Trashing My Dress

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.

trash the dress shoot
trash the dress shoot
trash the dress shoot
trash the dress shoot
trash the dress shoot

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. :)
trash the dress shoot
trash the dress shoot

Gotta love downtown Raleigh!

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downtown raleigh trash the dress shoot
trash the dress shoot
trash the dress shoot

Then things got real.

trash the dress shoot
trash the dress shoot
trash the dress shoot
trash the dress shoot

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.