For several years now, brides and photographers have debated whether great photos and an afternoon of laughs are worth ruining the most expensive dress they'll likely ever wear.
The good news for brides is that the trend is evolving. Halifax photographer, Liam Hennessey, recently dropped the term 'Trash the Dress' in favour of 'Fearless Bridal'. He thought the new term better suited what brides were truly after, a wicked photo shoot in their wedding dress during which they didn't have to worry about every little spill, watermark, tiny tear or dirt on the hem.
"'Trash the Dress' just started to sound so destructive," says Liam, "and the type of shoots became cliché." His clients are excited too. "'Fearless Bridal' opened up a whole new way to think about the shoots by creating storylines and involving clients in the creative process. Everyone wants to be fearless, not everyone wants to trash a dress."
So what's new? Instead of actually trashing the dress with everything from flames, paint and mud, brides are electing to pick a meaningful theme or location and really go for it. Check out some of SmartBrideBoutique.com's favourite themes from extreme sports and recreating terrifying movie scenes, sultry boudoir-esque shoots and more!
Planning a Destination Wedding or Honeymoon Photo shoot? Trash the Dress and Fearless Bridal shoots are extremely popular with destination brides. Check out the SmartBride Destination Wedding Guide to get ideas and inspiration for your own destination wedding and post-wedding photo shoot.
How creative and original is it when so many people are doing the same thing? Personally I think it is the epitome of selfishness.
Sell the dress for less than you paid for it to some girl who isn't as fortunately blessed monitarily. Or give it to an organization such as bridesagainstbreastcancer.org who will sell it and the profits go for breast cancer research.
Is it worth taking the chance to loose your life over trashing a dress ? It happened, tragically. Unbearable to think, this beautiful woman had not thought of that possibility.
She left the love of her life, to start a life without her.
She left her parents and family in agonizing pain. Her parents are inconsolable.
Drowning at the bottom of the reserve, the weight of the dress sinked her to the bottom.
No one could get to her for hours, it took divers to finally get to her.
The photograph tried to save her, but she was dragging him down as well, so she let go of him, so he wouldn't drown with her.
Unbelievably sad. She didn't know, she hadn't thought of that possibility.
She just wanted beautiful pictures to give to her new husband.
Reporters, please stop advertising this as glamorous and a beautiful thing to do, stop posting great shots of beautiful pictures, and putting ideas in woman's head that it's the 'IN' thing to do.
Talk about the tragedies that could and does happen instead, discourage woman to do this.
Warn them of the immediate danger. The potential death.
It's real, it happens.
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