Saturday, April 19, 2008

Wedding dress, schmedding dress

This has nothing to do with decorating weddings, but I still love the creativeness of this.

Photo by Fickr's berger.erica

I'd been meaning to blog about the trend of trashing your wedding dress for pictures for a while now. I saved this one article from the Ventura County Star:
A couple of weeks before her Dec. 21, 2007, wedding, 24-year-old Brenna Ross walked across Silver Strand Beach in her bare feet, the ivory-colored train of her mother's 33-year-old wedding dress trailing in the wet sand. Thousand Oaks photographer Ginger Hendrix clicked away as Ross draped herself over a lifeguard station, then waded in the foamy surf framed by powerful winter waves.

"You get a chance to do something in a wedding dress that is rarely seen," Hendrix said. "The thing I like about it is the grandness of the photos."

Ross and Hendrix were taking a twist on a trend that has gowned brides across the nation doing everything from sitting in Dumpsters to floating, Ophelia-style, in the nearest body of water.

The "trash the dress" trend is a form of edgy post-wedding photography in which the bride ditches the pre-wedding "careful, don't get the dress dirty!" mentality.

Why do I love the idea? Well, in a way, it emphasizes the fact that your wedding day, while it is a milestone, is one day. Make it great, but don't take it too seriously. Click for some more great photos I found on Flickr's Trash The Dress pool.

Photo by Flickr's Nick Haskins

If the hotel nearest this shot above had been smart, they would have bought this photo for their wedding brochures.

Photo by Flickr's UltimateImageWeddings

This one is also awesome because of how non-bridal this shot looks. Usually, you see brides looking all soft and demure, while this lady is in the ocean, practically forming her hair into a mohawk. Awesome.

Photo by Flickr's Mil0 [Millzero Photography]

This photo, out of these four, is my favorite, I think. The colors are vibrant, its a crisp shot, yet the couple is in the distance and out of focus, almost like we caught them in an intimate moment (skinny dipping, anyone?).

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