was of the more affordable variety, b) I knew any hypothetical daughter of mine wouldn't want to wear her mother's wedding gown, and c) IT LOOKED SO FUN!
As our first wedding anniversary approached, I wanted to give Cal something that would be unique and memorable. Some friends of mine, AJ and Cynthia, are incredibly talented wedding photographers. When I asked if they would ever be interested in doing a trash-the-dress shoot, they jumped on the opportunity. They said it was on their list of shoots to do! "Oooo, pick me" I said. I was able to give Cal a 16x20 canvas of my favorite.
On a freezing cold day in February, we ventured out to downtown Raleigh. We started off taking "safe" pictures. It's better to ease into the mess.
Reasons I think a girl should consider doing this:
- Most likely, you will never wear your wedding gown again. I mean, sure, you'll try it on every couple of years to make sure you haven't expanded too much. ;)
- The only time you've worn it, you've had to be extremely careful to ensure photo perfection. Now it's time to get grassy, muddy, soaking wet. Do it - it's fun!
- It's a much better story that "I had it preserved." *Disclaimer: this is only my opinion. Pretty please don't call me when you can't get the grass stain out of your $3,000 dress. I did have mine dry cleaned and almost all of the clay came out. :)
Gotta love downtown Raleigh!
Then things got real.
I cannot believe this was almost five years ago. There are literally a hundred more pictures I wanted to add to this post, but I thought I'd save you from my personal walk down memory lane. Even though it was cold and I spent about $100 to have my dress cleaned, it was so worth it.
ps- My dress has been hanging in the garment bag ever since.