A picture is worth a thousand words, Napoleon Bonaparte
An Indian couple, floating so gracefully underwater creating some beautiful pictures and trashing their expensive wedding outfit… is that normal? Is it an Indian tradition?
The answer is NO! This is not an Indian tradition. When I was planning my wedding, I came across a gorgeous couples “trash the dress” photo shoot and was mesmerized. Some shots were in the mud where the couple looked like they were having the time of their life and not just posing for the camera and other shots were under water. I was so fascinated by those pictures that I told my fiance at the time how much I wanted wedding photo’s like that. I “googled” more trash the dress photos to get an idea of what kind of shots people do. I just assumed this was a western tradition and most, if not all, couples follow this tradition. Apparently, I was wrong.
Trash the dress actually is not a tradition or a religious part of most weddings but merely a “fashion or glamour statement” Trash the dress, also known as “fearless bridal” or “rock the frock” is a style of wedding photography that potentially started in 2001 by a Las Vegas wedding photographer, John Michael Cooper. With this being said, the idea of destroying a dress was actually used by the American Film Industry in 1998 when Meg Cummings in the show, Sunset Beach, ran into the ocean in her wedding dress after her wedding was interrupted.
Have you ever watched the Amazing Race or the Amazing Race Canada? One of my favourite television shows ever. I told my husband, one day I want to be on this show, race around the world and take part in all those fun activities, solve clues etc. Well guess what…My husband made that dream come true.
No, I was not on television but my experience was even better than I ever imagined. I had my very own personalized Amazing Race called “Amazing Race Honeymoon Edition”. He surprised me with a 35 day around the world Honeymoon trip into my own Amazing race show – it was perfection!
I can’t imagine how many months it took Maanit to plan this for me and truth be told, I had no clue as to where we were travelling. As soon as we arrived to Toronto Airport, he gave me a clue had my first destination, Amsterdam, Netherlands. I was overwhelmed with joy ready to take-off. As we landed in Amsterdam, I received my next clue which was just a picture of a unique colourful building. I had to figure out exactly where to go and how to get to get there based off of that picture. So there I was, just like in the TV show, asking strangers where this was and how to take the local train to get there. Thankfully I figured it out and our adventure continued.
Throughout the 35 days, we travelled to 6 countries, and 11 cities where each destination was a complete surprise filled with fun daily activities, road blocks, detours etc.
“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi
As a little girl, like most others, I dreamt of the day I would be married to my one true love. I would imagine, plan, research, saved ideas and whatever else possible to picture what my day would look like. The truth is, no matter how we imagine it, weddings are usually even more beautiful that our dreams – at least I can say that for mine.
My husband and I planned a destination wedding. At first, our family and friends were a bit hesitant of our venue choice but understood our reasoning for doing it afar from home. We knew living in Saskatchewan, it would have been a struggle planning a wedding regardless if we did it in Toronto or Mexico, but we knew Mexico would also us to have a stress-free wedding for our families and we all could enjoy the week together. Our decided venue was in Riviera Maya, at the Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe.
If you’re planning a Destination wedding, I highly recommend it for many reasons but of course it is not for everyone and also has some drawbacks that you must consider before deciding on it. Here are some things to consider: