EMBRACING THE NEW AND UNUSUAL
If you or your spouse always dreamed of being a model, then a trash the dress photo session might be right for you. Also known as Free to Flaunt, Rock the Frock, and bridal glamour sessions, these sessions have newlyweds, sometimes just brides, getting dressed up again after the wedding to pose in unusual places without fear of dirtying their attire.
Go ahead, you know you want to. Trash it. Get it dirty. Get it wet. Roll around in the mud. Drench it in the ocean. Totally trash it.
Why? … Why not? You’ve made a commitment to your husband. He’s your one and only true love, right? Then you’ll never need the dress again. And no, your daughter won’t wear it in 20-30 years. So you have two choices:
1) Suffocate it in plastic and throw it in a closet
2) Show your husband how committed you are by trashing the dress, and get some great fun pictures while you do it!
Is the wedding dress ruined?
Not necessarily. Should you decide to give this trend a try, you (and your wedding photographer) will discuss beforehand just how badly you’ll trash your gown. The concept is to relax (finally!), let your creativity flow, and enjoy wearing your dress one last time in a fresh, liberating way. Some take a subtle approach for their photo session with a walk through the woods or a swim in a pool or pond, while others go a step further by heading to construction sites, changing greasy car tires, or wading through muddy puddles. Brides who have embraced the trend say that a TTD shoot gives the gown new life in lieu of simply sitting in the closet. Plus, they’ll have photos in their wedding album that can look as though they’re straight from the pages of Vogue.
Who “trashed the dress” first? Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper is credited with staging the first TTD shoot. After becoming bored with more traditional wedding photo sessions, Cooper began asking brides to pose after their wedding day in unusual (and less pristine) settings. The sentiment among many photographers who offer TTD shoots is the same: Given the unique photos that result, it’s a win-win opportunity for brides and photographers alike. Published by http://trashthedress.wordpress.com/
Images Below Captured by Ultimate Party Central’s Featured Photographer Izabela.
Trash The Dress (TTD) Popular Locations
• The beach, a pool, pond or lake
• Buildings/bridges with interesting architectural elements
• A field
• Mountains or other rocky area
• Areas with urban decay
• State fair
Trash The Dress Tips
- The term “trash” may be misleading, as many dresses only get wet or dirty. A professional cleaning service should restore the dress to brand-new quality, enabling the wearer to then preserve and/or keep the dress, or to donate it to charity.
- Rather than trashing your own wedding dress, consider buying a cheap dress off the rack and trashing that instead. For your husband, you might consider him wearing some less formal clothes of his own. Or, he may just need to plan to rent his suit/tux long enough through the day after your wedding.
- A photographer looking for “best light” will likely suggest late afternoon for a start time–about four or five PM.
- If you want a bouquet, you could have a new one delivered to you from your florist, could pick up one at a local grocery store (beautiful flowers for a reasonable price!) or farmer’s market. Some brides go without.
- Brides that have done a day after shoot can attest to how much more relaxed the bride and groom feel–grooms that may have been a little uptight for formals appreciate this laid-back photo shoot.
TTD is about the emotions and love that are surrounding the sessions,
not the dark side on which some photographers may focus in an effort to provoke.
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