Wedding day photos are a given, and one of the challenges of capturing beautiful photos is ensuring your beautiful bridal gown stays somewhat clean despite traipsing through gardens and forests. But what if you intentionally got your dress in a mess?
We talked with our Southern Bride Verified photographers for their thoughts and ideas to help you learn about trash the dress photos!
What is a Trash the Dress Photo?
A photo shoot where you ‘trash the dress’ is a style of wedding photography that allows you to contrast the elegant clothing against an environment where it is out of place. Some people call it a ‘rock the frock’ photoshoot – as it’s not about ruining or disrespecting your bridal gown. It’s about having fun and being creative in your dress, and celebrating your love in a potentially messy or destructive environment. You’d generally do a shoot after your wedding day, so you don’t have anywhere to be afterwards. Especially if you’re, ahh, a touch damp…
What Makes a Great Trash the Dress Photo?
You shared your wedding day with your closest family and friends. A trash the dress day is just about you and your partner! It’s about doing what makes you happy while wearing your treasured dress. If the thought of destroying your wedding dress makes you horrified, relax. It doesn’t have to be stained with paint or ripped into shreds. Instead, brides are coming up with plenty of creative ways to have fun, express their love for their partner and show off their stunning gown once more.
Venturing into a waterfall or walking hand in hand along the beachfront
Chucking colourful chalk or paint at each other
Playing with your animals
Lying in a meadow at sunrise or elegantly perched up a tree
Diving underwater towards each other
Freckled Bird Creative offers something very similar, named a very approachable and fun “Post-Wedding adventure session”. Hannah shared that it’s a chance to get dressed up again and go somewhere wicked and just have a good time without the pressure of wedding day timelines: “…also then you don’t have to worry about getting ya dress dirty or wet.. it’s actually encouraged!”.
Of course, whatever you decide to do – please be careful and mindful that you’re wearing a garment that’s potentially restrictive and heavier than usual, so if you’re going in or near water, be incredibly cautious.