Trash the Dress

So I stumbled upon a blog post where a bride-to-be mentioned trashing her dress after the ceremony. What is this, I thought? Well, quite simply, it is the bride trashing her dress for the sake of photography following the ceremony. The idea is that here you are with this fabulous wedding gown and what are you going to do with it? Take it to the cleaners, stuff it in a bag or a box, wait twenty or thirty years and drag it out for your daughter and hope that the style is still in fashion or that retro appeals to her? In my situation, my daughter is already a twenty-something and has very specific ideas about the gown she will someday wear so my dress will probably never be worn again. So why not trash it? You have made your commitment to you husband and you are not planning on wearing this dress again. So jump in a pool, let is drag through the dirt, take a stroll in the ocean, lie on the sand, sit on a rusty tractor, climb a tree, stand in a waterfall, have a snowball fight. The idea is to get a really great photo and make some wonderful and unique memories. I’m in!

So I did go the the WordPress blog of the official Trash the Dress site. They are moving to a new site so soon you will be able to locate them at Trash the Dress. Now let me caution you before you go tripping through their posts on the blog: The idea is fantastic! The problem is the blog seems a bit tough to navigate. I was excited to jump over there and really see some down and dirty brides trashing their dresses. What I saw on the front page was some really beautiful photography and links to photographers all over the country. I followed some of the links at the top of the page but again really stunning photos but no mud, no dirt…a little sand and a little water. Hardly trashing!

Apparently the founder of “Trash the Dress” photo sessions is a photographer by the name of John Michael Cooper in Las Vegas. If you want to see more dress trashing just do a google image search for trash the dress!


About Susan Warren Utley

Susan Warren Utley is a wife and mother living and writing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her stories are inspired by the unexpected twists and turns of real life and by her muse, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier who occasionally answers to the name of Lucy. View all posts by Susan Warren Utley

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