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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Trash the Dress? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

“Trash the Dress,” also known as “Rock the Frock,” or “Drown the Gown,” is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place. This unexpected trend has emerged in recent years and it happens after your wedding day. It is generally shot in the style of fashion and glamor photography. It’s a new trend in wedding photo sessions done after the wedding day. It’s not about preservation. It’s about doing something remarkable and having a photo of it to show to your friends.

dresscreekUsually brides decide to have pictures taken on a beach, but other locations include city streets, rooftops, garbage dumps, fields, and abandoned buildings. This has to be one of the most misunderstood trends to come out of America within wedding photography in recent times.

The idea of destroying a wedding dress has been used in Hollywood symbolically since at least October 1998 when Meg Cummings of the show “Sunset Beach” ran into the ocean in her wedding dress after her wedding was badly interrupted.

Some say “Trash the Dress” is your way of showing your commitment to your husband by confirming you are not going to be wearing the dress again.

firedressTrash the Dress or TTD as it’s more often referred to was actually started by John Michael Cooper, a photographer from Las Vegas, whose Website shows some prime examples or really radical “Trash the Dress” shoots – including one shoot where the dress was actually set on fire – don’t show this one to your mothers gals!

You’ve spent a small fortune on your wedding dress. You’ve painstakingly kept it crease and dirt free until the big day, and you may even have had it professionally dry cleaned afterward. But now what are you going to do with it? Some brides say “Trash it”! The alternative is to suffocate it in plastic and throw it in a closet.

So why trash the dress?

trashbeachTo get remarkable images that forever remain ingrained in your mind… and sometimes, your dress may get dirty. It’s a risk that a bride has to be willing to take. But the results are breath-taking!

You can ride on a ferris wheel, run across the desert or even pose lying in the sand on the beach without worrying about scrapes, sand, water damage, hot tub, or even a little dirt, a photo wearing the dress and apron baking cupcakes or something yummy, because the wedding day has already passed.

Perhaps even a photo of paint – a story of sticking together through life’s ups & downs, sometimes called messes. The best part is that it gives brides the freedom to choose new places to take photographs without worrying what will happen to the dress.

If you are a bride who loves drama or who wants to add a little more quirkiness to your memories, you may want to consider booking a “Trash the Dress” photo session with your photographer.

Brides want the unscripted moments captured, but they also want a photographer that can get very creative during a Trash The Dress portrait session. That’s why couples everywhere are donning their wedding finery and not only descending into caves, but plunging into breakers, walking through abandoned amusement parks, wandering through cornfields, wading into forest streams and chasing other wild pursuits in an increasingly popular ritual and edgy extension of wedding photojournalism called “Trash the Dress.”

painttrashSome brides say it changes the dynamic of the day from stuffy and traditional to fun and lighthearted. Plus, it provides a reason for another new tradition.

Trash the Dress Video: Click here and here!

NOTE: The photo of the girl in the creek is by Varia Lebiadzenka, Toronto. The photo on the beach was by award-winning photographers Mike Peyzner and Natasha Valik, Choco Studio, San Francisco Bay Area. The dress on fire is from The dress with paint was by Blue Nalu Photography, Hawaii. The couple with the blow torch was taken by Edwin Tan, Malaysia.

Larry’s Note: Old traditions are hard to break, but bridal couples must be mindful that just because something has been around for a long time, doesn’t mean that fashioning new rituals isn’t perfectly acceptable and perhaps even preferable.

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Check Larry’s availability.

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